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Wind Power
Aug 18, 2014 — The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.
Jun 18, 2014 — The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.
Dec 17, 2013 — One former anti-nuke activist says the world can't afford to dismiss nuclear power, if we're to rein in global warming. Nuclear plants provide a more reliable energy supply than wind or solar, he says, and without the high carbon emissions that fossil fuels produce.
Dec 11, 2013 — California plans to get 33 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. But that will only work if the state can economically store some of the energy for release on cloudy, windless days.
Dec 5, 2013 — Under the new plan, each federal agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
 

Special Reports

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Audio Slideshow:
Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
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Lifting giant windmills into the sky
Noble Environmental Power has is erecting 122 wind turbines in an energy park in western Clinton County. David Sommerstein was there as turbine #6 went up.
A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.
A turbine outside Bill and Pat Burke's house.

Tug Hill Places Its Future With Wind

Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau is the biggest wind power producer east of the Mississippi. Its 120 turbines are set over 14 miles in 4 Lewis County towns. They can spin out up to 170 megawatts of electricity, enough to power most of Lewis, St. Lawrence, and Jefferson Counties. This summer, Maple Ridge will build another 90 turbines. The Tug Hill region is at the cutting edge of a wind energy boom. And it's benefiting economically, earning tens of millions of dollars in tax payments and land leases a year. That's the trade-off for a ridgeline that will never look the same. In part two of our series on wind farms, David Sommerstein visits the neighbors of the largest wind farm in the East.  Go to full article

Checking One Wind Power Claim

Yesterday David Sommerstein reported on some of the claims by those who oppose industrial-sized wind farms. One in particular caught him attention. He spoke with Martha Foley about a wind farm in Illinois.  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County [source: Horizon Wind Energy]

Wind Offers Hope, Conflict in North Country

New York State has pledged to get 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2013. 18% already comes from hydropower. Experts say most of the remaining 7% will come from the wind. And the North Country is poised to play a prime role. 120 turbines are already spinning out power on the Tug Hill Plateau. Two companies have plans to erect hundreds of turbines in Clinton and Franklin counties. And more prospecting is underway from Cape Vincent to Chateaugay. Wind farms can evoke strong reactions, often for aesthetic reasons. But anti-wind groups in the region have a long list of negatives that go far beyond the view. David Sommerstein looks at the issues.  Go to full article

Wind Power Blowing Ahead on Wolfe Island

Harvesting wind for power has become one of northern New York's hottest, and more controversial, issues. The Maple Ridge wind farm is already spinning out up to 170...  Go to full article

Prospecting for Wind

Wind power is a small, but fast-growing segment of the US energy market. Right now, energy companies are scouring rural America for the best spots to put up wind turbines. ...  Go to full article
Turbine parts on a freighter near Clayton.

Wind Turbines New Horizon for Lewis County

The horizon on the Tug Hill Plateau has a new look. More than twenty soaring wind turbines now dot the landscape of Lewis County. Maple Ridge Wind Farms will be the largest...  Go to full article

Adk Conservation Group Opposes Johnsburg Wind Park

An influential conservation group has announced its opposition to a wind turbine farm in the town of Johnsburg. The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks says...  Go to full article

Pataki Adminstration Urges Wind Farm Developers To Avoid Adk Park

The Pataki administration is urging wind power developers to look for sites outside the Adirondack Park. The message was delivered yesterday at a Park Agency meeting in Ray...  Go to full article
Wind developer Jim McAndrew

Wind Power Comes To Adirondack North Country, Raising Hopes & Fears

Two commercial wind farm projects are in the planning stages in the Adirondack Park. Other wind farms are moving forward in Franklin county, near Malone, and in Lewis county...  Go to full article
Author & activist Bill McKibben

Commentary: Wind Power A Necessary Evil & Symbol of Hope

If wind power projects go forward in the North Country, they will change the visual landscape for some of the most pristine areas in the Adirondack Park. Author and activist...  Go to full article

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