FAA says OK to Midwestern wind farms

In a move that’s sure to please investors in wind energy, the FAA has begun giving the go-ahead to a number of wind-farm projects it had placed on hold out of concern the turbines could interfere with radar operations. Three projects in Minnesota have received FAA approval, according to Renewable Energy Access. Two Wisconsin farms …

Teaching about wind energy through KidWind

I recently praised an ambitious student with an interest in wind energy. So it’s only fitting that I make note of a remarkable program created by a remarkable teacher (well, actually from a remarkable ex-teacher.) KidWind is “is a team of teachers, students, engineers and practitioners exploring the science behind wind energy in classrooms around …

What if those turbines should spill some wind into the water? You ever think about that?

I happened to be in Chicago a few weeks ago when Earl Bush, press aide to the first Mayor Daley, passed away. Bush is best remembered for defending the English-challenged mayor with the line “Don’t print what he said. Print what he meant.” I think of Mr. Bush and that line often whenever I hear …

There’s something rotten in Massachusetts, not Denmark

Jens Larsen knows quite a bit about wind power. He’s the director of the Copenhagen Environment and Energy Office and project manager for Denmark’s Middelgrunden wind farm, an offshore system that’s similar to the proposed facility off Cape Cod. As I’ve mentioned before, the Cape Wind plan has attracted complaints from a collection of wealthy, …

Thinking about the future; no time in the present

I became interested in alternative energy as a business, not as a cause. Although I’ve believed for a long time that the cleanliness of wind power was, obviously, a good thing, that wasn’t the key attraction for me. Rather that fact that wind power was good for the planet meant only that it was also …