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The chambers of the town hall were filled with anxious residents waiting for answers regarding the offshore wind turbines during a work session Wednesday with the Narragansett Town Council and Deepwater Wind.
Siemens' energy business said last December it planned to cut almost 1,100 jobs in Germany as the engineering giant trims costs to make energy operations more profitable. The energy unit makes gas and wind turbines ...It said earlier this month it would shut the last of its solar energy businesses after it failed to find a buyer.
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged a Chinese turbine manufacturer with stealing patented software from an American company for use in turbines erected in Fairhaven and three other Massachusetts towns. The DOJ charged Sinovel Wind Group Thursday with stealing trade secrets from AMSC (American Superconductor), a Massachusetts-based company, and causing an alleged loss of more than $800 million to the company.
The Scituate Wind turbine may have been hit by lightning during the severe thunderstorm on Monday night. Sumul Shah, president of Solaya, the operators of the Scituate Wind, has not been able to confirm lightning struck the turbine, but said it was a "likely scenario." Residents reported hearing a loud crack in the area of the turbine on Monday night.
There was "palpable anger and incredulity" amongst the crowd of between 1,000 and 2,000 protesters who travelled to Dublin Castle last Friday June 21 to voice their opposition to the 2,000 gigantic wind turbines planned for the midlands. The marchers, young and old, included community groups from around Laois, as well as Senator John Whelan.
Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, has sponsored legislation that would allow Falmouth to borrow money to pay expenses related to removing the town's wind turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility. Senate Bill 1802 is also sponsored by state representatives David Vieira, R-East Falmouth, and Timothy Madden, D-Nantucket.
At a permit hearing on July 18, 2011, members of the Industrial Siting Council told the company that Edison Mission financing wasn't enough, Esch said. The council wanted to see additional sources of money. The council gave the company two years to show it had additional resources to fund the project. That deadline - July 18 - is approaching, and the company asked for a new deadline of May 2014.
The mood on King Island is still tense as residents mull over news Hydro Tasmania will move on to the next stage of its proposal to build a 200-turbine wind farm. Mayor Greg Barratt said the community was still fiercely divided on the issue and he did not expect that division to ease any time soon.
The wind energy industry, both offshore and onshore, has been dogged by questions about its cost and whether it can compete in electric power markets that increasingly are tapping natural gas as a low-cost energy source due to the rapidly expanding U.S. domestic production. Other headwinds threatening to stall Maine's fledgling wind power industry include investors' uncertainties about the future of the federal Production Tax Credit and the volatility of energy markets.
Tensions have escalated over plans to build the southern hemisphere's largest wind farm on King Island after the proponent vowed to push ahead despite falling just short of a targeted level of community support.
Regional politicians have thrown their support behind decisions by the townships of Wainfleet and West Lincoln to declare themselves unwilling hosts to industrial wind turbine projects. That decision by regional council Thursday night, which was greeted by loud applause by anti-turbine residents in the regional council chambers.
Dong made clear its intention to sell onshore assets to fund offshore development in a new strategy and financial action plan published in February. ..."Our competences and capital will be deployed in offshore wind where we have a strong and differentiated competitive platform."
In a registered letter delivered to many residents in the area today, Iberdrola Renewables, LLC said, "A variety of circumstances have led the company to the conclusion that it cannot move forward with developing the wind resources on the Property. As such, pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Iberdrola Renewables, LS is terminating the Agreement effective July 20, 2013.
The state-owned company previously said it will not proceed with the project unless it gains 60 per cent community support, but Hydro spokesman Andrew Catchpole says 59 per cent is sufficient. ...Mr Barratt says the close vote won't help settle the bitter dispute about the wind farm.
Blue Sky West LLC and Blue Sky West II LLC, subsidiaries of First Wind Energy LLC, had an application approved by the DEP in May for the Bingham Wind Project that will place 11 turbines in Bingham, 29 in Mayfield Township and 22 in Kingsbury Plantation. Towns of Moscow, Abbot and Parkman will have work related to the project, but no turbines.
When Jim Howell, a 25-year veteran of United States Postal Service, was appointed postmaster here in February, he did not expect to become a windmill to be tilted at. Not until residents of towns around Newfound Lake, where a proposed wind farm has stirred great controversy, noticed that the stamps on their mail were cancelled with an image of wind turbines.
Representatives for the company said the turbine would help the supermarket divert its fossil fuel use to wind power, as the company moves toward a green approach. A doctor hired by the company maintained that wind turbines do not pose a health risk, but referenced a state report that acknowledged they could adversely impact health if they caused sleep disturbances.
Liisa Kissel, a Grafton resident adamantly opposed to the wind towers and a regular attendee of Selectboard meetings, said Vermont state law allows for public comment so that citizens can speak their minds without limitation. She said rules can be established to avoid a meeting's delay but "the spirit of rules is that the public may not be silenced."
Commissioner Jeremy Tietz said the leaseholders had come to him and asked if there was anything the board could do in the face of disagreement between them and Next Era Energy over turbine placement. ...Project Manager Ryan Pumford told the Tribune that the company had come to an agreement with the leaseholders saying that they were able to meet most of the requests.
"People's children are having trouble sleeping and that constitutes a health risk," she said. "The overnight shutdown is to accommodate the kids." DEP spokesman Coletta said the Board of Health has the jurisdiction to enforce the state regulation however it sees fit. Town Counsel Thomas Crotty said the Board of Health has "the authority to make a judgment call on what they think may be injurious to public health."