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Global Trends Toward Building Offshore Turbines

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report yesterday showing progress for the U.S. offshore wind energy market in 2012, including the completion of two commercial lease auctions for federal Wind Energy Areas and a number of commercial-scale U.S. projects reaching an advanced stage of development. Further, the report highlights global trends toward building offshore turbines in deeper waters and using larger, more efficient turbines in offshore wind farms, increasing the amount of electricity delivered to consumers.

WSJ'S 'SIX MYTHS ABOUT RENEWABLES': MORE GOOD NEWS

There are a lot of good stories to share about the affordability and reliability of wind power. While Wall Street Journal reporter Keith Johnson touches on several of them in a recent article (Six Myths About Renewable Energy, September 22), there’s even more good news about wind power.

More on Myth #1

Associated Press coverage of bird fatalities not complete

As with previous coverage by Associated Press’s Dina Cappiello on eagles and wind energy, critical context about wind power and wildlife went missing from her report today. It is concerning that Ms. Cappiello again minimizes wind power’s perspective despite an abundance of important information made available to her.

No one takes wildlife impacts more seriously than the wind industry, and while unfortunately some eagles occasionally collide with turbines at some wind farms, this is not a common occurrence: fatalities of golden eagles at modern wind facilities represent only 2 percent of all documented sources of human caused eagle fatalities, while only a few bald eagles have died in collisions in the history of the industry.

This figure is far lower than eagle fatalities due to other leading causes, including lead poisoning, poisoning in general, electrocutions, collisions with vehicles, drowning in stock tanks, and illegal shootings. Further, the only reason we know as much as we do is because unlike these other sources, the wind industry is conducting pre- and post-construction surveys and self-reporting the losses.

Don't fall for the marketing science

SugarGreen washing is a term that had to be introduced not long after green made its appearance to counter the marketing of everything as green. That is the reason I only use clean renewable energy instead of green energy. But even clean, can no longer be trusted outside the shower or the carwash. Clean Coal, what a joke, you are telling me that less mercury in your fish is considered clean? I don’t think so. 

Anti-clean energy propaganda always a threat

It is is so difficult for me to say that I live in a just country when the money I reluctantly spend on oil products and coal is used to lobby for ways to keep me from having choices that would make my life and the health of my environment better.  

12 Best Practices for Bringing Down Costs for Solar Power.

The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) leads up the Solar Friendly Communities initiative aimed to encourage the expansion of residential solar.

Although solar technology costs have come down significantly in the past few years, local policies still have a major impact on the overall cost of installing solar. The Solar Friendly Communities initiative hase put forth 12 best practices for bringing down costs at the local level.

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