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Elm Springs Planning Commission recommends rezoning for proposed wind farm

City officials started debating the issue earlier this year and annexed the land Oct. 19. More than 100 people attended a town hall meeting in the spring and community members formed a group called "Stop the Elm Springs Wind Farm." ...Jonathon Hamby is ready to fight the project to the end. He is a leader of the group opposing the project and built a house on land that would border the proposed wind farm. Hamby has lived in the home with his wife and three children for 16 months.
10 Nov 2015

Washington County clears wind developer's proposal to join town

A proposed wind farm project west of Springdale cleared its first official hurdle Friday after the Washington County judge filed an order allowing the project site to be annexed into a nearby town. The company hopes to build dozens of turbines for the state's first wind farm and supply several megawatts of power to the area. Its proposal has stoked intense opposition from neighbors and Elm Springs residents who fear it could affect safety and property values.
20 Jun 2015

Lamar Alexander blasts Clean Line wind line

Because Arkansas regulators balked at granting state utility status for the privately owned line, Clean Line is trying to team up with the Southwestern Power Administration in a public-private partnership that would be allowed to build transmission lines through Arkansas.
12 Jun 2015

Senate OKs call against cross-state power line

The Arkansas Senate has passed a resolution opposing the construction of a power line across Arkansas to transmit wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma to Tennessee. The Senate passed the resolution on Wednesday, calling on the U.S. Department of Energy to reject an application by Clean Line Energy Partners.
28 Mar 2015

Despite PTC extension, turbulence still prevalent in U.S. wind market

"We are reacting to the weakened demand from the U.S. market, brought on by the unpredictable extensions of the PTC, and the resulting low utilization rate of our U.S. assembly plant," said Dr. Jürgen Zeschky, CEO of Nordex SE, in a statement. Without Canadian or South American orders back-stopping production, there was no business case for Nordex to keep its U.S. facility going.
9 Jul 2013

Arkansas wind turbine plant to stop production

Germany-based Nordex SE, parent company of Nordex USA, said the company had not received enough orders due to an uncertain U.S. market, overcapacity in the industry and an unstable outlook for a federal tax production credit. The company said factory workers would be let go after existing orders have been filled.
28 Jun 2013

Arkansas Legislature rejects renewable power mandate

Observing that energy costs are a key factor encouraging or stifling economic growth, Taylor presented economic data showing renewable power is substantially more expensive than conventional power. Taylor also presented U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections indicating renewable power will be substantially more expensive than conventional power for at least the next several decades.
4 Apr 2013

Fire at LM Wind Power forces evacuation of 75

Police say the chemical is both an eye and skin irritant but the bigger threat for hazmat crews is the heat. An ambulance responding onsite but wasn't needed. "The firemen can only be in there about 15-20 minutes then they have to come out and cool down," Hastings says.
27 Jul 2011

Clean Line turned down in Arkansas

" ... (T)he Commission's decision is based on the fact it cannot grant public utility status to Clean Line based on the information about its current business plan and present lack of plans to serve customers in Arkansas. ...Without pre-judging any future plans Clean Line may have or may bring before the Commission, the Commission denies Clean Line's request" for issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
15 Jan 2011

Mitsubishi files antitrust suit against GE

Mitsubishi filed an antitrust lawsuit Thursday against General Electric Co., accusing the company of monopolizing part of the wind-turbine market and making "baseless" patent-infringement claims against Mitsubishi to gain a competitive edge. The suit was filed in federal court in Arkansas, where Mitsubishi plans a $100 million wind turbine manufacturing plant.
20 May 2010

Wind farm generates pros and cons

TradeWind Energy of Lenexa, Kansas, has plans to build a wind farm near Marshall. According to company officials, the Star Mountain Wind Project will provide a cheap, clean source of electricity for thousands of homes and provide a much-needed economic shot in the arm for Searcy County. ...Joe McShane, who lives on Little Red River Road about a mile from both assessment towers, is not one of the gung-ho residents when it comes to the wind farms.
20 Apr 2010

USITC Threatens Proposed Mitsubishi Plant

Mitsubishi Power Systems announced it would bring 400 new jobs to Fort Smith with a new, $100-million wind turbine plant, but the U.S. International Trade Commission may rule against the move. ...General Electric, Mitsubishi's top competitor, is trying to block the plant. Several area lawmakers are asking the trade commission to consider their plea for Mitsubishi.
19 Dec 2009
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