Articles filed under Safety from USA

Board adopts height rules to help protect military planes

The action comes a year after Supervisor Judy Mikels asked for a study based on concerns that arose in Kern County over proposals for wind generation farms rising hundreds of feet into the air. Not only did the height of the wind turbines threaten the air space, but the devices could also interfere with pilots' radio frequencies, planning officials said.
28 Jun 2006

A New Blip on Wind Power's Radar Screen

PITTSBURGH Wind power may be flying high, but the young industry fears its growth may be clipped if federal rulemakers and Congress continue to set up new regulatory January, Congress mandated a study of the effects of proposed wind turbines on military operations, including aircraft radar, triggering special scrutiny by the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Defense .
21 Jun 2006

Wind turbines need more study

Gov. Manchin is only being prudent by suggesting that West Virginia turbine projects also wait until the national studies are completed. Isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? I honestly believe the governor should pass an executive order halting the building of more giant wind turbines in West Virginia until we can all get our bearings.
19 Jun 2006

Energy company says wind study may raise prices

MINNEAPOLIS - Xcel Energy Inc. says a federal study to see whether wind turbines interfere with military radar could delay projects in Minnesota -- and that could lead to increased costs for wind-generated electricity. The Federal Aviation Administration told more than a dozen wind developers in the region that their projects may not get safety permits until the Department of Defense study is finished. It's not clear when the study will be done.
18 Jun 2006

New Interference on the Horizon for U.S. Wind Power Development

At Tehachipi pass, a well-known wind farm in Central California, even the smallest wind turbine, the tips of its blades whirling at just the right speed, gives off a radar signal larger than that of a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, according to Gary Seifert, Program Manager, Idaho National Laboratory, who spoke at last week's annual U.S. wind power industry conference.
17 Jun 2006

The proposal is reckless

While Cape Wind has targeted politics and well-funded opponents as the culprits, the real issue -- and villain -- is the utter recklessness of building a massive industrial-scale project across 24 square miles of Nantucket Sound.
23 Apr 2006
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