Transmission or Ohio
Champaign County residents and leaders learned Wednesday that noise could be caused by wind turbines proposed to be built for wind energy development in the county. ...Speaker Richard James, a noise control engineer from E-Coustic Solutions, was brought by group member Diane McConnell of Union Neighbors United - a group of Union Twp. residents concerned about local zoning decisions regarding wind energy development.
James presented information he had found in studies done by other sources.
A vote by Southwest Power Pool last week may have positioned Enid to become a player in the wind energy production industry.
Southwest Power Pool's advisory committee, acting on a motion by Oklahoma Corporation Commission vice chairman Jeff Cloud, voted to support a package of six new transmission projects, four of which will be located in Oklahoma.
"Transmission line owners receive inflated returns that no longer reflect economic reality," said Michael Henry, Director of the ENE Sustainable Transmission Project. "The days of high guaranteed earnings for transmission investment need to end.
Those earnings not only represent hundreds of millions in excessive charges for New England ratepayers, but they also discourage the use of cleaner, cheaper options like energy efficiency."
Three wind turbines went up in February and are nearly ready to start moving. ...Three wind turbines went up in February right beside the power grid they'll feed. All seemed well. "For about two days (laughs). We had a blade failure about the second day the turbines were on. One of the blades actually deteriorated and came apart and they've been down ever since then," says Gunner.
Technology exists to generate electricity through wind turbines and solar panels.
But Erie's zoning code hasn't caught up -- yet.
Erie City Council will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the code that would allow for the construction and installation of "urban solar farms," or large-scale, commercial energy-generation facilities, within the city limits.
Attorney Jack A. Van Kley, representative for Union Neighbors United (UNU), continued to ask Speerschneider questions pertaining to his written testimony and EverPower's application to build the second wind turbine project. The areas of focus included shadow flicker, blade failure and other safety concerns about turbines.
Everpower Renewables is expected to proceed with a project that would build numerous wind turbines in the eastern part of Champaign County. ...The project, which has been in the stages since 2006, would include building more than 70 turbines across 6 townships in Champaign County, Speerschneider said. He said it would take about a year for the application to be reviewed by the state.
Everpower Wind Holdings Inc. of New York has asked the Ohio Power Siting Board for permits to construct 70 wind turbines in Champaign County, west of Columbus.
Michael Speerschneider, Everpower's project development director, said the company has leases on 10,000 acres in order to expand and is seeking permission to flow up to 200 megawatts from the wind farm.
LeBlanc said the premiers have done well in selling their energy message in New England. "But it's not as simple as saying, 'We're here. Come buy from us.' ...New England states want to have energy independence and grow their energy supply in-house.
Wind could replace coal and natural gas for 20 to 30 percent of the electricity used in the eastern two-thirds of the United States by 2024, according to a study released Wednesday by the Energy Department.
But doing so would require a reorganization of the power grid and a significant increase in costs. And it would have only a modest impact on cutting emissions linked to global warming, the study found.
The energizing of a new transmission line from the Bruce Peninsula to Milton will only lead to more surplus power in Ontario being sold at a loss, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli charged today.
"This line will accommodate more expensive wind power energy that we don't need on the grid," Fedeli said.
The ‘Green Thumb' isn't going to get much greener unless some key things are addressed in the future.
The area's transmission grid has to be upgraded in order to support any new wind development, said experts at the Michigan Wind Energy Conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
A merchant nuclear reactor in New Brunswick would face a market south of the border where renewable energy is favoured and the power supply is poised to exceed demand for at least the next nine years. ...The recession has reduced the load somewhat and it's unclear how much demand will return, he said.