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Wind project not good for NNY

Wind projects do not create local permanent jobs in a meaningful number. Communities are asked to sacrifice space, live in view of industrial towers and accept shadow flicker and low-frequency noise in exchange for a handful of jobs. Our rural area needs continued economic investment to create meaningful job opportunities. Providing millions of dollars of PILOT subsidies for a handful of jobs is a poor trade-off.
6 Oct 2018

No free lunch for renewables: More wind power would warm US

While wind energy is widely celebrated as environmentally friendly, the researchers concluded that a dramatic, all-out expansion in the number of turbines could warm the country even more than climate change from burning coal and other fossil fuels, because of the way the spinning blades disturb the layers of warm and cold air in the atmosphere. Some parts of the central United States are already seeing nights that are up to 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) warmer because of nearby wind farms.
5 Oct 2018

Planners vote to toughen wind farm ordinance

Among the changes, amendments would limit construction of turbines on land zoned Industrial III; increase the setbacks from property lines; regulate the height, noise level, vibration, shadow flicker and glare from night lights of towers; and require bond amounts for site abandonment and the decommissioning of tower sites. 
4 Oct 2018

Vineyard Wind, Barnstable officials sign agreement on cable project

 Barnstable and Vineyard Wind officials have signed a host community agreement that includes $16 million in payments to the town in return for the offshore wind energy developer landing a high-voltage electric power transmission cable at William H. Covell Memorial Beach rather than via a disputed route through Lewis Bay in West Yarmouth. But a final decision on the transmission cable route, the landing location and other details is still to be determined. 
4 Oct 2018

Wide-scale US wind power could cause significant warming

The study, published in the journal Joule, found that if wind power supplied all US electricity demands, it would warm the surface of the continental United States by 0.24 ˚C. That could significantly exceed the reduction in US warming achieved by decarbonizing the nation’s electricity sector this century, which would be around 0.1 ˚C.
4 Oct 2018

Lighthouse Wind forum exposes a community divided

In a statement ahead of the Tuesday forum, Somerset Supervisor Daniel Engert called on the state Public Service Commission, which has authority over large-scale energy projects, to "see firsthand the depth of division caused by Apex’s divisive, dismissive and unethical behavior."
4 Oct 2018

Why this dairy farm may be the last stand for wind energy in Vermont

The Dairy Air Wind project, a single 2.2 megawatt turbine to be installed at a dairy farm in the state’s far northeast corner, won a state contract in July 2016 to supply renewable power to the New England power grid. Since then, the landscape for wind development has shifted significantly, with a pro-wind governor retiring and being replaced by a candidate who partly ran on a campaign against large wind turbines.
3 Oct 2018

Apex forum blasted as 'propaganda'

Somerset Supervisor Dan Engert took issue with Apex's rule barring "signs, banners or disruptive behavior" at the forum, as well as its plans to have a moderator and panel of "credentialed experts" lead the program. "This is a 100-percent, Apex-sponsored propaganda event designed to suppress any public opposition to their ill-conceived project," Engert said. 
2 Oct 2018

L’Anse wind farm discourse turns…peaceful

Mike Dault said he’s generally in favor of green energy, but after doing some research about projects like the Summit Lake Wind Project, he finds most communities have regretted their construction. “How much have you researched it?” he asked the commission. “Don’t believe the salesman.”
28 Sep 2018

Public hearing for wind farm project set

Detractors of the project said the county needs to consider the cost to resident and the benefit they will receive in return. Chapter 312 of the Texas Tax Code was enacted to bring jobs to Texas, which allows taxpayers incentivize development via their local governments, the development brings jobs, and taxpayers benefit with employment opportunities and increased tax revenue. 
26 Sep 2018

Fight to stop a wind farm expansion blown before two state commissions

The headwinds one wind developer is facing as it attempts to build a project in western Oklahoma are only getting stiffer. To date, NextEra Energy's proposed Minco IV and Minco V wind farms have prompted the town of Hinton to pass an ordinance that declares commercial wind turbines a nuisance and resulted in the filing of two federal lawsuits..... more  [truncated due to possible copyright]  
26 Sep 2018

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