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Two Garrett County wind power projects, the first such in Maryland, are expected to begin commercial operation in a matter of weeks, even as opponents consider taking legal action against the facilties. A 20-turbine wind farm atop Backbone Mountain at Roth Rock is set to become operational by the end of December.
Waubra wind farm operator Acciona has confirmed it has now bought out seven property owners. Director of generation Brett Wickham said yesterday two more properties had been recently purchased by the company.
Goulburn Mulwaree Councillor, Geoff Peterson, is urging individuals, community groups and organisations to make submissions to a Federal Senate inquiry into the social and economic impact of wind farm installations. ..."It is simply not good enough for large energy corporations to climb into bed with Governments and plonk these monstrosities all over the countryside without meaningful dialogue with local residents."
Wayne Casler's resignation as supervisor of the Herkimer County town of Litchfield should serve as a lesson for the larger community when it comes to public officials and conflicts of interest. But even more important, it once again demonstrates why adding another layer of government approval for wind turbine projects would be in the best interest of small communities.
The initial legislative language was introduced last week by Rep. Dan Scripps, D-Leland, to set up the process in which Michigan would entertain, investigate, manage and decommission wind turbines in the state's Great Lake waters. ...The Michigan Great Lakes Wind Council final report can be found at www.michiganglowcouncil.org/ .
New Generation Wind told the Cape Cod Commission Monday night that it will create a Green Energy Rebate Program to help pay the monthly electric bills of residents who will live next to the proposed industrial-grade wind farm off Scenic Highway in Bourne.
The Scottish Government has no way of verifying claims by wind-farm developers on the carbon footprint of their turbines, a leading wildlife charity has revealed. Now the John Muir Trust claims no large wind farms should be approved by planners until developers' environmental claims can be independently confirmed by government scientists.
With two public meetings under their belts, the backers of the New Generation Wind project spent Monday night's Cape Cod Commission subcommittee hearing addressing concerns including health issues and the financial impacts of their seven proposed turbines.
Some city council members on Monday night said they were frustrated that a University of Illinois wind turbine project is moving along without consulting city officials or adhering to a new zoning ordinance.
Noise testing at properties neighbouring the Waubra wind farm has revealed some breaches of the farm's planning permit conditions. The wind farm's operator, Acciona Energy, commissioned the testing and the report was submitted to Planning Minister Justin Madden last month.
Acciona Energy's fight in court to defend the development of its $175 million wind farm near Mount Gambier has been adjourned into the new year to allow for medical evidence submissions.
More than 160 people from around the country registered for the two-day conference organized by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. They included elected officials, state bureaucrats and executives from offshore-wind developers and manufacturers.
The three dozen protesters who stood out in the biting rain and who were arrested will in time be vindicated in the eyes of the editors and others in the aftermath and awakening of the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the public and the environment. This is, was and will always be about the money.
A pair of related wind power projects faced scrutiny in an informational meeting Wednesday. BNE Energy, a Delaware company with a presence in Connecticut, sought to inform residents of the details of their project - or, as regulations require, projects.
“You’ll have to devote the rest of your days to fighting these, if you allow them to get here in there first place.” That was the message retired schoolteacher and Green Party candidate Stephana Johnston had for West Lincoln residents last Wednesday, at a public information meeting on the alleged negative effects of industrial wind turbines.
A report commissioned by RenewableUK, the trade association for the wind energy industry, said that campaigners against turbines were costing the country £1.3bn. ...But the view has been condemned by Stop Woodlane Windfarm protestors. They claim there is no benefit to local communities but plenty of negative effects.
During his speech, Tramposch echoed residents' sentiments that the state government is moving too fast in its efforts to build wind turbines. "The state is so determined to site wind that many siting policies have been fast-tracked," Tramposch said. "Some policies have been completely ignored."
Environmentalists are divided over the impacts of large-scale wind projects on Vermont mountains. The split surfaced recently when mainstream environmental groups criticized an advertisement from a lawyer who has fought wind developments. VPR's John Dillon has more.
Gisborne South resident Jan Andrews, a concerned resident who owns a property nearby, says there is one landholder who has allowed West Wind to use his land but there would be thousands of residents who would be affected by the turbines.
"There is no way to mitigate this tower from impacting abutting neighborhoods," Planning Board Chairman Marc Garrett said. "I'm not in favor of this project as it stands right now." The Planning Board voted, 3-1, against recommending the Zoning Board of Appeals grant the applicant, Sheava LLC, a special permit to erect the structure.