Following up on Monday’s post about Cape Wind, this just in from this week’s Chicago Reader: a strange confluence of wind-powered happenings right here in Evanston. The Evanston City Council has begun looking into erecting a 40 turbine wind farm in Lake Michigan. In mid-April the Council issued a request for information on the project in order to research the feasibility and possible benefits of such a farm for the Evanston community. Will the Evanston wind farm stir up the same kind of controversy as Cape Wind? Time will tell. And in other wind related news, Windfall, a new documentary film about the downside of wind power will be screening in Evanston tonight, 05/07/10, at the Hinman Theater in the Hotel Orrington as part of the Talking Pictures Festival. Check out the Reader article for the full story.
One of the more interesting (and important) stories to come out of the news in the past week was the federal government’s approval of the nation’s first offshore wind farm to be built off the coast of Cape Cod in Nantucket Sound. The wind farm has been a source of bitter conflict and heated debate for the last 9 years, as clean energy advocates did battle with the rich and powerful, animal welfare groups, and Native Americans. The announcement was made Wednesday to allow the plans for the 130 turbine wind farm to proceed. But anyone who knows anything about Massachusetts politics knows that this is far from the end of the debate. Immediately following the announcement by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, a coalition of groups opposing the wind farm said that they will sue in order to stop the project.