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SHENYANG: People ate breakfast by the light of smartphones and shopkeepers turned on generators as cities across China enforced power cuts Wednesday to meet official conservation targets and ease shortages in some areas.
Kutch has been designated as an important wind energy exploitation zone, and in the past few years thousands of windmills have been put up by energy companies, leading to local conflicts in villages because the structures are eating up common forest and grazing lands critical for villagers. In Sangnara, local communities raised their voice when they realised that their forestland rich in wildlife and local flora and fauna was being destroyed to pave the way for setting up giant wind turbines to generate clean energy in the region.
Conservation groups are demanding a plan to build a wind farm in Hokkaido be rescinded after they confirmed red-crowned cranes, a bird species the government designated a special national treasure, are breeding in the area. The Wild Bird Society of Japan and other nature groups said the project, by a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., should be scrapped to protect the rare birds’ natural habitat.
Solar analysts are split on the likely impact of the move.
Taiwan People’s Party Legislator Tsai Pi-ru (蔡壁如) has expressed concern the Chinese offshore wind turbines under construction 7 nautical miles (13 kilometers) south of the Matsu Islands will affect the wellbeing of Matsu residents and the local marine environment.
John Martin, chief executive of the US Solar Fund, said higher raw material prices will probably increase the costs of installing new solar power by 20 per cent — putting solar costs back to the levels they were two years ago. “Decarbonisation costs will come down, but it’s not going to be free — capital will be required,” he said.
Currently about half the world's supply of polysilicon comes from Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has been accused of rounding up hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uyghur Muslims in what the State Department has labeled a "genocide." "The kind of brutality that we're talking about is offensive to just about anybody who would ever see these sorts of practices being used," said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), one of the lawmakers pushing Biden to act. "And they're doing it to the economic benefit of companies that are putting American companies at risk."
In total the South wants to install 12 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity by the end of the decade. But similar conflicts are slowing down plans for offshore wind farms across the country, with more than 30 government-approved projects yet to start construction, largely due to local opposition, according to the energy ministry. A 2019 British government and industry expert mission report seen by AFP identified "local acceptance" as a "key barrier" that could prevent the South meeting its target.
A proposed wind farm project in West Texas has become a potential national security issue due to its Chinese owner who has ties to the communist regime in Beijing and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), experts say. ...The first concern is that the wind farm will be generating electricity, hence, it involves critical infrastructure and poses a risk to the Texas electric grid. Potential cyberattacks on the electrical grid could disrupt power utility operations, resulting in large-scale power outages.
On one hand, the Las Lomas wind site is an example of US, Chinese and European companies taking action together ...On the other, they are companies whose supply chains run through a part of China where there has been widespread international condemnation, ...human rights violations reported to be taking place there. "If someone is coming to me and saying, 'I'm importing something from this region', I'm telling them, you should review your supply chain and assess potential risks.
The government said Thursday it will remove the two remaining wind power turbines it installed off Fukushima Prefecture citing lack of profit in the project, which cost ¥60 billion ($580 million). The project was widely seen as a symbol of the reconstruction of the northeastern prefecture following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.
More than 20 citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan were injured in an Israeli occupation forces’ attempt to disperse them after they have gathered between the occupied villages of Majdal Shams and Masa’da in protest against the occupations scheme to set up wind turbines on their lands, SANA reporter in Quneitra said Wednesday.
Local Druse residents in northern Israel told the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Tuesday they were outraged over an Israeli effort to plant wind turbines in their agricultural fields. The locals reportedly held a protest and attempted to block IDF and other authorities from entering the area to continue working on the project which is intended to produce renewable energy.
Central Electricity Authority (CEA) data shows that wind power generation dropped as much as 38.58% in July. Industry executives said a deviation of 10% is expected at any time, but they were taken aback by the sudden drop in numbers this year.
“The questions that need to be answered before India pursues such a massive renewable programme involving huge solar and wind parks are – whether there is sufficient available land, whether comprehensive environmental impact assessments are conducted prior to construction and whether a proper compliance of environmental safeguards is carried out after a project is operational,” Linowes questioned. Renewable projects including such solar and wind parks are already facing resistance from communities – including legal cases.
“To give equal consideration to ecological and economic development and create a win-win situation, the important wild bird habitats should be excluded. Therefore, the land used for producing salt connected to highly ecologically disputed areas in Chiayi County and Tainan city ...shall no longer be provided for solar photovoltaic installations. Authorizations that have already been given ...will now be revoked.
Land used for producing salt connected to highly ecologically disputed areas in Chiayi County and Tainan City according to the investigation completed by the Institute shall no longer be provided for solar photovoltaic installations. The consent given for the provision of land is revoked and the deposit shall be refunded without interest. In addition, the national land that has been adopted by conservation groups also shall not be provided for solar photovoltaic installation.
Richard believes that if Yantian is developed to install photovoltaic panels, these migratory birds will not approach or inhabit the areas under the photovoltaic panels. "Wetland fishing grounds with wave-absorptive blocks and shallow waters are being developed with more and more solar panels. Migratory birds have fewer and fewer areas to rest. If they cannot find enough food, they will starve to death during the flight."
It is possible to fight the climate crisis and bolster the economy at the same time by making full use of an abundant resource that's right before our eyes. The government and the private sector must work together to expand wind power generation.
While China is moving away from subsidies for new projects, the delayed payments are weighing on developers and restricting their ability to borrow more money to fund new generation. The issue is of particular importance because of the huge amounts of money pouring into the sector in China -- $818 billion in the last decade, more than double any other country, according to BloombergNEF.