Citizen Power Alliance
ND wind turbine accident
Amplify’d from

BISMARCK, N.D. — Experts said a North Dakota wind turbine's rotor and blades crashed to the ground because they weren't properly aligned with a power shaft atop the turbine's steel tower, which caused the rotor's connecting bolts to fail.

The March 14 accident north of Rugby will prompt more frequent inspections of other turbines, said Scott Winneguth, director of wind plant engineering for Iberdrola ( IBDRF.PK - news - people ) Renewables Inc. of Portland, Ore.

Winneguth told North Dakota’s Public Service Commission that investigators were unsure whether the problem resulted from the turbine’s operation or reflected an assembly flaw.

Lawmakers table offshore wind bill for f
Amplify’d from

Legislative leaders shelved a measure Thursday aimed at putting huge wind turbines off Maryland’s Atlantic coast, saying they needed more time to study the likely impact on the state’s ratepayers of investing in that form of “clean” energy.

The move was a setback for Gov. Martin O’Malley, who had wanted to boost offshore wind energy development by making Maryland utilities promise to buy electricity generated by the turbines.

The governor and wind supporters had pointed to the potential for thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs associated with building the turbines 12 miles or more off Ocean City, and he stressed that Maryland was in a “race” with other Atlantic Coast states to be the first to start generating electricity from windmills offshore.

State bill would ban offshore wind farms
Amplify’d from

Wind turbines could be popping up on land along the lakeshore, but don’t expect to see them offshore if a bill now in a state House committee is approved.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Ray Franz, a Republican from Manistee County, said the intent is to keep potential hazards out of the Great Lakes.
“It’s not environmentally sound to have machines like these on our lakes. They are our greatest asset, and industrialization on them is a hazard to nature and the economy,” Franz said.
The bill is in the House Energy and Technology Committee and has not yet been discussed, said State Rep. Amanda Price, R-Park Township, a member of the committee.
Obama Visiting Foreign-own Wind Factory
Amplify’d from

An ill wind is blowing through the energy industry over President Obama’s planned visit Wednesday to the Pennsylvania arm of a foreign-owned wind turbine maker.

The president will tour and speak to workers at a Gamesa Technology Corporation plant in Fairless Hills, where about 300 workers labor in a former U.S. Steel industrial site making wind turbines.

It is a nearly perfect example of the president’s goal of forging 20th century manufacturing into the new green industries he envisions. But while the company claims to employ about 900 Americans at plants in the United States, Gamesa is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

That’s a problem for Howard Makler, president of California-based wind turbine maker WePower.

Noisy wind turbines ruined Fairfield, NY
Amplify’d from
Day and all night long, I hear grinding and grinding, whooshing and whooshing non-stop. I live right under the wind turbines in Fairfield.

Every window, east, west, north and south has a wind turbine. My beautiful landscape is forever gone.

We cannot carry on conversations outside due to the constant noise level. There is a constant droning sound inside my home that was never there before. I can’t even begin to imagine the noise when the turbines are going full force and in the summer; I bet I won’t even be able to have my windows open due to the high noise levels.

I have heard comments that no one is complaining about the noise level.

Not so.

Those of us living within the triangle of the turbines have called our town “fathers” repeatedly with no answers.

When I purchased my home, it was not with the understanding there would be health risking turbines surrounding my home disrupting my peace.

I wonder if I put up something my neighbors did not want, would I have to remove it? I bet I would. No one asked if I agreed to have these ugly things in every window of my home.

I attended town meetings, voiced my opposition to no avail.

Litchfield beware!

Do not allow the wind turbines to destroy your land, peace and health.
Developer Pulls Plug on Wisconsin Wind
Amplify’d from

The Chicago-based firm cited the state’s “regulatory uncertainty” in its decision to cancel plans for the 150-megawatt Ledge Wind Energy Center in southern Brown County.

Invenergy said that the abrupt suspension of state wind siting rules and an “unstable climate” — namely Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to establish the nation’s most stringent wind standards — had forced the firm to think twice about building its 100-turbine project in Wisconsin.

"We could not justify continuing to make significant financial commitments in maintaining the Ledge project while uncertainty persists regarding relevant project regulations," Invenergy said in a corporate statement.

Painful Lessons for Wind Power
Amplify’d from
Neil Anderson lives a quarter of a mile from the turbine.  He’s an avid supporter of alternative energy, having owned and operated a passive solar company on Cape Cod for the past 25 years.  “It is dangerous,” he told WGBH in Boston.  “Headaches.  Loss of sleep.  And the ringing in my ears never goes away.  I could look at it all day, and it does not bother me … but it’s way too close.”
Painful to the ears, and especially painful to the birds, the painful lesson environmentalists need to learn is that the answer to America’s growing energy needs is not blowing in the wind.
When a Town Went Against the Wind
Amplify’d from

The film begins, as Ms. Israel herself did, with a rosy picture of wind generation. But the whole business of wind farming is portrayed more and more negatively as the movie progresses. There is the physical downside — the risk of “ice throw” from turbine blades, the light flicker, bat mortality, the accidents, the noise. There is the financial downside, a depiction of the way big institutions harvest depreciation allowances and other public money as they harvest wind. There is the legal/moral downside — the pressure brought to bear on townspeople to stifle opposition.

Much of the motivation for encouraging the turbine development was to save local farms, since dairying had become unprofitable. Much of the opposition came from people who made their money elsewhere and had come to Meredith as a retreat. The wind farm supporters wanted an income; the opponents wanted a lifestyle.

Offshore wind turbines Erie hearing
Amplify’d from
Offshore wind turbines subject of Erie hearing
Two Erie-area state lawmakers are exploring the idea of offshore wind turbines located in Lake Erie.
Monday’s public hearing was hosted by Republican state Sens. Jane Earll, of Fairview Township, and Mary Jo White, of Franklin.
The Erie Times-News says officials from state and federal agencies that would regulate the wind farms testified, as did those from businesses who would like to build the farms. Erie-area residents and environmentalists who oppose or are at least concerned about such plans also testified.
Life Under The Blades
Amplify’d from

FALMOUTH, Mass. — Standing on his home’s porch, Neil Anderson points through the thicket of trees in his front yard and across Blacksmith Shop Road towards one of his closest neighbors: A wind turbine.

“Right now we are 1,320 feet, which is one-quarter mile south of Wind One, which is Falmouth’s first wind turbine. It’s been online since April. And we’ve been trying to get it stopped since April,” Anderson says.

Wind One, as the turbine is officially called, is owned by the town of Falmouth and is located at the town’s wastewater treatment plant, where it stands 262 feet tall to the turbine’s hub. That’s about 10 feet taller than the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown. The blades extend just shy of 400 feet, which is about half the height of the John Hancock Building in Boston.