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A group set up in response to a planned wind farm near Wellington says a public meeting hasn't convinced it the development is safe. About 220 people travelled from as far away as Mudgee and Orange to hear about Infigen Energy's plans to build 33 turbines at Bodangora.
The subject of this public hearing: Whether a New Hampshire company should be allowed to put up wind-measuring devices, known as met towers, atop Hawk Rock in Newark and on three mountains in nearby communities. The company has said it hopes eventually to erect as many as 35 commercial wind turbines on the ridgelines of Newark, Brighton and Ferdinand.
She said later: "Poor legislation and law will never serve us well, and I believe that the general consensus is that the current Welsh laws around planning for wind power are not fit for purpose, are too subjective and leave a bad taste in most people's mouths.
"The (Dalton) McGuinty Liberals did not conduct an in-depth study into the health effects surrounding wind turbines before they invaded rural Ontario with their big green energy dreams," Thompson said Friday.
Three years after its development, the Waubra Wind Farm still divides the broader Ballarat community. Some locals love the step towards renewable energy, while others believe they're unattractive, impede on country landscapes and cause health issues for those in close proximity.
Shumlin stated that he listened to both sides and met with industrial wind opponents in Montpelier to hear their views. "An eight-minute meeting with a few people in your office is hardly engaging in a dialogue. Coming to the Town Offices and driving through town is not the same thing as going to the site and talking to neighbors in their homes," said Snelling.
The mayor of Amherst said Friday he still supports wind farms but wanted to relay the concerns of residents about such developments when he wrote Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter about the issue earlier this week.
The borough has stopped - at least for now - a wind turbine slated to be built at the regional sewerage plant here. Robert C. Fischer, Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's executive director, called the latest news "disappointing."
County and Gamesa Energy officials signed a lease in May that gives the wind farm developer and wind turbine manufacturer the exclusive rights to investigate erecting commercial-scale wind turbines on the wastewater site. If all goes as planned a 150-megawatt wind farm built could by 2014.
"Borrego would like us to include a provision in the RFP for the successful proposer to take over the net metering agreement already in place with NStar and to use their plans that are already permitted." ...Borrego wants to be compensated but it can't be a requirement of the proposal.
What the Siting Council chose to do in response to the new law was to create wind regulations based upon industry favorable siting requirements. States that have accepted development of wind turbines in populated areas are spending much time and money on the effects on neighbors who are truly suffering day to day.
The New Jersey Superior Court of Appeals issued an injunction Wednesday on behalf of Union Beach, halting construction of the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's wind turbine. ...Bill Heller, who lives about 1,900 feet from the turbine, is worried about the impact it will have on the identity of the community.
There was nearly universal skepticism or outright opposition to locating the MET tower (meteorological measurement tower) in a forest off Route 114 adjacent to a sheer rock cliff known as Hawk Rock. Only one person spoke in support of allowing the installation of the meteorological station in Newark.
The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging independent studies be done on the social, health and economic impacts of wind farms.
Once the project gets financing lined up, it can move forward. That depends in part on a judgment by the Board of Public Utilities about whether the company can get offshore wind incentives it has applied for.
Around 5:00 pm Thursday evening a trailer carrying a 115,000 pound base column for a wind turbine detached from the truck hauling it and rolled off Interstate 91 Southbound in Irasburg near the Orleans exit.
Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS), Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SUEL), Siemens AG (SIE), Acciona SA (ANA) and Fuhrlaender AG aren't getting at least 40 percent of their parts from local suppliers and are no longer eligible for BNDES financing, the country's only source of loans for turbines.
In another heavy blow to Fort Erie, wind-turbine tower manufacturer DMI Industries -once the darling of Niagara's fledgling green-energy industry - is closing permanetly. The Fargo, North Dakota-based company is apparently no longer willing to keep the doors open at its Fort Erie location.
Industrial orders fell 1 percent in the quarter as demand for wind turbines plummeted 37 percent ahead of the scheduled expiration of a U.S. power-production tax credit later this year. GE said it would divide its energy business into three separate units.
The plug has been pulled on a major windfarm development in the Stewartry. In a “refreshing change”, Swedish company Vattenfall bowed to massive concerns and backed off the proposals for Blackmyre Moor near Creetown.