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Global Wind Day 2012 Brings Celebration, Controversy & Contests For Wind Power #GlobalWindDay

Global Wind Day 2012
Photo Credit: Winner Australia, Oceania, Antarctica (c) EWEA/Chris Wilson

If you didn’t know it already, today, June 15th, 2012 is Global Wind Day where the world is celebrating together wind power which is being transformed on an international level to change the way we look at power. A destination page organized by EWEA (The European Wind Energy Association) and GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council) can be found at www.globalwindday.org.

The designated day for wind turbines & wind power generation is described by the GWD organization as, “Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world. It is also a day for discovery of the work that has already begun by pioneers around the world. In more than 75 countries around the world, wind farms are in operation, generating energy from a clean and renewable source.”

It’s easy to see the type of participation that is going on this year for this celebration by seeing all the chatter in Social Media on sites like Twitter and Facebook. One green energy website did a rundown of some of the more interesting wind energy tweets centered around hashtags like #GlobalWindDay and #WindEnergy. Global Wind Day’s Facebook page is featuring the winners of a Photo Competition called “Wind in Mind” 2012. The description for the contest is, “For Global Wind Day 2012, EWEA and GWEC have run a photo contest. These are the winners, chosen by a professional jury from over 2300 photos from over 40 countries worldwide. We hope you like them!” We’ve picked out our three favorite of the photos & displayed one above & two below:

Wind Power Celebration 2012
Photo Credit: Winner Asia (c) EWEA/Luca Catalano Gonzaga

Global Winner for Global Wind Day Photo Contest
Photo Credit: Global Winner (c) EWEA/Markus Haslinger

No celebration without a little controversy

The series of pictures chosen as the winners for the photography contest supporting wind power were inspiring and beautiful. However, that didn’t completely take center stage for the celebrations. An event was organized by the Sierra Club in New Jersey to as described on their event page, “get Governor Christie to move offshore wind forward.” The NJ wind power celebration was to include free kites for all kids & everyone else that signed up online. The kite flying took place at 12:00pm Ocean City, NJ time.

A story was done on the anti-kite flying by Grist.org exposing the fact that Americans for Prosperity (AFP) was carting in people by the bus load to the kite flying event. There were six buses paid for and scheduled to cart protesters to the wind power event from Gloucester County, NJ, Elmer, NJ, AFP Headquarters, Wyckoff, NJ, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ and Sparta, New Jersey. If protesters couldn’t make a bus together they were instructed to just show up at 10th Street Beach or Asbury Park to join in.

The reason the AFP wants to protest an innocent event is stated on their Press Release titled, “AFP Plans “Global Wind Day” Counter-Protests – Friday, June 15.” A lot of organizations and people have been tying the protesting directly to the Koch Brothers since they are heavy financial supporters of the AFP. The point of the protest is described as, “AFP will be going toe to toe with the environmental extremists to combat their radical agenda and tell the truth about the costs of offshore wind! You’ll remember that right here in New Jersey; the State has already authorized a $100 MILLION taxpayer subsidy to install windmills off our coast. This scheme would be a disaster for the state, raising rates and killing jobs!”

It seems the fan fair of the protests were not enough on the ground however as the @Sierra_Club tweeted out that an antiwind banner flew over the kids flying kites for Global Wind Day on the beach.

Antiwind Banner by Koch Brothers

Celebrations inspires Power of Wind Contests for Students

Power of Wind ContestIt’s not all controversy and protests however with organizations like CanWEA (Canadian Wind Energy Association) getting in on the fun by offering contests for students that write blogs on the subject of wind energy. In a press announcement CanWEA revealed their contest as, “CanWEA is inviting students entering post-secondary education to submit a 300-word blog on the subject of wind energy. Students can write about what wind energy means to them and why they think it should be a part of our future energy mix.”

There are prizes for students writing about Wind Energy and placing with theirs posts. Post-secondary studies 1st prize will be awarded $2,000 and also the opportunity to climb a wind turbine in Toronto, Canada. The second and third prizes will be $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Entries are accepted starting on Global Wind Day, June 15th, 2012 all the way until September 15th, 2012. The terms and conditions of the wind turbine energy contest can be found at the Friends of Wind site.

Wind Energy Videos for Global Wind Day in 2012

I love wind energy because
Photo Credit: I love wind energy because… YouTube Video

A few videos have been highlighted on this day that is important to many in the wind energy industry. One of the videos is called, “I love wind energy because…” was created by EWEA and is listed as one of their videos on their YouTube channel EWEAvideos. The song featured in this video was Paradise by Noa Moon. So far this video has received around 3,766 views and 35 likes and seems to be a hit for the wind energy celebration. You can watch the video below at the bottom of this article.

Another video that has been referred to and touted a lot on the 2012 celebration of Global Wind Day was a video that was shared on July 2nd, 2007. The video is titled, “epuron – the power of wind” and was awarded a golden Lion under the Film Category in the 54th Edition of the Cannes International Advertising Awards.

Enjoy both videos below, let us know if there are others you think symbolize this day for the wind energy industry.

I love wind energy because…

Why do we love wind energy? Lots of reasons! See a few of them here in this video, produced especially for Global Wind Day 2012. To find out more about Global Wind Day this year, go to http://www.globalwindday.org
Song by Noa Moon – “Paradise”
Produced by www.devisu.com © EWEA

Epuron – The Power of Wind

tvc that won a gold lion under the film category in the 54th edition of the cannes international advertising awards.
CREDITS:
Country: GERMANY
Advertising Agency: NORDPOL+ HAMBURG
Country: GERMANY
Creative Director: Lars Ruehmann
Art Director: Bjoern Ruehmann/Joakim Reveman/Matthew Branning
Production Company, City: PARANOID PROJECTS, Paris
Country: FRANCE
2nd Production Company, City: PARANOID US, Los Angeles
Country: USA
Director: The Vikings

InfoPower celebrates Global Wind Day – InfoPower celebra el Día Mundial del Viento

InfoPower celebro el Día Mundial del Viento realizando un divertido y didáctico taller eólico con alumn@s de 2º de Primaria del CEIP Federico García Lorca de Leganés (Madrid, España). ¡Esperamos que os guste el video y feliz día del viento!

InfoPower celebrates the World Wind Day with an enjoyable and educational workshop about wind with Primary School students from Leganés’ (Madrid, Spain) Federico García Lorca center. We hope you like the video and happy World Wind Day!

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  1. Mike Barnard says:

    Mr. Heller has obviously swallowed the anti-wind misinformation campaign hook, line and sinker.

    Debunking the major points:
    1. 17 major reviews worldwide, analysing all available literature and studies — and there are a lot of them — concluded that wind turbines don’t cause health problems. They agreed that a small number of people very close to them find the noise annoying. Minor environmental noise problems can be mitigated by closing windows, using iPhone white noise apps and a bunch of other mechanisms used by people in urban and rural areas to deal with unwanted noise.
    http://www.quora.com/Wind-Power/What-might-cause-people-who-live-near-wind-turbines-to-get-sick/answer/Mike-Barnard

    2. Ironically, infrasound from beaches at 75 meters is greater than infrasound from wind turbines. Humans evolved with infrasound, and wind turbines don’t generate enough of it to hear or feel, and certainly not enough to cause any damage to anything.
    http://www.quora.com/Wind-Power/Is-the-infrasound-emitted-by-wind-turbines-harmful-to-humans-or-animals/answer/Mike-Barnard

    3. Four major, statistically valid studies covering 41,000 property transactions near wind farms in the US and UK show no damage to property values and two of them actually show positive effects.
    http://www.quora.com/Wind-Power/Do-wind-turbines-reduce-the-value-of-nearby-properties/answer/Mike-Barnard

    4. Wind turbines are displacing fossil fuel generation and reducing CO2e world-wide. In Ontario wind energy has contributed to coal going from 20% of the generating mix to 3% of the mix, with complete shutdown in 2014. This has resulted in a reduction of 30 Mtonnes of CO2e or two-thirds of the previous amount from electrical generation. Texas numbers show a direct correlation between wind energy contribution and reduction in CO2e. Forbes and others are relying on the deeply flaw Bentek reports on wind energy, reports produced by a natural gas analysis company whose CEO heads two fossil fuel lobbying organizations.
    http://www.quora.com/Wind-Power/Is-the-Bentek-report-The-Wind-Power-Paradox-accurate-in-stating-that-CO2-emission-reductions-due-to-wind-energy-are-non-existent-or-extremely-expensive/answer/Mike-Barnard

    5. As for intermittency, every grid manager knows that every source of electricity is intermittent, and keeps massive backup storage on hot standby in case one of their major generating plants goes offline unexpectedly due to plant or transmission line failure. Wind is actually more predictably intermittent and causes no problems for grids and backup.
    http://www.quora.com/Wind-Power/The-wind-doesn’t-blow-all-the-time-Doesn’t-this-make-wind-power-ineffective/answer/Mike-Barnard
    http://www.quora.com/Wind-Power/How-much-backup-generation-or-storage-does-a-wind-farm-require-and-how-does-that-compare-to-conventional-generation/answer/Mike-Barnard

    6. As for subsidies for wind, let’s talk about the long-running and massive subsidies that still exist for fossil fuels, nuclear and hydro.
    http://www.quora.com/Clean-Energy/Renewable-Energy-What-are-the-ways-beyond-government-subsidies-that-can-help-in-making-renewable-energy-technologies-more-competitive/answer/Mike-Barnard

    As for the sources referenced by Mr. Heller, they include an AM radio talk show host and a retired Dutch guy who writes unpeer-reviewed analyses critical of wind that contradict the hundreds and thousands of peer-reviewed works that say the opposite: that wind energy is an economic and reliable source of electricity that reduces CO2e emissions and has the lowest negative externalities of any source of generation.

  2. Bill Heller says:

    I was at the Asbury Park, NJ Global Wind Day event. I live in Union Beach…I am a pro musician…not a Koch Brothers employee…where we are fighting to prevent our local sewer plant from erecting a 38-story noisy Industrial Wind Turbine just over a thousand feet from a densely populated neighborhood. The world over, people who live close to these monstrosities have serious complaints about a slew of symptoms brought on by the repetitive low frequency and subsonic noise from IWTs. Plus, the industrial intrusion of IWTs kills home values, and in the US, unlike places like Denmark, there is no compensation to home owners.
    http://www.ens.dk/en-us/supply/renewable-energy/windpower/onshore-wind-power/loss-of-value-to-real-property/sider/forside.aspx
    But the worst of it is that INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES DO NOT PROVIDE CLEAN ENERGY and do practically nothing to mitigate climate change! Not one coal or gas plant the world over has been decommissioned because of IWTs…and eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels is their stated purpose. To quote an expert: “Because wind blows intermittently, electric utilities must either keep their conventional power plants running all the time to make sure the lights don’t go dark, or continually ramp up and down the output from conventional coal-or gas-fired generators (called “cycling”). But coal-fired and gas-fired generators are designed to run continuously, and if they don’t, fuel consumption and emissions generally increase.” This is happening worldwide, and in places like Colorado and Texas where CO2 and power plant pollution have increased since installing wind farms:
    http://www.forbes.com/2011/07/19/wind-energy-carbon.html http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_15081808
    http://www.clepair.net/IerlandUdo.html
    http://www.thespec.com/news/ontario/article/610422–cost-of-green-energy-40-higher-than-government-estimates
    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-07-25/news/bs-ed-wind-farms-20110725_1_wind-turbine-wind-farm-wind-power
    The wind industry is built on crony capitalism, it is the only way it can exist. Taxpayer money builds them and power companies are mandated to buy wind generated power at much higher rates than conventionally produced power. There is no true benefit, except to wind power companies, politicians and lobbyists. If Renewable Energy Credits were only issued for carbon reduced instead of megawatts produced, there would be no wind turbines as they don’t significantly reduce carbon.

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