The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is a key partner in the Friends of the Huron Mountains' effort to stop a proposed industrial wind farm project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on a site that includes the state's highest wilderness scenic points. This article sums up the federal government's obligation - guaranteed by treaty - to consult … Continue reading KBIC member submitted a formal request for discretionary review of the FAA obstruction evaluation of the Summit Lake Wind Project.
Wind Turbines and Radar Siting and Barrier Mitigation Wind plant installations offer lower electricity rates, reduce greenhouse emissions and improve air quality. However, like any form of energy installation, they impact surrounding areas. As the number of large wind plants in the the U.S. grows, the potential for wind turbines to interfere with radar missions … Continue reading Siting and Barrier Mitigation – Sandia Energy
Wind Turbine Visibility and Visual Impact Threshold Distances Robert Sullivan | Visual Resource Analysis, Argonne National Laboratory' Field observation of wind facilities in western landscapes revealed that the facilities were visible at distances of 36 mi (58 km) in both daytime and nighttime views, and were found a major focus of visual attention at distances of … Continue reading Wind Turbine Visibility and Visual Impact Threshold Distances
U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center Overview As with many land uses, trade-offs exist between costs and benefits. New wind developments are occurring rapidly in parts of the United States, often leaving little time for evaluation of potential site-specific effects. These developments are known to affect wildlife, directly from fatality due to collision … Continue reading U.S. Geological Survey, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
This collection of wind maps and assessments details the wind resource in the United States. If you have difficulty accessing these maps because of a disability, contact the Geospatial Data Science Team. Wind Prospector This GIS application supports resource assessment and data exploration for wind development. Wind Speed Maps U.S. Annual Average Wind Speed at 30 … Continue reading NREL: Wind Maps
In a paper last June in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists — including Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution, Dan Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley, former EPA Science Advisory Board chairman Granger Morgan and Jane Long of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory — concluded that Jacobson’s all-renewable scheme used … Continue reading All-renewable energy is a prescription for disaster
Nature and Society, October-November 2011, pp. 7-9 LIGO - Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory VIRGO - European Gravitational Observatory in Pisa (LIGO), University of Oregon, near the Stateline Wind Project, and the (VIRGO) in Pisa, near a small wind farm, have done detailed measurements of the generation and transmission of seismic vibrations from large wind … Continue reading LIGO study of the transmission of seismic vibrations from large wind turbines
This project not ONLY will be to alter the environment where they construct the turbines, there is no adequate road to the site and no existing electricity infrastructure. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center document: "Most of these facilities tie into existing electricity transmission infrastructure and require service roads and … Continue reading Habitat Changes, In Turn,Influence The Health Of Wildlife Populations