Sid Miller: ‘We Should Never Build Another Wind Turbine in Texas’ 2/16/2021 Texas Scorecard.
Louisville Company Claims New Technology Greatly Reduces Eagle Fatalities Near Wind Turbines. 2/1/2021 CBS Denver
Wildlife Society Bulletin proclaimed 83,000 hunting birds died each year due to wind turbine collisions. Technology that helps protect Bald Eagles from Wind Turbines and has been in development for over 4 years! Why isn’t this technology standard equipment? They are at a stage where improvements are software not hardware so upgrading installed systems would be simple!
We need to build a lot of wind turbines. Will Americans agree to live near them? 1/22/2021 Grist
“The U.S. could in fact achieve net-zero by 2050 without spending much more of our gross domestic product on energy than we do today. But that finding came with several caveats, including the warning that ‘expansive impacts on landscapes and communities’ will have to be ‘mitigated and managed to secure broad social license.’ A lot more Americans are going to have to get on board with having renewable energy infrastructure like wind farms in their neighborhoods. The researchers estimate that we’ll need to devote between 93,000 and 400,000 square miles of land to wind farms in order to meet that net-zero goal. While the wind turbines’ direct footprint would only be about 1 percent of those figures, their visual footprint — the area throughout which you would likely be able to see the turbines — could be as big as Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas combined.”
Wind turbine abeyance continued in Union County. 12/29/2020 Creston News.
Windmill on Fire near Mahanoy City Monday Afternoon. 12/28/2020 Skook News – Pennsylvania.
“Emergency personnel are at the scene and will let the fire burn out on it’s own but will monitor for any falling debris.” What else can they do at hundreds of feet in the air.
More and more of Nebraskans are saying no to wind turbines. 12/12/2020 Star Herald.
Giant Vestas Wind Turbine Collapses in Northern Sweden 11/23/2020 – Bloomberg
Over 750 feet tall turbine, same company as the 6 that have broken blades in the Midwest in the last month! Link is to a paid site but has limited free trial.
Another Voice: Lake Erie can’t afford the ill effects from wind turbines. 11/13/2020
New York is importing energy, from Pennsylvania – from their coal plants, which doesn’t count on our “output portfolio” – smoke and mirrors for “green appearance.” Wind, as a fuel, does not deliver what is demanded by the grid – consistent, reliable, always on electricity. We learned how bad infrasound, or low frequency noise, is to aquatic life back in the 1990s. No fishing organization locally supports Great Lakes offshore wind.
Do we really want an unreliable electric grid, exponentially higher electric bills and frequent rolling blackouts?
Siemens Gamesa unveils new low-wind turbine. 11/12/2020
Its new SG 4.7-155 will feature 76-metre blades, it will also have a “low noise output” of 105 decibels. The American Academy of Audiology suggests that 105dB is slightly quieter than snowmobiles. Siemens Gamesa added that low-wind turbines are important for already well-developed onshore wind markets where the space for higher wind sites is limited.
“Slightly quieter than snowmobiles.” But running 24×7!
“Where the space for higher wind sites is limited.” So taking over even more ground than before.
Winnebago County Iowa approves wind turbine project agreement 11/12/2020
Updating 44 wind generation turbines. The new blades will be longer, resulting in the turbines being about 33 taller or about 421 feet high instead of 388 feet. The old turbine blades will be taken to a recycling facility, NextEra officials said.
Rob Rand Noise Impact Assessment Overview Released 11/12/2020
Noise Impact Assessment Overview Solar Facility Inverters and Transformers
Page County Supervisors decline property rights meeting. 11/10/2020
During the supervisors Oct. 27 meeting they were asked for a non-participating landowner, property-rights forum. Herzberg and Morris said they could not discuss it since it was not an agenda item. Urkoski then said he could not find any agenda approval stating the Oct. 13 supervisors meeting with representatives from wind-turbine related companies.
Washburn Wind Energy’s planned 35-turbine wind farm project in Black Hawk County Iowa dropped. 11/6/2020
The company pulled out of the project July, said City Planner Seth Hyberger. He said nobody wanted to invest in the $120 million project until litigation ended, making it difficult to secure initial funding. The company then found out its wind turbine manufacturer stopped making the 2.5 megawatt models it needed.
State of Wyoming declines to grant land lease for wind energy project. 11/5/2020
After heated deliberation, Wyoming regulators voted to deny a renewable energy company a lease to build a wind farm on state land in Albany County on Thursday, after members of the public expressed concern the development would compromise scenic viewsheds.
Developer drops plans for controversial wind farm in Green Co. Wisconsin. 10/28/2020 WMTV
EDF Renewables had planned to build 24 turbines. Participating landowners have received letters notifying them that EDF Renewables was terminating its lease agreements.
Blade that had been up less than 24 hours breaks in Saline County Nebraska! 10/26/2020 News Channel Nebraska.
Fires at wind farms ‘under reported over fears of reputational damage’ 10/20/2020
What if one of these Green things caught fire once the crops around it were ready for harvest? There are hundreds of gallons of hydraulic oil in them. Just imagine that burning oil dripping from 400 feet in the air and the wind carrying it however far away. How many thousands of acres of valuable crops would burn before it all could be controlled?
Trump Gives Tiny Nuclear Reactors a Billion-Dollar Boost. 10/21/2020
MidAmerican Energy takes 46 wind turbines offline after blades fall in rural Iowa. 10/20/2020
Mid American is making noises that they are going to blame lightning damage for all the blade failures.
Another wind turbine blade breaks off in Iowa. 10/20/2020
This time it is in Paton Iowa.
Republicans propose eliminating PTC subsidy 9/28/2020
Republican senators have introduced a new bill to completely phase out the main support scheme for wind power in the US at the end of the year.
The Gage County Board moved to increase setback distance to one-mile, between wind turbines and non participating rural homes. 9/25/2020
The Gage County Planning Commission will soon consider any other potential changes that may be needed to local wind energy regulations,
Setbacks going to property line, versus structure line
Decibel levels of the actual wind turbines
Adair Co Iowa Arbor Hill Industrial Wind Turbine Blade Thrown. 9/17/2020
18,000-pound wind turbine blade breaks in Adair County 9/17/2020 KCCI
New Michael Moore-Backed Documentary On YouTube Reveals Massive Ecological Impacts Of Renewables. 4/21/2020. Direct YouTube Link.