Lack of a long-term federal tax credit continues to hamper the wind farm industry and fosters a boom-and-bust cycle of construction, developers said on Monday at a conference on financing renewable energy.
Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I would love to see us reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but frankly, if it is a choice between New Zealanders going without power and having a coal-fired power station to give it to them, I know what I am going to choose.
Let me be clear from the start - we are not opposed to renewables. Our companies have been the beneficiaries of the state's most abundant form of renewable energy - hydropower. What we do object to is being forced to subsidize those renewables that are not cost competitive...............Adding significant amounts of wind power does not negate the need to add more baseload generation, to ensure system reliability during periods of peak demand. Until we add significant baseload capacity in this state we are not likely to reap the benefits of a truly competitive marketplace where supply will respond to demand.
MONTPELIER – Some lawmakers have taken the unusual step of asking the Legislature to step in to counter a state hearing officer's findings that are a potential roadblock to wind power development.
If the good people of Florida would question the developers, the politicians who fast-track this project, the facts, and the integrity of the siting process with this type of intensity instead of attacking anyone who participates in the public process, this project would never be built.
Ventdubocage has posted a report from the National Academy of Medicine in France, "Le retentissement du fonctionnement des éoliennes sur la santé de l'homme" ("Repercussions of wind turbine operations on human health"). Following is a translation of a notice of the report by Dr. Chantal Gueniot in "Panorama du Médecin, 20 March 2006:
The City Council has agreed to the next stage of its wind farm which it proposes to develop in partnership with Mighty River Power on its Turitea Reserve.
It gives me hope that a sane assessment of costs versus benefits will prevail over this destructive scheme to industrialize a huge proportion of Vermont’s unspoiled mountain landscape.
Controversial plans for a wind farm on the outskirts of Burnham-On-Sea will be submitted to planners this week.
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Gas & Electric announced Monday its proposed route for the Sunrise Powerlink, a 120-mile transmission line to bring electricity from the Imperial Valley into San Diego County by 2010.
I certainly hope that the residents of Sheffield and Sutton continue to look and listen very carefully to what they are shown and told, ask every question that they can, and consider this plan before allowing it to go forward. Something tells me that UPC will make their money and be gone, leaving NEK residents to live for many years with something they may eventually regret. I truly hope I'm wrong.
Supporters of sustainable energy are supporting a county ordinance that would allow for development of windmills while keeping true to the intent of a state law that limits development on ridge tops.
A public inquiry begins today into proposals for a windfarm near Stow, in the Scottish Borders.
GREEN BAY -- Governor Jim Doyle today signed Senate Bill 459, the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Act, representing a sweeping overhaul of Wisconsin's energy policy, and laying the groundwork for greater energy independence.
I find it intellectually insulting that the assumption be still perpetuated in this age of the Internet access to information, that the "public" is a completely uninformed body requiring being put straight by "experts" (who often have their own agenda to promote).
Rick Koval wants to speak for the plants and animals he believes will be harmed by the construction of roads and wind turbines around Crystal Lake.
MONTEREY The State Corporation Commission held hearings last week on a proposal to build wind turbines in Highland County. The gathering of dark-suited officials and lawyers was a bit unusual in remote, bucolic Monterey, but something reminded everyone there is much more to Highland County than the wind-farm debate.
SUGARLOAF TWP. – Because municipal officials can’t ban the placement of 200-foot-tall wind turbines within their borders, township supervisors have decided to do the next best thing.
One of the UK's largest wind farm developers has threatened to pull out of the country as a storm blows up over the Government's plans for renewable energy.
RESIDENTS living near a proposed wind farm in Midlothian fear their properties will drop in value as a result of the development.