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Wind group filing complaint on MOE

A Plympton-Wyoming anti-wind group is taking aim at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment over what it claims was a lack of quick access to documentation on a proposed Suncor wind project. Investigators with the Ontario ombudsman's office recently spoke with two members of We're Against Industrial Turbines – Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW). The group is now preparing documentation to send over to validate their claims.
17 Mar 2014

Wind farm gets green light despite breaching draft guidelines

The commission ignored the guidelines’ provision that turbines should not be located within two kilometres of homes in its approval for the 42-turbine project planned for Blayney, south of Orange. “The Commission notes that NSW has not finalised its draft guidelines from 2011 and understands that the draft did not prohibit turbines being constructed within two kilometres of a dwelling,” the PAC said. 
17 Mar 2014

OPSB approves Scioto Ridge Wind Farm project

The Scioto Ridge Wind Farm will have a nameplate capacity of up to 300 megawatts of electric generation.  The project will include up to 60 miles of access roads, 83 miles of underground electric collection lines. The wind farm is associated with two additional OPSB cases that entail the construction of a 4.8 mile long 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line and a 345 kV substation in McDonald Township.
17 Mar 2014

Clarence Fanto: Plenty of spin on both sides of Peru turbine issue

My only direct experience with a turbine complex came while driving across the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border in the summer of 2012, where there’s a truly massive installation. A bird, caught in the downdraft of the whirling windmills, smashed into my windshield. I felt very sorry for the mortally wounded avian. The most recent vote in Peru on the Lightship Energy, LLC, project came last Nov. 4, when 59 percent of the voters who turned out supported a two-year moratorium on wind-energy proposals.
16 Mar 2014

Irish wind farms confident they'll achieve deal for exports to the UK

Ireland's wind-farm developers counting on a trade deal that would allow them to benefit from UK power subsidies said they are confident an agreement will be reached. ..."The one thing we need is the route to market, which is the United Kingdom," he says. "We couldn't finance the project unless we had the support mechanisms which the importing countries would pay us."
16 Mar 2014

Don't allow wind turbines on preserved ag land

If lands already under MALPF easements are permitted to be used for wind and land-consuming commercial solar energy development, the farmers who accepted payments for putting restrictive easements on their agricultural lands should be required to pay back that money to the State Program Open Space, which funded the MALPF easements.
15 Mar 2014

Southern Maryland prevails over Shore on wind turbines

On a 40-80 vote, the House defeated an amendment that would have weakened a bill to impose a 15-month delay on the construction of high turbines for the Eastern Shore project. Lawmakers from Southern Maryland -- across the Chesapeake Bay -- are concerned about how the wind facility would affect Patuxent Naval Air Station,
15 Mar 2014

Senate passes standards for wind turbine siting

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, said SB 281 provides the state Site Evaluation Committee with criteria for siting wind turbines to “protect those who may be negatively impacted." "This language will give guidance to the SEC overall above and beyond” broader legislation that was passed last year.
14 Mar 2014

Wind on the horizon: voters approve pursuing power agreement

The town has authorized the town manager and Board of Selectmen to pursue and negotiate a net metering power purchase agreement with a wind turbine project in Plymouth. The town meeting article proposed a net metering power purchase agreement with Future Generation Wind, LLC, the company that has plans to establish a wind turbine project on Mann Farms in Plymouth.
13 Mar 2014

No Wind Farm

The plan to construct nearly 70 wind turbines in Ulysses and Hector Townships has been scrapped. According to Jim Hoopes, a leaseholder in the project, letters were sent out recently by AES Corporation, the company planning to build the facilities, terminating the rental agreements. Hoopes said about 25 landowners had rental agreements.
13 Mar 2014

3 NH towns vote for local control over wind farm projects

Members of New Hampshire Wind Watch and the Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort say town elections in Newfound Lake-Cardigan Mountain-area towns show that residents don’t want wind farms in the scenic, tourist-dependent area. “These are solid results and should send a strong message that once again, our region has made it clear, it does not want any more industrial wind projects,” said Lori Lerner, president of Wind Watch.
13 Mar 2014

AMC objects to proposed test tower in Cardigan Mountain area

The Appalachian Mountain Club has come out against a proposed second wind-power project in the Newfound Lake-Cardigan Mountain area, saying it would "without question dominate and negatively impact" Cardigan and its views. The AMC is opposing a $140 million proposal by EDP Renewables of Portugal for a 60-megawatt, 15- to 25-turbine wind-energy project that would be built on a single landowner's leased property in the towns of Groton, Alexandria, Hebron and Orange.
13 Mar 2014

Court rules against Maine DEP for failing to enforce of wind turbine noise standards: Vinalhaven

After three years of litigation, a Maine Superior Court decision has finally found in favor of wind turbine neighbors complaining about excessive noise from three nearby 1.5 megawatt GE wind turbines. Although citizens across the United States living near wind turbines are complaining -- including lawsuits against wind turbine operators --  this is the first court case where a state judge has found against a state agency charged with enforcement; the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
13 Mar 2014
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