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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.
Arkansas' congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Energy to slow the review process for a planned wind-energy transmission line that would cross the state.
Dragonfly Industries International has said it hopes to use the land as a proving ground for a shrouded wind turbine design resembling a jet engine, which the company has said is quieter, more efficient and safer for wildlife than the standard design. ...The project has sparked intense opposition from neighbors of the land and others in town.
A Washington County circuit judge will decide whether to allow Elm Springs, a small town west of Springdale, to absorb the unincorporated site of a proposed wind farm.
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.
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.
Many residents dismissed the sentiment, sometimes loudly heckling the Dragonfly officials as the room's temperature rose. "We don't want to be guinea pigs -- we don't want to be the testing ground for new technology," said Jonathon Hamby, who lives just outside the Dragonfly property and has rallied the opposition in recent weeks.
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.
Nordex announced earlier this year that, as a result of uncertainty in the wind energy market in North America, it would be consolidating its manufacturing in Germany and maintaining the Jonesboro location as its American base for service and warehousing and the Nordex Academy for training staff and customers.
"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.
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.
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.
The wind blade manufacturer employs roughly 300 workers at its Little Rock Port Authority facility and company officials said they would cut 80 hourly employees, 14 salaried positions, and 140 temporary workers.
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.
" ... (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.
Invenergy, a Chicago-based company, said Ozark big-eared bats are to blame. According to environmentalists, there are only about 1,700 living Ozark big-eared bats left.
And with congress pushing for states to develop alternative energy like solar, nuclear and wind, agencies and local government are working to enact wind ordinances to control development as well as the ecological impact on birds--and bats. From Fayetteville's KUAF, Jaqueline Froelich has the story.
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.
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.
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.