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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

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

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

Sheerwind Invelox: an informed look

June 23, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

The Sheerwind had never made any of their data and assessments public, so there was no meat to chew on, just hyperbolic statements in the popular press not dissimilar to the oddly aggrandizing...

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines

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

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

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

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

Honneywell 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 Honneywell Windtronics “wind turbine”. Naturally I was curious why an ACE hardware store...[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 Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Community. It is provided here in the public interest because of recent controversy...[more]

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

Massachusetts Study Finds Property Values Increase Slightly Near Operating Wind Turbines

January 9, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Relationship between Wind Turbines and Residential Property Values in Massachusetts

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

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

New Smith-Putnam Records Uncovered Include Log Books

January 8, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Making sense of Makani's [Kite] Claims for Paul Gipe

January 8, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

I am an advocate of the rapid development of massive amounts of renewable energy. I don’t see kites in that anytime soon. . .[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Ontario Tribunal dismisses health scares and health scarers

January 8, 2014,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Star Phoenix: Your anti-wind hot air deflector

January 7, 2014,   by Paul Hanley

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

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

No More Coal Being Burned in Ontario: Happy New Year

January 1, 2014,   by Glen Estill

Between 1 and 2 PM, December 31 2013, the last coal fired generating station in Ontario stopped producing power. No more coal will be burned in Ontario to produce power. The coal shutdown is the...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, Ontario FIT

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

December 27, 2013,   by Miles Grant

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Guelph Mercury: Canada getting blown away by wind power

December 23, 2013,   by Owen Roberts

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Elia: Belgian Wind-power generation data

December 9, 2013,  

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

Category: Grid Integration

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

December 9, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Acceptance of wind turbines increases with familiarity

December 5, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

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

British Announce “Strike Price” for Renewables & Renewable Heat

December 4, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Highest Wind Prices in Europe—But Are They Too High?[more]

Category: Great Britain, News on Large Wind

Grand Jury Indictment of James Alan Rowan of Mag-Wind

November 29, 2013,  

Grand Jury for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Southern Division indictment of James Alan Rowan of Mag-Wind, Enviro-Energies.[more]

Category: Mag-Wind

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

November 28, 2013,   by David Mark

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

November 27, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

November 27, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

AWEA Uses Photos from Gipe Collection

November 25, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Rebuttal to Another Eggbeater Oh My--Saskatoon’s Lux

November 15, 2013,   by Glen Lux

Thank you for your critique on the CBC article. I do not expect to get praise or support from anyone in the wind industry for the efforts that I have made, but I do wish you and others, would keep an...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Feed-in Tariffs & Massachusetts Offshore Feed-in Tariff (MORFIT)

November 14, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation on the growth of wind energy worldwide, philosophy of feed-in tariff policies, feed-in tariff design, and feed-in tariffs for offshore wind and examples of near shore and offshore...

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, News on Feed in Tariffs, News on Large Wind

Renewables International: Little NIMBYism among Swiss public for wind turbines

November 13, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: News on Large Wind

The Art of Advanced Renewable Tariffs Systems (ARTs) Design: Some Lessons from Past and Ongoing Experiences

November 12, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

International energy policy consultant Bernard Chabot's detailed briefing on how to define a targeted fair and sufficiently attractive profitability for investors through Feed-in Tariffs using the...[more]

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Economic Calculations

Another Eggbeater Oh My--Saskatoon’s Lux: More Over-the-top VAWT Hype

November 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

It must be a slow news week out on the Canadian Prairies. No big city mayor smoking crack or threatening to kill someone in Saskatchewan to grab attention. Instead they’re touting another—yes...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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

November 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Sky Windpower’s high-altitude wind generation system will likely fail to launch

November 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Sky Windpower’s proposed high-altitude wind generation solution raises major concerns. . .

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Google’s Makani airborne wind generator flies a bit lower when you look at it closely

October 31, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Makani has a long way to go before operation of an offshore wind farm of these devices is shown to be cheaper per unit of electricity than an equivalent HAWT farm. . . And they still have to get...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Wind Energy and Friends of the Earth in Kassel, Germany--Some Observations

October 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Over the years I’ve noted more than once the observation that most major environmental groups in Germany give a full-throated endorsement of renewable energy, the energiewende, and wind energy in...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, News on Community Power, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch

Wind Power history blows away Ed Davey's excuse for giving short contracts to renewables

October 30, 2013,   by Dave Toke

Ed Davey's excuse for limiting wind power contracts to 15 years whilst Hinkley C gets a whopping 35 year contract is blown away by some elementary history checking. Lots of wind turbines in Altamont...

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

New Entries in Cultural Icons of Wind Turbines

October 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

PJM Grid Integration Study

October 28, 2013,  

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

Category: Grid Integration

FBI: Canadian Indicted for Securities and Wire Fraud Touting Mag-Wind

October 24, 2013,  

United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that on October 18, 2013, a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina returned a two-count indictment charging JAMES ALAN ROWAN with securities...[more]

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

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

October 23, 2013,   by Jo Blakemore

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

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

Makani Kite Turbines Response

October 23, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I haven’t paid much attention to Makani, just as I haven’t paid much attention to other kite designs. And yes, there are quite a few “kite wind turbines” besides Makani, either in the press, under...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Britain Surpasses 100 MW of Small Wind

October 22, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

While the British government’s inexplicable decision to build two new nuclear reactors has dominated the headlines, Great Britain has meanwhile achieved two little-heralded milestones in renewable...[more]

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

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

October 22, 2013,   by John Upton

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables UK: Small and Medium Wind UK Market Report 2013

October 17, 2013,  

Small and medium wind turbine installations had a total generating capacity of over 102MW at the end of 2012. For the fourth year in a row, the biggest growth in installed capacity was observed in...

Category: News on Small Wind

Earth Techling: Wind Turbine Bird Threat Overstated, Study Suggests

October 6, 2013,   by Pete Danko

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

Category: News on Large Wind

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

October 5, 2013,   by Neil Barrett

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

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

VAD: Vibro Acoustic Disease or Venal Arrogant Distortion?

October 4, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

October 1, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

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

Category: Grid Integration

Renewables International: People for wind power

September 30, 2013,   by Craig Morris

In Scotland, the first 100 percent co-op-owned wind turbine is going up, and in Australia, a new video shows how much locals enjoy the wind turbines on their land.

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

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

September 30, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

CBC: 9 leading causes of bird deaths in Canada

September 30, 2013,  

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

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

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

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

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

Category: News on Large Wind

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

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

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

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

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

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

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

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

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

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

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

September 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

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

September 23, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

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

Category: Grid Integration

CBC: 7,500 bird deaths at gas plant unusual

September 19, 2013,  

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind turbines are sonic weapons if feathers are speeding trucks

September 17, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Wind turbine syndrome: farm hosts tell very different story

September 17, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

September 12, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Atlantic: What Witchcraft Is Facebook?

September 11, 2013,   by Laura Dimon

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Esperance Wind farms take precedence in utility generation

September 11, 2013,   by Neville Selby

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

Questionable Turbines and Siting Give Architects, LEED, Green Builders, and Wind Bad Name

September 9, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Updated with a photo of the 18 Venger V2 Savonius turbines on the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[more]

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

ReNew Economy: Why new technology often attracts bad science

September 4, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

August 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Iceland Review: Icelanders Support Wind Energy Poll Shows

August 30, 2013,  

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

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

Wind Power Teaching Support Materials Exchange

August 30, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Wind Training Courses

Windtech: New IEC3A Wind Turbines

August 29, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Esperance Wind-Diesel System Passes 20-Year Anniversary

August 26, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

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

August 26, 2013,   by Shane Cross

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

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

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

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

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: Renewable Energy for Electricity in California in 2012 and its Future Role

August 19, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has published on August 1, 2013 the 2012 data for the whole California power system [1]. This analysis completes the preliminary analysis from the California...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Renew Economy: How wind displaced coal in Spain

August 18, 2013,   by Giles Parkinson

Goldman Sachs says Spain is a good example of how increases in renewable energy production has to be offset by a lower average load among fossil fuel plants. “Rising generation from solar plants in...

Category: Renewable Energy, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Baseload power is a myth: even intermittent renewables will work

August 10, 2013,   by Mark Diesendorf

In a previous article for The Conversation I reported on the initial results of computer simulations by a research team at the University of New South Wales that busted the myth that renewable energy...

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

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

August 9, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Grid Integration, News on Large Wind

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

August 8, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

August 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Decommissioning and Dismantling Wind Turbines and Wind Plants

August 4, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Wind farm scare tactics blown away

August 3, 2013,   by Coral Wynter

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Specific Rated Capacity of Wind Turbines in the 1980s

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Measures of Wind Turbine Productivity

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Turbine Rating

August 2, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: Impact of wind turbines on tourism

August 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

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

Renewables International: Impact of wind turbines on tourism

August 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

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

Wind Farm Noise Complaints Downunder Related to Aesthetic Concerns

August 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

August 1, 2013,   by Lyn Harrison

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

Category: News on Large Wind, Grid Integration

Wind Energy Setbacks & Noise Complaints in Alberta 2000-2013

July 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

July 30, 2013,   by Robin Whitlock

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

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

Enterprise-Bulletin: Judge awards costs to wind company

July 27, 2013,   by Morgan Ian Adams

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

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

Pembina: Study finds Albertans file few complaints about wind power

July 26, 2013,   by Benjamin Thibault

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

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

Toronto Star: Fairview wind farm opponents must pay legal costs

July 25, 2013,   by John Spears

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Gizmag: Are "school of fish" turbine arrays a red herring?

July 23, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Following the latest round of coverage, Gizmag takes a deeper look at his concept, and wonders whether the idea of packing turbines into as tight a space as possible might overlook some wind energy...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Mariah Windspire

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

July 23, 2013,   by John Quiggin

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

LA Times: Putting more wind power on the grid

July 22, 2013,   by The Times editorial board

Wind turbines tend to be overshadowed by solar power projects, which get most of the attention from the public and policymakers. . . Despite its second-class status, wind is a much bigger producer of...

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

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

July 22, 2013,  

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

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

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

July 22, 2013,   by Norman DeBono

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

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

Hometown Wind Farm A Wildcat

July 21, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Genoa Township plans to tear down 3-year-old Windspire wind turbines

July 16, 2013,   by -Lindsay Hall, Michigan Radio Newsroom

The Genoa Township Board says the turbines are hazardous and have sent aluminum parts flying into surrounding areas on windy days.

Category: Mariah Windspire

Now Danish Feed in Tariff and Tax Break for Gaia-Wind Turbines

July 16, 2013,  

In addition to the market price, Gaia-Wind turbine owners will now get a feed in tariff premium of øre250/kWh (approx. 0.35 EUR/kWh).

Category: Feed-in Tariffs for Small Wind

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

July 15, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

RECharge: Diver dies at Riffgat wind project

July 15, 2013,   by Bernd Radowitz

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

Category: Accidents & Safety

Wind Cube Squarely Over the Top (Now Re-Branded as Wind Sphere)

July 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Is this another example of Federal capital subsidies driving exceptionally overpriced "wind turbines"?[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

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

July 7, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Iceland Introduces Wind Turbines

July 6, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

DAWT Rebranding as Compact wind acceleration turbine

July 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

WARNING: There’s an attempt to rebrand Diffuser-Augmented Wind Turbines (DAWT), also known as Shrouded Wind Turbines as Compact wind acceleration turbine. Why this is so isn’t clear. It is possible...[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines

Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine Theory--Some Comments

July 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In the past I’ve singled out what are variously called Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbines (DAWT) or Shrouded Rotors for derision. Wind turbine engineers, manufacturers of commercial wind turbines,...[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines

Renewables International: Renewables and California's heat wave

July 2, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

Just as power demand is peaking in the area, California is losing its nuclear plants. At the beginning of June, a decision was made not to reopen the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant, and just this...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Small Wind Conference Gives Gipe Lifetime Achievement Award

July 2, 2013,  

The Small Wind Conference presented Paul Gipe with its first Lifetime Achievement Award on 19 June 2013 at its annual award ceremony in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.[more]

Category: Small Wind folder

Taylor University Endurance Turbines—Busman’s Holiday

July 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I was making the rounds to Upland, Indiana as part of a family reunion. We’d just stuffed ourselves on ice cream at Ivanhoe’s, an ice cream parlor worth the drive from our hometown of...[more]

Category: Small Wind folder

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

July 1, 2013,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The Scientist: Worried Sick

July 1, 2013,   by Megan Scudellari

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Mein Gott! Costly VAWT Installed on Cologne High-Rise

July 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’ve written a lot about the folly of “building integrated” wind turbines, or the corollary, roof top wind turbines. It’s a plague here in the US, Britain, and the Netherlands. To reiterate, the...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

WPM: Finding the optimum low-wind design combination

July 1, 2013,   by Eize de Vries

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Urban Wind Another Example--Union City Indiana

June 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, News on Community Power

Another Poorly Sited Hoosier VAWT Vying for Worst Turbine Install

June 29, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Hoosiers have definitely drunk the cool-aid. Worse, it's another example of architectural greenwashing. According local press reports the Nature Conservancy has installed the "crown jewel" of its...[more]

Category: Worst Turbine Install in History, News on Small Wind, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

Earth Techling: Making Small Wind Work Takes Big Planning

June 29, 2013,   by Pete Danko

It’s a lovely thought, small wind turbines providing clean supplemental power at your home or in your community. But you don’t have to go far to find tales of small-wind woe, with newfangled...

Category: News on Small Wind

SkyWolf Wind Turbines

June 28, 2013,  

Gerald Brock, the "inventor" of Windtamer is back at it with a new company using the same Windtamer design.

Category: Windtamer

Arista Power: WindTamer 4.5 GT

June 28, 2013,  

The Windtamer turbine was still being promoted on Arista Power's web site.

Category: Windtamer

Defunct Windspire Wins Greenwashing Award

June 28, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In the annals of greenwashing, no wind turbine company has done more to develop the technique to a fine art. It’s as if the company’s entire business model was built on finding participants who...[more]

Category: Mariah Windspire, LEED LEED

Honneywell Windtronics Kaputt--Finally an End to a Sad Saga of a “Revolutionary Roof Top Wind Turbine”

June 28, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The true tragedy of this sad saga is that anyone with a modicum of technical expertise would easily have seen that the entire edifice was built upon a fundamentally flawed design with a business...[more]

Category: Windtronics

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

June 27, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Conspiracy, Control and The Dark Corners of the Internet

June 26, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Toronto Star: Doctors urge province to ramp-up renewable energy

June 21, 2013,   by Dr. David Colby Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, and Gideon Forman

Solar and wind generation do not contribute to climate change, respiratory illness, brain damage or cancer.

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

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

June 18, 2013,   by Sandi Keane

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Sunny or Cloudy weather: which impact on electricity from wind and solar?

June 17, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

From January to May 2013, Germany weather was very different from other years, mainly with less sun than average. To assess if those exceptional conditions had an important impact on electricity...

Category: Grid Integration

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

June 16, 2013,   by Lenore Taylor

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

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

June 10, 2013,  

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Nuclear power hearing two days, vs wind power hearing unlimited

June 6, 2013,   by Dick Hill

There is a two-day public hearing underway on Ontario's Pickering nuclear power plant licence extension. Meanwhile, the public hearing on a proposed wind farm in Prince Edward County has been going...[more]

Category: Nuclear Power, Wind Energy & the Environment

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

June 5, 2013,   by Neelima Choahan

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

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Climate Spectator: Bursting the bubble of anti-wind astroturfers

June 4, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Good and bad bets: new wind technologies rated

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

How do specific new wind energy innovations and products stack up? This post looks at nine technologies and companies that have been in the press recently and assesses whether they are good bets or...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

FloDesign now Ogin: Good and Bad Bets

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

This product and company score a solid six out of thirteen red flags, and after racking up $50 M USD in investments according to reports over the past six years, have produced only a couple of...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

SheerWind Invelox: Good and Bad Bets

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

This product and company score eight out of thirteen red flags. They’ve racked up a couple of million in grants and investment as well, and are still getting press as if they were somehow promoting...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Saphon Saphonian: Good & Bad Bets

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

This relatively new entrant scores an amazing nine out of thirteen red flags, yet recently was shortlisted for an African Innovation Award, and managed to convince TED to put them on stage in 2012.

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

EWICON electrostatic generator: Good and Bad Bets

June 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

The EWICON concept is a neat bit of research, but rates five red flags as a practical technology. Published research puts its net efficiency below that of Savonius wind turbines, which are the worst...

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

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

June 2, 2013,   by Graham Readfearn

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Decommissioning Guide to Small Wind Turbines in the Built Environment

June 1, 2013,   by Kimberly King

Password: mistralmetrodenizen2013--The aim of this framework document is that it can serve as guidance, as far as it is practical, to those seeking to navigate and obtain approval...

Category: Small Wind folder

Archive Photos of Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog Posted

May 30, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: History of Wind Power

Cape Cod Times: Turbines to stay in Falmouth Say Voters

May 22, 2013,   by Amy Anthony

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

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

Photos of One-Bladed Wind Turbines Posted

May 17, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Esperance Express: Wind Farm Celebrates 20 Years in Australia

May 17, 2013,   by ELIZABETH LANGDALE

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Inkfish: How to Convince People WiFi Is Making Them Sick

May 13, 2013,   by Elizabeth Preston

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Sun Journal: Health effects of wind towers hyped by media

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

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

MiBiz: Tilting at Windmills? Beleaguered Muskegon wind turbine business closes doors

May 12, 2013,   by Elijah Brumback and Joe Boomgaard

Despite the promise of a revolutionary new technology for small-scale wind energy, one local company has found the industry’s headwinds too stiff to stay in business. . . Even after receiving...

Category: Windtronics

Photos of Small Wind Turbines by Paul Gipe Posted

May 10, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted photos of small wind turbines from my archives, including photos of Aircon, Aeroman, Bergey, Easywind, Endurance, Enertech-AOC, Fayette, Gaia, Grumman, Jacobs, Mehrkam, Northern Power,...

Category: Small Wind folder

Invest carefully; wind energy ‘innovations’ are rarely kosher

May 8, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

The wind industry isn’t going to be disrupted by someone with an idea and a Powerpoint pitch. If someone is approaching you with a great investment opportunity based on a ‘new’ wind generation...

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

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

May 6, 2013,   by Peter Sinclair

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

May 6, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Wind turbines make me sick

May 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Four German words

May 2, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Department of Health, Victoria, Australia: Windfarms

May 1, 2013,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

May 1, 2013,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Energy from the Heavens: Franz Alt on Wind Energy

May 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

A Summary of Fatal Accidents in Wind Energy

May 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Accidents & Safety

Renewables International: The "technical maximum" of wind power – in 1995

April 30, 2013,   by Craig Morris

18 years ago, a skeptic of wind power reviewed a German book on the history of wind power in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ). The journalist still publishes for the paper. His comments...

Category: Renewable Energy, Grid Integration

Gorlov Helical Wind Turbine

April 26, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The helical rotor design is reputed to reduce or eliminate the torque ripple encountered in traditional two-blade Darrieus or eggbeater turbines.[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, LEED LEED

FloWind’s Extended Height to Diameter VAWT

April 23, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

FloWind’s development of the Extended Height-to-Diameter (EHD) Vertical Axis Wind Turbine was the last gasp of Darrieus wind turbine development in the US.[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

More Wine Labels Featuring Wind Turbines Posted under Cultural Icons

April 23, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Photos of Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines Posted

April 22, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Ducted or shrouded wind turbines have been invented and reinvented throughout the 20th century. Ducted turbines are often wrapped in mysterious, technical babble, such as diffuser augmentation, that...

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines

Photos of (Real) Urban Wind Turbines Posted

April 22, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

Anti-wind farm lobby claims break all laws of physics

April 21, 2013,   by Stephen Luntz

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

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

Photos of Building Integrated and Rooftop Wind Turbines

April 19, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Of the wind turbines shown here, only the turbines atop 12W in Portland, Oregon were probably in service. I doubt that the Windspire turbines on the side of the San Francisco Public Utility...

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind

Photos of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

April 19, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I've added photos of historical interest to my web pages on Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) and Darrieus turbines of various designs. . .[more]

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

The Fictitious Uprising - Anti-Wind in English Speaking Countries

April 16, 2013,   by Ketan Joshi

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

April 15, 2013,   by James Murray

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

US Postal Service Circulating Wind Turbine Icon Postmark

April 12, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

New Yorker: What a Conspiracy Theorist Believes

April 10, 2013,   by Gary Marcus

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Cost-minimized combinations of wind power, solar power and electrochemical storage, powering the grid up to 99.9% of the time

April 8, 2013,   by Willett Kempton

At 2030 technology costs and with excess electricity displacing natural gas, we find that the electric system can be powered 90%e99.9% of hours entirely on renewable electricity, at costs comparable...

Category: Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

Another Bladeless Windmill Stalks the Mindscape

April 6, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Here we go again. Another windmill invention is stalking the Internet. This time it is the “bladeless” windmill, reintroduced. Atlantic Cities first published a glowing piece (Invention of the Day:...[more]

Category: Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

No Basis to Claims that Windfarms Affect Property Values

April 3, 2013,   by Greg Barber

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

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

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

March 26, 2013,   by John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

The new economics of the [wind] power sector

March 25, 2013,   by Jérôme Guillet

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

Category: Grid Integration

Health News: Personality clue to 'wind turbine syndrome'

March 23, 2013,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Mariah Windspire VAWT Measured Performance

March 22, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

There are now several measured power curves of the Mariah Windspire publicly available. This is one of the very few contemporary household-size (small) Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) to complete...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Mariah Windspire

Sharp decline in 2012 [Danish] CO2 emissions

March 22, 2013,  

Danes are consuming more renewable energy and less fossil fuels and emitting less CO2, 2012 energy statistics show. . .

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Renewable Energy

Personality clue to 'wind turbine syndrome'

March 22, 2013,   by J. Taylor

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

WWEA Small Wind World Report 2012

March 21, 2013,  

The total number of small wind turbines installed all over the world reached 730'000 units as of the end of 2011 after 656'000 units in 2010, after 521'000 in 2009 and 460'000 in 2008. These small...

Category: Small Wind folder

Crissy Field Small VAWT Demonstration Photos Posted

March 20, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

These are series of photos of a "demonstration" of "urban wind" using five Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs) from three different manufacturers at Crissy Field in San Francisco. They are all very...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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

March 20, 2013,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

March 15, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

March 15, 2013,   by Fiona Crichton

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

March 15, 2013,   by Alison Rourke

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

March 14, 2013,   by Simon Chapman

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

March 9, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

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

March 8, 2013,   by Robin Webster

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

Category: Grid Integration, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

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

March 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

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

March 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

The Evolution of Rotor and Blade Design

March 7, 2013,   by Jim Tangler

An insightful summary of how the aerodynamic properties of VAWTs differ from HAWTs by an authority on aerodynamics presented at the 2000 AWEA conference. . .

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Sandia 1982 Proceedings of VAWT Design Seminar—Some Brief Comments

March 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

It is unlikely that any “modern” reinvention of Darrieus designs can perform any better than the experimental turbines Sandia and its contractors developed during the late 1970s and early 1980s. . .[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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

March 7, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

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

Wind farm end of life? Repowering or benign decommissioning

March 6, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind energy reduces green house gas emissions

March 5, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Wind farms: good for ground water too

March 5, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Bad day in court for anti-wind campaigner Sarah Laurie

March 4, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Discover: Windfarms, Wifi and Self-Fulfilling Myths

March 3, 2013,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

March 3, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

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

March 2, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

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

March 1, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Power Performance Test Report for the Windspire by Windward Engineering

February 28, 2013,  

The Windspire is a vertical‐axis gyromill. The H‐rotor is 1.22 m (4 ft) in diameter by 6.1 m (20 ft) tall, capturing a swept area of 7.43 m2 (80 ft2). The data presented in this report was collected...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Small Turbine Testing, Mariah Windspire

Scurvy and What it Can Tell Us About Opposition to Climate Change & Renewable Energy

February 26, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Just Because a Better Mousetrap is Known Doesn’t Mean it will be Used When There’s a Vested Financial Interest in the Status Quo . . .[more]

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

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

February 25, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

What is the most efficient design for a wind generator?

February 22, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

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

Arizona Daily: Last days for local turbines?

February 21, 2013,   by Joe Ferguson

Carol Curtis, the director of the Coconino County Career Center, said employees were told by Southwest Windpower officials Wednesday that the facility in Flagstaff was going to be closed and they...

Category: Small Wind folder

Market, cost, and technical analysis of vertical and horizontal axis wind turbines—A review

February 19, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

“For all wind turbines, other than those used for more decorative purposes, the cost of energy is important.”[more]

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

Wind Surpasses Nuclear in China

February 19, 2013,   by J. Matthew Roney

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Guardian: Media campaign against windfarms funded by anonymous conservatives

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

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

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

Sandia's Retrospective of VAWT Technology—A Review

February 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

This review was a case of cleaning my desktop and before electronically filing away Sandia's year-old report on its work with Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs), I'd decided to thumb through it and...[more]

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

Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Revival?

February 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Since Wind Energy Basics was first published in 1999, there has been an explosion of interest in new vertical-axis wind turbines. In that edition, the conclusion illustrating one photograph was...[more]

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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

February 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

FloWind: The World’s Most Successful VAWT (Vertical Axis Wind Turbine)

February 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Note: The following is an excerpt from my 2009 book Wind Energy Basics Revised: A Guide to Home- and Community-scale Wind Energy Systems. I am reprinting it here because of the constant...[more]

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

Some Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) Resources on the Web

February 7, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

In preparing for a review of a Sandia report on its decades-long research on Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs), especially the Darrieus or eggbeater design, I thought it might be wise to first see...[more]

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

Renewables International: Spain sets record for wind power production

February 5, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

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

Yomiuri Shimbun: Japan Aims to Triple Wind Power

February 4, 2013,  

The government aims to triple the nation's supply capacity of electricity generated through wind power to 7.5 million kilowatts by developing transmission grids in Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, it...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind

Environment Protection Authority finds windfarms do not produce harmful noise

February 4, 2013,   by Julian Swallow

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

FITs Most Successful Policy for Developing Wind Energy—GWEC Says

February 1, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Feed-in tariffs are the world’s most effective policy for developing wind energy said the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) this past summer. . .[more]

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

Renewables International: German wind sector strong again in 2012

February 1, 2013,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Danish Renewable Generation Reaches 40% of Supply

January 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Wind in Denmark, News on Large Wind

Infrasound levels near windfarms and in other environments

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

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

January 30, 2013,  

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Scientific American: The Quest for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Despite Failures

January 29, 2013,   by Robynne Boyd

The quest to slay the faulty dragon of conventional, or horizontal axis, wind turbines (HAWTS) has been an impossible one, thus far. The domination of conventional wind comes from their reliability,...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Do wind turbines reduce the value of nearby properties?

January 28, 2013,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

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

January 27, 2013,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

January 25, 2013,  

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Grist: Earn $20 pretending to hate wind energy

January 24, 2013,   by Philip Bump

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

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

Independent: Billionaires secretly fund attacks on climate science

January 24, 2013,  

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Independent: How the 'Kochtopus' stifled green debate

January 24, 2013,  

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewable Energy Swings Votes

January 21, 2013,   by Glen Estill

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Renewables International: A lot of common ground despite criticism

January 16, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Germany likes to sell itself as a leader in environmental protection, but not everyone is convinced. In particular, the Anglo world remains devoted to nuclear power and criticizes Germany for not...

Category: Nuclear Power, Grid Integration, Renewable Energy

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

January 11, 2013,   by Tyler Hamilton

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

Category: News on Large Wind

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

January 9, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

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

Category: Grid Integration

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

January 8, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines

Renewables International: 25% wind and PV in December

January 2, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

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

Category: Grid Integration

Husum Meeting Guide Celebrates Wind Energy in Schleswig-Holstein

December 28, 2012,  

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Schleswig-Holstein Will Double Wind Capacity on Land

December 27, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Nearly 2% of Land Area Set Aside for Wind Energy Not 100%, Not 200%, But 300% Renewable Energy by 2020 Says Government   The German state of Schleswig-Holstein recently approved doubling the land...[more]

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

Henning Holst's Short History of the Danish Wind Industry

December 17, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind, History of Wind Power

Danish Wind Turbine Owners Association 2012 Update

December 12, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

On a recent pilgrimage-and that's the only word for it-to Denmark in September we stopped by the Danmarks Vindmølleforening (the Danish Wind Turbine Owners Association) to visit my colleagues Asbjørn...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Community Power

German Wind Association Survey of Wind Turbine Service 2012

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Husum Wind Conference Launches Interactive Wind Map

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

New Offshore Wind in Denmark 18 Cents per kWh

December 10, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Energy -- The Breath of Life or the Kiss of Death: Contemporary Wind Mortality Rates

December 7, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Accidents & Safety, Wind Energy & the Environment

Italian Small Wind Growing with Feed-in Tariffs

November 21, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The installation of small wind turbines is growing rapidly in Italy since the introduction of feed-in tariffs, according to a report by the Department of Engineering at Milan's Polytechnical...[more]

Category: News on Small Wind, Italy FIT

Wind Power: a Danish Story-A review

November 16, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

This is a beautifully done DVD on the early days of the Danish wind industry. The film was produced by Jørgen Vestergaard in Danish with English subtitles and includes movie clips, photos, and...[more]

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

Build Your Own Small Wind Power System--A review

November 14, 2012,  

Build Your Own Small Wind Power System was written by a small wind systems dealer, Kevin Shea, and a professional journalist, Brian Howard. Be forewarned, this is a big book. It's a modern book. It...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Small Wind folder

Guardian: Tory MP running campaign 'backed rival in anti-windfarm plot'

November 13, 2012,  

Covert footage reveals MP's links to independent candidate--Energy minister denies collusion with anti-wind campaigner--Exposed by Greenpeace . . .

Category: News on Large Wind

Economics of Photoelectricity Open Source Spreadsheet

November 13, 2012,  

This is an open source spreadsheet on the economics of solar photovoltaics. The spreadsheet contains more than 50 individual tabs covering a multitude of topics beyond the expected cash flow...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Economic Calculations

Now Re-elected, President Obama Should Examine US' Renewable Rank

November 12, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Considering the resounding defeat of the fossil-fuel industry's propaganda campaign against President Obama, and his new found interest in climate change, just where does the US rank relative to its...[more]

Category: USA FIT, News on Solar Energy, News on Geothermal, News on Wind Energy

There’s still no evidence that wind farms harm your health

November 12, 2012,  

Wind farm opponents repeatedly argue that turbines cause both rapid and long-gestation health problems. At the time the article was published I’d counted 155 health problems that had been attributed...

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Ontario Highlands Friends of Wind Power: For every appraisal there is an equal and opposite appraisal

October 31, 2012,  

In the last few weeks, Ben Lansink released two documents on the Wind Concerns Ontario and Ontario Wind Resistance websites. Mr. Lansink is an accredited appraiser and declares that his documents...

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Telegraph: The Town That Caught Tourette’s

October 26, 2012,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Honneywell Windtronics WT6500: October 2012 Report from the Field--Not Operating

October 23, 2012,  

The following is an email from retired civil engineer Lynn Shafer on his experience with the Honneywell Windtronics turbine. Shafer lives in Sedalia, Missouri. If the company posts a response, I'll...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Windtronics

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

October 23, 2012,  

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

UK Wind Power "Debate" : Latest Debunking

October 23, 2012,   by Jérôme Guillet

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

ICM: Community owned renewable energy

October 19, 2012,  

Of the 2027 GB adults interviewed 68% said they would be likely to support local renewable energy projects, including wind turbines, if they were 100% owned and controlled by the community with all...

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

Reuters: Europe Power-French spot up on record nuclear outages

October 17, 2012,  

French electricity spot prices rose on Wednesday, decoupling from lower German prompt prices, boosted by a sharp decline in French nuclear power capacity caused by a series of unplanned outages,...

Category: Nuclear Power, Grid Integration

Renewables International: Warnings about possible power outages in Germany overstated

October 12, 2012,   by Craig Morris

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

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

Presentation by Paul Gipe for the International Titanium Association on the Renewable Electricity Revolution-

October 9, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), News on Solar Energy, News on Wind Energy, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Greenpeace: Record wind power generation in Spain

October 9, 2012,  

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

Category: News on Wind Energy, Grid Integration

AOL: The Green Republic? Germany's Wind Energy Boom

October 8, 2012,  

In the case of wind energy in Germany, the race to develop new capacity has been accelerated by access to a feed-in-tariff and by policies that prioritize delivery of renewable power. . .

Category: Germany FIT, News on Wind Energy

New Scientist: The sickening truth about wind farm syndrome

October 8, 2012,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Paul Gipe Interview with Small Wind Newsletter

October 5, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Small Wind Newsletter: I was struck, while reading your biography, that you started out in this field at around the same time that many other renewable energy leaders (including Larry Sherwood,...[more]

Category: News on Small Wind

Paul Gipe Answers WNET's Need To Know Questions about Renewable Energy

October 5, 2012,  

WNET: We want to ask you some questions about alternative energy. Gipe. Whoa. Stop right there. "Alternative energy?" Wind, solar, and biomass haven't been called "alternative energy" for three...[more]

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

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

October 5, 2012,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Grid Integration

Renewables International: Denmark already has 40% renewable power

October 3, 2012,  

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

Category: Grid Integration

Fox: Some Nevada Mariah Windspire users say returns lacking

September 27, 2012,  

Mariah Power, the company that produced the Sousas' wind turbines, generated headlines several years ago as an example of a successful northern Nevada company making headway in the renewable energy...

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, Mariah Windspire

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

September 26, 2012,  

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

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

RGJ: Northern Nevada wind power pioneers hit snag; vertical turbines not delivering savings as promised

September 23, 2012,  

“So, I’m out $23,000, and all they are is a yard decoration,” Albert Sousa said on Wednesday while standing beneath the 30-foot spires next to a backyard chicken coop. “They’re no good at all.”

Category: Mariah Windspire

Wind Turbines in Denmark

September 20, 2012,   by Danish Energy Agency

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

Category: Wind in Denmark

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

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Large Wind, Presentations by Paul Gipe

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

September 18, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines, Germany FIT

ReCharge: Softbank in 1GW pitch to become Japan's biggest wind operator

September 14, 2012,  

Japanese mobile phone group and prime proponent of Feed-in Tariffs, Softbank, is planning to build wind farms with up to 1GW of capacity on Hokkaido island, as the company expands its investments in...

Category: News on Large Wind, Nuclear Power, Japan FIT

Presentation by Paul Gipe on Electricity Rebels University of Aalborg

September 12, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), Presentations by Paul Gipe

Renewables International: More onshore wind needed

September 5, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

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

Category: Grid Integration, News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: German grid reaches record reliability in 2011

September 5, 2012,   by Craig Morris

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

Category: Grid Integration

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

September 5, 2012,  

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

Category: Small Wind folder

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

August 30, 2012,  

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Grid Integration

Guardian: Wind power study says opponents' claims are unfounded

August 29, 2012,  

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

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

DWEA: Requesting Wind Turbine Qualification Criteria for On-Site Renewable Energy Scoring

August 20, 2012,   by Mike Bergey

DWEA believes the current lack of turbine certification and siting criteria under the various LEED rating systems is hurting the distributed wind industry and is counter-productive to the intent of...

Category: Small Wind folder, LEED LEED

Renewables International: How Wind and PV Productivity Complement Each Other

August 10, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French energy expert Bernard Chabot updates his analysis of the German intermittent power sector with data from July. . . the variability of the productivity ratio of the combined [Wind + PV]...

Category: Grid Integration

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

August 10, 2012,  

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

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

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

August 9, 2012,  

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

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

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

August 9, 2012,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: From winter to summer: a well balanced and increasing combined [wind + PV] production in Germany

August 8, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French energy expert Bernard Chabot investigates the changes in wholesale power prices in Germany stemming from the increase in green power production. . .

Category: Grid Integration

Presentation by Paul Gipe for National Geothermal Summit Sacramento, California on Feed-in Tariffs for Geothermal

August 8, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Geothermal, Presentations by Paul Gipe

Britain Powered by FITs Surpasses US in 2011 Small Wind Capacity

July 26, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Expected to do the Same in 2012 New Feed-in Tariffs for 2013   The 2010 launch of Britain's feed-in tariff program has pushed the country ahead of the US in the installation of small wind turbine...[more]

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

WWEA 2012 Small Wind World Report--A Review

July 25, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

I was just going to pick up the World Wind Energy Association's 2012 Small Wind World Report and extract a few useful numbers to keep myself abreast of the small turbine industry. But once I began...[more]

Category: Small Wind folder, book Reviews

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

July 24, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

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

Category: Grid Integration, News on Solar Energy

Wind Mortality Statistics Needs Updates

July 20, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Accidents & Safety

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

July 20, 2012,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

London Free Press: Wind storm

July 17, 2012,  

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

Renewables International: The "softening effect" of wind and solar on Grid Integration

July 16, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French expert Bernard Chabot explains another benefit from a balanced mix of wind and solar: their combined daily maximum outputs are lower than the addition of their installed capacity, allowing for...

Category: Grid Integration, News on Solar Energy, News on Wind Energy

Renewables International: How wind and PV complement each other

July 6, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot and Craig Morris

From January to June 2012, data published on the EEX web site show that, if well balanced, PV and wind production can complement each other along the seasons, leading to an easier to manage...

Category: Grid Integration, News on Solar Energy

Offshore, the Renewable Energy Solution? For Whom?

July 5, 2012,   by Reinhard Lonsing

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Wind Development in the Ukraine

July 5, 2012,   by Andriy Konechenkov

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

Category: News on Large Wind

Bloomberg: Renewables Make German Power Market Design Defunct

June 26, 2012,  

Electricity generation from renewable energy in Germany is reducing power prices and has left the country with a market whose design no longer works, according to Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH. Renewable...

Category: Germany FIT, Grid Integration

Renewables International: PV system size still diverse in Germany

June 25, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French consultant and sustainable energy expert Bernard Chabot updates Germany's PV installation data in terms of system size vis-à-vis market share, compares it with the 2009-2011 distribution and...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Grid Integration, Germany FIT

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

June 21, 2012,  

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

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

Mike Barnard: Fourteen wind energy myths debunked

June 19, 2012,  

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

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Renewables International: We need a mix

June 15, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French consultant and sustainable energy expert Bernard Chabot analyzes Germany's PV and wind power installations performance “from power to energy and to percentage of electricity production” and...

Category: Grid Integration

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

June 13, 2012,   by Neil Barrett

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

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

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

June 13, 2012,  

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

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

The Independent: Wind farms 'have major economic benefit'

June 5, 2012,  

Onshore wind farms, recently under attack from leading conservationists for damaging the countryside, can bring significant economic benefits locally and nationally, as well as contributing to the...

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

EWEA: Wind power covers record 61% of Spanish electricity demand

June 5, 2012,  

On 18 April wind power in Spain reached a new record by producing 317 GW hours of electricity and beating the previous record of 315 GWh recorded on 9 November 2010, according to Red Eléctrica de...

Category: News on Wind Energy

Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Plans Large Wind Turbine

June 4, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Britian's principal bird-protection society has announced plans to install a large wind turbine. The move may be unique in the English-speaking world where anti-wind lobbyists have argued that wind...[more]

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

SJMN: Altamont Pass celebrates 'repowering' of wind farm

May 31, 2012,   by Dana Hull

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

Category: News on Large Wind

2012 Catalogue of Small Wind Turbines--A Review

May 28, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The Folkecenter for Renewable Energy (FC) has again published a handy report cataloging small wind turbines available worldwide. The FC's 2012 Catalogue of Small Wind Turbines is the one neutral...[more]

Category: Small Wind folder, book Reviews

Reno Nevada Proves--Again--that "Small Urban Wind" Produces Poor Results

May 22, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Reno, Nevada is vying for the world record for "Worst Turbine Install in History" through sheer scale, expense, and hubris. . . [more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Small Wind folder, Worst Turbine Install in History, Mariah Windspire

Guardian: Conservative thinktanks step up attacks against clean energy

May 22, 2012,  

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

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

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

May 8, 2012,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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

May 6, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

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

May 2, 2012,   by Mike Barnard

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

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety

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