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The developer planning to build a 14-turbine wind farm on Passadumkeag Mountain has withdrawn its request for a Tax Increment Financing deal with Penobscot County. ...The developers have said the $79 million project will move forward, regardless of whether they receive tax incentives or not, according to Erik Stumpfel, an attorney who has helped the commission negotiate potential TIF deals.
We contacted the defense fund last fall when Iberdrola announced its plan to construct a 37-turbine industrial wind project between Cardigan Mountain and Newfound Lake. At that time, no industrial wind developer had been denied a siting certificate, and the defense fund offered to help.
Developers have dramatically withdrawn a planning application for Hill of Braco windfarm, north of Hatton, just days before it was due to go before councillors on the Cuchan Area Committee. PNE Wind UK say the decision is to give them further time to consider comments by key stakeholders and local residents.
The lure of green energy and the preservation of a beloved mountain have sparked intense soul searching among environmentalists. Add in the fact that wind farms have been known to kill birds, especially bald eagles and bats, and the environmentalists are tilting against the project. As many as 573,000 birds are killed a year by wind turbines, according to the Wildlife Society Bulletin.
The controversy often pitted neighbor against neighbor, but the battle appears near an end. New Era recently missed two deadlines with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to hold permit revocation hearings in October or November. That could put an end to an unprecedented five-year battle that's included five lawsuits. "It's like tearing a scab off in our community."
Local critics of the $180 million wind project, representing opposition groups Goodhue Wind Truth and the Coalition for Sensible Siting, say they spent a January morning in St. Paul detailing their concerns to two FBI investigators. Developers have spent more than $15 million seeking state permits, according to a filing at the PUC, while local opposition has spent six figures in the protracted legal battle.
The Canadian utility is adding gas power as a backup to its wind and hydro assets on the northeast, having in June 2012 formed a partnership with First Wind. It also owns investments in the Caribbean and gas grids. The partnership Northeast Wind Partners operates eight wind turbine projects with a total capacity of 385MW.
An Exelon Corp. official was on hand to talk to the Huron County Board of Commissioners this week regarding the company's proposal for financing for about half of its wind turbines in its portfolio.
The Maryland Public Service Commission on Tuesday deferred for one week action on a request from Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC that its deadline to start building wind turbines be extended until Dec. 31, 2014. The company said it could not comply with a Sept. 12 start date.
Saugeen Shores council is calling on the Canadian Auto Workers to shut down its wind turbine in Port Elgin. Councillors, meeting as a committee of the whole, approved a motion to that effect Monday night after hearing from a number of residents who say they have been suffering since the turbine started producing power in March.
"Wind turbines carry uniquely disturbing low-frequency noises and over time, these noises cannot be tuned out, like white noise can. Wind turbine noise, in studies, has been shown to be the second-worst kind of noise, next to railroad shunting. Wind turbine noise ... doesn't allow a human being to relax."
The Waitahora Wind Farm development in Tararua is unlikely to be under way before its resource consents expire at the end of 2015. Contact Energy has announced it will be concentrating on geothermal projects, putting wind generation on the backburner. It has pulled out of the Hauauru ma raki project on the Waikato coast, and it will not proceed with Waitahora "in the foreseeable future".
Despite Contact Energy announcing it won't be proceeding with its $400million Waitahora wind farm in the "foreseeable future", what happens next will be a major election issue, Stuart Brown says.
School officials say it broke down two years ago. After some initial repairs, the turbine completely halted operation about 18 months ago. "When you look at big picture, it's cost us more than it's earned us."
Christopher Fiddes hoped his lovingly restored Georgian home would be a nest egg for his daughter. ...After fully renovating the property, he asked estate agents for a valuation. He was horrified when they told him that since the wind farm was approved eight months ago, his home has plummeted in value from £400,000 to £300,000.
The litany of complaints seems to be indicative of the pushback against wind power proposals across the region. ...There have been similar stories about strong opposition to land-based turbines in upstate New York and Vermont. Locally, the failed Portsmouth wind turbine has raised concerns about the financial risk and the proposed Deepwater Wind project off Rhode Island's coast has brought out many opponents who question the cost of the power, the few permanent jobs and the impact on ocean views.
Local wind energy developers have filed nearly 100 appeals to the Michigan Tax Tribunal in efforts to pay what the state - not what local governments - claim is the appropriate taxes for wind farms. And local officials are anything but happy.
TIPTON - Tipton County paid its attorney more than $1,000 to prepare minutes from the meetings of the county council and county commissioners, an action that raised the ire of local residents.
Former state Public Utilities Commission Chairman Carlito Caliboso, who cast the deciding vote to the advantage of a wind energy project three years ago, now is an attorney representing Castle & Cooke Properties, which is developing the project on Lanai. A thorough review is needed to determine whether his representation constitutes a conflict of interest in violation of rules governing attorney conduct.
Vestas, after eight quarters of losses, has just over four months to complete its program seeking to lower fixed costs by 400 million euros ($535 million), including a 30 percent cut in its staff to 16,000. The company lost 62 million euros in the second quarter, compared with the average estimate for a 9 million-euro loss among six analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.