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Woodstock wind farm up for appeal

Those appealing the wind project claim that such a project would have adverse affects on the area's economy, particularly as it relates to tourism. The appeal also lists objections to noise, shadow flicker, strobe lights, tree removal, potential dangers to birds and animals and a variety of other possible problems. This project is one of four Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., is planning for the Western Maine area.
3 Feb 2011

Harwich courts Cape Wind

Cape Wind, said Monday that a decision regarding where to establish the operations base would be made "in the next few months." The main competition for the Harwich Port facility consists of several sites in the Falmouth harbor area, Rogers added. The town has sent a letter of support.
2 Feb 2011

Talks start about proposed wind farm

"It's really an opportunity for the public to come and tell us what it is they want us to look at in the EIS," said Allen Kam, with the State Energy Office. Those worried undersea cables could affect important fishing areas or wind turbines would upset the view have 30 days to let the state know about those specific concerns. That information will be factored into a draft EIS.
2 Feb 2011

Court case may delay Block Island offshore construction

The construction of Deepwater Wind's Block Island offshore project later than planned as a result of a court challenge to its PPA with National Grid. The court case centres on the Rhode Island attorney general's decision in August to request the Supreme Court abolish the project's power purchase agreement with National Grid.
2 Feb 2011

Wind turbine fight escalates, BRSA files suit

The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) in Union Beach has filed a complaint against the borough's Planning Board for unanimously voting down an application to realign the BRSA's property line to provide more room for the arc of the turbine's 118-foot-long blades.
2 Feb 2011

Hawaii's 'big wind' power project stirs up fans, foes

Walter Rittie, a longtime activist on Molokai, says that for native Hawaiians like himself, the wind is a revered god. "So until the state realizes what they're dealing with, that it's not a commodity, it's a cultural resource that Hawaiians have high regard for, part of our heritage, then we're in for a train wreck here," Rittie says.
1 Feb 2011

Against the Wind

For people who believe one of Maine's highest conservation priorities should be the preservation of the state's unorganized territories as the timberlands and outdoor-recreational lands they have traditionally been - and I count myself among those people - the greatest threat to the North Woods is large-scale development of any kind.
1 Feb 2011

UI suggests turbine could be moved

As the costs of a University of Illinois wind turbine increase, south Urbana residents worried how the turbine would affect their property values brought more questions to a second public meeting on Monday night. The UI offered an alternative to the primary concern raised at a first meeting in December; residents wondered if the 400-foot turbine's proposed location could be moved farther west to minimize the effects.
1 Feb 2011

Public Service Board to open hearings on Lowell wind project

This week, the Public Service Board opens hearings on Vermont's largest wind development - a proposal for 21 wind turbines that would stand 440 feet tall on a ridgeline in Lowell. Developers hoped to avoid some of the controversy that other projects have faced by asking for, and winning, Lowell voters' support last Town Meeting Day. But it hasn't been that easy.
1 Feb 2011

Pulling back the curtain on wind power

The proposed Calvert Cliffs 3 nuclear reactor would be sited on about 350 acres. The 1,200 offshore wind turbines needed to produce the same amount of energy would require 74,000 acres. Onshore, 2,400 turbines would be needed and would require 8,500 acres. This is a lot of land or water and a big impact on the rich mountain ecosystems and habitats or ocean ecosystems about which we know little.
1 Feb 2011

Appeal hearing commences for renewable energy approval - day 1

Today, the Environmental Review Tribunal ("ERT") commenced its hearing in relation to the appeal of the issuance of the Renewable Energy Approval ("REA") for Suncor Energy Services Inc.'s Kent Breeze 20 MW eight-turbine wind farm in Chatham, Ontario (the "Project"). The parties set out the arguments that they intend to make over the course of the 16 day hearing.
1 Feb 2011

Fishermen voice concerns about impact of offshore wind farms

"Offshore wind is happening," said Cohen, who is also CEO of Atlantic Capes Fisheries, a New Jersey company that operates more than 20 fishing vessels. Eight companies are currently proposing projects off Maryland, he said, and his company is one of the eight. ...But some of the fishermen in attendance Monday predicted further ruin for the industry if such projects become a reality.
1 Feb 2011

Cape Cod Commission tackles regulating wind turbines

“The technology has changed. The scale of these structures has increased,” he noted. “The model bylaws are somewhat outdated. They were envisioned to cover residential wind turbines, not the commercial wind turbines we’re seeing now. The fact that we had no regulations put us in a difficult, even ridiculous situation, of having large commercial wind projects trip the Cape Cod Commission threshold for review for reasons other than the turbines themselves, like forestry clearing.”
31 Jan 2011

Wisconsin wind turbine site hearing begins

Hundreds have packed a legislative hearing on how far energy-generating wind turbines should be located from property lines. Republicans on the rule committee told state regulators they're worried the rules allow turbines to be built so close to property lines neighbors could get hurt.
31 Jan 2011

University gives ultimatum to wind turbine project, public forum to be held Monday

After seven years of planning, the University has given an ultimatum to its proposed wind turbine project, possibly ending the project's existence due to budget concerns. The project, which would provide at least 1.5 megawatts of electricity for campus use, has an estimated cost of about $5.2 million by the University's calculations - a number that is $700,000 more than what was budgeted.
31 Jan 2011

Wind farm developers want to meet with fishermen

A New Jersey-based wind energy company with a request for proposal (RFP) before the state to establish a wind turbine installation off New Bedford waters, will make its pitch to local fisherman during a meet and greet designed to explain what impacts water-based wind turbines will have on fishing.
30 Jan 2011

Wind turbine dispute goes to court

The BRSA lawsuit demands that the Planning Board's action requiring the BRSA to file for a "D" variance and denying subdivision and consolidation of the adjoining property are set aside and be granted an approval of the proposed subdivision and consolidation. The suit also demands that the planning board be restrained from any further action to delay or interfere with the construction and operation of the project.
30 Jan 2011

As wind energy developer adjusts project, Adams County Board unlikely to adjust setback ordinance

Recent decisions in the communities of Clayton and Golden to adopt a 1.5-mile wind turbine setback from their boundaries likely won't cause the Adams County Board to reconsider a countywide wind ordinance. The $300 million Prairie Mills Wind Farm proposal calls for developers to build 96 1.5-megawatt wind turbines for a 144-megawatt wind farm in the Camp Point, Clayton and Golden area.
30 Jan 2011

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