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The life expectancy of a wind turbine is about 25 years. After that they can either be retooled or taken down. The state of Wyoming was one of the first to implement regulations to make sure the state did not have the problem of dead abandoned wind turbines. California, for example, has entire fields of them.
The state of Maine could see more wind projects developed in the coming years after a number of new proposals have been submitted by southern New England states.
The rotating blades of wind turbines trigger regular lightning bolts that can blast 2 kilometres up into the atmosphere. Little is known about these spontaneous bolts because turbines are hard to monitor in stormy conditions. But now Joan Montanyà of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, and his colleagues have captured the first high-speed video of wind turbines firing lightning. They also used a lightning detection network to map how the bolts propagate in three dimensions.
In Episode 1 of this new web series, Ben Acheson excoriates industrial wind energy and ponders why the vast roll-out of huge turbines is still taking place. With the negative impacts on the tourist industry, precious landscapes, communities and businesses, is it time that wind energy was chalked up as a loss? Mr. Acheson is the policy adviser to EU Parliamentarian Struan Stevenson MEP. The full transcript of the video appears below.
Developers have formally abandoned their plans to build a $180 million wind farm in southeastern Minnesota that drew strong citizen opposition because of the threat it posed to eagles and bats, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday. New Era Wind Farm LLC told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in a letter dated Sept. 6 that it "no longer intends to develop a wind energy project in Goodhue County" and asked the commission to close all pending matters related to the project. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had estimated that New Era's wind turbines could kill as many as eight to 15 bald eagles per year in a worst-case scenario. The company's estimate was one eagle annually. Duration: 1 minute 50 seconds
Germany's government set out to abandon nuclear power and switch to renewable energy. In order to triple generating capacity of green energy, hundreds of additional wind turbines are being installed in Southern Germany, but environmentalists are still unhappy. Al Jazeera's Nick Spicer reports from Soonwald, Germany. Duration: 2 minutes 2 seconds
Esther Wrightman has been sued by NextEra for opposing the company's actions in Ontario. Esther speaks with Ezra Levant about her fight against big wind bullies. Duration: 11 minutes 52 seconds
Alby Schultz MP in Parliament, May 30, 2013 defending Dr Sarah Laurie. Duration: 5 minutes 4 seconds
"Who Are My People?" is a 1 hour television documentary film on the current and controversial topic of the build out of large scale renewable energy in the deserts of the West.
Tempers flared in Manvers, and it was all over the issue of a proposed wind farm in their community. Residents are worried it could have an impact on their health and their property values. Duration 3 minutes 4 seconds
Over 150 protesters in Vermont blocked deliver of turbine components to Green Mountain Power's Lowell Wind energy facility now under construction. At least 30 law enforcement officers were deployed at the protest including federal border control officers. The protest became heated at several points when two Vermonters were arrested. Residents in northern Vermont were visibly frustrated at the State's aggressive push to site industrial scale turbines on the ridgelines. The State of Vermont prohibits billboards. Duration: 3 minutes 53 seconds
This is the theatrical trailer for Laura Israel's WINDFALL. WINDFALL is a beautifully photographed feature length film that documents how a proposal in Meredith New York divides its residents as they fight over the future of their community. Attracted at first to the financial incentives that would seemingly boost their dying economy, a group of townspeople grow increasingly alarmed as they discover the impacts that the 400-foot high windmills slated for Meredith could bring to their community as well as the potential for financial scams. With wind development in the United States growing annually at 39 percent, WINDFALL is an eye-opener that should be required viewing for anyone concerned about the environment and the future of renewable energy. Duration: 2 minutes 42 seconds
WIVB TV in New York examines why the Steelwinds 8 turbine facility in Lackawanna, New York is down again. Duration: 2 minutes 13 seconds.
In this two part series, Jennifer Rooks of MPBN explores industrial wind energy development in the State of Maine and the conflicting views of the projects. Duration: 26 minutes 46 seconds
This video was produced by the Allegheny Highlands Alliance (AHA), a consortium of citizen and environment organizations with membership in five states along the Allegheny Front. The AHA is in the process of discovering the facts about industrial wind, its potential to reduce green house gases, its economics and the impact of industrial wind energy project installations on the ecology and human health. The video provides a helpful primer on the nagging issues of expanding industrial wind development. Duration: 9 minutes 16 seconds
Europe’s Ill Wind is a film about the views of people living near existing or planned wind farm developments. Their objections have been dismissed by the wind industry, government and pro-wind campaigners as selfish NIMBYism, leaving unanswered many questions about the reliability and environmental credentials of wind energy. Visit http://www.europesillwind.org/ for more information. Duration: 24 minutes 31 seconds
Con with the Wind is a passionate and inspirational look at the myths, facts and lies surrounding big business interests in the Wind Farm Goldrush. Film maker and director Nigel Spence's gripping documentary, shot in 15 countries over 3 years, exposes the truth and the real human, environmental and subsidy costs of wind turbines; a cost that the youth of today will be paying for the next 25 years. Visit www.conwiththewind.com for more info and to register to watch the full-length documentary.
The Ontario Green Energy Act, passed in May 2009, is extremely popular with the public notwithstanding both its infringements on basic individual and democratic rights, and also the substantially higher electricity rates it will cause. This post suggests that close coordination between government, renewable energy businesses, and environmental organizations, particularly government funding of environmental groups, helps to explain the political success of the legislation. This video was part of a panel presentation by Tom Adams at the York University Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development conference June 15, 2009. Duration: 6 minutes 37 seconds
This Idaho couple is learning an expensive lesson. Their newly installed residential windmill is not producing the benefits they were expecting. Click for additional information. Duration: 1 minute 49 seconds
Citizens Wind Watch of Barrington's analysis of the proposed wind turbine in Barrington, Rhode Island. Part 1, Duration: 7 minutes 46 seconds Part 2, Duration: 9 minutes 2 seconds