Archive for June, 2006

Doyle urges quick action to end wind moratorium

Posted on June 9, 2006. Filed under: Wind |

In identical letters to the Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration, Governor Jim Doyle wrote:

In March of this year I was proud to sign into law the Wisconsin Energy Efficiencies and Renewables Law, Act 141. This Act establishes on of the most forward thinking energy efficiency infrastructures and policies in the United States, requiring that by 2015 ten percent of Wisconsin’s electricity come from renewable resources. Unfortunately, that ambitious goal might be jeopardized by Department of Defense delay and resultant Federal Aviation Administration action that is curtailing the welcomed growth of wind power in Wisconsin. . . .

I write to urge you to advocate for swift completion of the DOD study, and to fully engage in the analysis of this vitally important matter. I am confident that the country’s joint needs of homeland and energy security can be met through an analysis of this critical issue that explores the current coexistence of radar and wind turbines in locations throughout the U.S. and Europe. The longer this study goes without completion, the more difficulties are created for wind turbine projects planned and already under construction, including a number in Wisconsin. This state’s – and this country’s – energy independence requires a swift response from the Department of Defense.

Click here for background on the de facto moratorium on wind energy projects.

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Living with wind turbines

Posted on June 8, 2006. Filed under: Wind |

New York Wind Power, a documentary film, includes interviews with people living near wind turbines to capture their experiences with noise, wildlife, and turbines.

It’s a must-see.

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Renewable workshops galore

Posted on June 7, 2006. Filed under: General |

Whether you want to learn more about generating heat or electricity from the sun, wind, wood, or biomass, visit the workshop schedule on the Web site of Focus on Energy to check the list of upcoming worksohps. And don’t forget the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, June 23-25.

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Bus to the Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair

Posted on June 6, 2006. Filed under: General |

High gas prices making you rethink your vacation to the amazing Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair?

Don’t worry; the MREA will send a bus to come pick you up! On June 23-25, the nation’s leading renewable energy experts will gather in Custer, WI for the 17th annual Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair to talk about our energy options and what everyday people can do now to effect change, and the MREA wants you to be able to come.

The Madison bus will leave from the Dutch Mill Park and Ride each morning of the Fair (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at 8:00am and will leave the Fair for Madison at 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday and 5:00pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or by calling the MREA at 715-592-6595.

So don’t let gas prices prevent you from coming to the Fair this year.

Ride the bus!

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Midwest senators raise concerns over wind power stoppages

Posted on June 5, 2006. Filed under: Wind |

RENEW Wisconsin praised the Midwest senators who wrote to the Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Agency to ask them to move quickly on a study of wind farms on defense radar:

Senators from three Midwestern states raised concerns over a Department of Defense (DOD) decision to oppose construction of wind farms and won praise from Wisconsin’s leading wind energy advocate organization.

In a letters to the DOD and the Federal Aviation Administration, the senators asked the agencies not to “unnecessarily obstruct the implementation” of wind power until completion of a study on whether wind turbines interfere with national security.

The DOD and the Department of Homeland Security will “contest any establishment of windmill farms” within the “line of site” of any National Air Defense and Homeland Security Radars, according to a recently adopted interim policy.

“As the senators rightly note, the line-of-site covers much of the nation and nearly the entire land area of the Midwest,” said Michael Vickerman, executive director of RENEW Wisconsin, a statewide organization that advocates for renewable energy.

“We appreciate the senators’ help in stressing the importance of getting the study completed and ending the de facto moratorium on wind energy projects,” added Vickerman.


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Transmission constraints curtail Xcel’s wind energy

Posted on June 2, 2006. Filed under: Wind |

In a story by Tom Meersman, in the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “Xcel lacks the capacity to transmit all the wind power, so it pays for some machines to remain idle, and passes the cost to customers.”

The story goes on to say:

Xcel Energy electricity customers have paid millions of dollars for wind energy that was never produced, according to documents filed with state regulators.

The utility guarantees payments to wind farm owners whenever their machines produce electricity, but it doesn’t have enough transmission lines to deliver all of that power to consumers. As a result, wind machines have been routinely disconnected, sometimes on the windiest days, when the most power could be generated.


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