Congress makes right move on Cape Wind

It appears Congress got one right. Congressional leaders have rejected a plan that would have given the governor of Massachusetts veto power over a proposed offshore wind farm, and instead ruled that the U.S. Coast Guard is the appropriate agency to determine if the project is safe. You can read the Boston Globe story on …

What telephone companies can teach wind farmers

One of the dozen of so things I do to make a living involves tracking news in the cable television business. And in that industry, the biggest news of the year has been the entry of telephone companies into the TV business. Cable companies such as Time Warner and Comcast suddenly find themselves competing with …

England tests radar that isn’t bothered by wind farms

The FAA and the Department of Defense have expressed concern that wind farms might interfere with military radar. And although safety concerns must be paramount, some politicians have been quick to complain that the regulators may have been too quick to act. Nonetheless, a solution may be at hand. England’s Royal Air Force is testing …

World’s biggest wind conference planned for next week

Pittsburgh, once a symbol of America’s industrial decline, will host the largest wind-power conference in history next week. About 4,500 people are expected to attend Windpower 2006, according to published estimates by the American Wind Energy Association. Unfortunately, I won’t be there. Duty — both familial and professional — has me stuck in New York. …

Can a turbine be beautiful?

I must confess — I find wind turbines lovely. Whenever I see these things, wherever I see them, I’m struck by the sheer “attractiveness” of them. I see clean lines that frame and accent open vistas. I see blades in triplicate — dancing, spinning, weaving. And to the mind of this lapsed Catholic it all …