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Strauss Wind Energy Project; Still more questions than answers

A couple of weeks ago I suggested that a proposed wind energy project was meeting stiff headwinds. In a Lompoc City Council hearing on June 3, one aspect of the proposed Strauss Wind was they were offering a Community Benefit Agreement that could provide $150,000 to the city’s general fund at the completion of the project if the city approved an oversized load permit.
24 Jun 2020

Icebreaker developer appeals ruling after project approval

The developer of the US’ first freshwater wind farm in the Great Lakes has appealed against over-restrictive operating restrictions on the approval it received last month. After a long permitting journey to satisfy 14 federal, state and local agencies, the 20.7MW Icebreaker in Lake Erie was unanimously approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) in May.
24 Jun 2020

The Energy 202: House Democrats push aid for wind and solar in new infrastructure bill

But the move also sets up a fight with congressional Republicans, who in the past have resisted efforts to extend the renewable tax credits. It's unlikely to pass in its current form in the GOP-controlled Senate. The legislation ...called the Moving Forward Act, extends a tax break for onshore wind developers for five years and one for solar developers for six years. 
23 Jun 2020

Restrictions on crowd size stall Morgan wind project action

“We are struggling to set up a public hearing,” Douglas said. “The hearing is a chance for the developer to make a case for the project, for the community to ask questions.” The county could organize a virtual meeting during which Apex would present its plans and participate in a question-and-answer period, but an in-person hearing is preferred, Douglas said.
23 Jun 2020

At least 15 dead in southern Mexico wind-farm feud killings

A longstanding feud over a wind-power project has boiled over into grisly violence, after at least 15 people were bludgeoned to death with stones and cement blocks, and some bodies were partly burned. The government of the Pacific coast community of San Mateo del Mar in Oaxaca state said Monday that 13 men and two women were killed in what he described as an attack by a group of dissident townspeople on Sunday.
23 Jun 2020

Daniel Hoffman: China's assault on Texas – this project threatens US national security

Beginning in 2015, GH America Investment Group purchased over 130,000 acres of property in Val Verde County (Texas). GH America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Xinjiang-based Guanghui Industry Investment Group.  ...Aside from gathering intelligence on U.S. border security operations and plugging into Texas’ critical infrastructure, China could use Sun’s wind farm as cover to collect intelligence on nearby Laughlin Air Force Base.
23 Jun 2020

Icebreaker Wind appeals OPSB’s ruling

The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) has asked the board to reconsider its decision so that the plans to build and operate the six-turbine demonstration project eight miles off Cleveland’s shoreline can move forward.
23 Jun 2020

US demand for clean energy destroying Canada's environment, indigenous peoples say

Canada’s indigenous leaders say an unprecedented push for clean energy in the United States is inadvertently causing long-term environmental damage to the traditional hunting grounds on their public lands. Rigolet lies downstream of Muskrat Falls, a $12.7bn dam on the Churchill River, a key drainage point for Labrador’s biggest watershed. Nalcor, the state-owned company that completed Muskrat Falls last year, is already planning Gull Island, another Churchill dam that would produce three times as much electricity, mostly for export to the US.
23 Jun 2020

A clean-energy project on Lake Erie faces stiff head winds because of warblers and waterfowl

[The Ohio Power Siting] board unexpectedly imposed restrictions. It said Icebreaker must conduct radar studies of bird and bat traffic over the proposed site before and after construction. And nighttime operation of the turbines must be suspended during the months-long migration periods, unless and until studies conclude that is unnecessary. Opponents, some of whom have filed lawsuits to halt Icebreaker, consider the restrictions a victory. 
21 Jun 2020

Dr. Jay J. Tibbetts MD, a courageous advocate for his constituents

The Windaction Group is deeply sadden to hear of Dr. Jay Tibbetts passing. Dr. Tibbetts was a long time physician, a member of the Brown County (Wisconsin) Board of Health and Medical Adviser to the Brown County Health Department. He will long be remembered as a rare public official with the willingness to listen to his constituents regarding the health impacts of wind turbine noise and the courage to put their human health risks ahead of the county's financial interests. In 2014, Dr. Tibbetts was instrumental in the Board of Health declaring a local industrial wind plant as a human health hazard. Brown County’s health code defines a human health hazard as “a substance, activity or condition that is known to have the potential to cause acute or chronic illness or death if exposure to the substance, activity or condition is not abated.” Dr. Tibbetts will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family during this sad time. 
21 Jun 2020

Locals raise concerns over East Clare wind farm consultations

“I understand that people may be enticed by financial opportunities,” she said. “That is a matter for themselves. I thought at first that this was something we were going to have to live with, but when I look out my window and see the beautiful view, I’m not so sure. I don’t want to be a NIMBY, but I don’t want people to be caught unawares. People need to be informed about what’s happening.”
20 Jun 2020

Nebraska Public Power District says R-Project route won’t change after federal judge vacates permit

The Denver judge said Fish and Wildlife’s order granting the permit didn’t review possible routes to avoid O’Fallon’s Bluff, despite saying in its final environmental impact statement that running electrical lines over it would have “a long-term, high-intensity indirect (visual, auditory and atmospheric) effect.” Thousands of wagons on the Oregon-California Trail crossed the bluff from 1843 to 1866, cutting deep dips that remain today. It parallels Interstate 80 to the south between Sutherland and Hershey.
19 Jun 2020

Planning board agrees to amend wind farm regulations

The Reno County Planning Commission agreed after about a 90-minute public hearing on Thursday to amend county zoning regulations on commercial wind developments. A majority of the evening’s two dozen speakers asked the commission to adopt a 21-page draft document submitted by Reno County Citizens for Qualify of Life that included significant additions and modifications to current regulations.
19 Jun 2020

As wind power grows in Europe, so does resistance from locals

Giles Dickson, chief executive officer of the industry group WindEurope, says it’s important for developers to reach out early to people who live near the proposed wind farm before a design is finalized. Wind farms usually pay out a portion of their revenue to local communities. They also bring jobs, sometimes to remote places that struggle to attract employers, Dickson notes. WindEurope is calling for permitting systems to be streamlined.
19 Jun 2020

Norway to slow down onshore wind power developments

The government also said it would better take into account turbines’ impact on the landscape and reindeer husbandry, and give more say to municipalities in approving new projects. “In the future, we will facilitate a limited and more moderate wind power development than we currently see,” Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru told a news conference.
19 Jun 2020

Changes to Chowan County's wind energy facility ordinance move forward

One study noted that people who live or work in close proximity to industrial wind turbines experienced symptoms that include “decreased quality of life, annoyance, stress, sleep disturbance, headache, anxiety, depression and cognitive dysfunction. Some have also felt anger, grief or a sense of injustice. Suggested causes of symptoms include a combination of wind turbine noise, infrasound, dirty electricity, ground current and shadow flicker.” As a result of these findings, several European countries increased the setback requirements for turbines from neighboring properties.
18 Jun 2020

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