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The town Planning Commission gave its OK to a Milwaukee-area company’s request for a conditional use permit to build an eight-turbine wind farm. Shirley Wind LLC of Hubertus, a division of Emerging Energies, wants to build eight 492-foot-tall turbines on several parcels of property owned by four families in Glenmore. The sites on land owned by Mark Mathies, 5982 Fairview Road; Dan Mathies, 4157 Shirley Road; Dan and Tina Zeamer, 3384 School Road; Rodney and Sue Leiterman, 4611 Shirley Road; and several parcels on Glenmore Road. Each landowner requested permission for two turbines on their property.
Angry residents have joined together to protest against plans to build giant wind turbines near their homes. The Mail revealed earlier this month how energy company E.ON UK had applied to Sedgefield Borough Council to build 10 wind turbines at Butterwick Moor, north of the A689 and east of Sedgefield. If approved, the development would be built next door to the already-approved Walkway wind farm which will see a further seven turbines constructed. Around 50 locals have formed an action group called Sedgefield and Wynyard against Turbines (SWAT) in a bid to stop the Butterwick development. Ian and Lynne Harbottle are leading the fight from their home at the Brocks Farm, which would be less than a mile away from one of the 330ft-tall turbines.
The president of Minuteman Wind LLC hopes to get a wind-turbine bylaw presented to voters by the annual town meeting May 9. President Donald S. McCauley Jr. said Tuesday night the company would be “starting the clock” on the process. The town has been working on a bylaw at least since early last summer. “What we’re really coming to announce is that we’re preparing to start a process to have a citizens’ petition to bring (the state Division of Energy Resources’) model bylaw to the town meeting,” he told Selectmen.
Idaho Power Co. is seeking regulatory approval of sales agreements with two proposed wind projects in Elmore County near Mountain Home. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission should decide soon whether or not it should approve Idaho Power’s request to buy power from the Bennett Creek Windfarm LLC and Hot Springs Windfarm LLC. The developer of both projects is Glenn Ikemoto of Energy Vision LLC, based in Piedmont, Calif. According to information provided by Ikemoto, the windfarms will be located approximately 12 miles southeast of Mountain Home. Both projects will consist of 1.25 mile-long rows of 12 Vestas V82 wind turbines, rated at 1.65 megawatts each.
Revived plans for a Donside windfarm have triggered renewed protest action in the rural area, despite being on a significantly reduced scale. Perth-based npower Renewables last year dropped proposals for an 11-turbine development between Lumsden and Mossat, after 200 letters of objection to the 32ft structures were sent to planners. Having originally identified the area as suitable for up to 20 turbines given layout and wind strength, the energy firm is now seeking planning permission from Aberdeenshire Council for a development of eight wind turbines, access tracks and service structures at Clashnarae Hill, near Kildrummy. The 286-hectare site, owned by Kildrummy Estate, is currently forest and moorland.
Sharon MacDonald of Carlock told the McLean County Zoning Board of Appeals a majority of the residents in the area of a proposed 100-turbine wind farm oppose it. She based the comment on petitions passed around by her and other members of a nonprofit group — called Information is Power — in White Oak and Dry Grove townships and other areas in McLean County. MacDonald said 77 out of 112 people asked in White Oak Township signed the petition. Another 48 signed a petition that included people in Dry Grove Township, Bloomington, Normal and Hudson.
Democrats last week announced legislation to help establish an energy co-op powered by two windfarms near Fort Peck and Molt. The wind farms would each cost about $16 million and generate 10 megawatts. The farms would have four or five windmills each, depending on how many people buy into the co-op and could be up and running within two years.
Residents are celebrating after plans for a wind farm near Beverley were thrown out. East Riding councillors unanimously rejected proposals to build a wind farm with 12 turbines up to 100 metres high at Routh, because of concerns they would spoil the views from Beverley Westwood. As reported on the Mail’s website yesterday, councillors voted against the scheme proposed by Ridgewind Limited amid fears views of Beverley Minster, in particular, would be ruined.
A proposed wind farm in Ashe County should not be allowed because it violates the state’s Ridge Law, the public staff of the N.C. Utilities Commission said yesterday. Also yesterday, State Attorney General Roy Cooper filed a notice he intends to intervene in the issue.
Windfarm bosses last night condemned a North-East council for delaying a ruling over plans for new turbines in Northumberland. A decision was due next on Tuesday over the bid by Your Energy Ltd for 10 turbines at Moorsyde, near the villages of Ancroft and Lowick - more than two years after the firm applied for planning permission. But bosses at Your Energy yesterday said they were baffled by the delay, which Berwick Borough Council says is because it needs to consider the cumulative impact of a number of similar applications for the area. Three separate windfarms, totaling 26 turbines, are being considered within a few miles of each other - at Moorsyde, Toft Hill and Barmoor.
The list of issues for appealing the 110-turbine Enbridge Ontario Wind Power Project will be put forward in the coming weeks, after last week’s Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pre-hearing. A crowd sat in on the three-hour meeting at the Municipality of Kincardine municipal building Jan. 25, to determine which groups would be representing the appellants, how the issues will be brought forward during the appeal and how information will be shared between appellants and the proponent. The hearing has been scheduled for a maximum of eight weeks starting April 23.
Protestors battling to stop a wind farm being built in their village are claiming a victory after winning their fight. Planners at East Riding Council met to decide whether to allow an application by Ridgewind Limited to build twelve turbines on land north of Hall Farm at Routh near Beverley. The proposal sparked objections amid fears over the impact on views across Beverley Westwood and the town’s Minster. It was one of three proposals which could have seen up to a hundred wind farms being built near rural areas. Councillors voted to reject three proposals.
Ashe County commissioners announced yesterday a special meeting to consider a proposed ordinance regulating wind-energy generation. The meeting was called after last week’s public hearing before the N.C. Utilities Commission drew an overflow crowd to talk about a proposed wind farm in Ashe County. Two brothers who own the land have applied to build the state’s first large-scale wind farm. It would include 25 to 28 windmills, each about 300 feet tall on or near Big Springs Mountain. The proposal has drawn strong debate. Supporters said during the hearing that alternative energy sources are vital and the project could help farmers preserve their land against housing development. Opponents said that the wind farm is too large and would ruin views and harm the tourist industry and property values.
A government initiative to speed up the planning process could hamper the public’s involvement in the development of their community. A report by Kate Barker, commissioned by Gordon Brown and published in December 2006, outlines ways in which the government can save time and money by reducing public involvement in large scale planning applications. ‘Sufficient time must be taken to assess fully the potential impacts and the views and interests of local communities,’ writes Ms Barker. ‘But the very lengthy delays at present, and the high costs associated with them, indicate that major reform should be urgently considered.’
The U.K. government and local authorities should use more tax breaks and subsidies to promote low-carbon energy production, a group of British lawmakers said. “Local energy'’ generation from equipment such as solar panels or wind turbines “is capable of making a major contribution'’ to the U.K.’s electricity and heat supplies, the Trade and Industry Committee said today in an e-mail.
Plans to create a windfarm to the south of Darrington near Pontefract will be displayed in a public exhibition next week. The number of proposed turbines at the site, between the A1 and Went Hill ridge, is still under consideration with assessments being carried out. It is likely there will be between five and eight and the hub height will be about 80 metres (about 262ft). The final design will be submitted in a planning application by Banks Developments this spring.
The latest annual energy forecast issued by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicates that, by the year 2030, wind energy would supply less than 1% of US electric generation and about 4/10 of 1% of total US energy consumption. This forecast, which likely overstates the potential contribution of wind energy, helps show that officials of the wind industry and US Department of Energy are misleading the public, media and government officials with their claims that wind might supply 20% of US electricity.
A wind energy company yesterday got clearance to keep a test mast in place but only after being branded as “a bully” and accused of “riding roughshod over the planning system.” Breckland councillors launched a ferocious verbal attack on Ecotricity accusing it of offering bribes and inducements, “conning” the authority and being scared of facing tough questions by not attending a planning meeting. Despite the assault, the development control committee voted to allow the company to keep a 50-metre test pole on a site just north of Shipdham, near Dereham, where two 100-metre wind turbines are set to be built.
East Yorkshire’s tourist industry would be hit if huge wind turbines were built in the region, according to business owners. However, energy companies developing the wind farms have said the schemes could attract visitors to the area. The claims were made ahead of an East Riding Council planning committee meeting being held today.
Campaigners fighting plans to build a wind farm in north Northumberland have spoken of their surprise that the decision will go ahead before a key report is published. Moorsyde Action Group (MAG) – which is opposed to the proposed ten-turbine development south of Berwick – says it is “extraordinary” that the application is to go to committee early next month. Members of Berwick Borough Council’s planning committee last week failed to consider a motion to defer wind farm applications until the release of a landscape impact study, commissioned by the North East Assembly. The council said the assembly advised members that it is not essential for planning authorities to wait for the completion of the study before it make a decision on an application.