Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for July 31, 2012

Items of interest:

1-Western Maryland wind project faces limits to protect bats, birdsBaltimore Sun

“As part of the plan, federal officials are weighing whether to issue Exelon an “incidental take” permit authorizing the loss of a small number of Indiana bats to its turbines atop Maryland’s tallest peak, Backbone Mountain. Such a permit is needed under the Endangered Species Act, which makes it illegal to kill or harm any animal under its protection. A decision is expected once a public comment period ends Sept. 28.

2-“AWEA’s own charts and statistics demonstrate that the wind sector wouldn’t be nearly as big as it currently is, if we had a level playing field where the government didn’t pick energy winners and losers.”Canada Free Press

3-German firm executive: “Letting the (US Production Tax) credit lapse would in effect impose a targeted tax increase on the wind industry”DesMoinesRegister.com

This logic sorta confirms today’s Item 2, don’t you think?

4-Speaking of the Production Tax Credit – “Wind energy is not green, eco-friendly, sustainable or sensible. Extending the subsidized slaughter is not something any members of Congress, state legislatures or county commissions – Republican or Democrat – should want to have on their conscience.”MasterResource

5-Now here’s something you don’t hear everyday, “We can sleep better at night knowing BP is up there. ”  And, in the same article, here’s something you do seem to hear everyday, “When completed the wind farm will have the capacity to produce 141 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 40,000 homes.” – citizensvoice.com

Of course, we just dealt with that 40,000 homes thing, didn’t we?

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One Response to Breaking Wind – Quick hits from the industry for July 31, 2012

  1. Wayne Spiggle says:

    This “Incidental take” thing makes me wonder if a law has been passed to allow the wind barons to break the law. If it is a matter of regulations creating such permiission, since when do regulations pre-empt the law?
    Wayne Spiggle

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