Robert Bryce: Warren Buffett’s Iowa Wind Power Expansion Derailed By The Bridges Of Madison County

The significance of Madison County’s rejection of Big Wind goes beyond Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway, and Iowa. Since 2015, by my count, 291 government entities from California to Maine have rejected or restricted wind-energy projects. 

It’s nearly impossible to build wind projects in California. Between 2013 and 2019, the state added less than 200 megawatts of new wind capacity, and over the past 14 months, proposed wind projects were rejected by both Humboldt and Santa Barbara counties. In Shasta County, local residents are actively opposing the proposed Fountain Wind project.

In New York, wind energy has met such fierce resistance in upstate towns and counties that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration wants to strip them of their zoning authority and effectively force communities to accept large solar and wind projects. Several European countries are seeing similar friction. In Norway, local opposition to wind energy is so strong that the government has given up trying to permit new onshore wind projects. In Germany, the wind energy sector has been stymied by widespread opposition, and according to a December 28 article in Recharge News, “permits for new onshore wind energy projects are and will remain the bottleneck.”

These conflicts show that wind energy’s paltry power density is resulting in land-use conflicts that will continue to impede its long-term growth. Indeed, land-use conflicts are increasing at the same time that the incoming Biden Administration, climate activists, academics, and powerful Washington lobby groups are pushing for massive increases in the deployment of renewables. Last summer, the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force released called for installing half a billion solar panels and “60,000 made-in-America wind turbines” and doing so “within five years.” 

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Comment by Barbara Durkin on January 15, 2021 at 8:28am
Wind energy is the antithesis of a reliable energy source that’s commercially reasonable.

But, it’s the perfect money laundering vehicle.

We’re deploying the same wind tech over and over, with the same results, blackouts, failed blades, cables, and failed foundations. All the while, wind developers fail to produce energy yet developers continue to collect public subsidies. With curtailment, AKA constraint payments, developers make more money to Not produce.

Benefits of wind are hypothetical as wind companies continue to use Enron’s business model, Hypothetical Future Value Accountancy.

Commercial wind began globally in Tehachapi, CA with Enron Wind.

‘Tehachapi-based Enron Wind declaring bankruptcy as part of reported $400 million sale to G.E.’
Comment by Kenneth Capron on January 15, 2021 at 12:50am

Don't you just hate when government interferes? There must be someone arguing that wind power is a human right. Why else would someone engineer a wind tower half the size of the Empire State Building? I can't wait for Musk to come up with a space-based wind tower - it must be on someone's AutoCad.

On the serious side, this may be the only good reason to have governments at all.


Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power


Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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