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A $145 million wind farm planned for Hawkesdale is expected to be supported by Moyne Shire Council today. The support would come despite residents’ concerns the project would devalue land and harm farming activities and future building projects. Four objectors told councillors last week the wind farm would have major consequences for their farms. They said buffer zones between turbines and nearby dwellings would affect future development. Another told of how one home was within the company’s self-imposed 1000-metre buffer zone from a turbine. The last objector to speak questioned the energy’s efficiency.
With an already large agricultural industry in Sussex County, a new type of farm is being proposed — but you will not find it on land. A company is proposing to build a wind farm with 200 electricity-generating turbines in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Delaware coast. At a meeting hosted by the Center for the Inland Bays, representatives for Bluewater Wind stated their case for wind power to a crowd of environmental experts and concerned citizens. Bluewater Wind has put in a bid with Delmarva Power to add to Delaware’s power supply.
The Flint Hills and Smoky Hills are the last largest pieces of contiguous Tallgrass and Mixed Prairie left in North America. They are recognized as “World Class Grasslands” and cannot be duplicated, replaced, or repaired to its original form once it is destroyed. This point was stressed by opponents of the wind farm who attended the afternoon session with the County Commissioners. Speakers included: Virgil Huseman, Zack Grothusen, Rob Manes, Liz and Steve Donley, Ron Klataske, Wayne Bohl, Scott Bohl, Rose Bacon, Mary Jo Huseman, Joan Bohl, Melinda Boeken and Anne Grothusen. Rob Manes of the Nature Conservancy and Ron Klataske of the Audubon Society of Kansas also spoke on behalf of the groups they represent to keep turbines off undisturbed native prairie. The opponents asked that the County Commissioners place a moratorium on the construction of the wind farm until they are fully informed of the consequences of allowing a wind farm to be built in the Smoky Hills which is pristine prairie grass. Rose Bacon who hails from Cottonwood Falls and served on the Governor’s Wind and Prairie Task Force presented information on “industrial wind utility” developments and siting issues associated with them.
TOWN OF MENASHA — The town Monday night took a step toward adoption of a wind energy ordinance while also rejecting a permit for a wind turbine demonstration project. On a 4-0 vote, the Town Board rejected a conditional use permit requested by Soul Purpose Ministry to install 36 small wind turbines on an industrial site on Northern Road off U.S. 41. The denial was recommended by the town Planning Commission last week due to a lack of details requested for several months to ensure the structural integrity of the plans to place wind turbines on top of steel pipes 120 tall.
BLOOMINGTON - Township roads could be upgraded as part of a massive wind farm project proposed for parts of McLean and Woodford counties. Bloomington attorney Robert Lenz, who represents road commissioners in four McLean County townships where Invenergy Wind LLC is trying to install a wind farm, testified Monday that he is negotiating with Invenergy to upgrade roads damaged during construction. “It will be a significant improvement over the conditions that now exist,” Lenz said. “They will all have a greater base than they have now, they’ll have a better surface, and they’ll be wider.” The testimony was part of the fourth day of public hearings before the McLean County Zoning Board of Appeals on whether to recommend a special-use permit for the White Oak Wind Energy Center that will span 12,000 acres near Carlock.
Many see a plan for large wind turbines along Interstate 70 in Lincoln and Ellsworth counties as an environmental disaster in the making.
The noise made by wind turbines is the equivalent of background noise in a conference room, an engineer testified Monday night at a meeting before the McLean County Zoning Board of Appeals. Timothy Casey of HDR Engineering, Minneapolis, Minn., continued testimony began at the last meeting on his company’s noise analysis of the proposed wind turbines. His analysis was based on a wind speed of 22 mph — the wind might blow more, but the turbines are adjusted so they don’t spin faster if the wind speed is higher. He said because of a redesign of the configuration of the blades, they are quieter and don’t “thump” like older models do. Earlier, it was reported that the county requires 1,500-foot setbacks to distance turbines from homeowners. About 100 people attended one in a continuing series of four-hour meetings that continue this month. Invenergy Wind LLC of Chicago has proposed that 100 wind turbines be located on 12,200 acres in McLean and Woodford Counties. The White Oak Energy Center would be located west of Interstate 39 and north and east of Interstate 74. A total of 83 acres of farmland would ne taken out of production in the project, Invenergy has said.
AN SNP plan to cap onshore wind-farm developments would cause Scotland to fail key renewable energy targets and see investors leaving the sector, according to industry leaders. Leader Alex Salmond would cap onshore developments to appease objectors if he becomes first minister in May. But industry leaders say his plans to boost offshore instead won't work. Salmond said: "There is a real difficulty with public acceptance of onshore wind. There should be a cap on future developments. We should concentrate the development of onshore wind into suitable areas."
Turkey tycoon Bernard Matthews could be turning green energy pioneer after applying to explore installing wind turbines in Mid Norfolk. The company has submitted a planning application to Broadland Council for a 50 metre mast on old airfield runways at Weston Longville to measure wind speed and direction. Few details have been released about the scheme but it is “part of a broader investigation that is looking at the feasibility of wind energy development on the site.”
Standing outside the home of Bill and Rosina Martz along the Susquehanna River, it's easy to see Mahantongo Mountain and even easier to imagine how the landscape would change once 33 or more wind turbines are built. Gamesa Energy of Spain plans to build a 50-megawatt wind farm along the summit of Mahantongo Mountain. Township officials and local residents say the company is looking at a six-mile section of the mountain, starting near Route 147 north of Millersburg and running east to Deibler's Gap in Mifflin Twp. That size wind farm would require about 33 turbines, each of which would stand 416 feet above the mountain ridge with a single propeller blade reaching nearly 300 feet from end to end. They would be spaced about 1,000 feet apart.
A £1bn wind farm project on Shetland which could provide power for one-quarter of Scotland’s homes took a step nearer yesterday. The 200-turbine farm producing 600 megawatts would be twice the size of any wind farm project approved in the UK so far and would be the most productive in the world. It would also be one of the largest community wind farms in the world, generating around £20m a year for the people of Shetland.
A WIND farm located in the hills high above Selkirk, between Linglie Glen and The Three Brethren, generating money for local causes as well as electricity, could transform the Royal Burgh. Investigations into the possibility of a community wind farm are at a very early stage, but Selkirk Community Council has now taken the step of submitting their comments on a draft document about community benefits from commercial wind farms. The council feels there is plenty of under-exploited Common Good land and has welcomed the consultation paper, drawn up by Scottish Borders Council, as a good starting point for creating order in the important area of commercial wind generation and how it may impact on communities. However, the community council is adamant that any money generated by a wind farm on Common Good land should be paid to, and disbursed by, the local community, as embodied by the community council.
Windland’s conditional-use permit opens a seven-year window for the wind power company to build a transmission line linking its planned wind farm in the Cotterel Mountains between Malta and Albion to existing lines owned by Idaho Power Co. Construction of the wind farm itself is slated to take place during the same period. Both phases of the project are set to be completed by 2014. Michael Heckler, director of marketing for Windland, said his company designed the transmission line’s route to cross as little private land in Cassia County as possible. Though the line will cross four privately owned lots, he said it will not interfere with areas of high traffic.
The Public Service Commission will hold a mediation conference Tuesday on the New York Regional Interconnect’s controversial application to create a high voltage transmission line between Oneida and Orange counties. The initial conference will establish a schedule of hearings and, according to the PSC, is “intended to discuss and clarify the proposals tendered on January, 8, 2007 by New York Regional Interconnect.” The PSC plans to take into account “routing alternatives, visual impact analysis, and threatened and endangered species.” NYRI’s proposal has met with strong opposition in the past, both from lawmakers, Upstate residents and grassroots organizations. Opponents say NYRI transmission lines would cause both economic and environmental impact along the proposed route.
Plans to build onshore wind turbines are causing controversy again. Concerns have been raised over a new proposal for six 127-metre high turbines at Langham, between Anderby Creek and Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire.As reported, approval has already been granted for the firm Ecotricity to build a 20-turbine wind farm off Fen Lane, Conisholme, near Louth. Now, Npower Renewables has applied to establish another site, claiming it would produce enough renewable electricity for the average annual needs of 5,500 to 7,900 homes. But the project has been hotly opposed by pressure group Lincolnshire Opposed To Onshore Turbines (Loot).
Glyndebourne Opera has angered conservationists with plans for a 70-metre wind turbine on a hill in the South Downs area of outstanding natural beauty. The opera charity has submitted a planning application to Lewes council for the 850 kilowatt turbine, which it says “would become a new landmark in this part of East Sussex.” The single turbine, which would reduce the opera house’s annual emissions of carbon dioxide by 71 per cent, would be located where a windmill once stood on Mill Plain, between the villages of Glyndebourne and Ringmer.
Voters overwhelmingly opposed the wind tower proposal slated for neighboring Sheffield and Sutton on Tuesday evening. The unanimous opposition provided the town selectmen with precisely the overwhelming sense of direction they lacked last fall. “I think it was clear,” Selectman Robert Croteau said. “It’s not like we only had 25 or 30 people or even 60 or 70.” An estimated 120 voters turned out to make their position, and that of their town, unmistakably clear. That clarity, however, may have little effect on the Public Service Board (PSB), which must decide whether to issue a certificate of public good for the 16 towers UPC Vermont Wind wants to build.
Portsmouth is one step closer to asking the General Assembly to approve putting a $3 million wind-turbine referendum on the local ballot - that is, if studies show the turbines would be worth the money. While the town has yet to decide if it wants wind turbines at local schools, Portsmouth’s Economic Development Committee sought support from local leaders for putting the special-election request to state lawmakers. They must approve enabling legislation for special elections, and such requests are due by February, the deadline to submit legislation for inclusion in this General Assembly session. Both the Portsmouth Town Council and the School Committee last week approved resolutions supporting a local vote on issuing bonds for the turbines. But a referendum won’t go to voters unless data shows the turbines would be economically viable.
A long-awaited decision on a controversial windfarm application in the Glenkens has been delayed again. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) bosses were left angry and frustrated after their proposal to build a development at Blackcraig was deferred. Fuming project manager John Thouless branded Tuesday’s meeting of the planning and environment services committee “a waste of time.” Councillors took just 15 minutes to refer the application to a special meeting of the full regional council.
An element of mystery has entered the story of the increasingly controversial Competitive Energy Services (CES) wind turbine project proposed for Freedom’s Beaver Ridge. Potentially critical mail apparently went missing on its way from a lawyer’s office to the town office earlier this month. As a result, 27 local residents unhappy with what they see as significant negative effects that would result from the $12 million project now fear they might be denied their opportunity to mount an appeal.