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The coming threat from US wind states

Events in Oklahoma have raised concerns over states’ readiness to continue subsidy support in an era of budget cutbacks and fiscal constraints, while potential trouble is also brewing in California, Iowa and Texas, suggesting that the industry’s ability to lobby effectively on crucial issues will soon be put to the test.
10 May 2017

Fresh approaches coming for wind farm noise

City council chief executive Paddy Clifford said in his notice of review that noise from Te Rere Hau needed to be better managed and monitored. He said there were inaccuracies in evidence given about the acoustic effects of the wind turbines at the original consent hearing, with the effects turning out to be far greater than had been predicted.
9 May 2017

An ill wind blows in Augusta

Long ago and in a different reality, the Maine Legislature approved a set of ambitious goals for developing Maine’s offshore wind resources, which are the largest off the country’s Atlantic coastline. Now, the Legislature may completely abandon these ambitions.
9 May 2017

Greens worry grid study could threaten wind PTC

Criticism of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s planned electric grid study is mounting. Photo by Simon Edelman, courtesy of the Department of Energy. Clean energy advocates are worried a fast-tracked Department of Energy study on subsidies and grid reliability could be used to attack critical tax incentives for wind and solar producers.
9 May 2017

Companies complain of lack of acceptance of wind power

Representatives of the wind power sector have complained of a lack of acceptance for this form of energy production in Thuringia. The four dialogue forums, organized by the state government in 2016, were too little to reduce reservations about projects, said Michael Heinrich of plant engineer Enercon on Monday at a meeting in Gotha. Any known planning for a wind farm results in a citizens' initiative being formed.
8 May 2017

Wind companies should pay sales tax

A simple way to make up some of that shortfall is for wind developers to pay sales tax on their purchases, just like nearly everyone else in Oklahoma. Each new wind turbine, which is manufactured somewhere else and shipped into Oklahoma, could net the state about $90,000 in sales tax revenue.
7 May 2017

Antrim Wind project gets go-ahead again, could be appeal to N.H. Supreme Court

In this capacity, the Attorney General’s Office represents the public in N.H. Site Evaluation Committee proceedings by making sure the environment is protected and that there is adequate energy supply, according to state law. The main argument in the three motions, each filed during the past month and a half, is that the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee broke its own rules to approve the project.
6 May 2017

OC wants offshore wind farm at least 26 miles offshore; State Public Service Commission could issue decision May 17

OCEAN CITY — With the clock ticking on a Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) decision on one of two offshore wind project proposals off the coast of Ocean City, or perhaps both, resort officials this week decided to fire off another letter expressing their desire to have the turbines far enough beyond the horizon to have zero visual impact on the town.
4 May 2017

Cheap power, brutal competition

There's little doubt utilities see the value of locking in wind power now. "Every ramp down of the PTC is equivalent to $5/MWh. That's quite a bit. And the ten-year curve on gas prices is pretty flat," said Tim Kawakami, director of purchased power at Xcel Energy, a big utility buyer of wind in the US. "Once the ramp down occurs, you're going to have a pretty hard time justifying buying wind resources as an economic energy play."
4 May 2017

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