December 25, 2007 |
At a time when most people choose to avoid the harsh winter winds that roar past corn stubble and whip up billowing dust clouds over table-flat fields, farmers in Michigan's Thumb now talk about catching the wind and all the money that comes with it. Michigan's first commercial wind farm -- a collection of 32 towering turbines that conjure visions of H.G.
January 27, 1991 |
On a wind-swept field overlooking the sea, workers are demolishing a huge coal-fired power plant while nearby, four sleek wind turbines harvest energy from the air. It looks like a straightforward transition from the old to the new, but in this traditional coal mining area of southern Wales the reality is not so simple. It is true that coal-fired power plants are being phased out as mines run short of reserves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2007 |
A group of cabin owners in the northern reaches of the Angeles National Forest has added its voice to a rising chorus of opposition to the development of renewable energy -- in this case, a high-voltage line that would transmit electrical power generated by wind turbines. Slated for a scenic 12-mile stretch of the forest near Santa Clarita, the project would convey electricity from windmills in the Tehachapi Mountains to the fast-growing Antelope Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2001 |
The windmills scattered throughout the rolling hills and grassy expanses of the Great Plains are proof that farmers and ranchers were some of the original users of renewable energy. That changed when government-backed rural electric associations began extending utility lines to outlying areas in the 1930s. Wind-driven turbines that powered water pumps and farmhouse appliances were phased out.
March 26, 2010 |
The Wampanoag Indians of southeastern Massachusetts welcomed the Pilgrims when they arrived on the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago. But now they're trying to stop another newcomer -- wind turbines. Citing customs and religious practices recorded since the earliest contact with Europeans, two local tribes have blocked, at least for now, America's first planned offshore wind farm and the Obama administration's efforts to promote renewable sources of energy. At issue is a private developer's plan to erect 130 wind turbine generators on a sandy shoal in the middle of Nantucket Sound, the scenic channel between Cape Cod and the resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
April 22, 2009 |
The Interior Department will announce new rules today that clear the way for the first offshore wind turbines to be erected along the Atlantic Coast. The rules will set long-awaited guidelines for offshore leases, easements and royalty payments that the Bush administration worked on for years but did not complete. The guidelines represent the most aggressive move yet from an administration that hopes to shift the nation's offshore energy supply from oil to wind power.
July 26, 2011 |
California wants 12 gigawatts of electricity from local clean power sources, such as rooftop solar panels, small wind turbines and fuel cells, by 2020, Gov. Jerry Brown said at a gathering of more than 200 energy experts at UCLA that he convened Monday. Twelve gigawatts is enough to power roughly 3 million homes. But Brown was short on details about the mechanics of reaching that goal. "It's going to take all manner of investment, risk taking and collaboration," he said. At the moment, the state's renewable energy portfolio is laden with large wind and solar farms sprawling over remote deserts and mountains.
February 5, 1995 |
In the blustery throat of San Gorgonio Pass, on the outskirts of Palm Springs, rank after rank of state-of-the-art wind machines are rapidly turning the breeze into an everyday source of electricity. Largely unnoticed, wind power has come into its own, with a new generation of machines that make it the first renewable energy--from solar, wood waste or other environmentally benign sources--cheap enough to compete with low-cost fossil fuels.
April 10, 2011 |
What a strange turn of events. Instead of uniting the environmental movement in renewed opposition to nuclear power, the Fukushima disaster in Japan has divided it still further. An increasing number of green advocates, including some very prominent voices, have declared their support for nuclear power as a clean energy option, even as radioactive water accumulates and the timeline for cleaning up the contaminated areas extends by decades. Can they be serious? They can. The irony of Fukushima is that in forcing us all to confront our deepest fears about the dangers of nuclear power, we find many of them to be wildly irrational -- based on scare stories propagated through years of unchallenged mythology and the repeated exaggerations of self-proclaimed "experts" in the anti-nuclear movement.