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This is an archive of articles and news on both large and small wind turbines, wind energy & the environment, and links to topics on the history of wind energy.

I've been working with wind energy since 1976 and my professional experience in the subject runs the gamut from wind resource assessment to installing and testing small wind turbines. I continue to follow the industry and analyze its growth and increasing contribution to renewable electricity generation worldwide.

The Curse That Keeps on Giving: Honeywell WindTronics Redux

October 12, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

I pay a price for debunking various wind turbine flim-flams and posting critiques on my web site. Consequently, I am cursed to be listed by Google and Indian call centers as the person to call if a...[more]

Category: Windtronics

Adecon Darrieus Turbine Photos Posted

October 7, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

In response to a query from a Swedish researcher, I’ve posted eight historic photos of the Adecon Darrieus wind turbine to my web site. See Adecon under Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) in the...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Bürger-Windpark Lübke-Koog 25-Year Anniversary--A Review

October 5, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Hans-Detlef Feddersen sent me a copy of a little picture book celebrating the 25th anniversary of Bürger-Windpark Lübke-Koog. He included a DVD video of interviews with the founders of the...[more]

Category: Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), History of Wind Power, book Reviews

Another Small VAWT with Big Ambitions Bankrupt: X-Wind Power

October 5, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Small Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) come and go so fast no one can keep track of them before they become history.[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Gårdmøllerne or Danish Farm Windmills--A Review

September 29, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Benny Christensen knows his windmills. An early anti-nuclear activist and proponent of 100% renewable energy—a photo of him appears in Steven Borish’s Land of the Living—Christensen has now turned...[more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power, News on Wind Energy

Störfall mit Charme—The Story of the Schönau Electricity Revolt--A Review

September 27, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The title, Störfall mit Charme, is a playful thumbing of the nose in German at the critics of a movement by citizens in a small village in the deepest reaches of Germany’s Schwarzwald or Black Forest...[more]

Category: Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy

Geothermal Power Generation: Developments and Innovation--a Review

September 26, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Geothermal energy is one of the dark horses of renewable energy. Few “renewable energy advocates” know much—if anything—about it. They don’t know what geothermal contributes today and have no clue...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Reviews on Geothermal Energy, News on Geothermal, Renewable Energy

Comments by Bernard Saulnier on the Book Energy Democracy

September 8, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

In response to my review of Energy Democracy, a new book on Germany’s energy revolution by Craig Morris and Arne Jungjohann, long-time colleague Bernard Saulnier contacted me with his thoughts.[more]

Category: book Reviews, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind, Fossil Fuels

Poland’s Anti-Wind Campaign Uses Stale Nazi Argument

September 6, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Rightwing Poles have raised the old canard that wind turbines and, hence, wind energy, is the detestable spoor of Nazi racial ideology. Nothing could be further from the truth.[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind

AWEA’s Tom Gray--US Wind Pioneer—Dies

September 1, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Tom Gray, former executive director of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) died Wednesday.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Copyright Finally Issued for Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

August 28, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The copyright was finally issued for Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. A long time coming, the copyright was issued under Title 17 of the United States Code and became effective 5 December 2016.[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Energy Democracy, by Craig Morris & Arne Jungjohann: A Review

August 28, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Is one of the most powerful books on the renewable energy revolution in decades. It’s a chronicle of the remarkable transformation underway in the world’s fourth-largest industrial economy.[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Debunking Myths about Feed-in Tariffs, Germany FIT

Colorado City man electrocuted in wind farm accident

August 28, 2017,   by Erica Garne

Cody Hubbard, 29, was electrocuted and trapped at the top of a wind turbine at a farm on CR 183 Thursday. He was doing work for Ivenergy LLC when the accident occurred, injuring one other employee,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The modern wind sector – and the Energiewende – turns 30 today

August 24, 2017,   by Craig Morris

When was the Energiewende born? Lots of dates are tossed around, but one German press report argues that it all started today 30 years ago, when a test wind farm was connected to the grid.

Category: News on Large Wind

VAWTs Relegated to the Backwaters of the Internet Where Anti-Vaxxers Roam

August 23, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

I’d seen a reference to the technical paper, Optimization of a vertical axis wind turbine for application in an urban/suburban area, by two academics making the rounds but didn’t take much notice of...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind

Wind power hit record low price in German auctions. Few are happy

August 22, 2017,   by Craig Morris

Germany’s Network Agency has announced the results of the second round of onshore wind auctions. The new price is 4.29 cents/kWh, a quarter lower than the 5.71 cents from the first round.

Category: News on Large Wind

The climate and air-quality benefits of wind and solar power in the United States

August 14, 2017,   by LBNL

We find cumulative wind and solar air-quality benefits of 2015 US$29.7–112.8 billion mostly from 3,000 to 12,700 avoided premature mortalities, and cumulative climate benefits of 2015 US$5.3–106.8...

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

2016 Wind Technologies Market Report

August 7, 2017,   by LBNL

$13 billion was invested in new wind power plants in 2016. In 2016, wind energy contributed 5.6% of the nation’s electricity supply, more than 10% of total electricity generation in fourteen states,...

Category: News on Large Wind

Baseload myths and why we need to change how we look at our grid

August 3, 2017,   by Sara Hastings-Simon, Binnu Jeyakumar

It is a meaningless concept at the least and dangerous at its worst

Category: Nuclear Power, Fossil Fuels, Grid Integration

Betz: Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbines Was Written in 1927

July 21, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, I’ve written about this subject once before, Everything You Need to Know about Wind Energy Was Written in 1957!, but I am moving the date back thirty years in the light of more research. The...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, History of Wind Power, Small Wind folder, News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Darrieus and His Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs)

July 20, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Largely forgotten today, Georges Jean Marie Darrieus was one of France’s great engineers. While he is mostly known in the English-speaking world for his patent on vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs),...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, History of Wind Power

Siemens Wind Power to close Ontario turbine blade plant, cut 340 jobs

July 18, 2017,   by Josh O’Kane

A wind-turbine-blade factory in Southwestern Ontario that Siemens Wind Power Ltd.’s former parent company called “a key part of our global supply chain” just last September is winding down...

Category: News on Large Wind

URI Researchers: Block Island Wind Farm “Highly Unlikely” To Have Caused Whale’s Death

July 12, 2017,   by Christian Winthrop

In response to the June 24, 2017 piece, “Block Island Wind Farm May Have Killed Young Humpback Whale,” several of us, researchers at the University of Rhode Island (URI), feel it is important to...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Photos of Dabiri VAWT Test Site—Wing Power Turbines are Down

July 10, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Oh the ways of the wind. It blows where it will--or something to that effect. We were on our way to pick cherries. That’s a fairly innocuous activity. From Bakersfield we had to cross the Antelope...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

SheerWind Invelox Demo Turbine in Need of Demolition

July 10, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The Chaska, Minnesota promoter of a ducted wind turbine appears to have fallen on hard times. The fabric covering of the intake duct for their demonstration turbine is torn and in disrepair and the...[more]

Category: Sheerwind-Invelox

Wind Day in Woodstock, Ontario

July 10, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

York University’s International Renewable Energy Academy designated 29 June as the “wind day” on their week-long program. [more]

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

Dueling Wind Ties in Woodstock

July 10, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The 29 June was the “wind day” for York University’s International Renewable Energy Academy. As the featured speaker to start the day I donned one of my favorite wind tie.[more]

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), News on Wind Energy

Thirty years of North American wind energy acceptance research: What have we learned?

July 5, 2017,   by Joseph Rand; Ben Hoen

(1) North American support for wind has been consistently high. (2) The NIMBY explanation for resistance to wind development is invalid. (3) Socioeconomic impacts of wind development are strongly...

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

China To Install 403 Gigawatts Of Wind Energy Over Next Decade, According To MAKE Consulting

June 29, 2017,   by Joshua S Hill

The Chinese Government is therefore set to publish at least 2 or 3 additional reductions to the onshore wind FiT level before 2023.

Category: China FIT, News on Large Wind

Was America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Unfairly Blamed For A Whale’s Death?

June 28, 2017,   by Alexander C. Kaufman

Right-wing media find a new renewable energy bogeyman.

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

Overview of Wind Energy for the International Renewable Energy Academy

June 20, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation by Paul Gipe for York University's International Renewable Academy on 22 June 2017. Check against delivery.

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy

The Ohio legislature should get rid of damaging wind setback

June 20, 2017,  

In 2014, Senate Republicans tucked into an 822-page mid-biennium budget review (HB 483) a rider that more than doubled the distance a wind turbine must be from the adjacent property of anyone who...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they're made out to be—here's why

June 16, 2017,   by Simon Chapman

"Wind farms and nuclear power stations are responsible each for between 0.3 and 0.4 fatalities per gigawatt-hour (GWh) of electricity while fossil-fuelled power stations are responsible for about...

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

Wind Power: the True Story (Review of Paul Gipe's Wind Energy for the Rest of Us)

June 14, 2017,   by Ugo Bardi

They say that a good book should always tell a story. And this is true for this book by Paul Gipe. Titled "Wind Energy for the Rest of Us" is not just about the technology, but it tells the whole...

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Wind’s Silent Revolution Grows in Germany with More High Specific Area Turbines

June 14, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

While thumbing through German renewables magazine, Sonne Wind&Wärme, a table jumped out at me. The table confirmed that the Silent Wind Revolution that French renewables expert Bernard Chabot first...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, News on Large Wind

World Wind Energy Award 2017 for German journalist Dr. Franz Alt

June 13, 2017,  

Dr. Alt is a journalist who has been promoting the vision of a renewable energy world for more than two decades. As head and presenter of important political tv magazines, he became one of the most...

Category: News on Large Wind

Professional-Grade Sound Level Meter for Sale

June 12, 2017,  

I have a Casella CEL-464 professional-grade sound level meter for sale. I used the unit during the early 2000s to measure the noise emissions from small wind turbines.[more]

Category: Small Turbine Testing, Wind Energy & the Environment

Finally a New Generation of VAWT Busters Has Arrived: Debunking IceWind

June 7, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The onslaught of super-dooper new windmill inventions is never ending. Frankly it’s wearing out us old timers. We can’t keep up with the damn things. We try to ignore them but our friends and...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Finding Inspiration in Nature for the Revolution We Need

May 25, 2017,   by Sarah Taylor, Windustrious Cleveland

It is no wonder that a modern wind turbine looks so beautiful.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Wind Energy & the Environment, News on Large Wind

Are solar and wind really killing coal, nuclear and grid reliability?

May 11, 2017,   by Joshua D. Rhodes

So, are wind and solar killing coal and nuclear? Yes, but not by themselves and not for the reasons most people think. Are wind and solar killing grid reliability? No, not where the grid’s technology...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

What went wrong with that weird wind turbine on Deer Island?

May 5, 2017,   by Scott Kirsner

Ogin raised more than $150 million in funding — even attracting the attention of former Vice President Al Gore, now a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, one of the company’s earliest...

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

Mag-Wind’s James Rowan Captured in Saskatoon after Four Years on the Lam

May 4, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Four years after a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina returned a two-count indictment against James Alan Rowan for his fraudulent wind turbine investments, the fugitive was caught in...[more]

Category: Mag-Wind, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

FloDesign’s State Subsidy Up in Smoke

May 4, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Among all those who lost money in the FloDesign-Ogin fiasco is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Compared to others the state lost a relatively modest amount of $3 million.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

Assessing wind resources in our cities

May 3, 2017,   by Michael Allen

Urban environments are challenging locations for small wind turbines. Moreover, the sector must deal with cases of small turbines poorly sited and installed by companies that are more interested in...

Category: Small Wind folder, Rooftop & Urban Wind

Noise, eigenfrequencies and turbulence behavior of a 200 kW H-rotor vertical axis wind turbine

May 2, 2017,   by Erik Möllerström

The work within this thesis is made in collaboration between Halmstad University and Uppsala University. A 200-kW semi-guy-wired VAWT H-rotor, owned by Uppsala University but situated in Falkenberg...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Ontario man facing extradition to U.S. on fraud charges found at parents' home in Saskatoon

April 29, 2017,   by Thia James

James Alan Rowan was apprehended in Saskatoon, where his parents live. A Saskatoon judge committed him to be extradited to the U.S. to face two fraud charges filed against him amid allegations he...

Category: Mag-Wind

What instances of attempted murder or significant violence have occurred against wind industry personnel?

April 26, 2017,   by Michael Barnard

Recently a Dutch wind farm developer’s home was firebombed. Dutch Wind Developer Fire Bombed What other instances of violence against wind industry staff have occurred?

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

Kiwi Pension Fund Loses $50 Million in Ogin Ducted Turbine Fiasco

April 21, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

New Zealand’s Superannuation Fund has written down its $47.5 million (NZ) investment in ducted turbine promoter Ogin. [more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

NZ Super Fund writes down wind turbine investment; remains committed to investing in early stage companies

April 21, 2017,  

In June 2016 the Ogin Board of Directors and management mutually agreed to separate. At that point we wrote the Fund’s NZ$47.5 million investment down to nil, and that was included in our annual...

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

Dutch Wind Developer Fire Bombed

April 21, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Sometime around midnight 10-11 April the home of Bob Jans was firebombed in Assen, the Netherlands. Both Jans and his wife were home, asleep at the time.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Accidents & Safety, Electric Vehicles, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Long & Winding Road to Today's Small Wind Industry

April 19, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Keynote presentation to the 2017 Small Wind Conference 11 April in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[more]

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, Small Wind folder

The Crazy Lifestyle of a Woman Who Repairs Wind Turbine Blades

April 14, 2017,   by Kristine Wong

When she's not climbing in Patagonia, Jessica Kilroy hangs off wind turbines

Category: Job Effects from Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

New ‘Excel 15’ small-wind turbine generates more energy at a lower LCOE

April 12, 2017,   by Michelle Froese

Bergey Windpower, an American manufacturer of small wind turbines for residential and commercial applications, recently announced a new product, the Excel 15 wind turbine.

Category: News on Small Wind

Hohe Akzeptanz für Windenergie dank Bürgerbeteiligung

April 4, 2017,   by Agentur für Erneuerbare Energien

"Als die Gemeindevertreter der drei Gemeinden mit diesem Konzept auf die Bürger zugingen, war das Vorhaben schnell akzeptiert“, erinnert sich Schäfer.

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

Police probe Whitelee fatality

March 31, 2017,  

Investigators are looking into the possibility that the man may have taken his own life, it is understood.

Category: Accidents & Safety, Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Kilgallioch wind farm accident death worker identified

March 27, 2017,  

Police have identified a worker who died in an accident on a wind farm site in the south of Scotland.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Accidents & Safety

Sub-Surface Pumped Hydroelectric Storage

March 24, 2017,  

Another interesting concept being considered is to locate one or both reservoirs below ground (sub-surface).

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Another Proposed Mine Conversion to Pumped Storage: Marmora

March 24, 2017,  

A proposal by Northland Power for a project in Ontario, Canada.

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Germany Is Converting a Coal Mine Into a Massive Renewable Energy Battery

March 24, 2017,   by DAVID NIELD

Gemany is turning one of its old coal mines into a giant 'battery station' that will store hydroelectric power and provide energy to around 400,000 homes, with hopes of launching similar facilities...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Don’t let wind energy stall in California

March 20, 2017,   by David Hochschild and Nancy Rader

As wind energy achieves a historic milestone – surpassing the total capacity of hydropower dams to become the nation’s largest renewable energy resource – many of California’s pioneer wind projects...

Category: News on Large Wind

52 percent of Tory Voters in favour of Wind Farms

March 14, 2017,  

A poll published in the Sunday Times shows more than half of Conservative voters think the government should do more to encourage onshore wind power. 52% of those surveyed said the building of wind...

Category: News on Large Wind

Small Wind Conference Chooses Gipe for Keynote Speaker

March 10, 2017,  

The Small Wind Conference has chosen Paul Gipe as its keynote speaker for its 2017 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Calling Gipe “legendary” for his four decades writing about wind energy, the...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Small Wind folder

Local planning, sharing benefits key to wind-farm buy-in, study finds

March 5, 2017,  

Nova Scotia policy on wind farms makes them 3 times more popular than in Ontario, study says.

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

The Silent Wind Revolution: Increasing the Opportunity for Distributed Wind

February 28, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation before the Distributed Wind Energy Association in Washington, DC February 28, 2017[more]

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Windtech International: Review of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

February 28, 2017,   by Floris Siteur

The book is a combination between a historical book, a textbook and a do-it-yourself book if you want to install your own wind turbine or want to invest in wind energy. It describes the different...

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Wind Energy Development in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada

February 28, 2017,   by Chad Walker

A stark, but somewhat expected finding is the high degree of support for wind energy in Nova Scotia compared to Ontario. Local support of their own nearby turbine development was three times higher...

Category: News on Community Power, News on Large Wind

Japan accelerates wind power development as govt support pays off: study

February 28, 2017,   by Osamu Tsukimori

With a month to go this fiscal year, Japan's installation of new wind power capacity in 2016-17 is set to come in almost double that of the previous 12 months, propelled by higher tariffs guaranteed...

Category: News on Large Wind, Japan FIT

Higher Penetration of Wind Energy in Ontario than in California

February 24, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The Canadian province of Ontario generated a higher percentage of its electricity with wind energy than California in 2015. [more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, Renewable Energy

SheerWind-Invelox--Is the End Nigh for Another Ducted Turbine?

February 23, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Is the end near for SheerWind’s Invelox ducted wind turbine? The problems with SheerWind’s design are coming to a head as its signature clients lose faith.[more]

Category: Sheerwind-Invelox, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Mid-Size Turbines a Have Big Advantage in Output Relative to Visual Impact

February 11, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

No, that’s not mere click bait. That’s the argument Geoff Henderson makes in a provocative paper on wind turbine size and the landscape impact of wind turbines.[more]

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

32nd Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi 20 May 2017

February 2, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club will lead a hike among the wind turbines on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at 9:00 am on Saturday May 20, 2017 near Tehachapi, California. [more]

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

Kudos for Gipe’s Wind Energy from the Poul la Cour Foundation

February 2, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The current newsletter of the Poul la Cour Foundation offers kudos for the new book by Paul Gipe, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. [more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Donald Trump Investing Big in Wind Energy?

January 31, 2017,   by Adam Siegel

Last week, we got a peek at Trump’s infrastructure plan, which included infrastructure projects that he considers a priority. Three of those are wind-related projects.

Category: News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

The Book for Wind Geeks: Wind Energy for the Rest of Us Digital Edition

January 26, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The digital version of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us is now available for download. This is the version of the book for true wind geeks as it offers photographic detail not seen any other way.[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Pembina: A whirlwind tour of wind energy myths

January 25, 2017,   by David Dodge, Dylan Thompson

It seems to happen with every new technology. It wasn’t so long ago that some people were convinced a photograph could steal your soul. We may read about that now and have a little chuckle, but are...

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

Clarkson Attempts Ducted Turbines—Again

January 20, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Despite its previous association with a questionable wind turbine and its promoter, Clarkson University announced that the school in upstate New York has transferred ducted wind turbine technology...[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, Windtamer

TAM Energy Still Spinning WindTronics Hype--Will This Thing Ever Die?

January 9, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Honeywell WindTronics may be dead but that doesn’t stop others from spinning the WindTronics hype. [more]

Category: Windtronics

WindTronics Took Millions from Ontario Then Unconvincingly Blames the Province

January 9, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

“The province gave the company $2.7 million to open in Windsor — under one condition. The company promised there would be 200 workers in the plant by the end of this year. That is now very unlikely,”...[more]

Category: Windtronics

'Essentially against the law' to develop wind energy in N.L., says researcher

January 8, 2017,   by Lukas Wall

"It is prohibited for any private actor, any renewable energy company to come into Newfoundland to build a renewable energy source or to sell or transmit it on the grid. It's essentially against the...

Category: News on Large Wind

Bare Breasts and Windmills—Oh, My!

January 2, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Fans of my work with wind energy have often joked that my books would have a larger audience if they had some sex in them--or at least a bare breast.[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Germany's Energy Transition A Comparative Perspective

December 31, 2016,  

This book analyzes Germany's path-breaking Energiewende, the country's transition from an energy system based on fossil and nuclear fuels to a sustainable energy system based on renewables. The...

Category: Renewable Energy, book Reviews

Martin Frey's English Language Version of Baedeker Guide to Renewable Energy in Germany

December 29, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Martin Frey's wonderful little guidebook to the Energiewende in Germany is now available in English. Germany - Renewable Energy Experience Baedeker Guides. Frey's book is highly recommended for...[more]

Category: book Reviews

'Mad Alex': Donald Trump letters abuse Scottish ex-first minister

December 21, 2016,   by Libby Brooks

Messages sent before his White House campaign show US president-elect harassing Alex Salmond over windfarms

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

French wind power costs EUR 76 per MWh - study

December 14, 2016,   by Mariyana Yaneva

Levelised cost of electricity from wind farms in France stands at EUR 76 per MWh, says a joint study of Pöyry Managing Consultants and French wind industry body France Energie Eolienne published...

Category: France FIT, News on Large Wind

Man dies in suspected landslide at wind farm in Co Sligo Ireland

December 13, 2016,   by Rachel Flaherty

Patrick McCaffrey (37) from Rossinver, Co Leitrm died on Monday evening after a landslide on a mountain bog on the Sligo-Roscommon border where groundworks for turbines were being carried out.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Endurance Wind Power bankruptcy spreads to UK

December 9, 2016,   by Nelson Bennett

Endurance Wind Power filed for bankruptcy sometime around early November and placed under trust with Grant Thonrton, after its bank called in its loan.

Category: Small Wind folder

Gipe’s New Wind Book Making the Rounds

December 6, 2016,  

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Paul Gipe’s new book on wind energy is finally hitting the streets. Complimentary copies of the 560-page tome are reaching the first group of colleagues and reviewers...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Energy Democracy: Germany's Energiewende to Renewables

December 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris and Arne Jungjohann

Energy Democracy traces the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from protests against the industrialization of rural communities in the 1970s to the Power Rebels of Schönau and German...

Category: book Reviews

UGE's VAWT wind turbines generating regret; $100,000 turbines to create $1.50 in electricity monthly

December 4, 2016,   by Paul Gottlieb

The $107,516 spires stand immobile more than two months after they were erected and more than a year after the city council approved them.

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Swedish IPO to support vertical axis floating wind tech

November 28, 2016,   by Tsvetomira Tsanova

SeaTwirl has already installed a 30-kW prototype floating offshore wind turbine at Lysekil and it wants to build a full-scale machine, SeaTwirl S2, by 2020.

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

We Have Books--Wind Energy for the Rest of Us Now Available

November 23, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

More correctly, the Chelsea Green warehouse has books. They arrived 9 November all 2,150 copies. [more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Fight the 'blight' of windfarms near my golf courses, Trump urges Ukip leader

November 22, 2016,   by Robert Booth in London, Severin Carrell in Edinbugh, David Smith in Washington

US president-elect does not deny pushing interim leader Nigel Farage and key associates to fight development of windfarms in Scotland

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Gipe Named to Prestigious Energy Watch Group

November 17, 2016,  

Paul Gipe has been named to the Energy Watch Group, one of only two North Americans on the prestigious panel. He joins Stanford academic Mark Jacobson, internationally known for his work on moving to...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Renewable Energy, News on Wind Energy

FloDesign Ogin Ducted Wind Turbine at Deer Island Coming Down

November 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

FloDesign’s prototype ducted wind turbine on Deer Island in Boston Harbor is being removed, according the agency that operates the nearby sewage treatment plant.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

We Have a Ship Date--Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

November 2, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, we did have a previous ship date. Printed copies of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us were to arrive in the warehouse at the end of October. Obviously, that didn’t happen--and for good reason. I...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, Books by Paul Gipe

Study finds wind turbines killing migratory birds

October 22, 2016,  

“Purdue is involved in trying to look at the genetics of these birds to figure out whether they are local birds that were born and hatched near the Altamont site, or whether they are birds from other...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Onshore windfarms more popular than thought, UK poll finds

October 20, 2016,   by Damian Carrington

Some 73% of the British public polled by ComRes support onshore windfarms in contrast with government decisions to block them

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

75th Anniversary of Connecting the Smith-Putnam Wind Turbine to the Grid

October 19, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

On this date in 1941, the first commercial-scale wind turbine was connected to the electrical grid in the United States. It was a milestone in the development of wind energy. The giant Smith-Putnam...[more]

Category: History of Wind Power

Indiana wind turbines slow to protect bats during migration

October 17, 2016,  

Wind energy companies in Indiana are attempting to mitigate the deaths of bats during migration season by slowing or stopping their turbines at night.

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

In Scotland, gusts of wind usher in a quiet energy revolution

October 15, 2016,   by Griff Witte

But amid the gale-force havoc, the day also brought a critical milestone in a quiet energy revolution: For the first time ever, the army of spinning white turbines that has sprouted across the lush...

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

Rooftop and Building Integrated Wind Turbines are a Failure Says NREL

September 30, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concludes in a new report that rooftop-mounted and building-integrated wind turbines are a failure, though readers would be hard pressed to find that...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Cleanfield Energy: Another Story of VAWT Hubris & Hustle

September 29, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Cleanfield made a big media splash in Ontario, Canada during the mid-2000s with its claim of producing a new wind turbine suited for mounting on buildings. [more]

Category: Cleanfield, Rooftop & Urban Wind

Google applies for wind-assisted propulsion patent using Makani kite

September 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Makani Airborne Wind Energy Turbine (AWT) hasn't been in the news lately. They arrived in a flurry of press in 2013 as the next big thing from Google. The device is a powered kite tethered to the...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Cleanfield Cited by Ontario Centres of Excellence as a “Success” Story

September 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

There’s no better example of ignorance, hype, and hubris by people with more money at their disposal than their knowledge of energy when the government of Ontario funded Cleanfield Energy, a small...[more]

Category: Cleanfield

Wind Opus A Step Closer to Completion: Contract for Printing

September 27, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Who knew that printing a book would be so complicated? Yes, writing, designing, and editing a book are difficult. That’s expected. But picking out paper weights?[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

A giant egg beater at ILCC’s farm?

September 25, 2016,   by LARRY KERSHNER

Vertical axis wind turbine design to be tested soon

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Windspire Energy Has Reintroduced the Windspire Concept

September 19, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Though the Mariah Windspire Company is defunct, the design has been taken up by another company. Doing business as Windspire Energy, the new company backed by Wisconsin's Ark Alloy LLC has revisited...[more]

Category: Mariah Windspire

Total Capacity of Wind Power Plants Exceeds 3GW in Japan

September 17, 2016,   by Tetsuo Nozawa

According to NEDO, about 0.18GW of wind power plants (86 plants) were newly installed in Japan in fiscal 2015. As of the end of the fiscal year, there were 2,102 wind power plants (total capacity:...

Category: News on Large Wind

Remember that “wind tree”? It’s worse than we thought

August 30, 2016,   by Simon Mahan

Turns out, the wind tree is actually worse than initially thought.

Category: Small Wind folder, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Ogin Ducted Turbine Employees Speak Out

August 23, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Former employees of the erstwhile ducted turbine manufacturer Ogin have posted comments about their jobs on a public web site.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Close-up Photos of Ogin DAWT Dismantlement in San Gorgonio Pass

August 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

More photos of the Ogin ducted wind turbine dismantlement have been “thrown over my transom.” These close-up photos show far more detail of the disassembly and scrapping process than before.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

Wind Tourist Pic of Ropatec VAWT in Southern Sicily

August 19, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

French aerodynamicist Stéphan Aubin sent in a photo of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) near the port of Siacca while he was vacationing in southern Italy.[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

New Pics of Old USW 56-100 Wind Turbines

August 19, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Photographer Bob Tregilus sent along a couple of pictures of some recycled US Windpower turbines in Nevada.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

UGE Dumps VAWT Business—What Happens Now to Eiffel Tower & Lincoln Field Turbines?

August 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Controversial developer of “urban” wind projects Urban Green Energy (UGE) is quitting the wind business. Using its in-house designed vertical-axis wind turbine, the New York City-based company...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

Windfarms do not discourage tourists, economists find

August 2, 2016,   by Ian Johnston

Study concludes there is no ‘detrimental effect’ on the number of holidaymakers in places with wind turbines

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Ogin Ducted Turbines Removed Near Palm Springs (Updated with Photos)

August 1, 2016,  

The highly hyped ducted wind turbines near Palm Springs have been removed. The Ogin turbines were removed sometime this summer.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

Exponential Growth and the Renewable Surprise

July 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Critics of renewable energy have a full quiver of objections of why we shouldn’t bother developing wind and solar energy. One of my favorites is when they say, “Well renewables are nice, but they...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, News on Geothermal

Library of Congress Number Assigned to Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

July 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Library of Congress has assigned the Control Number 2016912305 for the title. The process isn’t complete until a printed copy of the book is received by the Library of Congress. We don’t expect...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Why wind power opponents failed in Brandenburg

July 27, 2016,   by Craig Morris

A campaign calling for two kilometers between a turbine and the nearest built environment for new wind farms has failed. State politicians are nonetheless looking for ways to increase acceptance.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Study projects economic impact of wind farms in Illinois

July 25, 2016,   by Lenore Sobot

The state's 25 largest wind farms generate $30.4 million in annual property taxes and $13.86 million in extra income each year for landowners who lease their land to wind farm developers, according...

Category: News on Large Wind

A Step Backwards for Wind in Poland

July 25, 2016,   by Michał Olszewski

The act against wind turbines imposes a number of restrictions on producers of wind energy (except for micro installations and offshore wind farms).

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

Small & Distributed Wind Capacity in Britain & USA

July 23, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Britain, with one-fifth the population of the USA, installed 560 MW of wind generating capacity in distributed applications from 2010 through 2015. This represents more than three times the MW per...[more]

Category: News on Small Wind

Authorities release ID of man who died in wind turbine construction project

July 22, 2016,  

Authorities say a 31-year-old from Manly died Thursday in a construction accident at a wind turbine in central Iowa. Christopher Thompson of Manly was working inside a wind turbine under construction...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Small Wind Tariffs in Denmark 2016

July 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

After a long delay, Denmark is poised to reintroduce a new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program for small wind turbines. The previous program had been suspended when it reached its cap. The new program cuts...[more]

Category: Feed-in Tariffs for Small Wind

Contract approved for Montana wind farm project for $0.045/kWh

July 20, 2016,   by Mike Dennison

Commissioners decided that Greycliff can arrange a contract of up to 25 years at a price of $45.49 per megawatt hour. That price is less than consumers are paying NorthWestern for power from the...

Category: News on Large Wind

German researchers study bird deaths in wind farms

July 20, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Unsurprisingly, raptors were found to be the most vulnerable. The bird everyone in Germany is talking about in the context of wind turbines – the red kite – was not found in the study to an extent...

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

Dutch tender award for offshore wind plant is 25% cheaper than Hinkley C contract

July 7, 2016,   by Dave Toke

The Dutch Government has awarded a contract to build two 350 MW Borssele offshore windfarms for 87 euros per MWh (£74 per MWh), some 25 per cent cheaper than the current value of the contract for...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind

Georgia Power Small Wind Demo Raises Questions

June 30, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Later this year Georgia Power Company, a part of the Southern Company, is installing three small wind turbines as a demonstration. Is this newsworthy? Is it significant in any way?[more]

Category: Small Wind folder

Fleet-Wide Typical Wind Energy Yields in California and the USA

June 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

What summary data tells us is that California wind farms generated 13.7 TWh from 6,200 MW of installed capacity in 2014. This results in a fleet-wide yield of 2,200 kWh/kW/yr. This is an important...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Fluttering Flags, Can-can, & the Big Men of Wind Energy

June 27, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

No. That title isn’t click bate. Long ago, in a land far away, I had to give a speech on the future of wind energy. That’s not noteworthy; I do it all the time. What was noteworthy, though, was that...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, History of Wind Power

US study finds properties near wind farm enjoy huge increase in value

June 27, 2016,   by Sophie Vorrath

Newly released assessments of nearly 1000 properties in the southern part of El Paso, located near a wind farm southeast of Calhan, found no decrease in property values since the wind farm’s...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Windtamer Ducted Wind Turbine Finally and Officially Kaput

June 24, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

It went by various incarnations, but it was founded as Windtamer by one Gerald Brock and it finally and officially is gone.[more]

Category: Windtamer

Proofread Book Returned to Designer for Final Changes

June 20, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The proofreader dropped the marked up manuscript in my lap the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend—all 550 pages of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. [more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

The Brock Environmental Center: A Pinnacle of Sustainability—and Resilience

June 17, 2016,  

This is the way to do small wind right. "When Hurricane Joaquin affected the East Coast the first week of October 2015, the two wind turbines, which were selected for their ability to withstand...

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind

Bird Society Leads by Example: Operates Large Wind Turbine at Headquarters

June 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In early 2016 the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) installed a large wind turbine at their headquarters in central England. The 100-meter (330-foot) tall turbine was installed at the...[more]

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

Royal Society for Protection of Birds to Install 800 kW Wind Turbine

June 8, 2016,  

Work begins in Sandy, Bedfordshire on 25 January, and the 100-metre tall Enercon E-53 800kW turbine will generate around 2m units of green energy every year, equivalent to over half of the...

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

Quiet Revolution VAWT Total Flop Says German Paper

June 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

That this turbine was doomed to fail—and would give small wind another—and unneeded—black eye was obvious from the beginning—for anyone who had the desire to know.[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind

Test Summary Report on Solid Wind 25 kW Turbine

June 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Sven Ruin brought to my attention the test summary report on Solid Wind's 14-meter diameter, 25 kW wind turbine. The report was issued in mid-2015.[more]

Category: Small Turbine Testing

Cleveland offshore wind project awarded $40 million DOE grant to develop Lake wind farm

May 27, 2016,   by John Funk

The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding $40 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to build a six-turbine pilot wind farm in Lake Erie by the end of 2018.

Category: News on Large Wind

Pushback against onshore wind power in Germany gets real

May 23, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Up to now, public support for wind power has been very strong in Germany. But recent changes to German law have encouraged local groups that oppose wind farms. The relegation of competence from the...

Category: News on Large Wind

The Maritimes: Canada’s Secret Trailblazer in Wind Energy

May 12, 2016,   by Derek Leahy

“Some electricity utility companies in Canada will tell you all you’ll ever get from wind is 10 per cent of your electrical needs,” Carl Brothers, an engineer and wind energy consultant, said. “In...

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us First Page Proofs

May 9, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The good news is that with a smaller font size and tighter leading (the space between lines) than in my previous books, Holm has been able to substantially reduce the number of printed pages from...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder

Balfour Beatty fined £2.6m following death of Heysham wind farm worker

May 9, 2016,  

James Sim, 32, was working in a trench laying ducting for new cable for an offshore wind farm being built off the coast at Heysham in April 2010.

Category: Accidents & Safety

Windpower by Christopher Gillis--A Review

May 3, 2016,  

It’s no small sign of wind energy’s success that you can’t keep up with the steady stream of books in English--even when you’re into books on wind energy. It’s even more problematic is you spread...[more]

Category: book Reviews

City wind turbine more show-horse than workhorse

April 23, 2016,   by Joel Banner Baird

Watch the little wind turbine at Burlington Electric Department and you’ll find, as often as not, its blades are stock-still.

Category: Small Wind folder

Denmark's Agricco: History’s First Interconnected Wind Turbine

April 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In 1919 the utility installed a wind turbine at Buddinge and connected it to its lines—a first worldwide, a full two decades before the Smith-Putnam machine in Vermont was connected to the grid.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Grid Integration, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Wind power: Hitting an air pocket

April 13, 2016,   by Sumit Jha

With tax benefits scaled down and some states reducing tariffs, there is a danger of the wind sector getting short shrift at a time of heightened focus on solar power

Category: Indiana FIT, News on Large Wind

Silent wind revolution: Enercon breaks record for rotor diameter

April 12, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The German manufacturer of direct-drive turbines has built a prototype of its 4.2 megawatt unit recently announced. But the important thing is not the generator size, but the 126-meter rotor. It is...

Category: News on Large Wind

Buchenwald’s Liberation and What It Says about the Development of Wind Energy

April 11, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Today marks the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945 by the 6th armored division of the US Third Army. Buchenwald is significant for several reasons. 56,000 people died in the...[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, News on Large Wind

Wind turbines ruin the view from Kaiserstuhl – not

April 3, 2016,   by Craig Morris

In short, anyone who claims that these wind turbines are spoiling the view from Kaiserstuhl is very sensitive indeed, not to mention highly selective. Perhaps because Kaiserstuhl is arguably the...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Ban new wind turbines? Not if the bar for declaring them safe is impossibly high

March 30, 2016,   by Rod Lamberts

Imagine for a moment that these new studies find no statistically defensible evidence to link infrasound to human ill-health. Will those calling for a moratorium accept the results and declare wind...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

What’s the hottest selling turbine in Germany?

March 28, 2016,   by Craig Morris

On the left, we see turbine types for which permits were granted last year; on the right, those actually built in 2015. In other words, the ones on the left point into the future more than those on...

Category: News on Large Wind

Assigned ISBNs to Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

March 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Big step in the long road to publishing my new book: Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. Today I assigned the ISBN numbers to the digital and print version. Each version of the book has its own distinct...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder

Eoliennes : l’Assemblée nationale supprime la disposition sur les monuments historiques

March 23, 2016,   by Constance Maria

France's National assembly defeats Senate measure to effectively ban wind turbines in France.

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

Moulins de France : pourquoi tant de haine ?

March 22, 2016,   by CLAUDIO RUMOLINO

The proposed law on the cultural landscape in France is a Trojan Horse designed to ban wind turbines. Why do they hate windmills so much?

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

Everything You Need to Know about Wind Energy Was Written in 1957!

March 21, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In the research for my new book, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, I came across several unsung heroes of wind energy development. One of those was French engineer Louis Vadot.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

2015 Small Wind World Report

March 17, 2016,   by Stefan Gsänger and Jean-Daniel Pitteloud

The recorded small wind capacity installed worldwide has reached more than 830 MW as of the end of 2014. This is a growth of 10,9 % compared with 2013, when 749 MW registered. In 2012, 678 MW were...

Category: News on Small Wind

In 2015, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Italy generated 24,676 GWh of electricity, representing 9.1 per cent of Italy’s domestic electricity production and 7.8 per cent of the country’s overall consumption.

March 17, 2016,   by Christine and Sam Simonetta

We took a chance when we bought our Tesla, and it’s paying off because our power comes from the wind. Our residential sized turbine captures wind from Lake Superior in Upper Michigan and fuels our...

Category: Electric Vehicles, Small Wind folder

New Photo of Anderson's Charles E Miller's Four-Blade Wind Turbine in 1926

March 16, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Madison County (Indiana) Historical Society was able to locate the photo that I'd seen on display in mid 2015 of Charles E Miller's 1926 wind turbine in Anderson, Indiana.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power

Will offshore wind turbines close in Germany before 20 years are up?

March 16, 2016,   by Philipp Schmagold

In the last few years of eligibility, feed-in tariffs for offshore wind power dropped to 3.9 cents. Today, guest author Philipp Schmagold explains that the rising cost of O&M at the end of the second...

Category: News on Large Wind

What's bigger in India, China, and Brazil: wind or nuclear?

March 15, 2016,   by Bernard Chabot

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of wind and nuclear in the "BICS" countries (BRICS without Russia). He points out that wind has boomed in China since the country got rid of auctions...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Large Wind

Was Anderson’s Miller First with Pitchable Blade Tips for Wind Turbines?

March 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Miller is practically unknown among historians for his contribution to wind energy technology. He could be an unsung Hoosier hero for his invention of the pitchable blade tip.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

French Water-Pumping Windmills and Éolienne Bollée

March 14, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In the research for my forthcoming book, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, I came across a lot of intriguing information about the development of wind energy. While fascinating, much of it is too far...[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Onshore wind schemes now being installed are more than 30 per cheaper than Hinkley C!

March 12, 2016,   by Dave Toke

Onshore wind schemes now being installed are being paid over 30 per cent less than what Hinkley C would be paid under the UK Government's current agreement with EDF if it was generating now.

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

Dismantling under way at Altamont Pass

March 11, 2016,   by Ros Davidson

Hundreds of turbines and towers are being taken down. Foundations must also be removed, and the site must be reseeded and graded, said Sandra Rivera, assistant deputy director of planning at Alameda...

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Dispelling the nuclear 'baseload' myth: nothing renewables can't do better!

March 10, 2016,   by Mark Diesendorf

But not only can renewables supply baseload power, they can do something far more valuable: supply power flexibly according to demand. Now nuclear power really is redundant.

Category: Grid Integration, Nuclear Power

Charles Miller’s Four Blade Turbine of 1926: Indiana's Contribution to Wind Energy History

March 10, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Miller was an inveterate inventor and the Madison County (Indiana) Historical Society has an exhibited devoted to his work. It was here that I first saw a clipping of his wind turbine.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Dutch Transplant Wants to Save a Czech Watermill

March 9, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein we reconnect with a Dutch miller and learn of his campaign to preserve his adopted country’s watermills.[more]

Category: History of Wind Power, Renewable Energy

Photos of Germania, Zilvermeeuw, Kinderdijk, and Zaanse Schans Windmills Posted

March 9, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

I am continuing to update my web site by posting a series of photographs taken many years ago of Dutch or European windmills. There are now three new sub categories under Traditional Windmills: ...[more]

Category: History of Wind Power

New Page Posted of Photos of Paul Gipe's Career in Renewable Energy

March 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

I've finally taken the time to post some pictures from my career in renewable energy and energy policy. Some date from 1976, possibly earlier. My memory of those days is fuzzy as they say.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder, News on Community Power, News on Wind Energy, Renewable Energy

Grid Integration of Renewable Energy: Flexibility, Innovation, Experience

March 2, 2016,   by Eric Martinot

Experience with measures and innovations for grid integration in all these categories is given, from several jurisdictions like Germany, Denmark, and California, where renewables already provide...

Category: Grid Integration

Was Anderson Indiana a Part of Wind Industry History?

February 27, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

I don’t have a good answer to that question. All I know is that I stumbled a cross a faded newspaper clipping at the Madison County Historical Society that pictured a wind turbine that I’d never seen...[more]

Category: History of Wind Power

Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills--A Review

February 26, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Finally an answer to a question that has gnawed at me for decades: Where did one of the great windmill manufacturers of all time get the name Aermotor? Why not Aeromotor? That was the way I’ve...[more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power

Added New Cultural Icons of Tehachapi

February 22, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Today I updated my pages on cultural icons of wind turbines to include two murals and a sign board in Tehachapi, California.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Small Vindication: Renewable Devices Swift Ducted Rooftop Turbine Gone

February 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

I am writing this now to close the book on this sad little turbine and the whole “let’s put them on the roof” phenomenon. Stumbling across an obscure NREL field test report from long ago (see Power...[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind, Small Wind folder, Renewable Devices Swift

31st Annual Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi May 21, 2016

February 13, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club will lead a hike among the wind turbines on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at 9:00 am on Saturday May 21, 2016 near Tehachapi, California. The Sierra Club's...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

The World sets New Wind Installations Record: 63,7 GW New Capacity in 2015

February 10, 2016,   by Stefan Gsanger

According to preliminary figures, the world has seen a new record in new wind installations, adding 63’690 MW within the year 2015. The total wind capacity of the world has reached 435 GW.

Category: News on Large Wind

2015 was second biggest year ever for wind installations in Germany

February 2, 2016,   by Craig Morris

The good news is that just over 3.5 gigawatts was installed, putting 2015 in second position behind the roughly 4.4 gigawatts of 2014 and ahead of the previous record year of 2002 at 3.2 gigawatts.

Category: News on Large Wind

China Blows Past the U.S. in Wind Power

February 2, 2016,   by Daniel Cusick

“The feed-in tariff is still important as a driver,” Lewis said, “but there are other government policies and incentives that are continuing to drive the rapid pace” of wind power development in...

Category: China FIT, News on Large Wind

Why clean tech inspires a new magnitude of wrongness

January 31, 2016,   by Ketan Joshi

Renewable energy, presented as environmentally friendly and clean, must turn out to be harmful to humans and the environment. There's an ironic, vindicating righteousness in believing, as intensely...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Renewable Energy

Ogin Installs Ducted Turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass

January 27, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Ogin, the Massachusetts-based ducted turbine company, has installed six of seven turbines in the San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs, California.[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind FloDesign-Ogin

Returns from offshore wind: too high?

January 27, 2016,   by Craig Morris

In its fifth year of operation, Germany’s first offshore wind farm, Alpha Ventus, once again surpassed expectations. The first people (besides me) now say that feed-in tariffs for offshore wind are...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Let's Address Some Common Wind Energy Myths

January 26, 2016,   by David Dodge, Dylan Thompson

It seems to happen with every new technology. It wasn't so long ago that some people were convinced a photograph could steal your soul. We may read about that now and have a little chuckle, but are...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

DK reopens diver death case

January 22, 2016,  

Danish authorities are to re-open an investigation into a diver’s death while working on an offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.

Category: Accidents & Safety

Wind power generation plant pleads in deaths of hundreds of birds

January 22, 2016,   by Matt Harvey

Wind power generation plant AES Laurel Mountain LLC has pleaded guilty to two federal misdemeanors in the deaths of hundreds of migratory birds five years ago at its Barbour County facility.

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us: A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It

January 21, 2016,  

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us by Paul Gipe straddles two—or more—worlds. The book is about wind energy. It’s not just about small wind turbines. It’s not just about large wind turbines. It’s about...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder

What a smart response! - wind cheaper than fossil fuels

January 19, 2016,   by Dave Toke

So we are backing up the cheap renewables with fossil fuels that are not so cheap, and the solution to that is to use the fossil fuels that are not so cheap all the time? That sum does not quite add...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

Ontario Wind Production 2015

January 19, 2016,   by Glen Estill

There are 484 MW of wind in Ontario’s distribution system. CanWEA says that Ontario has 4,361 MW installed. So the IESO is missing 12% of Ontario’s wind production. If you add 12% to their number,...

Category: News on Large Wind

Denmark blows past old wind record

January 18, 2016,   by Craig Morris

2015 was another record year for wind power in Denmark, where turbines generated 42 percent of demand, topping the old record of 39 percent from the previous year. No other country has such a large...

Category: News on Large Wind

2015: Germany’s record wind year

January 18, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Last year, wind power production in Germany increased by around 50 percent – and the country already had the third largest fleet of wind turbines worldwide.

Category: News on Large Wind

Scottish small wind co Gaia-Wind forecasts growth in Japan

January 18, 2016,   by Plamena Tisheva

Andringa said that Japan had the most attractive feed-in tariff (FiT) worldwide and that the company's local reselling partners were preparing to help deliver the shift from nuclear to renewable...

Category: Feed-in Tariffs for Small Wind

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine At ILCC Farm Lab

January 14, 2016,  

A prototypye vertical axis wind turbine is set to go into operations at the Iowa Lakes Community College Farm Laboratory. - See more at:...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Catching the Wind of the World (the Aerodyn Story)—a Review

January 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Den Wind der Welt einfangen is part of series of retrospectives being issued by pioneers in the field of wind energy as they near retirement. Written by freelance journalist Dierk Jensen, Catching...[more]

Category: Reviews Coffee Table Books, News on Large Wind, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, History of Wind Power

Why Germans are bemused by Australia's wind turbine terror

January 11, 2016,   by Ketan Joshi

Germany, as it happens, has a very strong culture of benefit sharing. I had a chat to my host about my experience on the outskirts of Ebersheim. She told me about a neighbour in the small town who...

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

Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment—a Review

January 9, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The expansive title of Vaughn Nelson’s Wind Energy is appropriate as Nelson delves into such taboo topics as population, exponential growth, and exhaustion of fossil fuels.[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books, book Reviews, News on Large Wind

Wind Power for the World: The Rise of Modern Wind Energy—a Review

January 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Power for the World tells an exciting tell of hope and promise—how a small band of activists, dreamers, and entrepreneurs built one of the world’s fastest growing and dynamic industries. It’s a...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Large Wind, History of Wind Power

Small Wind: Planning and Building Successful Installations—a Review

January 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Nolan Clark, an early wind pioneer, summarizes a lifetime of developing and testing wind turbines for agricultural use in Small Wind: Planning and Building Successful Installations.[more]

Category: book Reviews

Idaho National Laboratory List of Wind Turbine Power Curves Early 2000s

January 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

I am hosting the following spreadsheet file prepared by the Idaho National Laboratory that is no longer available or has been compromised. The xls file contains tabular power curve data for a number...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

WindStor VAWT: Another Sad Saga of Time & Money Wasted

January 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

In sum, another story of ill-advised “development” of a revolutionary Darrieus wind turbine with all the attendant hubris and hype. The sad saga cost the government of Quebec $350,000—money that...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Cleveland Heights resident works to make wind a viable regional energy source

December 31, 2015,   by James Henke

Its goal is to create a wind farm off the shores of Lake Erie and use wind power to replace fossil fuels as a source of energy in this region.

Category: News on Large Wind

DECC Feed-in Tariff load factor analysis Extract Solar & Wind

December 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The capacity factor for solar PV was about 10% and that for small wind turbines about twice that of solar PV at about 20%.[more]

Category: Small Wind folder, Solar Tables & Charts, Great Britain

What happens during windstorms in Germany?

December 23, 2015,   by Craig Morris

This year, it will have closer to a third renewable power, close the new target for 2020, which now stands at 35 percent. Moreover, the level of 20 percent – once thought hard to reach by 2020 – has...

Category: News on Large Wind, Grid Integration

Man (20s) killed while clearing trees as part of wind farm extension project

December 21, 2015,   by Adam Cullen

It is understood that the man had been working on the €145m Meenadreen wind farm extension project when the tragedy occurred.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Accidents & Safety

UK Government Tariff Review Hits Scotland Hard As Hydro Suffers

December 17, 2015,  

“Secondly caps to the number of turbines which can be built, hidden in the detail of the review, mean, for example, that just three 50-100kW machines and three 1,500kW machines can be deployed every...

Category: Great Britain, Feed-in Tariffs for Small Wind

Curse of Honeywell Windtronics Keeps on Giving

December 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Let this be a warning to you skeptics, critics, and debunkers of new-fangled wind turbine flim flam. It will come home to haunt you. Are you listening Mick Sagrillo?[more]

Category: Windtronics

Two companies fined after death of wind turbine technician

December 14, 2015,   by Health & Safety Executive

It was during this process that Colin Sinclair’s harness became entangled in the high-speed shaft coupling, causing him to be pulled in towards the shaft.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Accidents & Safety

What countries have the most wind power per capita as of December 2015?

December 12, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

The answer is Denmark by a mile, followed by Germany then Spain. I'm pleased to see Canada in fourth spot, beating USA and the UK by a reasonable amount.

Category: News on Large Wind

German government clamps down on renewables growth

December 12, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Wind power, which the transition needs the most, will suffer the most, especially on shore.

Category: News on Large Wind

German grid operator sees 70% wind + solar before storage needed

December 7, 2015,   by Giles Parkinson

The company responsible for more than one-third of Germany’s electricity grid says there is no issue absorbing high levels of variable renewable energy such as wind and solar, and grids could absorb...

Category: Grid Integration

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Vehicles

December 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation to the Sierra Club's Buena Vista Group, Bakersfield, California 5 December 2015.

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

How the Silent Wind Power Revolution May Contribute to the Danish Energy and Climate Plan

December 2, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Chabot examines Denmark's 2012 policy to address climate change and finds, surprise, that the Danes are well on their way to meeting their objectives--ahead of schedule.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

French Electricity Demand and Contribution by Wind & Solar PV (en francais)

November 30, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Wind covers 3.7% and solar PV 1.3% of 462 TWh of consumption. Wind & solar are seasonally complimentary. With current policies France is unlikely to meet its 2020 targets of 27% renewable energy...

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy

Social acceptance is the invisible barrier for wind power in Mexico

November 30, 2015,   by Juan Mayorga

The most challenging hurdle that the Mexican wind sector faces is the engagement with the local populations that own the land where major wind parks are intended to be set up.

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

The untold story of how windfarms help keep the lights on

November 5, 2015,   by Dave Toke

In fact, buried deep inside regulatory reports there is official recognition that wind power does have substantial equivalent firm capacity.

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

Renewable energy and the need for storage: Lessons to be learned from the situation in Germany

November 5, 2015,   by Martin Tampier

“Up to a renewable electricity share of 60%, the addition of power storage devices is not a condition for the addition of solar PV and wind power plants… Even at high degrees of penetration (90% in...

Category: Grid Integration

Family demands answers over death of diver at off shore wind farm

October 13, 2015,  

The family of a commercial diver from Bebington who died on a dive at an off shore wind farm in Germany are demanding answers.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Siemens, Fluor sentenced after 2010 death of offshore wind worker

October 5, 2015,  

Siemens Windpower A/S and Fluor Ltd were sentenced on Friday and ordered to pay GBP 650,000 (USD 988,000/EUR 876,000) in fines after in 2010 a worker was killed and another seriously injured during...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Two Firms Fined over Offshore Wind Worker Death

October 5, 2015,  

Two companies have been sentenced after a worker was killed and another seriously injured during construction of an offshore wind farm.

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

Small Wind Turbines in Denmark 2015

October 1, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

According to a recent presentation by Danish Small Wind Association there are 1,000 wind turbines less than 25 kW in capacity installed in Denmark, representing a total of 8.6 MW. Small wind turbines...[more]

Category: Small Wind folder, News on Small Wind

Update on the Silent Wind Revolution

September 23, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

This document describes the up-to-date characteristics and performance of the reference wind turbines and wind farms using the principles and the design of the “Silent Wind Power Revolution” (SWR),...

Category: News on Large Wind

Technical Assessment of Small Wind Turbine Power Generation

September 9, 2015,  

This study assesses the feasibility and performance of micro-wind turbines installed at different hub heights at the Toronto and Region Conservation’s Living City Campus wind field test in Vaughan,...

Category: Small Turbine Testing

California Energy Commission Simply Out of Touch

September 4, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

State web site’s banner photo of a wind farm not shot in California.[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

Germany: Operating reserve shrinks during Energiewende

August 13, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Fluctuating wind and solar power are expected to increase the need for dispatchable generators to ramp up and down quickly. So why has the operating reserve shrunk in Germany?

Category: Grid Integration

Firm cited over wind farm death near Elgin, Nebraska

August 13, 2015,  

Federal regulators cited a North Dakota company for a serious safety violation in connection with the death of a 40-year-old crane operator at a wind farm near Elgin, Nebraska.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

You can now get 'wind turbine syndrome' from solar panels and batteries

August 11, 2015,   by Ketan Joshi

As I've expected for some time, there's a new effort to create and propagate health fears around solar power, given the rapid decrease in costs, and the rising threat it poses to incumbent generators...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, News on Solar Energy

Climate Denial and Wind Turbine Syndrome: The Inquisition's Rejection of Science

August 8, 2015,   by Ketan Joshi

There are reasons normally-rational people will angrily reject good science, and credulously believe bad science. We twist ourselves into awkward, dissonant ideological formations, and it seems...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Photos of Mid-America Windmill Museum

August 6, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Visiting Indiana in the summer of 2015, I drove up to Fort Wayne to see my friends John & Cindy Ewing and suggested we check out the museum. The museum has greatly expanded their collections since...

Category: Small Wind folder

British Wind supporters urge government to back small projects

July 29, 2015,   by Priyanka Shrestha

More than 3,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to support small and medium-sized wind projects in the UK.

Category: News on Small Wind, Great Britain

FloDesign-Ogin Diffuser Augmented Turbine (DAWT) in the Wild

July 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

What the photos clearly show is that the prototype has abandoned the lobed mixer-ejector feature that was the hallmark of the design—and the justification for the hype that this turbine would be the...[more]

Category: FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy FloDesign-Ogin

Wind Turbines and Health: A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature

July 22, 2015,   by McCunney, Robert J. MD, MPH; Mundt, Kenneth A. PhD; Colby, W. David MD; Dobie, R

Results: (1) Infrasound sound near wind turbines does not exceed audibility thresholds. (2) Epidemiological studies have shown associations between living near wind turbines and annoyance. (3)...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Health officer says it’s hard to blame wind turbines

July 15, 2015,   by Chris Aldridge

Gretchen Tenbusch, health officer for Huron and Tuscola counties’ health departments, said she had looked at five death certificates of individuals supposedly dying from wind turbines. Her review...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Cosmos: Wind farm syndrome and other imaginary ailments

July 6, 2015,   by Norman Swan

From a scientific standpoint, wind farm syndrome fails the test of cause and effect, which generally has to fulfil two criteria: that harm from infrasound makes biological sense; and that there is a...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Windmill Wildflower Hike Video Stars Locals

June 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has posted a video on youtube.com covering the 2015 Windmill-Wildflower hike sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. The 2015 hike celebrated...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Minimal sound and almost no fury: life in the shadow of Australia's windfarm 'hell'

June 26, 2015,   by Calla Wahlquist

“Makes you wonder what all the fuss is about, really,” he says.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Accentuate the positive: Counteracting psychogenic responses to media health messages in the age of the Internet.

June 24, 2015,   by Fiona Crichton, Keith J. Petrie

Results suggest accessing positively framed health information may reverse or dilute the effect of negative expectations formed from exposure to media warnings about health risks posed by new...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Breaking news: Can the media make you sick?

June 24, 2015,   by Alex Langford, Simon Wessely

The most likely cause of nocebic symptoms is the misattribution of normal and common physical sensations to infrasound. This further heightens monitoring for such sensations, creating a vicious cycle...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Two new renewable energy apps

June 22, 2015,   by Craig Morris

IRENA has come up with a truly amazing app for global renewable energy statistics and information. In addition, an Italian has released an app that helps you find wind farms worldwide.

Category: News on Large Wind

Busting myths: a practical guide to countering science denial

June 11, 2015,   by John Cook

How do we practically achieve that? There are two key elements to refuting misinformation. The first half of a debunking is offering a factual alternative. To understand what I mean by this, you need...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Renewable Energy

Update on German medical investigation of wind power

June 6, 2015,   by Craig Morris

Two weeks ago, we published a review of reports – all of them from outside Germany – on the GMA’s recent resolution on the health impacts of wind turbines. It is worth noting that there have been no...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Debunking Wind Turbine Fads

June 1, 2015,   by Simon Mahan

Fad wind turbines do double duty for anti-renewable energy activists: they perpetuate false negative stereotypes of wind power, and then fail to deliver substantial quantities of clean, cheap power.

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

The Danish system of electricity policy-making and regulation

May 31, 2015,   by Matthew Lockwood

Denmark is a global leader in transforming its energy system to a more sustainable model, with high levels of renewable electricity and heat, and high energy efficiency. Its transformation is not...

Category: Wind in Denmark, Renewable Energy

Worker from Invenergy wind project dies

May 29, 2015,  

A construction worker was killed in an accident Wednesday morning near Invenergy’s 73.5MW Prairie Breeze 2 wind project under construction in Nebraska.

Category: Accidents & Safety

Are German doctors trying to ban wind turbines?

May 27, 2015,   by Ketan Joshi

I've received a response from the German Medical Association - a group that The Australian claims were moving to ban wind turbines in Germany. As I described, they weren't, but I thought I'd check.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind Power USA: A (silent) revolution in the wind sector

May 20, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Over the past few years, a dramatic shift has taken place in the type of wind turbine installed, as the US market shows. The focus is clearly on raising capacity factors by increasing tower height...

Category: News on Large Wind

Crop dusting at Capital Wind Farm

May 18, 2015,   by Infigen

A farmer at the Capital Wind Farm recorded this video and sent it to us - it demonstrates a crop dusting aircraft flying among turbine

Category: Accidents & Safety

Let’s appoint a judge to investigate bizarre wind farm health claims

May 13, 2015,   by Simon Chapman

The judge should request the medical records of complainants from periods both before and after the operation of wind farms, to settle the matter of whether the complaints were sufficiently serious...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Birthday Celebration for the World’s Oldest Operating Wind Turbine

May 9, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

May 30th Danish wind pioneers are gathering at the Tvind school in northwest Jutland to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the start of construction for the world’s oldest operating wind...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Breaks Ground

April 28, 2015,   by Anastasia Pantsios

The Sierra Club was one of a number of groups that lobbied for the project, including the National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation and labor unions, when it was first proposed in 2009....

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

Redirecting Anti-Wind Energy

April 27, 2015,   by Susan Holtz

But many energy and environmental analysts, who see a switch to renewable energy as long overdue, have been dismayed by this hostility to a source of electricity that they see as much more benign in...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind tower manufacturer fined in worker’s death

April 17, 2015,   by Dave Johnson

TSP Canada Towers Inc., a manufacturer of wind towers in Thorold, has pleaded guilty and fined $80,000 after a worker was crushed by components being moved along a line two years ago.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

UGE Wind Turbines Fate Uncertain

April 16, 2015,   by Mike Harris

Costing about $400,000 to purchase and install, the four wind turbines at Rim of the World High School may end up being just an expensive piece of modern art.

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Japan to draft guidelines for disposal of solar, wind power facilities

April 12, 2015,  

The industry ministry have decided to draft guidelines on how to dispose of and recycle decommissioned solar and wind power facilities.

Category: News on Solar Energy, News on Wind Energy, Japan FIT

Boston Globe: Wind power’s future depends on thinking smaller

March 29, 2015,   by Derrick Z. Jackson

Providence-based Deepwater Wind recently secured financing for a long-planned 5-turbine, 30-megawatt pilot project three miles off Block Island. The turbines should be spinning by summer 2016....

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: Backing up wind and nuclear power

March 26, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Nuclear power covered a whopping 87.2 percent of power demand in France and 73.3 percent of power generation in 2013 (the difference stems from power trading). But because France’s nuclear fleet is...

Category: Grid Integration

Renewables International: Solar eclipse: how big was the success?

March 23, 2015,  

Category: Grid Integration, News on Solar Energy

A Tale of Two Turbines and Eiffel’s Tower

March 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

By now everyone has seen the fawning news accounts—several times, no doubt—that a US company has installed two wind turbines inside—yes, inside—the Eiffel Tower.[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Rooftop & Urban Wind

WWEA: New Feed-in Tariffs for Small Wind Coming in Denmark

March 16, 2015,  

The planned remuneration is 0,33 € per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for units up to 10 Kilowatt (kW) and 0,20 €/kWh for up to 25 kW.

Category: Feed-in Tariffs for Small Wind

DLP Wind Turbine Blades Another Idea that Won’t See the Light of Day

March 16, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, folks like me who work in the industry typically dismiss these ideas out of hand. We internalize a lot of processes and out comes, “nope, not going to happen.”[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Plos One: Health Effects Related to Wind Turbine Noise Exposure: A Systematic Review

March 13, 2015,  

Currently, there is no further existing statistically-significant evidence indicating any association between wind turbine noise exposure and tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo or headache.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Shock drop in small-scale wind turbines triggers calls for Feed-in Tariff reform

March 13, 2015,  

The Government has been urged to make urgent changes to the Feed-in Tariff after a new RenewableUK report revealed an alarming 77% drop in the number of new small-scale wind turbines.

Category: Small Wind folder, Great Britain

Renewables International: The race between wind and nuclear

March 12, 2015,   by Bernard Chabot

Normally, Chabot's presentations are quite long and exhaustive. Today, this one is short and sweet – four charts, one for each country, and a single comparison of kilowatt-hours of electricity from...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Wind Energy

Boell: “Seasonal storage not needed for now”

March 10, 2015,   by Craig Morris

In line with previous investigations, such as the one by Fraunhofer ISE, the AEE finds that storage across weeks at a time will “not become relevant until renewables make up at least 60 to 80 percent...

Category: Grid Integration

WWF backs push for more wind power in the Philippines

March 7, 2015,  

Environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is supporting efforts to increase wind power allocation in the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme that gives incentives to renewable energy investments...

Category: News on Large Wind, Philippines FIT

Richard Di Natale on wind power, science and evidence-based policymaking

February 28, 2015,   by Senator Richard Di Natale

Scaremongering about the health effects of wind power is irresponsible. It causes enormous anxiety for some people and it threatens to derail a promising and necessary industry for this country.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Boell: How is Germany integrating and balancing renewable energy today?

February 19, 2015,   by Eric Martinot

The answer is that Germany has so far managed to integrate and balance high shares of renewable energy with very modest changes to its power system. Bigger changes will be necessary in the future,...

Category: Grid Integration

Some Air: Bad Science Reporting Causes Real Harm

February 17, 2015,   by Ketan Joshi

Spreading health fears can itself result in harm. A BBC Panorama report on the 'health dangers of wifi' warped a collection of already-flawed 'studies' to present the theory that WiFi causes health...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Let’s get real about cute little wind turbines

February 16, 2015,   by Lloyd Alter

After years of writing about turbines that never came on to the market, and some where the promoters went to jail, and a whole lot of reading, I decided that perhaps this is one of those green gizmo...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Annual hike provides a taste of Wild and wind power

February 13, 2015,   by Carl Levesque

Make no mistake, though, it’s a real hike, not the cliché walk in the park. The six-mile trip is rated moderate by seasoned hikers, but it has steep uphill and downhill segments, organizers caution.

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

Guardian: Wind farm study finds 'no direct evidence' they affect health

February 11, 2015,   by Calla Wahlquist

The Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health information paper was released on Wednesday and is the result of a review of more than 4,000 documents on the connection between wind farms and health.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Anti-Vaccine Movement Should Be Ridiculed, Because Shame Works

February 6, 2015,   by Matt Novak

By now I'm sure you know the score. America's anti-vaccination movement has steamrolled its way across the country, leaving a trail of sick people in its wake. Measles is back. Whooping cough is...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Guardian: 'It's never the science itself': why the right questions climate and vaccines

February 5, 2015,   by Suzanne Goldenberg

Creationism, climate denial and anti-vaccination rage: long before the measles outbreak in the US, a deep mistrust of scientists infected some strands of the American conservative movement.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Renewable Energy

The Unknown Wind Turbine of San Francisco Bay or Angel Island State Park’s Enertech E44

February 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, there’s a wind turbine in San Francisco Bay. It’s probably one of only two commercial wind turbines in all of Marin County. Yes, it’s in a state park too. It’s been there for more than three...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Rooftop & Urban Wind

Bay Area Wind Turbines (No, the Other Bay)

February 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Boston and the communities around Boston Harbor have more commercial wind turbines than the entire San Francisco Bay, including one 1.5 MW wind turbine within Boston's urban core. Yes, it's a real...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Rooftop & Urban Wind

Renewables International: New German wind growth record in 2014

January 30, 2015,   by Craig Morris

According to data released yesterday by German wind power association BWE and German engineering association VDMA (PDF), the country installed 4,750 megawatts of onshore capacity last year, up more...

Category: News on Large Wind

Guardian: Fossil fuel firms accused of renewable lobby takeover to push gas

January 22, 2015,   by Arthur Neslen

Big energy firms such as Total, Iberdrola, E.On and Enel have together adopted a dominant position in trade bodies such as the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and European Photovoltaic...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Fossil Fuels

30th Annual Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi May 9th

January 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Tehachapi’s Windmill-Wildflower Hike is one of the longest-running such events anywhere in the world. Nearly a thousand people, from children to octogenarians, have taken the six-mile walk across...[more]

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

SWCC: IRS Issues New Guidance for Small Wind Turbines to Qualify for 30% Tax Credit

January 21, 2015,   by Heather Rhoads-Weaver

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a notice providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines in order to qualify for the 30% federal...

Category: Small Wind folder, LEED LEED

Energinet/DK: 39.1% of Danes’ electricity consumption was covered by Danish wind turbines in 2014

January 20, 2015,  

In 2014, Danish wind turbines supplied what corresponds to 39.1% of Danes’ electricity consumption. This is a new record. As in the previous five years, more power was covered by land-based wind...

Category: News on Large Wind

Power Grid Integration and Balancing of Renewables–Cases of Germany, California, Denmark

January 15, 2015,   by Eric Martinot

Many power grids around the world are already transitioning to high shares of renewables. The cases of Germany, California, and Denmark are among the leading examples. Germany has already reached a...

Category: Grid Integration

Wind Turbine Parasitic Consumption

January 13, 2015,   by Ketan Joshi

For the turbine in question, consumption was around 0.1% of total generation – so next time you see a story telling you that turbines are drawing power from the grid- stop and ask: “how much,...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind roars on in Germany

January 13, 2015,   by Craig Morris

German wind power production hit a new record level in 2014, though it only rose slightly – by around one percent to 52.4 TWh.

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Turbines Go to Court--and Win!

January 12, 2015,   by Robert Knox

The Court dismissed all the appeals. In effect, the Court has confirmed the constitutional validity of the Ontario overnment’s system for approving and regulating wind turbines. The Court’s decision...

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

Wind into the Grid--A Review

January 7, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Wind into the Grid by Günther Hacker is an E-book in English about his experience trying to use a small wind turbine for his home in Germany.[more]

Category: book Reviews, Small Wind folder

Renewables International: “Germany cannot get 0.9 percent of its electricity from wind power”

January 7, 2015,   by Craig Morris

An ad in Die Zeit from 22 June 1990 posted by a German nuclear organization shows how greatly wind power was underestimated. And how nuclear never lived up to the dreams of its supporters.

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

WIND BEWEGT: Kleine Windräder bauen Vom Miniwindrad bis zum Stromerzeuger

January 6, 2015,   by Günther Hacker und Gabriele Jerke

An E-book by Günther Hacker in German is ideal for home wind experiments. Science teachers with a modicum of German will find it a font of simple wind devices that can be made from craft materials.[more]

Category: Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Small Wind folder

Creators Syndicate: The Rich and Their Anti-Vaccine Quacks

January 6, 2015,   by Froma Harrop

There's also the quaint notion of shared responsibility for the public health. Such arguments get drowned in the nasty propaganda of anti-vaccination groups with neutral names. We speak of the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

8 Reasons to be Skeptical of the “Tree” Wind Turbine

January 5, 2015,   by Simon Mahan

While it’s great that innovators are still evaluating different ways to produce clean power, don’t lose sight of how amazing the more mainstream technologies already are: Electricity from the air and...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

2014 Ontario Wind Output Sets Record, Exceeds 5%

January 1, 2015,   by Glen Estill

Ontario’s build out of wind capacity continues to increase the output of Ontario’s wind farms. The output rose from 5.9 TWh to 7.7 TWh, an increase of 30%. Wind supplied about 5.5% of Ontario’s...

Category: News on Large Wind

Ontario families lose court bid to stop wind turbines

December 29, 2014,   by Diana Mehta

“It was clear from the Tribunals’ decisions … that they assessed and weighed the evidence of the post-turbine witnesses in light of the expert medical evidence which they heard,” the judges wrote.

Category: News on Large Wind

Guardian: Removal of anti-windfarm group's charity status is a 'victory for science'

December 18, 2014,   by Shalailah Medhora

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) advised the Waubra Foundation that its status as a health promotion charity had been revoked earlier this month. The status gave the...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Risk of autism linked to air pollution

December 18, 2014,  

Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind offers a healthy way to generate power

December 11, 2014,   by David Suzuki

To reduce global greenhouse gas emissions at a pace and scale that experts agree is necessary to avoid increasing catastrophic effects of global warming, we need a mix of renewable energy. Wind power...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: What happens when the price of oil starts to rise again?

December 9, 2014,   by Philipp Schmagold

For example, in mathematical terms, if over a 20 year period a wind turbine produces 7 million kWh of electricity annually, its construction will consume approximately 3.5 million kilowatt hours — or...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Globe & Mail: Wind turbines have little impact on property values, study concludes

December 7, 2014,   by Colin Perkel

Wind turbines generally have little effect on the value of nearby properties with possibly isolated exceptions, a recent study of thousands of home and farm sales has found.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind turbines – there’s more to planning than getting permission

December 3, 2014,   by Suzie Horne

Getting planning permission for a wind turbine can be a daunting task, however there are many post-planning and other issues to consider too, explains Tori Heaton, planning manager at installer and...

Category: News on Large Wind, Great Britain

Study: Rural communities embrace wind power development

December 2, 2014,   by Herman K. Trabish

Residents in two South Dakota counties expressed satisfaction with the opportunities wind development brought to their communities by two very different wind projects. Of 238 respondents, divided...

Category: News on Large Wind

Crimey! MORE Green Going Wrong: Ford to install VAWTs at dealerships

November 27, 2014,   by Kimberly King

I also went to the vendor’s, Wind Energy Corporation’s web site, and all I could locate was a single landing page. Red flag #1. I also searched for Jack Phillips on Linkedin and his background is...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

CleanTehcnica: If You’re A Wind Lover, This App Is For You

November 21, 2014,   by Zachary Shahan

The first cool thing that jumped out to me while using the app was: “Wow, there are a lot of wind farms around here!” I knew Poland wasn’t bad with regards to wind power, and that Germany had a good...

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: Bavaria against wind power

November 20, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Bavaria has the most PV installed of any German state. But southern Germany is going to lose quite a bit of nuclear power by the end of 2022, so Bavaria cannot do without wind power. It is hard to...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Philippines EDC may increase wind power output

November 14, 2014,  

“Based on the concessions that we currently have, including Iloilo and the ones in Ilocos Norte, I think there’s a potential of about 550 MW,” EDC president Richard Tantoco told reporters Thursday...

Category: Philippines FIT, News on Large Wind

The Courier: Wind turbine distance no real problem

November 14, 2014,   by WILLIAM VALLELY

Mount Mercer’s 64 turbines became operational in the middle of this year and a family living about one kilometre away is unsure “what the fuss is all about”. “We barely hear them,” said Stephen Kent,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Ethics training mandated, fine levied against dentist following service withdrawal over wind turbine stance

November 12, 2014,  

“Dr. Studzienny pled guilty to professional misconduct in four complaints,” said Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario Registrar Irwin Fefergrad when contacted Monday. Dr. Fefergrad said that...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The link between health complaints and wind turbines: support for the nocebo expectations hypothesis

November 11, 2014,   by Fiona Crichton

The worldwide expansion of wind energy has met with opposition based on concerns that the infrasound generated by wind turbines causes health problems in nearby residents. In this paper, we argue...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Legal Requirements for Human-Health based appeals of Wind Energy Projects in Ontario

November 7, 2014,   by Albert Engel

To date, the evidence has been insufficient to support the revocation of a wind facility approval. This article reviews the legal basis for the dismissal of human-health based appeals.

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: The Energiewende is not just solar

November 5, 2014,   by Craig Morris

The Pew Charitable Trust makes the same mistake, essentially conflating throwing money at a problem with policy support. The main purpose of feed-in tariffs (offered for all renewable electricity,...

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy

Advancing wind power as fast as possible

October 24, 2014,   by Bernard Chabot

Bernard Chabot is back today with a comparison of three scenarios published by GWEC and two of his own published by the WWEA. The scenarios show that one strategy would be best for the short term;...

Category: News on Large Wind

Pocket English-German Wind Dictionary: Taschenwörterbuch Windenergietechnik

October 23, 2014,   by Alistair A. Tarwid

The pocket bilingual dictionary is published by OffTEC, a leading provider of training courses for onshore and offshore wind industries. The dictionary is designed for trainee wind turbine service...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

How more nuclear will waste wind power

October 7, 2014,   by Dave Toke

The big waste comes with the nuclear investment. The problem with the ability of the electricity system to absorb more variable wind power supplies lies with the inability, and unwillingness, of...

Category: Nuclear Power, News on Wind Energy

The Almost Forgotten Story Of The 1970s East Village Windmill

September 29, 2014,   by Shayla Love

I first heard of the East 11th Street windmill in hushed voices, over cafe con leches at a Cuban restaurant on Avenue C.

Category: News on Small Wind, History of Wind Power

Fiscally and morally bankrupt: the cost of fighting wind farms

September 16, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Instead Forest has spent over $500,000 of its taxpayers’ money to fight close to $600,000 in annual increases in local wealth. Does anyone really think that the citizens of Forest were fully informed...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Rand and Ambrose’s Falmouth study is noise, not signal

September 15, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Stephen Ambrose and Robert Rand are US acousticians who believe that wind turbine noise is somehow uniquely making people sick. In 2011, they were contracted by Bruce McPherson, a Falmouth...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: The golf-course potential of wind power in Japan

September 15, 2014,   by Thomas Gerke

Densely populated Japan is home to a mind-boggling number of golf courses. With so much land set aside for golf, how much wind power could be produced from the land area covered by golf courses in...

Category: News on Large Wind

Etwas Luft: Belief in 'Wind Turbine Syndrome' seems unrelated to the presence of wind energy

September 9, 2014,   by Kethan Joshi

"The highest percentage believing [claims about wind turbine syndrome] (21 percent) was in Wisconsin, a state which has far fewer wind farms and where some political leaders have in recent years been...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

LA Times: Plunge in kindergartners' vaccination rate worries health officials

September 2, 2014,   by Paloma Esquivel, Sandra Poindexter

California parents are deciding against vaccinating their kindergarten-age children at twice the rate they did seven years ago, a fact public health experts said is contributing to the reemergence of...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Boell: German grid more stable in 2013

August 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris

In other words, since 2006 we have witnessed a stabilization of Germany’s impressively reliable grid even as some 35 gigawatts of solar and 35 gigawatts of wind were installed on a grid with peak...

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

Renewables International: The value of wind power - balancing costs

August 20, 2014,   by Jérôme Guillet and John Evans

This is what feed-in tariffs do, fundamentally, by setting a fixed price for wind production which is high enough to reassure producers on their initial investment, and low enough to provide a hedge...

Category: Grid Integration

Renewables International: The cost of wind

August 19, 2014,   by Jérôme Guillet and John Evans

That is the point of feed-in tariffs, which provide stable, predictable revenue to wind producers, and ensure that their maximum production is injected into the system at all times, which influences...

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Grid Integration, News on Large Wind

EPI: Wind Health Impacts Dismissed in Court

August 14, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Wind health impacts have been dismissed in courts across the globe. This Energy and Policy Institute report assesses legal cases in five English-speaking countries pertaining to wind energy. The...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Effects of Wind Turbines on Property Values in Ontario: Does Public Perception Match Empirical Evidence?

August 14, 2014,   by Richard J. Vyn and Ryan M. McCullough

. . . suggest that these wind turbines have not significantly impacted nearby property values. Thus, these results do not corroborate the concerns raised by residents regarding potential negative...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Onshore wind much more popular among public than nuclear or shale gas says DECC survey

August 12, 2014,   by Dave Toke

. . . support for onshore wind among the public is 67 per cent, with just 11 per cent opposed. Solar power is the most popular renewable fuel (82 per cent support) with offshore wind a bit ahead of...

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

ReNewEconomy: Wind energy to rescue as EDF takes part of UK’s nuclear fleet offline

August 12, 2014,   by Giles Parkinson

According to the FT, National Grid said the closures should not affect the UK’s energy supply. “Demand is low at this time of year, and a lot of wind power is being generated right now,” it said.

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power

Le Monde: Les chemtrails, un hoax climato-complotiste persistant

August 11, 2014,   by Audrey Garric

Il est par contre possible d'expliquer ce que sont véritablement ces vapeurs de condensation qui se forment dans le sillage des avions, les contrails, étudiées par les scientifiques depuis les années...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Pseudoscience: When You Really, Really Really Hate Data and Deduction

August 11, 2014,   by Ketan Joshi

The denial of deduction and causation is a necessary component in the concrete acceptance of extremely weak hypotheses, such as those underlying homeopathy, anti-vaccination fear-mongering,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Conservative Forces at Work: The Opposition to Wind power in Australia

August 6, 2014,   by Neil Barrett

In the short to medium term the fossil fuel interests and their supporters – both witting and unwitting — are fighting the battle of their corporate lives to preserve the privileged position they’ve...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Fossil Fuels

A Re-Evaluation Of The Wind Concerns Ontario Health Survey

July 28, 2014,   by Malcolm Hamilton

The conclusion is that the symptoms reported for people living near wind turbines identified by the WCO survey are not significantly different than those experienced by the general population, i.e....

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

ReNewEconomy: Abandoning homes due to wind farms: the deep fragrance of factoid

July 25, 2014,   by Simon Chapman

My paper concluded that the claim was a factoid promoted by wind farm opponents for dramatic, rhetorical impact. The claim sits alongside other contestable claims made by wind farm opponents,...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

Sheerwind Invelox: all hype, no substance

July 8, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Sheerwind makes radically inappropriate comparisons between their long-disproven approach to wind generation and actually useful wind generation. The numbers show that they are likely about eighteen...

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, Sheerwind-Invelox

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

Renewables International: Germany hits 50 percent solar, Ireland 50 percent wind

June 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Interestingly, Ireland recently saw its share of wind power peak at 50 percent of power demand, an issue that went largely unreported (why is everyone so focused on Germany?).

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy, News on Large Wind

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

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern First German State to Produce 100 Percent RE

June 24, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The former East German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern became the first German state to generate more electricity with renewable energy than its own domestic consumption. In 2013 the state on the...[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Frontiers in Public Health: Wind turbines and human health

June 19, 2014,   by Loren D. Knopper, Christopher A. Ollson, et all

Based on the findings and scientific merit of the available studies, the weight of evidence suggests that when sited properly, wind turbines are not related to adverse health. Stemming from this...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

GSE: Italy to Maintain FIT for Small Wind Turbines

June 18, 2014,  

The tariff for small wind between 20 and 200kW for all the connected turbines in 2014 and 2015 will remain 0.268 €/kWh

Category: Italy FIT, Small Wind folder

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

Wind Action Group: Ontario 2014 Election - The Wind Turbines Won!

June 13, 2014,   by Dave Bradley

Looks like the Wind Turbines won! Overall, supporters of renewable energy landed almost 70% of the vote, and the PC's, who made a big campaign issue of killing off renewable energy via the Green...

Category: News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

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

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

Philippine government considers more wind power

May 26, 2014,   by Claire-Ann C. Feliciano

The government is considering increasing the capacity allocation for wind power projects under the feed-in tariff (FiT) program.

Category: Philippines FIT, News on Large Wind

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

Ecotricity buys Evance out of administration

May 16, 2014,  

Evance have an innovative new windmill design 90% of the way through development and nearing the production stage, following the manufacture and supply of almost 2,000 of smaller windmills –between...

Category: Small Wind folder

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

Quiet Revolution Goes Quiet: Maker of QR5 VAWT Files for Bankruptcy

May 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Quiet Revolution, the one-time manufacturer of an architecturally dramatic helical wind turbine, filed for bankruptcy on 15 April in London. Note: The following is adapted from the forthcoming...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, News on Small Wind

DECC survey reveals massive support for onshore wind compared to nuclear and fracking

April 29, 2014,   by Dave Toke

As detailed below, the Government's survey shows that the public is much more supportive of onshore wind - the technology they are determined to curb - compared to the technologies to which they want...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

DBJ: El Centro College puts Dallas' first wind turbines on the roof

April 28, 2014,   by Nicholas Sakelaris

The college installed 80 miniature wind turbines on the roof of the nine-story building last week. . . for $240,000 . . .

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History

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

Poor Comparison Between Small VAWT and Small HAWT: UGE’s VisionAIR Pushing the Limits. . . of Hype

April 23, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

In the spring of 2014, Urban Green Energy (UGE) announced with much fanfare that they had completed third-party performance testing on a new product, the VisionAIR wind turbine. As press releases for...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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

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

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines: Great In 1890, Also-rans In 2014

April 7, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) continue to get attention, press and R&D funding. Antagonists of mainstream wind generation continually point at them as if they were a superior technology. People...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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

WWEA: 2014 Small Wind Report

March 24, 2014,  

The world market for small wind has continued to grow: As of the end of 2012, a cumulative total of at least 806’000 small wind turbines were installed all over the world. This is an increase of 10 %...

Category: Small Wind folder

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

EPI: Generation Gap: Wind Opens Big Lead over Nuclear in China

March 4, 2014,   by J. Matthew Roney

In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012, by a narrow margin. Then in 2013, wind...

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power

RenewableUK: The effect of wind farms on house prices

March 1, 2014,   by RenewableUK and Cebr

Our analysis of the raw house price data for transactions completed within the vicinity of the wind farms yielded no evidence that prices had been affected by either the announcement, construction or...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

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

Gipe Endorses “Wind Moves Us” Campaign in Germany

February 20, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

In solidarity with BWE, I’ve endorsed their campaign by taking the small step of including one of their themes in the banner of my web site. I’ve posted one banner in the original German and one...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, Renewable Energy

Presentation on Electricity Rebellion--Democratizing Generation with Renewable Energy

February 19, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Claims that aging wind farms are a bad investment blown away by new research

February 19, 2014,   by Imperial College London

In a new study, researchers carried out an analysis using local wind speed data from NASA, and showed that the turbines will last their full life of about 25 years before they need to be upgraded.

Category: News on Large Wind

Vertical axis wind turbines aren’t replacing horizontal axis offshore turbines

February 18, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Over the past few months, an interesting wrinkle on the vertical-axis-wind-turbines-are-better mythology has surfaced: that they are superior offshore and that many countries are investing heavily in...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind

Honeywell Windtronics--ACE Hardware’s Revenge

February 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It was an odd call. An ACE hardware store deep in Michigan called with a request for parts to the infamous Honeywell Windtronics “wind turbine”. Naturally I was curious why an ACE hardware store was...[more]

Category: Windtronics

Business Day: Super DAWT investment winded by critics

February 16, 2014,   by Matt Nippert

A wind energy firms' claims it will revolutionise wind power have been questioned by critics following a US$55 million investment in it by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, FloDesign-Ogin FloDesign-Ogin

FloDesign-Ogin Some Brief Comments

February 12, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. It is provided here in the public interest because of recent controversy surrounding FloDesign and...[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, FloDesign-Ogin, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines FloDesign-Ogin

GET: German Feed-in tariffs do not guarantee anything

February 11, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Feed-in tariffs only pay for power produced, which depends on the weather – and no one can guarantee that.

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, News on Large Wind

Baseload Nuclear Plants?

February 11, 2014,   by Glen Estill

But today, 5 out of 16 of the nuclear plants are off line (source: Sygration ). That is 27% of our nuclear capacity, or 3400 MW. The nuclear units that are off line are 50% more than the total...

Category: Nuclear Power, Grid Integration

ABS: Renewable energy plants to soon plug power shortage

February 9, 2014,  

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has finally approved the Feed in Tariff (FIT) Disbursement and Collections Guidelines, which will pave the way for an additional 320 megawatts of much needed...

Category: Philippines FIT, Grid Integration

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

Anti-wind Experts: a species that is actually endangered by wind energy

February 5, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

Over the past five years, a few anti-wind campaigners with credentials unrelated to wind energy and its purported effects on humans have attempted to bootstrap themselves into the role of expert...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

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

Vortec 7 DAWT Summary of Test Results

January 11, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

This summary reflects my view at the time. Key participants were acknowledging the technical failure of Vortec 7, but they couched their failure in arcane technical language at arcane conferences. [more]

Category: Vortec, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines Vortec

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