Department of Energy Releases New Wind Vision

You can find the full report here. The DOE’s new Wind Vision Report explores our nation’s potential to increase its energy production from wind power.    According to the report, America’s wind power capacity has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report, making it more clear than ever that it will be possible for the U.S. to generate a significant portion of its power from land-based, offshore and distributed wind facilities by 2030. The report outlines numerous benefits the U.S. will receive from increasing our domestic production of wind energy, including reduced pollution, increased domestic employment, consumer cost savings, water conservation, nationwide availability, and increased community revenues. Continue reading

IKEA Makes First Wind Farm Investment in the United States

We're very excited to announce an important event for Apex Clean Energy!  Today, we are pleased to announce an agreement with the IKEA Group to purchase the Hoopeston Wind farm now being constructed by Apex in Illinois!  The full press release can be found here.  Or read on to learn more... Continue reading

Americans Like Wind Energy!

According to a recent post on AWEA's Into the Wind blog, a series of recent polls have shown that the majority of Americans support wind energy.  We thought this was pretty interesting, and we wanted to re-post their article here.  Click here to see the original blog post, or click here to see this post on our site. Continue reading

Australian Medical Association: No Evidence of Wind Energy Causing Adverse Health Effects

According to an official statement published by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) on March 18th of this year, "The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that the infrasound or low frequency sound generated by wind farms, as they are currently regulated in Australia, causes adverse health effects on populations residing in their vicinity. The infrasound and low frequency sound generated by modern wind farms in Australia is well below the level where known health effects occur, and there is no accepted physiological mechanism where sub-audible infrasound could cause health effects." Continue reading

10 Reasons Conservatives Support the Production Tax Credit

We recently read a blog post that we found very interesting.  We have reposted the story here.  Thanks to Allie Brown from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy for the informative post.  You can see the original post here. 10 Reasons Conservatives Support the Production Tax Credit  March 3rd, 2014 › Energy Policy, Wind energy › Allie Brown › The Production Tax Credit (PTC) has led to the broad development of wind energy across the country. This federal incentive has worked exactly as designed, exceeded expectations and has led to billions of dollars of investment from the private industry. Yet, the PTC has recently experienced short-term and unpredictable extensions. Congress allowed the tax credit to expire at the end of 2013, creating instability in the wind industry and placing thousands of American jobs at risk. Over the years, the PTC has enjoyed broad bipartisan support; however, recent attacks on the wind industry have focused on ignoring the history of strong conservative support for the PTC. Here are ten reasons why conservatives support the PTC. #1: The PTC was developed by conservatives. To support the American-made wind industry, President George H.W. Bush signed the Production Tax Credit (PTC) in 1992. Every president since then has renewed this tax credit in order to reduce the overall tax burden on the relatively new wind industry, highlighting its wide bipartisan support. Continue reading

ARTICLE: Nine major, statistically reliable studies find that turbines have no impact on property values

We often hear people worry that wind farms may impact the value of their nearby property. It seems a reasonable concern, and we have seen stories on the internet that claim these impacts do exist. However, nearly every scientifically rigorous study that has been conducted to test this question has found that operating wind farms have no negative impact on property values. This recent article in Clean Technica summarizes nine major, statistically reliable studies, documenting the conclusion that wind farms do not impact property values. It is a great summary of the issue, and it is worth a read for those who are interested in understanding the facts.

Acoustic Engineering group says infrasound released by heartbeat can be higher than wind turbines

As reported by ABC News, the Association of Australian Acoustical Consultants (AAAC) has released the findings of an investigation into the infrasound levels emitted by wind turbines. According to the Chairman of the AAAC, "People themselves generate infrasound through things like their own heartbeat, through breathing and these levels of infrasound can be substantially higher than an external noise source." Furthermore, he stated, "The levels [of infrasound] generated by windfarms from our point of view are quite low in comparison and they're no higher than what is already out there in the natural environment." Read the full story here.

More positive developments on wind turbine sound

An article in this week's NewsOK blog highlights new evidence that wind turbine sound does not cause problems for those living around operating wind farms.  The article cites five new reports to make its case. See the full article here.

STUDY: No statistical evidence that wind turbines affect nearby home values

The Department of Energy has just released a new study finding "...no statistical evidence that home values near turbines were affected in the post-construction or post-announcement/ pre-construction periods." These conclusions are supported by data from more than 50,000 homes sales among 27 counties in nine states. The homes were all within 10 miles of 67 different wind facilities, and 1,198 sales were within one mile of a turbine. This sample size is much larger than samples included in previous studies. The study concludes, "...The core results of our analysis consistently show no sizable statistically significant impact of wind turbines on nearby property values." The full study is available here.

STUDY: Wind power was the leading source of U.S. electric generating capacity additions in 2012

According to a new report by the Department of Energy, wind energy hit some very impressive milestones in 2012. This infographic presents some of the highlights. Continue reading