Documents from USA

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

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

San Bernadino County resolution: Bans large-scale renewable energy projects

San_bernadino_co_resolution_on_renewable_energy_2019-2-28_thumb San Bernadino County in California adopted this resolution banning large-scale renewable energy projects. The full resolution and presentation slides explaining the change in policy can be downloaded from this page. Minutes from a May 28, 2018 special meetiing of the supervisors is also available from this page. Below is an excerpt of the resolution. Other supporting documentation leading up to adoption of the resolution can be accessed at the link on this page. 
28 Feb 2019

Summit Ridge Wind Farm: Extension request and comments

Comments_on_summit_ridge_wind_farm_amendment_4_thumb The Summit Ridge Wind Farm was granted a site certificate by the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC or Council) on August 19, 2011. The applicant now seeks a 4th amendment to the certificate that extends the start construction timeline another two years. A host of objections have been raised about the project. This page includes comments by K. Shawn Smallwood PhD outlining environmental concerns with the project’s wildlife surveys and analysis. The Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Oregon Wild, and others present their own comments. The procedural background information and an excerpt of the comments filed with the Council are provided below. The full documents can be downloaded from the links on this page.
22 Feb 2019

Huron County resolution withdrawing support for Emerson Creek Wind Energy Project

Huron-county-res.-19-067_thumb Resolution #19-067 was unanimously passed by the Board of Huron County Commissioners on February 19, 2019. The resolution repeals Resolution 2018-080 relative to the comuty's support of the Application submitted to the Ohio Development Services Agency by Apex Clean Energy for the Emerson Creek Wind Energy Project to be located in Huron County. A portion of the resolution is provided below. The signed resolution can be downloaded from the links on this page.
19 Feb 2019

Galloo Island wind project withdrawal letter

Galloo-island-wind_withdrawal_letter_-_ny_dps_thumb Apex Clean Energy, who proposed to erect 30 turbines and an electric substation on Galloo Island in Lake Ontario off the coast of New York, has officially withdrawn its application from from consideration. The withdrawal letter is provided in full below and can be downloaded throught the document links on this page. 
8 Feb 2019

PG&E injunction pleading against FERC interference

Pge_injunction_relief_-_ferc-filing2019-01-29_thumb In this court filing, utility-giant PG&E asks the court for an injunction against efforts by FERC to assert jurisdiction over the power contracts (PPAs) held by PG&E. Court documents show PG&E is bound by 387 PPAs with more than 350 companies totaling about $42 billion. The generators whose energy is under contract are at risk if PG&E is allowed to exit the agreements. A portion of PG&E's filing is provided below. The full document can be accessed at the links on this page.
29 Jan 2019

PG&E injunction pleading against FERC interference

Pge_injunction_relief_-_ferc-filing2019-01-29_thumb In this court filing, utility-giant PG&E asks the court for an injunction against efforts by FERC to assert jurisdiction over the power contracts (PPAs) held by PG&E. Court documents show PG&E is bound by 387 PPAs with more than 350 companies totaling about $42 billion. The generators whose energy is under contract are at risk if PG&E is allowed to exit the agreements. A portion of PG&E's filing is provided below. The full document can be accessed at the links on this page.
29 Jan 2019

Critique of Campbell County SD proposed wind ordinance

Campbell_temporary_zoning_ordinance_011519_thumb During the summer of 2018, Campbell County Commission discussed a possible need of a wind farm ordinance, Since that time, the county held no hearings or workshops that would provide the public an opportunity to comment on the new law. The only scheduled public hearing is set for February 7th, 2019 where the County will present the ordinance. Attorney David L Ganje has expressed concern that the County is rushing the process and, in doing so, failing to allow for a free exchange ideas about the wind farm ordinance. In August, 2018, Attorney Ganje recommended the commission convene several formal and informal public meetings and hire experts in order to deliver a well-crafted ordinance. 
29 Jan 2019

Audiologist Jerry Punch PhD public comments Seneca Wind

Seneca-wind-jerry-punch-letter-to-opsb_thumb Audiologist Dr. Jerry Punch, a professor emeritus in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, submitted comments in regard to a wind energy facility before the Ohio Power Siting Board. Dr. Punch's comments focus on the impacts of wind turbines noise on human health. A portion of his comments are provided below. His complete letter can be downloaded at the links on this page.  
15 Jan 2019

Quantifying the demographic cost of human related mortality to a raptor population

Quantifying_demographic_cost_-_journal.pone.0172232_thumb This important research examines the methods for quantifying population-level effects of human activity on raptor mortality. The study was conducted on raptors in California. Despite efforts to protect eagles, many lethal agents remain. According to the report, "prominent among them are electrocution, pesticide exposure, wire collisions, vehicular strikes, lead poisoning, and now, wind turbine blade-strikes." The abstract and conclusion of the paper is provided below. The full paper can be accessed at the document links on this page. 
8 Jan 2019

Quantifying the demographic cost of human related mortality to a raptor population

Quantifying_demographic_cost_-_journal.pone.0172232_thumb This important research examines the methods for quantifying population-level effects of human activity on raptor mortality. The study was conducted on raptors in California. Despite efforts to protect eagles, many lethal agents remain. According to the report, "prominent among them are electrocution, pesticide exposure, wire collisions, vehicular strikes, lead poisoning, and now, wind turbine blade-strikes." The abstract and conclusion of the paper is provided below. The full paper can be accessed at the document links on this page. 
8 Jan 2019

Wharton Wind Farm: cease and desist threat (letters)

L.ryan_cease_and_desist_letter_thumb Seventus LLC and Wharton Wind LLC are seeking to erect an industrial wind energy facility in Wharton County, Texas. A number of county residents organized in an effort to share information regarding the wind energy proposal and to discuss potential harmful impacts once the project is placed in service. Lacricia Ryan, who with her family operate a crop-dusting business in Wharton County, is part of the group looking to educate the community about the project. 
1 Jan 2019

USFWS to Hawaii: Risks to endangered species from wind

Fws_letter_to_hawaii_puc_-_esa_compliance_concerns_thumb This important letter to the Hawaii PUC warns that wind projects operating in the State are impacting endangered species. To address this situation, US FWS askes the PUC to delay approval of any new wind facility contracts until the proponents make the time to meet with the Service. A portion of the letter is provided below. The full letter can be accessed by selecting the documents link(s) on this page.
27 Dec 2018

USFWS to Hawaii: Risks to endangered species from wind

Fws_letter_to_hawaii_puc_-_esa_compliance_concerns_thumb This important letter to the Hawaii PUC warns that wind projects operating in the State are impacting endangered species. To address this situation, US FWS askes the PUC to delay approval of any new wind facility contracts until the proponents make the time to meet with the Service. A portion of the letter is provided below. The full letter can be accessed by selecting the documents link(s) on this page.
27 Dec 2018

Health Canada’s Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study—A Review Exploring Research Challenges, Methods, Limitations and Uncertainties of Some of the Findings

396097169-health-canada-s-wind-turbine-noise-and-health-study-a-review-exploring-research-challenges-methods-limitations-and-uncertainties-of-some-of-the-find_thumb This important paper examines the highly touted Health Canada study that looked at wind turbine noise and its impact on human health. The authors cite serious limitations of the Health Canada methodology and the failure of Health Canada to honor its original intention of releasing the raw data for other researchers to confirm and test Health Canada's findings. Readers are encouraged to read this paper closely before accepting the reported findings of the Health Canada study.
20 Dec 2018

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