Documents filed under Energy Policy

The Wind Farm Scam

Wind_farm_scam_ai_thumb In a book released today, Dr. John Etherington - former Reader in Ecology, Thomas Huxley Medallist at the Royal College of Science and former co-editor of the Journal of Ecology - argues that wind farm technology is a wholly counter-productive and undesirable response to the problems of climate change and electricity generation.
7 Sep 2009

Letter urges DOI Secretary Salazar to suspend work of Wind Turbine/Wildlife Advisory Committee

Doi_facaletterfollowup_090511_thumb Eric R. Glitzenstein of the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal in Washington DC filed this letter with the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar on behalf of a number of conservation and citizen groups concerned with the impact of poorly sited and constructed wind power projects on bat and bird populations and other wildlife resources.
11 May 2009

Our undiversified wind portfolio

Wind advocates like to say "The wind's always blowing somewhere" to counter concerns about the variability of wind power. This is true, and it means that wind can always be relied on to produce some power, but that does not mean that wind can always meet demand. In the United States' Great Plains wind belt, wind is typically anticorrelated with demand.
30 Apr 2009

Energy Myths and Realities

Uvuspeech_rattie_thumb This speech was delivered at the 22nd Annual Utah Valley University Symposium on Environmental Ethics, held April 1st and 2nd at Utah Valley University. Mr. Keith O. Rattie is the Chairman, President and CEO of Questar Corporation, one of America's fastest-growing natural gas producers. A .pdf version of the speech can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
2 Apr 2009

The Charter of Palermo

More than thirty speakers from Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Britain, and the United States presented at an international industrial wind conference entitled, The Landscape Under Attack, held on March 27, 28 in Palermo, Italy. Speakers at the conference confirmed that thousands of massive wind turbines are planned for Italy. In response, leaders in Sicily, Rome, Tuscany, and Calabria met with energy experts throughout Europe and the United States to exchange ideas and agree on principles for protecting both the landscape and the consumer. The conference concluded with the Charter of Palermo, a statement of purpose, which called for an immediate moratorium on wind development, a thorough examination of its costs and benefits, and protection in perpetuity for the landscape's cultural heritage.
31 Mar 2009

Flaws in and solutions to integrating renewable energy resources in New England

Williamshort_rpsflaws_thumb William P. Short III, a leading expert on renewable energy, delivered a compelling presentation at the Energy in the Northeast 2008 Conference held in Boston on Nov 17-18, 2008, outlining the flaws in present-day REC-based RPS programs and offering a comprehensive solution to revise these programs in order to offer ratepayers meaningful economic benefits in excess of the cost the RECs.
18 Nov 2008

Understanding the trade-off: Environmental costs and benefits of industrial wind energy development

Nasbr-bats_wind_turbines_24oct08-boone_webb_thumb Wildlife expert Dan Boone presented these slides at the 38th North American Symposium on Bat Research held in Scranton, PA in October 2008. Mr. Boone's presentation focused on the trade-offs of wind energy development in Eastern US balancing the benefits of this energy resource against the environmental risks, particularly to bats. Note that slides # 27, 32 and 33 of the presentation provide graphs which quantitatively estimate the potential impacts on bats and forest habitat resulting from the projected intensity of wind energy development within the eastern US states which comprise the bulk of the Appalachian mountain region. The summary slide from the presentation is listed below. The full presentation can be accessed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
24 Oct 2008

Decommissioning costs and scrap value: Beech Ridge wind energy facility

Beechridgeenergydecommissioning_thumb Tom Hewson of Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. ("EVA") was hired by the citizen's group, Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy, to evaluate a Decommissioning Cost Report prepared for the Beech Ridge Energy Project - a 124-turbine project proposed for Greenbrier County, West Virginia. His summary below provides insight into what communities and permitting agencies should be looking for when evaluating decommissioning plans. Mr. Hewson's memo on decommissioning of the Beech Ridge wind facility, which was included in the public record before the West Virginia Public Service Commission on the project, can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
7 Oct 2008

Texas wind energy: Past, Present, and Future

2008-09-rr10-windenergy-dt-new_thumb Policy analyst and attorney, Drew Thornley, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation examines the growth of wind energy in Texas over the last decade. While many policymakers and business leaders foresee wind as a major contributor to America’s electricity supply, his report identifies several practical obstacles that stand in the way of achieving that vision.
1 Oct 2008

NY-PSC Abbreviated order authorizing acquisition subject to conditions

Nypsc_iberdrola_order07m0906_order_thumb The NY Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the joint Petition of Iberdrola, S.A., Energy East Corporation, RGS Energy Group, Inc., Green Acquisition Capital, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation and Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation for the acquisition of Energy East Corporation by Iberdrola, S.A. (CASE 07-M-0906). The order as issued by the PSC can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
9 Sep 2008

A national renewable portfolio standard? Not Practical

Impatience to solve current problems has resulted in aggressive RPSs with strict deadlines. Although we agree that renewable technologies will help attain social goals, mandating rapid, massive deployment of these technologies will result in high cost, disputes over land use, and unreliable electricity, leading to a public backlash against these policies. The United States needs to focus on the goals, provide substantial incentives to meet them, and avoid polices that exclude economical ways to meet them.
1 Sep 2008
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