All posts tagged "Wind Energy"

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    WINDPOWER report: Whooping cranes may avoid wind farms, more research ahead

    A study of whooping crane and sandhill crane behavior at a wind farm in South Dakota suggests that cranes may avoid wind farms, reducing risk of collision deaths for the iconic endangered whooping crane.  However, more data will be needed on whooping crane behavior and on the degree to which avoidance may...

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    Wind developer launches intensive avian monitoring program

    As part of its ongoing efforts to develop an environmentally responsible wind energy project, Power Company of Wyoming, LLC,  (PCW) said last week that it has started an intensive avian monitoring program at its proposed wind project site. A sophisticated avian radar system was installed in March on the Overland Trail Cattle...

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    During week of Earth Day, California wind sets record

    California wind farms set a new record for instantaneous generation last week, churning out 2,432 megawatts (MW) to easily best the old record of 1,915 MW. The new mark was announced by the California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO), the company that manages California's utility system.  Cal-ISO said in an Earth Day news...

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    Does the sound of money soothe Wind Turbine Syndrome?

    That's the provocative suggestion of Australian Simon Chapman, a professor of public health at the University of Sydney, whose recent opinion column effectively demolishes the claim of Dr. Nina Pierpont, a pediatrician, that wind turbine sound is responsible for an ill-defined and poorly documented ailment she calls Wind Turbine Syndrome. Prof. Chapman...

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    Mythbusting fact: Wind power is valuable even if the wind doesn't blow all the time

    A common fallacy promoted by anti-wind groups is that because wind cannot replace fueled power plants (they're needed when the wind doesn't blow), wind power has no value. Setting aside for the moment the fact that no power plant runs 100% of the time, here's a simple way of looking at the...

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    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, AWEA, Wind Developers Sign Agreement to Promote Endangered Species Conservation

    News Release from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – April 18, 2011  Georgia Parham (USFWS) 812”334”4261 x 1203,  Ellen Carey (AWEA), 202”249”7357 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, AWEA, Wind Developers Sign Agreement to Promote Endangered Species Conservation  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and wind energy industry companies, along with AWEA,...

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    Breezing up: Wind is largest electricity source in Spain in March

    In March, wind power topped the list of electricity sources in Spain for the first time, generating 4.7 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) or 21% of the country's electricity.  Energy Matters, an Australian website, has the story, drawing on a news release from Red Electrica de Espana (REE), Spain's utility system operator. Jose Donoso,...

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    Wind industry backs research on bat concerns including White-Nose Syndrome

    Time magazine's blog has a short piece today on the economic impact from White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), the fungal disease that has been devastating colonies of bats in the Northeastern U.S. The article correctly notes that bats have an important role in agriculture, because of the fact that they consume billions of insect...

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    WHO guidelines on sound are … guidelines

    A wind energy advocate in Wisconsin asked us this week about a rumor circulating among anti-wind groups that the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a 6,000-foot setback for wind turbines from the nearest residence. I did a little research on the Web and turned up two classes of anti-wind website: Class...

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    New gas industry report misunderstands U.S. power system, misses wind’s contribution to U.S. electrical grid reliability

    The American Wind Energy Association Friday criticized a report on "Firming Renewable Electric Power Generators," by ICF International for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), as "meaningless" because of fundamental flaws that grossly overstate the impacts of wind energy and miss its contribution to a reliable electrical grid. "This report...

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