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An employee complaint alleging exposure to chemicals and inadequate protective equipment has sparked a new OSHA investigation at TPI Composites, a wind blade manufacturer in Newton. Iowa Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro said OSHA inspectors have been inside the plant in recent days. The agency, which he oversees, has received at least one OSHA complaint since a Dec. 17 Des Moines Register investigation explored the working conditions at TPI.
“The department concedes that customers taking net metering services directly receive the benefits of the net metering system,” the DPU said in its ruling. “The costs of net metering, however, are borne by all electric customers, whether or not they receive net metering credits. Consequently, there is a transfer of costs rooted in the net metering system.”
The DeWitt County Land Use Committee sent all of the proposed restrictions to the full county board for further discussion during their January 18 meeting.
The question on reliability remains open, however. In a new order, FERC said "resilience remains an important issue that warrants the commission's continued attention." Under the order, grid operators have 60 days to report back on how they can improve the reliability of the nation's power system.
But the impressive growth of renewable power requires an asterisk — that subsidies are largely responsible for it. A billion-dollar net worth is less impressive if the first $900 million is inherited. And even with such lavish subsidies, wind and solar power still account for only 7 percent of total U.S. electricity generation.
DECISION: Board to consider laws to restrict wind energy development at Jan. 10 meeting. The Somerset Town Board will consider on Wednesday a series of zoning laws that would all but ban development of large-scale wind energy systems as well as structures more than 150 feet tall.
Federal prosecutors accuse Chinese wind-turbine maker Sinovel Wind Group Co. 601558 -4.29% Ltd. of stealing the source code for software that controls wind turbines from American Superconductor Corp. AMSC 2.42% , a Massachusetts-based engineering company that once counted Sinovel as its biggest customer.
Swanton Wind’s developers are not getting the project’s $100,000 Public Utility Commission (PUC) filing fee back, nor are participants in the PUC’s review process getting their legal expenditures returned. But if Swanton Wind’s developers file a new application in the future, those participants may again argue they’re eligible for compensation.
Township trustees in Huron County are telling the commissioners they don’t support making the county an alternate energy zone (AEZ). At the very least, they are skeptical. Apex Clean Energy has asked the commissioners to consider declaring Huron County an AEZ.
BAD AXE -- Huron County planners are frowning upon the use of the term "wind park" by wind developers.
READSBORO — The controversial Deerfield Wind project that took over 10 years and $7.5 million to complete is now generating power, but regional data shows that renewables are not producing as much energy in these cold winter months as some might have hoped.
YATES — In an effort to reach his target of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a procurement of at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power between two solicitations to be issued in 2018 and 2019.
Nearly every seat was filled Thursday at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission's main courtroom as the agency took public comment on a cause filed by Public Service Co. of Oklahoma. The utility seeks preapproval to recover its costs associated to a large wind power and transmission project that will provide renewable energy to both its customers and those of a sister utility.
Trade Winds said the project, centered about 5 miles northwest of Clinton, would stretch across about 24,000 acres and involve about 200 individual landowners. ...But several DeWitt County residents are launching a campaign to stop the project before it even gets started.
NextEra will apply for a second wind farm in Pratt County. They will meet with the County Planning and Zoning Board at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Pratt County Fairgrounds.
Transmission wires could end at substation in north Tulsa County
PSO is asking the commission to grant it preapproval to recover its share of the project costs from customers when Wind Catcher becomes operational in late 2020. Its share of the project is estimated at $1.36 billion, and in testimony filed in the case, PSO estimates the Wind Catcher project would add another $78 million to customer rates in 2021.
In 2016, the company generated about $1.47 million in revenue, according to court filings. However, from the start of 2017 through Dec. 29, its sales had fallen to about $4,500.
Wind energy advocates are speaking out as lawmakers confirm one piece of their proposed budget plan includes placing a gross production tax on wind energy. The tax could be 4 percent for 36 months and 7 percent after that.
The nation's biggest wind generator, NextEra Energy Resources, has bought the Oklahoma portion of the proposed 700-mile-long Plains and Eastern Line to serve Oklahoma and Midwest customers. But for now, plans to bring wind energy from the windy areas of Oklahoma and Texas into the less-windy Tennessee Valley and Southeastern part of the United States are stalled and unlikely to be resurrected for years.