Wind energy plans hit turbulence from recession, transmission and ethics issues

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wind-turbine-failRecent reports suggest that wind energy plans have hit turbulence from economic recession, the daunting scale of transmission grid upgrades and even a code of ethics to avoid corrupt practices. Not all the news is bad, though. See bottom of post for news from Washington State and Canada.

The global economic turmoil has started having an impact on the wind energy industry in Europe. Some companies are cutting down forecasts and production for 2009 and the market is showing the first signs of slowdown. Research Analyst Gouri Nambudripad reports for Frost & Sullivan.

The nationwide financial crisis has put the brakes on a wind farm under construction in northern New York and another developer has aborted possible projects in eastern and central New York after trouble securing land. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants wind energy companies to abide by a code of ethics after his investigation into allegations of corrupt practices by developers, Newsday reports.

T. Boone Pickens’ grand plan for a massive West Texas wind farm requires an upgrade of the transmission grid. Getting the power from isolated parts of the country to population centers demands investment in capacity upgrades on the distribution end. Hugh Bartling, an assistant professor in public policy at DePaul University, writes in

Two bright sparks, first from the Washington State Supreme Court: spoiling someone’s view does not qualify as a reason to halt wind power projects. New Energy News reports on the landmark decision. Also, Manitoba is making a big investment in green power with Canada’s largest wind farm, tech vibes reports.

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