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Ex-Missouri governor urges court to allow wind-energy line

It's one of the longest transmission lines proposed in the U.S. But it was rejected last year by Missouri utility commissioners whom Nixon appointed. The state Public Service Commission cited a state appeals court ruling in a separate case that determined a utility first must get approval from local governments to string power lines across roads before the state regulatory commission can grant permission.
3 Apr 2018

Shiawassee County Planning Board sets wind turbine specs

The planning board decided that the sound level to the nearest nonparticipating property line must not exceed 45 decibels. Planning board members haggled over the minimum setback for non-participating parties; settling on 325 percent of turbine height. They set the maximum commercial turbine height at 500 feet; with no interference of television, radio or cell phone service.
1 Apr 2018

Bill protecting military airspace passed by Legislature

"This legislation goes a long way toward protecting and enhancing our number one asset, which is our airspace," Cooper said. "It wasn't about having no wind power. It was about protecting our airspace." Cooper said the bill was crafted with close cooperation between the military, wind industry and Legislature.
29 Mar 2018

Residents voice strong opinions at Hopkinton wind law hearing

The new wind law would replace the current town law, passed in 2011. It would regulate the North Ridge Wind Energy Project, which the energy company Avangrid plans to establish in the town. A draft of the law was approved by the town board last month in a working session, and Ms. Wood said she hoped the board would vote on it at its April board meeting.
29 Mar 2018

We all love wind power, unless you want to make money

Why are turbine manufacturers doing so badly? Climate change will have some very unpleasant consequences, unless we cut our dependence on fossil power. Generating electricity from the wind is clean and increasingly cheap. So it's ascent looks assured, whatever ornithologists and President Donald Trump might think.
28 Mar 2018

Utility writes its own renewable energy ballot measure

On paper, what’s going to the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday has the same goal as the initiative of having 50 percent of what’s generated in Arizona produced by renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal by 2030. But the measure ...prohibits the commission from implementing the new requirement if it would have any effect on “the affordability or cost” of bills paid by customers.
28 Mar 2018

Office seeks answers from West Fork

Because the size of the West Fork Wind project has changed, an office representing Indiana consumers is not ready to recommend that it be exempted from regulation by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
28 Mar 2018

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