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.
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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.
General Electric Co.'s effort to keep wind turbines made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. out of the U.S. may hinder Arkansas's plan to become the "Silicon Valley of wind manufacturing." The state has spent two years luring wind-related manufacturers, including Denmark's LM Glasfiber AS and Germany's Nordex AG. In October, Mitsubishi announced plans to build a $100 million wind-turbine assembly plant.
LM Glasfiber, a wind blade manufacturer, has announced that it will halt production at its facility on Scott Hamilton Drive in Little Rock, laying off about 150 workers. The company blames the nationwide credit crunch and delays in wind projects. A press release says the company is preparing for "weaker growth in the short term."
Southwest Power Pool (SPP) control area includes all of Kansas and Oklahoma and portions of Texas, Louisiana and other states (see: http://www.spp.org/section.asp?pageID=28). SPP does not overlap ERCOT, the grid operator which covers most of Texas.