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On the theory that you go where you’re welcome, a wind power developer announced Tuesday it is dropping its bid to build two of 16 planned wind turbines in Sutton, moving them instead to Sheffield. But at the same time it tried to ease objections in one town, it got slammed by a special town vote in the town of Barton. About 150 residents there unanimously voted Tuesday to advise selectmen to oppose the neighboring Sheffield Wind Farm Tuesday night because it would burden town infrastructure and hurt tourism. “I’m blown away,” said Selectman Dan McMasters after the vote. “We’re going to challenge it (the wind farm) the best we can and we’re upset we couldn’t jump in. I wish we could go back in time,” he added referring to how Barton officials missed a Public Service Board deadline to intervene early in the process.
A windfarm is in the pipelines for Ballina. A planning application was submitted to the Council at the end of last year to construct a 29.9mw farm consisting of 13 turbines with a 64 metre hub height at Carrowleagh, Ballina. Permission is also sought for access roads to each turbine in addition to upgrade of existing roads, substation building and temporary contractors compound. Applicants Joseph, Martin and Michael Loftus, with an address in Charlestown, can expect a decision from planners on the project at the end of February.
Pyrenees Council has approved a wind farm for Lexton, north-west of Ballarat. Windpower wants to build 19 turbines in the area at a cost of $28 million. It is the second wind farm in the shire, with 100 of the 128 turbines from Acciona's Waubra wind farm within the municipality.
AUGUSTA -– TransCanada Corporation has officially filed an application with the Land Use Regulation Commission for a petition to rezone and develop the Kibby Wind Power Project. The LURC Commissioners and Staff will be well rehearsed in wind power having dealt with the Redington project over the last year. The commissioners are expected to take regulatory action on the Redington project starting on Jan. 24 in Farmington. The proposed wind energy facility sited on portions of Kibby Mountain and Kibby Range in Franklin County, would provide approximately 132 megawatts (MW) of wind-generated electricity to customers in Maine and New England. The proposed wind project is four times the size of the Redington project.
The firm behind proposals to develop a wind farm in the Galloway hills said it was “absolutely bewildered” at the latest delay in the planning process. It came after planning councillors decided to hand the Blackcraig plans to the full council to make a ruling. Scottish and Southern Energy Project Manager John Thelmis said he was surprised by the further delay. Committee member Joan Mitchell said she believed it was the best way to deal with the 23-turbine application. It will be the fourth time the plans have gone to committee.
Deep-water wind farms will top the agenda when U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass., leads a congressional delegation to Germany this spring. The trip will involve discussions of a variety of energy issues, said Delahunt, chairman of the bipartisan study group that includes current and former members of Congress. But of particular interest to Delahunt, who represents Cape Cod and the Islands, are German renewable energy companies - including one involved in building a test deep-water wind farm off the German coast in the North Sea. Some of the companies in this project ‘’are beginning to talk about a need for American subsidiaries,'’ Delahunt said. ‘’What better place than Massachusetts for this kind of foreign investment? Wind is to the Northeast, what oil is to Saudi Arabia,'’ he said.
A U.S. survey indicates there's strong backing for offshore wind power as a future source of energy, at least in the state of Delaware. The survey, conducted by University of Delaware researchers, showed more than 90 percent of the 949 Delaware residents polled voiced support for an offshore wind option, in which wind turbines as tall as 40-story buildings would be erected to generate electricity. Fewer than 10 percent of participants voted for an expansion of coal or natural gas power at current prices.
A windfarm action group has shot a warning across the bows of government calling for more support for renewable energy. The British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) welcomes the government’s intention to switch to the greener ways of generating energy, but claims that sums will not add up unless financial support is increased. The warning headlines the environmental group’s response to the government’s consultation, which proposes a significant change to the Renewables Obligation (RO), the support mechanism for renewable power in the UK.
Last month the Natural Areas Acquisition Advisory Committee advised the governor to deny the sale. Opponents have said that there is already enough land in Sheridan County set aside for wildlife and that the sale could hurt economic development by restricting the placement of wind turbines or pipelines.
MONTPELIER, Vt. --On the theory that you go where you're welcome, a wind power developer announced Tuesday it is dropping its bid to build two of 16 planned wind turbines in Sutton, moving them instead to Sheffield. UPC Vermont Wind filed papers with the Public Service Board asking for the change, saying its request followed a suggestion by the Department of Public Service and would put the entire $75 million project in the much more welcoming of the two Northeast Kingdom communities.
The proposal for a large wind farm in Knox County is good news for its tax base as long as landowners are protected, the County Board chairman says. In the past few months, wind farm developer and operator Invenergy of Chicago has doubled its Bishop Hill Wind Energy Center to a goal of 532 turbines, with 266 turbines each in Knox and Henry counties. The wind farm would be complete in three to five years, generating 800 megawatts of electricity and costing up to $1.6 billion, said Joel Link, director of business development for Invenergy. If complete, it would be one of the largest land-based wind farms in the world, he said. The Knox County side of the project, which has yet to be permitted, is a year behind the Henry County side, where turbine construction will begin this year. Originally, most of the wind farm was to be in Henry County, but the project grew in Knox County because of landowner interest and available space on transmission lines.
Leaders in a blustery Western Alaska city have stopped studying wind energy as a power source. The problem? Too much of it. Unalaska, a city of 4,300, seems tailor-made for the alternative energy. It’s situated in the Aleutian Islands, called the Birthplace of Winds. Powerful tempests brew there when frigid Siberian air collides with much warmer air above Pacific waters, producing major storms striking the West Coast, meteorologists say.
WESTPORT — Town Meeting voters in May will be asked to allocate more than $100,000 to purchase and construct twin wind turbines behind Town Hall and the police station. The 100-foot towers each would take up the equivalent of about one parking space behind the municipal buildings on Main Road. The turbines are expected to cost $54,000 each, but according to a report from the town’s Alternative Energy Committee would pay for themselves in four years or less. The cost of the turbines could be partially reimbursable with a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the committee learned. Grants of more than $42,000 per wind turbine are available.
New Zealand energy company TrustPower is to proceed with construction of its $200 million wind farm on the Hummocks and Barunga Ranges, west of Snowtown; start date is set for April. TrustPower last Friday reported it had finalised plans for the construction of 42 wind turbines, stage one of a possible 130-turbine project.
Permitting for the 550-megawatt gas-fired plant southeast of Fountain is underway, and officials with Invenergy, the company that wants to build the plant, hope construction begins in May with completion in 2009. The company will meet with environmentalists on Wednesday to discuss the plant. The Squirrel Creek Power plant would be able to augment energy from wind generation plants in eastern Colorado, said Doug Carter, vice president of development for Invenergy. “Once you get a plant like this, you can bring in more wind power,” Carter said. “When the wind is blowing, you can back the plant down. When it’s not, you can fire it up.”
Following in the paths of Portsmouth and Bristol, Barrington officials will investigate whether to use wind power to provide power for municipal buildings. The Town Council agreed this month to advertise for people who would like to serve on the Wind Power Exploratory Committee. Jeffrey Brenner, the council president, said that after a presentation by Lefteris Pavlides, a Roger Williams University professor and wind energy expert and advocate, some council members wondered whether the alternative power source on a limited scale could save on electrical expenses.
The wind turbine generator study committee has identified three sites in different parts of town as potential sites for a wind turbine. The three sites under consideration for renewable wind energy are the main wastewater treatment facility on Driebeck Way in Brant Rock, the capped landfill off Clay Pit Road and at the site of a new water storage tank off Eames Way. One of the schools may also be named as a possible site after further study. In order for committee members to get a close look at actual wind turbines, they plan to visit the town of Hull’s municipal light plant turbine sites tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 18) at 1:30 p.m., and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s wind turbine in Buzzards Bay at 1:30 p.m. the next day (Friday, Jan. 19). “They want to be able to observe them and see how they operate,” said David Carriere, an engineer with the Department of Public Works who serves on the study committee. “There’s nothing like getting a close look at the auditory and visual impact.”
SAVOY — Don McCauley, president of Minuteman Wind, said Monday that the company will wait for the Planning Board to establish town bylaws concerning the construction of wind turbines before moving forward with plans to erect five turbines on West Hill. However, if any of the bylaws conflict with requirements for construction, McCauley said, Minuteman Wind would have options. He said requests could be submitted for amendments to the bylaws, and a “reasonable solution” could be worked out with the Planning Board. The Planning Board met last week to record letters sent by residents voicing their concerns about the project. Board members said having the concerns recorded would help them shape the bylaws. The board will meet this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to continue work on the bylaws.
Could Hamlin be a good spot for a wind farm? That’s what the town’s Wind Tower Committee will investigate in coming months as the nine-member group works to develop regulations for developers interested in producing wind power in Hamlin. The town currently has no regulations regarding wind tower placement.
The explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has added his name to the objections to a proposed wind farm at Blackcraig in the Glenkens. A final decision on whether to object to the plans has been deferred to full council by its planning committee.