BAY AREA: Grazing to trim grasses to a level that discourages ground squirrels may cut raptor deaths from wind farms
PLANS to create a wind farm on Todmorden Moor have been angrily denounced by Calderdale councillors who fear it could suffer irreparable damage.
As a variable resource, it doesn't produce the nonstop electricity flow of coal-or gas-fired power plants.... But rising natural gas prices have made wind more attractive. Wind developers also benefit from federal subsidies such as a production tax credit.
A new project may see up to 30 wind turbines installed north of Burgeo and some new employment in the community.
BENSON (AP) -- Woodford County residents will get a chance next month to hear more about a proposed wind farm that would involve 80 gigantic turbines.
A Toronto-based energy company is proceeding with work for an environmental assessment of a massive wind farm proposed for the Smallwood Reservoir in Labrador.
The State Government has announced plans for a new wind farm for Kalbarri as part of an $18 million expansion of a major renewable energy program for regional Western Australia.
ALGOMA — Little red lighthouse. Beach boardwalks. The blue-green waters of Lake Michigan stretching to the horizon. Just another pretty-as-a-postcard day on the shores of this sleepy town of 5,700 about a half-hour east of Green Bay.
However, some observers are now questioning whether all the investment in wind power makes economic sense....Alsleben's new wind farm is designed to supply electricity to 30,000 homes, but when the wind stops blowing, the blades stop turning and the power output falls to zero. Critics say this underlines one essential drawback: you can't depend on wind for energy. Even if you build wind farms you still need conventional power plants in case the wind fails.
Is wind energy development simply one more example of our government promoting a good cause in the wrong way?
Mr. Cashman's head-spinning announcement has launched a debate in SouthCoast about the potential gains and losses of constructing a wind farm in the bay.
Two months ago US Senator Edward Kennedy had Beacon Hill buzzing as he swooped down to address lawmakers at the State House for the first time in his 44-year career. But a large contingent of the same body that welcomed the state's senior senator with reverence and awe as he pledged his support for passage of landmark healthcare legislation is now giving Kennedy something he is utterly unaccustomed to receiving from Bay State Democrats: a cold shoulder.
Going against US Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his high-profile and very personal battle to block the proposed Cape wind farm can be an uncomfortable place for a Democratic candidate in Massachusetts. Just ask gubernatorial hopeful Deval L. Patrick.
But it's not perfect, since windy periods don't necessarily match the peak demand for electricity. "It's not just that you can turn on a light as a customer, but that you can turn it on when you want," he said. Utilities have to plan electrical generation around highest demand, he said. "We have to cope with the wind blowing when the wind blows and maybe not necessarily when we need it," he said. "That's just the reality."
The Boone County Alliance Against Intrusive Energy wants the board to re-vote on approving a special use permit for the farm.
The increase is due to numerous reasons. They include a federal tax credit for production, actions by states like Pennsylvania to mandate that a percentage of in-state power be generated from renewable sources like wind, plus the influx of big companies with big money. Another is the nation's need for more electricity, which is forecast to increase by 1.6 percent per year through the year 2025, according to the Energy Information Administration.
No effective U.S. program to reduce the environmental harm done by conventional energy sources can be created without assigning a major role to nukes.
Coal, the nation's favorite fuel in much of the 19th century and early 20th century, could become so again in the 21st. The United States has enough to last at least two centuries at current use rates — reserves far greater than those of oil or natural gas. And for all the public interest in alternatives like wind and solar power, or ethanol from the heartland, coal will play a far bigger role.
This is a lousy time to oppose wind power. The argument for it only grows with public concern over global warming and nosebleed gas prices. That's why Cashman's wind farm deserves a rigorous review, rather than an early post-mortem.
As part of a new celebrity-backed campaign, lovers of renewable energy are throwing their arms around wind turbines to commune with green power....Anti-wind farm campaigners have catalogued hundreds of safety breaches, including turbines collapsing and lumps of ice thrown at high speed. Yesterday it was reported that ScottishPower had ordered a walker to leave the area around a wind farm in Argyll after chunks of ice began falling from the blades.