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Defending Dr. Sarah Laurie, Defamation Speech

Schultz-defamation-300513_thumb This speech was delivered on the floor of the Australian House of Representatives in harsh response to an anonymous letter of complaint filed against Dr. Sarah Laurie. The complaint is viewed by many as a part of a larger campaign to discredit Dr. Laurie and her work to disclose the health effects of siting wind turbines too close to where people live.
30 May 2013

U.S. Average Annual Capacity factors by project and State

Us-windmap(1)_thumb This spreadsheet shows production data for the Energy Information Administration sample of wind projects in the US, by State, for the years 2011 and 2012. Average annual capacity factors by project, State, and for the United States were determined after knowing the installed capacity for each project. The spreadsheet has three tabs with the first showing a summary of the two years. Note: EIA changes its sampling of projects by year which is why the lists from one year to the next differ. A composite map of the U.S. with the capacity factors shown can be found here .
24 May 2013

New Era Wind letter requesting the MN PUC suspend further consideration of the project

20134-85824-01-1_thumb This letter was sent to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in reference to the Goodhue Wind project proposal now known as the New Era Wind Farm. New Era explains that it has initiated discussions to assign its power contracts to a third-party wind project developer and site. It further requests that any further evidentiary procedures with respect to the the project before the PUC be placed on hold. It appears from the letter that the project will be sold or canceled.
17 Apr 2013

Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruling on the Cherry Tree Wind Farm Pty Ltd

P2910_2012_cherry_tree_pty_ltd_v_mitchell_sc_(hmw_apl_pp_040413)_final_thumb The Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruling on the Cherry Tree Wind Farm Pty Ltd proposal to erect 16 industrial scale wind turbines (3.5 MW each). This ruling is unique in that the Commissioners deferred a decision on the impact of the project on human health until further, planned studies can be conducted at a project with similarly sized turbines.
10 Apr 2013

NH House Committee petition on establishing siting criteria for wind-powered energy facilities

03-03-13_-_petition_from_the_house_committee_on_science__technology_and_energy_thumb This petition by the New Hampshire House Science, Technology and Energy Committee asks the State's Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) to adopt rules establishing comprehensive procedures and siting criteria for applications for certificates for wind-powered energy facilities. The SEC which is authorized to certificate projects greater than 30 MW must respond to the petition within 30 days.
3 Mar 2013

Are global wind power resource estimates overstated?

Areglobalwindpowerresourceestimatesoverstated1748-9326_8_1_015021_thumb Researchers Amanda S. Adams and David W. Keith examine the physical limits of the energy we can extract from the wind. They also examine the policy questions surrounding huge deployments of wind turbines and whether the costs, both in money and impacts, can be justified.
25 Feb 2013

Wisconsin Towns Association adopts wind turbine moratorium resolution

13-01-21_wis._town_assoc._calls_for_moratorium_thumb NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and the State of Wisconsin enact a moratorium to stop the permitting and installation of industrial wind turbines until further studies are done, solutions are found, and the State's wind siting rule (PSC 128) is modified to implement standards that address ultra low frequency sound and infrasound from wind turbines that will protect the health and safety of residents.
21 Jan 2013

Are global wind power resource estimates overstated?

Areglobalwindpowerresourceestimatesoverstated1748-9326_8_1_015021_thumb This important paper from Harvard examines the how each wind turbine creates behind it a "wind shadow" in which the air has been slowed down by drag on the turbine's blades. This drag interferes with other turbines in the project thus reducing the actual output of the facility. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
15 Jan 2013

Wind farms in Eastern Australia – Recent Lessons

Miskelly-easternaustralia-recent-lessons_thumb Academic discussion continues as to whether a fleet of grid-connected wind farms, widely dispersed across a single grid network, can provide a reliable electricity supply. One opinion is that wide geographical dispersion of wind farms provides sufficient smoothing of the intermittent and highly variable output of individual wind farms enabling the wind farm fleet to provide for base load demand. In an examination of the 5-minute time-averaged wind farm operational data for 21 large wind farms connected to the eastern Australian grid - geographically the largest, most widely dispersed, single interconnected grid in the world (AER, [1]) - this paper challenges that opinion. The conclusion of this paper is provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
8 Jan 2013

Analysis of wind farm performance in the United Kingdom and Denmark

Ref-hughes-19-12-12_thumb The Renewable Energy Foundation published this research paper by Dr Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh, on the performance over time of wind farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark.  The paper can be downloaded by clicking the link(s) on this page.  The UK and Danish data used in the analysis is also available below. The following summarizes the results of the research.
19 Dec 2012

PMLD admits wind facility is losing money, raising rates

Generalmanagerletterratepayers_thumb This letter written by Princeton Municipal Light Department's (PMLD) General Manager, Brian Allen, offers a candid assessment of the utility's two-turbine (3.0 MW) project. The turbines have failed to live up to expected production levels. The project has also been plagued by technical problems. Rather than reducing rates for customers, the project lost $1.875 million and will continue to lose $600,000 yearly under current circumstances. Excerpts of the letter are provided below. The full letter can be read by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
12 Sep 2012
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