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Dutch wind farm in trouble in Mexico

Dutch pension fund PGGM is the under fire in Mexico because of its plans for a wind farm in the south of the country. Furious local farmers and fishermen are demanding that the project be abandoned. ...The protestors say they've had death threats from community leaders who are determined to see the project go ahead at all costs.
11 Sep 2012

More wind power needs better forecasting

"The main challenge associated with wind power is its variability; wind power output is highly dependent on weather conditions and carries a high degree of uncertainty ...As the volume of wind power capacity increases, so will the effect of wind variability and hence the accuracy of the wind power forecasts will become more important."
10 Sep 2012

John Hayes replaces Charles Hendry as energy minister

Number 10 confirms popular energy minister to be replaced by John Hayes, despite MP's past opposition to wind energy ...He was quoted by the BBC in 2009 as saying, "renewable energy needs to pass the twin tests of environmental and economic sustainability and wind power fails on both counts".
6 Sep 2012

Banks want Vestas-Mitsubishi deal by 2013

A group of international banks have given Vestas Wind Systems a deadline of Jan. 1, 2013, to reach a strategic deal with Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. seen as shoring up the troubled Danish wind turbine maker's finances, according to news reports.
6 Sep 2012

Revised wind farm rejected

E.On had wanted to build 21 turbines at Corsbie Moor near Westruther in Berwickshire. However, that number was cut to 12 and further reduced to nine after the company "considered all the views from the local community".
5 Sep 2012

Call for wind farm policy has merit

It's difficult to avoid the conclusion that at present there is no policy, with literally hundreds of applications in the pipeline and turbines appearing here, there and everywhere. ...The rush to renewables should not, however, mean an easy ride for proposals which have a significant and potentially irreversible impact on other aspects of life.
31 Aug 2012

Germany -- Insane or just plain stupid?

Wow, this coal plant is flexible indeed. ...It can ramp up and down within minutes to meet renewable's intermittency. And at $3.4 billion, it's a steal. Thanks to their Renewable Energy Act (EEG) and the shutting of their nuclear plants, the country's energy costs are skyrocketing and driving German manufacturing out of business or off-shore
31 Aug 2012

Support for solar power is waning

Solar is lower maintenance and more constant [than wind], and it is currently easier to find sites. But Mr Rowson predicted: "I think we'll see the tide change. Already, protest groups are getting pretty mobile and the goodwill towards PV applications on this scale will eventually run out.
10 Aug 2012
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