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Wyoming will pay local communities in the state’s windiest region a little over $5 million to address the impacts from two wind developments now edging forward. ...Over time large projects generate jobs and revenue, but the construction phase comes first. County and town budgets aren’t necessarily able to absorb the impact, said Wichmann.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing in Linton on Friday, Dec. 7, regarding a proposal to construct a wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Emmons and Logan counties. NextEra Energy Resources has submitted applications for permits for the Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center, capacity of approximately 298.1 megawatts and up to 123 wind turbines.
Because it may or may not be there when you flip the switch, the value of electricity generated by windmills is limited. Energy expert James LaBrecque said it this way: “Together, all the intermittent solar and wind power installed across the country has never displaced a single dispatchable generation plant. These expensive, low-production sources of power add additional cost to the whole electric system by forcing dispatchable generators to run less efficiently and less productively."
The new regulations are meant to protect neighbors from the noise and flickering lights others in the county have experienced with less-regulated wind farms. They include 3,000 foot setbacks from neighboring properties, no shadow flicker, and very low maximum noise levels.
Funds to offset the cost of studying the supposed impacts of the proposed Canisteo Wind Farm, a project of Canisteo Wind Energy LLC (CWE), are now available to municipalities and other local interests.
Proposals for the £8m development, consisting of seven turbines up to 132m tall at Barrel Law, near Roberton, were thrown out by Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee in September. German-based ABO Wind has now submitted an appeal to Holyrood’s planning and environmental appeals division.
Once these wind turbines reach the end of their limited lifespan, the challenge is how to continue using the structures, which are often costly to build. ...reusing the foundation generally requires more construction materials and disturbs the soil as much as a new foundation, meaning it is necessary to weigh the benefit of having turbines that can generate more power against the possible land disturbance they can cause.
The 14 wind turbines at the Lincoln Wind Energy facility in Kewaunee County were removed in October.
Invenergy, developer of the 380-megawatt Alle-Catt Wind Farm, has revised its list of municipal officials with interests in the project. ...In its revised report to the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Invenergy lists 10 officials from four towns in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties on a list titled Financial Interests of Municipal Officials and Relatives Known to be in Office October 2018.
Although its projects are helping to reduce energy costs for municipalities and other public entities, have won contracts through the state, and been embraced by people like Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena, they have not been universally welcomed. Some residents of Coventry in particular have complained of shadow flicker and noise and objected to the visual impact of the 414-foot-tall turbines in a largely rural part of that community.
Dumfries and Galloway Council rejected the 12-turbine Hopsrig project near Langholm. It concluded that the impact on the setting in the Eskdale valley meant the scheme should not proceed.
James Madson, the project development manager, said there still isn't a purchaser for the electricity. ...The commission Thursday also approved a transmission line of 230-kilovolt capacity that would cross 34 miles of Grant and Codington counties and connect two 300-megawatt projects to Otter Tail Power's Big Stone South sub-station.
NORWALK, Ohio — Plans for the massive Emerson Creek Wind project — in the works since 2009 — were unveiled to the public Thursday during an open house at the Bronson Conservation League building just outside here.
ST. PAUL — From Burk Peterson’s back door in Anderson County, he can see the turbines stretched across his sight line from horizon to horizon in Coffey County 26 miles away.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition against plans for a major windfarm near Penpont. Sanquhar II Community Windfarm would see 50 turbines built on the site, designed to extend the existing development to the north.
A representative from BluEarth Renewables presented City Council with plans for two new wind farms in Albany County that could bring business and jobs to Laramie.
NextEra Energy has constructed two meteorological evaluation towers, or met towers, to measure wind speed on properties in Washington Township in DeKalb County. However, the township’s board president and other neighbors believe NextEra constructed those towers illegally.
Ohio’s elected leaders must BOTH move the state forward with more and better renewable energy sources AND respect the rights of property owners and the will of communities. This cannot be an either/or proposition. ...Every stakeholder’s rights must be fairly weighed in the process. A balance must be struck so that the communities being torn apart by the dispute can come together once the state authorities make their ruling.
More than 150 citizens filled three rooms of the venue Wednesday night during a meeting that was initially delayed 45 minutes while commissioners tried to figure out how to properly accommodate all the people who showed up to make their voices heard on the project. After two failed attempts at broadcasting the meeting, which was held in the Tom Baker Meeting Room with police presence, into the two overflow rooms, commissioners made the decision to reschedule the public hearing.