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The wind turbine failures behind Europe's energy crisis are a warning for America

Ralph Schoellhammer, an assistant professor of international relations at Webster Vienna Private University in Vienna, Austria told Newsweek Europe had failed to address major issues arising from the energy transition. "The current energy transformation in Europe is probably the greatest geopolitical blunder since World War II, the last time when misguided ideologies plunged millions of people into what can justifiable be called the darkest period of human history," Schoellhammer said. ..."More expensive energy will affect the development potential for billions of people around the world, and particularly in Africa. The refusal of Europeans to make cheap energy available will lead to massive migration movements in the future," he said.
27 Oct 2021

Investors on board as U.S. oil majors dismiss wind and solar projects

Michael Liss, senior portfolio manager of the American Century Value Fund, said it owns more of the U.S. majors than European partly because the American companies spend a lesser share of capital on things like renewable power and alternative fuels at a time when oil demand remains strong. "We think their pace is going to be more realistic" in the adoption of new energy sources, Liss said.
27 Oct 2021

Ocean City residents worry an offshore wind farm will destroy the resort without easing climate change

The poles, or monopoles driven into the seabed will be 35 feet in diameter, rising 80 stories tall, with 350-foot blades. They will be surrounded by hard structures that had never before existed off the Jersey coast. Hornick worries the construction noise and vibrations will damage marine mammals like dolphins, who depend on echolocation to navigate. And the wind farms could jeopardize the survival of the endangered Atlantic right whale; fewer than 400 are alive today. The Jersey Shore’s fisheries are also worried the wind farms would limit fishing areas and could permanently reduce their catch. The wind farms would occupy some of the most fertile fishing grounds in the nation, prompting a growing battle between fisheries and wind power.
27 Oct 2021

Ocean City mayor: Wind turbines should not be seen from beach

“Let me be clear. I do not intend to be an obstructionist, but it’s my job to look out for Ocean City,” he said. Opposition to the offshore wind turbines has built as the project gets closer to reality. In his comments, Gillian mentioned concerns raised by commercial and recreational fishing groups. “The project should not move forward until all concerns of the fishing communities are adequately addressed,” he said, also saying potential threats to the environment and to the public should also be addressed.
27 Oct 2021

Shasta supervisors agree with commission and deny use permit for controversial wind farm

After more than 10 hours of public comments, Shasta County supervisors voted 4-1 to deny an appeal by a company that wants to build a controversial wind farm in the Intermountain area just west of Burney. Tuesday night’s denial upholds the June 22 unanimous decision by the Shasta County Planning Commission to reject the use permit for the Fountain Wind project. Commissioners heard nearly 10 hours of public testimony before their vote.
27 Oct 2021

Xcel wants to increase Minnesota residential electricity bills by nearly 20%

The new rate case would be Xcel's second multi-year rate case since the state legislature allowed them in 2015. In 2017, the PUC approved a four-year rate deal for Xcel Energy that raised residential rates by 10.6%. That deal was retroactive to 2016, and it followed five consecutive years of rate hikes for Xcel. In both 2019 and 2020, Xcel proposed new three-year rate plans, with the last one calling for a total of $597 million in new revenue.
26 Oct 2021

Public hearing set on the proposed regulations banning wind in zoned portions of Reno County

The Reno County Planning Commission agreed Tuesday to set a Nov. 18 public hearing on proposed changes to both the county’s Comprehensive Plan and its zoning regulations to prohibit commercial wind development in the zoned portions of the county. Also to be taken up at that meeting will be a proposal to create an overlay district for the remaining non-zoned portions of the county that would enable the county to regulate wind in those un-zoned areas in the future.
24 Oct 2021

The wind of change

This is a personal fight for me. I don’t want to look at them. I don’t want to see them,” said Commissioner Lorie Johnson. She said she frequently drives past wind turbines in nearby Crawford County. “It looks like a space zone with all the red flickering lights. It’s just absurd. I can’t imagine living underneath that. I can’t imagine living near it. I don’t want to. That’s as close as I want them.”
24 Oct 2021

Wind turbine proposed in Glen; Planning board asking for greater setback distances

The Planning Board is asking developers of a proposed wind turbine project on Reynolds Road to increase the planned setback distances from neighboring properties, but developers say that could result in a greater disturbance to wetlands and the removal of trees. Borrego Solar is seeking approval to construct a single 4.3-megawatt wind turbine on approximately five acres of leased land out of a roughly 191.6-acre parcel located at 411 Reynolds Road.
24 Oct 2021

Murphy reps seek to ease NJ business fears on clean energy costs

Business groups are concerned the changes sought by the state’s Energy Master Plan will prove prohibitively expensive – especially hitting industries that are the largest energy consumers. Cabinet officials sought to assure participants they’re taking their worries into account. "Does it cost a lot of money? Yes. I keep saying that. I’m not going to deny it,” said Board of Public Utilities President Joseph Fiordaliso. 
24 Oct 2021

Ocean City Mayor Addresses Offshore Wind Farm Concerns

“I understand that federal and state decision makers have the power to approve this project without Ocean City’s consent, but I intend to do everything in my power to advocate for Ocean City’s best interests,” Gillian said. “I believe in the objectives of clean energy, but I know these can be advanced while also addressing the points I’ve just listed.”
23 Oct 2021

Irate farmers blast environmental harm caused by solar array

With Dominion, like many other utilities around the country, eager to jump on the renewable energy bandwagon, more fiascos like the one in Louisa County – whether courtesy of Big Solar or Big Wind – are in the offing. The Biden administration is eager to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, come what may. That burden will fall disproportionately on rural areas, where arable land will be used for industrial-scale wind and solar projects.
21 Oct 2021

Renewables giants nixed from clean energy index

Seven of the 15 companies removed from the Global Clean Energy Index are American, including solar and wind giant NextEra, a $160 billion company that’s taken heavy advantage of government subsidies to grow its portfolio. A NextEra representative declined to comment.
21 Oct 2021

Competition fierce for offshore wind's a 'once in a generation opportunity'

State Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, said the Baker administration, in its almost single-minded focus on low energy prices, was caught flat-footed by the technological leaps in the industry that led to greater turbine efficiency and productivity and big drops in the price of offshore wind power. Massachusetts is now in the third round of bids for state contracts to produce power for electrical distribution companies such as Eversource, Unitil, and National Grid. 
21 Oct 2021

Competition fierce for offshore wind's a 'once in a generation opportunity'

State Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, said the Baker administration, in its almost single-minded focus on low energy prices, was caught flat-footed by the technological leaps in the industry that led to greater turbine efficiency and productivity and big drops in the price of offshore wind power. Massachusetts is now in the third round of bids for state contracts to produce power for electrical distribution companies such as Eversource, Unitil, and National Grid. 
21 Oct 2021

Transition to Nowhere

California’s switch to a primarily solar and wind-powered grid is a dead end The leaders of California and China have at least one thing in common: fear of blackouts. In late September, following widespread and economically debilitating losses of power, China’s vice premier Han Zheng ordered the country’s energy companies to ensure sufficient supplies before winter “at all costs” and added, ominously, that blackouts “won’t be tolerated.” A month earlier, California governor Gavin Newsom issued emergency orders to procure more natural gas-fired electrical capacity to avoid blackouts. And in a possible sign of more such moves to come, earlier in the summer, California’s electric grid operator “stole” electricity that Arizona utilities had purchased and that was in transit from Oregon.
20 Oct 2021

Baker tries to rejigger offshore wind procurement

In a bill filed Thursday, Gov. Baker proposes nixing the requirement that each new offshore wind project must cost less than the project that preceded it. The bill also takes the lion’s share of decisionmaking in the bid process away from the state’s three big utilities — National Grid, Eversource, and Unitil — and creates a new model in which “the state’s Department of Energy Resources would choose the successful projects with technical assistance from the utilities."
20 Oct 2021

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