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Town eyes selective wind moratorium

While a new wind power development zoning law is in a holding pattern, the Town Council at its August meeting will consider a moratorium on all wind power development in the river and lake districts. On Thursday night, Supervisor Thomas K. Rienbeck suggested a yearlong moratorium "since we can't seem to come up with a suitable zoning law dealing with wind power."
10 Jul 2009

Backyard wind turbines are neither green nor safe

As opponents of the proposed backyard wind turbine at 70 Iona St., we can assure readers that it was not "fear of the unknown" that led to our opposition to the installation. It was concern about the known. The Ontario Municipal Board decision focused on planning issues and the applicant as a result failed on all four required tests for the minor variance Graham Findlay sought.
10 Jul 2009

Johnston council could revise wind turbine policy

Because of growing trend, city wants to make ordinance more detailed; it will be voted on later this month. Johnston is the latest in a list of Des Moines area cities to consider regulations related to construction and use of wind turbines. ...Councilman Gerd Clabaugh is wary of allowing an increased presence of turbines in a community that is growing both residentially and commercially.
10 Jul 2009

Officials approve 335-foot turbines

Logan Township supervisors will allow a wind farm developer to build the nation's next-to-tallest wind turbines in Chestnut Flats. Supervisors voted 4-to-1 Thursday night to allow Gamesa Energy to build 19 turbines north of Altoona, making them visible from 17th Street, Mill Run Road, Old Mill Run Road and along Route 36. Because of the vote, the turbines can placed on 335-foot towers, rather than 270 feet as allowed by ordinance.
10 Jul 2009

Windmill building permit withdrawn by developer

For a few tense moments, Monday, it appeared as if Buckfield was going to get a wind farm, ready or not. Kirk Nadeau presented plans to put three wind turbines atop Streaked Mountain, after which the planning board mulled its options, including how to amend and /or draft local ordinances to deal with the development.
9 Jul 2009

A change blowing in the wind?

A public hearing scheduled for tonight to discuss Consumers Energy's requested amendments to the Mason County Zoning Ordinance is canceled. Consumers Energy was requesting changes to wind ordinances. Dennis Marvin and Dan Bishop of Consumers Energy said the hearing was canceled after the company withdrew one of two requested amendments.
9 Jul 2009

N.D. wind farm approved despite noise complaints

State regulators approved the location of a new wind farm in east-central North Dakota despite complaints from some nearby residents about potential disruptions from turbine noise. The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday said one of the project's 80 wind turbines must use an alternative location to avoid disturbing a rural bed-and-breakfast business.
9 Jul 2009

Thousands to get a say on Rugby wind farm plans

Thousands of homes in east Rugby and surrounding villages will get mailshots this week outlining plans for an eight-turbine wind farm near the M1 motorway. Your Energy Ltd is in the final stages of public consultation before its controversial wind farm blueprint goes before a council planning committee next month.
9 Jul 2009

Wisconsin regulators to consider plans for wind farm

State regulators plan to vote today on a Wisconsin utility's plans to build a massive wind farm in southern Minnesota. Wisconsin Power & Light Co., a subsidiary of Madison-based Alliant Energy, wants permission to start the first phase of the farm on 32,500 acres just north of Albert Lea in Freeborn County. Plans call for scores of turbines that would generate about 200 megawatts of electricity.
9 Jul 2009

Wind farm concerns aired

Much of the Brady Township Supervisors July meeting dealt with the concerns of residents Gary and Sharon Gilmore and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Swope regarding the proposed wind farm in the township. ...Gary Swope said the township cannot write a weak ordinance due to the fear of litigation and Sharon Gilmore added that if the ordinance does not contain restrictions that will protect the health of all residents, litigation could come from residents.
9 Jul 2009

Wind farm plan spurs questions

A number of Crawford and Richland County residents have reservations about wind turbines popping up in their farmlands. John Warrington, of Vernon Township, and Brett Heffner, of Jackson Township, conducted a community meeting outside the Vernon Township building Tuesday. More than 40 residents attended to listen to information about the proposed Phase 1 Black Fork Wind Farm project.
9 Jul 2009

Measure on wind energy omits mountains

The measure, approved by the agriculture, environment and natural resources committee, requires permits for windmills on the coast. Wind is part of a 2007 state law that mandates increased production from renewable energy sources. But mountain turbines were dropped, said Sen. Charles Albertson, who sponsored the measure, because some lawmakers worried about the effects on tourism and aesthetics.
8 Jul 2009

Sugar Grove takes breather on new windmills

Village Board members unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday night that puts a moratorium on construction of windmills, turbines and other energy-generating devices for a period of six months. The intent is not to prohibit construction of windmills and turbines permanently, but to give the village time to research their appropriateness in the village, board members and village staff said.
8 Jul 2009

Legal wrangling erupts over wind development

More local disputes over siting of wind turbines are headed for the courts. The legal fights are popping up, as state lawmakers debate a statewide siting bill. Some people in Trempealeau County are the latest to file a complaint alleging a county law on wind turbine siting is too restrictive.
8 Jul 2009

Mayor retracts wind turbine comments

Yesterday, Barrow Borough Council's planning committee was presented with a draft scoping opinion about the project. ...Barrow's mayor and a member of the planning committee, Councillor Dorothy Dawes, said: "That's just another hideous thing on the landscape. "They produce very little electricity and they don't produce anything when they're not working."
8 Jul 2009

Minnesota wind farm prompts Wisconsin vote

State regulators plan to vote Thursday on a Wisconsin utility's plans to build a massive wind farm in southern Minnesota. Wisconsin Power & Light Co., a subsidiary of Madison-based Alliant Energy, wants permission to start the first phase of the farm on 32,500 acres just north of Albert Lea in Freeborn County. Plans call for scores of turbines that would generate about 200 megawatts of electricity.
8 Jul 2009

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