wind turbines

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    Innovators and Entrepreneurs To The Rescue

    Fascinating story in Bloomberg News about the reality and problem of behemoth wind turbines that have reached the end of their working life. A wind turbine’s blades can be longer than a Boeing 747 wing, so at the end of their lifespan they can’t just be hauled…
    Donna Martinez, February 7, 2020
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    NPR: Wind energy’s waste problem

    Much of the structure of a wind turbine can be reused, but not the massive blades. And figuring out what to do with those will be a huge problem with enormous expenses.
    Jon Sanders, January 3, 2020
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    Wind turbine 1, incredibly rare bird 0

    News from the U.K., given the headline “Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago killed by wind turbine in front of crowd of twitchers who turned up to catch a glimpse”: There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846.
    Jon Sanders, June 28, 2013
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    Ridge Law Exemption Proposed: Good for Bigger Government

    North Carolina has a law, known as the Ridge Law, that generally bans construction of most structures over 40 feet along the ridgelines. As I wrote nearly two years ago, wind power advocates are trying to create a special exemption for massive wind turbines. There shouldn’t be a Ridge…
    Daren Bakst, June 6, 2011