Category Archives: Wind Problems

Little Guys Can Prevail Over Big Corporations

The ECOreport looks at an update about Michigan’s new 15% Renewable Target , Little Guys Can Prevail Over Big Corporations

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Anti-wind activist Kevon Martis just sent an update about SB 438,  the bill that requiring Michigan to obtain 15% of its’ electricity from renewable sources. Martis’ initial response was discouragement. Then someone drew his attention to a clause in the final draft of that legislation that allows townships and counties to retain control over zoning for wind energy. Martis was reminded  that little guys can prevail over big corporations – but it takes a lot of work.

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Proposal For The UK To Expand The Fit Program

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRenewables produced 25% of UK’s electricity in 2Q. This is more than either coal (20%) or nuclear power (21.5%) generated and 8.6% more than renewables produced the same quarter (April to June) in 2014. The Department of Energy and Climate Change explained the increase as as combination of increased capacity and “higher wind speeds, rainfall and sun hours.” The UK was an attractive place for renewable investment up until the Cameron administration started slashing renewable funding. Now, Instead of cuts, the UK’s Solar Trade Association put forward a proposal for the UK to expand the Fit Program.
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The Center Of Canada’s Anti-Wind Movement

As the Nation surpasses 10,000 MW of Capacity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWea) recently announced that “with the commissioning of the K2 Wind Power Project in southwestern Ontario this month, Canada has now become the 7th country in the world to surpass 10,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity.” Ontario has more turbines than any other province and is also the center of Canada’s anti-wind movement.

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Jim Wiegand’s “Cheeseburgers & the Wind Industry”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1 It took the two ravens in this film 18 minutes to discover the 20 burgers and only slightly longer to carry them away. The point being that most of the birds killed by wind turbines weigh less than a cheeseburger. Do we really expect bird carcases to lay undisturbed long enough to be counted in what are often monthly surveys? And if bird carcases are being carried off by scavengers, American reports that wind turbines only kill 400,000 to 500,000 birds  a year are meaningless. Jim Wiegand’s “Cheeseburgers & the Wind Industry” is a brilliant critique of turbine mortality studies.

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Should Ontario Build Wind Turbines On Migration Routes?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1When the first winter’s snow covers their hunting grounds, Ontario’s Golden Eagles head south. Many fly along the shore of the Great Lakes, crossing into the United States when the shores are close. This is a major flyway and, according to an article in the Kingston Field Naturalists, “12 million migratory birds pass through” Ontario’s Prince Edward County every year. Some, like the Golden Eagle, are endangered species. Many fall prey to the whirling blades of wind turbines. One of the wind projects sited on this flyway, Wolfe Island, reputedly has the “highest avian mortality in the province.”  Across the border in Michigan state, Huron County intervened on behalf of the birds impose to a 3 mile set-back from the lake. There is no corresponding fly through zone in Ontario. Submissions for two new wind projects – Whites Pines and Ostander Point – are among those being considered for Ontario’s Large Renewable Procurement. The province will not release a list of proposed projects until August 7, when the submission deadline ends. Should Ontario build wind turbines on migration routes?

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Red-Tailed Hawk At The Ocotillo Wind Farm

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMJim Pelley sent in some photos of a red-tailed hawk at the Ocotillo Wind farm in California. This is not the first raptor sighted in the wind farm, which straddles a migration flyway used by golden eagles.

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Wind turbine Fire at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On January 15, there was a wind turbine fire at Ocotillo, CA.  The incident might have been less significant anywhere else, but this wind project has been having problems ever since it went online.

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San Diego Conservation Group Sues to Protect Golden Eagles

The ECOreport looks at a story from San Diego, where a conservation group sues to protect golden eagles.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A  San Diego conservation group’s suit to protect golden eagles from the proposed Tule Wind Farm arises 2 against the backdrop of a disappearing species. (p 12 of attached) A draft environmental impact statement from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) states there were 108 pairs in San Diego a century ago. (p 10) Only 7 of the 28 territories close to the proposed wind farm are still occupied.  The Fish and Wildlife rejected the developer’s eagle take application in its current form, because of the high risk to eagles.  On September 24, 2014, Protect Our Communities (POC) sued the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Department of the Interior (DOI)for approving a lease for the Tule Wind project.

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Offshore wind farms may be providing Seals with a Buffet

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Offshore wind farms may be providing Seals with a Buffet. The turbines are essentially an artificial reef. They became home to marine invertebrates, fish, crabs, lobsters, fouling animals, and plants.. They have also caught the attention of at least 11 seals to forage around two facilities: Alpha Ventus in Germany and Sheringham Shoal off the southeast coast of Norfolk in the UK.  It is not yet known whether this is a good thing.

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The Other Opponents of Wind Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, freezing Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years. The Ohio State House previously passed SB 310 by a 53-38 vote. This  prompted the usual round of conspiracy theories about ALEC and the Koch brothers. It is really time to look at the other opponents of wind energy.
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