Most of the wind farms are “on hold” because of the federal government’s decision to review the Renewable Energy Target — with the likelihood that Canberra’s support for renewables will be scaled back, which has effectively frozen financing.
Australian Ecological Research Services has estimated each of Macarthur Wind Farm’s 140 turbines killed about 10 birds a year. Eagles, falcons and other raptors make up to a third of the estimated 1500 birds killed each year at Australia’s biggest wind farm.
Only when we experienced the noise firsthand, did we begin to understand and wonder just what we were facing. About six months in we realized the project is impacting us. We started connecting the sounds with how we feel. Hardly believed it was true until we started reading up on wind turbine syndrome. The same symptoms are echoed world wide!
Harvey A. Kagan, who describes himself as a licensed professional engineer living in Somerset County, believes the wind farm poses a enormous threat to the future of the county. “There are serious environmental and health issues and the long-term impact to the quality of life and character of Somerset County, as opposed to short-term financial gains by a few,” he said in a statement posted on the web.
The Somerset County Planning and Zoning Commission continues work session discussions on a proposed industrial wind turbine ordinance Sept. 23 in Princess Anne. Pioneer Green energy company wants to develop a wind farm in the Westover region of Somerset County.
In late July 2014, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government refused planning permission for four on-shore wind farms. Lorna Bowry, of the Sharpe Pritchard planning law team outlines the key features of each refusal.
Collins, who lives on the outskirts of the Town of Catlin, said she worries about what a proposed wind farm could do to the area. She said an issue as important as this should go on the November ballot as a public referendum.
State representatives are on a fact-finding mission to determine the impacts of a federal push toward alternative energy, and namely the projected growth of Pennsylvania’s wind turbine industry, as the technology’s long-held reputation as a clean energy source gets a little dirtier.
The bill would extend for two years tax breaks for producing wind energy, selling biodiesel, buying alternative fuel vehicles, installing energy efficient technology in homes and other credits that expired last year.
Linda Ambrose, one of the organizers, said the purpose of the meeting is to get information to the public about the dangers of wind farms. "Wind farms have changed in the last few years and we want to get the word out to the public that we are opposed to this," she said.
An issue raised in the dispute was a property reclassification of wind turbine sites that increased the assessed ad valorem tax on those properties. The wind farm argued it was being taxed, even though the county assessed the higher taxes only to landowners.
Vattenfall made the decision to decommission the project due to the high cost of replacing turbines and cables. Yttre Stengrund used five 2MW NEG Micon turbines when it was commissioned in 2001. Vattenfall said only one of the turbines is currently operational.
Offshore construction is really expensive, and even a costly tower might account for just a small fraction of installation costs. Onshore, however, the basic costs of construction are much lower, and taller towers eat up a much larger percentage of a construction budget, making taller turbines less competitive.
Wyden said he was optimistic that a technology-neutral, performance-based tax incentive could gain traction — at least in principle — but he acknowledged that much work remained on the particulars. “Obviously, the details about what constitutes performance — there are people who say it will only be this and it will only be that — but I’m encouraged by the reaction.”
Judges Jennifer Walker Elrod and Jerry Edwin Smith said that while PURPA promotes alternative energy, it does not “do so at the expense of the American consumer” but “mandates that the rates that utilities pay for such power shall be just and reasonable.” The majority went on to say that the more favorable pricing is meant only for those generators “able to forecast when they will deliver energy to the utility — and capable of delivering the specified amount of energy at the scheduled time.”
Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) sponsored a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the use and overall impact of wind turbines. The resolution was overwhelmingly adopted by the Pennsylvania House by a margin of 181-11.
In a detailed interview, the biologist explained what the environmental impact reports omit: the real impacts on the flora and fauna of the Tehuantepec Isthmus. These negative impacts extend not only throughout Mexico, but also into the ecosystems of Central America. Mora even casts doubts about the way in which these environmental studies are conducted. "Generally there are 'agreements' behind closed doors between the consultants or research centers and the government offices before the studies are conducted.
“There’s a very simple rule. If a utility or a competitive power supplier is going to make green claims or renewable claims about the content of the energy that is sold to their customers that utility must retire the renewable energy credits in enough supply to back up those claims.”
Cary Shineldecker, the homeowner who warned his community that the margin of safety was inadequate at Lake Winds wind plant near Ludington, is now a member of the Mason County Planning Commission. This same commission initially failed to heed his warning but it has learned a lot since then.