Ground Zero for Urban Wind Power?

Timlynn Babitsky | Thinking Forward | Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

By Timlynn Babitsky
With wind energy now such a broad topic of conversation, a number of places are looking to claim “best wind” bragging rights. Take Chicago for example. Widely known as The Windy City, locals there shiver, shake and proudly state how nearly continuously the wind off Lake Michigan blows briskly up and down their streets. As we take a deeper look at the state of urban wind energy today, is Chicago the best site for urban wind power development? (more…)

Property Values Blown Away?

Timlynn Babitsky | Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Property Values | Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

By Timlynn Babitsky
Do wind power farms, or even single wind energy turbines negatively impact the property values nearby? This controversial issue has people passionately lined up on both sides armed with anecdotal data and serious research results. The most often cited paper comes from a US study in 2003; it claims no negative impact. A second surely to be well cited study conducted in the UK in 2007 shows that property values near wind farms appeared to be negatively impacted. Wind project resistors will no doubt point to the UK study. Which is correct? (more…)

Wind Power Greed NY

Timlynn Babitsky | Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Stepping up | Thursday, November 13th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Suspicious shenanigans by wind developers in upstate New York have prompted the State’s Attorney General to develop a code of conduct for wind energy companies doing business in The Empire State. There is no question that wind power in New York State has the potential to make positive changes for many who live there, but the ends should never justify the means. And, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, absolutely agrees. (more…)

Bad vibe blues

Timlynn Babitsky | Health Problems,Issues: Strategies & Tactics,Noise Pollution | Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

By Timlynn Babitsky
The claim by wind power resistors that “infrasound” is a health problem for people living anywhere near modern wind turbines is not supported by facts. There is general agreement among acousticians that infrasound from wind turbines is not a problem. There is a turbine noise issue to which we do need to pay attention, but inaudible noise making your body parts vibrate is just not it. (more…)

Think Forward – Get Hired

Timlynn Babitsky | Benefits & Support,New Jobs,Side Benefits,Thinking Forward | Sunday, November 9th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
The wind energy industry is the fastest growing segment of renewable energy production. There is a great need and increasing demand for skilled wind energy related technicians. Right now in the US, there are jobs going unfilled. Community Colleges - mandated to respond quickly to changing demands in the job market – are scrambling to retrain Americans for the next wave of job opportunities. Are you ready for your new job? (more…)

Wind Power Jobs? You betcha!

Timlynn Babitsky | Benefits & Support,New Jobs,Side Benefits,Thinking Forward | Friday, November 7th, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Demand is growing nationwide for wind turbine technicians, technologists, engineers, and wind energy educators. How is this pressuring universities, colleges, community colleges and technical schools to prepare their students for this rising job skills demand? A small sample of the educational scramble to meet the demands of this new “industrial revolution” points to an area of exploding job growth. Are you ready? (more…)

SWIFT and Small Wind

by Timlynn Babitsky
The small wind turbine market is expected to grow by 18-20% through the next two years. When new tax incentives ($1,000 – $4,000 per system) go into effect in January ‘09, that growth will only accelerate. Between tax incentives, rising energy costs and increased environmental consciousness, residential and commercial scale wind turbine demand is already exploding. But until now, small wind systems have disappointed many. (more…)

Job lost? Think turbines!

Timlynn Babitsky | Benefits & Support,New Jobs,Side Benefits,Thinking Forward | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

by Timlynn Babitsky
Layoffs continue to mount, unemployment claims reach new highs, and all indicators are “consistent with a deep recession” in the American economy. Let’s stop focusing on what has been and now is gone. We need to gear up ASAP for what Tom Friedman calls “the next great industrial revolution” – ‘green jobs’ in the new energy technology revolution. (more…)

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…)