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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

Wind act doesn't treat all Mainers equally

The Wind Energy Act doesn't treat every Maine citizen the same - some have more rights that others. ...Why are these communities treated differently? That's not possible to determine because the members of the wind task force that made a map designating the expedited permitting area kept no minutes of the meetings discussing the map.
21 May 2013

Residents question why wind developer wrote town's appeal

Antrim Town Administrator Galen Stearns said that the wind developer's attorney drafted the motion for rehearing, and it was sent back and forth several times between Geiger and the town for modifications. ...He added that having Geiger draft the appeal was an attempt to speed up the process. Geiger drafted the PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement that was also signed by the town.
21 May 2013

Wind turbine blade throw incident at Pattern Energy's Ocotillo Wind Project

This wholly avoidable public health and safety hazard occurred just one day after San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the revised Wind Energy Ordinance & Boulevard Community Plan to remove community protections to allow 500 foot tall industrial wind turbines on private land in previously protected areas near homes, recreation areas, and sensitive wildlife.
16 May 2013

Gorge wind farm project headed for high court

The Whistling Ridge Energy Project received a green light ...But the decision scaled back the original proposal, reducing the number of wind turbines from 50 to 35. The outcome didn't leave the project developers or its opponents entirely happy. Construction never started. Opponents, led by Portland-based advocacy group Friends of the Columbia Gorge, mounted a legal challenge that's now landed before the state's highest court.
1 May 2013

High Court To Hear Wind Farm Project Case

A proposal to build Connecticut's first wind farm in the state's Northwest Corner has been blowing around for several years. Now an appeal brought by a citizens' group that opposes the project will be heard by the state Supreme Court in coming months. The key question is whether the Connecticut Siting Council had jurisdiction when it approved the wind turbine electric generation project.
15 Apr 2013

Insurance cos. blame $20M turbine failure on Siemens

An American International Group Inc. affiliate and five other insurance companies claim Siemens Energy Inc. shirked its engineering oversight obligations for a steam turbine owned by policyholder NRG Energy Inc. and caused $20 million in damages, according to a suit removed to Texas federal court on Thursday. 
12 Apr 2013

3 face June trial in Wyoming wind farm fraud case

The indictment alleges they hired phone solicitors to make cold calls to investors, telling them that the wind farms were being constructed jointly by private investors and the U.S. government. The indictment lists victims only by their initials, stating that many of them mailed in checks for $25,000 or more. Prosecutors have declined to identify victims.
5 Apr 2013

3 face June trial in Wyoming wind farm fraud case

The indictment alleges they hired phone solicitors to make cold calls to investors, telling them that the wind farms were being constructed jointly by private investors and the U.S. government. The indictment lists victims only by their initials, stating that many of them mailed in checks for $25,000 or more. Prosecutors have declined to identify victims.
5 Apr 2013

Commercial wind turbine approved for San Leandro's shoreline as residents ready for a lawsuit

"The [Heron Bay Homeowners Association] board has to make formal vote on it, but I think we were committed before and we're committed now that we will be filing in Superior Court," said Alan Berger, the attorney for the homeowners association. "We absolutely do not feel the board of zoning and the city council followed all of the voluminous case law in California ...."
3 Apr 2013

Wind farm ruling a mixed bag, leaves a few hurdles

On Wednesday the Ohio Supreme Court granted in part, but also denied in part, a motion to dismiss an appeal filed by opponents of the project ...Among other technical legal points, the appeal claims inadequate financial protection if the turbines are decommissioned, and cites no record of how much it would cost to remove the decommissioned turbines.
29 Mar 2013

Proposed bill to allow people to sue over wind turbine damages

"This bill makes it easier for families that have been hurt by industrial wind turbines to receive compensation for their losses," Senator Lasee said. "It is unconscionable for a family that has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their home that they have lived in for years to be forced to move because an industrial wind tower is built nearby. Or wish that they could move and just can't afford it."
29 Mar 2013

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