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Unless Massachusetts residents take on the challenge, they will see millions of dollars transferred from their pockets through higher prices for electricity and taxes to the pockets of companies that own wind farms. Billions of capital investment dollars will be spent on projects that produce tiny amounts of electricity, electricity that is unreliable and low in quality and value.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A national panel studying the emergence of wind farms in the Mid-Atlantic region learned Wednesday that West Virginia is still trying to develop effective ways to regulate the industry.
With some local fishery officials labeling the situation as “David vs. Goliath,” the Long Island Power Authority, in partnership with Florida Power and Light, issued responses to the United States Army Corps of Engineers regarding approximately 1,000 comments from those both for and against the proposed offshore wind park project.
The hearing to discuss a tax abatement sought by the developers drew more than 100 people, roughly a quarter of the county's population.
If not, we may well find ourselves, in 10 years, with "a few megawatts of power" and "heedless development of our mountaintops."
In a letter to the Vermont Public Service Board, Kirby selectmen state they want to be a party in any commercial wind development that impacts their town.
LYMAN, N.H. -- The fight against corporate wind is blustering again in this town of about 500 residents.
"These studies will provide rural communities with the necessary tools to utilize this emerging industry and build a diverse economic base," said Brian Vogt, director of the OEDIT and acting secretary of technology.
When we first heard of the windmills they seemed like a reasonable, environmentally friendly way to create energy. Now, we’re not so sure.
The chair of the Yukon's energy corporation says wind energy isn't viable for the Yukon. Willard Phelps told the territory's legislature last week the multi-million dollar experiment in wind power turbines had failed to produce the results the company needs.
Within the next week, the Winona County Economic Development Authority (EDA) could be the proud recipient of two meteorological towers on loan from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, according to EDA member Anne Morse. A meteorological tower, or “met tower,” is typically a structure between forty and fifty meters tall that provides a setting for an anemometer, a device that gauges wind.
The state Department of Environment Protection Energy Harvesting grant will be combined with others to build an electricity-generating wind turbine to power the Hazleton City Authority’s water filtration plant, said Thomas Tuffey, director of PennFuture’s Center for Energy, Enterprise and the Environment.
"In order to guarantee reliable electricity supplies when wind farms produce little or no power,e.g. during periods of calm or storm-related shutdowns, traditional power station capacities must be available as a reserve. This means that wind farms can only replace traditional power station capacities to a limited degree."
Given these irregularities, it is not at all surprising that the pro votes won. But under fairer circumstances, the count might have been different.
This BirdLife Position Statement focuses on the EU and its relevant legislative instruments, but it could be applied in all countries that are signatories to the Bern Convention too, as the underlying principles are just as relevant. Therefore, BirdLife Partners in the respective countries will be invited to adopt this position.
This thing smells of resources from the Gaspé being used with the majority of profits heading out of the region at the speed of, in this case, electricity. It happened with the fish. It happened with the copper. It happened with the pulp and paper. Now it will happen with the wind.
43 wind turbins on a mountainside are by definition a scarring of Idaho's natural beauty, and one would think that before such a facility would be approved it would be brought before the public.
Industrialized wind is the current "gold rush" for big energy, and like every gold rush, we'll be left with ghost towns, broken promises and tainted landscapes. Why would we rape our vistas, kill migrating birds, disrupt wildlife habitat, create visual and noise pollution, and destroy our children's heritage without investigating other options? Why are we ignoring conservation? The answer is simple: follow the money.
Moreover, 340 Sheffield residents, taxpayers and voters have signed petitions against the proposed development. Copies are in the governor's office in Montpelier.