Small Wind Initiative

Timlynn Babitsky | Resources | Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Appalachian State U. in North Carolina is the go-to place for state-of-the-art information on the small wind systems and turbines currently available in the American Marketplace. Its Small Wind Initiative (SWI) also demonstrates the value of research, partnership, and collaboration in wind energy projects. (more…)

Wind Power New York

Timlynn Babitsky | Resources | Friday, September 12th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
For up to date information on New York State wind energy legal developments – land use and zoning laws, environmental issues, judicial and regulatory actions — wind project organizers should definitely check out the Wind Power Law Blog. (more…)

Lyme’s wind dis-ease

Timlynn Babitsky | Case studies,Issues: Strategies & Tactics,NIMBY | Sunday, July 13th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
No matter what T. Boone Pickens thinks about wind power, the Town Board of Lyme New York just doesn’t share his enthusiasm. It recently enacted a local zoning law that effectively puts the kibosh on what could be a “boone” for local residents. But, Voters for Wind won’t let their idea just blow away. (more…)

Jeykll and Tybee of Wind

Timlynn Babitsky | Case studies,Issues: Strategies & Tactics | Thursday, July 10th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Despite the 8-year hoo-hah over Cape Cod’s off shore wind farm, a 50% jump in off-shore construction costs in the last three years, and the failure of Congress to renew tax credits for wind power, Georgia is looking out to sea for more than the fishing and swimming. (more…)

Off-shore Wind War

Timlynn Babitsky | Books,Case studies,Issues: Strategies & Tactics,NIMBY,Resources | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
The war over off-shore wind power in the US may soon be over! The first large-scale US off-shore wind project has been stalled for nearly eight years by a very rich and famous NIMBY campaign of resistors. Yet despite every effort to kill the Cape Wind project, it may be just months away from finally starting construction. (more…)

Community Wind Projects

Timlynn Babitsky | Books,Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Resources | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Gaining cooperation from individuals and groups within the same organization is never easy. Gaining support from diverse individuals and groups who do not share the common ground of the same organization is a challenging and complex social process. Wind advocates who are trying to harness the support of diverse stakeholders for agendas that are often contentious face a true test of skill in interpersonal relationship building. How do you get your wind project supported? (more…)

Tommy Wonk

Timlynn Babitsky | Case studies,Issues: Strategies & Tactics | Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
In the unfolding case study of off-shore/on-shore wind power projects in the Delaware area, the battle continues between Bluewater Wind and Delmarva Power. Tommy Wonk, a.k.a. Tom Noyes, is keeping tabs on the stakeholders, advocates and resistors. His latest post leaves you shaking your head. (more…)

20 by 30

Timlynn Babitsky | Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Resources,Wind Power Basics | Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) just released a first-of-its-kind report examining the technical feasibility of wind energy’s potential to provide up to 20 percent of the nation’s total electricity needs by 2030. This 248 page report is a must read for wind project advocates. If you want the real story on wind power potential you need to do your homework. (more…)

Yes YOU can….

Timlynn Babitsky | Case studies,Communities of Wind,Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Why here? | Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Eric Chamberlain researched municipal wind energy, evaluated local wind resources, then shook his network connections at Wind Capital Group and John Deere Credit and asked: “Why not wind power for my town?” On Friday, April 18, 2008, Rock Port Missouri became the first city in the U. S. to be 100% wind powered and the entire community turned out to celebrate! (more…)

Wind Harvest – Minnesota

Timlynn Babitsky | Benefits & Support,Case studies,Cash Crop for Farmers | Thursday, May 1st, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Thinking of tapping into wind power by leasing your farm land to a wind developer? You may want to look into the Minwind Energy wind farm near Luverne, in the southwest corner of Minnesota first. “The real money to be made from wind power comes not from land rental, but from the generation of electrical power,” says Mark Willers, CEO of Minwind. (more…)

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