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August 21, 2014

The unpleasantly "sizzling" side of solar energy

Fox News reports that federal wildlife officials, as well as the Center for Biological Diversity, want to put a hold on the much ballyhooed Ivanpah Solar Plant in California’s Mojave Desert, owing to a rash of bird deaths.  Apparently, the reflection from the solar panels is so intense that it incinerates birds that fly over ...

July 09, 2012

The wind energy case that's going nowhere

Readers may recall a few years ago when a federal court enjoined a West Virginia wind energy project from going forward due to alleged threats to the endangered Indiana bat.  I criticized the court’s decision in Animal Welfare Institute v. Beech Ridge Energy for its flawed reading of the Endangered Species Act, and I warned ...

May 17, 2010

Enviro groups continue to use flawed federal court decision to stop alternative energy projects

Author: Brandon Middleton Environmental activists have once again used a flawed federal court decision in an attempt to forestall an alternative energy project on the East Coast. The Animal Welfare Institute and others claim that installation and operation of the Highland New Wind Development in Virginia will violate the Endangered Species Act by r ...

April 12, 2010

Another wind energy project: so close, yet so far away

Author: Brandon Middleton An apparent green light for an East Coast wind energy project: Constellation Energy has finalized its acquisition of a Garrett County wind project, closing a deal for the $140 million, 70-megawatt Criterion wind farm with California-based Clipper Windpower Inc. The project, now under construction, is scheduled to go online ...

January 22, 2010

The Indiana bat decision: a dangerous precedent for alternative energy?

Author: Brandon Middleton I have previously criticized a federal court's decision to halt a West Virginia wind energy project decision. The court's decision is seriously flawed, mainly because it failed to consider how small of an impact the wind project would have on the endangered Indiana bat species. Rather than focus on the health of ...