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Workers were sent home from Skycon's Campbeltown factory in Argyll today after the wind farm manufacturer went bust. The firm called in the administrators and sent home the majority of its 120-strong workforce after its Danish parent firm Skycon entered insolvency proceedings.
Part of a tower that will support one of a dozen 3MW Vestas wind turbines at TrustPower's Mahinerangi wind farm is loaded on to a truck at Dunedin's Leith wharf yesterday afternoon.
Developer Iberdrola Renewables brought in an application for a redesigned wind farm to the joint town and village Planning Board on Thursday night. The new application pares down the scale of the project to 50 turbines producing 100 megawatts. The proposal leaves the town of Orleans out entirely, when the previous plan had eight turbines in that town.
Jarboe also said that Donica Creek has enough land now to move forward with construction, once studies come back. They are also waiting for agreements to work out with local utilities to carry the energy produced by the farms.
Board vice-chairwoman Margaret Shears raised concerns about the $82.7-million wind farm deal and the lack of evidence presented by the utility to prove that the $25-million construction contract was the best deal for ratepayers. She said the board has little evidence, other than the utility's opinion "that it's the best price Nova Scotia Power could have gotten."
The first - and possibly only - wind farm in Imperial County went in front of the public Wednesday and faces potential criticism from Ocotillo residents tonight.
Members of the Flyers Creek Wind Turbine Awareness Group want the legislation changed so that wind turbines have to be at least two kilometres away from houses and schools. The residents say they were "left out in the cold" about the plans for the wind farm and were only notified of Infigen Energy's interest in the area "a couple of months ago".
A public hearing will be held Monday at Town Hall for a proposed wind-energy bylaw that would make it easier to install power-generating turbines up to 140 feet tall, about the size of most cellphone towers. ...Regional planning commissions are pushing for municipalities to develop wind-turbine regulations before the Legislature passes a law that could limit local controls. A bill died last summer on Beacon Hill, but it could be revived this year.
Pitt is concerned about the location of the turbines due to skydivers jumping from planes west of the field and turbines. The distance between the Station Rd. turbines and the skydive business is about 3.5 km in a straight line. "There are times we'll jump out five kilometres to the west of the field and we'd be coming back right over those turbines."
"SOS believes the parish council proposal would cause irreparable damage to the landscape, not only for the residents in Bisley but for those living miles around," said SOS spokeswoman Jane Walker. "It is a wholly inappropriate location for such massive structures." The parish council is considering a number of options to generate its own electricity and wind power is one of them.
More than 120 workers at Highland wind turbine factory Skykon have been sent home after the facility fell into the hands of administrators. ...Insolvency specialists from Ernst & Young held a meeting with staff at the manufacturing base in Machrihanish yesterday morning, when workers were told that just six of the 130-strong workforce would be kept on to assist administrators.
North Kingstown's two turbines - one approved at North Kingstown Green and the other proposed by Stamps Farm and Wind Energy Development LLC - have fueled controversy around North Kingstown, leading to the large turnout Tuesday night. Of the evening's 18 speakers, all opposed the turbines and questioned the town's newly-minted wind energy ordinance, passed on Sept. 27.
Permits for the three-year test project were routinely issued by the Marin County Deputy Zoning Administrator on Aug. 26. And a gale of protest promptly erupted. A group of nine people, including leaders of the Marin Audubon Society, the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and the Marin Conservation League, quickly appealed to the Marin County Planning Commission to rescind the permits.
City officials will find out next Thursday whether or not a judge will allow an arbitrator to decide the fate of four turbines Horizon Wind Inc. has planned for the Nor'Wester Mountain range. A positive decision in favour of the city would put Horizon's $126-million lawsuit against the city, filed last fall after council approved 14 of 18 of the company's planned turbine locations, on hold.
A stay signed by State Appellate Court Judge Joseph Yannotti prevents carwash owner Robert Burke from installing the 49-foot structure at his Hamburg Turnpike business pending the outcome of an appeal filed by the township of a prior court approval of Burke's wind turbine application. The township received notice on Monday that the stay was granted.
The 11-turbines, located along the Sisk Mountain ridge line to the west of the 44-turbine Kibby project, represented a second attempt at an expansion from TransCanada. An earlier proposal would have added 15 turbines along the ridge line, but that was voted down by the LURC panel in July.
While the town's wind turbine located at Portsmouth High School has been at a standstill for nearly a month now, town officials hope to have it spinning once again by the end of this week.
The advocacy group contends that several species of birds, including golden eagles, whooping cranes and greater sage-grouse, will be endangered by "poorly planned and sited wind projects," according to Kelly Fuller, a conservancy spokeswoman. But Nebraska authorities involved with approving wind farms in the state have shown that they are already fully aware of the potential problem.
"Wind energy is a part of the agenda and should be, but it's not a central part of the agenda," he said ...The blustery winds around Cape Cod and the Islands have drawn the state's attention as Patrick looks to renewable energy projects to create jobs, combat climate change and stabilize electricity rates.
Richard Pastore, chairman of the commission, said it was one of the largest turnouts he had ever seen. The turbine is one of two proposed for North Kingstown by Wind Energy Development, founded by Mark DePasquale. Most of the people in the auditorium appeared to be opposed to the Stamp Farm turbine.