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Regulators delay power contract essential to UMaine floating wind farm

Long-running efforts to secure a power contract for the first floating wind farm in the United States suffered a setback Tuesday when the Public Utilities Commission decided to delay its approval. Without a long-term power contract, the experimental project off Maine’s coast near Monhegan Island is in danger of losing future federal funding, making it extremely difficult to finance the project.
10 Jan 2018

Falmouth wind turbine could become cell tower

One of two controversial wind turbines at Falmouth’s wastewater treatment plant may become a cell tower, while the second may someday spin again, but not at its present location. ...A superior court judge in June put a stop to any future operation of the turbines at their present site.
10 Jan 2018

Some birds are so stressed by noise pollution it looks like they have PTSD

“Habitat degradation is always conceived of as clear cutting, or, you know, changing the environment in a physical way. But this is an acoustic degradation of the environment,” Guralnick said. “We think it is a real conservation concern.” ...“Animals are constantly surveying their environment and making decisions based on risk. And one thing noise does is it degrades this really important sensory channel,” he said. 
10 Jan 2018

OSHA inspecting TPI Composites; GE 'closely monitoring' employee injuries

An employee complaint alleging exposure to chemicals and inadequate protective equipment has sparked a new OSHA investigation at TPI Composites, a wind blade manufacturer in Newton. Iowa Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro said OSHA inspectors have been inside the plant in recent days. The agency, which he oversees, has received at least one OSHA complaint since a Dec. 17 Des Moines Register investigation explored the working conditions at TPI.
9 Jan 2018

DPU oks new fees on solar, wind installations

“The department concedes that customers taking net metering services directly receive the benefits of the net metering system,” the DPU said in its ruling. “The costs of net metering, however, are borne by all electric customers, whether or not they receive net metering credits. Consequently, there is a transfer of costs rooted in the net metering system.”
9 Jan 2018

U.S. utility regulator ponders grid reliability

The question on reliability remains open, however. In a new order, FERC said "resilience remains an important issue that warrants the commission's continued attention." Under the order, grid operators have 60 days to report back on how they can improve the reliability of the nation's power system.
9 Jan 2018

Wind farms paid £100m to switch power off

Wind farms were paid more than £100 million last year to switch off their turbines and NOT produce electricity, the Telegraph can disclose. ...Incredibly, the wind farms receive on average 40 per cent more cash when they are switched off than when they are producing electricity, according to an analysis of official figures.
8 Jan 2018

Anti-Apex zoning to go before Somerset Town Board

DECISION: Board to consider laws to restrict wind energy development at Jan. 10 meeting.  The Somerset Town Board will consider on Wednesday a series of zoning laws that would all but ban development of large-scale wind energy systems as well as structures more than 150 feet tall.
7 Jan 2018

Swanton Wind: No money being returned

Swanton Wind’s developers are not getting the project’s $100,000 Public Utility Commission (PUC) filing fee back, nor are participants in the PUC’s review process getting their legal expenditures returned. But if Swanton Wind’s developers file a new application in the future, those participants may again argue they’re eligible for compensation.
6 Jan 2018

Yates revising wind ordinance

YATES — In an effort to reach his target of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a procurement of at least 800 megawatts of offshore wind power between two solicitations to be issued in 2018 and 2019.
5 Jan 2018

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