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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

Wind turbine loads during simulated thunderstorm microbursts

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 61400-1 for the design of wind turbines does not explicitly address site-specific conditions associated with anomalous atmospheric events or conditions. Examples of off-standard atmospheric conditions include thunderstorm downbursts, hurricanes, tornadoes, low-level jets, etc.
7 Oct 2011

Order of Summary Judgement: Court halts lease of state land to Coyote Wind LLC

Engwis_order_of_summary_judgment_1_thumb A suit filed against the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) challenged the adequacy of the Agency's Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Coyote Wind energy facility. A portion of the wind energy project would be located on State-owned lands. The court found that there was clear and convincing evidence that the DNRC's decision to issue a lease to Coyote Wind was arbitrary and capricious and not in compliance with the law. The ruling by Judge John C. McKeon can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
5 Oct 2011

Whistling Ridge Final Adjudicative Order

Wr_adj_order_868_10-7-2011_thumb The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (WA EFSEC) recently recommended approval, with conditions, of 35 turbines as part of the Whistling Ridge wind energy project. Fifty turbines were defined in the original plan submitted to the State. The final adjudicative order can be downloaded through the links at the bottom of the page. Of particular interest, readers are encouraged to reference the concurring opinion filed by the Council's chairman, James Luce, and included in the order. An excerpt of his letter is provided below.
1 Oct 2011

Alby Schultz speaks on the impacts of wind development on his constituents in Australia

Hansard_frag_thumb The Federal Member for Hume, Alby Schultz has written to Premier O'Farrell requesting an immediate moratorium on any further wind turbine development in New South Wales pending a possible public inquiry. An excerpt of his speech before the House of Representatives is below. The full speech can be accessed by clicking on one of the links at the bottom of the page.
24 May 2011

Analysis of UK wind power generation Nov 2008 to Dec 2010

Report_analysis_of_wind_nov_2008_to_dec_2010_thumb Stuart Young Consulting, with support from the John Muir Trust, has released a report studying the ability of wind power to make a significant contribution to the UK's energy supply. It concludes that the average power output of wind turbines across Scotland is well below the rates often claimed by industry and government. The executive summary of the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
6 Apr 2011

Turitea Wind Farm proposal: draft report and decision

Turitea-draft-report_thumb The New Zealand Ministry for the Environment Board of Inquiry released this draft report and decision on the proposed Turitea wind energy facility. The project initially consisted of 122 turbines but later reduced to include a maximum of 104 – 2.3MW turbines or 96 – 3MW turbines with an installed capacity of up to 288MW. The draft decision further reduces the turbine count to 61 towers. An excerpt from the executive summary is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
8 Feb 2011

AES Wind letter to Indiana landowners: Leases will lapse

Aeswindgenerationletter_thumb AES Wind vice president Paul Burdick sent this letter to leaseholders in Clinton County, Indiana informing them that their leases will be permitted to expire. The letter affirms that AES Wind has no near-term plans to proceed with wind development in the area due to current market conditions, a lack of demand for their product, and new requirements imposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service pertaining to the endangered Indiana bat.
28 Oct 2010

Wind energy is not the answer

Wind_energy_is_not_the_answer_thumb This paper discusses how wind energy is not the answer to climate change concerns and cannot do the heavy lifting required by the modern American economy. The author argues that it would take hundreds of thousands of wind turbines to make a substantial contribution to America's energy needs which will inevitably lead to conflicts with human and animal habitats.
1 Sep 2010

Motion to Dismiss suit denied; Hass, et al. v. County of DeKalb

Haasetalvnextera_thumb This detailed order prepared by IL Circuit Court Judge Michael Colwell rejects wind developer NextEra's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by about 40 landowners around the Shabbona area, giving the residents the trial they have sought for nearly a year. The lawsuit stems from the June 2009 decision by the DeKalb County Board to grant NextEra permission to build and operate 119 turbines in Afton, Clinton, Milan and Shabbona townships. NextEra has since built and begun to operate a 145-turbine wind farm that straddles the DeKalb-Lee county line. The lawsuit names NextEra Energy, the DeKalb County Board and each of its 24 members, and the nearly 100 landowners who allowed the turbines to be installed on their property.
10 Jun 2010

Australian wind farm proposal abandoned

Origin_press_release_thumb Origin Energy, an Australian energy company, has faced substantial public opposition to its wind proposal planned for the Tuki area of Central Victoria in Australia. Scott Hargreaves of Origin sent an email to the Ballarat-based Courier newspaper today (April 22) announcing that the company was abandoning the project. The email is posted below and can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
22 Apr 2010
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