Articles filed under General
First Wind’s 30-megawatt Kahuku Wind Farm on Oahu’s North Shore, which has been hampered by a fire that destroyed its battery warehouse last year, is still only running at a capacity of 5 megawatts, a spokesman for the Boston-based renewable energy company told PBN.
A nearly two-year wait for people in this part of the Northeast Kingdom to find out whether an industrial wind project may take root here may be over soon. On Jan. 13 at 6 p.m., the Board of Governors of the Unified Towns and Gores will announce the results of a recent ballot of property owners in the UTGs, asking them their stance on a proposed wind project. The confidential, sealed ballot responses have been kept under lock and key since they were due to be postmarked by Dec. 12 and returned.
Campaigners battling against plans to build a wind farm near the villages of Molesworth and Bythorn expect they will have to wait several months before they find out if they have been successful.
Renewables - Nevermind the looks, do they work reliably and economically. Here are some clues- UK has 5,000+ wind turbines, on average they supply just 5% of our demand but they fluctuate between 13% and 0%.
The action group thanked those who have supported their campaign over the last three years and have helped them to raise £70,000 to fight the application from RWE Npower Renewables – which are currently appealing against HDC’s decision to reject their proposal.
Exelon is “seeing this tipping point developing” when several of its zero-carbon reactors may have to be retired because wind power is suppressing those prices around the clock, and at some hours producers must pay the grid operator if they put energy on the grid. Wind operators still make money, though, through the production tax credit.
Wind developers previously had to be in commercial production to qualify for the credit. The IRS issued new guidelines in the summer, saying companies only had to show work had begun. The new guidelines are untested in court, said Lay, a lawyer. “I have no doubt they [the developer] will claim to have met these requirements. Whether that claim stands up to the scrutiny of the IRS and its overseers in the Congress is another question."
"Many people have lost their farms and others are still suffering as a result of BluEarth's previous projects in Ontario," Hagen wrote in her submission to the AUC. "We will not stand by and watch the disaster in Ontario be replicated in Alberta."
Without federal subsides and tax abatements, Mr. Pena said the project is not feasible and cannot stand on its own merits. So that means we are not only giving them a pass in the county by not taxing them at 100 percent of market value but we also get to help pay for the construction of a project with our federal income taxes and increase electric rate that will bring minimal economic benefits to us locally.
Energy experts condemned use of small wind turbines after Telegraph reveals many are so inefficient they will never repay their value, costing taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds
The EcoHarmony wind project received its permits in February 2010 ...the 280-megawatt project would have been the largest wind development in state history. However, the project layout was overhauled in early 2013, shrinking to 116 megawatts. The company's plans changed again this fall when Gamesa notified local project participants that the project was dead.
"Newfound Lake communities have made it very clear to Iberdrola that yet another Newfound Region Wind Facility is not wanted ... Iberdrola is going back on its word that they would not try to site here if the people did not want them," officials of Wind Watch, a 2,000-member group, said. Iberdrola's existing wind farm in Groton is being investigated by state officials.
The changes include moving the locations of some wind turbines and a substation within the project’s already approved area. ...Pioneer Wind Park will be outside of Glenrock, but construction has been stalled after to a series of legal challenges from residents in the area and financial hurdles.
“We’ve been working on a road agreement for two years, but these energy companies have never sat down with us,” said Commissioner Gary Utt. “I’ve been told by the Paulding County clerk that they (wind farm companies) fixed the roads the first time, but the second time, when they replace equipment, they won’t be as forthright.”
Two teens were arraigned Friday in Lewis County Court on charges that they shot at a turbine at Maple Ridge Wind Farm, causing extensive damage.
Richland County Commissioners say developers of the proposed Black Fork Wind Farm still need a road agreement before they can begin construction of their wind turbine project west of Shelby.
As increasing levels of renewable energy enter the U.S. electrical system in decades to come, conventional baseload power suppliers will have to become more flexible, with plants ramping up and down to compensate for the inherent gaps in wind and solar power production.
The 2012 approval of the Black Fork Wind Farm by the Ohio Power Siting Board was affirmed in a decision handed down Wednesday by the Ohio Supreme Court. Opponents of the planned wind-turbine project, to be constructed in northern Richland and Crawford counties, included a handful of residents in Shelby, Crestline and Tiro. They had appealed the siting board’s approval.
Rumors have spread around town since the power-generating windmills stopped turning at the end of last week. Some thought the state had shut the operation down, as state officials are considering whether Groton Wind should have its operating certificate suspended or revoked.
The cause for the wind turbine blade that broke in Chandler Township last month has been found, according to the company that manufactures the blades. A General Electric spokeswoman released a statement Monday, explaining the cause of the Nov. 8 blade break at the Echo Wind Park was a spar cap-manufacturing irregularity.