Originally a letter published in the Sentinel Times. It can be found here. About wind farms as hazard to birds, especially eagles, it’s a cyclic debate of wildlife v clean energy (‘Birds will die at Bald Hills’, Sentinel-Times 6/1/15, p16). … Continue reading Wind Farms V Birds
Dismissing the future of wind power is all too common, with false claims about wind power’s affordability and success plaguing the Australian and U.S news media. Although, when really in comparison to the European Union, the United States and Australia have superior renewable resources.
The Wall Street Journal today carried a wildly overblown editorial titled “The New Dark Continent,” attacking Europe’s strong push to develop renewable energy sources.
First, the Journal is dead wrong about Europe’s successful transition to renewables. Second, even if its criticisms had merit, they would not apply to the completely different policy framework and vastly superior renewable energy resources that exist in the United States.
It should not come as a surprise that owners of other forms of energy don’t like renewable energy providing competition and cutting into their profit margins. However, that does not excuse them or the Journal from making false claims about renewable energy’s cost, reliability, and environmental benefits.
A story published at Grist highlights some of the latest developments in storage technologies for wind power. The Laurel Mountain wind farm in West Virginia, USA, is home to the world’s largest lithium-ion battery, rated at 32 megawatts (the wind farm is rated at 98 megawatts). Another, slightly larger (dry-cell) battery storage system is planned for Duke Energy’s Notrees wind farm in Texas. According to Forbes, AES engineered the Laurel Mountain project for power regulation partly because there has always been demand for this type of service. Utilities typically are required to reserve power each day to deal with any … Continue reading Storing wind energy: new developments