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Oklahoma AG, PSO argue over case for $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project

In Friday's hearing, Assistant Attorney General Dara Derryberry said commission rules only allow preapproval for generation capacity. ...PSO couldn't ask for a waiver of competitive bidding rules because construction has already started on the wind farm. Commission rules allow a pre-construction review as an alternative to competitive bidding, but PSO didn't ask for that either, she said.
19 Aug 2017

Siemens Gamesa announces mass layoff at Hutchinson plant

Friday’s announcement marks the second mass layoff at the plant since it opened in 2010. The first was in September 2012, when its then German-based owner which built the plant, Siemens AG, cut employment from its all-time high of some 400 workers down to 152. Within 9 months, however, employment had returned to about 300.
18 Aug 2017

Critics say N.C. State’s clean energy tech center an advocacy arm of renewable industry

They compare the energy center at N.C. State to controversial academic centers at the UNC School of Law — the Center for Civil Rights and the now-closed Center for Poverty, Work, and Opportunity — saying those centers, even though they received no state funding, engaged in one-sided political advocacy while using the university’s brand to lend their work justification.
18 Aug 2017

Oklahoma AG seeks dismissal of PSO Wind Catcher case

The motion, filed late Friday by Attorney General Mike Hunter's public utility division, said if the commission doesn't dismiss the case, it should make PSO pay for the attorney general's costs to represent Oklahoma consumers in the case. "...PSO's customers are at risk to bear the $1.36 billion cost of the Wind Catcher project if the commission grants PSO's requested relief." 
15 Aug 2017

Wind farm opponents petition county

“We have found that having planning and zoning is the best way to stop wind farms,” Hoffman said after the meeting. “Many counties use (planning and zoning) to stop wind farms.” The petition contained signatures from approximately 35 northern Montgomery County residents. Commissioners accepted the petition without comment.
15 Aug 2017

Sector volatility hurts Suzlon profits

Under the old subsidy system, all projects qualified to receive a fixed rate for their power. The new one is designed to give the government more control of the capacity built and the cost of each new contract. ...According to the ratings agency India Ratings and Research, there could be a substantial dip in wind capacity additions in the current financial year ending March 31.
13 Aug 2017

Wind turbines can hurt TV reception

While digital transmission provides a certain degree of correction for out-of-phase multipath, at some point the turbines degrade the picture into blocks and/or blank the picture and sound. Complicating this further, wind turbines never stand alone; dozens or scores of them populate acres. There's little to be done about this. 
13 Aug 2017

State utility regulators face 400-megawatt wind project

Consolidated Edison Development wants to provide electricity from wind turbines and be paid $60.70 per megawatt-hour. The amount reflects $11.63 of avoided carbon expense. The commission’s staff said in June that carbon costs haven’t been allowed by the commission in the past and make Con Ed’s request “unreasonable on its face.”
12 Aug 2017

Council gives green light to controversial wind turbine project on Amherst Island

The president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island says she’s disappointed with what she calls a lack of transparency on the township’s part. “The township has not established very clearly what the boundary of the roads are. So owners are concerned that the property is going to be used without their consent,” said Michelle Lelay of the Association to Protect Amherst Island.
11 Aug 2017

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