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Deal eases turbine debt

Falmouth will get a major break on the $1.5 million debt it owes to the state Clean Energy Center, thanks to an agreement between local and state officials reached in connection to one of two wind turbines at the wastewater treatment plant.
13 Feb 2018

Planners pass wind ban

The Huron County Planning Commission has recommended the board of commissioners ban wind energy development for another year in the 16 county-zoned townships. The Huron County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday morning whether to approve the moratorium.
10 Feb 2018

Regulators question Empire wind plan

Natelle Dietrich, PSC staff director, said in testimony filed Wednesday that Empire's customers will see little of the savings Empire has said the plan will generate in the first 10 years "while the equity partners achieve their anticipated returns, and after 10 years, the expected savings for customers are extremely uncertain."
9 Feb 2018

Tax Commission letter refutes claims of wind industry

Mastin_letter_2-6-18_thumb The Oklahoma Tax Commission has refuted claims by wind industry representatives that state incentives have expired for the renewable energy source. The state has already paid out more than $63 million in tax credits connected to wind power in the current fiscal year; The state will be refunding credits for at least the next 10 years, Mastin said
8 Feb 2018

If developers file application prior to Hopkinton’s passage of new wind law, less restrictive 2011 law will stand

The Hopkinton town board needs to revise its wind law before Avangrid Renewables files its application for a wind farm or the existing less-restrictive wind law from 2011 would stand. ...The latest talks for the wind law called for setbacks of 2,500 feet from a property line of a non-participating landowner and sound decibels of 40 dBA.
4 Feb 2018

Local municipalities oppose wind farm

The Mad River Wind Farm is a proposed 350 MW wind power project [with] 88 utility-scale wind turbines. ...There’s concern the project could have a “devastating effect” on property values and the local economy, the town said, noting the facility would be in the middle of land used for outdoor recreation activities that drive the area’s $40 million per year tourism industry, interfering with snowmobile trails, hunting, fishing and hiking. 
3 Feb 2018
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