By P. Michael Saint, Chairman and CEO, The Saint Consulting Group There are those who argue that NIMBYs, (those who oppose new development near their homes) are just plain selfish. They are placing their own happiness ahead of the greater good. For example, when nearby residents oppose wind farms that will generate clean electric power for the good of the … Read More
Wind energy annual reports in Europe and the United States agree that 2012 was a good year for the wind energy industry, but 2013 poses different kinds of difficulties. Julie Wernau, reporting in The Chicago Tribune, wrote: In the U.S. overall, nearly two-thirds of the more than 13,000 MW of new wind power in 2012 came online in the fourth quarter … Read More
I thought it might be valuable to try to create a top five facility types of energy that face extreme permitting risk in 2012 and why. I take a stab below. Your views are welcome. Hit me up at email@example.com.
Wind opponents have been able to continue to delay the Cape Wind project with lawsuits and steady regulatory interference. Really, they have left no stone unturned. Their efforts are not without success either.
T. Boone Pickens, once one of the brightest examples of the shift from conventional fossil fuel energy to renewableenergy, has announced his Pickens Plan no longer involves wind energy, the energycollective blog reports.
Saint Consulting’s Energy Sector Practice Leader, Jay Vincent, has been selected for the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2011. He will be presenting on Tuesday May 24th, 2011 on “What Drives Growing Opposition to Wind Energy Projects”.
With Republicans set to take power in the U.S. House of Representatives in January, some wonder whether the lame-duck Democrat-controlled Congress will approve some $7 billion in tax credits and grants for energy from solar, wind, geothermal, and ethanol are set to expire at the end of this year.
Cape Wind, the first offshore wind farm ever approved in the U.S., passed another major milestone this week with the approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with the utility, National Grid, to buy Cape Wind’s energy, capacity and renewable energy credits, Timothy Hurst writes in the ecopolitology blog.
More often than not, NIMBY fights are really a battle between two sets of values, two sets of priorities, each equally good, but unable to co-exist in the same place.
One could see the code of ethics as a proactive effort by the wind industry declaring their integrity in local land use dealings or as a must-have defensive tactic based on bad behavior in the past by a couple entities or individuals.
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