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Seneca Wind fails to get restraining order against leaseholders

Seneca Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Utah-based sPower, whiffed Monday on its first attempt for a court order that would have let it proceed with preconstruction work on 31 tracts of private land that are part of the massive wind farm it wants to build. Visiting Judge Robert Pollex denied a request from Seneca Wind attorneys for a temporary restraining order against 30 property owners holding the combined 31 leases.
5 Feb 2019

Mexico cancels clean energy auction - updated

Mexico's grid operator and regulator Cenace (the National Energy Control Centre) has scrapped plans for the country's 5.9TWh clean energy tender. It had previously suspended the auction in December, a day before bids were due, and two days after new president Andrés Miguel López Obrador was sworn in.
4 Feb 2019

Wind farms sue NPPD over termination of power purchase deal

The suit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court by Laredo Ridge Wind LLC, Broken Bow Wind LLC and Crofton Bluffs Wind LLC, and it seeks an injunction to stop NPPD from terminating the 20-year power purchase agreements. ...According to court documents, projected combined payments to the three wind farms in fiscal 2019 are more than $38.5 million.
3 Feb 2019

Newman: Wind-farm debate talk of the town

Almost everybody has an opinion on it, said Steve Wills, Brandi's husband. A member of the band X-Krush, Steve and Brandi co-own the BP, along with other family members. "It's growing to be a bigger topic day by day," he said, adding that there are pros and cons. He believes the turbines will be a blight on the landscape, but he won't be living next door to one.
3 Feb 2019

Cattaraugus County asks Farmersville to conduct full environmental study

Outside the meeting room, Schroder said the planning board’s action was “a signal to the (Farmersville) town board. They need to take a hard look at the local law and make changes in the interests of residents, not Invenergy.” Schroder added, “I hope they will look at protection for residents we’ve been asking for: A 3,000-foot setback from the property line, 40 dBA sound level and a 450-foot height.”
1 Feb 2019

Renewables shock as Mexico scraps clean energy tender

With several large investors already lined up for the tender, the cancellation will raise doubts about the continuation of Mexico’s clean energy programme. The government said that although investors can contest the cancellation, it will not refund what companies spent to prepare for the process.
1 Feb 2019

With wind energy bill comes passion and a divergence of opinions

Terry Madson is from Nuckolls County and belongs to Preserve Rural Nebraska. His county in south-central Nebraska, he said, has no zoning, and some of those that do created zoning before anyone was thinking of wind turbines. Other county zoning may not have taken into consideration escalating tower heights, larger generators, more noise and shadow flicker because of size changes. The bill gives those counties and others in the state the chance to get current, Madson said. 
1 Feb 2019

Bitter cold shows reliable energy sources are critical

On Wednesday, when the morning temperature in the Twin Cities was negative 24 degrees, wind energy provided just 4 percent of the electricity and utilized just 24 percent of its installed capacity in a region monitored by the Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO), a not-for-profit organization that ensures reliable, least-cost delivery of electricity across all or parts of 15 U.S. states, including Minnesota.
1 Feb 2019

When Does the Windy City Lose Wind Power? During a Polar Vortex

As a life-threatening freeze brought temperatures that may reach all-time record lows in the Chicago area Thursday morning, heating demand surged and power suppliers were forced to start up older coal and natural gas facilities that only operate on an as-needed basis. One of the reasons why is that wind-power generation has plummeted.
31 Jan 2019

California’s big climate plans could be in hands of PG&E bankruptcy judge

In its bankruptcy filing, PG&E claims some of the credit for helping renewable energy come of age, saying its contracts “contributed to significant price reductions for renewable energy resources currently available in the market.” But PG&E is still paying out those contracts, which can last 15 to 20 years. The bankruptcy judge could potentially seek to change their terms or prices.
31 Jan 2019

Wildlife Advocates Urge Caution in Siting Wind Farms

Jim Murphy, legal advocacy director at The National Wildlife Federation, says the switch to renewable energy is critical to combat climate change that threatens all life on the planet, but planners should locate onshore wind farms primarily in developed areas such as agricultural land and avoid wilderness that provides habitat for wildlife.
31 Jan 2019

Seneca County wind farm project headed for delay

The process hit a snag recently when numerous property owners who had signed over rights to their land years ago began resisting sPower’s attempts to come onto their property. A complaint filed by Seneca Wind LLC accuses some 30 property owners of a breach of contract. Leases were signed in 2008, with an amendment in 2013, court records show.
31 Jan 2019

New judge assigned to Seneca Co. wind turbine case

There’s a new judge and a new hearing date for the legal complaint Utah-based wind turbine developer sPower has filed against 30 property owners whom the company claims are in breach of contract by resisting sPower’s attempts to come onto their property
31 Jan 2019

WTF: What's up with the dead wind turbine in South Burlington?

The unit worked well "for about a decade" until it started breaking down; ...Atlantic Orient turbines were prone to gearbox failures. Atlantic Orient spent thousands trying to fix it until the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2002. Dynapower's staff attempted its own repairs, with no success. The turbine has sat dormant ever since.
30 Jan 2019

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