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Near the start of the green energy movement a few years ago, several mid-Michigan townships began adopting ordinances to regulate the expected whirlwind of requests to install wind turbines to reduce their electric bills. But that influx never came and that early enthusiasm appears to be gone with the wind.
Gamesa and a development partner are suspending further development of an offshore wind turbine off the coast of Virginia, citing the massive amounts of capital needed to pursue a project with a cloudy future due to uncertain federal support.
While green energy is seen as a key driver for Yorkshire's economic revival, with the region hopeful of benefiting from the planned massive investment in vast wind farms off the East Coast, communities are divided over the impact of onshore developments.
A towering offshore wind turbine off the Eastern Shore seemed likely as recently as late March, when the state gave its blessing for a prototype energy spire in the Chesapeake Bay. Barely one month later, those plans have been blown away.
MP Jean Rousseau said Sunday, during a rally on the lawn at the international Haskell Free Library, that he will also present a petition opposing two industrial-sized wind turbines in Derby near homes in Stanstead to the Canadian House of Commons this week. Roussea is seeking a unanimous vote of support from the House of Commons for the petition.
Protesters from both sides of the international border gathered on the grounds of the Haskell Library and Opera House in Derby Line Sunday to voice their strong opposition to the proposed Derby Line Wind Project.
The town of Prattsburgh and wind developer Ecogen may be headed back to state Supreme Court Justice John Ark's courtroom. Town board members voted 3-2 Monday to respond to Ecogen's latest legal action - a stay - which could force another hearing by Ark on a three-year old dispute between the town and the developer.
This result was in stark contrast to very recent polls by Friends of the Earth Scotland and WWF Scotland which claimed overwhelming support in Scotland for such renewable developments. It has now come to light that WWF Scotland and FoE Scotland and even the RSPB have been in receipt of substantial sums from the wind industry.
On the turbine issue, Jones was one of the town meeting members who perplexed Town Moderator David Vieira by voting in favor of shutting down the turbines until November and then voted to allow selectmen to continue with their mitigation efforts. "I do think we need to consider shutting them down to alleviate the health conditions of residents," Jones said.
The Compact was created in 1997 to buy energy in bulk for residents of the Cape and the Vineyard, as well as to provide energy-efficiency programs. The [Cape and Vineyard Electric] Cooperative was formed in 2007 to pursue renewable energy projects ..."We found that there was just so many people who were involved in both organizations."
Derby Line Wind Project developer Chad Farrell is calling for a slower pace to regulatory hearings in light of all the recent controversy that has spilled across the U.S.-Canadian border. Farrell, of Encore Redevelopment, said he no longer is trying to get quick approval from the Vermont Public Service Board.
NextEra - one of the largest power providers in the country - plans to locate multiple wind turbines, 400 feet tall, on the 1,832 acres that surround the historic race track in Schuyler County, officials announced Thursday. The turbines at the race track would be among 50 to 75 scattered across the towns of Dix, Catharine and Hector in Schuyler County, and Catlin in Chemung County.
"The spots in Minnesota where you can put big wind (projects) are gone," Juhl told the national publication. "When a developer tries to force a project into a more populated area, that's when you get a project like (AWA) Goodhue. But we're also seeing that in a lot of other states.
A government folly is playing out in our state's Capitol over a wind electricity project a group wants to build in Clark County. At the root of this folly is a federal requirement. Believe it or not, a wind farm developer can force a utility company to buy its electricity, even if the company doesn't want it. This gets worse. The wind power might cost more than the company wants its customers to have to pay for electricity.
Rancher Hoyt Wilson's remote Mann Lake Ranch headquarters has Steens Mountain's north end for its backdrop. The breathtaking panorama that has gone unchanged since the Western frontier may one day be dominated by dozens of 415-foot-tall wind turbines, part of a $300 million renewable energy project. The project pits spectacular scenery against the production of energy.
A T. Boone Pickens-backed wind energy company is suing several Goodhue County landowners who backed out of leases for a proposed wind farm near Red Wing that has run into opposition from surrounding residents.
Meanwhile, with the delay for Pioneer I construction until at least 2013, Wasatch's 50-megawatt power purchase agreement with Rocky Mountain Power was terminated because the company could not fulfill the contractual terms to begin delivering power in October. The agreement is vital to the project because it assures financial backers that the wind power can be sold.
The select board meeting Monday quickly grew heated when the proposed Derby Line wind project was brought up. Chair of the Derby Wind Committee, Sue Best, a town lister, attempted to explain to the select board that attorney Richard Saudek wants to know Derby's official stand on the wind project in order to move forward with the contract.
Hearing officer John Cotter has already told Encore that they should have notified abutting landowners in nearby Stanstead, Quebec. Cotter did not indicate if they would be able to get into the hearing process late in the game. The town of Stanstead has applied to participate in the hearings. Experts with the state are already interviewing Encore experts about the project.
Stanstead politicians are applying pressure, both soft and hard, to push their neighbors on the Derby Select Board into opposing the Derby Line Wind Project. On the weekend, Stanstead Mayor Philippe Dutil said he would cut off water to the tiny border hamlet of Beebe Plain, Vt., which is part of the town of Derby.