The cost of offshore wind power: worse than we thought

By Andrew Montford A few days ago, the BBC’s Roger Harrabin mentioned a new suggestion that instead of cutting up redundant oil rigs, we should simply sink them to the bottom of the sea, where they would become artificial reefs that would encourage a flourishing of marine flora and fauna. Observant readers of his Twitter feed…

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Study: living near wind turbines is annoying

From the AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS and the “don’t mind the subaudible swooshing, you’ll get used to it” department comes this study that confirms what we already know; living near wind turbines is annoying. Does living near wind turbines negatively impact human health? Some people report sleep disturbances from wind turbines’ audible and subaudible noise; researchers…

Bad news for wind power: globally, winds are slowing

Of course, global warming, the universal boogey man, gets the blame Near-surface wind speeds over landmasses across the planet have dropped by as much as 25% since the 1970s, and climate scientists are taking note. Michael Lucy reports. The wind isn’t what it used to be. Scientists say surface wind speeds across the planet have fallen…

NOAA/NWS document: wind turbines affect weather radar, create false storm impressions

From the Watertown Daily News, and the “law of unintended consequences” department comes an inconvenient truth from the National Weather Service, that upon further investigation appears to be a nationwide problem for the WSR-88D doppler weather radar network used to predict, track, and analyze severe weather. According to NOAA’s Radar operations center, forecasters are faced…

Tragic Windfarm Death – Unanswered Questions

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t ptolemy2 – According to BBC News, the family of 74yr old security guard Ronnie Alexander are looking for answers as to how he died of exposure while guarding the Afton wind farm during severe weather. Family want answers over death in snow on wind farm 7 March 2018 The…

Tilting at Windmills

Guest essay by Andi May If you had told me a year ago that I would willingly move into proximity of a windfarm, I would have laughed. Yet this is precisely what I have done. Wellington’s South Coast lies on the very southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, and is renowned for the winds…