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Wind Farm Politics

Wind Farm Politics includes articles about how Washington views wind energy projects and farms, court cases, how your representatives vote and more.

 

Windfall movie showing

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Documentation, News and Media, Unintended Consequences, Wind Effects Financial Implications | 0 comments

This Sunday at 2:00pm Danbury Community Center will have a showing of the movie ‘Windfall.’   This video is well worth the time, and it is a great opportunity for us to support the folks in Danbury.  If you are available on Sunday I hope to see you there!! It is a GREAT way to avoid the black flies for the afternoon.

Windfall (2010) PosterStoryline:

Wind power… It’s green… It’s good… It reduces our dependency on foreign oil… That’s what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement this farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own — that of 40 industrial wind turbines. Attracted at first to the financial incentives, residents grow increasingly alarmed as they discover side effects they never dreamed of, as well as the potential for disturbing financial scams. With wind development growing rapidly at 39% annually in the US, WINDFALL is an eye-opener for anyone concerned about the future of renewable energy.

Windmills – wind turbines -  are not so green. (more…)

HB-2 Amendment Hearing – Wed April 3

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in All Posts, Featured, Petitions | 0 comments

Wind Watch Action Alert - Important House Floor Hearing this Wednesday – April 3, 2013

WE NEED YOU help us spread the word to all NH District Representatives.  Please encourage your friends throughout the state to contact their district  representatives and tell them…..

“Elective Wind Projects are of a significant concern in many areas of the state and that their district could be next. Please vote ‘ought to pass’ on the SB-99 and HB-2 as this is a state-wide issue and will severely impact our tourism economy, our businesses, property values and livelihoods.”

To find your district representative click here:   http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx

OUR GOAL is to have 2-3 constituents from EVERY district (400 districts in NH)  CALL or EMAIL their Representative before the vote on HB-2 on WEDNESDAY

Rep. Neal Kurk has an amendment (HB-2) to be added on the House floor  this Wednesday that will read something like:

“Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, there are here by established moratoriums on the constructions of wind turbine plants and electric transmission line projects in the state of New Hampshire until July 1, 2014. The site evaluation committee, established in RSA 162-H:3, shall issue no certificates for wind turbine plants or electric transmission line projects under RSA 162-H while such moratoriums are in effect.”

Dr Luce Presentation Slide Show

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in All Posts, Meetings, Politics of Wind Power | 0 comments

Dr Luce presentation slide show is not the best quality recording  but the message is incredible.  Dr. Luce spoke with us last month.

He was the guy that made wind energy happen in New Mexico.  He came here to promote wind projects, but as a physist he quickly saw the wind resource just wasn’t here unless we went offshore.  He recommends solar power fo New England.

In VT if 1% of already established farmers fields became solar rays it would supply the entire energy need of VT.  With no ridgeline destruction!!!!

Here is the video of Dr. Luce’s speach.

Production Tax Credit Wind

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in All Posts, Featured, News and Media, Politics of Wind Power | 0 comments

In the news, quietly nagging, is the question of whether or not the Production Tax Credit will expire now that the deadline has passed.  Without the Production Tax Credit wind projects may not stand a chance at new start ups.   Congress and wind power are not a good match right now as the expiration date has already passed.

These are not only the politics of wind power but about one more debt added to the heap we can’t seem to come up from already. The expiration of the credit would certainly be good news for millions who have already figured out that the financial implications are high and we are being bled dry by greedy corporations who know how to take but not give back.

Here are a few excerpts from the Huffington Post regarding the possible expiration of the Product Tax Credit that has been in place since 1992.  Decide for yourself.  This author wonders where YOUR children will get the money to pay back all this debt when companies like Iberdrola Renewables has their credit are heading for the Spanish hills.

Republican opposition to renewable energy tax breaks has been galvanized by anger over a failed solar project backed by the Obama administration. Republicans referred to that project, a start-up company called Solyndra, several times in the letter.

“The Obama administration has poured billions into subsidizing its favored green energy sources,” reads the letter dated Sept. 21 from House Republicans to Boehner, also a Republican. “Twenty years of subsidizing wind is more than enough.”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/john-boehner-wind-production-tax-credit_n_1910687.html

And…

The so-called production tax credit has made wind and solar installations more financially appealing for investors, encouraging new projects. But with each passing day absent movement in Congress toward renewing the credit, investors grow more skittish about pouring money into wind and solar installations, fearful that they will not be able to secure a return on their capital, as the tax credits have traditionally reduced the cost of new projects by one-third.          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/wind-power-tax-credit-expiration_n_2220635.html

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats Hearing 2

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Documentation, Unintended Consequences, Wildlife | 0 comments

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats, among other concerns,  were debated at the  Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Oversight Hearing on “Gone with the Wind: Impacts of Wind Turbines on Birds and Bats”   Tuesday, May 1, 2007 10:00 AM

The following is part of the testimony of Dr. Michael Fry, Ph.D., Director, Birds and Pesticides, American Bird Conservancy of the Fish and Wild Life Service

It should be noted that Dr Fry is for wind power but stresses the importance that is being overlooked in being overly zealous; the wildlife effects. (more…)

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats Hearing

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Documentation, Unintended Consequences, Wildlife | 0 comments

Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Oversight Hearing on “Gone with the Wind: Impacts of Wind Turbines on Birds and Bats”   Tuesday, May 1, 2007 10:00 AM

The following is part of the testimony of Mr. Michael Daulton, Director of Conservation Policy, National Audubon Society

It should be noted that Mr Daulton is for wind power but stresses the importance that is being overlooked in being overly zealous; the wildlife effects.

Planned Expansion of Largely Unregulated Wind Power Raises Conservation Concerns (more…)

NH Electricity Cost

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Costs, Documentation, Wind Effects Financial Implications | 0 comments

NH Electricity Cost

The NH electricity cost is 5 cents above the average in other US states.  We export more than 1/2 our electricity generated and yet we pay 50% more per kilowatt hour.  How does that even make sense?

See for yourself in the NH electricity profile chart below:

State Electricity Profiles

Data for 2010  |  Release Date: January 30, 2012  |  Next Release: January 2013   |

Archived State Electricity Profiles

Notice that NH is 5 cents more than the national average in cost per kilowatt hour and yet it exports more than 1/2 of its electricity.  Where is the benefit to our state to produce more?  Should we expect to pay more as well? (more…)

Iberdrola Hardscrabble Lawsuit

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Health Effects | 0 comments

Iberdrola Hardscrabble lawsuit medical issues that plaintiffs complained of:

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  • Diane Abele – frequent headaches from lack of sleep and constant stress
  • Holly Ashley – difficulty sleeping
  • William Ashley – difficulty sleeping
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  • Wendy Bramer’s teenage son Adam Bramer – experienced dizziness and sinus problems.  Also has an adult daughter with seizure     disorders who can no longer visit her parents in their home because of the flicker and the noise.
  • Linda Brauer – severe difficulty sleeping due to noise (more…)

Hardscrabble Wind Farm News

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Unintended Consequences | 0 comments

Hardscrabble Wind Farm news continues to be in the spotlight. It seems that locals are unjustly having liens placed on their lands while Saunders Concrete and Iberdrola duke it out.

Read about it in the full article but as you do, consider as to whether it is something you might find yourself in the middle of one day, in your own backyard.

Residents targeted by subcontractor who wants to be paid for work

Concrete company places nearly $2M lien on wind project property (more…)

True Costs of Wind Energy and Low Value of Wind Electricity

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Featured, Wind Effects Financial Implications | 0 comments

True Costs of Wind Energy and Low Value of Wind Electricity
This is a great article about the true costs of wind energy:  You can download the entire article here:
Schleede-High-Cost-Low-Value-Electricity-from-Wind
Probably the most common wind energy question that I receive from analysts, reporters, and interested citizens deals with the cost of electricity from wind.  The frequency of the question is understandable since estimates provided by the wind industry, federal and state agencies and contractors, and the media understate the true cost and ignore the fact that electricity from wind is very low in value.