Carolinas become new front in land use battles over wind energy

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Looks like land use politics is quickly following on the heels of wind energy’s movement to the mountains and shores of the southeast. The Carolinas are the new front in the midst of sometimes heated discussions about wind energy in locations considered sacred by many environmentalists, preservationists and avid nature enthusiasts, particularly in the Appalachians.

Nuclear power fights for share in Obama’s renewable energy, climate change goals

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By Jay Vincent, Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group Last week, nuclear industry executives and allied interests met in Washington to carve out a role for nuclear power in the U.S. as a stable, base load source of energy generation that is both reliable and “green.” Hosting several key Capitol Hill speakers, including House Majority Leader Steny … Read More

National Energy Needs Not Enough to Justify Local Wind Projects, Expert Says

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Renewable energy interests have effectively linked themselves to key issues of national importance, but it’s not enough to overcome citizen opposition when a project is proposed for their community. That’s the conclusion Saint Consulting Senior Vice President for Energy Ben Kelahan expressed in a news article reported in Wind Energy Weekly. Local opposition to wind energy projects persists, despite the … Read More

82% of Americans Support Locally Sited Wind: Survey

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March 20, 2009 Wind Energy Weekly An impressive 82% of Americans support wind farm projects in their hometown, up from 76% a year ago, according to a recent survey. The 2009 Saint Index is the fourth such survey from the Saint Consulting Group and involved interviews with 1,000 adults nationwide. Broken down by region, residents in the Midwest showed the … Read More

Washington pushes renewable energy prospects, but local support is lacking

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By Jay Vincent Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group Last week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told America what we at Saint Consulting have been saying to many of our renewable energy clients: renewable energy policy is great, but it’s just policy until you actually have the decision-making authority to site generation projects and transmission lines … Read More

Maine wants state to approve wind power projects, reduce local NIMBY delays

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By Jay Vincent Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group The Bangor Daily News is backing steps by the state of Maine to shift the permitting process for wind projects from local to state level. I’ve been waiting for this. In fact, I’m very surprised that it’s taken this long for states that are significantly invested in renewable … Read More

Wind energy wising up to pro-active planning strategies to address NIMBYs

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By Jay Vincent, Senior Vice President for Energy, The Saint Consulting Group   A recent American Wind Energy Association’s Project Siting Workshop I attended went beyond the core environmental issues that any new site must address to tackle the impact of community politics, which often prevents or delays wind turbines from even being built.       Experts on noise, … Read More