The Audubon Society’s findings are shocking: Nearly half of all bird species in North America are at great risk of extinction due to climate change .314 bird species in North America could lose more than 50% of their current climate range by 2080 if no action is taken to combat climate change. The Brown Pelican, Eastern Whip-poor-will, and Orchard Oriole and are just a few of the many bird species greatly impacted by climate change here in the Southeast.
North Carolina is one step closer to developing an offshore wind farm. Yesterday, August 11, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced three Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) off the coast of North Carolina. The three wind WEAs, totaling 307,590 acres, have been identified as areas suitable for potential offshore wind energy development.
In Savannah June 20, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols hosted an event titled “Wind Energy, Will it Work for Georgia?” Based on the dozens of stakeholders present and expert presentations given, here are 11 reasons why wind energy will, and does, work for Georgia.
North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) is under attack and it’s no surprise that the fight is led by fossil fuel power funded lobbyists. It’s the usual suspects: American Legislative Council Exchange (ALEC), John Locke Foundation and Americans for Prosperity (AFP)–all activist groups funded by fossil fuel and nuclear interests. These groups are leading a misinformation campaign to repeal REPS, a state policy that drives clean energy development for North Carolina. REPS has been an important driver of renewable energy growth in the state, with North Carolina ranking second in the nation in 2013 for installed solar PV.
With great business incentives, Georgia is an attractive location for manufacturing companies to set up shop and wind energy is no exception. The Peach State is currently home to over 20 wind energy component manufacturing facilities. As Georgia prepares for wind energy development in the state, these companies have already formed to help service the domestic and international wind industry markets.
Offshore wind energy is a clean and inexhaustible resource that would reduce air pollution, preserve precious water resources, and reduce carbon emissions along our coasts here in the Southeast. In addition to these environmental benefits, offshore wind energy would provide a major source of economic growth.
Here are 12 business cases that support offshore wind energy in the Southeast:
10 Reasons Conservatives Support the PTC Extension: The American Wind Industry is particularly successful in conservative districts. In fact, GOP congressional districts contain 75% of wind energy capacity and currently host over 70% of wind energy manufacturing facilities.
Green Super Bowl XLVIII: Champions of Sustainability. According to Sustainable Business News, this game may be the most sustainable Super Bowl of all time.
Wind turbines across the country have become tourist attractions, just like their old windmill predecessors. Some people go out of their way to find wind farms, snap pictures and get a glimpse of homegrown American clean energy. This shouldn’t be a surprise. A new Navigant study found that ten times as many Americans have positive attitudes towards wind energy than those that have negative attitudes.
Additionally, the few American studies completed regarding wind farm tourism – including those completed by Clemson University and University of Delaware – suggest that wind farms can boost tourism and that tourists tend be supportive of wind farms near their recreation areas. Meanwhile, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that wind farms support a cottage tourism industry.
In 2012, the Tybee Island City Council passed the “Tybee Island Wind Power Resolution” in support of wind energy development. The installation of this turbine would be a small, but important first step towards implementing this resolution and would place Tybee Island at the front line of clean energy innovation in the state.