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Big wind an out-of-date solution

“When it comes to energy development in Vermont, the industrial wind industry leads the “old way” pack. Wind operators and developers have been living off federal subsidies since the early 1990s and have been wreaking havoc in Vermont for just as long. It’s time to boot them out of the state…”
29 Dec 2017

Tillamook transmission line proposal meets with controversy

The 8.6-mile line would cross farmland and forestland, drawing opposition from landowners in its path who worry about impediments to agriculture and logging. Opponents argue that a new transmission line between Tillamook and Oceanside isn’t justified by actual electricity demand, but may instead be intended as a connection to future wave power or offshore wind energy projects.
27 Dec 2017

Green activists withdraw adverts which falsely claim price of wind farm energy has fallen by 50 per cent

Environmental activists have withdrawn an advertising campaign after being accused of making false claims about the price of wind energy. The poster ...claimed the price of wind farming had dropped by 50 per cent over two years. Following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority, Greenpeace and a coalition of other environmental groups agreed not to use them again
27 Dec 2017

With bankruptcy, Black Oak Wind Farm officially dead

“I regret to inform you that we will be unable to pay our bill with the town for the overdrawn escrow account amount of $8073.41,” said the letter, signed by Project Manager and Vice President Marguerite Wells. “We have spent our last dollars filing our final tax returns, and the wind opponents drained everything else. We are closing the company in the coming weeks.”
27 Dec 2017

Barnstable wary of proposed Vineyard Wind project

Toxic transformer fluids could pollute drinking water if leaks occur at a substation where an offshore wind energy developer plans to connect to the region’s electric grid, according to an attorney for the town of Barnstable. “We haven’t seen the plans,” Charles McLaughlin said of Vineyard Wind’s plan to connect an underground transmission cable to an Eversource substation in Independence Park.
26 Dec 2017

Power prices go negative in Germany, a positive for energy users

The wholesale costs of power make up only about a fifth of the average household electricity bill in Germany. The rest is a stew of taxes, fees to finance renewable-energy investments and charges for use of the grid. That means their bills are lower than they otherwise would be, because power prices are sometimes negative, but utilities are not depositing money in customers’ bank accounts.
26 Dec 2017

Bird-tracking study reveals some migration paths cross areas slated for offshore wind farms

The researchers found that all three species were more likely to enter areas the government has established for offshore wind development during migration than during the winter. The gannets, in particular, trafficked the wind development areas most extensively while heading to or from breeding grounds in eastern Canada or wintering spots as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. 
24 Dec 2017

Deal Reached for Turbine-Damaged Roads

Underwood said that because of the time it took to reach this agreement, the repairs would not be made until the Spring of 2018, making the roads un-plowable. Washington Township and the Engineers Office will be closing Washington Township 85, and portions of 22, and 115 within the next few weeks. 
23 Dec 2017

More emails shared about wind farm development

Rodgers said that because of the Freedom of Information Act, “the people now are learning what it is you’re doing behind closed doors, what it is you’re doing with wind energy companies and what kind of horrible advice your trusted advisors are giving you.”
22 Dec 2017

Corporation Commission chooses to ‘do nothing’ on Wind Catcher appeal

“We just hate the position that we are in. We hate that this project was commenced. We hate that there wasn’t competitive bidding, which is required by the rule, one or the other,” Hunter said near the end of his argument. “We hate that eight months elapsed from the [inception] of the project until the application was filed, so we’re all being put in a position of being leveraged. If these things aren’t approved in multiple states, this project isn’t going to go forward.”
21 Dec 2017

Fishermen's Doubts Persist on Wind Farm

At the harbor management committee meeting, Dan Farnham Sr., a Montauk fisherman, warned that those mats pose a clear hazard and predicted that for trawl fishermen, transiting through the wind farm at night or in inclement weather would be too dangerous. “When you get hung up . . . on the bottom, especially in rough weather, it can be life-threatening,” he said. “You lose your maneuverability to control the vessel in heavy weather. If you were in the wind farm . . . and you get hung up, and your trawl gear is a third of a mile behind the boat, you have absolutely no control about where that vessel is going to drift to while you’re trying to get unhung.” 
21 Dec 2017

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