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The petition seeks to have a moratorium ordinance enacted that would apply "to any wind energy facility consisting of one or more wind turbines, the purpose of which is to primarily generate electricity to supply off-site customers, and included substations, cables/wires, and other structures accessory to such a facility."
A petition has been launched amid a rising tide of anger against plans to build four giant wind turbines in the midst of two scenic communities.
People in shops and post offices in Ormesby St Margaret and Hemsby have put their names to a petition against the development which opponents say will destroy the landscape and disturb wildlife and neighbours.
NORWELL - A plan to build six large wind turbines could go before voters at town meeting in the spring.
Petitions calling for construction of the turbines are now circulating. By collecting 10 signatures on each petition, Norwell resident David Brooks can put his proposal on the agenda at Town Meeting.
The municipal light department in Hull already has erected two turbines to help provide electric power, and several South Shore communities are considering wind-energy proposals. Most towns, however, are not now considering building more than one or two turbines.
The six turbines in Norwell would be scattered throughout the town and would provide enough energy to power every home, business and public building in Norwell, said Brooks, a wind-energy consultant working with an Iowa-based firm, J.P. Sayler and Associates.
Brooks is confident he will collect the necessary signatures.
‘‘It all boils down to how receptive the public is,’’ Brooks said. ‘‘With a little bit of luck and some public support, Norwell will be the town to look at in the whole country to say, ‘This is how you do it.’’’
The backers of the Prairie Breeze wind farm in Tipton County might have been surprised by the opponents lining up to speak at the Dec. 3 Tipton County Council meeting, ...more than 50 opponents were in attendance, and more than a dozen speakers came out against a proposal to cover most of Prairie Township with wind turbines.
Residents upset about recent state approval for a wind power project in a neighboring town have launched a petition drive to change the town plan to prohibit commercial wind power development.
“This petition basically reinforces that we don’t want to look at the ones at the end of Crystal Lake, and we don’t want the construction coming through,” said Liz Butterfield, owner of the Barton Village Corner Store. “And in the future, we don’t want wind development in the town of Barton.” ...“I think a 420-food wind tower at the end of a state park is a travesty,” Butterfield said.
[A]rticle 15, asks voters to give the selectboard limited authority to negotiate contracts. Under the limited authority, any contract would have to be ratified by voters. Sage says the board is required to obtain voters' permission, under Vermont statutes, to negotiate with the developers of the Deerfield Wind Project. ...Another article related to the wind turbine project, article 16, was petitioned by Gerry DeGray. The article asks Town Meeting voters to "determine whether the voters approve of, or are opposed to, the proposed Deerfield Wind Project." Last summer, the town voted in a nonbinding straw vote to oppose the project.
Huron County Clerk Peggy Koehler announced two petitions were submitted Friday morning to have the two new zoning districts county officials approved last month put on the November ballot for a vote of the people.
"In short, although the project would contribute to the California renewable generation goals, given the availability of other lower-priced renewable projects in the competitive market that could impose far less risks on ratepayers, PG&E has failed to demonstrate a need for this project."
Ed Jasulevicz had a point to prove when he donated the framed photograph he shot at Meadow Run Lake to the township in May.
Bald eagles are here.
If anyone didn't believe him, he needs only to look at the 12-by-14-inch framed picture of a bald eagle sitting on the iced lake that now hangs in the municipal office.
"Oh, they're here," Jasulevicz said later. "You'll see the eagles flying around by the water. We see lots of hawks by the lake."
The controversy over the bird started brewing during township meetings months earlier. Some residents disputed eagles are anywhere near the township. Other residents debated wind farms and whether the turbines would harm eagles or other birds.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is wondering the same thing. The commission is set to hire a new employee who would investigate mortality rates in birds and bats caused by wind turbines.
Bob Jenks, executive director of the Citizen's Utility Board of Oregon is concerned whether PGE has the financial wherewithal to build a such a large wind farm while pursuing other projects, including a transmission line it has proposed across the Cascades and the possible need for replacement generation if it goes ahead with an early shutdown of its coal-fired power plant near Boardman.
Portland, Oregon [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] If the recent agreement between Portland General Electric (PGE) and Orion Energy, LLC for development rights to construct a wind farm capable of producing between 350 and 450 megawatts (MW) of energy at the proposed 25,000-acre Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Sherman County, Oregon, is approved by the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), it could produce enough electricity to power 100,000 homes, potentially becoming one of the largest wind power projects in the nation.
If you can avoid it, you don't go to the floundering equity markets right now to raise capital.
But Portland General Electric Co. needs the cash to fund the expansion of a wind farm. And after watching its share price dip to an all-time low on Wednesday, the state's largest electric utility announced plans to issue 10.85 million new shares of its common stock.
Portland General Electric plans to repurpose its second Port Westward power plant as a 200-MW peaker to address the growing amount of wind generation it expects ..."When wind energy is added to a utility system, its natural variability and uncertainty is combined with the natural variability and uncertainty of loads. As a result, there is an increase in the need for system flexibility required to maintain utility system balance and reliability."
The answer to higher energy prices is blowing in the wind for Portland General Electric Co.
Portland General Electric announced plans late today to build two new natural gas power plants by 2015 and spend more than $500 million to keep its controversial Boardman coal-fired power plant burning for three more decades. ...Environmental groups and other critics quickly denounced the plan, calling it risky for ratepayers and the environment, while business groups said it makes sense for PGE to bank on reliable power.
Whitlock says the success of the first phase is also prompting investors to consider expanding beyond initial expectations, to possibly add as many as 140 more turbines. A third phase could have as many as 40 more turbines, on top of 120 already proposed. Depending on results of wind tests that could begin in a few months, Whitlock says investors could develop a fourth-phase with 100 turbines if they can negotiate with land owners living north of Route 9.
Imagine looking out the window of your home and seeing 35 to 60 wind turbines standing as high as 700 feet, lined up about 1,000 feet apart, spreading across, for example, Nescopeck Mountain.
Pickens, a Roberts County rancher and Dallas businessman, created Mesa Energy to build a 4,000-megawatt wind farm in northern Gray County and southern Roberts County. In addition to the wind farm, Mesa plans a 750-megawatt coal-fired plant to supply energy when the wind isn't blowing and a 600-megawatt natural gas-fired plant to handle peak loads......."I'm not having any turbines on my ranch," Pickens said candidly. "I think they're ugly is the reason I won't have any."
But he said he has neighbors who've told him that they may be ugly to him, but the turbines look like money to his neighbors.
The AWA Goodhue project has been seeking state approval since 2008 - dividing Goodhue County opinion over turbine setback distances, road-use agreements, wildlife protection, permitting issues and disputed contracts. In late April, developer AWA Goodhue Wind filed a lawsuit against a handful of landowners, alleging illegal termination of their leases.
T. Boone Pickens' plan to build the world's largest wind farm is off.
Instead, Pickens said he will build five or six smaller wind farms, in the Midwest and possibly Texas, though he hasn't settled on locations.
Last year, Pickens announced that he would build a 1,000-megawatt wind farm in Pampa, Texas.