Monthly Archives: February 2010

Friends of the Grande Rhonde Valley Newsletter – March 2010

Thanks to the Blue Mountain Alliance in Oregon for referring us to the March 2010 Newsletter published by the Friends of the Grande Rhonde Valley.  These groups share our concern for the severe environmental damage brought on by the inefficient … Continue reading

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Tribes reject wind farm offer |

By Patrick Cassidy February 28, 2010 A million-dollar offer by Cape Wind Associates LLC to each of the Indian tribes fighting the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm has been declined. “A financial offer was made to our tribe and … Continue reading

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“Wind farm owners have a strong incentive to sell off or abandon their projects once tax benefits have been captured…”

“Wind farm owners have a strong incentive to sell off or abandon their projects once tax benefits have been captured (5-6 years for accelerated depreciation; 10 years for production tax credits), turbine performance deteriorates and/or operating and maintenance costs escalate. … Continue reading

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Industrial wind – estimating local labor content.

Having spent a number of years in project related work, construction workers are high on my list of folks to respect.  The work is difficult, demanding and dangerous.  So don’t let anything I write here be implied as a reflection … Continue reading

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Seeking US stimulus funds, Iberdrola, world’s largest industrial wind company, is focusing on the US as its “main platform for growth.”

The Financial Times article – Iberdrola to focus on US for growth – notes that “the world’s biggest wind power company, is focusing on the US as its “main platform for growth” in the next three years.” Of it’s plans … Continue reading

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Touting NREL report, advocates claim wind has potential to produce enough electricity for 3.6 billion Americans. A little overkill, perhaps???

For those of you concerned that the failure of industrial wind to perform as a reliable, on demand energy source, take heart!  If we simply turn over every inch of available land to the industrial wind LLCs we won’t need nuclear, … Continue reading

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Wind developer and former Maine Governor Angus King opinion piece “teeming with his own myths and half-truths that deserve clarification.”

In its editorial, Maine: Myths, opinions, and facts, the Industrial Wind Action Group challenges former Maine Governor Angus King’s use of myths and half truths in his recent attempt to “correct the record” about wind power. The Wind Action Editorial is here, … Continue reading

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In a bipartisan vote, Colorado says no to addition of publicly traded renewable-energy company to state employees 401(k) retirement plans.

You heard it right!  Democrats and Republicans joined forces to defeat a resolution in the Colorado house which encouraged adding the renewable energy company to the 401k plans held by state employees. The best line of the article which, for … Continue reading

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Green Beat recaps 60 Minutes piece on Bloom Box fuel cell – w/video.

If you didn’t see the 60 Minutes segment discussing Bloom Energy’s “Bloom Box” fuel cell, go over to GreenBeat.  A link to the article, which includes the video, is at the end. Camille Ricketts writes that:  Bloom Energy finally emerged … Continue reading

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If you like industrial wind, but just not here – you might be a NIMBY!

In an opinion piece Oregon Live Online edition, Russell Hoeflich and Judi Johansen write that, Steens Mountain wind turbines are wake-up call to Oregonians And right there is the problem.  If wind turbines are a wake up call to a … Continue reading

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