US Energy Dept. On The Prowl For Bigger, Longer Wind Turbine Blades

March 23rd, 2015 by Tina Casey

4e29031084dd2e9dfed0f46957832de0.jpegAs if the fossil fuel industry needed more bad news, the US Energy Department has just put out the call for new, longer wind turbine blade technology that will unlock an additional one million square miles of land for wind energy development. The new funding opportunity is relatively small at $1.8 million dollars but this is truly a case of a little going a long way.

In case you’re wondering where to park those longer wind turbine blades, the Energy Department has that angle covered, too… Continue reading US Energy Dept. On The Prowl For Bigger, Longer Wind Turbine Blades

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What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?

simmons_randy_100x133By Randy Simmons 4/11/15 for Newsweek

As consumers, we pay for electricity twice: once through our monthly electricity bill and a second time through taxes that finance massive subsidies for inefficient wind and other energy producers.

Most cost estimates for wind power disregard the heavy burden of these subsidies on U.S. taxpayers. But if Americans realized the full cost of generating energy from wind power, they would be less willing to foot the bill—because it’s more than most people think.

Over the past 35 years, wind energy—which supplies just 2 percent of U.S. electricity—has received $30 billion in federal subsidies and grants. These subsidies shield people from the uncomfortable truth of just how much wind power actually costs and transfer money from average taxpayers to wealthy wind farm owners, many of which are units of foreign companies.

Proponents tend to claim it costs as little as $59 to generate a megawatt-hour of electricity from wind. In reality, the true price tag is more than two and a half times that. Continue reading What’s the True Cost of Wind Power?

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Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You’re Nothing Without Me

Jack SpencerBy Jack Spencer | April 11, 2015

for Capcon

Wind energy in Michigan is approximately two-thirds fossil fuels (predominantly natural gas) used in a less than efficient way, coupled with one-third wind. Most people are unaware of that reality and misinformation flourishes as a result.

Case in point: a new study claims to provide comparisons between wind and natural gas by treating them as if they were two totally separate and distinct forms of energy generation.

The University of Michigan and Lansing-based consulting firm 5 Lakes Energy are touting a joint study based on a “model” produced at the university. The stated purpose of the study is to provide policymakers with a “tool” to help them choose between wind and natural gas. Unfortunately the model upon which the study was based is so flawed that the only “tool” it brings to mind is a toy hammer used in an attempt to force a square peg into the proverbial round hole. Continue reading Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You’re Nothing Without Me

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Jimmy Fallon Makes the World’s Best Argument Against Solar and Wind Energy

Alex EpsteinAlex Epstein Contributor for Forbes

I write about the environmental benefits of industrial progress.

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, a member of “Artists Against Fracking,” is, like many celebrities, in favor of banning most fossil fuel use and using wind and solar instead.

But a few years ago, when he was host of Weekend Update, Fallon made one of the best arguments ever why solar, wind, and other forms of renewable energy work very, very badly.Jimmy Fallon

He was commenting on a seemingly ridiculous proposal to power cars using renewable energy from…hazelnuts.

Boosters of hazelnut energy made the same arguments we hear for solar and wind:

  1. It’s “renewable.” It gets its energy from the sun, which will keep replenishing year after year.
  2. It’s technically possible. Engineers can extract the oil from hazelnuts and use it to power an engine.

But Fallon explained why these arguments are meaningless: Continue reading Jimmy Fallon Makes the World’s Best Argument Against Solar and Wind Energy

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Brevini to pay county $375K for jobs failure

Keith Roysdon for The Star Press

April 8, 2015

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Because it failed to create hundreds of jobs as promised, an Italian wind turbine maker is paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties to Delaware County.

With great fanfare, state and local officials met on the far western edge of Delaware County in October 2008 and announced a bold new “green energy” initiative: Italian gearbox maker Brevini would create 450 jobs at spin-off company Brevini Wind, making turbines for windmills in a Park One facility.

As most Delaware County residents know, that didn’t happen. Continue reading Brevini to pay county $375K for jobs failure

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Maine governor: Wind power is too expensive

Apr. 4, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine became the regional wind power paul_lepage-225leader under Democratic Gov. John Baldacci, but change is in the air as Gov. Paul LePage makes an aggressive push away from his predecessor’s renewable energy policies.

The outspoken Republican, who says wind power is too expensive, is looking to hydropower from Canada and natural gas to bring down electricity prices that are among the highest in the country.

While many of LePage’s past energy efforts have fallen flat, he will have an opportunity to strengthen his influence this spring when he replaces the last remaining Democratic appointee to the agency that regulates the state’s utilities.

But he faces resistance from the state’s powerful environmental lobby, which believes LePage’s tendency to favor only the cheapest forms of energy today could be costly in the long run.

Continue reading Maine governor: Wind power is too expensive

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Andre Porter 3rd Republican named to fill PUCO seat

By Dan Gearino

The Columbus Dispatch • Saturday February 21, 2015

Gahanna Republican currently is director of Ohio Department of Commerce

puco-porter-art-gpu10i8f6-1dream29-ac-01-jpgOhio’s utility regulatory panel will include no Democrats for the first time in its modern era, after Gov. John Kasich’s decision yesterday to appoint a Republican to take a seat now held by a Democrat.

The governor named Andre Porter, a Gahanna Republican, to the seat now held by Steve Lesser, a Bexley Democrat.

Porter, 35, will join the five-member Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and leave his current job as director of the Ohio Department of Commerce.

It will be a return trip for Porter, who served on the PUCO from 2011 until 2013, when he joined the Department of Commerce. Continue reading Andre Porter 3rd Republican named to fill PUCO seat

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Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge

February 22, 2015 by stopthesethings

Big Wind Big LieA little while back, a Scottish pen-smith posed a little rhetorical on the subtle art of skulduggery:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practise to deceive!

 

There have been few industries that have had more practice, and as much success, in that subtle art, as the wind industry.

STT has popped up 880 posts in the, just over, two years since we cranked into gear – on our mission to destroy the wind industry.

A fair slice of them have concerned the topic of the adverse health effects caused by turbine generated incessant low-frequency noise and infrasound; the woefully inadequate, indeed, utterly irrelevant noise standards written by the wind industry; and the institutional corruption that:

a) allowed those standards to become the “benchmarks” in the first place; and

b) witnesses public authorities, with a responsibility to protect public health, not only sitting on their hands, but barracking in favour of the wind industry, at the expense of the very people these planning and public health agencies and authorities are paid handsomely to protect. Continue reading Three Decades of Wind Industry Deception: A Chronology of a Global Conspiracy of Silence and Subterfuge

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Are wind turbines good neighbors?

Posted On Sat. Apr 4th, 2015
By : Lou Wilin for The Courier

Pic3Construction of five wind turbines, each nearly twice as tall as the Hancock County Courthouse, will begin this spring just outside Findlay, but not everyone thinks they will supply electrical energy as harmlessly and quietly as promised here and elsewhere.

The 262-foot towers, costing about $18 million, will stand near the Whirlpool Corp. and Ball Corp. plants south of Allen Township 215 and north of Hancock County 99 in Allen Township.

One Energy, a Findlay company, plans to sell all of the energy from three turbines to Ball, supplying about 20 percent of the factory’s needs for 20 years. Whirlpool will buy all the energy from two turbines, which will supply about 22 percent of its power needs.

Ball has said the wind energy will provide savings over existing electricity rates. The turbines also will generate no greenhouse gas emissions, which are associated with climate change.

But wind turbines elsewhere have faced criticism on a number of counts. Continue reading Are wind turbines good neighbors?

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Wind Turbine Wind Farms Cause Property Value to TANK by FIFTY SIX PERCENT in Vermilion County Illinois

“Edgar County Watchdogs”

December 28, 2014

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Vermilion Co., IL.

Wind Farms Cause Property Value to TANK by FIFTY SIX PERCENT in Vermilion County Illinois.
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We have been witnessing a lot of issues with wind farms for the past 2 years.  We are now monitoring and watching to see what happens to a property when wind turbines are constructed nearby.
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This summer, APEX Wind Energy constructed a wind farm which is now owned by IKEA (the build-it-yourself furniture company).
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This real life example of property value loss due to wind turbines constructed nearby is a 5.19 Acre tract of land featuring multiple outbuildings, grain bins, mature trees, nice home, and swimming pool situated on a very attractive well-maintained property.  The address is 36178 N 990 East Rd, Rossville, Illinois.
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This property sold approximately May 27, 2014, at $295,000 BEFORE any wind turbines were constructed.
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During June/July/August/November, the landscape surrounding this home took on dramatic changes.  Giant industrial wind turbines, which are known to cause sleep depriving noise and terribly uncomfortable shadow flicker, were constructed in adjacent fields, perhaps 1,500 feet away from this property.
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Now, on December 21, 2014, just 6 months after selling for $295,000, this property was listed for sale at a starting asking price of $129,900.

Continue reading Wind Turbine Wind Farms Cause Property Value to TANK by FIFTY SIX PERCENT in Vermilion County Illinois

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Obama Administration Report Overstates Wind Power’s Potential, Understates Costs and Limitations

ImageGen.ashxCost of wind power generation more likely to fall if wind is forced to compete in the market, far less so if it continues to receive subsidies

Julian Morris for Reason Foundation
March 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy just released a report in which it claims that consumers and the environment would benefit from increasing the proportion of electricity derived from wind power. As the White House press release puts it:

“The report shows that with continuing technological advancements, cost reductions, and siting and transmission development, the nation can deploy wind power to economically provide 35% of our nation’s electricity and supply renewable power in all 50 states by 2050.”

The “continuing technological advancements” and “cost reductions” mean the White House’s estimate is based on hope — hope that some as-yet unimagined future technology will change the economics of wind power, making it more cost effective than fossil fuel-based generation. That’s not impossible — but it is very unlikely. And hope without change can be both costly and unpleasant. Continue reading Obama Administration Report Overstates Wind Power’s Potential, Understates Costs and Limitations

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DOE Wind Fantasies (same assumptions, same results)

By Lisa Linowes — March 24, 2015

for Master Resource

Wind-farmThe Department of Energy, has once again buddied up with its friends in the wind industry to release an updated vision of how the United wind energy can achieve a 20% market share of the electricity (not total energy) market by 2030. This time, DOE went a step further to claim we could get to 10% wind by 2020 and a whopping 35% wind by 2050 (wind’s current electric-market share is 4.5%).

A quick review of the report suggests it suffers the same flaws as DOE’s last attempt from 2008. For example, using DOE’s own numbers, between now and 2020 (5 years), the U.S. would need to: Continue reading DOE Wind Fantasies (same assumptions, same results)

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Wind: Snake oil salesmen claim cure for oil addiction

thomastacyby Tom Stacy

In the 21st century, we are parting with what’s in our wallets. We compare our purchases against our knowledge, budgets and convenience. This phenomenon, known as the “utility theory of value,” drives innovation and entrepreneurship — key to our nation’s impressive economic history. In a free market system, customers demand “more for less.” Companies that fill these demands thrive. The rest disappear.If a seller makes false claims about his product, it isn’t long before the customer base dry up — or worse! At least that’s how it is supposed to work. But what about when the government collects our money — in the form of taxes — and spends it on things it claims we want? Do lawmakers follow up to make certain the value of “government-picked winners” meets or beats the public’s expectations, or even their own? Continue reading Wind: Snake oil salesmen claim cure for oil addiction

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If You Want to Read Something That Will Give You the Chill Bumps, Read On !!!

Webmaster’s Note: The follow story was sent out by Linda Hughes through the informational email “Wind News” . I do not usually post directly from that source but I thought the following was simply too important not to share, not only with my fellow Greenwich neighbors, but hopefully there will be others from other communities who will benefit as well.  Kevin Ledet,  Chairman for GNU, has in the past endeavored to reach out with the Greenwich vs. Windlab story to neighbors to the north of us who are potential candidates for wind turbines ( yes, and with many, many more of them than that which was proposed for Greenwich!). Sadly, Kevin’s attempt at warning and educating has been met with a resounding silence! And so, it is with the same hope of warning and educating others I dedicate this post…

From Indiana comes an open letter from a Tipton County Commissioner to Howard County Commissioners who are considering proposals for wind development.  This letter is a must read.  It is an ‘oh so familiar’ lament and we are seeing more of them all across America.  Former Commissioner Harper closes her letter with this message: “As an elected official/public servant. . . . . if you must go forward with approvals that allow wind farm development . . . and thus you become the reason a wind farm was built in Howard County. . .  it will be a decision you will regret the rest of your life. “    Please read this letter in its entirety…

Dear Howard County Commissioners and Council Members; Continue reading If You Want to Read Something That Will Give You the Chill Bumps, Read On !!!

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Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

Robert Wilson is a PhD Student in Mathematical Ecology at the University of Strathclyde. His secondary interests are energy and the environment and writes on these issues at The Energy Collective.
Robert Wilson is a PhD Student in Mathematical Ecology at the University of Strathclyde.
His secondary interests are energy and the environment and writes on these issues at The Energy Collective.

November 17, 2014

By Robert Wilson

Modern society is fundamentally dependent on a reliable and on-demand supply of electricity. This electricity comes almost entirely from burning coal and natural gas, fissioning uranium or by large hydro-electric dams. On aggregate, these power plants can be relied on to supply electricity around the clock; a reliability that would seem miraculous to people living only a few centuries ago when light availability was completely dependent on whether the sun shone. Wind farms, however, cannot currently provide this reliability. In fact, on the scale of most countries aggregate wind farm output can be assumed to have almost zero reliability. In this sense, every wind farm must have a fossil fuel power plant sitting in wait for when the wind does not blow.

Let me begin by unpacking a banal statement: All power plants need back up. Continue reading Why Wind Farms Can Be Relied On For Almost Zero Power

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Ohio Wind farm gets extension – OPSB rubber stamps another one!!

Wind farm gets extension (article is followed by an insightful comment by Tom Stacy)
By Danae King for LimaOhio.com

March 12. 2015

KENTON — A Hardin County wind farm was recently granted more time to begin construction due to energy market changes.

The Ohio Power Siting Board approved a request to extend Hog Creek Wind Farm’s certificate to 2018 on Monday.

The farm asked for the extension of its Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need due to “recent changes to Ohio’s energy market” and its progress developing the project, according to the motion for extension from the farm.

The farm, previously owned by JW Great Lakes Wind, LLC, plans to install about 31 wind turbines on 3,400 acres in Hardin County, according to the Ohio Power Siting Board’s website. The board originally approved the plans March 22, 2010. Continue reading Ohio Wind farm gets extension – OPSB rubber stamps another one!!

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2 Charts Show Why Wind Power Won’t Solve the Carbon Problem

By Reuben Brewer for motley-fool-logoJuly 14, 2014

When discussing electricity, the words “carbon dioxide” invariably come into play. The utility industry’s use of carbon based fuels is responsible for roughly 40% of the generation of this greenhouse gas domestically. Alternative power options are often held up as the solution to this problem. But wind turbines are a great example of why this isn’t true—and these two graphs show why.

Getting into wind
Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL  ) has made a big commitment to wind power. This mid-western utility got just 3% of its power from wind in 2005, which happens to be the backdated starting date for CO2 emission regulations being proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By 2020, however, wind is projected to make up 22% of the company’s generation. Continue reading 2 Charts Show Why Wind Power Won’t Solve the Carbon Problem

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How to Fight the Great Wind Power Fraud

An Analysis of Anti-Wind Farm Strategies
John Droz Jr

Physicist & Environmental Activist
Brantingham Lake, NY

fighting-the-good-fightAs a “concerned citizen” I often (probably too frequently) find myself in the situation of trying to fix some type of community problem — like propagating wind power.

Through years of valiant efforts — often successful but sometimes not — one thing I have learned is that being right isn’t enough. As a scientist, this concept is not intuitive to my way of thinking. It generally seems to me that the facts should determine the outcome.

But no, people being people, that often is not what happens.

This had lead me to a greater appreciation of the value of Public Relations. Most people do not understand Public Relations very well, as they confuse it with “advertising”, or categorized as a “pseudo-science” that amounts to a lot of subjective opinions. It’s neither.

I now understand Public Relations as really meaning “effective communication.” Clearly any issue stands a better chance of being resolved when there is better communication.

Public Relations is most applicable at public meetings, Letters to the Editor, websites, etc.

So how does this apply to local groups or environmental organizations who are against industrial wind power? Continue reading How to Fight the Great Wind Power Fraud

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Thinking outside the box – ‘atta boy terry boose!!

Nan & Terry
Representatives Nan Baker and Terry Boose

“A House Current Resolution was introduced this week that would establish a sustainable energy abundance plan for Ohio to meet future Ohio energy needs with affordable, abundant and environmentally-friendly energy. HCR 9, introduced by Rep. Nan Baker (R-West Lake) and Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk), has been referred to the House Public Utilities Committee. The resolution aims to bring awareness to alternative sources of energy and acknowledge the fact that Ohio needs to begin addressing its long-term energy needs.”

 hcr9_00_IN by Greenwich Neighbors United

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What do we have to show for government subsidies of wind power?

By Randy T. Simmons, contributor, and Jordan Lofthouse

for The Hill

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For the past 23 years, the federal government has subsidized wind power with tens of billions of taxpayer dollars through the Production Tax Credit (PTC). What do we have to show for it? Wind energy only supplied 1.6 percent of total U.S. energy in 2014. Now the Department of Energy wants to reach a ridiculous goal of 20 percent wind energy by 2030. The fledgling wind industry has no hope of reaching that goal on its own, and the government wants to stick the American taxpayer with the bill to sustain an industry that can’t sustain itself.

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The PTC was originally intended to give the wind industry the kickstart it needed to be self-sufficient. But, despite wind energy’s 23-year reliance on fiscal training wheels, the Obama administration now wants to make the PTC permanent. Let that sink in a little bit. The government is considering the creation of an endless welfare system for big wind companies. If that isn’t crony capitalism, I don’t know what is. Continue reading What do we have to show for government subsidies of wind power?

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Iberdrola, EverPower, NextEra, Apex, WindLab…they are all talking to your Representatives…Are You?