Plan to put wind farm in Upper Peninsula forest gets community pushback | Michigan Radio – NPR

April, 5, 2019 | Kaye LaFond | Michigan Radio - NPR | The Environment Report Most wind energy projects in Michigan are on farmland in the southern part of the state. They are often controversial even there, but one company wants to put a wind farm in an Upper Peninsula forest. Many community members don’t feel … Continue reading Plan to put wind farm in Upper Peninsula forest gets community pushback | Michigan Radio – NPR

Meteorologist discusses concerns about wind turbines

Meteorologist discusses concerns about wind turbines Mar 29, 2019 | Margaret Slayton | News-Press Now A retired meteorologist was in Cameron, Missouri recently for a discussion with those concerned about wind turbine development in the area. Listen to Audio:  Mike Thompson,  former chief meteorologist for WDAF-TV in Kansas City, gave a March 21 presentation attended by … Continue reading Meteorologist discusses concerns about wind turbines

Minnesota’s Third-Largest Wind Farm is Already Losing Steam: Output Falls 14 percent from 2014 Highs

March 28, 2019 | Isaac Orr | American Experiment According the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, wind turbines have operational lifetimes of 20 years, but it appears Xcel Energy’s Nobles wind project, the third-largest wind farm in Minnesota, is losing steam after just eight. The graph below was produced using data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration plant-level data. It shows … Continue reading Minnesota’s Third-Largest Wind Farm is Already Losing Steam: Output Falls 14 percent from 2014 Highs

This is what it looks like when renewable energy expands exponentially.

According to the  USGS U.S. Wind Turbine Database there are 58,449 turbines with a total rated capacity of 91,115 MW, providing 6.5 percent of US. Electrical energy. Estimating the average percentage of electricity per number of turbines to double that to achieve 13% electricity from wind would require an estimated 116,000 Wind Turbines, To provide 50%  roughly 464,000 Wind … Continue reading This is what it looks like when renewable energy expands exponentially.

Wind farm opponents: Not against wind energy

JAN 12, 2019 | Joshua Vissers | The Mining Gazette The Summit Lake Wind Project proposed by RES would erect 50 wind turbines at the site.“We’re not against wind turbines. We’re not against renewable energy,” said Burt Mason, chairman for the Friends of the Huron Mountains (FOHM), a nonprofit group that formed around local concerns … Continue reading Wind farm opponents: Not against wind energy

Northwest: Extra regulations put in place when hunting in wind facility areas.

Hunting & Wind Facility Access Public access to lands within the Marengo wind facility is available for hunting, birdwatching and other recreational activities, subject to certain restrictions. Special rules are in place to ensure the safety of hunters, local residents, wind project workers and equipment. More information is available through the wind project hunting video and brochure (PDF). … Continue reading Northwest: Extra regulations put in place when hunting in wind facility areas.

Letter: Mechanical engineer with 15 years experience in wind energy, opposes installation of industrial wind power.

Letter: Engineer opposes wind turbines Nov 12, 2018 | Barry K. Miller, Hinsdale| oleantimesherald.com As a mechanical engineer with 15 years experience in wind energy, I oppose installation of industrial wind power in Western New York, specifically the Farmersville proposed Invenergy wind farm. Wind turbines exert large disturbances into the fluid conditions of the air, … Continue reading Letter: Mechanical engineer with 15 years experience in wind energy, opposes installation of industrial wind power.

Blight for Naught: Wind Turbines and the Rationalized Desecration of Nature

False Progress

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” – Aldo Leopold *

mars-hill-maine-ruined-by-wind-turbines This type of mountaintop removal is praised by many coal mine haters. Wind projects don’t remove as much rock but they add stark, unnatural structures. R.I.P. Mars Hill, Maine.

Laurel Mountain wind and battery storage For this “green” experiment, 12 miles of Laurel Mountain, West Virginia were industrialized, including a battery storage gesture that tries to make wind seem non-transient.

wild-horse-wind-and-solar-facility-gauntlet Early explorers would have seen this as an enemy gauntlet, and modern gut reactions are similar. There should be a penalty for ruining unbroken vistas.

Unsettling numbers of environmentalists fail to see that wind turbines are enemies of nature posing as saviors. Calling them eco-traitors is justified when you study the scope of future plans. Wind in the abstract sense is clean and natural, but the physical manifestation of how people “harvest” wind…

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Ice-Tossing Turbines: Myth or Hazard?

They produce clean energy, sure, but they can also hurl a mean snowball. DECEMBER 9, 2008 | KATE GALBRAITH | New York Times How do wind turbines fare in winter weather? Not so well, according to one little town in England. The Wisbech Standard reports a harrowing tale in which “lumps of ice three or … Continue reading Ice-Tossing Turbines: Myth or Hazard?

Sales Pitch: Turbines last 20 years – Reality only 3?

How long do turbines last? These in New York were built between 2013 and 2015.   The sales pitch is that The lifespan of a windmill typically spans 20 to 25 years, but these turbines began to break down in less than three.   NEW YORK SPENT $5 MILLION ON WIND TURBINES THAT DON’T EVEN … Continue reading Sales Pitch: Turbines last 20 years – Reality only 3?