Wind is one of the safest forms of energy, writes Christopher Michael Dotts, a wind turbine technician in Illinois. Incidents involving turbines are extremely rate, argues Dotts, adding coal is damaging to both human health and the environment. "When it comes to safety, wind turbines beat out nearly every other technology. This is because the turbines themselves are safe and because turbines must get the approval of an alphabet soup of institutions," he writes.
Renewables have the potential to provide 6,277 terawatt hours annually in the UK -- four times that amount of electricity consumed by the nation in 2014, according to The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. In the report, the RSPB outlined three situations in which renewables could help the UK curb its greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. "Climate change is one of the greatest long-term threats to wildlife," said Director of Conservation Martin Harper.
Wind development in the US drives down the cost of electricity, especially in Kansas and other major wind producing states, writes American Wind Energy Association Senior Research Director Michael Goggin. He writes that a recent editorial run by the Anderson County Review claiming otherwise is inaccurate. "A variety of experts and market data, including Wall Street investment firm Lazard, show wind is the lowest-cost source of new generation in the U.S., and adding wind drives electricity prices down, not up," he writes.
A judge in Sanilac County, Mich., has rejected a complaint filed by Exelon that, if approved, would have required the Bridgehampton Township planning commission to hold a hearing on the developer's request for a special land use permit. Exelon is seeking the permit for the right to build 50 turbines in the town as part of a bigger 68-turbine project. "By not acting, the planning commission is denying the project and participating landowners of the right to have the application considered," said company spokeswoman Kristen Otterness.
General Electric has introduced five new software apps designed to boost wind production and revenue from wind farms, according to the company. At the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2016 in New Orleans, the company said that the Digital Wind Farm apps would be compatible with its 2-megawatt and 3-MW turbine platforms. "We are actively working with our customers to develop new software technology applications that generate more production, better availability and ultimately higher profit across the lifecycle of a wind farm," said GE Renewable Energy President and CEO of Onshore Wind Anne McEntee.
Wind could provide 10% of the nation's total electricity needs by the end of the decade, according to the American Wind Energy Association. AWEA added that wind generation is growing at a faster rate than any other energy source in the US. "Wind is winning," said American Wind Energy Association Chairman Chris Brown at AWEA's 2016 conference in New Orleans.
Whirlpool has ordered a total of four 1.5-megawatt turbines from Goldwind for its Marion and Ottawa factories in Ohio. Whirlpool said the three turbines at the Marion plant would provide 19% of the facility's total electricity needs.
A comprehensive energy deal introduced in the Massachusetts House on Monday offers a fair compromise for offshore wind development, write the editorial boards of The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette. If approved, the bill would require state utilities to sign long-term power purchase agreements with 1,200 megawatts of installed offshore wind capacity by 2027 -- less than the 2,000 MW originally proposed by state Rep. Patricia Haddad. "The bill that has emerged represents a good first step to power Massachusetts' fledgling offshore wind energy industry," they write.
Renewable Northwest and the Montana Renewable Energy Association have joined forces to encourage renewable energy development in Montana. The duo has launched a website with the goal of raising awareness about renewables. "We really do have a choice at this point on where we go from here. And what this campaign is about is engaging Montanans to demand that we work to advance renewable energy in Montana," said Renewable Northwest Policy Manager for Montana Jeff Fox.
If all of the world's known fossil-fuel reserves were burned, the global temperature would increase by an average of about 14.5 degrees F, or 8 degrees C -- and the Arctic would suffer most, with a potential temperature increase of 30.6 degrees, or 17 degrees C, new research shows. "The study is yet another reminder about the profoundly different planet we would create by burning all fossil fuels," says climatologist Malte Meinshausen.
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