The fate of another Hawke's Bay wind farm will be in the hands of the Environment Court the third it has been asked to consider from the region this year.
Despite fears that new federal rules might halt the spin, developers of several local wind farms could be nearing clearance from regulators to begin work.
SUTTON -- If representatives of UPC Vermont Wind, LLC thought they found opposition during the wind farm hearing in Sheffield last April, they hadn't been to Sutton yet.
SILVER CREEK - A local law on wind energy sources was the topic of a public hearing Monday before the Hanover Town Board.
The protest erupted over plans for a wind-power plant that used village lands and required significant landfill in a bay where the people have for generations made a living fishing. Before that, nearby village land had been used for the construction of a coal-fired power plant.
The program is in the early stages, but if it is successful, it would provide funding and ease regulation so that schools and other public buildings could develop solar-, wind- or biomass-powered electricity projects, or embark on efficiency and conservation efforts.
Labour MPs have vowed to make nuclear energy an issue in the forthcoming leadership election after the Cabinet gave the go-ahead for a new generation of nuclear power stations
But his speech, billed as a major public policy address on energy, did not mention the Nantucket Sound wind farm or a new proposal for up to 120 wind turbines in Buzzards Bay.
"In history, major advances in civilization have occurred when societies have jumped from low-yield to high-yield energy sources," Cleveland says. Thus, humans have moved from using the lowest yield sources - wood, water and wind - to progressively denser sources - coal and then oil and natural gas. Today's industrial society is built on cheap, abundant sources of high-quality energy. It would be a serious setback for us to transition back down to lower-quality energy sources, even if they are clean and renewable.
The proposal for the first wind farm on the Central Coast is being reviewed by county planners.
Unlike the wind, tides are predictable. Also, water's greater density means fewer turbines are needed to produce the same amount of electricity as wind turbines. And since they're under water, tidal projects don't come with aesthetic issues like those associated with wind farms.
ONE OF Britain’s most senior judges has spoken of his opposition to the construction of a wind farm in rural Perthshire, insisting rare and vulnerable birds such as ospreys would be put at risk. Eminent law lord and life peer Lord Hope of Craighead outlined his concerns as he addressed a public inquiry into the proposed Drumderg wind farm.
Aberdeen Harbour Board are commissioning a study about the impact of a proposed windfarm on ship movements.
A recent brain-imaging study shows that our political predilections are a product of unconscious confirmation bias. Editor's Note: Something to keep in mind in preparing for debates, writing letters, etc. on the pros/cons of wind energy.
Opponents of a Trustpower windfarm planned for southern central Otago say they fear a new "wind-rush" in the region that could destroy its landscape and reputation.
VAN HORNESVILLE - Voices from the community are being sought at a State Environmental Quality Review hearing on the proposed Jordanville Wind Power Project set for Thursday at Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville.
Countries such as Germany and Denmark say that energy produced by wind-farms is too unreliable and inefficient to be able to close even one single power station. Throughout the world not one power station has been closed because of the energy produced from wind-farms.
An environment court panel looking at a proposed windfarm at the remote Wellington community of Makara has visited the area.
"Definitely, the renewable energy takes the pressure off the central station units," Dizon said of the Big Island's system. "But then the downside is the renewables are mostly as available. I mean if the wind stops blowing, then the generators have to start to kick up again."
He expects the plan will reflect changing issues facing municipal officials. In the same way towns had to scurry about 10 years ago to address concerns over cell phone antenna towers, town officials today must prepare for new concerns, such as wind turbines and solar panels.