wind farm environmental impact News

  • NASA Satellite Measurements Imply Texas Wind Farm Impact On Surface Temperature

    A Texas region containing four of the world's largest wind farms showed an increase in land surface temperature over nine years that researchers have connected to local meteorological effects of the turbines. The land surface temperature around the west-central Texas wind farms warmed at a rate of .72 degrees Celsius per ...

  • Wind Farm Noise Assessment by XL2

    Wind Farm Noise Assessment by XL2 One of the largest acoustic consulting firms in Australia, “Renzo Tonin & Associates” was engaged by the New South Wales Department of Planning ...


    By NTi Audio AG

  • Appeal of wind farm rejected by ontario environmental review tribunal

    After a lengthy hearing extending between February 1st and May 26th of this year the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) issued its decision on July 18, 2011 regarding the appeal of the issuance of a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for Suncor's Kent Breeze Wind Farm. In this, the ERT's first hearing of an appeal of an REA, the Tribunal dismissed ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ENSR to prepare environmental impact statement on landmark Wyoming wind project

    ENSR has been selected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to prepare the environmental impact statement (EIS) for a major new wind energy project proposed by the Power Company of Wyoming. ENSR, a leading environmental services firm, is part of AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services. The Power Company of Wyoming filed right-of-way applications with ...


    By AECOM

  • New index to rank acceptability of onshore wind farms

    A new study has developed a scoring system that could help authorities approve proposals for onshore wind plants. It considered four aspects of a wind farm: the technical properties, the social impact, the environmental impact and the share of earnings offered as compensation for any negative effects. The EU climate change and energy package1 has set a number of targets to be met by 2020, ...

  • Sopcawind, a Multidisciplinary Tool for Designing Wind Farms

    The SOPCAWIND tool is a piece of software that facilitates the design of wind farms, bearing in mind not only the aspects of energy productivity but also the possible impact the wind farm may have on the environment, radars or other telecommunications systems in the vicinity. It also assesses acoustic noise, the effect of shadow on nearby housing, and applies criteria for heritage protection or ...

  • Guilty plea in bird deaths at wind farms a first

    A major U.S. power company has pleaded guilty to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms and agreed to pay $1 million as part of the first enforcement of environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities. Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single ...


    By Associated Press

  • New policy statement for Australian wind farm industry

    Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett today released an invaluable tool to help the wind farm industry meet national environment law. Mr Garrett said the Wind Farm Industry Policy Statement will help wind farm operators decide whether to refer wind farm proposals for assessment and approval under national environment law. 'Wind energy has the potential to deliver a significant proportion of ...


    By Australian Government

  • Giant British wind farm plans blown away

    The Scottish government has a number of powers separate from the British government in London, including planning and environment policy. Lewis Wind Power, a consortium of AMEC and British Energy, had proposed constructing 181 turbines, with a capacity of 651.6 megawatts -- enough to meet the average domestic electricity requirement of more than 20 percent of Scotland's population. 'The Lewis ...

  • U.S. launches first offshore wind farm

    Twenty-five years behind its European counterparts, the U.S. has finally entered the offshore wind energy market after its first offshore wind farm began operations late last month. Using large steel platforms and offshore installation techniques borrowed from the oil and gas industry, the five-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island will generate enough ...

  • Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

    It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America's green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm's spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground. Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It's also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil ...


    By Associated Press

  • CERC applies new FLOWSTAR-Energy model to assess impact of proposed wind farm

    CERC was recently commissioned to carry out an assessment of the impact of two proposed large wind turbines on the wind energy yield of an existing smaller wind turbine in the neighbourhood of the proposed site. The assessment used FLOWSTAR-Energy to model the impact of the proposed wind turbines on the local flow and turbulence including the effect of the local topography. The picture shows ...

  • Where now with wind turbine impact assessment

    Environmental Protection UK's recent event 'Where Now with Wind Turbine Impact Assessment' was a big success, providing valuable insight into an often confusing area. The event brought together over 120 delegates including practitioners experienced in noise assessment, renewable energy developers, local authority officers who have dealt with or are facing applications and community neighbours of ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • New study reveals wind farms do not affect tourism

    A new report released by Biggar Economics reveals that tourism in Scotland is unaffected by onshore wind farms. The study, whose findings were released last month, aimed to ‘understand the relationship, if any, that exists between the development of onshore wind energy and the sustainable tourism sector in Scotland.’ Tourism was often considered during the planning phase of many ...

  • New offshore wind farms will bring huge boost to UK capacity

    Consent was given today by the Government for the construction of two wind farms off the Norfolk Coast with a combined capacity of over 1GW. This means that 6.6GW of offshore wind power is now either operational, under construction or consented in the UK. The two wind farms at Race Bank (580MW) and Dudgeon (560MW) in the Greater Wash could generate enough electricity to power around 730,000 ...

  • Massachusetts Offshore Wind Farm Denied Permit to Site Cables

    BOSTON, Massachusetts, October 18, 2007 (ENS) - The Cape Cod Commission has denied a permit for the nation's first proposed offshore wind farm to run submarine and upland transmission cables from the site in Nantucket Sound to connect with the power grid on the mainland. After voting against the proposal Thursday, the commission said it denied the permit application on procedural ...

  • Lake Erie wind farm receives $40 million in government funding

    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has invested $40 million into the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America. Local wind energy firms were vying for the project, and finally Lake Erie Energy Development Co (LEEDCo) received the go ahead in a decision that surprised some. Their proposal includes six, 3.45MW wind turbines with an innovative type of ...

  • Texas coastal wind farms may put birds at risk

    Two wind power projects under construction in Kenedy County, Texas will pose a threat to migratory and resident birds and bats, according to a scientific study released today by the Coastal Habitat Alliance. The two projects, both being built on private ranch land, will be the first wind farms in coastal south Texas. This portion of the Texas coast is among the most important bird migration ...

  • Local authority cuts could delay wind farm decisions

    In their latest state of the industry report, trade body Renewable UK found that the approval rate for onshore wind fell in the past year - to 55% of applications compared to 83% in the previous year. The industry express concern that pending planning reforms in England – such as the abolition of regional spatial strategies and proposals to limit applicants' right of appeal could have "a ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Which birds are most at risk from wind farm collisions?

    Wind power is likely to play an increasingly role in generating renewable energy throughout Europe. Migrating birds are thought to be vulnerable to collisions with the wind turbines. A recent Danish study has designed a risk management tool to identify the most vulnerable bird species. Assessing the impact of offshore wind farms on all species of migrating birds is difficult and radar ...

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