Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for October 18, 2010

Items of interest:

1-“The purpose of the Act (Wind Energy Siting Reform Act) is to achieve the governor’s goal of shoehorning massive industrial wind turbines into our once quiet and rural neighborhoods through a careless set of special wind industry benefits that include overriding local control, replacing environmental laws with “standards,” and eliminating traditional rights of participation and appeal by the public.”

YOUR VIEW: Wind act will eliminate local review authority – South Coast Today

2-PSA:  The Society for Wind Vigilance announces its first International Symposium

The Society for Wind Vigilance – International SymposiumMidwest Society for Acoustic Ecology

3-Well, I’ll be hornswoggled!

Endangered bats in region scuttle plans to build wind farms in northwest Arkansas – KSPR33

4-“European energy giant Vattenfall has announced that it will not seek permission to extend the world’s largest wind farm, Thanet, due to there not being enough time for the necessary grid upgrades to support it.”

Vattenfall scraps plans to extend Thanet offshore wind farm – Your Industry News

5-“Unlocking decades’ worth of natural gas deposits … has upended the ambitious growth plans of companies that produce power from wind, nuclear energy and coal. Those plans were based on the assumption that supplies of natural gas would be tight, and prices high.”

Natural gas proves to be energy game-changer – Houston Chronicle Online

6-“There will come a day when someone devises an economical alternative or alternatives to coal and oil. But that day will not come just because eco-friendly politicians and activists wish it so.”

Lights out on PEI’s wind power dream – Wind Concerns Ontario

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One Response to Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for October 18, 2010

  1. Frank O'Hara says:

    3-Well, I’ll be hornswoggled! Endangered bats in region scuttle plans to build wind farms in northwest Arkansas – KSPR33

    Lets take a look what company is behind the scuttle plans to build a wind farm in the region>

    Invenergy, a Chicago-based company, has told Washington County residents the presence of the Ozark big-eared bat means it has to halt development of the wind farms.

    Should you not have a score / game card of Big Industrial Wind players, Invenergy, is the same company that has moved forward with the Beechridge Project.

    Is there an Invenergy accountant that is advising their CEO maybe this wind project will cost us?
    Do we really want to ignore the US Fish and Wildlife Service?
    Do we want to be involved in securing an Incidental Take Permit?
    Perhaps the CEO has realized that the tax return will not be profitable.
    Maybe the stockholders are starting to question wind.

    Remove the tax goodies from Big Industrial Wind and the project will end.

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