Don’t lose your COOL!

Timlynn Babitsky | Spaceship Earth,X-cellent Cool Stuff | Saturday, March 29th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Wind power is our “really big agenda.” On a day-to-day level we push our little Earth-saving agendas. We put our recycle bins by the curb each week and pat ourselves on the back for a job well done. Yet every once in a while in our time-poor busy lives, we wonder – Does it really matter whether I wash that one sticky peanut butter jar and put it out to recycle or just toss into the trash as is?…. (more…)

“Marketing the Wind” a case study

Timlynn Babitsky | Benefits & Support,Case studies | Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Montana is the fifth windiest state in the country, yet even in 2002 there was state-wide resistance for exploring the economic potential of wind. Developing Cascade County’s nine megawatt wind park was a huge challenge! Through the strategies and tactics of a smart, visionary local leader, and her first-of-its-kind marketing effort, both outside wind developers and local constituents found a Win-Win Sweet Spot. This is an excellent case to see what works and why. (more…)

Outside the box…

Timlynn Babitsky | Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Too Darn Tall! | Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Complaints around a wind project often focus on the “ugliness” of a tall tower with blades on top, and how it will spoil someone’s view. From the massive four-bladed windmills we see in The Netherlands, to the many bladed water-pumping windmills we still see across rural America, we have come to think of a wind turbine as being the stereotypical Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT). If turbine design is a resistance issue for your project, there ARE other turbine designs out there to consider. (more…)

Cape Wind

Timlynn Babitsky | Books,Case studies | Sunday, March 16th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Coming soon … taking a good look at a highly contentious case study. In the meantime….

Here’s a very funny video from the Jon Stewart Show about the Cape Wind project. It will give you some context for the analysis later. Its focus is on humor, but therein lies much truth.  Click here to view.

Wind Songs

Timlynn Babitsky | Wind for Kids,Wind Music | Saturday, March 15th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
I’ve been on a hunt for songs and music with the beauty of wind as the theme. There are certainly a number of songs about the terrible power of wind. You know, sinking ships, blowing away dreams and that kind of thing. I posted my query to one of the best folk music websites thinking there MUST be some great ”good wind” folk songs….and three songs were immediately posted in reply: (more…)

A very, VERY small turbine

Timlynn Babitsky | Wind for Kids | Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
A fully functioning, electricity-producing wind turbine standing only 8 inches tall? The PicoTurbine teaches wind energy concepts to kids from grade 5 to adult. It’s been used by major universities like MIT and Caltech for summer youth programs, comes with teacher’s guide and more. (more…)

A sound by any other name…

Timlynn Babitsky | Noise Pollution | Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
“Noise” is definitely in the ear of the listener.  What constitutes “noise” has pretty much shifted with every generation’s music. Ask any parent — what may be soothing rhythms to one can be headache producing racket to another. So, when it comes to the Noise Issue and wind turbines, there is no objective way to measure how upsetting a sound may be to one person and not another.  (more…)