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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

Decommissioning estimate for the Green River Wind Farm Phase I

Greenriverwf-decommission-eva_thumb Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA) prepared this critique of the decommissioning estimate of the Green River Wind Farm Phase I a wind energy facilitiy proposed to be built in Lee County, Illinois. The executive summary and recommendations of the estimate are provided below. The full report along with the transcript when EVA experts were cross-examined under oath and the EVA slide presentation can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
3 Aug 2012

Department of the Interior Inspector General evaulation of BLM Renewable Energy Program

Cr-ev-blm-0004-2010public_thumb The Department of the Interior's Inspector General conducted a review of BLM's management of land leased for solar and wind projects. The findings of the IG highlighted significant failures of the Bureau related to poor monitoring of projects. Nationally, BLM has more than 30,000 acres currently under wind ROW and more than 31,000 acres under solar ROW. In addition, BLM has identified almost 21 million acres of public lands with wind energy development potential, and more than 20 million acres that have the potential for solar energy development.
12 Jun 2012

System-wide emissions implications of increased wind power penetration

Es2038432_thumb A new study from Argonne National Laboratory, part of the US Department of Energy, has found that increasing wind power many not lower grid emissions as much as previously thought. The crux of the problem is wind's intermittency -- turbines generate power only when the wind is blowing. This requires that grid maintain backup systems to provide baseload power during periods of calm. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
1 Mar 2012
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