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Whistle-blower recounts red flags in Jonestown wind energy project

Miller took his suspicions to the Travis County District Attorney's Office, sparking an investigation that found Malouff fraudulently obtained the federal grant by overstating the energy savings and misrepresenting his project as shovel-ready. Malouff promised 20 wind turbines ...Three turbines went into the ground but never produced energy. Malouff's trial began this week on a charge of securing execution of a document by deception, a first-degree felony.
10 Aug 2013

Property owners file suit over planned wind project

The suit asks for a court order that would authorize the County Commission to regulate the permitting, construction, placement and operation of wind turbines, wind mills, wind farms and any other wind-generated energy production facility or equipment operated in the unincorporated areas of Etowah County. It asks that the County Commission establish standards, specifications, criteria and conditions on the operations, and make a determination about appropriate sites where wind turbines can be located.
3 Aug 2013

Appeals Board requests funds to defend itself from town's suit

...the reason for the suit was to protect the town, which has already been faced with a lawsuit in US District Court in Boston from two homeowners claiming that the turbines represent a nuisance and are seeking monetary damages. If others follow suit, the town could be faced with a potential liability of $215 million if nuisance claims are proven.
30 Jul 2013

Wind company wants state ruling upheld

Officials from Champaign County, Urbana and a group of residents opposed to the wind farm asked that the siting board to reconsider all, or parts of its decision. They raised concerns ranging from how far the turbines should be set back from homes, to noise and whether there is a need for the project.
11 Jul 2013

Insurers get $20M Siemens turbine case remanded

A federal judge on Monday denied Siemens Energy Inc.'s bid to keep a lawsuit accusing it of causing $20 million in damage at a Texas power plant in federal court because a Lloyd's of London underwriter with a .01 percent share of risk is from Siemens' home state of Florida.  U.S. District Judge Gregg Costa said while plaintiffs Arch Insurance Co. Ltd., Associated Gas & Electric Insurance Services Ltd., Factory Mutual Insurance Co., National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Zurich American Insurance Co. are diverse from Siemens' home jurisdictions of Delaware and Florida, the “certain underwriters at Lloyd's of London” plaintiffs provided a stickier point.
2 Jul 2013

Washington Supreme Court hears wind farm case

Gary Kahn argued the case for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge. He says the group wants more investigation into some parts of the wind farm application. "Everyone involved in the siting process must do everything to assure all the applicable requirements are met," Kahn said.
27 Jun 2013

Wind-energy dispute heads to court

"Basically our community is being turned into an industrial energy zone, unwillingly," Tisdale said. "The county and the feds have not done their due diligence about what happens to people when they allow these things too close to homes and sensitive wildlife areas."
21 Jun 2013

Infigen and Gamesa end years-long legal battle over wind turbines

The long-lasting legal disputes related to five U.S. wind farms in which Infigen holds interest, particularly California's Kumeyaay Wind Farm. Following a December 2009 storm, Infigen claimed Gamesa was liable to pay over $30 million for site repairs and replacement of all 75 wind turbines at Kumeyaay. Gamesa, meanwhile, maintained that Kumeyaay Wind LLC should bear the costs.
17 Jun 2013

Last defendant pleads guilty in wind farm fraud

Robert Arthur Reed, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty in federal court in Casper to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money. Four other co-defendants have entered earlier guilty pleas. ...An indictment alleges that they hired phone solicitors to make cold calls to investors, urging them to invest in wind farms by falsely claiming they were being constructed jointly by private investors and the U.S. government.
22 May 2013

Last defendant pleads guilty in wind farm fraud

Robert Arthur Reed, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty in federal court in Casper to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money. Four other co-defendants have entered earlier guilty pleas. ...An indictment alleges that they hired phone solicitors to make cold calls to investors, urging them to invest in wind farms by falsely claiming they were being constructed jointly by private investors and the U.S. government.
22 May 2013

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