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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 20, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

I am Sick of Anti-Wind Propaganda

February 8, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

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

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

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

January 24, 2012,   by Glen Estill

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

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

Pro Wind Alliance

December 21, 2011,   by Grahame Jordan

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

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

Bill Koch: The Dirty Money Behind Cape Wind Opposition

July 22, 2010,  

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

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

2010 Windmill-Wildflower Hike Planned for Tehachapi

March 8, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Sierra Club Kansas Chapter Position on Wind Energy

February 1, 2010,   by J. Scott Smith

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

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

September 13, 2009,   by Benjamin Sovacool

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

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

The fierce urgency of now by Bill McKibben

May 25, 2009,   by Bill McKibben

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

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

Opposition to Windpower Pollutes Climate Policy

March 31, 2008,   by Michael Vickerman

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Audubon's Position on Wind Power

December 1, 2007,   by National Audubon Society

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

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

Falling in Love with Wind: How a small farm town traded its dairy cows for renewable energy

June 1, 2007,   by Joseph D'Agnese, NRDC

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Éoliennes: Quand le vent nous eclaire (Wind Turbines: When the wind lights our way) by Philippe Ollivier

December 1, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Ollivier is journalist living in southern France's Languedoc-Roussillion region, the country's premier wind resource area. As a journalist, Ollivier is all-too-familiar with the controversy...[more]

Category: Dispelling Myths en Francais, Wind Energy & the Environment, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books en Francais

Energy Balance of Wind Turbines

November 17, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

  Adapted from Wind Energy Comes of Age, by Paul Gipe, John Wiley & Sons, 1995. All rights reserved. Much of this was written in 1993 and relied on reports published in the early 1990s. Studies...[more]

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

The bizarre dance of wind power: Local opponents and right-wing think tanks

October 7, 2006,   by Erik Curren

First, they raise questions about the role of wind as a source of electricity against America's main source of electric power today - coal, much of which is mined and burned in Appalachia. Second,...

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

Windmill-Wildflower Hike: an Annual Spring Tradition

May 15, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Event Draws Attention to Pacific Crest Trail in the Tehachapi Pass Event Held 21 Years in 2006![more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Coal's High Environmental & Social Cost in Ontario

July 5, 2005,   by Paul Gipe

  Government report says Ontario coal-fired power plants cost nearly $0.13 CAD/kWh ($0.10/kWh) in environmental and social impacts. Ontario's ruling party swept to power in the fall of 2003 on...[more]

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

Why I hate Wind Farms and Think There Should be More of Them

January 1, 2005,   by Peter Harper

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Wales I was visiting a planning office in Sydney, and a scrap of paper pinned to the wall caught my eye. It bore a short poem headed "The...[more]

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

The Wind in My Sails by Peter Harper

January 1, 2005,   by Peter Harper

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Wales Let's get a few things straight at the beginning. Obviously the debate hinges on both the gravity and urgency of the climate change situation....[more]

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

Peter Harper's Response to Rob Collister's cri de coeur Regarding Wind Farms

January 1, 2005,   by Peter Harper

Centre for Alternative Technology Machynlleth, Wales   Dear Editor While I appreciate the sincerity and good intentions of Rob Collister's cri de coeur regarding wind farms in May/June...[more]

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

Wind's Up: Planning the Future Now

September 27, 2004,   by Mark Ashby

The Resource Management Act, plans developed under it, and RMA processes are capable of facilitating wind energy development and of dealing with the range of effects associated with a wind farm....

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

Wind Turbines and Parks

September 17, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

In response to an announcement about a hike among wind turbines in California's Tehachapi Pass a question was raised about the use of wind turbines in or around parks or other public use areas. The...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Draft WWEA Best Practice Guidelines

July 1, 2004,   by WWEA

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Sobering Altamont Bird Report Issued

March 14, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

A much anticipated update on wind turbines and birds in California's Altamont Pass concludes that the problem is more severe than once believed. The report by biologists Carl Thelander and Sean...[more]

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

[Toronto's] Exhibition Place [WindShare] Wind Turbine Bird Monitoring Program in 2003

December 1, 2003,   by Ross D James and Glenn Coady

Only two dead birds were found, one in spring and one in autumn. . . The rate of mortality is absolutely insignificant when compared to the thousands that are killed each year in Toronto at tall...

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

Sierra Club Wind Siting Advisory Document

November 25, 2003,   by Paul Gipe

  Note: The Sierra Club is a grass roots or member-driven environmental organization in the United States founded by the naturalist John Muir. It has about 700,000 members nationwide. The Club has...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

BLM Wind Energy Programmatic EIS Scoping Questions

November 2, 2003,   by Paul Gipe

  BLM Wind Energy Programmatic EIS Scoping Argonne National Laboratory EAD/900 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439   RE: Scoping Session, November 3, Sacramento, California   The following...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Wind Energy "Best Practice" Guides--Wresting Standards from Conflict

April 1, 2003,   by Paul Gipe

  The following article appeared in an edited form in the Spring 2003 issue of WindStats Newsletter (Vol. 16 No. 2) under the title British lessons to avoid anti-wind conflict—a best practice...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Birds, Cuisinarts, Wind Turbines, and the Sierra Club

June 24, 2002,   by Paul Gipe

The Sierra Club has long advocated the expanded use of renewable sources of energy, including wind energy. The Club judges each specific renewable energy project on its merits and may on occasion...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Energy for Life: The Pursuit of an Ethical Energy Policy

October 17, 2001,   by Paul Gipe

Presented to the Kegley Institute of Ethics, California State University Bakersfield, 17 October 2001 Let's get this out of the way up front. There are no panaceas, no quick fixes to the state's or...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Wind power's benefits outweigh risk to scenery by Charles Komanoff

September 1, 2000,   by Charles Komanoff

If, by accepting a modest, largely aesthetic change in the landscape, we can heal the earth to this great extent, how in conscience can we not do so? . .

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

Windy Protest: Conflict Surrounding the Future Potential of Wind Power (Windiger Protest Konflikte um das Zukunftspotential der Windkraft)

January 1, 1999,   by Paul Gipe

Windiger Protest (Bochum, Germany: Ponte Press, 1998) is a powerful little book edited by Franz Alt, Jürgen Claus, and Hermann Scheer. It sandwiches 189 pages packed with a documented defense of wind...[more]

Category: Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, Wind Energy & the Environment, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch

The Landscape Impact and Visual Design of Windfarms by Caroline Stanton

December 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

This is the second of two reports on wind turbines and aesthetic design. The other is a Review of Wind Turbines & the Landscape by Frode Birk Nielsen. There is also a discussion of aesthetics in...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

North American Green's Erosion Control Software

December 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

Those planning wind projects in steep terrain (California, Texas, the northeastern USA, Spain, Italy, France) or those repowering projects in steep terrain (California) should get a copy of North...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, book Reviews

Time to Clean Up the Mess in Kern County

September 28, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

  Wind energy has come of age as a commercial technology for generating electricity. Wind development is booming. Worldwide sales of wind turbines now exceed $1 billion annually and sales of...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Removal and Restoration Costs in California: Who Will Pay?

April 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

An edited version of this article appeared in the Spring 1997 issue of WindStats Newsletter (Vol. 10, No. 2).   With signs that repowering may finally be getting underway, removal and restoration...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Sierra Club's Southern California Regional Conservation Committee Wind Energy Policy

February 20, 1997,  

  The following text was posted to awea-windnet on 2/20/97. This monitored news group is hosted by the American Wind Energy Association.--Paul Gipe Note: I am posting the following policy statement...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Erosion Gullies in the Tehachapi Pass: An Example of Improper Wind Development

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

  Note: This critique was originally written in 1996. Little has changed since then except on the former FloWind site as noted. Gullies such as that in these photos conveys a callous disregard for...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Tilting at Windmills: Public Opinion Toward Wind Energy

May 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

Surveys point to broad support for wind energy despite vocal objections to some projects.[more]

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

Design as if People Matter: Aesthetic Guidelines for the Wind Industry

March 30, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

The following paper was presented at the American Wind Energy Assoc. conference in Washington, DC March 30, 1995.  ABSTRACT  Opinion surveys show that wind has high public support, but a worrisome...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Public Safety and Setbacks

December 1, 1994,   by Paul Gipe

    Excerpted from Wind Energy Comes of Age by Paul Gipe, John Wiley & Sons, Inc New York (1995), pages 361-364, ISBN 0-471-10924-X. This except is provided as public service and can be viewed...[more]

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

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