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Icy reception for wind park - Proposed offshore windmill bank would be ugly and won't reduce bills much, say South Shore residents

Critics argued the combined 140 megawatts the turbines would produce at peak capacity represented a fraction of the Island's current 6,100 megawatt availability, at a price equivalent to or higher than oil or gas-based power. They voiced concerns over turbine noise, obstructed views and impacted property values, and noted that low wind velocities during the summer season could mean the wind farm is least productive when needed most.
19 Jan 2006

Wind energy issues to hit House, Senate

RICHMOND — It will come as little surprise to Highland residents that pressure at the state level to develop wind energy projects continues to mount. And now, the county’s own legislative representatives are jumping in to the debate with separate bills introduced in the General Assembly session. The legislative proposals are entirely different, but if passed, they would each have a significant effect on the current plan for a 39-megawatt facility here, and any future commercial wind projects that are likely to surface.
19 Jan 2006

Public subsidies spark criticism

WEST Devon and Torridge MP Geoffrey Cox has launched a probe into the amount of public money spent by the Government to subsidise companies who develop wind farms. Mr Cox's Parliamentary Questions will form part of the latest stage in his campaign in support of the thousands of local residents who object to the siting of two wind farms in his constituency.
19 Jan 2006

Turning to the wind

With the help of state policy, research and funding from clean-energy supporters, Hull, Princeton and Boston fought the challenges and have erected wind turbines. The concept has supporters in Newbury. Newburyport is watching, with the new mayor saying a committee to look into the option may be in order.
18 Jan 2006

CanWEA Letter Detailing Wind Turbines' Energy Consumption

Letter_to_the_oeb_jan_06_thumb In times of low wind, or during maintenance, a wind turbine will consume a small amount of power to run computers, communications, hydraulics, yaw motors, heaters and radiator fans. When a turbine is generating, its power curve (or rated output) is net of power consumption, so it does not draw power from the grid at that time. Commercial scale wind turbines produce power 70-80% of the time, with output ranging from a small amount to the full rated capacity of the turbine. A typical wind turbine will produce 100 times more power than it consumes in a given month. Its consumption and peak load are very small. A 1.8 MW turbine may have peak load of 27kW, with a resting consumption of as low as 5 kW. Wind turbines are principally suppliers of power to the system, and any consumption is purely incidental. As such, wind turbines are not typical demand customers and should not be treated as other loads.
18 Jan 2006

Wind Turbine on Fire (2)

Fire.176391.full_thumb A 200ft wind turbine in Wearside which burst into flames on Christmas Eve last year. The 75ft fibreglass blades burnt off and fell to the ground leading police to close two roads close to the tower. Residents from miles around reported thick black smoke emanating from the turbine at the Nissan factory - Inset picture courtesy of Sunderland Echo
18 Jan 2006

Big gaps in state's plans for emissions

Governor Mitt Romney has touted Massachusetts's first-in-the-nation plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the dirtiest power plants, but the plan that went into effect Jan. 1 remains incomplete, and Romney is pushing changes that could allow plants to avoid pollution reductions.
17 Jan 2006

Against the Wind

“People need to have an appreciation for the value of homes,” said Dodie Stark, an agent for Coldwell Banker Anchor Real Estate, in Oceana County. “For many, real estate is their biggest investment and a means to a secure retirement. Views are very important, especially in a resort area, and a group of 400-foot-tall wind turbines 500 feet from homes or cottages could have a devastating effect on property values.”
17 Jan 2006

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