Wind Farm Company Pleads Guilty to Bird Fatalities

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Photo of a Golden Eagle at a Wyoming wind farm by Dina Cappiello/Associated Press. wind-energy company has admitted that its farms have killed birds, and has settled with prosecutors. law against causing the deaths of protected birds without a permit (and no wind-energy farms seem to have such permits). The settlement comes as attention is increasingly being paid to the impact wind energy has on birds. News Golden Eagles wind farms Wind turbines

Wind farms: "In the end, the economics trump Trump"

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From the NY Times :  Last fall, five turbines in the waters of Rhode Island — the country’s first offshore farm — began delivering power to the grid. And in New York, after years of stymied progress, the Long Island Power Authority has reached an agreement with Deepwater Wind, which built the Rhode Island turbine array, to drop a much larger farm — 15 turbines capable of running 50,000 average homes — into the ocean about 35 miles from Montauk.

Floating Wind Farms

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Floating wind farms placed far offshore could lead to affordable electricity — without cluttering the view. uge turbines mounted on floating platforms could make wind power competitive with fossil-fuel-generated electricity. energy from wind, he says.

Government Approves Wind Farm Off Ocean City

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The Obama administration opened Maryland’s coast to offshore wind farms Monday and is seeking bidders to erect more than 300 turbines in a 206-square-mile area off the coast of Ocean City. The move makes Maryland the second state in the nation, after Delaware, to have reached this stage in off-shore wind development. Government / Industry maryland wind farm ocean city wind farm

New South Wales Wind Farm Opens

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Adding to the 50 wind farms are currently in operation around Australia, Capital Wind Farm was officially launched by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, NSW Premier Nathan Rees and Minister for Climate Change, Senator Penny Wong. The Capital Wind Farm is the largest wind farm in New South Wales. It will boost Australia’s wind power capacity by more than 10%. The farm will help power the new desalination plant at Kurnell.

GE Wins Oregon Wind Farm Contract

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General Electric has won a contract to build the biggest wind farm in the United States in Oregon. The wind farm will be located in Shepherds Flat, Oregon and when completed will be the biggest wind farm in operation in the world. The wind farm will cover 30 square miles and will produce 845 megawatts of power, enough to power 235,000 homes. Government / Industry general electric oregon wind farm oregon wind farm

New U.S. Rule Extends Length of Eagle-Death Permits for Wind Farms

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As mentioned earlier in these pages , wind farms and eagles don’t always go well together—the birds, which often scan the ground for prey instead of looking straight ahead while they’re flying, thus don’t see wind turbines until it’s too late. (It’s Nevertheless, killing an eagle is a federal crime in the United States, and recently a wind energy company linked to eagle deaths settled with the federal government. News Bald Eagle Golden Eagle wind farms Wind turbines

Construction Begins On Oahu Wind Farm

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Hawaii is joining the wind farm party. “The goal is to be generating power in the early part of 2011,” said Paul Gaynor, First Wind CEO. ” First Wind says the turbine farm project will cut Hawaii’s oil consumption by almost 140,000 barrels a year. Wind Power News hawaii wind farm oahu wind farm

Hundreds Protest Scotland Wind Farm

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Over 300 people turned out this weekend to protest a proposed wind turbine farm in the Scottish Borders region. “If it is approved, the Scottish government will be declaring open war on Scotland’s countryside — no landscape will be safe from industrialization by these high rise wind machines,” Fallago spokesman Mark Rowley told The Daily Telegraph. Wind Power News north british windpower say no to fallago scottish wind farm protest

NASA photos reveal scale of massive London Array wind farm

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The world’s largest wind farm in the outer Thames estuary has the capacity to deliver power to 500,000 homes and offset 925,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. From NASA’s Earth Observatory : The wind farm became fully operational on April 8, 2013.

Germany’s First Offshore Wind Farm

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Germany’s first offshore wind farm was made operational today, 45 kilometers off the coast in the North Sea. million, the consortium of energy companies that built the wind farm reported. The wind farm was partially built as a “test ground” to research the environmental damage on the underwater species from the wind turbines, which are embedded 30 meters below the surface. Wind Power News germany offshore wind farm

Floating Wind Farms

Eco Friendly Daily

Floating wind farms placed far offshore could lead to affordable electricity — without cluttering the view. uge turbines mounted on floating platforms could make wind power competitive with fossil-fuel-generated electricity. energy from wind, he says.

World's largest wind farm opens off UK coast

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) LONDON – The world's largest offshore wind farm opened off the southeast coast of England on Thursday, as part of the British government's push to boost renewable energy. The company said the farm is expected to operate for at least 25 years.

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No evidence wind farms directly impact health

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There is no direct evidence that wind turbines affect physical or mental health, according to a review of the evidence by the National Health and Medicine Research Council (NHMRC). However he expressed concern that ongoing investigation could be a foundation for stopping wind farms.

Offshore wind farms may slow down hurricanes, study shows

Green (Living) Review

Wind turbines generate renewable electricity, but new research shows they could have another major benefit: weakening hurricanes before they make landfall. The findings, published online in Nature Climate Change, show that offshore wind turbines could reduce hurricanes'' wind speeds, wave heights and flood-causing storm surge -- acting as a buffer between coastal cities and the possible damaging effects of a hurricane.

Wind farms unscathed by the massive Japanese earthquake disaster

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Pictured here is Kamisu, the semi-offshore wind farm in Japan which was left unharmed by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. She reports that the Kamisu wind farm, which is located 300km from the epicenter of the earthquake, managed to survive without any damages.

Seals discover offshore wind farms are all-you-can-eat seafood buffets

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The “Kiss from a Rose” singer has been soaking in the North Sea sun as he frolics amongst the offshore wind farms. The wind turbines make up a grid. Looking to catch up with legendary British pop sensation and noted beach ball enthusiast Seal?The

Australia’s Largest Wind Farm Approved

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Plans for the 1-GW Silverton Wind Farm in New South Wales, Australia have been approved and when it’s all done it’ill be the biggest in the country, helping the country to meet its goal of having 20 percent of its electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. The wind farm will take up 80,000 acres of land in the outback and will generate enough electricity for 430,000 homes. Government / Industry australian wind farm Conergy

Peregrines Recovered and a Wind Farm is No Threat

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Or so says biologist Mitch Taylor about a proposed wind farm in Ontario. While the fact that Peregrine Falcons are much more numerous then they were at their nadir is undisputed it seems to this blogger that building wind farms in areas that could do them harm is not a good idea.

Wind Farm Off Shore of Cumbrian, UK to be World’s Biggest

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Expected to produce enough electricity for 320,000 homes in the UK and be marked as the world’s largest wind farm, the new 367 megawatt Walney wind farm project 6km off the Cumbrian coast opened yesterday. The project is backed by investment from the Dutch pension fund provider PGGM and Ampere Equity Fund and was the first wind farm project to receive funding from a pension fund in the UK.

Wind Farm Being Built In South Korea

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Spanish company Acciona has finished the first stage of a wind park to be built in South Korea by a European company. A test bed complex for wind power capable of generating 40 megawatts will be built on reclaimed land at Saemangeum. The planned Saemangeum wind power complex is one of short-term projects by the government aimed at boosting the local renewable energy industry. Government / Industry wind farm south korea

Conflict between Wildlife and Wind Farms

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Wind power is a great form of energy; there’s no doubt about that. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish new guidelines for wind farms. Some of these guidelines will be aimed at wind-farm operators, advising them on how to protect wildlife in conjunction with the wind farm. The reason for these new suggestions is because more and more endangered species have been killed in wind turbine blades.

South Korea Building 2.5 GW Offshore Wind Farm

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South Korea is getting into the wind power game with a bold, 2.5 The wind farm will be built off the southwestern coast of South Korea will include about 500 turbines and is expected to be completed by 2019. Government / Industry south korea wind farmGW project will cost about $8.2 billion to build. Companies like Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering are constructing the turbines.

Birding Deliblato Sands: What I have seen and what I haven’t

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Dominant easterly winds have shaped the prominent dune relief rising from 70 m / 200 ft a.s.l. At the time being, no eagles were recorded within the EIAs made for the proposed wind farms, which, I am sure, made the process of obtaining a permit much easier.

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Donald Trump Says Alex Salmond is ‘Destroying’ Scotland With Wind Farms

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Now Trump has turned his unpleasant outbursts he has become known for on Mr. Salmond because plans for an offshore wind turbine farm may been seen from Trumps course and clubhouse. ” The letter continued to say, “I have read your recent statements concerning so called ‘wind power’ For the record, taxing your citizens to subsidise wind projects owned by foreign energy companies will destroy your country and its economy.

Maldives Wind Farm To Provide 40% Of Power

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The Maldives announced plans this week to build a wind farm that can supply 40% of its electricity needs. ” Government / Industry maldives wind farmThis is all part of the low-lying country’s pledge to become the world’s first carbon neutral nation. The plan is intended to inspire other countries to make similar commitments to renewable energy and to cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, President Mohamed Nasheed told The Associated Press.

World’s Largest Wind Farm Finished in Texas

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MW Roscoe wind complex has been completed. Climate & Renewables, the $1 billion farm covers 100,000 acres of land across four counties in West Texas and will be able to power more than 230,000 homes. Climate & Renewables is now working on the London Array, which is set to be the largest offshore wind farm in the world with 630 MW being installed in just its first phase. Government / Industry texas wind farmThe 781.5

Trump Loses Lawsuit to Stop Construction of Scottish Wind Farms

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When the Scottish government approved the building of 11 wind farms, it was aiming to stimulate the local economy and encourage renewable energy use so who would have a problem Read More The post Trump Loses Lawsuit to Stop Construction of Scottish Wind Farms appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Egypt’s Next Huge Wind Farm

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As part of its target of going from its current 550MW of wind to a staggering 2,690MW by 2016 to reach 7,200MW by 2020, Egypt is putting bids out for yet more wind power. This would continue progress towards this ambitious goal to tap some of the best wind resources in the world.

Largest African wind farm begins production.

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After three years of construction, Africa’s largest wind farm is now producing electricity for Ethiopia. The new wind farm could boost generating capacity

Meteo-Logic Gives Predictive Power to Wind Farm Weather Stations

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Already working on wind farms in Israel, this company launches a full scale solution for wind farms worldwide. Meteo-Logic, a software provider of custom-made accurate weather forecasting, launched yesterday a new service specifically designed to provide the wind farm energy industry with highly accurate localized weather forecasts. Wind farm logic. Cleantech, Science & Technology Energy Efficiency Israel weather wind farms

Search Engine Giant Google Buys Massive Wind Farm in Texas

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Google has made numerous investments in solar and wind power. Their latest purchase is the 240 MW Happy Hereford wind farm outside of Amarillo, Texas. Read More The post Search Engine Giant Google Buys Massive Wind Farm in Texas appeared first on Ecorazzi.

‘Cape Spin’ Offshore Wind Farm Doc Airs Tonight

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The documentary “Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle,” which takes a look at what would have been the United States’ first offshore wind farm (Cape Wind), airs tonight on KCETLink. The Read More The post ‘Cape Spin’ Offshore Wind Farm Doc Airs Tonight appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Next for Enlight – a Wind Farm

Green Prophet

It will build and run a new wind farm on the windy Golan Heights, the site of Israel’s first wind farm, a now very outdated 10 wind turbines. Compared with the solar potential, Israel’s wind potential is relatively small, just 600 MW.

Hawa Akkar Wind Farm to Illuminate 60,000 Lebanese Homes in First for Country

Green Prophet

But now it is in the middle of building its first wind farm at about 60 MW in the country’s north. . But the country’s first wind project is well under way. Doing an onsite wind test in Lebanon. Wind farming in the Middle East.

Google Invests in Africa’s Largest Wind Farm

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In their continuing push to invest in renewable energy sources, Google is taking part in a major development in Africa: a wind power plant in Kenya that when completed will Read More The post Google Invests in Africa’s Largest Wind Farm appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Post-Revolution Egypt Wants New Wind Farms

Green Prophet

Make wind power? In a summary of the policy environment for wind power in Egypt completed after the revolution earlier this year, Reve sums up the policy background to Egypt’s dramatic new post-revolution energy plans, which we have covered at GreenProphet too.

Germany Opens First Offshore Wind Farm

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However, the nation had yet to open an offshore wind farm despite other nations in Europe having done the same. Both Great Britain and Denmark are well grounded in the offshore wind farm sector, each of them having hundreds of megawatts of energy coming from turbines at sea.

Hawaii Breaks Ground On New Wind Farm

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Wind energy has become widely available across the United States, although a select few states hold the majority of wind farms. Many other states are building their wind capacity, especially in the West. Environment Wind Power

Egypt Now Contracting a Whopping 1,000 MW Wind Farm!

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Egypt is now close to awarding a contract to build a 1,000 megawatt wind farm, to be up and running in 2016, that it first announced last year. A wind farm this size has few equals worldwide. Gigawatts of Wind Power by 2016 ). Billion Egyptian Pounds For Wind ).