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Cuomo wants more state control of solar, wind energy permits

Large-scale solar and wind projects would be subject to a dramatically new permitting process controlled only by the Cuomo administration – a plan developers say would cut by years the time to it takes for large renewable energy facilities to be approved in New York. Local government officials, however, say it will sharply reduce the role communities now play in the process for siting larger energy projects.
25 Feb 2020

Bill prohibiting wind turbine parts from ending up in landfills passed on second reading

House Bill 217 is looking at wind preventing wind turbine blades from being deposited in landfills. An amendment passed on second reading in the House on February 25, 2020. The amendment changed the year that the bill will take effect from 2020 to 2024. "I didn't oppose it. I call it a friendly amendment,” Rep. Bunky Loucks (R - HD 59) said. “I surely would like to have it not out until 2024. I can just imagine the amount of blades that the landfill is going to take in but I just want to see the bill go through."
25 Feb 2020

PUC conditions not followed

The hearing was about the condition that the PUC imposed on Crowned Ridge/Next Era in the permit. They were to install low noise trailing edge blades on all turbines. They didn’t, and they got caught. They also got caught erecting towers taller than permitted, generators bigger than permitted along with a host of allegations about noise and shadow flicker violations. ...Crowned Ridge’s excuse was it was too cold, they didn’t order them early enough, as Commissioner Hanson compared it to “the dog ate my homework” excuse.
9 Feb 2020

Block Island Wind Farm to go offline in fall to rebury cable

The electric cables for the Block Island Wind Farm were supposed to be buried in trenches at least four feet below the seabed, but workers couldn’t get down as far as they wanted, and over the last four years waves have exposed portions of the transmission lines that run to and from a beach on the island. Now, Orsted, plans to rebury one of the two cables starting in the fall. ...But for an indeterminate amount of time during construction, the 30-megawatt wind farm, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build, will have to go offline.
9 Feb 2020

Vestas set records in wind turbine orders in 2019, and this year looks even busier

Vestas’ worldwide profits in 2019 were flat compared to 2018 despite all the growth. The business’ profit margins actually declined 1.6% for the year, reflecting tough price competition in renewable energy and the effect of trade wars on its supply chain, the company said. Steel tariffs are still having a big impact on Vestas’ supply chain internationally, even though the U.S. and China has reached a first-phase trade agreement and international trade tensions have lessened.
6 Feb 2020

Vestas set records in wind turbine orders in 2019, and this year looks even busier

Vestas’ worldwide profits in 2019 were flat compared to 2018 despite all the growth. The business’ profit margins actually declined 1.6% for the year, reflecting tough price competition in renewable energy and the effect of trade wars on its supply chain, the company said. Steel tariffs are still having a big impact on Vestas’ supply chain internationally, even though the U.S. and China has reached a first-phase trade agreement and international trade tensions have lessened.
6 Feb 2020

Wind turbine blades can’t be recycled, so they’re piling up in landfills

Tens of thousands of aging blades are coming down from steel towers around the world and most have nowhere to go but landfills. In the U.S. alone, about 8,000 will be removed in each of the next four years. Europe, which has been dealing with the problem longer, has about 3,800 coming down annually through at least 2022, according to BloombergNEF. It’s going to get worse: Most were built more than a decade ago, when installations were less than a fifth of what they are now.
5 Feb 2020

Wind turbine blades can’t be recycled, so they’re piling up in landfills

Tens of thousands of aging blades are coming down from steel towers around the world and most have nowhere to go but landfills. In the U.S. alone, about 8,000 will be removed in each of the next four years. Europe, which has been dealing with the problem longer, has about 3,800 coming down annually through at least 2022, according to BloombergNEF. It’s going to get worse: Most were built more than a decade ago, when installations were less than a fifth of what they are now.
5 Feb 2020

Antrim wind project complete

Energy produced by the turbines will be sold under long-term power purchase agreements ...The project’s completion comes despite significant pushback, with opponents saying it could disrupt wildlife habitat, intrude on scenic views, cause too much noise and lower property values.
4 Feb 2020

Article 10 rehearing on the table of Feb. 13 meeting for Number Three Wind Farm

Some of the conditions Number Three questions relate to the project’s impact on threatened and endangered birds, noise and the role of the Site Engineering and Environment Plan, or SEEP. Number Three’s petition also accused the Siting Board of providing insufficient explanations for some of the decisions handed down and of not giving the company’s information the same consideration as that provided by other parties in the process, such as the DEC.
4 Feb 2020

West Michigan renewable energy projects: wind out, solar in

Harris added that Ranger started developing solar projects in Michigan in 2017. The state’s newly raised 15 percent renewable energy standard, relatively high cost of electricity and a series of coal plant retirements all “drove our interest in Michigan.” “We’re finding even more interest from utilities in purchasing solar energy than we originally expected,” he said.
2 Feb 2020

Energy cost analysis 2020: Wind is ready for zero-subsidy future

The average price of gas at one of the major hubs is now such that — making an allowance for the delivery cost to electricity producers — gas-fired electricity can be produced for about $34/MWh. Wind, at the average installed cost of $1,350/kW, can only compete with this at a site with a mean wind speed of 9m/s. Such high wind speeds are rare and tend to be confined to mountainous regions, where costs are above the average.
31 Jan 2020

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