Monthly Archives: April 2010

West Virginia PSC rules in favor of wind developer. What’s next for citizen group?

When local citizens formed the Allegheny Front Alliance to fight the proposed industrial wind installation on Green Mountain above Keyser, WV, I suspect they knew it would be a difficult task.  After all, the primary source of information about wind … Continue reading

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WV Public Service Commission denies petition to reconsider, authorizing Pinnacle Wind Force LLC to proceed with Mineral County, WV facility.

“The Commission denies a petition to reconsider its Order authorizing Pinnacle Wind Force, LLC to construct and operate a $13 1 million wholesale electric generating facility, including about 23 wind turbines (the Project), on Green Mountain in Mineral County, West … Continue reading

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Perhaps Secretary Salazar should name the Cape Wind project in honor of Andrew Jackson.

Two days ago, before Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved the Cape Wind project, I posted this:  New York Times resolves Cape Wind dispute with Native Americans – for $24 and a box of beads. Obviously, this title line is … Continue reading

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US approves offshore windmills … China to build two nuclear reactors for Pakistan. Am I missing something?

This, from the Boston.com:  Interior secretary approves Cape Wind plan, nation’s first offshore wind farm This, from the Financial Times:  China to build reactors in Pakistan This is beyond incredible!

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New York Times resolves Cape Wind dispute with Native Americans – for $24 and a box of beads.

I don’t know why Ken Salazar is having such difficulty deciding the Cape Wind issue, except for the fact that it is a horrible investment in our energy’s future, will cost taxpayers and customers a fortune and will not meet … Continue reading

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Citing stormwater issues as a major factor, developer of Vermont Community wind farm backing away.

Gee, storm water problems at industrial wind sites … This sounds familiar! The folks in Ira must be ecstatic … and good for them.  Here’s the article:  “Vermont Company Backs Off Wind Farm Plan In Town Of Ira“

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“Weak winds” cause nations “largest wind power generator” earnings to fall.

Darn, I guess it doesn’t matter how many turbines you plop across the landscape … if the wind doesn’t blow. And, oh yeah … FPL – NextEra “said it would pare back its planned addition of 1,000 megawatts of wind … Continue reading

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Industrial wind’s rubber stamp? “Rather than being effective regulatory agencies, the state authorities have simply opted to be the permitting agencies.”

In the following commentary, Pamela and Arthur Dodds question the effectiveness of state agencies responsible to oversee the permitting process for industrial wind plants: As presented in April 23, 2010 “Wind Action” editorial, in 2009, residents in Sheffield, Vermont, appealed … Continue reading

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If an industrial development is considered “green,” how many people’s well-being can be sacrificed for a “public good?”

Article published Apr 25, 2010 at Times Argus. A sound policy for wind power in Vt.? By SANDY WILBUR Whether they’re called wind farms or industrial wind generating plants, these industrial developments have caused divisiveness and controversy in every community … Continue reading

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Robert Bryce: “Five myths about green energy”

Robert Bryce begins his Washington Post piece with this: Americans are being inundated with claims about renewable and alternative energy. Advocates for these technologies say that if we jettison fossil fuels, we’ll breathe easier, stop global warming and revolutionize our … Continue reading

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