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  • Five Key Reasons to Pull Plug on Wind Subsidies

    03/06/2017 9:07:51 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 3/6/2017 | Larry Bell
    A tax reform plan drafted in part by incoming Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin bodes poorly for wind industry lobbies hoping once again to extend current federal production tax credits (PTCs) which are set to expire by 2021. Now set at 2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, the original subsidy intent was to "level the energy market playing field" by stimulating technology development to achieve competitive costs, reduce fossil fuel "climate pollution," and advance American energy independence. None of these goals are really any closer to realization now than when these subsidies were first enacted in 1992.
  • Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

    01/22/2017 3:27:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2017 12:27 PM EST | Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill
    President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance on wind and solar power are not quite sure what to expect as Trump takes over. Many of them depend heavily on federal renewable-energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to lead the...
  • $100,000 wind turbines to create $1.39 in electricity daily(clean NRG boom)

    12/09/2016 6:16:54 AM PST · by rktman · 33 replies
    peninsuladailynews.com ^ | 12/8/2016 | Paul Gottlieb
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Waterfront Park turbines are expected to generate $1.39 per day and therefore about $41.58 per month in electricity. The information was incorrect in this story. PORT ANGELES — Three windmill-like turbines loom motionless over the city of Port Angeles’ new Waterfront Park. The $107,516 spires stand immobile more than two months after they were erected and more than a year after the city council approved them. Once they are working to generate electricity, they will produce so little power — $1.50 worth of electricity a month in savings — that at least one council member is regretting her...
  • Green Energy Companies Helped Bankroll Tribe Behind Dakota Protests(warpath)

    11/17/2016 7:46:23 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 11/17/2016 | Chris White
    Two green energy companies contributed a quarter of a million dollars to the American Indian tribe spearheading a months-long demonstration against an oil pipeline in North Dakota. Standing Rock Sioux voted unanimously April 5 to accept two $150,000 donations from ConEdison Development and Fagen Inc., both of which have partnered up to build windmills in the North Dakota area, according to internal documents kept by the tribe. ConEdison Development acquired land near Standing Rock’s reservation and began construction on a wind power facility last year. Fagen was a contractor on the project. The $250,000 donations to the tribe were meant...
  • New York wind farm part of larger offshore energy ambitions

    07/14/2016 10:03:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 14, 2016 3:10 PM EDT | Frank Eltman
    A New York utility plans to approve a wind farm off eastern Long Island that it says would be the nation’s largest offshore wind energy project built to date. The project would be the first phase of a more ambitious effort to construct hundreds of electricity-producing turbines in the Atlantic Ocean in the coming years. The announcement that the Long Island Power Authority plans to approve a proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm in U.S. waters east of Montauk at a meeting next week was greeted enthusiastically by energy experts, elected officials and environmentalists. […] The U.S. lags behind Europe and...
  • ECO-WARRIORS on suicide watch after Germany does the unthinkable regarding wind energy

    07/07/2016 12:58:38 PM PDT · by Jookos · 13 replies
    Jookos News ^ | 7/7/2016 | Jookos News
    Liberals love to tout how great alternative energy is compared to fossil fuels. What the same environmentalists refuse to acknowledge is the costs that will be paid by the energy companies customers. While people such as Obama and Clinton continue to push for alternative energy by acting as if it’s a surefire way to lower energy costs, Germany has proven that a lie. The German government has officially declared it will cease building any new offshore wind turbines in an effort to lower energy costs for the European Union’s richest nation.
  • Guess why Germany is shutting down construction of its offshore wind farms($$$?)

    07/06/2016 7:52:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 55 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 7/6/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Liberals and eco-warriors in the United States often point to Germany as a model for the future when it comes to questions of renewable energy. That’s because the Germans have massively increased their output of wind and solar resources to the point where they account for nearly a third of their total production. During periods when demand and wind/solar supply peak at the same time they have briefly managed to supply virtually the entire country’s needs from such resources. That’s great news, right? Well… if that’s the case, why are they halting construction of any further wind farms? (Daily Caller...
  • New administration rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths at wind farms

    05/05/2016 3:25:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-4-16
    The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty -- nearly four times the current limit. Golden eagles could only be killed if companies take steps to minimize the losses, for instance, by retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said the proposal will "provide a...
  • Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?

    04/18/2016 4:39:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    MIT News ^ | February 24, 2016 | Peter Dizikes
    In recent years, proponents of clean energy have taken heart in the falling prices of solar and wind power, hoping they will drive an energy revolution. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor suggests otherwise: Technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead us to continue using all the oil, gas, and coal we can, unless governments pass new taxes on carbon emissions. “If we don’t adopt new policies, we’re not going to be leaving fossil fuels in the ground,” says Christopher Knittel, an energy economist at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “We need both a policy...
  • Wind-powered lamps to light German island's streets

    04/04/2016 5:13:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Apr 2016 16:11 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    The island of Juist off Germany’s North Sea coast is testing out a new idea for alternative energy: self-sufficient wind-powered street lamps, which could be a model even for developing countries. The blustery shores of Juist in the North Sea certainly have no shortage of wind, which has given the island reason to launch a new energy-saving pilot project. In the next two weeks, the island will be setting up the first wind-powered street light created by a designer based in Schleswig-Holstein, Peer Langemak, a spokesman from Juist told The Local on Monday. Langemak and his team “noordforce” spent a...
  • New Wind Turbines Taller Than The Empire State Building

    03/22/2016 1:44:15 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 44 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 22-03-2016 | M. Mouse
    Wind power may not be the cheapest, most efficient, or even most common form of renewable energy, but it is surely one of the most visually impressive methods of power generation. Anyone who has driven from Detroit to Toronto for instance can attest to the awe that comes from seeing dozens of windmills rising hundreds of feet into the air all turning in slow arcs with the wind. A new wind turbine design will put older smaller designs to shame though – if it can every get past the objections of environmentalists. Canada, with lots of land, is an ideal...
  • 113-foot blade falls off New York windmill, lands in field

    02/12/2016 8:26:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2016 8:06 AM EST
    An energy company says it's trying to determine why a 113-foot-long blade fell off a windmill in central New York. [...] Town official say they believe a bolt may have failed on the 187-ton windmill, one of 20 located at the Fenner Wind Farm, which was built in 2001 on a hill 15 miles east of Syracuse. ...
  • A Texas Utility Offers a Nighttime Special: Free Electricity

    11/08/2015 8:03:39 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 65 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/8/15 | By CLIFFORD KRAUSS and DIANE CARDWELL
    DALLAS — In Texas, wind farms are generating so much energy that some utilities are giving power away. Briana Lamb, an elementary school teacher, waits until her watch strikes 9 p.m. to run her washing machine and dishwasher. It costs her nothing until 6 a.m. Kayleen Willard, a cosmetologist, unplugs appliances when she goes to work in the morning. By 9 p.m., she has them plugged back in.
  • Wind turbines kill up to 39 million birds a year!

    11/04/2015 11:15:00 AM PST · by george76 · 41 replies
    CFACT ^ | March 18, 2013 | Jim Wiegand
    Big Wind hides evidence of turbine bird kills and gets rewarded. Here is how they do it. In 1984 the California Energy Commission .. the primary environmental issue alluded to was the extreme hazard that wind turbines posed to raptors. ... Since the early 1980s, the industry has known there is no way its propeller-style turbines could ever be safe for raptors. With exposed blade tips spinning in open space at speeds up to 200 mph, it was impossible. Wind developers also knew they would have a public relations nightmare if people ever learned how many eagles are actually being...
  • Britain’s Insanely Expensive & Utterly Pointless Wind Power Fiasco Exposed

    10/23/2015 4:56:04 AM PDT · by theBuckwheat · 13 replies
    Independent study ^ | October 22, 2015 | Paul Homewood
    Yet another study showing why the “renewables,” in this case wind are not a viable source of electricity. Here it is in raw numbers, the variability, low reliability and nondispactibility that are the hallmarks of renewable energy. what doesn’t appear on this report are the consequences, in lost business and higher electric rates.
  • The Impossible Just Happened In Texas (Spot Price Of Electricity Goes Negative For Hours)

    09/20/2015 10:59:50 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    BI - Slate ^ | 9-21-2015 | Daniel Gross
    Daniel GrossSeptember 21, 2015 In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep. The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office towers of Houston were powered down, and the wind whistled through the dogwood trees and live oaks on the gracious lawns of Preston Hollow. Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind turbines, producing tons of electricity at a time when comparatively little supply was needed. And then a very strange thing happened: The so-called spot price of electricity in Texas fell toward...
  • The Night They Drove the Price of Electricity Down

    09/19/2015 2:03:35 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 46 replies
    Slate ^ | Daniel Gross
    Wind power was so plentiful in Texas that producers sold it at a negative price. What? Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, the mighty state of Texas was asleep. The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office towers of Houston were powered down, and the wind whistled through the dogwood trees and live oaks on the gracious lawns of Preston Hollow. Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind turbines, producing tons of electricity at a time when comparatively little supply was needed....
  • Federal court throws out scheme allowing windmills to kill bald and golden eagles for the next

    08/13/2015 9:57:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/13/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    At last, a federal court has taken a move to limit the slaughter of our national symbol, otherwise protected by law, in the headlong rush to produce expensive, unreliable wind power, based on the unproven theory that carbon dioxide emissions lead to global warming, or climate change, or something really, really bad, sometime in the future, even if not right now.
  • Job Losses from Coal Closures Dwarf Gains from Wind Industry

    07/31/2015 7:54:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/30/2015 | unknown
    The EPA’s regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants highlights the job-killing transition proposed by the administration. This carbon agenda, which the administration’s public relations team calls the “Clean Power Plan”, threatens to tear down the existing electricity generation infrastructure in the name of carbon dioxide emissions. This carbon agenda will magnify the market-distorting subsidies from the PTC—contributing to an estimated peak of one million job losses—will drain hundreds of billions of dollars from American families through increased energy bills, and will threaten the electric grid by rapidly switching from reliable to intermittent sources of electricity. Further, electricity from...
  • R.I. offshore wind farm starts construction

    07/28/2015 9:25:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/27/15 | Timothy Cama
    The developer of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm installed the first steel foundation for the project off Rhode Island’s coast. The Sunday installation of Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm came just in time for a Monday tour of the site that will include Obama administration officials, lawmakers and Rhode Island’s governor, among others. ADVERTISEMENT “It was a very big moment,” Jeffrey Grybowski, Chief Executive Officer of Deepwater Wind, told the Providence Journal shortly after watching the first foundation’s installation from a boat. The company had hoped to install the foundation on Thursday, but the weather did not...