Items of interest:
Is ‘accumulative effect’ coming? – National Wind Watch
2-Lisa Linowes has an excellent piece on the true cost of wind.
Windpower: Not as Free As You Think – MasterResource
3-I wonder if wind developers in the UK use antique tin cups for their begging? “Ministers are being urged to give guarantees that tax breaks and subsidies for new renewable power projects will remain in place for the long-term”
4-Spain’s Iberdrola “sees the US as a key growth market largely thanks to the favourable regulatory environment there. The stimulus grants approved by the US government for renewable energy guarantee the company’s growth in this market and allow the reinvestment process to be stepped up. To date the company has received nearly $700 million in grants.”
5-Still waiting for the University of Maryland to announce details of the Power Purchase Agreement with US WindForce. Of course, we’re still waiting for answers about the project in general.
Opinion: Sometimes “calling it in” just isn’t good enough. – Allegheny Treasures
6-I know I keep beating the Putin drum, but the hits just keep coming: (Putin) “has gradually managed to transform Russia from a defunct military superpower into a new global energy hegemony. Henceforth, the creation of an energy dependence on Russia by its neighbors in particular (Turkey included) has become Moscow’s primary foreign policy goal.”
Putin and the weapon of energy – Hurriyet (Turkey)
7-Oh, and more on “real” energy happenings with our “friends” around the world while we play with windmills: “In addition to supplying Russia, China and Iran, we are also taking concrete measures to accelerate progress in the construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan and India pipeline in concert with the member countries of this large-scale project,” Berdymukhamedov said at the ceremony in the town of Bagtyyarlyk, near the border with Uzbekistan.”