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The developer of a major wind project in the Green Mountain National Forest has been unable to reach an agreement to sell the power it would produce. The project’s state permit is contingent on a long term power purchase agreement with a Vermont utility.
Martis and joined several IICC members in protesting the wind energy forum at the Kellogg Center on Monday morning. "The people sitting inside here are the architects of the failed Proposal 3 campaign last fall..." he said. "We've already said no to your proposal once before, we want you to go away now."
A Rankin area resident who has lobbied the Vermilion County board for more than two years for changes to the county wind farm ordinance is one of about 20 people who have filed to run for county board next year.
The turbine has been out of commission since Sept. 19 when “a piece of equipment in the electrical distribution system tied to the wind turbine failed,” college spokesman Josh Reinhart said Friday.
Before wind turbines can be fully operational, the permits division has to issue a variety of additional permits, such as a grading permit, which can take up to a year, a building permit and certificate of use for each wind turbine. The project is slated to start significant construction activities in early 2014 and the company hopes to begin commercial operation by the end of the year,
Chris Nickell, vice president of site establishment for Springfield Project Development, said Wednesday that plans for the wind farm had to be redrawn after the Sangamon County Board changed the zoning rules last year and required that large wind turbines had to be farther from property lines and houses.
As the Tennessee Valley Authority cranks up the 18-month processes to decide how it will generate power for the next 20 years, officials say renewable energy -- namely wind -- will play a big role. Environmental groups say renewables are a great move, but the utility also needs to use energy more efficiently before it tries generating more.
Though several other wind energy projects have applied for eagle take permits, Shiloh IV is in line to be the first project granted a programmatic eagle take permit. USFWS published a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) of the permit before the shutdown, and is now extending the public comment period to make up for the 16 day period during which that Draft EA wasn't accessible to the public.
A company proposing to construct more than 100 utility-scale wind turbines in Champaign County has dropped plans to build a similar installation in western New York, according to the Buffalo News.
Sinovel Wind Group Co. (601558), China’s third-biggest maker of wind turbines, forecast a full-year net loss after orders slowed and customer payments were held back.
Nearly 100 villagers voted unanimously at a packed public meeting to oppose on-shore wind turbines. But the move came after it emerged that the company behind a proposed wind farm and wind turbine manufacturing plant in Jurby had now abandoned its plans for five 150m high turbines at the airfield site and was now exploring options for solar power instead.
"Government subsidies to new wind farms have only made the industry less focused on reducing cost. In turn, the industry produces a product that isn't as efficient or cheap as it might be if we focused less on working the political system and more on research and development."
"...I regret to have to inform you that National Wind/Trishe Wind Energy has made the difficult decision to terminate the High Country Energy project," wrote National Wind and Trishe Wind Energy President Vivek Mittal. "Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to sign on enough contiguous acres necessary for the planned 150 (megawatt) project or to win the broad community support essential to bringing a wind project to successful commercial operation."
The wind energy consultant hired to vet the project did not address any future development in its feasibility study, a copy of which was provided to the Star. The consultant, Genivar Ontario, studied the entire GO system and ranked each property in the GTA, recommending Lisgar as the ideal location for a wind power project. Genivar was paid $138,000 to do the feasibility study and oversee the turbine’s construction, Metrolinx said.
McGrath said “clearly Sheldon Township has given (E.On) significantly more than a reasonable opportunity to complete the necessary repairs.” McGrath noted that concerns about deficient road work had been raised by Yana since September 2011, two months before the wind farm was even finished. E.On, in court filings, denies that it breached the contract but argues that Sheldon Township did.
Following a minutes-long public hearing before a large crowd on Oct. 10 in the state capitol the commissioners unanimously voted to revoke New Era's site permit and certificate of need. New Era has faced unprecedented public criticism since the project was first proposed in 2008, ultimately spending more than $15 million in a fruitless attempt to gain its state and local permits to build the wind project between Goodhue and Zumbrota.
A subsidiary of gas utility owner New Jersey Resources will spend $22 million to acquire and build a wind farm in Montana, its first onshore wind project, the company said Wednesday.
An appeal was lodged against Donegal County Council awarding permission on a number of grounds including that it didn’t take correct note of public submissions, the impact of low level sound on human health as well as a potential negative impact on the environment, scenic beauty and tourism.
On the electricity from Maine, regulators said, “Because of transmission limitations, it appears that the electricity generated by this project will remain exclusively or largely in Maine and not be delivered to Connecticut or elsewhere outside of Maine.”
Patrick Buckley with Pioneer Green Energy, based in Austin, Texas, gave an update on the Cherokee Rock Village and Shinbone Ridge Wind Energy project during the recent October Breakfast meeting of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.