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Wind Turbine fires

July 17, 2014,   by David Clarke

The report stated that 'some 80,000 ha of national park were destroyed by a wildfire ignited by the turbine debris' and gave an Australian Broadcasting Commission report as a reference. In fact, the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Crank Index

July 17, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

With thanks to the long-lasting science Crackpot Index, this Wind Crank Index is intended to provide a simple way to figure out how you should invest your time: helping the person understand more...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Energy Payback: Comparative life cycle assessment of 2.0 MW wind turbines

July 10, 2014,   by Karl R. Haapala and Preedanood Prempreeda

The energy payback period for the two turbine models are found to be 5.2 and 6.4 months, respectively.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Renewables International: How Germany’s new renewables policy will affect wind power financing

July 8, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Germany’s leading economics institute DIW has published a 36-page report in English on how the amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will impact the cost of capital for wind power investors....

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

Etwas Luft: Why Copenhagen Hasn't Seen A "Wind Turbine Syndrome" Pandemic

July 4, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Even if Denmark had its own 'wind turbine syndrome' organisation, I strongly suspect the phenomenon wouldn't take hold. The Middelgrunden Wind Farm happens to be half-owned by Middelgrunden Wind...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: The Port of Hamburg--On-site wind power is successful

June 29, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Eurogate wants to make seven million kWh available with the wind power farm and also its newly constructed combined heat and power plant (CHP). Eurogate also generates power from photovoltaic...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Greenbyte: The Evolution of Wind Power Interactive World Map

June 25, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Nicely done map portraying the growth of wind energy worldwide from 1980 to the present sorted by country.

Category: News on Large Wind

Solar Wind Energy Towers: harvesting R&D dollars for decades

June 24, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Smart people reinvent variations of these things fairly often. People get enthused about them, get people to invest, build prototypes which don’t work as hoped. The prototypes get abandoned and...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Ontario's Wolfe Island Wind Farm Self-Guided Walking Tour

June 15, 2014,  

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kingston Environmental Committee in collaboration with Tourism Kingston and Tourism Wolfe Island.

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

GET: Why Vermont But Not Kansas? (on anti-wind)

June 15, 2014,   by George Harvey

Citizens of Greensburg live so close to wind turbines it is a bit astonishing. The local hospital’s turbine is just across the driveway, only twenty yards or so from the building. The local Best...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Some Air: 'Wind Turbine Syndrome' Causes Mink Mutations, And Other Correlations

June 13, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Logical fallacies are everywhere. Flick open the newspaper and hear the latest assertion from your politician-of-choice, and you'll see one being used to advocate a course of action, framed in...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

CBC: Ontario election 2014: Vote Compass users reveal split on wind power

June 5, 2014,  

Vote Compass users overall say wind energy should be a significant source of Ontario’s electricity supply mix - but that view is not shared by respondents who identified as supporters of the...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Finally, invisible wind turbines

June 4, 2014,   by Craig Morris

A German startup launches a crowdfunding campaign tomorrow for its “wind kites,” and it is doing so by bad-mouthing the wonderful stuff we have. These folks resort to crowdfunding because people who...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Renewables International: Solar Roadways needs to be stopped

June 3, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Solar Roadways is one of the most successful crowd funding campaigns on the Indiegogo platform ever. But don’t believe the hype – this idea is going nowhere, and no one is going anywhere on “solar...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Truth Out: Anti-Wind--Stealing our Sympathy

May 29, 2014,   by Sarah Taylor

If we allow ourselves to be deceived by the fossil-fuel industry and their fabricated worries about birds, then we will be refusing to look the future squarely in the face. We must end our addiction...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Guardian: Wind power most popular source of energy in U

May 28, 2014,   by Hannah Fearn

Half of respondents to national survey would welcome a new wind farm within five miles of their home

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

CBC: Dentist faces charges for refusing patients who support windfarm

May 20, 2014,  

In an interview last September with CBC News, Studzienny said he refused treatment to certain councillors on M'Chigeeng and Little Current councils because he is opposed to wind turbines and was...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Windpower Ownership in Sweden--a Review

May 16, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Windpower Ownership in Sweden: Business models and motives, the new book by Tore Wizelius helps English-speakers understand how Swedes have taken a sizable ownership of wind energy in spite of their...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Large Wind, News on Community Power, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Inquiry into death of man killed when he fell 100ft down wind turbine

May 14, 2014,   by STV

Basilio Brazao, a 19-year-old Brazilian construction worker, was working inside the turbine at the Earlsburn wind farm near Fintry, Stirlingshire on May 22, 2007 when he fell.

Category: Accidents & Safety

4 dead as plane crashes at South Dakota wind farm

April 28, 2014,  

A small airplane heading back to South Dakota after a Texas cattle sale crashed into a wind farm in foggy weather, killing the pilot and three passengers.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ReNewEconomy: What ‘wind turbine syndrome’ tells us about the future of cleantech

April 15, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

The urgent need for rapid decarbonisation of our electricity system means we have to research, build, test and deploy a raft of new technologies, all in a short time period. As new technology...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Justice in America: If You're Going to Steal--Steal Big

April 14, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Charles Keating died recently. His death marked a milestone in American political history. His crimes and those of my nephew illustrates one of the truisms in America often attributed to Al Capone....[more]

Category: Other Articles

Teapots, Dilutions and Infrasound: The Negative Proof Conundrum

April 14, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

We can't prove negatives. If I tell you that there's a teapot orbiting Earth, and you can't provide evidence that there isn't, it doesn't mean that I'm right, or that there's a 50/50 chance that I'm...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

How communities end up divided over wind energy

April 14, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

In general, wind energy proposals were started by wind developers and firms who saw clearly that there was massive social license for wind farms in every survey and poll ever done. They typically...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Paul Gipe on the Writing Life

April 9, 2014,  

I began writing as a way to explore the world, learn something new, and make a difference. It has been that--and more. I've been more or less freelancing since the mid 1970s when I published an...[more]

Category: Other Articles

Windmills are things of beauty

April 3, 2014,   by David Suzuki

I think windmills are beautiful. They harness the wind's power to supply us with heat and light. They provide local jobs. They help clean air and reduce climate change.

Category: News on Large Wind

Enemies of Wind Organize in Germany

March 30, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Daniel Wetzel at WELT reports on a new nationwide anti-wind organization recently founded in Germany. The name of the new lobby group is “Vernunftkraft” (reason power). I am not linking to them, but...

Category: News on Large Wind

Etwas Luft: The Contours of Misinformation [about Wind Energy]

March 24, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Recently, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a comprehensive position statement on the curiously invulnerable issue of 'wind turbine syndrome'. One phrase from the statement caught my...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Windustrious Cleveland: Opposition to Wind Power--A New Twist

March 19, 2014,   by Sarah Taylor

A proposed wind turbine installation near Camp Perry in Northwestern Ohio has recently been halted (see article) by environmental groups that turn out to have connections to the oil, gas and tourism...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

AMA: Wind Farms and Health - 2014

March 17, 2014,  

The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that the infrasound or low frequency sound generated by wind farms, as they are currently regulated in Australia, causes...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

2014 Annual Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi--29th Annual Walk--May 10, 2014

March 11, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Tehachapi’s Windmill-Wildflower Hike is one of the longest-running annual walks among wind turbines worldwide. More than 800 people, from children to octogenarians, have taken the six-mile walk...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Greentech Media: GE’s Space Frame (Truss) Tower

March 7, 2014,   by Herman K. Trabish

GE's enclosed-lattice, five-legged space frame prototype, sited at the company's Tehachapi, California facility, is 97 meters tall . . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Etwas Luft: How Irish Health Authorities got Anti-Vaxxers on Board with Spreading 'Wind Turbine Syndrome'

March 7, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

Natural News isn't an easy website to browse. If you're conscious of the impact of the anti-vaccination movement, the content on the website quickly goes from mildly-entertaining weirdness to real,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Japan Times: Wind power on verge of taking off

February 26, 2014,   by Kazuaki Nagata

Japan hasn’t seen an appreciable increase in wind power in the past few years despite the start of the feed-in tariff system designed to boost renewable energy, but it still has potential and the...

Category: News on Large Wind, Japan FIT

Calling Anti-Renewables Campaigners NIMBYs Is Often Inaccurate And Always

February 25, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

NIMBY — Not In My Back Yard — is a nice crisp acronym and gets bandied about a lot when discussing opposition to wind energy and other renewables. But it is inadequate as a categorization of the...

Category: News on Wind Energy

Clean Energy Blog: 40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbinef

February 24, 2014,   by Simon Mahon

Creation Care merges faith with proactive solutions to protect God’s creation. Next week, the season of Lent begins for millions of faithful people around the world. To mirror the 40 days of Lent,...

Category: News on Community Power, News on Large Wind

Guardian: No reliable evidence wind farms harm health, peak research body says

February 24, 2014,   by Lenore Taylor

Australia’s peak health research body has again found there is no reliable evidence that windfarms harm human health, but the Abbott government is promising to commission further “comprehensive”...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

NHMRC: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health released for public comment

February 24, 2014,  

The draft Information Paper provides a summary of the available scientific evidence. Based on the evidence, the paper concludes that “there is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Study finds no evidence wind turbines make you sick – again

February 24, 2014,   by Simon Chapman

This report takes the number of reviews published on the issue since 2003 to 20. And all have reached the same broad conclusions.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind energy health concerns fail the test of law, repeatedly

February 23, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Since 1998 there have been 45 hearings held under rules of legal evidence in at least five English-speaking countries and four types of courts regarding wind energy, noise and health. Forty-four...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

New research blows away claims that ageing wind farms are a bad investment

February 20, 2014,   by Maxine Myers

In a new study, researchers from Imperial College Business School carried out a comprehensive nationwide analysis of the UK fleet of wind turbines, using local wind speed data from NASA. They showed...

Category: News on Large Wind

Presentation on Electricity Rebellion--Democratizing Generation with Renewable Energy

February 19, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

for California State University Northridge, 5 March, 2014, Energy Alternatives for California's Future (check against delivery)

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Onshore Wind Energy Potential in Germany: UBA's Study Includes Setbacks

February 6, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The UBA study found 13.8% of land area suitable for wind energy; 49,000 km2, and that with contemporary wind turbines there is the astonishing 1,200,000 MW capable of generating 2,900 TWh/yr. This is...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

German Wind Repowering for 2012

February 6, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Of the wind turbines installed in 2012, only 28% were installed on green field sites in Niedersachsen and only 20% in Schleswig-Holstein. The rest were installed as replacements for existing turbines...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: 3.2 GW of wind in 2013 in Germany

February 3, 2014,   by Craig Morris

German wind power organization Deutsche WindGuard has published its estimates for newly installed wind power capacity for the previous year, and the results are better than expected. 2013 turns out...

Category: News on Large Wind

Icelanders Support Wind Turbines

January 30, 2014,  

More than 80 percent of Icelanders support the construction of wind turbines for energy production, as indicated in a recent survey carried out by Capacent Gallup on behalf of Landsvirkjun, the...

Category: News on Large Wind

2013 was a record-setting year for Danish wind power

January 15, 2014,   by Carsten Vittrup

Never before has Energinet.dk incorporated so much wind power in the Danish power system as in 2013, and never before did the wind turbines generate what corresponds to more than 50 per cent of the...

Category: News on Large Wind

El Pais: Spain breezes into record books as wind power becomes main source of energy

January 15, 2014,  

Wind power was the main source of energy in Spain last year for the first time ever and also for the first time ever in any country, according to the industry association AEE.

Category: News on Large Wind, Spain FIT

Health Care US Style

January 13, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Note: January 14, 2014; Miracle of Miracles. We’re in. Our payment has cleared. They’ve taken our money. We received our "cards" 20 January and the first invoice. I went on line to pay for the next...[more]

Category: Other Articles

Property Values? Evidence is that if wind farms do impact them, it’s positively.

January 13, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

These are real fears of unreal things. They are strongly promoted by anti-wind advocacy groups. It is strongly arguable that anti-wind advocates drive down property prices in the run up to wind farms...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

RenewEconomy: Wind farm noise complainants and anti-wind groups: how many, how large?

January 13, 2014,   by Simon Chapman

As blogger Ketan Joshi has observed, unlike any other disease “wind turbine syndrome” seems to be a health problem that occurs mainly in English-speaking countries.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Massachusetts Study Finds Property Values Increase Slightly Near Operating Wind Turbines

January 9, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

In a surprising finding, a joint study by the University of Connecticut andLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center concluded that property values increased...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

DECC: Energy trends section 6: renewables

January 9, 2014,  

Section 6 covering renewables statistics of the latest edition of 'Energy trends' publication.

Category: Great Britain

Relationship between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts

January 9, 2014,   by University of Connecticut and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

An analysis of more than 122,000 Massachusetts home sales between 1998 and 2012 found no statistically-significant evidence that proximity to a wind turbine affects home values.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

New Smith-Putnam Records Uncovered Include Log Books

January 8, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Archivists at the York County Heritage Trust have uncovered a treasure trove of records from the 1.25 MW Smith-Putnam turbine of the early 1940s. The museum archives records of the S. Morgan Smith...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Ontario Tribunal dismisses health scares and health scarers

January 8, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Eric Gillespie, anti-wind lawyer, received a great amount more of legal fees to fail yet again in this extensive appeal. You would think that the people who keep paying him would eventually realize...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Star Phoenix: Your anti-wind hot air deflector

January 7, 2014,   by Paul Hanley

Tired of hearing these comments about renewable power, but don't know how to reply? Saskatoon Community Wind has come up with a list of common wind power myths along with snappy responses.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Providence Journal: Miles Grant: Shady critics attack Cape Wind effort

December 27, 2013,   by Miles Grant

If you’re going to join the public debate on our climate and energy future, should you have to disclose who you work for? Or should you be allowed to create a front group out of thin air to attack...

Category: News on Large Wind

Guelph Mercury: Canada getting blown away by wind power

December 23, 2013,   by Owen Roberts

It's hard to believe, but the tempest over wind energy may be losing speed. . . But now, in at least some parts of the province, particularly around Lake Erie, the statistics appear to show people...

Category: News on Large Wind

Elia: Belgian Wind-power generation data

December 9, 2013,  

You can find here wind-power generation forecasts, real-time estimates of actual wind-power generation, and historical wind-power generation data.

Category: Grid Integration

DECC: Increasing the use of low-carbon technologies

December 9, 2013,  

Speeches, press releases, and announcements by DECC and its ministers.

Category: Great Britain

Barnard on Wind: in their own words: People living among and near wind farms on video

December 9, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

People have been living with utility-scale wind turbines for 50 years. Now they have great video cameras on their iPhones and access to YouTube and Vimeo. Here are a great bunch of videos where...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Acceptance of wind turbines increases with familiarity

December 5, 2013,   by Craig Morris

A new survey finds that the wind turbines in Freiburg, Germany, are once again very popular after a brief concern over the impact on bats. The strangest thing was the timing of the bat issue.

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

DECC: Investing in renewable technologies – CfD contract terms and strike prices

December 4, 2013,  

This document sets out decisions on the Contract for Difference (CfD) strike prices for renewable technologies for the period 2014/15-2018/19, and provides an update on the key CfD contract terms

Category: Great Britain

ABC: Rulings show no link between wind turbines and poor health

November 28, 2013,   by David Mark

The tribunal found the current state of scientific opinion was that there was no causal link of a physiological nature between adverse health effects and wind turbines. It was given no evidence at...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ABC: Relax - wind farms aren't stressing out your emus

November 27, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

What links the phenomena of allegedly stressed emus, dancing cattle and disoriented echidnas? Nothing but the ill-founded trend to blame anything and everything on wind farms

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

RenewEconomy: 9 Collision of science and sentiment – Waterloo wind farm cleared by EPA

November 27, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

The most interesting places on Earth are the subduction zones where tectonic plates of science and emotion scrape relentlessly. Buried in these dynamic boundaries we find the most telling insights...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

AWEA Uses Photos from Gipe Collection

November 25, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

It’s been a long time since I’ve had anything to say about the American Wind Energy Association. To my surprise AWEA published a few photos from my collection in their recent calendar. One is of a...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: Little NIMBYism among Swiss public for wind turbines

November 13, 2013,   by Craig Morris

A new study reveals that more than three quarters of those surveyed in Switzerland support wind power, and roughly the same number say there is "no" or "only a minor" affect on people in surrounding...

Category: News on Large Wind

San Gorgonio Pass and the “Abandoned Wind Turbines” Near Palm Springs, California—an Update

November 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The old canard of 14,000 abandoned wind turbines in California came up again recently in Australia of all places. A rabid anti-wind blogger—seems the Aussies have a good crop of them downunder—posted...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

New Entries in Cultural Icons of Wind Turbines

October 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've added several new categories of cultural icons featuring wind turbines and updated some others. I've added categories for Book and Magazine Covers, Organic Chicken, Toys & Model Railroads, Pop...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

PJM Grid Integration Study

October 28, 2013,  

Even at 30% penetration, results indicate that the PJM system can handle the additional renewable integration with sufficient reserves and transmission build out.

Category: Grid Integration

The Journal: UK farmers turning to wind turbines to supplement income

October 23, 2013,   by Jo Blakemore

A dramatic fall in income, coupled with rising energy costs, is seeing increasing number of farmers turning to wind turbines as an additional source of revenue ahead of looming energy regulator...

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Small Wind, News on Community Power

Grist: Turbine tourism: Bus tours of a wind-energy park are a big hit

October 22, 2013,   by John Upton

Michigan now has nearly 900 wind turbines, and that lit a lightbulb in the entrepreneurial mind of retired teacher Gene Jorissen. Last summer, he started leading hour-long bus tours of the...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Earth Techling: Wind Turbine Bird Threat Overstated, Study Suggests

October 6, 2013,   by Pete Danko

The growth of wind power, if undertaken with reasonable care, should pose no risk to any particular bird species in Canada, according to a new peer-reviewed study. The study also suggests that highly...

Category: News on Large Wind

VicWind: Waubra - The Way the Wind Blows: Waubra’s residents tell their stories

October 5, 2013,   by Neil Barrett

Since the Waubra wind farm started generating power in 2009, the town has acquired a dubious reputation: the so-called `Waubra Disease’ is now known internationally. But how much sense does it make? ...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

VAD: Vibro Acoustic Disease or Venal Arrogant Distortion?

October 4, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

For several years, a Portuguese research group has been touting the horrors of something they termed “vibroacoustic disease” or VAD, claiming that this was a physiological affliction due to extended...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: German wind + solar push power prices way down on Sunday

October 1, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Based on our best estimate, Germany managed to get 34 percent of its electricity from wind and solar over a 24-hour period on Sunday – measured in gigawatt-hours, not gigawatts. Prices on the...

Category: Grid Integration

Show Me The Evidence: Juggling Climate pseudo-skepticism and 'Wind Turbine Syndrome'

September 30, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

Typically, we listen to experts, particularly when they're telling us about imminent danger. Yet, climate scientists have been burdened with an effective, angry and motivated crowd of climate...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

CBC: 9 leading causes of bird deaths in Canada

September 30, 2013,  

Somewhat surprisingly, the oil and gas industry and wind turbines, which have both been blamed for causing bird deaths, didn't make it onto the list of top killers.

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Canadian Estimate of Bird Mortality Due to Collisions and Direct Habitat Loss Associated with Wind Turbine Developments

September 30, 2013,   by J. Ryan Zimmerling, Andrea C. Pomeroy, Marc V. d'Entremont and Charles M Francis

We estimated impacts on birds from the development and operation of wind turbines in Canada considering both mortality due to collisions and loss of nesting habitat. We estimated collision mortality...

Category: News on Large Wind

Presentation by Paul Gipe in Castellana Grotte on Community Wind-06-Closing

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe in Castellana Grotte on Community Wind-05-Environmental Design-Compatible

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe in Castellana Grotte on Community Wind-04-Community Power

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe in Castellana Grotte on Community Wind-03 Leasing Land

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe in Castellana Grotte on Community Wind-02-Introduction & Fundamentals

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe in Castellana Grotte on Community Wind-01-Overview

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Renewables International: How Wind and Solar PV Production Complement Each Other from Winter to Summer and How to Improve this Advantage? Analysis and Conclusions for France and Germany

September 23, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Sustainable renewable energy (RE) policies must be based on a wise mix between technologies and applications. In the case of variable but predictable RE technologies such as wind power and solar PV,...

Category: Grid Integration

CBC: 7,500 bird deaths at gas plant unusual

September 19, 2013,  

Peter Marra was responding to the deaths of an estimated 7,500 migrating songbirds at a gas plant in Saint John, New Brunswick over the weekend.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind turbines are sonic weapons if feathers are speeding trucks

September 17, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

As each of anti-wind types’ arguments get shot down in flames, they usually resort to more and more outlandish claims. One of the most outlandish is that research on sonic or acoustic weapons is...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind turbine syndrome: farm hosts tell very different story

September 17, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

People who host wind turbines on their properties and derive rental income from wind energy companies have important stories to tell about living alongside turbines, but they’ve largely been absent...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Have five minutes? Correct anti-wind myths in articles and comments

September 12, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Have you read an article or comment thread online that contains anti-wind myths and disinformation but didn’t have the resources at your fingertips to counter the spin? This post is intended to let...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Atlantic: What Witchcraft Is Facebook?

September 11, 2013,   by Laura Dimon

I am posting a link to this article for its discourse on modern manias that could be compared to the panic caused in some communities by anti-wind energy activists, mostly in the English-speaking...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Esperance Wind farms take precedence in utility generation

September 11, 2013,   by Neville Selby

Most of the time, Esperance uses all the electricity the wind farms produce, and the power station makes up any shortfall so that a reliable supply of electricity is always available.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

ReNew Economy: Why new technology often attracts bad science

September 4, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

moking-related diseases caused 14,900 deaths in 2004-05, there have been 4,700 deaths from mesothelioma since the 1980’s, and during the thalidomide crisis, 10,000 children were born with birth...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Le bruit de l'éolien, rumeurs, cancans, mensonges et petites histoires—A Review

August 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Turbine Noise: Rumors, Gossip, Lies, and Stories-- is a lovely little book--56 pages—I’ve had on the shelf for some time with the intent of reviewing it for its insights on the nature of...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, Book Reviews of Books en Francais, book Reviews

Iceland Review: Icelanders Support Wind Energy Poll Shows

August 30, 2013,  

More than 80 percent of Icelanders support the construction of wind turbines for energy production, as indicated in a recent survey carried out by Capacent Gallup on behalf of Landsvirkjun, the...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind Power Teaching Support Materials Exchange

August 30, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Sharing Course Materials via wind-works.org[more]

Category: Wind Training Courses

Windtech: New IEC3A Wind Turbines

August 29, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Commercial availability of the new IEC3A wind turbine models, which have been specifically designed for high productivity in low and light wind conditions, opens new opportunities for onshore wind...

Category: News on Large Wind

Esperance Wind-Diesel System Passes 20-Year Anniversary

August 26, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Ten Mile Lagoon wind farm on the south coast of West Australia was commissioned 20-years ago. The pioneering wind-diesel system at the remote community of Esperance cost AUS$5.8 million in 1993 to...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Trout Unlimited: Why Trout Fishermen should be excited about Wind Turbines

August 26, 2013,   by Shane Cross

As sportsmen we support oil and gas producers who develop energy responsibly. And we should support renewable energy projects that will help reduce climate change and protect our hunting and fishing...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

LBNL: Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States

August 23, 2013,   by Ben Hoen, Jason P. Brown, Thomas Jackson, Ryan Wiser, Mark Thayer and Peter Capp

Berkeley Lab analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities in 27 counties across nine U.S. states. In summary, the research did not find any statistically identifiable impacts of wind...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Low Wind Speed and Medium Wind Speed Turbines or New Large Diameter Turbines with Low Generator Ratings

August 9, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Long awaited, low specific capacity-high specific area turbines are the kind of technology needed to make wind energy an essential low-cost component of moving society toward 100% renewable energy.[more]

Category: Grid Integration, News on Large Wind

Ketan Joshi: Knocking Health Practitioners Off Their Feet- The Ad Agency and the Anti-wind Group

August 8, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

The Waubra Foundation, Australia's key player in the spread of health fears around wind energy, have stepped up their efforts - a flashy new website has popped up, adorned with brazen statements in...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Power Plant Decommissioning and Dismantling: PG&E’s Kern River Power Plant—28 Years and Waiting

August 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The question about what to do with wind turbines after they’ve reached the end of their useful lives is often raised out of fear that derelict wind turbines will litter the landscape. As I’ve...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Decommissioning and Dismantling Wind Turbines and Wind Plants

August 4, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Because of a flood of misinformation about what it costs to dismantle wind turbines, I’ve chosen to post a section from my 1995 book on the topic. Note that this was written nearly two decades ago.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind farm scare tactics blown away

August 3, 2013,   by Coral Wynter

There have been 17 reviews of the evidence about wind farms and health published internationally. Each of these reviews have concluded that wind turbines can annoy a minority of people who live near...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Specific Rated Capacity of Wind Turbines in the 1980s

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I am posting this data for its historical context and because the question of specific capacity has come to the fore as wind turbine manufacturers are now offering IEC Class IIIA turbines with very...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Measures of Wind Turbine Productivity

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In my 1995 book, Wind Energy Comes of Age, I discuss various measures of wind turbine productivity, including the misleading expression capacity factor. This discussion follows an explanation of how...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Turbine Rating

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The capacity or size of wind turbines and what that means relative to how much electricity they will generate often confuses journalists, renewable energy advocates, policymakers, and even...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: Impact of wind turbines on tourism

August 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Jürgen Peters, Professor of Sustainable Development at Eberswalde College in Germany, found (PDF) that 32 percent of tourists and locals do not mind wind turbines at all, while only 9.2 percent do....

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Wind Energy

Wind Farm Noise Complaints Downunder Related to Aesthetic Concerns

August 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In an interesting study by an Australian consulting company, the acousticians found that complaints about noise were directly related to the attitude of receptors toward the perceived aesthetic...[more]

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Windpower Monthly: Power system reserve - No need to build wind back-up

August 1, 2013,   by Lyn Harrison

Addition of wind generation to a large power system does not require construction of back-up generating capacity.

Category: News on Large Wind, Grid Integration

Wind Energy Setbacks & Noise Complaints in Alberta 2000-2013

July 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

A recent study by the Pembina Institute found that there have been only six complaints about wind energy in the province during the 12-year period surveyed.[more]

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

REM: Anti-wind farm propaganda dismissed by Advertising Standards Agency

July 30, 2013,   by Robin Whitlock

In a significant victory for the UK wind sector over anti-wind propagandists, the UK Advertising Standards Authority have banned a leaflet stating that a 5.4MW wind farm planned for Wiltshire would...

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Enterprise-Bulletin: Judge awards costs to wind company

July 27, 2013,   by Morgan Ian Adams

“It is erroneous to interpret the reasons as establishing a precedent for the degree of proof required to establish a decrease in property values in these circumstances,” wrote Justice Healey in her...

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Pembina: Study finds Albertans file few complaints about wind power

July 26, 2013,   by Benjamin Thibault

No other province in Canada has a longer history with wind energy than Alberta, which has 20 years of experience with utility-scale wind farms. Yet, unlike some parts of the country, we don’t tend to...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, News on Large Wind

Toronto Star: Fairview wind farm opponents must pay legal costs

July 25, 2013,   by John Spears

A group of landowners who unsuccessfully sued a wind power developer and the farm corporation that leased it land have been ordered to pay legal costs of $107,370.78. . . the proposed eight-turbine...

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Guardian: The right's anti-wind campaign is pure scaremongering

July 23, 2013,   by John Quiggin

Climate change is a debacle for the Australian right. Their tribal hatred of environmentalists has driven them to denounce any technology favoured by their enemies

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

New Western study suggest winds of change may be blowing for wind turbines

July 22, 2013,  

Jamie Baxter from Western's Department of Geography and his team explore the conundrum that while a relatively strong majority of rural Ontarians actually living with turbines in their farming...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

London (Ontario) Free Press: Existing wind energy developments supported

July 22, 2013,   by Norman DeBono

Researchers found 69% of residents surveyed in an area home to one of Ontario’s first large turbine projects support them, but support dropped to 25% in a community that didn’t have turbines, said...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Hometown Wind Farm A Wildcat

July 21, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’ve been working with wind energy for more than three decades. In the early days I dreamed that there might be some adventurous souls in my home town of Alexandria, Indiana who might take a stab at...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Renewables International: A look at anti-wind campaigners in Germany

July 15, 2013,   by Craig Morris

In short, the BBC journalist practiced "fair and balanced" journalism. If there are people who want wind power, there must be some who oppose it. In doing so, the BBC gave a tremendous voice to a...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

RECharge: Diver dies at Riffgat wind project

July 15, 2013,   by Bernd Radowitz

A British diver has died during underwater construction work for the 108MW Riffgat wind park off the German island of Borkum, local police and utility EWE said.

Category: Accidents & Safety

W.H.O. has seen the wind! Well, not really

July 7, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

One of the B-movie monsters of wind energy that hasn’t lurched out of the woodshed recently, the splitting maul still stuck in its thick skull, is the favoured meme that somehow the World Health...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Iceland Introduces Wind Turbines

July 6, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Renowned for its development of geothermal energy, Iceland has longed downplayed the potential of wind energy on the windy island nation in the middle of the North Atlantic. Until now....[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Australian Senate to anti-vaccination group: Pack up and go home

July 1, 2013,  

The Senate today passed a motion by Greens Health Spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, calling on the Australian Vaccination Network to disband and to cease its “harmful and unscientific scare...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Scientist: Worried Sick

July 1, 2013,   by Megan Scudellari

Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

WPM: Finding the optimum low-wind design combination

July 1, 2013,   by Eize de Vries

As fewer favourable high-wind speed sites are available, interest in effectively exploiting regions with lower wind speeds is growing worldwide. But in order to optimise results at these locations,...

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Urban Wind Another Example--Union City Indiana

June 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've written before about what is real "urban wind" and in that article I've sited several examples. There are so many examples of functioning, productive "urban wind" worldwide that I don't bother...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, News on Community Power

How should you assess the quality of a wind health study?

June 27, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Assessing the quality of medical literature is challenging. Assessing the quality of wind energy and health related literature is easier, because the number of people publishing in the field is...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Conspiracy, Control and The Dark Corners of the Internet

June 26, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

It is one of the most comprehensive collection of conspiracy theories I have seen in a while. The site itself offers a fascinating study of how conspiracy theorists operate - and, potentially, tells...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Indpendent Australia: Wind taken out of [anti-]protesters’ sails in Canberra

June 18, 2013,   by Sandi Keane

An impressive line-up of speakers including the master debunker of the mythical “Wind Turbine Syndrome”, Professor Simon Chapman, attracted a large crowd of enthusiastic renewables supporters....

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: Turbine company and green groups to fight anti-windfarm campaign

June 16, 2013,   by Lenore Taylor

The world's biggest wind turbine manufacturer is joining forces with environmental groups in a global campaign to rouse the "silent majority" of people who support renewable energy to fight back...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

UBA: Wind Energy Potential on Land and Surface Area Required in Germany (auf Deutsch)

June 10, 2013,  

13.8% of Germany is suitable for wind energy. This land area could hold 1,190,000 MW and could generate 2,900 TWh/yr. New turbines could reduce the land area required by 3/4 and still produce 2,400...

Category: News on Large Wind

The Courier: New poll reveals 70 percent support for wind farms

June 5, 2013,   by Neelima Choahan

THE wind may be turning in the favour of building more wind farms to produce renewable energy in Australia. . . In an online survey conducted by Essential Research, 76 per cent of respondents...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Climate Spectator: Bursting the bubble of anti-wind astroturfers

June 4, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

Anti-wind groups will no doubt continue to disseminate hyperbolic misinformation through the veil of secretive front organisations, compensating for a lack of evidence with the assumed authority of a...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: Australia's wind energy debate spinning out of control

June 2, 2013,   by Graham Readfearn

Anti-wind farm activists are blaming turbines for everything from herpes to doubling power prices

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Archive Photos of Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog Posted

May 30, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted photos from the late 1980s of Germany's first wind farm as well as its failed experiment with Growian.

Category: History of Wind Power

Cape Cod Times: Turbines to stay in Falmouth Say Voters

May 22, 2013,   by Amy Anthony

Voters soundly rejected a question on Tuesday's ballot that would have funded the removal of two town-owned wind turbines. . . The question was rejected 6,001 to 2,940, with 67 percent voting against...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Wind Energy & the Environment

Photos of One-Bladed Wind Turbines Posted

May 17, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted archival photos of one-bladed wind turbines in Germany and Italy under the section Large Wind Turbines.

Category: News on Large Wind

Esperance Express: Wind Farm Celebrates 20 Years in Australia

May 17, 2013,   by ELIZABETH LANGDALE

It has been 10 years since the Nine Mile Beach wind farm was commissioned and 20 years since the Ten Mile Lagoon wind farm was commissioned. . .

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Inkfish: How to Convince People WiFi Is Making Them Sick

May 13, 2013,   by Elizabeth Preston

Though the researchers set out to show how irresponsible reports in the media can trigger a nocebo effect, they ended up showing how easy it is to make a person feel sick with just a a prop and a few...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Sun Journal: Health effects of wind towers hyped by media

May 12, 2013,   by Richard Jennings M.D.

Further study, as demanded by opponents of wind, will appropriately continue, and will take time. Given, however, the well-documented and peer-reviewed evidence thus far, there is no medical...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Turbine “noise” No Biggie for Germans. Why?

May 6, 2013,   by Peter Sinclair

If wind turbines were as “bad” for you as windbaggers in the US would like you to believe, there should be a lot of body bags piling up in places like Germany, Denmark, and, well, Iowa – places that...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: Silent wind power revolution--Turbines in low-wind areas

May 6, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Capacity factor is an indicator of how many hours a year a power generator runs. Today, guest author Bernard Chabot talks about how surprisingly high capacity factors are for wind turbines in areas...

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Wind turbines make me sick

May 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Want to get a sense of what Germans think of all this talk--in English--about wind turbines making people sick? Then take a look at this little video. Germany has more wind turbines close to people...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Four German words

May 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Practice your German and learn what Germans think of all those wind turbines spinning away on their landscape.

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Department of Health, Victoria, Australia: Windfarms

May 1, 2013,  

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the peak national body for research in Australia, issued a Public Statement: Wind Turbines and Health - July 2010 that there was no published...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Department of Health, Victoria, Australia: Wind farms, sound and health

May 1, 2013,  

However, the available evidence does not support claims that inaudible sounds can have direct physiological effects. Physiological effects on humans have only been detected at levels that are...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Energy from the Heavens: Franz Alt on Wind Energy

May 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Theologian, popular author, renewables activist, TV personality, Franz Alt is something of a phenomenon in Germany. Unfortunately for us Anglophones, Alt writes only in German. So it was a pleasant...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

A Summary of Fatal Accidents in Wind Energy

May 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Update: The most current database for the number of fatal accidents in the wind industry. Below is a summary table from the spreadsheet. Note that there are four other tabs not reproduced here. . . [more]

Category: Accidents & Safety

More Wine Labels Featuring Wind Turbines Posted under Cultural Icons

April 23, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Wine labels often celebrate the local landscape, the paysage in French. So it is fitting that vineyards add scenes depicting landscapes with wind turbines to their wine labels. . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Photos of (Real) Urban Wind Turbines Posted

April 22, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

While many misconstrue "urban" wind turbines as those mounted atop or integrated into buildings, true urban wind turbines are commercial-scale turbines placed in or near cities, towns, and villages....

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

Anti-wind farm lobby claims break all laws of physics

April 21, 2013,   by Stephen Luntz

The case of the increasingly vocal lobby groups against wind farms in populated areas is based on the idea that widely accepted scientific principles are wrong. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The Fictitious Uprising - Anti-Wind in English Speaking Countries

April 16, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

Consistency is important. When you are faced with a severe deficiency of empirical evidence, you must turn to tactic. The anti-wind lobby uses one tactic with regularity - the generation of enormous...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: High court rules against 'buffer zones' for windfarms

April 15, 2013,   by James Murray

Test case upholds complaint from RWE Npower Renewables that Milton Keynes Council acted unlawfully with turbine restrictions . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

US Postal Service Circulating Wind Turbine Icon Postmark

April 12, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Wind turbines are culturally identified with environmental stewardship, and a green, healthy future. So it is fitting that the Postal Service is celebrating Earth Day 2013 with a postmark depicting...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

New Yorker: What a Conspiracy Theorist Believes

April 10, 2013,   by Gary Marcus

These results fit in with a longer literature on what has come to be known as “motivated reasoning.” Other things being equal, people tend to believe what they want to believe, and to disbelieve new...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

No Basis to Claims that Windfarms Affect Property Values

April 3, 2013,   by Greg Barber

Research by Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber shows that there is no basis to the anti-wind activists claims of a ‘thirty to fifty percent drop’ in property values near wind farms. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation

March 27, 2013,   by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, and Michael Marriott

Interesting paper for the possible connections between anti-science climate deniers and the anti-wind industry. Both are fond of conspiracy theories. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Denier Déjà Vu: Conspiracy Theories In The Blogosphere In Response To Research On Conspiracy Theories

March 26, 2013,   by John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky

The results of {the study “NASA faked the moon landing — Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax”} implied that conspiratorial thinking is linked to climate denial, and hence might emerge in turn to...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The new economics of the [wind] power sector

March 25, 2013,   by Jérôme Guillet

There's naturally a push to stop further investment in renewables - but here's the second hard truth: the cat is out of the bag: once renewable energy reaches a critical mass, its impact on power...

Category: Grid Integration

Health News: Personality clue to 'wind turbine syndrome'

March 23, 2013,  

Public concern about new technology infrastructure like mobile phone masts has been shown to trigger reports of ill health… and recently even the new ‘green’ technology of wind turbines has been...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Personality clue to 'wind turbine syndrome'

March 22, 2013,   by J. Taylor

Public concern about new technology infrastructure like mobile phone masts has been shown to trigger reports of ill health… and recently even the new 'green' technology of wind turbines has been...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Oregon Public Health: The Strategic Health Impact Assessment on Wind Energy Development in Oregon

March 20, 2013,  

Factors unrelated to noise may explain some of the annoyance reported in the few epidemiological studies of wind turbine noise. These factors include being able to see wind turbines from home, having...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Conversation: New study: wind turbine syndrome is spread by scaremongers

March 15, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

Earlier this week researchers at the University of Auckland published an experimental study showing that people primed by watching online information about health problems from wind turbines,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Conversation: How the power of suggestion generates wind farm symptoms

March 15, 2013,   by Fiona Crichton

A surge in health complaints linked to wind farms could owe more to increased discussion of health risk than the low-level sound generated by the actual turbines, according to a new study. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: Windfarm sickness spreads by word of mouth, Australian study finds

March 15, 2013,   by Alison Rourke

Health complaints from people living around turbines shown to be psychological effect of anti-wind lobby making people worry . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Spatio-temporal differences in the history of health and noise complaints about Australian wind farms: evidence for the psychogenic, “communicated disease” hypothesis

March 14, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

Background and objectives With often florid allegations about health problems arising from wind turbine exposure now widespread in parts of rural Australia and on the internet, nocebo effects...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ind turbines pay back total environmental ‘debt’ in under six months

March 9, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

One of the B movie unkillable wind energy myths — it just keeps coming back even after it’s been run over by truckloads of facts, disembowelled by logic and burnt to a crisp by the light of reason —...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Carbon Brief: "We've managed these things in the past, and managed them quite well" - an interview with Richard Smith of National Grid

March 8, 2013,   by Robin Webster

Dismissing this as one of the "flakier arguments" in the renewables debate, Smith points to a recent analysis National Grid undertook for the Scottish Parliament. It concluded that over an 18 month...

Category: Grid Integration, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Public Acceptance of the Potato and What it Tells Us about the Acceptance of Wind Energy

March 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The lowly potato has a story to tell and it's a parable about modern attitudes toward wind energy. . .[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

2013 Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi: 28th Annual Walk May 25th, 2013

March 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The event marks the 28th year of the annual spring hike. More than 800 people, from children to octogenarians, have taken the six-mile walk across Cameron Ridge since the event was first launched. . .[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Are airborne wind turbines (kitess) a plausible source of cheap clean energy?

March 7, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

An ongoing area of enthusiasm and often fruitless investment is the area of high-altitude wind generation. Numerous companies have products which are hyped as replacing the iconic white tower with...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Wind farm end of life? Repowering or benign decommissioning

March 6, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

As such, wind farms will generally see replacement of old turbines and emplacement of new wind turbines in adjacent areas. This has been the case in major wind farm areas in California, Nevada,...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The Feed-in Tariff Handbook--a Review

March 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Powering the Green Economy: The Feed-in Tariff Handbook is a book that has been out for some time and though I’ve thoroughly marked up my copy I’ve never got around to posting a proper review. So...[more]

Category: Books on Feed-in Tariffs, Renewable Tariff Design & Model Policies, News on Feed in Tariffs, book Reviews

Wind energy reduces green house gas emissions

March 5, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind farms: good for ground water too

March 5, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Bad day in court for anti-wind campaigner Sarah Laurie

March 4, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Discover: Windfarms, Wifi and Self-Fulfilling Myths

March 3, 2013,  

Driven by media and online coverage of the idea, many believe that things like wifi and cell-phone signals are making them ill. There’s no good evidence that such ‘electrosmog‘ causes health...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Anti-wind lobbyists claim more than 1 in 20 wind turbines permanently inactive. They’re wrong, as usual

March 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

There’s an anti-wind energy myth floating around that refuses to die. The most recent siting was in the official policy of an Australian political party, the Democratic Labour Party of Australia....

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Mike Barnard: Parasitic power and wind turbines. Sounds scary, but what’s the real story?

March 2, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

There are about 240,000 wind turbines generating economically sound electricity world-wide today. But some anti-wind lobbyists claim that wind turbines consume 50% or more of the electricity that...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Mike Barnard: Wind farms causing fires? All smoke, no flame

March 1, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

With this and a small handful of other pictures of wind turbines on fire, anti-wind lobbyists and campaigners are raising yet another set of unfounded fears in those living in areas where wind farms...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

A study in Noise and Health shows that wind farms cause people to lose sleep. How reliable is this study?

February 25, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

The study Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health by Nissenbaum, Hanning and Aramini is being referenced in articles world-wide and is being held up as peer-reviewed evidence...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

What is the most efficient design for a wind generator?

February 22, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

It seems as if every week, a new wind generator innovation is unveiled, sometimes in technology blogs, sometimes in TV segments, once even on TED Talks. They all claim to be better than the iconic,...

Category: News on Large Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Wind Surpasses Nuclear in China

February 19, 2013,   by J. Matthew Roney

Wind has overtaken nuclear as an electricity source in China. In 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants did, a gap that will likely widen dramatically over...

Category: News on Large Wind

Guardian: Media campaign against windfarms funded by anonymous conservatives

February 15, 2013,   by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

Secretive funding network channelled millions to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Australians report infrasound levels near wind farms and in other environments: a summary of findings

February 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The Environment Protection Authority issued a report 31 January 2013 on the  Infrasound levels near windfarms and in other environments. The report is another nail in the coffin of anti-wind...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Spain sets record for wind power production

February 5, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Since the beginning of November, wind power has been the largest source of electricity within Spain – ahead of even nuclear and coal power – according to the Spanish wind power association's blog....

Category: News on Large Wind, Grid Integration, Spain FIT

Environment Protection Authority finds windfarms do not produce harmful noise

February 4, 2013,   by Julian Swallow

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: German wind sector strong again in 2012

February 1, 2013,   by Craig Morris

On Wednesday, the official figures for new wind turbine installations in Germany were published, and the sector grew by around 20 percent. German wind energy association BWE emphasizes how reliable...

Category: News on Large Wind

Danish Renewable Generation Reaches 40% of Supply

January 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Danish release statistics on the growth of renewables and the continuing decline in Carbon emissions. . .[more]

Category: Wind in Denmark, News on Large Wind

Infrasound levels near windfarms and in other environments

January 31, 2013,   by T Evans, J Cooper & V Lenchine

It is clear from the results that the infrasound levels measured at the two residential locations near wind farms (Location 8 near the Bluff Wind Farm and Location 9 near Clements Gap Wind Farm) are...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Independent: Questions remain over 'rent-a-crowd' wind farm protest

January 30, 2013,  

Cancelled rally may be latest example of US big business funding grassroots opposition groups in the UK . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Do wind turbines reduce the value of nearby properties?

January 28, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Four major and statistically reliable studies by different respected and independent organizations in different countries spread over a decade have found no correlation between operating wind...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Bad Science Watch: Investigation of Anti-WiFi Activism in Canada

January 27, 2013,  

Across Canada anti-WiFi activists are spreading misinformation about wireless networking (WiFi) and related technologies. Many activists blame WiFi networks’ low level radio signals for a broad...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Top climate scientist denounces billionaires over funding for climate-sceptic organisations

January 25, 2013,  

A climate scientist who says he has been subjected to a vitriolic hate campaign has denounced the way that American billionaires have been able to secretly finance the climate-sceptic organisations...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Grist: Earn $20 pretending to hate wind energy

January 24, 2013,   by Philip Bump

Our firm needs 100 volunteers to attend and participate in a rally in front of the British Consulate/Embassy in Midtown Manhattan on the East Side on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12 noon. The event...

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

Independent: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science

January 24, 2013,  

Audit trail reveals that donors linked to fossil fuel industry are backing global warming sceptics . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Independent: How the 'Kochtopus' stifled green debate

January 24, 2013,  

Behind the climate 'countermovement' are two billionaire brothers . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewable Energy Swings Votes

January 21, 2013,   by Glen Estill

The poll, conducted by ACORE in the days immediately following the US election, found that energy was an important part of an voter’s decision, on a par with foreign policy, and ahead of abortion....

Category: News on Large Wind

Dawn of a New Day--Grocery Shopping in Oildale

January 16, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

More on the changes brought by the closure of our local grocery story. . .[more]

Category: Other Articles

Toronto Star: Wind isn’t perfect, but let’s be truthful about its value

January 11, 2013,   by Tyler Hamilton

This has left wind energy open to attack by those, for whatever reason, who don’t think wind turbines have a place in our electricity mix. Associated with those attacks is much misunderstanding about...

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: How wind and solar complement each other in California

January 9, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

For the first time ever, power production from PV and CSP were separately reported in December for California. French energy expert Bernard Chabot took a look at the figures, especially to determine...

Category: Grid Integration

Small Near-shore Wind May be Cheaper Than Far Offshore Wind Says Danish Study

January 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Opens Up New Possibility for Community Ownership   Danish researchers have uncovered surprising results in a study of offshore wind energy. Contrary to expectations, research at the University of...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Renewables International: 25% wind and PV in December

January 2, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

As French energy expert Bernard Chabot explains, December was a strong month for wind power in Germany, and in the last week of the month, when power demand was low because of the holidays and...

Category: Grid Integration

Husum Meeting Guide Celebrates Wind Energy in Schleswig-Holstein

December 28, 2012,  

  Nearly Half of the Regions GDP is from Tourism Yet Nearly Two-Thirds of Schleswig-Holstein's Wind Capacity is also in the Region December 26, 2012 By Paul Gipe Attendees at the 2012 Husum wind...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Death in the Family--Green Frog is Closing

December 28, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Comments on the closing of our local grocery store. . .[more]

Category: Other Articles

Nordfriesland--Germany's Community Wind Capital

December 21, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The model community of Friedrich-Wilhelm-Lübke-Koog is located within the kreis or county of Nordfriesland in the North German state of Schleswig-Holstein. Nordfriesland has 166,000 inhabitants...[more]

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Henning Holst's Short History of the Danish Wind Industry

December 17, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Henning Holst is one of Germany's pioneering community wind developers. Located in the center of the wind energy universe in Husum (the gray city by the sea) in northwestern Germany, he was there at...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, History of Wind Power

NREL How To Design Geothermal Feed-in Tariffs

December 13, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) issued a long-delayed report this past summer on Geothermal FIT Design. . .[more]

Category: News on Geothermal

Heating and Cooling an Up-Scale Hotel with Geothermal Energy in Bonn Germany

December 13, 2012,   by Nancy Nies and Paul Gipe

When we think of geothermal energy we immediately have visions of Old Faithful Geyser or the modernistic geothermal power plants of Iceland. But our view doesn't have to be so limited. . . [more]

Category: News on Geothermal

German Wind Association Survey of Wind Turbine Service 2012

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

At the World Wind Energy Association conference in Bonn this past July there was a session on operations and maintenance and service providers. Carlo Reeker summarized the findings of annual survey...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Husum Wind Conference Launches Interactive Wind Map

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

As part of the giant Husum wind conference held every two years, organizers this past fall launched an interactive map of wind projects in the region surrounding the "grey city by the sea". . . [more]

Category: News on Large Wind

New Offshore Wind in Denmark 18 Cents per kWh

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

While traveling in Denmark this year I picked up a local newspaper (Dagbladet 13 September 2012, p 32) that had an article on the huge Anholt offshore project in the northern Kattegat--the straits...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Boell: The German Energy Transition--Arguments for a renewable energy future

November 29, 2012,  

Over the past decade, Germany has successfully boosted renewable energy resources which today power 25% of all electricity demand. . . “The Energiewende is a bottom up switch that is driven by...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Global Cooling Strategies for climate protection--A review

November 17, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

We were returning to San Francisco from the World Wind Energy Association conference in Bonn this past July. As we boarded the plane we met Hans-Josef Fell. Fell was the reason we had to get back to...[more]

Category: book Reviews

Truthdig: How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy-

November 15, 2012,  

Since 2000, Germany has converted 25 percent of its power grid to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. The architects of the clean energy movement Energiewende, which translates...

Category: Germany FIT

Renewables International: German power exports reach record level

November 12, 2012,   by Craig Morris

According to preliminary figures not yet published by the BDEW, an association representing power and water providers, Germany exported 12.3 terawatt-hours of electricity in the first 9 months of...

Category: Germany FIT

Telegraph: The Town That Caught Tourette’s

October 26, 2012,  

The documentary, though, was commendably sober. It became stiflingly uncomfortable as the girls’ parents looked fruitlessly for someone or something external to blame. They were repelled by the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: UK public favours wind turbines over shale gas wells, poll finds

October 23, 2012,  

More than two-thirds of people would rather have a wind turbine than a shale gas well near their home, according to a new opinion poll published on Tuesday. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

UK Wind Power "Debate" : Latest Debunking

October 23, 2012,   by Jérôme Guillet

The deceptively-named Global Warming Policy Foundation (often mentioned on ET, try here and here) think-tanks on climate change (obfuscation), renewable energy (opposition), and conventional energy...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

Renewables International: Warnings about possible power outages in Germany overstated

October 12, 2012,   by Craig Morris

An article today in German weekly Die Zeit reveals how completely overblown the likelihood is of power outages resulting from the country's Energiewende. . .

Category: Grid Integration, Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG

Greenpeace: Record wind power generation in Spain

October 9, 2012,  

During September Spanish tubines generated so much wind power that coal use in Spain crashed, reducing emissions from fossil fuels. . .

Category: News on Wind Energy, Grid Integration

New Scientist: The sickening truth about wind farm syndrome

October 8, 2012,  

The fact that money seems to be a magic antidote to these ailments further undermines the claims. Health complaints are as rare as rocking horse excrement among turbine hosts. Complaints are rare...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Japan again turns to geothermal energy to replace nuclear power

October 7, 2012,  

The Japanese government believes that the country has more than 20 gigawatts of energy potential in terms of geothermal energy. The country already boasts of 17 geothermal power plants, which...

Category: News on Geothermal, Japan FIT

Renewables International: German baseload power cheaper than French 12 months running

October 5, 2012,   by Craig Morris

The news is especially important because nuclear power, which provides slightly more than 75% of France's power supply, is often held to be an especially inexpensive source of baseload power....

Category: Grid Integration

Renewables International: Denmark already has 40% renewable power

October 3, 2012,  

One reason why Germans believe they can switch to renewables so fast is that one of their neighbors, Denmark, proves that it can be done. At the end of September, the Danish Energy Agency announced...

Category: Grid Integration

Guardian: It's a myth that wind turbines don't reduce carbon emissions

September 26, 2012,  

Conclusive figures show that the sceptics who lobby against wind power simply have their facts wrong. . .

Category: News on Large Wind, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind Turbines in Denmark

September 20, 2012,   by Danish Energy Agency

A typically well done official Danish review of how many wind turbines exist in Denmark, how well they work, how they are integrated into the landscape and the grid, and how the community benefits.

Category: Wind in Denmark

Wind Energy on Land has an Essential Role to Play in Germany's Energiewende

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The following text accompanies the brief presentation by Paul Gipe at 2012 Husum WindEnergy exhibition and conference in Husum, Germany. [more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines, Germany FIT

Presentation on Onshore Wind's Essential Role in the Renewable Energy Revolution at Husum WindEnergy

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Large Wind, Germany FIT, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe on Operations & Maintenance Costs and Estimating Feed-in Tariff Payments at Husum WindEnergy

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Large Wind, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Troy Media: Ontario's Green Energy Revolution Started with a Single Wind Turbine

September 10, 2012,  

Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative's Lone Wind Turbine in Urban Toronto Started a Debate on the Future of Electricity in Ontario. . .

Category: News on Community Power

Earth Techling: Why ‘Breakthrough’ Wind Turbines Are Usually Bunk

September 5, 2012,  

This is the history of wind turbine design breakthroughs. Paul Gipe, a prolific and respected writer on wind power, has seen a million of them. I asked him his view of the Catching Wind Power...

Category: Small Wind folder

Renewables International: More onshore wind needed

September 5, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French energy expert Bernard Chabot takes a look at German power production over the past 12 months and finds that an increase in onshore wind would make the supply of renewable power more reliable....

Category: Grid Integration, News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: German grid reaches record reliability in 2011

September 5, 2012,   by Craig Morris

Last spring, when the German government resolved to shut down eight of the country's 17 nuclear plants within a week, there was concern about whether the country's grid would remain reliable. Not...

Category: Grid Integration

IPPR: Beyond the bluster: Why wind power is an effective technology

August 30, 2012,  

It shows unequivocally that wind power can significantly reduce carbon emissions, is reliable, poses no threat to energy security, and is technically capable of providing a significant proportion of...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

Guardian: Wind power study says opponents' claims are unfounded

August 29, 2012,  

Report from thinktank IPPR says wind power is an efficient and reliable energy source, contrary to claims made against it. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Mike Barnard: Want to save 70 million birds a year? Build more wind farms

August 10, 2012,   by Mike Barnard

Wind turbines are often criticised for killing birds. Fights against siting wind turbines in bird migration corridors or in bird habitat are frequent. Highly inflammatory language is used by...

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Mike Barnard: Want to save 70 million birds a year? Build more wind farms

August 10, 2012,  

Wind turbines are often criticised for killing birds. Fights against siting wind turbines in bird migration corridors or in bird habitat are frequent. Highly inflammatory language is used by...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Orangeville Citizen: Doctors support turbines, criticize fossil, nuclear options

August 9, 2012,  

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is describing Health Canada’s study of health impacts from wind turbines as “superfluous (and) a waste of time and a waste of public...

Category: Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Orangeville Citizen: Doctors support turbines, criticize fossil, nuclear options

August 9, 2012,  

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is describing Health Canada’s study of health impacts from wind turbines as “superfluous (and) a waste of time and a waste of public...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: German wind and PV lower European market power prices

July 24, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

In countries with a large penetration rate of zero fuel cost renewables (wind power in Denmark and Spain, wind and PV in Germany), the “merit-order effect” (avoiding the most costly means of power...

Category: Grid Integration, News on Solar Energy

Wind Mortality Statistics Needs Updates

July 20, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

  July 20, 2012: Note that the article below is out of date. See the most current database for the number of fatal accidents in the wind industry. Below is a summary table from the spreadsheet....[more]

Category: Accidents & Safety

Simon Chapman: Wind turbine syndrome: a classic ‘communicated’ disease

July 20, 2012,  

At the beginning of this year I started collecting examples of health problems some people were attributing to wind turbine exposure. I had noticed a growing number of such claims on the internet and...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

London Free Press: Wind storm

July 17, 2012,  

The medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent says claims that turbines affect human health are nothing more than hot air. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Offshore, the Renewable Energy Solution? For Whom?

July 5, 2012,   by Reinhard Lonsing

Presentation on the costs of offshore wind energy relative to that onshore at the WWEC 3-5 July 2012 in Bonn. . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Development in the Ukraine

July 5, 2012,   by Andriy Konechenkov

Presentation at the WWEC 3-5 July 2012 Bonn. . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Damian Carrington: Why there's only one honest objection to wind farms

June 21, 2012,  

The daft claim that wind subsidies have driven 50,000 people into fuel poverty exemplifies the dishonesty of most objections . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Mike Barnard: Fourteen wind energy myths debunked

June 19, 2012,  

How many ways can you misinform, distort and spin in a single radio interview? On 9 May, 2011, Max Rheese, executive director of the organisation with the grossly misleading name Australian...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Getting the Wind Up: Exploring the concerns about adverse health effects of wind power in Australia and Europe

June 13, 2012,   by Neil Barrett

Denmark and Germany provide evidence of a different kind: despite the presence of 30,000 wind turbines in these two countries, adverse health effects are not a significant issue in either country. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Neil Barrett's Getting the Wind Up: Exploring the concerns about adverse health effects of wind power in Australia and Europe

June 13, 2012,  

Denmark and Germany provide evidence of a different kind: despite the presence of 30,000 wind turbines in these two countries, adverse health effects are not a significant issue in either country. ....

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

SJMN: Altamont Pass celebrates 'repowering' of wind farm

May 31, 2012,   by Dana Hull

John Jackson, a local cattle rancher, owns 480 acres in the area and has wind turbines on his property. He's seen the wind farm change over the years and is a fan of the new turbines. . . "I like...

Category: News on Large Wind

Guardian: Conservative thinktanks step up attacks against clean energy

May 22, 2012,  

A confidential strategy memo seen by the Guardian advises using "subversion" to build a national movement of wind farm protesters. The strategy proposal was prepared by a fellow of the American...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Mike Barnard: Is the infrasound emitted by wind turbines harmful to humans or animals?

May 8, 2012,   by Mike Barnard

Summary: the infrasound produced by wind turbines is too quiet to be heard, felt or to cause harm. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Removal of 37 Abandoned Mitsubishi Wind Turbines on Hawaii's Big Island

May 6, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Finally, decades after being abandoned on South Point of Hawaii's Big Island the 37 Mitsubishi turbines have been removed. Long a source of embarassment in the wind industry and a source for right...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Mike Barnard: Wind Power: Is Dr. Nina Pierpoint's "Wind Turbine Syndrome" a real medical syndrome caused by wind turbines?

May 2, 2012,   by Mike Barnard

Summary: Dr. Pierpont's book, Wind Turbine Syndrome, is a deeply flawed and vastly over-inflated work that is causing much more harm than any good it might be attempting to achieve. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Generation Also Good Match with Peak Demand Says Northern Power

March 30, 2012,   by James Jennings

  One of the persistent comments about wind vs. solar is that solar has a better fit with time of use both time of year and time of day. Most everyone seems to repeat the same phrase that PV has a...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Grid Integration

Debunking Anti-Wind Myth of 14000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in California

March 21, 2012,   by Paul Gipe (Who, unlike many anti-renewables bloggers, uses his real name.)

No There are Not 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in California Never Have Been And, No There are not 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in the USA, North America, or Anywhere for that Matter[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Paul Gipe Response to Daily Mail Claim of 14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines

March 20, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

  The following is a response to an article in London's Daily Mail on what they claim are 14,000 "abandoned wind turbines". As a long-time critic of abandoned wind turbines in California, I was...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Presentation by Paul Gipe for PG&E's Energy Center on Urban Wind in the Bay Area--the Other Bay Area

March 6, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Examples of Wind Turbines in Boston and Boston Harbor and the Possibilities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

I am Sick of Anti-Wind Propaganda

February 8, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, anti-wind hysteria has made me sick. I got queasy in my stomach when I think of the 150,000 wind turbines operating worldwide and still no epidemic of death and disease had yet broken out...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

Bavarian Report on Wind Turbines and Infrasound

February 1, 2012,  

Da die von Windkraftanlagen erzeugten Infraschallpegel in der Umgebung deutlich unterhalb der Hör- und Wahrnehmungsgrenzen liegen, können nach heutigem Stand der Wissenschaft Windkraftanlagen beim...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

"Offshore wind is a chimera and a dangerous one at that"

January 31, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

says Paul Gipe an exclusive interview with Renewable Energy Magazine . . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Action Group

January 30, 2012,  

A forum for sharing information about Wind Energy and its ramifications, environmental, social and economic, for the Western New York region.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

What Happens If Wind Energy Gets Successful in the U.S.A.?

January 29, 2012,   by Dave Bradley

Category: News on Wind Energy

Car Concerns Ontario (CCO) Calls for Moratorium on Car Sales

January 24, 2012,   by Glen Estill

(Warning: Satire) Car Concerns Ontario (CCO) today called for a moratorium on sale of new cars, citing their danger to the health of citizens. . .

Category: News on Large Wind, Wind Energy & the Environment

The Age: Wide support found for wind farms--

January 18, 2012,  

THERE is much stronger public support for wind farms than media coverage of the issue would suggest, because a ''vocal minority'' who oppose wind farms secure the majority of media and political...

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Toronto Star: Ontario anti-wind-power group accused of breaking election financing rules

January 17, 2012,  

A prominent anti-wind-power group is under fire amid accusations it broke election financing by running a negative advertising campaign against Liberal candidates last fall.

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

A Retrospective of VAWT Technology

January 1, 2012,   by Herbert J. Sutherland, Dale E. Berg, and Thomas D. Ashwill

The study of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) technology at Sandia National Laboratories started in the 1970’s and concluded in the 1990’s. Initial studies at SNL investigated numerous VAWT...

Category: News on Large Wind

Pro Wind Alliance

December 21, 2011,   by Grahame Jordan

A voice of reason in the British Isles not connected to any trade association.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Energy & Environmental Science: The carbon abatement potential of high penetration intermittent renewables

December 18, 2011,  

At very high penetrations, combining wind and solar power improved renewable portfolio performance over individual build-out scenarios by reducing curtailment, suggesting that further reductions may...

Category: Grid Integration

The Dangerous Power of Wind

November 11, 2011,   by Robert Freehing

A November 5, 2011 article in the New York Times emphasizes the “danger” of excess wind generation in Bonneville Power Authority’s service territory. A perfect storm last year poured heavy rain in...[more]

Category: Grid Integration

Fiches d'information sur l'énergie éolienne

November 7, 2011,   by France Energie Eolienne

France Energie Eolienne (en Français) . . .

Category: Dispelling Myths en Francais

“Wind Turbine Syndrome” F.A.Q’s

September 20, 2011,  

Wind Turbine Syndrome (“WTS”) is an alleged condition proposed by pediatrician Dr Nina Pierpoint. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Environmental Health Journal: Health effects and wind turbines: a review of the literature

September 14, 2011,   by Loren D Knopper and Christopher A Ollson

In peer reviewed studies, wind turbine annoyance has been statistically associated with wind turbine noise, but found to be more strongly related to visual impact, attitude to wind turbines and...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Switching to Solar by Bob Johnstone

September 2, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

What We Can Learn from Germany's Success in Harnessing Clean Energy[more]

Category: Book Reviews on Solar Energy, book Reviews

Erickson decision: wind turbines can be built in Ontario

August 18, 2011,   by Dianne Saxe

Wind turbines can be built in Ontario, despite opponents’ claims of adverse health effects. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Geothermal Power Plants by Ronald DiPippo

August 16, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Geothermal Power Plants is the book I'd been looking for--an engineering treatise on geothermal. I'd written about geothermal in the mid 1980s, but I hadn't kept up with the industry and needed a...[more]

Category: News on Geothermal, Book Reviews on Geothermal Energy

Community Colleges Offering Wind Courses in North America Contacts

August 12, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

While this page was created to primarily aid community college instructors in contacting each other, there are several listings from the university community and private companies that offer courses...[more]

Category: Wind Training Courses

Lisa Linowes and the Disinformation of Industrial Wind Action Group

August 12, 2011,  

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Presentation by Paul Gipe at Intersolar 2011 on Feed-in Tariff Best Practice: Avoiding Solar Myopia

July 7, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

San Francisco, California

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Community Colleges Offering Wind Courses in North America

June 23, 2011,  

  Because of the rapidly growing demand for windsmiths (wind energy technicians) in North America, several community colleges have begun offering associate degree programs. Several of these...[more]

Category: Wind Training Courses

Giant Germany Utility Swears Off New Coal

June 15, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

  RWE, one of Germany's biggest utilities, has announced it will not build any more new coal plants. RWE currently gets 2/3 of its generation from coal. RWE by 2025 will get only 1/4 of its...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Planet Save: In Atlantic City, Wind Turbines Attract Tourists

June 12, 2011,   by Zachary Shahan

You hear all kinds of propaganda about people not liking the site of wind turbines. Sure, some people don’t, but a lot of people love seeing these beautiful, massive, clean energy pinwheels. This is...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Philly.com: Atlantic City wind turbines become a tourist attraction

June 12, 2011,   by Jacqueline L. Urgo

The 32-story turbines of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm have so dramatically changed Atlantic City's skyline - perhaps more than any casino could - that tourists haven't stopped asking questions about...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Blowing Smoke: Correcting Anti-Wind Myths in Ontario by Environmental Defence

June 2, 2011,   by Environmental Defence

This report aims to correct the main myths of these anti-wind activists, using credible scientific, mainstream sources to correct the record and to give communities the information they need to make...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Technical Comparators: Swept Area preferred over Rated Power

June 1, 2011,   by Geoff Henderson

Windflow Technology Newsletter Nº 31, June 2011 Some people use capacity factor as the basis for comparing wind farms and turbines. Capacity factor is the average kilowatts produced over a period,...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

The Potential Health Impact of Wind Turbines

May 20, 2011,   by Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of Ontario

The review concludes that while some people living near wind turbines report symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and sleep disturbance, the scientific evidence available to date does not...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind power topics at Euro Tribune by Jérôme Guillet

April 13, 2011,   by Jérôme Guillet

Below the fold is a (hopefully) complete list of ET diaries and stories related to wind power. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Wind Energy

Toronto Star: Doctors and nurses back wind and solar power

April 11, 2011,   by John Spears

Ontario’s family physicians and nurses are launching an advertising campaign to defend wind and solar power. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Financing European energy infrastructure by Jérôme Guillet

March 27, 2011,   by Jérôme Guillet

Another insightful article by a financier who raises debt for large offshore wind projects. . . "There are no "neutral" policy choices, and energy will always be political - and it's time what the...

Category: News on Wind Energy

After Fukushima: a new dash for gas? Really? by Jérôme Guillet--

March 23, 2011,   by Jérôme Guillet

The final outcome and cost of the nuclear accident at Fukushima are yet to be determined but the obituary of the nuclear industry has already been written, and one competing source of power has...

Category: News on Wind Energy

Presentation by Paul Gipe on Wind 101 for New Brunswick Young Farmers

March 15, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Polls: Anti-Wind NIMBYs Are Small Minority

February 9, 2011,   by Brian Keane

The media frenzy over unhappy wind-turbine neighbours is downright irresponsible mainly because multiple studies show that wind turbine critics fall squarely in the minority. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Merit Order Effect: Impact of Wind Generation on Wholesale Electricity Costs in 2011 in Ireland

February 1, 2011,   by Dr. Eoin Clifford (EirGrid)

"The analysis showed that wind generation lowers wholesale prices by over €70 million, which almost exactly offsets the costs of the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy and other costs associated...

Category: Grid Integration

John Farrell: Distributed Wind Energy in Germany--

January 28, 2011,   by John Farrell

Of Germany's 27,000 megawatts of wind power projects (3rd most in the world and most per capita), nearly 90% are smaller than 20 megawatts, with most between 1 and 5 megawatts.

Category: News on Wind Energy

Jérôme Guillet: ExxonMobil says wind is cheapest form of electricity generation--

January 28, 2011,   by Jérôme Guillet

So the conclusion can be that wind costs roughly the same as traditional power sources - with none of their drawbacks, whether troublesome exporters to deal with, dangerous mining practices for local...

Category: News on Wind Energy

Low Frequency Noise and Infrasound Associated with Wind Turbine Generator Systems A Literature Review

December 10, 2010,   by Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Low Frequency Noise and Infrasound Associated with Wind Turbine Generator Systems A Literature Review. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Employment and Economic Impacts of Ontario’s Future Offshore Wind Power Industry

December 1, 2010,   by Conference Board

The Conference Board of Canada reports on how Ontario's Feed-in Tariff could power job creation in the Canadian province. . . "Development and operations of offshore wind in Ontario would create...

Category: Job Effects from Renewable Energy

Hart & Jacobson: A Monte Carlo Approach to Generator Portfolio Planning and Carbon Emissions Assessments of Systems with Large Penetrations of Variable Renewables

November 30, 2010,  

A low carbon portfolio is produced for this system that is capable of achieving an 80% reduction in electric power sector carbon emissions from 2005 levels and supplying over 99% of the annual...

Category: Grid Integration

Presentation by Paul Gipe to the Bay Area Council of Governments on Advanced Renewable Tariffs for an Energy Revolution

October 26, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

San Francisco, California

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Bill Koch: The Dirty Money Behind Cape Wind Opposition

July 22, 2010,  

Bill Koch has a nearly five-year history of opposing one of largest renewable energy initiatives in America. Cape Wind, a project to develop the country’s first offshore wind farm, has received...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Brief Summary of World Wind Energy Stats 2009

July 20, 2010,  

  Feed Laws Lead Feed Laws produced ~1/2 of world wind capacity ¾ California wind capacity from Feed Law World Wind 2009 ~150,000 MW Total ~40,000 MW added in 2009 ~300 TWh/yr 20-40% Growth/yr...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Wind Statistics

Saskatchewan Court Decision on Claims of Impact from Proposed Wind Turbines

July 10, 2010,  

The decision effectively dismisses claims of potential impact and the credibility of witnesses for the plaintiffs.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

New Report From Ontario's Chief Medical Officer Of Health Says There Is No Direct Causal Link Between Wind Turbines And Adverse Health Effects

May 20, 2010,   by Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health

The scientific evidence does not demonstrate any direct causal link between wind turbine noise and adverse health effects according to a new report from Dr. Arlene King, Ontario's Chief Medical...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Windgesichter (The Face of Wind Energy) a Review by Paul Gipe

April 26, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Windgesichter: Aufbruch der Windenergie in Deutschland (The face of wind: Dawn of wind energy in Germany) by Jan Oelker is a joy to behold. It's one of those rare cases where you can indeed tell a...[more]

Category: Reviews Coffee Table Books, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch

L'Energie du Vent A Review

April 22, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

L'énergie du vent : Les éoliennes au service des hommes et de leur planète Is a beautiful coffee-table book with page after page of photos sandwiched between essays on how wind turbines work and how...[more]

Category: Reviews Coffee Table Books, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books en Francais

L'Eolien A Review

April 20, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

L'éolien au cœur de l'incontournable révolution énergétique is a serious work on wind energy for francophone readers. It is my kind of book, chocked full of drawings, charts, tables, and historical...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, Book Reviews of Books en Francais

Wind Power--The Danish Way

April 16, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Power The Danish Way: From Poul la Cour to Modern Wind Turbines is a book written by a who's who of Danish wind power. It's a celebratory book and Danes have a lot to celebrate--a lot to be...[more]

Category: book Reviews

The Nature of Wind Power A Review by Paul Gipe

April 16, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

 The Nature of Wind Power is another celebratory book on Danish wind power leading up to the climate change conference in Copenhagen in 2009. The Nature of Wind Power is by a leading Danish landscape...[more]

Category: Reviews Coffee Table Books

Oil Industry Behind Critical Wind Energy Report

March 19, 2010,   by Copenhagen Post

A controversial report critical of the wind energy industry from conservative think tank CEPOS was commissioned and paid for by an American think tank with close ties to the coal and oil industries,...

Category: Wind in Denmark

2010 Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi

March 8, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

  Sierra Club Kern-Kaweah Chapter P.O. Box 3357 Bakersfield, CA 93385 http://kernkaweah.sierraclub.org/   For more information contact: Tony Swan, 661 363 5106   25th Annual Walk May 8th,...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Researchers correct the false allegations on Danish wind energy

February 26, 2010,  

In a normal wind year, Danish wind turbines generate the equivalent of approx. 20 percent of the Danish electricity demand. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind in Denmark

Danish Wind Power Export and Cost

February 19, 2010,   by Who's Who of Danish Wind Power

by a Who's Who of Danish Windpower experts--an authoritative rebuttal to the wild claims of CEPOS, a so-called Danish think tank. . .

Category: Wind in Denmark

Sierra Club Kansas Chapter Position on Wind Energy

February 1, 2010,   by J. Scott Smith

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Portuguese Wind Reaches Record 71 Percent

December 11, 2009,  

Portugal's national grid operator, REN, announced at a workshop in late November that wind generation delivered 71% of the nation's electricity on November 15, 2009. REN estimates that wind will...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Wind Statistics

The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values in the United States

December 1, 2009,   by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Specifically, neither the view of the wind facilities nor the distance of the home to those facilities is found to have any consistent, measurable, and statistically significant effect on home sales...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Power [Grid Integration] Myths Debunked by IEEE Power & Energy Magazine

November 10, 2009,   by Michael Milligan, Kevin Porter, Edgar DeMeo, Paul Denholm, Hannele Holttinen, Br

Several misunderstandings and myths have arisen due to the characteristics of wind generation, particularly because wind-energy generation only occurs when the wind is blowing. . .

Category: Grid Integration

Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health on Wind Turbines

October 21, 2009,   by Dr. Arlene King

The review concluded that there is no evidence of noise-induced health effects at levels emitted by wind turbines . . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Danish Renewable Energy Policy A Review

October 20, 2009,   by Preben Maegaard

Danish Renewable Energy Policy by Preben Maegaard recounts the historic development of Danish policy from the perspective of one its participants. Maegaard, director of the Nordic Folkecenter for...[more]

Category: Wind in Denmark, book Reviews

Gipe Receives Canadian Wind Award for Feed-in Tariff Campaign

October 12, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Long-time renewable energy advocate Paul Gipe was selected by the Canadian Wind Energy Association for its Individual Leadership Award at its 2009 conference in Toronto September 22. The Canadian...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Feed in Tariffs, News on Large Wind

About Wind Energy - The Facts

October 1, 2009,   by European Wind Energy Association

Contains a very good summary of wind penetration in Europe.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

The Danish Wind Experience: Truth and Fiction

September 15, 2009,   by Samir Succar

Rebuttal of the Centre for Policy Studies' (CEPOS) so-called report on wind energy in Denmark.

Category: Wind in Denmark

Coal Plants Closing, People Owning Their Own Power, Feed-in Tariffs and More

September 13, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

A podcast interview with Paul Gipe

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Feed in Tariffs, News on Wind Coop

Avian mortality from wind power, fossil-fuel, and nuclear electricity by Benjamin K. Sovacool

September 13, 2009,   by Benjamin Sovacool

This article explores the threats that wind farms pose to birds and bats before briefly surveying the recent literature on avian mortality and summarizing some of the problems with it. . .

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Snow Job: The nefarious net-effect argument: Recent conservative studies on clean energy jobs miss the mark

August 25, 2009,   by Craig Morris

Recent conservative studies on clean energy jobs miss the mark by Craig Morris in Grist . . .

Category: Job Effects from Renewable Energy

WWEA's Wind Energy International 2009/2010-A Review

August 7, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

The World Wind Energy Association's "Wind Energy International 2009/2010" landed on my desk with a reassuring thump. I picked it up simply to move it somewhere else until I could get time to thumb...[more]

Category: book Reviews

Attack on industrial wind puffed with false peer review claims

August 4, 2009,   by Gar Lipow

Shame on Pierpont for using such deceit to prop up her case. Shame on the Independent for not even bothering to read the Pierpont website carefully enough to detect this poorly concealed...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Are wind farms a health risk?

August 3, 2009,   by National Health Services

This study provides no conclusive evidence that wind turbines have an effect on health or are causing the set of symptoms described here as "wind turbine syndrome". The study design was weak, the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

NREL Response to the Report Study of the Effects on Employment of Public Aid to Renewable Energy Sources from King Juan Carlos University (Spain)

August 1, 2009,   by Eric Lantz and Suzanne Tegen

Category: Job Effects from Renewable Energy

A Review of Large-scale Wind Integration in the United States by Ryan Wiser, LBNL

July 22, 2009,   by Ryan Wiser, LBL

Category: Grid Integration

Why so much noise about wind?

July 13, 2009,   by John Howard

The time for that choice is now. Do we allow our health to suffer by continuing to rely on coal? Do we gamble on nuclear? Or do we choose a less harmful path toward renewable energy? How do we...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Project Performance Data

July 3, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

This is a quick survey of some of the sources for wind turbine performance statistics, that is, how many turbines, how many MW, and how much electricity they produce. There are no doubt more...[more]

Category: Wind Statistics

The fierce urgency of now by Bill McKibben

May 25, 2009,   by Bill McKibben

Yes, windmills and dams deface the landscape but the climate crisis demands immediate action. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Tyler Hamilton: For and against wind power

May 12, 2009,   by Tyler Hamilton

So, which concerns are real and which aren't? Let's investigate whether utility-scale wind energy is as green and economical as the industry and politicians paint it. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Tyler Hamilton: Noise protesters howling about windfarms

May 11, 2009,   by Tyler Hamilton

The known and well-documented health effects from coal use and the threat that climate change poses to humans and other species must be weighed against the unproven links between wind turbines and...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The cost of wind, the price of wind, the value of wind

May 4, 2009,   by Jérôme Guillet

An excellent primer on the value and integration of wind into utility systems.

Category: Grid Integration

Anti-wind now not just for NIMBY’s

April 22, 2009,   by Charles Komanoff

Opposition to wind power used to be the province of NIMBY’s who quailed at the supposed intrusion into their viewsheds and soundsheds. No more. Wind power is big — its share of U.S. electricity...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

More on "renewable" energy

April 22, 2009,   by Craig Morris

Another insightful analysis by Craig Morris of the American Spectator's "critique" of renewable energy . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind Power’s Displacement of Fossil Fuels by Charles Komanoff

April 21, 2009,   by Charles Komanoff

[W]hen wind turbines are operated as parts of an interconnected grid for which the dominant share of energy is provided by generators burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas), wind power...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

'Annoyance' factor exists

April 16, 2009,   by Peter Epp

Dr. David Colby doesn't doubt that some people are bothered by the noise generated by a wind turbine, but the acting medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent says there's no direct link between...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Good Wind in Denmark: Rebuttal to Wild Claims That Denmark Has Abandoned Wind Energy

April 13, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

The Danes have an expression, as do most European cultures, to wish one good fortune on parting. The expression comes from the days of sail: God Vind or Good Wind! The wind is good in Denmark, and...[more]

Category: Wind in Denmark

An Attack of the Bellamoids

March 31, 2009,   by George Monbiot

James Lovelock says the government’s enthusiasm for wind farms approaches fascism.--By George Monbiot in the Guardian . . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

More on the Merit Order Effect by Jérôme Guillet

March 31, 2009,   by Jérôme Guillet

In summary, wind power prices are comparable to those of fossil fuel ppower plants, but (i) that price is guaranteed not to change over the next 20 years, (ii) when wind is blowing, it brings down...

Category: Grid Integration

Letter from Las Vegas about Mars

March 30, 2009,   by Craig Morris

On Noise from Wind Turbines and Wild Claims

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Warming Up Wind Chill: Taking on the Fallacious “Report” by the Centre for Policy Studies

March 14, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind Power (2004) Corrections & Updates

January 22, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, & Business (2004) Corrections   If you find further errors or want to suggest changes or corrections, post a message to Paul Gipe. Your help is...[more]

Category: Books-Wind Power

Praise for Wind Power (2004)

January 21, 2009,  

Praise for Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, & Business (2004) by Paul Gipe Advance Praise "If you only buy one book on wind energy, make it this one. . . Paul Gipe has made a great...[more]

Category: Books-Wind Power

Wind Turbine Land Leases, Landowner Guides, Wind Energy Royalties

January 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

There are a several sources of information for landowners on the typical terms and conditions for leasing land for wind energy development. The newest is by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

Selected Wind Turbine Yields (Performance)

January 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

[more]

Category: Wind Statistics

Some economic aspects of feed-in tariffs and green certificate schemes

January 9, 2009,   by Arne Kildegaard

Arne Kildegaard on the Merit Order Effect

Category: Grid Integration

Wind Energy Basics Revised: A Guide to Home- and Community-scale Wind Energy Systems

January 4, 2009,  

As the title suggests, this version of Chelsea Green's original 1999 version expands the scope to include commercial-scale wind turbines used in distributed applications. As such, this book includes...[more]

Category: Books Wind Basics, Books by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe for the Michigan Public Service Commission on Advanced Renewable Tariffs-- New Policy Option for North America

December 18, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind Power in Context an Energy Watch Report

December 1, 2008,   by Dr. Rudolf Rechsteiner

Category: News on Wind Energy

Towards High Penetration Rates of Renewable Electricity: Solutions, Results of Experience

November 20, 2008,   by Bernard Chabot

Presentation on Integrating Renewable Electricity into the Grid by a French authority on renewable energy. Chabot's conclusion: Think Big! We already have the technology we need to go to 100% RE.

Category: Grid Integration

French Wind Growth Continuing

October 30, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Despite rumors to the contrary in the Anglophone world, French wind energy development is continuing. In fact growth is accelerating according to data published by France Énergie Éolienne, the French...[more]

Category: Wind Statistics

French Wind Growth Continuing

October 30, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

October 30, 2008 Despite rumors to the contrary in the Anglophone world, French wind energy development is continuing. In fact growth is accelerating according to data published by France Énergie...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, News on Wind Energy

A Challenge Worthy of Great Nations: Moving from a Nation of Consumers to a Nation of Producers

September 23, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

(ASPO US Sacramento)

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Feed in Tariffs

Presentation by Paul Gipe to the Michagan State Assembly Commerce Committee on Advanced Renewable Tariffs New--Policy Option for Michigan

September 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Lansing, Michigan

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Gore sets goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2020: Can Wind Meet It?

July 17, 2008,   by Jérôme Guillet

I thought I'd comment on the technical feasibility of the plan, and the underlying economics of such an endeavour. . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Gipe Receives 2008 World Wind Energy Award

July 10, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

The World Wind Energy Association presented its 2008 World Wind Energy Award to Paul Gipe at its 7th annual conference. The trade association also elected Gipe to its board of directors. Gipe shared...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Feed in Tariffs

Wind 101 Half Day 1 Overview

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day 2 Applications

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day 3 Small Wind

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day 4 Community & Urban Wind

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day 5 Fundamentals

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day 6 Technology 01

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day 7 Technology 02

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day 8 Environment

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day 9 Compatible

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101 Half Day x Installation

June 16, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

The Health Impact of Wind Turbines: A Review of the Current White, Grey, and Published Literature by Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (Ontario, Canada)

June 1, 2008,   by Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (Ontario, Canada)

opposition to wind farms on the basis of potential adverse health consequences is not justified by the evidence. . .

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind 101-1 Overview

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-2 Applications

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-3 Small Wind

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-4 Community & Urban Wind

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-5 Fundamentals

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-6 Technology 01

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-7 Technology 02

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-8 Environment

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-9 Compatible

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Wind 101-x Installation

April 12, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

10,000 miles per gallon of gasoline: Shell's Ecomarathon

April 11, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

On Aprill 11 and 12, 2008 teams from highschools, colleges, and universities from across the continent were scrambling in the garages at the Fontana raceway preparing their cars for the Shell's...[more]

Category: Other Articles

Lettre pour les aveugles à l'usage de ceux qui voient ou l’énergie éolienne expliquée à Monsieur Nicolas Sarkozy

April 11, 2008,   by Planète éolienne, fédération des énergies du vent

Category: News on Wind Energy, Dispelling Myths en Francais

Opposition to Windpower Pollutes Climate Policy

March 31, 2008,   by Michael Vickerman

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Windy Myths

January 1, 2008,   by Canadian Wind Energy Association

Debunked by the Canadian Wind Energy Association

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

WWF and Greenpeace: Yes2Wind

January 1, 2008,   by WWF and Greenpeace

How to say yes to wind energy. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Statistics

Eolien: rumeurs et réalités

January 1, 2008,   by Service Public de Wallonie

Portail de l'énergie en Région wallonne

Category: Dispelling Myths en Francais, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Beating Swords into Wind Turbines–or Solar Panels if You Like

December 29, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

  The following op-ed was originally posted on July 4, 2005 and then appeared at Renewable Energy Access.com on July 11, 2005. This version has been updated with current figures for the cost of...[more]

Category: Other Articles

Beating Swords into Wind Turbines–or Solar Panels if You Like

December 29, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

1% to 38% of supply[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Community Power

Grid Integration of Wind Energy

December 20, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Grid integration of renewable energy, especially wind energy, is a controversial topic-and has been for nearly three decades. Frankly, I think the subject has been beaten to death and for my part the...[more]

Category: Grid Integration

Audubon's Position on Wind Power

December 1, 2007,   by National Audubon Society

Audubon strongly supports properly-sited wind power as a clean alternative energy source that reduces the threat of global warming. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

Presentation by Paul Gipe to Vent communautaire—La 3ième voie Énergie éolienne : Implication de la communauté

November 15, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Moncton, New Brunswick

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

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