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Southern California Edison on Friday applied to the California Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Forest Service for authorization to construct Segments 4-11 of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project.
The project - a series of new and upgraded high-voltage electric transmission lines - will deliver electricity from proposed new wind farms in the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area to SCE customers and the California transmission grid.
Southern California Edison Co., Eagle Energy LLC, GIJ LLC, Real estate developer Kent Hoggan, Jeffrey Hoggan, businessman David Pitcher and his wife, Heather Kann are being sued for their alleged roles in a failed multimillion-dollar wind turbine project near Tehachapi.
FREDERICKSBURG - Residents of this scenic Hill Country community are split over a California company's interest in building a field of wind turbines north of town to generate electricity.
The Scottish Government has no way of verifying claims by wind-farm developers on the carbon footprint of their turbines, a leading wildlife charity has revealed.
Now the John Muir Trust claims no large wind farms should be approved by planners until developers' environmental claims can be independently confirmed by government scientists.
A state board taking evidence in a case that pits Cape Wind against the Cape Cod Commission has issued a schedule that pushes any decision to at least next year. ...There is no specific time frame for when the siting board will make its decision following that date, according to Timothy Shevlin, spokesman for the siting board.
As wind power becomes more common, its unpredictability becomes more of a problem. Sudden drops in wind speed can send grid operators scrambling to cover the shortfall and even cause blackouts; unexpected surges can leave conventional power plants idling, incurring costs and spewing pollution to no purpose. ...When wind farms were less common, grid controllers could essentially ignore their varying output, as it was all but indistinguishable from natural fluctuations in consumer use.
The winds of war are breaking over Totnes in a £4million turbine power battle of words and acronyms.
On one side is Shoct - South Hams Opposing Commercial Turbines - who are dead against plans to site a pair of massive wind turbines just outside Totnes.
On the other side is the newly formed Swish.
"Last night was a shocker," Nicolette Nye, a spokeswoman for Minerals Management, said Tuesday after the first night of hearings. She has conducted similar hearings on projects up and down the East Coast, she said, including on Cape Cod, where another controversial wind farm is proposed. But she said nothing had prepared her for Long Island. "People here are much more...passionate."
A group calling it Amaranth Citizens Coalition has been vehemently opposing expansion into Amaranth of the Melancthon wind farm, and was expected to oppose the Schneider applications.
Renewable energy experts questioned whether the turbine would ever pay for itself, and suggested the suburban location was unlikely to have enough wind for the machine to operate efficiently.
Ipswich - In seeking an alternative to the pricey energy market, school officials are following in the footsteps of the town's utility department and looking toward wind.
The Ipswich School Committee unanimously voted last Thursday to continue discussions on erecting a $3.2 million wind turbine on school grounds.
Uncertainties about the funding and risk involved in a wind energy development led the Rochester School Board on Tuesday to authorize a withdrawal from the project.
In November the board entered into an agreement with developer Johnson Controls Inc. and 23 other Minnesota school districts to pursue the planning of a 10- to 20-megawatt wind farm in a yet-to-be-determined location. ..."There are so many unknowns, and I'm very uncomfortable with it right now. In principle, I love it. But I don't feel we're at a point where we can put our budget at risk," Fischer said.
Despite a potential windfall of $300,000 a year or more for schools, the Mineral County Board of Education will not take a position in support of the proposed Pinnacle Wind Farm prior to the September hearing on the project to be conducted by the West Virginia Public Service Commission.
Officials from U.S. WindForce appeared before the school board earlier this month to preview the project atop Green Mountain just west of Keyser, as well as the plan to divert about three-quarters of the wind farm's property tax revenue to the school system. Opponents of the project appeared before the board at the same time.
A small wind turbine won't be going up on Aberdeen public school grounds, school board members decided Monday.
The board heard an update on the proposed wind turbine, part of the national Wind for Schools program, from Bob Pitz, the school district's director of operations. ...Assistant Superintendent Becky Guffin said the turbine wouldn't impact that many students. Financially, she said, the money could be better spent elsewhere.
School Committee members said last week they won't give in to demands from Windwise and Fair Action Fairhaven to support halting the construction of two industrial sized wind turbines about 2,000 feet from the proposed new elementary school.
EQ regional spokesman Graham Fuller says state schools "are places for teaching and learning".
"They are not to be seen as advocates or otherwise for development applications, individual products, services or commercial enterprise," he said in a statement.
Fourteen Minnesota school districts are joining forces hoping to create a revenue source and an educational experience for students by tapping the font of renewable energy.
The districts have signed on to a plan that would give schools cooperative ownership of a wind farm.
The Indian River Central School District is looking into putting a wind turbine on one of its campuses to decrease the district's energy costs and carbon footprint. ..."We are proposing a study to assess the wind we have," district Business Manager James R. Koch said, at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday night.
Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District officials briefed village leaders on tentative plans to install a 100 kilowatt wind turbine on a school property.
Village Administrator Robert Pauley said the windmill will be for educational purposes and to save on energy costs.
COUNCILLORS have voted to visit a proposed site for a controversial wind turbine before making a decision on whether it can go ahead or not.