Windflow Technology’s efforts to sell New Zealand-made wind turbines to the world have been disrupted by vandalism at its Gebbies Pass site near Christchurch.
A 30m-high wind-monitoring tower worth about $30,000 was found damaged beyond repair on Tuesday morning after two guy wires holding the lattice mast were undone, causing it to crash to the ground.
Expensive monitoring equipment has been vandalised at the proposed site of a contentious Victorian wind farm.
The two $50,000 devices, which have been monitoring the site at Bald Hills in eastern Victoria since 2003, were damaged some time in the past week.
As public sentiment remains strong regarding the proposed Ellis County wind farm, signs expressing both opposition to and support for the project have sprouted up inside Hays city limits, along Interstate 70 and throughout the county. A total of about 30 professionally printed signs against the project have been posted, and police reports have been filed for the vandalism of two such signs located on Golf Course Road, said Chuck White, a detective with the Ellis County Sheriff's office.
Police have launched an investigation after vandals destroyed a £20,000 wind monitoring mast in southern Scotland.
The incident occurred near Lockerbie at the proposed site of Wind Energy's Newfield wind farm.
Guy wires holding the 60m (196ft) high meteorological mast were unbolted, causing it to fall with the destruction of expensive monitoring equipment.
Vandals have sent an 80m wind monitoring tower in Winchelsea crashing to the ground causing about $100,000 damage.
The destruction comes as the community continues to lobby against a proposal by Future Energy Pty Ltd to build 14 turbines in Gnarwarre, just outside Winchelsea.
OPP in Haldimand County believe the vandals struck the Summerhaven Wind farm project overnight Friday, painting a disassembled tower, setting a fire and causing about $60,000 damage.
It's an on-going saga still spinning with controversy.
Idaho Falls business mogul and Melaleuca CEO, Frank Vandersloot, gets deeper into the Bingham County windmill debate.
He's known for strongly opposing the Wolverine Canyon windfarm project east of Blackfoot on the grounds it'll ruin the area's natural beauty.
Recently, one of his companies called Natural Guardian sent out a survey to people living in Bingham County to see where they stand on the issue.
A 30-page list of requirements for the construction and operation of the proposed Vantage Wind Power Project was issued Monday by Kittitas County Development Services officials.
The list is part of the county's determination that an environmental impact statement is not necessary for the 69-turbine wind farm planned for a 4,750-acre site seven miles west of Vantage between Vantage Highway and Interstate 90.
What is required of the company proposing the $250 million, electricity-generating facility - Chicago-based Invenergy Wind North America LLC - is meeting the standards outlined by the county in its 30-page mitigated determination of non-significance, or MDNS.
Winds of doubt are swirling around one Northeast-based wind farm developer with projects in Hawai'i.
Newton, Mass.-based First Wind (formerly known as UPC Wind) has found itself one of the targets of an ongoing investigation conducted by the New York attorney general's office. ...The probe of is of special interest to island energy and business affairs, since First Wind has built and operates a wind farm on Maui and has designs for more farms on Moloka'i and on O'ahu. ...While First Wind enjoys a good reputation in Hawai'i, developments in towns like Cohocton provide a less savory picture of the wind developer. Which image will be believed may depend on the results of the New York AG office's investigation of the firm, which have not yet been released.
"I can hardly imagine what the government is thinking. Whooping cranes are the rarest of all the cranes, the rarest of American birds," said Paul Johnsgard, author of several books on the cranes and professor emeritus of ornithology at the University of Nebraska.
Speculation the project could end up “dead in the water” intensified when Swedish company Vattenfall – Europe’s sixth-largest generator of electricity – announced plans to put its 75 per cent stake in the venture up for sale.
Vattenfall, Europe's fifth largest energy group, wants to have a further five onshore wind farms operating in Scotland within the next three years as part of its plans to become "climate-neutral" by 2050.
The Swedish company's strategy includes using a mixture of renewable energy - from wind and wave sources - alongside nuclear power and "clean" coal and gas-fired power stations, fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, to reach its target.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has upheld the Moyne council's rejection of a wind farm at The Sisters, north-west of Terang.
The New Zealand-based company Wind Farm Developments proposed a 12-turbine farm which was opposed by several families.
Moyne Mayor James Purcell says he is surprised by VCAT's
Barrabool Hills Landscape Guardians' Kathy Russell was angry Surf Coast Shire approved the plan with conditions this week despite community opposition.
Ms Russell said objectors were "very disappointed" with council's decision
"We will continue to challenge this development at Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal," Mrs Russell said.
"If we can't stop the development we will try to make sure the guidelines remain. The developers will try to get the restrictions removed, so we've got to make sure we don't lose any ground."
An application to build a wind farm near Yarram in South Gippsland will be heard in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
German company Synergy Wind wants to build nine turbines at Devon North, but the plans were rejected by the Wellington Shire Council at a vote last month
"The permit decision violates federal laws on numerous grounds - conflict of interest, failure to independently evaluate noise and aesthetics, the impacts of blasting and the impacts to groundwater, the changed circumstance regarding bats, and the degradation of the neighboring George D. Aiken Wilderness, to name a few."
Company spokesman Jeffrey Wennberg said circumstances dealing with permitting would have to significantly change for the project to go forward and such changes did not appear forthcoming.
The head of Vermont Electric Cooperative says the boom in U.S. discoveries of natural gas will keep electricity prices low and put the brakes on more large wind projects in the Northeast Kingdom.
That's unless Vermont forces utilities to buy more renewable local electricity, says Dave Hallquist, VEC chief executive officer.
Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is considering a moratorium on industrial wind projects. Dave Hallquist, the CEO of VEC, said in an interview Thursday that if the board of directors decides on the moratorium, it should include solar as well to prevent driving up the cost on energy.
Snelling, of Energize Vermont, disputes Hallquist's savings assumptions. There is no guarantee, he said, that Green Mountain Power will sell electricity to the co-op at the 9.6 cent per kilowatt rate. ..."They're making guesses about performance of a project that hasn't been built," Snelling said. "It's a gamble whether those numbers are right.