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Why Lackawanna's turbines don't always blow in the wind

Ever notice how many of the wind turbines on the old Bethlehem Steel property along Lake Erie don't rotate, even on windy days? Now we know why. The company that manufactured parts for the turbines went bankrupt, and the owner of the turbines in Lackawanna and Hamburg can't get replacement parts. 
16 Nov 2019

Vestas exec: ‘We should be outraged’

In a panel discussion during POWERGEN Europe/ European Utility Week 2019, Vestas Group Senior Vice President, Morten Dyrholm said that the world should be outraged the there is so much pushback against renewable energy even as the technology is now cost-competitive with fossil fuels.
14 Nov 2019

New bill would give residents a say in wind farms

Under the current law, the authority to approve or deny wind energy projects belongs to the Ohio Power Siting Board. But Ohio Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, and Sen. Rob McColley, R-Napoleon, introduced companion bills Wednesday in the Ohio House and Senate that would give communities a chance to vote on the issue. The bill in the house has several cosponsors, including Rep. D.J. Swearingen, R-Huron, who represents Erie and Ottawa counties.
12 Nov 2019

Wind 'on its knees' as profits vanish, says industry pioneer

“The industry has to be more profitable than the alternatives, and currently we’re not,” he said. “We have reduced the number of turbine suppliers in the west from 15 to four in the last 10 years. Two of those are absolutely without profit, two of them are barely profitable, and a lot less profitable than the oil industry.”
11 Nov 2019

Officials rail against 'false accusations'

After first denying a setback variance for project in 2015, the Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals voted 2-1 on Oct. 17 to permit the project. Dan’s Mountain LLC must now try to gain approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission to proceed with construction. Opponents of the wind farm say the turbines create excessive noise pollution, light flicker and destruction of neighborhood views. 
9 Nov 2019

Invenergy hopes to work with winners in Tuesday's town elections

Alle-Catt opponents were elected in three towns on Tuesday: Farmersville, Freedom and Rushford. Farmersville and Freedom elected majorities of candidates who are opposed to the wind farm due to setback issues, shadow flicker and infrasound concerns. The 2018 Freedom wind law was struck down in state Supreme Court in Cattaraugus County ...The new wind laws increased the maximum height of the turbines from 450 to 600 feet at Invenergy’s request.
8 Nov 2019

Iowa's betting big on wind energy, but it's creating a problem: What happens to the blades once they're no longer useful?

"This clean, green energy is not so clean and not so green," says Julie Kuntz, who opposes a Worth County wind project. "It's just more waste going in our landfills." Daniel Laird, a U.S. Department of Energy researcher, acknowledges that disposing of the blades is a challenge. Wind energy generation, now topping 100 gigawatts nationally, will create 1 million tons of fiberglass and other composite waste, said Laird, director of the National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.
8 Nov 2019

Michigan’s not good for wind power, so Consumers Energy customers will pay more

“So, if Michigan’s utilities are building their wind facilities in areas with poor wind resources — like Hillsdale County — they will need to build a lot more turbines and have the turbines they build produce far less electricity. That ensures that the costs to build and operate wind facilities in Michigan is far higher than it is in states like Oklahoma or Kansas,” Hayes said.
7 Nov 2019

Inherit the Wind

Project_table_thumb It’s good to know that wind turbine blades are a bird’s best friend, or something like that. I’m citing “fun facts” on the website of Synergy, Western Australia’s state-owned electricity generator. Synergy operations include half a dozen WA wind farms, mostly coastal. Synergy claims, correctly, that its fun facts “may blow your mind.” Fun Fact No. 9 is illustrated with a pic of Sesame Street’s Big Bird, pop-eyed with delight about wind turbines’  blade-and-splatter prospects. The caption reads (author’s emphasis)
7 Nov 2019

Wind farm opponents buoyed by Farmersville, Freedom election wins

A coalition of local organizations opposed to the 106-square mile Alle-Catt wind farm proposal took majorities on two host towns and the supervisor’s position in a third host town in Tuesday’s elections. ...As a result of Tuesday night’s vote count, members of project opponents Freedom United and Farmersville United became the majority on their town boards.
7 Nov 2019

Conflict Of Interest: Officials with turbine tower leases approve wind development

An industrial wind facility is set to launch in Hillsdale County next year, despite significant opposition from local residents and questions. ...Opponents of the Crescent Wind Energy Center, organized as Concerned Citizen of Wheatland Township, claim the township’s planning commission and board rammed through ordinance modifications and use permits for Chicago-based developer Invenergy in 2018-19 despite widespread conflicts of interest.
5 Nov 2019

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