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This report provides a Europe-wide resource assessment of onshore and offshore wind potential in a geographically explicit manner. In addition to calculating raw wind resource potential, this study also introduces and quantitatively analyses the environmental and social constraints on wind sector development. Concerns addressed include the noise and visual impact of wind power, as well as the deaths of birds and bats that fly into rotor blades. The report also evaluates the future costs of wind energy production across Europe in order to gauge the potential output at competitive rates.
Kenya to build Africa's biggest windfarm as rains fail and hydropower falters | Environ... - 0 views
Some 365 giant wind turbines are to be installed in desert around Lake Turkana in northern Kenya – used as a backdrop for the film The Constant Gardener – creating the biggest windfarm on the continent. When complete in 2012, the £533m project will have a capacity of 300MW, a quarter of Kenya's current installed power and one of the highest proportions of wind energy to be fed in a national grid anywhere in the world.
Water and energy providers say the issue of figuring out how to manage resources could dominate their work for the next 20 or 30 years. The seven Colorado River states have made the water-energy connection their focus at annual meetings in Las Vegas next week. Arizona utilities have turned their attention to finding a sustainable balance.
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