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Localizado no Novo Campeche, em Florianópolis, o Neo Next Generation tem duas hélices para geração de energia eólica. Os apartamentos devem ser entregues em maio de 2012

Deve ser entregue em maio de 2012 o primeiro empreendimento residencial do Brasil com captação de energia limpa dos ventos. Localizado no Novo Campeche, em Florianópolis, o Neo Next Generation tem duas hélices para geração de energia eólica.

Projeto da incorporadora Asas e desenvolvido pela Buzz Inteligência Imobiliária, o Neo é composto por duas torres, cada uma com uma hélice na parte superior. As turbinas de 6 metros de altura por 3 metros de largura têm um design funcional e silencioso. As hélices de fibra de carbono entram em operação com ventos a partir de 3,5 metros por segundo de velocidade.

Além das duas turbinas eólicas, o empreendimento terá placas para geração de energia solar. De acordo com os empreendedores, as duas combinadas irão suprir 100% da energia necessária para aquecer toda a água quente utilizada pelo condomínio, representando uma economia anual estimada em R$ 43 mil no consumo potencial de energia elétrica.

A sustentabilidade também está presente no consumo de água do Neo. Será adotado um sistema de tratamento de efluentes, com captação e reutilização da água consumida para uso nos jardins e áreas comuns. Essa iniciativa, somada ao uso inteligente dos sanitários, possibilita a redução de 50% do consumo de água em todo o condomínio.

Conceito
O conceito do Next Generation é de autoria do arquiteto paulista Jaques Suchodolski, que busca criar edifícios residenciais de alto padrão arquitetônico que reúnam as melhores tecnologias disponíveis de sustentabilidade e geração de energias limpas na construção civil.

Suchodolski realizou pesquisas, ao lado de consultores técnicos coordenados pela Asas Engenharia e Habitat Ltda, sobre o padrão dos ventos na região do Campeche. Com os resultados da pesquisa em mãos, o arquiteto optou ela instalação da turbina 4K da empresa norte-americana Urban Green Energy, com potência nominal de 4 mil watts.

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Manifestantes pertencentes à Assembleia Comunitária de San Dionisio del Mar, no México, forçaram a paralização da construção da maior fazenda eólica da América Latina, alegando que o contrato assinado em 2004 envolveu “mentiras e desinformação”. Entre as queixas está a ampliação do projeto original, que passou de 40 para 132 turbinas.

“A dinâmica dos despejos, abusos e mentiras por parte da companhia Mareña Renováveis está cada vez mais clara”, afirma uma declaração da Assembleia, que representa agricultores e indígenas.

De acordo com fontes ligadas ao projeto, existem dois problemas fundamentais. O primeiro é o conflito entre a comunidade e a prefeitura de San Dionisio sobre o uso dos recursos pagos pelo consórcio que está construindo o empreendimento, e o segundo são as indenizações para os moradores, especialmente com relação às ruas que precisam ser construídas para dar acesso às obras.

A Mareña Renováveis afirma que está tentando dialogar com todas as partes envolvidas e que está comprometida “com uma gestão de projeto sustentável e que leve em conta os interesses de acionistas e da comunidade local”.

Por sua vez, a Vestas, que está fornecendo as 132 turbinas, divulgou uma nota na qual declara “estar trabalhando para que a execução do projeto seja realizada respeitando os aspectos sociais, ambientais e econômicos”.

Ainda não há perspectivas para a solução do impasse.

Imagem: Ilustração de como ficará o projeto quando concluído / Mareña Renováveis

Autor: Fabiano Ávila
Fonte: Instituto CarbonoBrasil/Agências Internacionais
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration offered new guidance Friday on where wind farms should be located to reduce the number of bird deaths while promoting increased use of wind power.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the guidelines, which take effect immediately, provide a scientific basis for developers and government regulators to identify sites with low risk to wildlife while allowing for more wind energy projects on private and public lands.

But a bird advocacy group that lobbied for mandatory standards said the new, voluntary guidelines will do little to protect hundreds of thousands of birds killed each year by wind turbines.

Salazar called wind power a key part of the administration’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and noted that the guidelines for onshore projects have been endorsed by the American Wind Energy Association and the National Audubon Society, a conservation group.

The dual endorsements “speak volumes about our goals: to do everything we can to stand up renewable energy” such as wind power while protecting wildlife and habitat, Salazar said at a news conference Friday.

The guidelines call on the wind industry to eliminate from consideration areas that would pose high risks to birds and other wildlife, and to take steps to alleviate problems by restoring nearby habitat and other actions. If developers follow the guidelines, they are unlikely to be prosecuted under federal law in the event of bird deaths, said Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The American Bird Conservancy, an advocacy group that has pushed for mandatory standards, said voluntary guidelines are largely unenforceable and will do little to protect millions of birds killed or injured by wind turbines.

The group “supports wind power when it is ‘bird-smart.’ Unfortunately, voluntary guidelines will result in more lawsuits, more bird deaths and more government subsidies for bad projects,” said Kelly Fuller, the group’s wind campaign coordinator.

Exact statistics for the number of birds killed by wind turbines are not available, but a 2008 study by a biologist with the Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that wind farms were killing about 440,000 birds per year in the United States.

The number of wind turbines has grown significantly since then, with overall output increasing from about 25,000 megawatts of electricity in 2008 to nearly 47,000 megawatts last year, according to the wind energy association.

The wind industry’s goal of providing 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030 could lead to a million bird deaths a year or more, according to the American Bird Conservancy.

The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that up to 1 million birds die annually in oil field pits and at waste facilities, but says millions more are killed by cars, cats and collisions with buildings, power lines and radio towers.

John Anderson, director of siting policy for the wind energy group, said wind turbines cause a minute fraction of overall bird deaths — less than 3 out of every 100,000 human-related deaths.

Even so, he said the industry has taken significant steps to reduce the number of birds killed, mostly by restoring habitat and locating wind farms in low-risk areas. The new guidelines established by the Fish and Wildlife Service should improve siting practices while protecting wildlife, said Denise Bode, chief executive of the wind energy association.

David Yarnold, president & CEO of Audubon, called the guidelines a good compromise that reflects years of consultation with interested groups, including environmental groups.

“Conservationists can’t have it both ways: We can’t say we need renewable energy and then say there’s nowhere safe to put the wind farms,” Yarnold said. “By collaborating with conservationists instead of slugging it out, the wind power industry gains vital support to expand and create jobs, and wildlife gets the protection crucial for survival. These federal guidelines are a game-changer and big win for both wildlife and clean energy.”

Online:

Fish and Wildlife Service wind energy site: http://www.fws.gov/windenergy

Source: Huff Post Green
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One of the three wind turbines in Vinalhaven, Me., illuminated by moonlight. The turbines, which residents say are especially noisy at night, have red flashing lights to alert low-flying aircraft. (Photography: Matt McInnis for The New York Times)

A legal petition aimed at reinstating a state rule for limiting noise at a controversial wind farm in Maine can proceed, a judge ruled on Friday, denying a motion from the farm’s developer, Fox Islands Wind, for dismissal.

Since the farm – three 1.5 megawatt turbines – began operating on the island of Vinalhaven in late 2009, neighbors have complained about the noise from its 123-foot spinning blades, especially at night. After receiving many complaints, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection found in 2010 that the installation had been too noisy on two occasions. In 2011, Fox Islands Wind submitted a new operating procedure to remedy those infractions.

The state agency then drafted a new set of rules, a condition compliance order, that accepted the wind company’s proposal but added a requirement that it actively show it was complying during certain testing periods and to stop operating if it was not.

Then last June, according to Friday’s ruling, Patricia Aho, a deputy environmental commissioner and former lobbyist for the power company’s law firm, took over as acting environmental commissioner. She finalized the new regulations but removed the provision that Fox Islands actively prove its compliance.

The next month, the group of neighbors filed their petition to review that order, saying that it was “politically motivated, arbitrary and capricious, contrary to law, unsupported by substantial evidence, and the product of an abuse of discretion,” Judge Michaela Murphy of Kennebec County Superior Court noted in Friday’s ruling.

The power company then filed a motion to dismiss the petition, saying that the court did not have jurisdiction over the matter. But Judge Murphy found that it did.

Whether or not Ms. Aho’s decision ultimately holds up, she said, its legality or lack thereof “must be argued and considered at a later stage of these proceedings.”

Author: Diane Cardwell
Source: The New York Times
Original: http://nyti.ms/GLh5kw


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Magnata, que se opõe à instalação de uma usina eólica próximo ao seu campo de golfe, escreveu uma carta, revoltado, para o premiê escocês Alex Salmond – que rebateu


“Quem é Donald Trump para dizer o que é bom ou não para a economia da Escócia e nosso meio ambiente?”, rebateu o primeiro-ministro Alex Salmond

O bilionário americano Donald Trump está em pé de guerra com os projetos de energia eólica off-shore previstos para a costa escocesa. Revoltado, o magnata chegou a escrever uma carta para o primeiro-ministro Alex Salmond, referindo-se a ele como alguém “determinado a destruir o litoral da Escócia”, segundo o jornal The Guardian.

Toda essa aversão, no entanto, parece surgir de um interesse particular. Há quase um ano, Trump vem declarando de forma pública sua oposição ao projeto de instalação de uma usina eólica off-shore na cidade de Aberdeen, próximo ao luxuoso resort de golfe que está construindo na região. De acordo com a reportagem, a Marinha da Escócia recebeu no verão passado um pedido de licenciamento para a construção de um parque eólico composto de 11 turbinas no Mar do Norte, que banha a cidade. A decisão sobre a liberação deve sair este ano.

Segundo o jornal, Donald Trump alega que o projeto terá um grande impacto ambiental e “enfeiará” a vista privilegiada para o mar que se tem do campo de golfe. O magnata não mediu palavras na carta que enviou à Salmond, destacando que as eólicas “barulhentas” podem prejudicar o turismo. “Com a instalação irresponsável desses monstros, você vai causar mais danos para a Escócia do que praticamente qualquer evento na história do país”, diz em um trecho, ressaltando que está disposto a mobilizar recursos milionários para lançar uma campanha internacional contra os planos do governo de “cercar a costa com turbinas eólicas”. Por fim, acrescentou: “Por favor, entendam que eu estou fazendo isso para salvar a Escócia.”

Durante entrevista à imprensa nesta quinta, o primeiro-ministro Alex Salmond rebateu sem papas na língua as acusações de Trump. “Quem é Donald Trump para dizer o que é bom ou não para a economia da Escócia e nosso meio ambiente?”, disse. “A energia dos ventos já está atraindo bilhões de libras de investimento e gera centenas de empregos em todo o país, inclusive na cidade natal de sua mãe, Stornoway”.

A carta de Trump também rendeu críticas sarcásticas do líder do Partido Democrático Liberal, Willie Rennie. “Primeiro o Sr. Trump acusa a Escócia de ser a chacota do mundo”, disse Rennie, “mas agora é a Escócia que está rindo dele”.

Autor: Vanessa Barbosa
Fonte: Exame
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More than 100 Conservative MPs have written to the prime minister urging him to cut subsidies for wind turbines.


Lib Dem president Tim Farron: “Ed Davey is an outstanding environmentalist”

They also want planning rules changed to make it easier for local people to object to their construction.

The Tory MPs – joined by some backbenchers from other parties – questioned the amount of money going to the sector during “straitened times”.

But the government said wind farms were a “cost-effective and valuable part of the UK’s diverse energy mix”.

The challenge to the coalition’s policy presents an immediate problem for the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey. He was promoted to the job following the resignation of fellow Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne last Friday.

Lib Dem president Tim Farron told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that Mr Davey was a “very, very capable man” and an “outstanding environmentalist” who would take projects forward.

‘Straitened times’

The government wants renewable sources, such as wind, to provide 15% of the UK’s energy supply by 2015.

It admits that this is “currently more costly” than using fossil fuels, with hundreds of millions of pounds spent on subsidising wind farms each year.

State help is being cut under plans set out by ministers last year, but MPs have demanded an acceleration.

“In these financially straitened times, we think it is unwise to make consumers pay, through taxpayer subsidy, for inefficient and intermittent energy production that typifies onshore wind turbines,” they wrote in the letter, seen by the Sunday Telegraph.

The politicians also expressed concerns that the proposed National Planning Policy Framework “diminishes the chances of local people defeating onshore wind farm proposals through the planning system”.

Organised by backbencher Chris Heaton-Harris, the letter’s 101 Tory signatories include senior figures such as David Davis, Bernard Jenkin and Nicholas Soames.

Another is Tory MP Matthew Hancock, a close ally of Chancellor George Osborne.

Mr Heaton-Harris said two Liberal Democrats, two Labour PMs and one Democratic Unionist were also among his backers.

‘Party divided’

BBC chief political correspondent Gary O’Donoghue said the signatories were not against renewable energy per se, but believe onshore wind got far too much money.

For Labour, shadow energy and climate change secretary Caroline Flint said: “Britain should be a world leader in wind energy. We need to put jobs, growth and reducing energy bills first, but David Cameron is failing to do this. We just get a Tory party divided amongst itself…

“If Tory MPs want to turn the clock back on renewable energy, it will be the public who pay the price through higher energy bills, as we become more reliant on volatile fossil fuel prices.”

But a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “We need a low-carbon infrastructure and onshore wind is a cost effective and valuable part of the UK’s diverse energy mix.”

She added: “We are committed to giving local communities the power to shape the spaces in which they live and are getting rid of regional targets introduced by the last government.

“The draft framework also aims to strengthen local decision making and reinforce the importance of local plans.”

Mr Huhne resigned as Energy and Climate Change Secretary on Friday after hearing he faced a charge of perverting the course of justice over a 2003 speeding case, a claim he denies.

Source: BBC
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Enthusiasm for offshore wind projects may have cooled among developers in the United States these days, but the Obama administration is still trying to make a ribbon of wind farms off the Atlantic Coast a reality.

On Thursday, Ken Salazar, the secretary of the interior, and Tommy P. Beaudreau, the director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said the government had completed an environmental review and found that selling leases for wind energy would not create environmental problems in the designated “wind energy areas” off the coasts of Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware.

The finding allows the start of a public comment period and could result in leases by the end of the year, officials said.

“With the right investment and the right timing, Atlantic wind can help power cities from Baltimore to Boston and Savannah, creating tens of thousands of manufacturing and engineering jobs,” Mr. Salazar said, adding that there were a number of developers interested in the leases. “This is not something that’s going to be waiting around.”

Offshore wind projects have been popular in other regions but have not moved forward in the United States like onshore projects. There are several projects in various stages of planning or development on the East Coast, including the underwater transmission spine Google is helping to finance, but creating giant wind farms at sea poses so many challenges that it has proved difficult to get projects off the ground.

In Massachusetts, the Cape Wind project that would bring a wind farm to Nantucket Sound stalled for nine years before it was finally approved in 2010. It recently cleared a hurdle when a court upheld a contract with National Grid for purchase of half its electricity. That should make it easier to sell more power and raise money to build the project, said Mark Rodgers, a spokesman for the company.

In December, NRG announced that it was suspending the Bluewater wind park off the Delaware coast because it could not find an investment partner.

David W. Crane, chief executive of NRG, said Thursday that it was a “significant positive step” that the Interior Department planned to move quickly and issue leases in a matter of months rather than years. But he said there were still many obstacles to bringing wind power to American waters, chief among them the low price of natural gas, which makes other forms of power generation too expensive to develop.

“Will it follow as night follows day that offshore wind will be built in the United States because the Department of the Interior is giving out leases?” he said. “That’s absolutely not the case.”

Author: Diane Cardwell
Source: The New York Times
Original: http://nyti.ms/yLBO7S


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