Documents from USA

Evidence of region‐wide bat population decline from long‐term monitoring (wind energy)

Rodhouse_et_al-2019-ecology_and_evolution_thumb This critical study demonstrates the direct connection between wind energy deployment and the dangerous decline in bat populations, particularly involving the Hoary bat, which existed in abundance throughout the United States until recently. The researchers show that White Noise Syndrome is not a factor in the decline across the Pacific Northwest area. The full report can be accessed by clicking the document links on this page.
22 Sep 2019

Evidence of region‐wide bat population decline from long‐term monitoring (wind energy)

Rodhouse_et_al-2019-ecology_and_evolution_thumb This critical study demonstrates the direct connection between wind energy deployment and the dangerous decline in bat populations, particularly involving the Hoary bat, which existed in abundance throughout the United States until recently. The researchers show that White Noise Syndrome is not a factor in the decline across the Pacific Northwest area. The full report can be accessed by clicking the document links on this page.
22 Sep 2019

Buckeye Wind I and II withdrawal notices

Ohio-buckeye_wind_withdrawal_1_opsb-a1001001a19i06b72929j00832_thumb Buckeye Wind LLC and Champaign Wind LLC, who collectively sought and received approval to construct the Buckeye I and Buckeye II wind energy facilities, have now withdrawn their applications and surrendered their certificates of environmental compatibility and public need. The notices of withdrawal are available at the document links on this page. 
6 Sep 2019

Town of Sanford, NY wind turbine moratorium

Town-of-sanford-wind-turbine-moratorium_thumb The Town of Sanford, NY has enacted a new local law placing a three month moratorium on all activities related to wind energy, including project applications, permits, and construction. The law provides an opportunity for the town to study the potential impacts of wind energy projects and determine if amendments are needed to any established laws.
15 Aug 2019

Report and recommendations for minimizing and mitigating environmental and commercial impacts of offshore wind facilities

Report_of_the_commission_on_environmental_standards_-_final_thumb The attached report by the Connecticut Commission on Environmental Standards provides recommendations to offshore wind developers in mitigating potential risks to the area's wildlife, fishing industry, and water navigation systems. The Commission urges developers to conduct assessments on potential impact areas and provide funding to offset economic and environmental losses.
13 Aug 2019

Seneca Wind: Notice of Application Withdrawal

Seneca_wind_application_withdrawal_notice_thumb In early 2018, Seneca Wind LLC initiated the process before the Ohio Power Siting Board to secure authorization to construct and operate a 70 turbine (up to 200 MW) wind energy facility on 25,000 acres of leased land situated in Seneca County, Ohio. This letter submitted to the Siting Board states that Seneca Wind LLC wishes to withdraw its application from consideration.
9 Aug 2019

Friends of the Columbia Gorge v. Oregon EFSC (S065478 Opinion)

Friends_of_the_columbia_gorge_v._oregon_efsc__28s065478_opinion_29_thumb The Oregon Supreme court ordered that procedures adopted by the state's energy siting council for handing amendments to already approved permits (site certificates) do not properly consider public comments. The new rules which apply to thermal power plants, wind energy projects, and other large energy facilities "hid agency decisions to expand power plants from the public, unlawfully delegated important decisions to Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) staff, and illegally modified judicial review procedures for challenging council decisions," according to Friends of the Columbia Gorge and eight other conservation organizations who filed the appeal challenging the new rules. A portion of the court order is provided below. The full order can be accessed by clicking the document link(s) on this page.
1 Aug 2019

Petition for review: USFWS approval of “R-Project” Transmission

Rline-_petition_for_review_thumb This civil suit filed in US District Court against the United State Fish and Wildlife Service challenges the permit granted Nebraska Public Power District to construct the R-Project Transmission Line slated to go through the Sandhills. The petition, which can be downloaded from this page, asserts that the government agency failed to properly assess the environmental impacts of the transmission line, particularly with regard to the Whooping Crane and the American Burying Beetle. The R-Project is a 225-mile transmission line. 
5 Jul 2019

Petition for review: USFWS approval of “R-Project” Transmission

Rline-_petition_for_review_thumb This civil suit filed in US District Court against the United State Fish and Wildlife Service challenges the permit granted Nebraska Public Power District to construct the R-Project Transmission Line slated to go through the Sandhills. The petition, which can be downloaded from this page, asserts that the government agency failed to properly assess the environmental impacts of the transmission line, particularly with regard to the Whooping Crane and the American Burying Beetle. The R-Project is a 225-mile transmission line. 
5 Jul 2019

Finding of Adverse Effect for the Vineyard Wind Project Construction and Operations Plan

Finding-of-adverse-effect-vineyard-wind_boem_june_20_2019_thumb The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has made a Finding of Adverse Effect (Finding) for the Vineyard Wind Construction and Operations Plan (COP) on the Gay Head Lighthouse, the Nantucket Island National Historic Landmark (Nantucket NHL), submerged paleolandforms as contributing elements to the Nantucket Sound Traditional Cultural Property (Nantucket Sound TCP), and the Chappaquiddick Traditional Cultural Property (Chappaquiddick TCP), pursuant to 36 CFR 800.5. Resolution of all adverse effects to historic properties will be codified in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), pursuant to 36 CFR 800.6(c). 
20 Jun 2019

Finding of Adverse Effect for the Vineyard Wind Project Construction and Operations Plan

Finding-of-adverse-effect-vineyard-wind_boem_june_20_2019_thumb The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has made a Finding of Adverse Effect (Finding) for the Vineyard Wind Construction and Operations Plan (COP) on the Gay Head Lighthouse, the Nantucket Island National Historic Landmark (Nantucket NHL), submerged paleolandforms as contributing elements to the Nantucket Sound Traditional Cultural Property (Nantucket Sound TCP), and the Chappaquiddick Traditional Cultural Property (Chappaquiddick TCP), pursuant to 36 CFR 800.5. Resolution of all adverse effects to historic properties will be codified in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), pursuant to 36 CFR 800.6(c). 
20 Jun 2019

Invenergy v United States Section 1603 cash grant decisions

Californiaridge_v_us_1603_thumb In these two court cases, parent company Invenergy, received cash outlays for two Illinois projects, Bishop Hill and California Ridge. The funds were distributed, but the government later discovered that a portion of the grants were overpaid. A suit was filed by Invenergy in order to prevent Treasury from taking any money back. In these final decisions, one for each project, the court ruled in favor of the Treasury. A portion of one decision is provided below. The full decisions can be accessed by selecting the document icons on this page.
20 Jun 2019

Invenergy v United States Section 1603 cash grant decisions

Californiaridge_v_us_1603_thumb In these two court cases, parent company Invenergy, received cash outlays for two Illinois projects, Bishop Hill and California Ridge. The funds were distributed, but the government later discovered that a portion of the grants were overpaid. A suit was filed by Invenergy in order to prevent Treasury from taking any money back. In these final decisions, one for each project, the court ruled in favor of the Treasury. A portion of one decision is provided below. The full decisions can be accessed by selecting the document icons on this page.
20 Jun 2019

Nextera Burke Wind Denial Order

Ndgf-march_7_2019_letter_thumb The North Dakota PSC denied a permit for Nextera to construct and operate the 200 megawatt (76 turbine) Burke Wind Energy facility proposed for Burke County, ND. An excerpt of the PSC's decision is provided below. The full order denying the permit and letters from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and ND Game and Fish can be downloaded from this page. 
12 Jun 2019

Notice of relinquishment and withdrawal: Black Fork Wind Farm

Black_fork_wind_relinquishment_of_permit_to_construct_2019-05-16_thumb The application for the Black Fork wind energy facility was initially submitted to the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) on March 10, 2011. The project, if constructed would have included up to 91 turbines (up to 200 MW) across 14,500 acres in Richland and Crawford counties, Ohio. There was significant opposition to the project but it was granted a permit by the state. In December 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in a 5-2 decision that OPSB wrongfully granted the project an extension to the date on which construction was to begin from January 2017 to January 2019. The Court found that the change was an amendment to the permit and required a more extensive review process and would subject the project to more onerous state setback distances. 
16 May 2019

Village of Montfort Appraisal: Impact of Cardinal-Hickory Creek Project

Forensic_appraisal_group_property_impact_-__village_of_montfort_2c_iowa_and_grant_counties_2c_wisconsin_thumb This appraisal examines the impact of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek (CHC) Project on properties in the Village of Montfort in Wisconsin. The CHC is a proposed 345kV high voltage line that will run between 84-105 miles long traveling from Cassville to Middleton in Wisconsin. The project also includes a 22-acre substation. The CHC 345kV will carry energy from the proposed Red Barn wind farm and the Badger Hollow solar farm. The conclusion of impact cited from the report is provided below. The full report can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.  
25 Apr 2019

Court: Injunction order halting construction of Crazy Mountain Wind farm

Park_dv-2018-161_thumb Montana District Court Judge Jon A. Oldenburg ruled no construction activity involving the Crazy Mountain wind farm proposed by Pattern Energy can proceed including no alterations to roads until a trial is held to determine if the project will cause irreparable harm to the neighboring property owners. Judge Oldenburg decided that “[u]ntil the ultimate issues are decided by a trier of fact, the balance of equities does not fall in favor of one side or the other."  The full order can be accessed at the document link on this page. Below is an excerpt of the court's ruling justifying the injunction and halting construction of the project.
19 Mar 2019

US NOAA comments on Vineyard Wind

20190315_nmfs-comments-on-vineyard-wind-deis_thumb This letter by US NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Administrator Mike Pentony raises serious concerns regarding the impacts of the 800 MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind facility proposed off the coast of Massachusetts. Concerns center on impacts to New England’s fisheries, marine life, and ocean habitats. The letter was sent to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and provides comment on the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). A portion of the letter is provided below. The full letter can be downloaded from the document links on this page. 
15 Mar 2019

US NOAA comments on Vineyard Wind

20190315_nmfs-comments-on-vineyard-wind-deis_thumb This letter by US NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Administrator Mike Pentony raises serious concerns regarding the impacts of the 800 MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind facility proposed off the coast of Massachusetts. Concerns center on impacts to New England’s fisheries, marine life, and ocean habitats. The letter was sent to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and provides comment on the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). A portion of the letter is provided below. The full letter can be downloaded from the document links on this page. 
15 Mar 2019

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