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Court Order in Falmouth Appeal: DENIED

Falmouth_greencenter_appeal_decision_-_denied_thumb The Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a lower court's decision to deny intervention involving action between the town of Falmouth and the Falmouth zoning board of appeals in which judgment had already entered. The judgment declared that two wind turbines operated by the town were a nuisance and ordered that their operation cease and desist. The proposed interveners claimed that they were entitled to intervention as of right because they had compelling interests that were no longer being adequately represented by the town. The lower court ruled, and the appellate court affirmed that the motion be denied since the interveners could not likely establish standing, and that the motion was untimely. A portion of the 10-page order is provided below. The full order can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
6 Nov 2018

How a county election in rural Illinois became a referendum on wind energy

Ford County, about 90 minutes south of Chicago by car, has had a moratorium on new wind development since last fall, after opposition was raised to existing regulations calling for 1,000-foot setbacks from any primary building. The county board’s zoning committee held meetings seeking input and recommended setbacks of 2,250 feet from buildings. Now the zoning board of appeals is considering revisions to the regulations, and their recommendations will be passed on to the full county board, which can make further revisions.
5 Nov 2018

A look at wind power's history in Ohio

Much of the anger and fury that has come from wind power’s critics, who voice concerns ranging from bird, bat, and other wildlife impacts, to human health concerns about shadow-flicker and vibrations, wasn’t foreseen when Ohio’s first two commercial-scale wind turbines went up at the Wood County landfill southwest of Bowling Green. Both sides also have conflicting reports on what the large machines do to property values.
4 Nov 2018

Growth of wind power spurring blowback in Tiffin

There’s always anger and fury amid concerns about wind turbines’ impact on birds, bats, and other wildlife — not to mention human health concerns about shadow-flicker and vibrations. But Mr. Feasel believes many Americans are overthinking the reasons behind such conflicts — including a conflict that has reached a fever pitch in Seneca County. It’s all about the number of people per square mile. More people equals more conflict, Mr. Feasel said.
4 Nov 2018

Market forces buffeting future of wind power in Maine

As the Maine Wind Energy Act enters a second decade, developers say the state is unlikely to see strings of new turbine towers on the horizon, as market forces overtake policy directives. In 2018, only a 22-turbine wind farm in Hancock County and a four-turbine project in Oxford County have active permit applications. There are several reasons why.
4 Nov 2018

SCC says Dominion customers will bear risks of $300 million offshore wind project, legislature to blame

The SCC concluded in a scathing 20-page order on Friday that the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project isn’t needed to serve Dominion customers and will cost more than any other option for generating electricity to serve the utility’s 2.6 million customers. The commission was especially direct in noting that the project’s developers won’t bear any of the risk for a project. 
3 Nov 2018

Virginia SCC Order on Dominion Offshore Wind Pilot

Scc_order_dominion_offshore_pilot_thumb The Virginia State Corporation Commission issued this order approving Dominion's proposal to construct a 2-turbine, 12 megawatt wind energy facility 27-miles off the coast of Virginia. The project has a price tag of $300 million. The SCC made clear in its order that it had no choice but to approve the project given current state statutes. However, the approval, according to the SCC's order, was contrary to what it deemed prudent as that term has been applied by this Commission in its long history of public utility regulation. The SCC bowed to the  legislative mandate by approving the project. A portion of the order is posted below. The full order can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
2 Nov 2018

Residents divided over wind energy plan for ‘pristine Upper Peninsula wilderness’

Critics have maintained formal opposition to the project. In August, Friends of the Huron Mountains filed an injunction challenging meteorological towers that were installed. In late October, members of the group began collecting signatures for a referendum on local ordinance changes ...the plan is to hold a vote in May 2019 to abandon the zoning changes.
2 Nov 2018

Imprudent, Unreasonable, Unnecessary, Approved

In truth, it is hard to imagine a worse factual record, a worse example of wasting ratepayer money and imposing ratepayer risk.  For $300 million or more the company will receive only 12 megawatts of power and with the assumed operational efficiency of the turbines that will work out to 78 cents per kilowatt hour.  Then a hurricane may wreck it.
2 Nov 2018

Are Trojan horses full of windmill parts destined for New London?

Let's hear about some big investments in the host city. Why not start by making the wind developers buy and pay taxes on the Crystal Avenue property, instead of trying to use state ownership of it as a tax shelter? City advocates should pay close attention to this as it unfolds and make sure Mayor Michael Passero, negotiator in chief, thinks big and doesn't get fleeced, as the caravan of Trojan horses rumbles toward New London.
2 Nov 2018

Wind ordinance changes set for Thursday vote

The zoning board has been tasked with reviewing a proposed ordinance drafted by the Ford County Board’s zoning committee that includes a proposal to increase the existing 1,000-foot setback between wind turbines and “primary structures” — such as homes — to 2,250 feet, or four times a turbine’s tip height, whichever is greater.
1 Nov 2018

Yarmouth, Barnstable react to status of wind farm cable review

“In the final analysis, Vineyard Wind was not willing to commit to Yarmouth to do the things that our community was asking for,” Holcomb said. The town’s questions went unanswered by Vineyard Wind, Yarmouth Town Administrator Daniel Knapik said. ...“Right now, we are really not moving ahead with anything,” Holcomb said of the town’s interactions with Vineyard Wind.
1 Nov 2018

Wind farm review faces possible extension after eagle nest details were withheld

“When an applicant withholds information regarding the environmental conditions in a siting application and those conditions are relevant and material to the agencies’ review of the application and negotiation of stipulations and studies to be performed, it raises serious questions about the applicant’s character and fitness,” Judge Caruso said in the ruling. “Any delay in this process was caused by the Applicant’s own decision to withhold relevant and material information, information that needed review and verification by” staff.
31 Oct 2018

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