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Going 'green:' By force, not choice

In two years, PSNH could not get even 150 customers to pay more each month to buy electricity from "green" sources. These programs raise utility bills by an average of 30 percent, according to NHPR. That is a steep premium to pay so your house can be powered by wind or solar instead of coal or nuclear power. That is why activists try to get governments to force people to go "green."
2 Aug 2013

Industrial wind farms will have negative impact on tourism-Murray

"While I fully appreciate the need for sustainable and renewable energy projects, they should not be allowed to compromise the viability and sustainability of parts of the county that are dependent on jobs and revenue from tourism. Another serious issue for concern is that Mayo County Council, as the planning authority, is not allowed to adjudicate on any of these proposals, and no individual or community has the right of appeal.
2 Aug 2013

US wind installations sink to zero in Q2

The new figures are even worse than Q1's 1.6MW of new installations, effectively just one GE 1.6MW turbine. The next slackest period for wind power in the States was the first quarter of 2010, with 541MW of completed installations. The figure for the final quarter of 2012 was 8,380MW.
31 Jul 2013

Wind Failure

Once the darling of the energy world, CBC News reporter Robert Jones reports that wind turbines in New Brunswick are expensive, unreliable and failing to meet production targets every year since coming online in the years 2008 to 2012. Duration: 1 minute 57 seconds
26 Jul 2013

Windfarm battle shifts from Europe, China

European and Chinese wind turbine makers are poised to do battle away from their domestic markets as the focus in the 60 billion euro ($85.6 billion) industry shifts to North America, Brazil and India. Hit by overcapacity and plunging prices in Europe and China's saturated markets, manufacturers of wind turbines are under pressure to find new areas of growth to boost single-digit profit margins.
23 Jul 2013

Unfair competition? EU takes on German Green Energy Law

Under the law, German electricity users pay a charge that goes towards funding renewable energy generation. Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia believes that exemptions granted to some energy-intensive German companies from those charges run counter to EU law. The Commission plans to launch proceedings and also require companies to repay the charges they were exempted from in the past.
15 Jul 2013

Wind of austerity chills Spanish turbine industry

"The economic crisis and the absence of a stable regulatory framework have slowed domestic demand," the group said, stressing the lack of activity in its Spanish sites. Spain's Gamesa, which is among the industry's world leaders, gave the same reasons as it laid off 606 of its 4,800 staff in Spain and closed two blade factories in recent months.
14 Jul 2013

N.D.'s largest wind farm: Concern raised for properties not enrolled in Courtenay Wind Farm project

The footprint of the project runs about 11 miles from north to south and six miles from east to west. But it is not the size of the footprint that concerns PSC members. "I've never seen a project with as many people inside the project that are not participants," Kalk said. The map of the project includes about 16 quarter sections of land not participating in the project.
13 Jul 2013

Tri-State: $1 billion cost to meet Colorado's renewable-energy goal

The $1 billion figure covers the cost of new wind farms, natural gas power plants to provide power when the wind isn't blow and transmission lines, Dave Lock, Tri-State's senior manager for government relations told a new committee Wednesday. ...Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, said that "in a perfect world" the committee would have been convened to reach consensus on the issues a year ago.
11 Jul 2013

Power bills tax shock

"As Queensland Energy Minister Mark McArdle has pointed out, the RET [renewable energy target] and the carbon tax now make up 18.9 percent of the average $1900 annual electricity bill. "That's for domestic power bills. It's many times more expensive to operate a modern, mechanised farm and food-processing business.
11 Jul 2013

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