The Kodiak Electric Association wind generation project on Pillar Mountain, so far does not put birds in harm’s way.
with a smart statewide plan."
The senator said that while he voted for legislation to offer millions in tax breaks to encourage building wind farms off the Jersey Shore, "I don't think we should be putting these (turbines) right in the middle of residential developments.
"After listening to both sides of the debate, I have come to the conclusion that wind turbines should not be built near residential neighborhoods," said Senator Kean. "I am drafting legislation that will increase their minimum setback."
Residents of Sea Girt have noted that the negatives of having wind turbines near residential homes outweigh the potential benefits.
Kean Project Engineering President Kirk Nadeau pulled his application for three wind turbines on Streaked Mountain, after Planning Board members and residents expressed doubts about the project. The application was due to be signed by Code Enforcement Officer Glen Holmes on Tuesday.
The re-design and construction of Keelderry Wind Farm comprising 16 wind turbines, meteorological mast, and substation, has been refused permission by An Bord Pleanala on the grounds that it could endanger bird species such as the hen harrier and merlin, that it would adversely affect the stability of nearby peatland, and would seriously injure the visual amenities of the area.
The Keeneyville Elementary District 20 director of operations, and the catalyst behind the project, said the problem is in the proposed rule that a turbine be 1,000 feet from any home.
In his mind that means it's so long, wind turbine. ...Binninger said he and Village Manager Marc Hummel drafted the amendment using model ordinances from Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Out of the 20-plus ordinances he looked at, Binninger said nearly all required setbacks of at least 1,000 feet, or three times the height of the wind turbine.
"The larger the setback, the less the impact on residents," he said. "Those are reasonable setbacks to eliminate nuisances."
Under controversial proposals, two 400ft wind turbines could be built on Salt Hill on the crest of the South Downs National Park, at East Meon, near Petersfield.
But many local people and South Downs conservationists have vowed to fight the proposed scheme, which has been unveiled by Volkswind, one of Europe's biggest wind farm developers.
Wind turbines haven't often been on the minds of Decatur officials lately, but a rural Decatur resident, Doug Hartman, told city council this week that it should begin to take a good look at the local situation because it could be coming up in the near future.
The topic of cumulative effects also came up when it was heard there are over 150 wind turbines operating in the Manawatu region and if the committee approves Unison's application, there could potentially be another 128 turbines added to the tally.
Despite township Planning Commission concerns, Kidder Township supervisors voted Thursday to adopt an ordinance regulating the construction and use of residential windmills. ...Although the ordinance did receive a nod from the county Planning Commission, township planners earlier this month asked supervisors to postpone its adoption until further information was gathered.
Tim Ryan, Pfeil's neighbor, opposes turbines in residential areas and has asked officials to consider the impact a turbine would have on wildlife, wetlands, and noise levels.
A research project has been launched to ensure that dolphins are not harmed by marine energy developments in Scottish waters.
When it unveiled its Sunrise Powerlink project three years ago, San Diego County's electric utility warned that rolling blackouts like those that swept California during the 2000-01 electricity crisis could return to the region in 2010 without the new power line.
Now, because of state delays in evaluating the $1.5 billion project, that high-voltage transmission line ---- even if it is eventually approved ---- won't be available to help meet the county's peak summer demand for electricity in either 2010 or 2011, utility officials say. ...Bill Powers, an activist and engineer from San Diego who has been fighting Sunrise, maintains there is another option: Ship the power west via an existing line in Baja California and north on wires that connect Tijuana with San Diego.
"You've got a lot of options here that don't necessarily involve building any new transmission," Powers said.
With an eye on the controversial New Era wind project in Goodhue County, area legislators have put wind energy reform near the top of their agenda for a second straight session.
Turbines at two new wind farms in Kenedy County have begun spinning, but it likely will be several more months before all 200 of them are operating, a spokeswoman for the two companies said. ...Officials with both companies have said they are not sure when all turbines will be operating. However, ERCOT says all of Gulf Winds' turbines are expected to be online by September 2010.
The company that owns one of two wind farms in Kenedy County is going out of business.
Australia-based investment firm Babcock & Brown, which developed the Gulf Wind project south of Sarita, has agreed to sell its assets over three years to repay about $2 billion in debt, Matt Dallas, Babcock & Brown spokesman, said.
After these assets are sold, the firm will cease to exist, Dallas said.
We watched as the pelicans continued soaring between us and the turbines. It appeared that they were getting closer and closer to the next turbine, but it was hard to get a handle on how close they actually were. Finally, they were approaching one of the most easterly turbines in that particular string, and we watched as the last bird in the group was struck and literally "erased" from the air (a blade is about the width of a city bus, and moving about 180 mph). It was flying at or just below hub height, and was hit on the downstroke.
This is a transcript for Tuesday’s debate between Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy and Republican challenger Kenneth Chase, moderated by NECN’s Chet Curtis. The debate marked the first time Kennedy had debated a campaign rival since 1994, when he sparred with Mitt Romney, the current governor of Massachusetts.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) yesterday slammed a proposed wind-farm project off of Cape Cod as “the Halliburton on the sea,” as furor over the plan escalated into a full-scale political and media donnybrook.
WASHINGTON -- On the afternoon of April 1, 8 miles southwest of the Capitol, Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined more than 60 of his fellow senators at the funeral of Erma Byrd, the 88-year-old wife of Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Kennedy's colleague of 43 years.
As Kennedy filed out of Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Va., another colleague of nearly four decades, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, approached him and offered a favor.
WASHINGTON -- As record oil prices turn attention to the need for renewable fuels, momentum is building in Congress to buck Senator Edward M. Kennedy's bid to block the proposed Cape Cod wind energy project, potentially reviving efforts to construct the sprawling windmill farm in Nantucket Sound.