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Ontario's Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli announced last Wednesday that the province would begin to pay wind power generators not to produce energy in an attempt to save taxpayers upwards of $200 million annually. Since 2006, Ontario has seen a surplus in energy but until September 11 the government has paid for all generated electricity, needed or not.
The process of constructing the 210-foot-tall turbine at the site of the town's water treatment plant off Route 53 has been beset by problems, which have set the town at odds with the company it hired to assemble the structure. ..."This is one of the most frustrating public construction projects I've been involved with in my 20 years."
The wind component of the analysis is interesting and illustrates why integrating greater volumes of wind power into the grid is challenging without the ability to store it. "On the morning of April 1, wind capacity increased for the first half of the ramping period and decreased during the last half of the period. ...the pattern of wind output can change significantly during the ramp period," the EIA said.
New Era Wind Farm LLC told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in a letter dated Sept. 6 that it "no longer intends to develop a wind energy project in Goodhue County" and asked the commission to close all pending matters related to the project.
Of course, it is not the technology of wind turbines I object to. Nor even really the look of them. It's the subsidy I can't stomach. Wind turbines are a costly means of producing electricity, but a wonderful way of generating a cash income from subsidy. Even if we accept the most optimistic projections, few if any of the wind farms would have been built by private investors – without a massive subsidy.
Town counsel has suggested Kingston consider a moratorium on new wind turbines as the science of measuring sound evolves. Having spoken with counsel, Bouchard said he supports the idea of a moratorium, but for practical reasons, not based on emotion, because the board represents the whole town. "The moratorium would protect us until the science catches up," he said.
Wruble is referring to the values that are being reported by owners of local wind energy developments. ..."From one township to another, or one development to another, they're not consistent on what is being reported," Wruble said. "... There should be some semblance of consistency, being they're relatively the same type of application and equipment (that were) built at the same time."
The Ledger-Independent reports that Duke Energy Director of Business Management Graham Furlong told those who attended the meetings that the company is exploring the idea of building between 26 and 100 wind turbines in the area that could produce between 70 and 150 megawatts of energy.
The future of this controversial project remains in limbo even after the court's decision, with important decisions yet to be made by state and federal agencies, no apparent market for the relatively small amount of energy the project might produce, and the phasing out of wind energy tax breaks and subsidies.
About 25 protesters against the Atlantic Array plan attended the North Devon Planning Committee meeting. After two hours of speeches and debate, councillors voted 10 to three to reject the scheme on six grounds.
After hearing 13 speakers put forward cases for and against the Atlantic Array, planning committee members vetoed a recommendation by their own planning officers to raise no objections to the giant 240-turbine scheme less than 10 miles off the North Devon coast.
John Soininen, vice president of development for Eolian, which has pitched the project called Seneca Mountain Wind, said delays in receiving a permit to build the four meteorological test towers from the Vermont Public Service Board have held the company up in getting a proposal to the UTGs.
Gallenstein asked if the Duke project is related to the NextEra wind farm project proposed two years ago in the Germantown area. Furlong said there is no partnership with NextEra and the two companies are competitors. Furlong was asked if this project is successful, would other turbines be built, to which he answered there could be others.
Questions about the project ranged from health concerns to the effect on livestock. Maysville Mayor David Cartmell said the biggest problem for him is aesthetics. "It's been likened to the ‘War of the Worlds', where you see those long-legged things out your back window," he said.
"In talks with our investors it became clear that a change in management was a prerequisite for the successful continuation of talks," Windreich's new chief Werner Heer said. Windreich plans, builds and sells wind parks and is a key player in Germany's offshore wind park expansion.
Laying large-scale photovoltaic panels for power generation requires wide areas of flat, vacant land, ruling out urban areas. Land suited for wind farms, meanwhile, is often in the less populated Tohoku and Hokkaido regions in the north. While these areas have power delivery lines, their capacity is often limited due to low regional demand for electricity.
The results are in the hotly contested Board of Health race in Fairhaven. This was a rematch, after the race back in April ended in a tie. The town's controversial wind turbines were the big issue. Monday night it wasn't even close.
BZA President Jerry Acres opened the meeting stating his opinion that the board should not consider modifying the setback requirement of 1,500 which was made a condition when the BZA approved a conditional use permit for the wind farm. The board voted 3-to-1 to deny the request from juwi Wind without conducting a public hearing or allowing testimony from the company, affected landowners and the public.
The irregular supply of wind power has also been a cause of worry for the discoms. The installation capacity of wind-based plants is 2,000 MW but on an average only 400 MW is coming from these plants. "There is no stability in wind power. The fluctuations are so high that one day it generated 1,200 MW and on other days it came down to just 400 MW," added the official.
Speaking in opposition to the turbine, local resident Mrs Harvey told councillors that feeling in the village was “higher than it had ever been” against the application. She added: “They know a wind farm won’t be approved, so they do it one by one.” “This would be the third turbine to be built within 300m, how is this not a wind farm?”