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Maine’s wind farm moratorium is over, but how long will ‘chilling effect’ last?

While developers have applied for space on the regional grid’s interconnection queue, further development will depend on regional activities. Massachusetts, the biggest destination for clean energy, has mandated aggressive targets for clean energy and called for projects throughout the region. It mostly has been preoccupied with offshore wind and eventually, Canadian hydropower.
3 Apr 2019

Battle lines being drawn over wind farm funding

A verbal agreement had been reached between the seven community councils in Teviot and Liddesdale over division of the community benefit fund, set up after approval was given for the 12-turbine Pines Burn wind farm near Bonchester Bridge. That fund, believed to be worth up to £120,000 a year for the next 25 years, was to be divided equally between the community councils, with Hobkirk set to get a double share because of its proximity to the development.
3 Apr 2019

Residents concerned about nearby wind farms

"Any object that gets into the radar beam returns energy back to the radar and creates false echo. So wind turbines are just one thing that can do that," he explained. On the radar, wind turbines show up an angry red, sort of like severe storms.  Jay says he adjusts his readings of radar every day to account for wind farms. ...He just discounts the data.  But that means he might miss a forming tornado or a change in direction of a severe storm.
2 Apr 2019

Rural communities must have a voice in energy planning

The NYLCV joins a growing list of "environmental" and "conservation" groups, overwhelmingly centered in urban areas like New York City and Albany, who arrogantly believe they know better than rural New Yorkers how best to help build a more sustainable future. This latest "report" claims that if only rural, upstate New Yorkers were more educated, then we would understand that industrial-scale wind and solar are the only answers to climate change challenges. How nice it is for these organizations to have so much to preach to upstate rural communities from the comforts of their urban ivory towers that will never feel the impact of large-scale industrial encroachment.
2 Apr 2019

Crews respond to wind turbine fire in Huron County

Firefighters and deputies were called after a wind turbine caught fire near the village of Elkton. Jeff Smith, an Elkton village official, said the fire, which broke out on April 1,  is 300 feet in the air and crews cannot reach it to extinguish the blaze. The turbine is part of the Harvest II wind energy facility placed in service in November 2012 by Exelon and is one of 33 Vestas V-100 (1.8 MW) turbines erected in Oliver, Chandler and McKinley townships.
1 Apr 2019

Planning Commission revokes NextEra SLUP setting up likely legal battle

The planning commission pointed to the code compliance section of the Pegasus SLUP application as the main reason for revocation. The section reads: “The Pegasus Wind Energy Center will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and will obtain all required federal, state, and local approvals, licenses, permits or variances for the proposed wind project prior to the date of construction. ...Despite a portion of the section stating that NextEra would not begin construction until it retains all applicable permits, the Pegasus Project has begun with the construction of base supports as well as roads to the supports.
30 Mar 2019

Meteorologist discusses concerns about wind turbines

Thompson said his research has shown that during the last three years there was one day in St. Joseph that had an average daily wind speed of 25 miles per hour and that was in March of 2017. There were around 30 days of wind per year that reached around 15 miles per hour, which produces slightly less than half of their rated capacity, he said. “Many times when the wind blows, it is not at the most beneficial time of day or time of year,” Thompson said. 
29 Mar 2019

Baker makes few changes in offshore wind RFP

Officials said the first priority is to secure approval from the Department of Public Utilities for the RFP, then ask for company responses by August, and award the contract or contracts in November – allowing just enough time to take advantage of the 12 percent federal investment tax credit that expires at the end of 2019.
28 Mar 2019

Bill would prohibit new wind farms in coastal swath

"The comprehensive mapping effort, if used as a template, should provide the state compatible growth around military installations that doesn’t interfere with ranges and military installation missions," retired Maj. Gen. Robert Dickerson and retired Lt. Gen. Gary McKissock said in a joint statement. "This proposal brings clarity to an issue that may possibly weigh against North Carolina's military installations in future [base closure] evaluations.”
28 Mar 2019

Washburn Wind Energy wins time extension

Washburn Wind Energy, based in DeSoto, had been required to begin construction within one year under a controversial special permit the Board of Adjustment approved April 24. The company asked for the extension noting a lawsuit filed by neighboring farmer Harold Youngblut, that challenges the legality of the special permit, was still being litigated in Black Hawk County District Court.
27 Mar 2019

Arkwright property owners served with lien notices

On March 15, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, the law firm representing Specialties Company, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana, filed mechanic’s liens against real properties in Arkwright under lease agreements with wind company EDP Renewables. According to lien documents, Akrwight Summit Wind Farm, with consent from the property owners, engaged the services of subcontractor White Construction, Inc., also of Indiana. ...Although the work has been completed, the mechanic’s lien says that White Construction has not been paid in full. “The total agreed price ...was $6,109,037.28 of which $3,548,568.30 remains unpaid."
24 Mar 2019

Kojonup project in the wind

Developers of a wind farm near Kojonup have blamed government uncertainty for a nearly six-month construction delay. Moonies Hill Energy’s Flat Rocks wind farm, 35km outside Kojonup, was set to begin construction in October last year.
22 Mar 2019

Huron County turns back on wind farm

“There is no guarantee on how long the wind turbines will last, that being said we chose to have regular taxes paid rather than lower equal payments over the 30 years,” Wilde said. “The difference in the first year would be approximately $1 million and then decrease each year after. But there are variables as to how much they might decrease.”
22 Mar 2019

New law will streamline wind and solar energy permits

“This major legislation doubles the amount of time citizens have to prepare for and resolve issues during wind evidentiary hearings,” said PUC Chairman Gary Hanson. “It gives citizens a stronger negotiating position, and guarantees that all parties to a docket are entitled to an evidentiary hearing. The new law also provides local governments with more influence in wind and solar development.”
22 Mar 2019

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