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The tragedy of wind turbine blade disposal

Plans for dealing with deteriorated turbine blades are insufficient and lead to absurd amounts of material and land waste. There are around 58,000 wind turbines in the U.S. according to the U.S. Wind Turbine Database, with an estimated 3,000 more planned to be erected by the end of this year. While this looks like good news, it brings with it a problem that is becoming more intimidating as time progresses.
15 Mar 2021

Over 230 submissions on proposed wind farm

Wicklow Uplands Council observed that the project could pose a 'significant threat to the character of this historic upland landscape'. The group expressed its support for renewable energy, but suggested that alternative and less sensitive locations could be considered. This view was echoed by a number of observations. Mountaineering Ireland and Rathdangan Local History Group also lodged submissions. The Department of Defence also lodged an objection to the proposal. They note the military lands at the Glen of Imaal are the Defence Forces' largest training and live fire range.
13 Mar 2021

Renewables insurer unfazed by Texas freeze but extreme weather risks set to rise

With the latest freeze fresh in regulators' minds, there could be mandatory weatherization of the grid and generation fleet in Texas ...these upgrades are unlikely to amortize and instead may simply be baked into the cost of doing business there. But beyond that, ...financing of projects will be looked at differently. "There will be much closer scrutiny of generating units being financed," Humphrey said. Funders, including tax equity financiers, will also have less appetite for merchant risk. "There will be more security around physical delivery requirements, capping merchant exposure so you don't have projects getting blown up," he said.
12 Mar 2021

Wind turbines on Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills – How not to pursue a Green New Deal

A company out of Boulder, Colorado named Scout Clean Energy has applied for a permit to build a massive turbine wind farm in Washington State on the Horse Heaven Hills, extending from the town of Benton City, through the Tri-Cities, to the town of Finley. The wind farm will have upwards of 250 turbines that are 500 feet tall and cover about 6,500 acres (over 10 square miles).
8 Mar 2021

Falmouth will hire consultant to assist with wind turbine disposition

The Falmouth Select Board on Monday, February 22, approved hiring a consultant to assist with the creation of bid documents necessary for the disposition of the two wind turbines at the wastewater treatment plant site on Blacksmith Shop Road. Attorney Christopher W. Morog told the board that Massachusetts General Law allows for the dismantling and disposal of the turbines under one procurement.
26 Feb 2021

RWE takes material earnings hit from Texas freeze as impact on Europeans emerges

RWE owns over 3 GW of mostly wind and some solar capacity in the state, and reduced availability of its generation fleet meant the company had to buy spot volumes to meet its supply obligations. Sky-high power prices in the area make this an expensive problem, which was further exacerbated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas directing grid operator Electric Reliability Council Of Texas Inc. to make price adjustments, RWE said.
19 Feb 2021

Vestas to centralize wind turbine production in Windsor, cut 450 jobs in Brighton, Pueblo

In a statement Wednesday morning, the company said it will repurpose its location in Brighton as a headquarters for the U.S. arm of its tooling business and cut production of turbine blades and nacelles at that location. That will result in at least 280 layoffs in Brighton, [plus] ...50 layoffs between Brighton’s nacelle factory and 120 at its tower factory in Pueblo.
17 Feb 2021

Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output, state's electric grid operator says

Nearly half of Texas' installed wind power generation capacity has been offline because of frozen wind turbines in West Texas, according to Texas grid operators. Wind farms across the state generate up to a combined 25,100 megawatts of energy. But unusually moist winter conditions in West Texas brought on by the weekend's freezing rain and historically low temperatures have iced many of those wind turbines to a halt.
17 Feb 2021

Solar industry baffled, angry as CMP cites need for costly upgrades

Maine’s burgeoning solar industry is up in arms, after many developers received emails from Central Maine Power last week indicating that their projects are causing technical problems at substations that could require costly upgrades. The controversy is erupting as scores of solar developers are building and proposing projects in Maine worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
4 Feb 2021

Indigenous, historic preservation groups object to wind project near Jeffers Petroglyphs

The Jeffers Petroglyphs site in southwestern Minnesota is sacred to Indigenous people. A wind farm and solar project would diminish the integrity of its “historic and sacred features,” the Minnesota Historical Society argues. ...After hearing the complaints, Apex moved the wind turbines nearest to the petroglyphs from just over 2 miles to 5.2 miles away. But the historical society and the tribes want an 8-mile buffer, and they object to Apex's decision to significantly raise the height of the turbines along with the move.
4 Feb 2021

Siemens slashes 7,800 jobs as green energy changes course for company

Siemens Energy (ENR.DE) announced plans to cut 7,800 jobs in its gas and power segment to improve its “long-term competitiveness” as it looks to focus on green energy. Its shares ticked up roughly 0.8% Tuesday morning. The company, which was spun off last year by German industrial giant Siemens AG (SIE.DE) and currently employs 90,000 people globally, also said it will no longer bid on contracts for new coal-fired power plants.
2 Feb 2021

The dark side of ‘green energy’ and its threat to the nation’s environment

Although countries are feverishly looking to install wind and solar farms to wean themselves off carbon-based, or so-called “dirty” energy, few countries, operators and the industry itself have yet to fully tackle the long-term consequences of how to dispose of these systems, which have their own environmental hazards like toxic metals, oil, fiberglass and other material.
30 Jan 2021

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