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Decision on future of Inuvik’s wind turbine expected soon #CAN

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
A decision on a request by the Nihtat Gwich’in Council to prevent the construction of a wind turbine on land that is a reindeer grazing reserve is expected within the next two weeks. The council, which made the request to the Gwich’in Land and Water Board in January, said placing the 3.5-megawatt wind turbine at High Point, about 12 kilometres east of Inuvik and north of the Dempster Highway, would contravene their land agreement, according to Jozef Carnogursky, past president . . .

Updated agreement for removal of turbines #ON

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
An updated Road Users Agreement (RUA) for the decommissioning of industrial turbines in the White Pines Wind Energy Project in Athol and South Marysburgh is on its way for approval at October’s council meeting. Tanya Redden, the County’s construction supervisor, notes in her report at today’s committee of the whole meeting, that parties involved want decommissioning work to be started as soon as possible to avoid heavy loads during spring thaw when roads are more susceptible to damage. The Ministry . . .

California grants western Joshua trees temporary endangered species protections #CA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
It was not the first time that wildlife authorities have agreed to exemptions for the renewable energy industry. In a 2013 decision condemned by environmentalists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said operators of Terra-Gen Power’s wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains would not be prosecuted if their turbines accidentally killed any federally endangered California condors during the expected 30-year life span of the project.

Concerns about wind turbines #IL (letter)

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
What will the future of Piatt County be if Apex is allowed to proceed with their proposal for 120 wind turbines (750ft tall) on 20,000 acres of prime farmland? Concerned citizens, scientists, physicians, and environmentalists are opposing industrial wind turbines in the USA and internationally. Environmentally these massive structures, that require enormous amounts of resources and fossil fuels to manufacture, transport and erect, destroy irreplaceable fertile farmland and reduce bird and bat populations. At least 14,000 non-biodegradable turbines now litter . . .

Jeju haenyeos call for cancellation of offshore wind power project

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
A group of “haenyeo,” or female divers in Jeju Island have voiced strong opposition ahead of the Jeju Provincial Council’s deliberations on the motion of the environmental impact assessment for the offshore wind farm in Gujwa-eup. About one hundred haenyeos who are members of the Handong-Pyeongdae fishing village fraternities held a press conference on Thursday in front of the Jeju Provincial Assembly, calling for the cancellation of the offshore wind farm project. They claimed that unlike the Hanlim offshore wind . . .

Falmouth Conservation Commission approves testing for undersea cables #MA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
An offshore wind farm project located 26 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard will be testing two possible sites in Falmouth to bring the energy to shore. The 804-megawatt project from Cambridge-based Mayflower Wind is located on the Atlantic Coast Outer Continental Shelf. The company is looking at several paths to connect the energy to the power grid, with Falmouth being on the short list. “We’re still in early stages, and we are exploring alternative routes,” Christopher Hardy, Mayflower’s external affairs . . .

GE Renewable Energy secures 576MW Invenergy order

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 13:59
Orders for 576 MW of onshore wind tech from Invenergy include GE’s 2.X-127 and 2.X-116 turbines

Vestas wins 144MW supply deal in Greece

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 13:29
Vestas grows its market share in Greece with a new 144MW order

Sweden and Norway agree end to electricity certificate scheme

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 11:58
The two countries' shared electricity certificate system is due to close at the end of 2021 – but the possibility of an extension creates uncertainty for investors, wind industry groups claim

Хевел оснастит СЭС в Казахстане комплексом систем слежения за солнцем - ВИЭ - Fri, 2020-09-25 11:52
Одноосные трекеры будут отслеживать положение солнца и в автоматическом режиме с использованием технологий искусственного интеллекта обеспечивать ориентацию солнечных модулей.

Wind sector calls for more ambition as German cabinet approves energy reform

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 11:22
Germany's federal cabinet has approved reform to help renewables provide 65% of the country's electricity by 2030

How to Save Money on Your Energy Bill This Fall – Even With a Zero-Dollar Budget

Efficiency News - Thu, 2020-09-24 18:15

Depending on where you’re located, the weather outside right now could be anywhere from a hair-raising heat wave to the first snow of the season. But with the fall solstice officially behind us, there’s no more avoiding it: Winter is coming.   

Cooler weather brings a whole new set of challenges for those concerned about keeping down their energy expenses. This is true now more than ever: COVID-19 has caused many households’ energy bills to rise as people spend more time at home. When inclement weather makes outdoor activities even more difficult, many households will likely see this trend worsen – unless steps are taken now to intervene. Through energy-efficient behavior and upgrades, you can not only beat the pandemic’s energy-raising effects, but permanently lower your monthly expenses. These tips will get you started.

Zero-cost behavior changes
  • Easy on the heat. Heating is the largest energy user in most homes, accounting for on average 43% of costs. The closer your thermostat’s setting is to the outdoor temperature, the less energy you’ll use. Turn down your thermostat when nobody’s home and at night – the best part of cooler weather is getting cozy under blankets or a sweater!
  • Check in on your water heater. Water heating is another one of the top culprits of energy consumption. Turn down the temperature to 120˚F – for every 10˚F lowered, you can save up to 5% on water heating costs.
  • Make use of sunlight. Sunshine isn’t just a mood-booster – it’s also nature’s free source of light and heat. One study even found that rooms utilizing natural light can save more than 20% on energy costs. So fling those curtains open, and optimize your living space such as by placing your desk by a window.
  • Don’t let your fireplace become a heat-stealer. Fireplaces provide heat, right? Not always: Your chimney can easily become a source of heat loss and drafts. To prevent this, always close your damper when it’s not in use.
Low-cost upgrades
  • Seal drafty windows. As much as one third of heat loss in homes occurs through windows and doors. Fortunately, there are plenty of low-cost DYI solutions, including using caulk, weatherstripping, or window film, that will save you big in the long-run.
  • Maintain your HVAC. Effective maintenance of your heating system can reduce energy costs up to 40%. Schedule a maintenance check with a contractor, or follow ENERGY STAR’s checklist to identify and troubleshoot problems.
  • Purchase LEDs. With the days getting shorter, it’s time to reduce lighting costs through LEDs: these efficient bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. If you use a sun lamp to brighten your home, make sure to look for an ENERGY STAR model.
Investing in long-term weatherization
  • Upgrade your insulation. Proper insulation is key to a fully energy-efficient home. You can DYI insulating around your hot water pipes to save 3-4% on annual energy costs, but improving whole-home insulation through a professional service can save up to 20% on heating and cooling.
  • Revamp your windows. While DYI solutions can help, the cost benefits of replacing old windows add up: Replacing single-pane windows may even save you more than $450 a year. Make sure to research window specs before deciding on a model – some window features such as efficient coatings can reduce heat losses even more.
  • Get a home energy audit. Don’t know where to start but know your home could be more efficient? One of the most comprehensive approaches is getting a home energy audit. An auditor will evaluate where your residence could be saving on energy so you can determine the most impactful places to make investments.
  • Remember, assistance is out there. Many households decline to make energy efficiency upgrades due to high initial cost, even if cost benefits in the long run are substantial. But that’s exactly why public and private programs exist to help families make these upgrades more affordable. The federal Weatherization Assistance Program can help low-income households cover the costs of improvement, and most homeowners can also qualify for the Sec. 25C tax credit (up to $500) for purchasing energy-efficient equipment, including insulation, windows, heat pumps, and more. Additionally, check your local utility’s website – most offer incentives for energy efficiency. 

Whether you’re ready for a few changes of habit or a whole-home efficiency makeover, there are ways you can prevent the combination of cold weather and COVID-19 from racking up your energy bills. And with Energy Efficiency Day just around the corner, there’s no better time than now.

UMass Dartmouth wind turbine comes down after stormy history #MA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:00
DARTMOUTH – If you were on campus Monday afternoon and thought the UMass Dartmouth landscape looked different, you’re right. Crews dismantled the sole wind turbine on the sprawling grounds a little after 1 p.m. after eight years of its mediocre performance, according to university officials. “The sad fact is that it just never worked right to begin with,” said Jamie Jacquart, Assistant Director for the Office of Campus Sustainability & Residential Initiatives. “It runs one day, then doesn’t run the next, . . .

Wind turbine in Oswaldtwistle causes fire overnight #ENG

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:00
Fire crews spent a night putting out a wind turbine fire. Two fire engines and a 4×4 vehicle from Bacup, Blackburn and Darwen, along with the air support unit, attended a fire involving a wind turbine approx 80m in height on Haslingden Old Road in Oswaldtwistle at 12am last night. The nacelle at the top of the structure was alight and falling debris caused a small fire on the ground. Firefighters worked with the site owner and Electricity North West . . .

Cork community encircled by wind farms lodges appeal #IRL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:00
Members of a Cork community encircled by wind farms “in a 360-degree radius” have lodged an appeal against a planning decision on seven turbines near picturesque Gougane Barra, just as news emerged of another 12 planned nearby. Ballingeary development committee, Coiste Forbartha Béal Átha ’n Ghaorthaidh, took its concerns over a wind farm and battery storage facility at Curraglass, less than 3km from Gougane Barra, direct to An Bord Pleanála on Tuesday, hand-delivering an appeal to the planning body’s Dublin . . .

Lankford, Cramer, Hoeven, Capito, Rep. Marchant Push to Eliminate Wind Tax Credit #OK #USA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:00
WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) along with Representative Kenny Marchant (R-TX) today introduced legislation to completely phase out the federal production tax credit (PTC) for renewables. The bill specifies that any new projects would need to begin construction by the end of this year in order to qualify for the credit, as is the case under current law. This affirms that the extension for 2020 is the last extension . . .

Big Spring man dies in fall from Tom Green County wind turbine #TX

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:00
SAN ANGELO, TX – Deputies with the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday were dispatched to the Langford Wind Power Farm, located in the 11000 block of Allen Road near Christoval, TX. in reference to an accidental fall victim. The victim, identified as 39 year old Aaron Scott Johnson of Big Spring was pronounced deceased at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office at this time. Next of kin have been notified. . . .

Viking vows to implement better water management measures #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:00
Wind farm developer Viking Energy has expressed its regret for allowing silt run offs from its construction site to enter nearby Sand Water, a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and one of the many lochs regularly checked for its water quality as part of the project. Shetland Islands Council, speaking as the planning authority, said it had been established that mitigation measures including silt water traps and water pumps proved ineffective in the heavy rain on Tuesday morning. The . . .

Wind energy conflicts show how Arctic renewable energy projects can founder #FIN #NOR #RUS #SWE

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:00
At its essence, the Sámi position when it comes to renewable energy in the form of wind turbines and hydroelectric is simple: Herders don’t want their reindeer-herding disrupted by human-made hindrances. Infrastructure such as railways, roads, dams and wind farms all pose problems for herders in one way or another. In the case of wind farms, the problem is twofold: First, their placement can disrupt migration routes, either forcing reindeer and their herders to find a new path between winter . . .

Turbine blade failure a worry #IL (letter)

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:00
A recent wind turbine blade failure in Adair County, Iowa, raises questions on the safety of wind turbines and wind farms. Farmers discovered a large section of a 177-foot-long and 18,000-pound blade in a corn field that had separated from a wind turbine in a 48-period before Sept. 18 when KCCI-TV reported it. No one seemed to know exactly when the blade separated and flew into the cornfield. Farmers are concerned about the safety of the wind turbines as this . . .
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