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For the fifth consecutive monthly meeting, the Madison County Joint Planning Commission had people sitting in the hall and standing on Thursday. While Thursday’s meeting featured a long agenda, the majority of people who spoke discussed wind energy regulations.
As many as two dozen people attended and discussed the project for about 2 ½ hours. Some opponents said Apex Clean Energy, the company developing the project, was not forthcoming with information or was misleading.
Funfar’s lawyer James Rosenblum argued that Wind 2 is the same make and model as Wind 1, and neither was ever issued a special permit from the zoning board. The lack of a special permit had never been legally challenged in court for Wind 2, as it had for Wind 1, “but that doesn’t mean Wind 2 is a legal structure,” Rosenblum said. “The structure had a legal building permit but doesn’t have a legal special permit and never did,” he said.
Apex representatives have said they have not determined how many wind turbines could be installed, or where the sites would be. Elsworth said the company has planned sites for 121 turbines on an application to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The state Public Utilities Commission ruled Friday that opponents could subpoena information from county governments and witnesses could testify by telephone or videoconference when a wind-farm project comes up for a permit hearing next month.
The Freeborn project marks the first "contested case" over a wind farm before the PUC, prompting the appointment of an administrative law judge to sort out the facts and make recommendations. The judge's ruling isn't binding on the PUC, but such recommendations often carry weight with the commission. ...Invenergy filed a proposal with the PUC that would include noise allowances of no more than 3 decibels above the standard.
MACOMB — On Wednesday, Macomb’s courthouse held a public hearing for the latest stages of a wind farm in McDonough County.
Bids from companies offering to supply electricity to Connecticut without producing harmful carbon air pollution – including the Millstone nuclear plant and an ocean windfarm – are now under review by state energy officials.
The project has met intense opposition from some local residents. Common complaints are that the towers would sully the towns’ rural character, depress property values and pose a threat to human health and migrating birds.
The agency also complains that Vectren didn’t seek competitive bids, which would have led to much lower costs. ...Vectren calculated the plant would need to earn 7 cents per kWh to break even. A more competitive process could drive the costs down to 4 to 5 cents per kWh.
“Everyone is concerned about 600-foot turbines on Galloo Island ... It’s the destruction of this pristine island with over 400 deer, pheasants, turkeys and eagles,” she said. “I do believe in alternative energy, but not those wind monsters because educated people understand that wind energy is not the answer.”
There’s no question, Georgetown is paying dearly for its surplus energy. With annual demand growing at roughly 3% per year, it could be 15+ years before the City’s consumption begins to match its contracted supply.
Apex Clean Energy ...proposed a wind farm for a portion of Morgan County. With that proposed wind farm, there have been a number of debates taking place with Morgan County Commissioners meetings in regards to the future of wind farms in the area, specifically the future of the county’s wind ordinance.
Seneca Wind, one of two commercial-scale wind farms planned southeast of the Toledo area, has been certified by the state of Ohio as a qualified energy project. ...an important step forward for a project.
Federal law doesn't force a developer to hold off on construction until they have a 'no hazard' designation, but members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation say that would be the right thing to do, and say it's sad that a company like NextEra, would take federal renewable energy tax credits with one hand and harm our national security with the other.
SINCLAIRVILLE– In January 2018, the New York Board on Generation Siting and the Environment, granted Cassadaga Wind, LLC, an approval to construct and operate a 126MW wind-powered facility in the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte, Cherry Creek and Stockton in Chautauqua County.
Conservative lawmakers, an oil investor and other activists did all they could to stop a wind project in rural Texas, even as the state has increasingly embraced renewable energy. Earlier this year, a Canadian energy producer was poised to build two large wind farms in Clay County, a mostly featureless stretch of plains at the Texas-Oklahoma line. The 300-megawatt project would have bolstered Texas’ growing portfolio of renewable energy, which last year supplied a record 17 percent of the state’s electricity. But then anti-wind farm activists led by John Greer, a Dallas oil investor, swooped into the farming and ranching community to attack the deal.
RES stated in a media announcement Tuesday that it is no longer pursuing the project and that it will take action to accomplish the withdrawal immediately. “Technical circumstances for the project have changed unfavorably, making the project no longer feasible,” according to the statement.
A group of independent parties to the Galloo Island Wind application before the state Board on Electric Generating Siting and the Environment have requested that Apex Clean Energy’s project be denied outright and the application process ceased because, they claim, Apex lied on multiple documents and applications relating to the project. ...To allow Apex to simply edit-out the lies and cleanse their documents sends a terrible message to the public — you can lie, cheat, and get caught in the Article 10 process with little inconvenience or penalty."
The board approved a resolution supporting the county in their effort to block Invenergy from being able to participate in PILOT programs. The ultimate decision is up the the county’s IDA. Schroder believes that if Invenergy is forced to pay full taxes, they may look elsewhere for their project.