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It's an ill wind

What a high price to pay for a technology whose benefits remain in so much doubt. Editor's Note: Please refer to 'Blow for wind farm protesters' 1/21/06 available in NWW's news section.
23 Jan 2006

Wind farm backer is ex-National Trust boss

"The local community is small and widespread and they do not have the manpower or resources to create effective opposition. "Should these developments go ahead they will have a huge impact on the cultural, landscape, tourist and recreational assets and interests of this area."
23 Jan 2006

Google here, Dave, to see the price of wind power

Anyone who thinks that wind factories are environmentally friendly should Google "Cefn Croes Photo Gallery", to see 100 chilling pictures showing how many miles of unspoiled Welsh countryside were disfigured to create the largest industrial site in Britain: all to "save" annually less than a quarter of the CO2 emissions from a single jumbo jet.
22 Jan 2006

Wind energy not a panacea

To be sure, we are at a crossroads in energy and need all kinds of ideas to supply the enormous demand that is now filled by fossil fuels; however, I’m not ready to surrender the last open prairies to this version of energy independence.
21 Jan 2006

"Dispatchable" as a Product Characteristic, and How to Deal With It in Markets

Control room operators (and, by extension, system operators) have issues with both supply-side and demand-side dispatchability of resources. Derek's comment points to the supply-side issue with wind; the physical challenge of incorporating wind into the grid is that you have to produce power when the wind is blowing, and you can't control that. It's not like powering a gas turbine up or down, which is much more amenable to the centralized control paradigm in which the control room operators have traditionally functioned in the regulated environment.
20 Jan 2006

Residents angered by windfarm comments

RESIDENTS of Denby Dale and surrounding villages were astonished to read the statements by Caroline Lucas Euro-MP about wind energy. She seems to be one of a dwindling number still under the misapprehension that wind turbines are in any way "green".
20 Jan 2006

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