Today, many of the same political leaders who initially welcomed the wind industry want to regulate it more tightly, even in red states like Oklahoma, where candidates regularly rail against government interference. The change of heart is happening as wind farms creep closer to more heavily populated areas.
Plans to build nine wind turbines at Belford Burn are being recommended for refusal by Northumberland County Council. The application by Energiekontor UK Ltd has attracted 500 letters of objection from local residents and just nine letters of support.
Captain Mark McLaughlin is a consultant with the Department of Defense, and he appeared during public comment at Tuesday's council meeting, where they had planned a final vote on the southside annexation. McLaughlin said the base had problems with many of the current wind farms in the area, and he thinks the Chapman Ranch wind farm would create even more problems for air traffic controllers in the Coastal Bend.
“If we truly want a member of the public on the committee, is a lawmaker considered a member of the public?’’ Of course not, which is why people who pushed for the new bill, including fellow legislators, are aghast at Hassan’s choices, even while noting they have nothing against either Odell, who would be the “public’’ member, or Merrill, who would serve as his alternate.
After hearing an hour-long, spirited debate among about 60 residents at their meeting Tuesday night, the selectmen voted to grant a Portuguese wind-power developer a permit to build an 80-meter meteorological tower in town.
To explore the potential harm of specific sounds, such as the hotly debated question of the effect of wind turbines on hearing, Liberman says the same experiment could be repeated with conditions mimicking wind turbine noise. He’d also like to see the study expanded to look at how the ears react to noises—rather than silence—in the minutes after low-frequency sound exposure.
Living close to wind farms may lead to severe hearing damage or even deafness, ...The physical composition of inner ear was “drastically” altered following exposure to low frequency noise, like that emitted by wind turbines,
Prospects may have dimmed for a major new wind farm 60 miles east of San Diego after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rejected a permit to address fatal collisions between golden eagles and spinning turbines.
The ordinance applies to any public or private solar, electrical, natural gas, propane, oil, fuel and energy providers that shall at a minimum provide an energy source or service to the public that's essential to the public health, safety and general welfare.
Mrs Garry's husband John died in April. She said while he considered hosting wind farm infrastructure; he eventually rejected them. "They are just hideous. The government is paying subsidies, if they don't pay, if they pull the rug, the turbines will be left here to rust."
In summary, the ordinance will ban large-scale industrial wind turbines in the county, except in already designated industrial zones. The ordinance will allow mid to small scale turbines for accessory use at a principal site, not for the purpose of sending the energy across electric transmission lines.
The evidence is in; wind energy claims are, at least for now, hot air. It’s time for Texas lawmakers to end the subsidies that have propped up the renewable energy market and let those industries stand on their own. That’s the conclusion of Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in a recent report.
Okinawa Electric Power and Shikoku Electric Power have followed Kyushu Electric Power in temporarily halting grid-access applications for renewables projects, in the latest sign that Japan’s utilities are struggling to integrate solar and wind into their strained networks.
“Bats may not have the cognitive ability to differentiate wind turbines or other tree-like structures from real trees either at a distance or at close range,” the researchers said. “The simplest explanation for bats closely approaching turbines may be that they are seeking places to roost in what they perceive as trees while migrating.”
The opening clauses of the resolution, which establish why a comprehensive wind study is necessary, declare that wind facilities are being constructed without adequately considering their effects on wildlife. “Research and guidance are required before potentially negative impacts on wildlife become severe and irreversible.”
Executive councilors say they have concerns about Gov. Maggie Hassan’s nomination of two retiring lawmakers to the panel that has power over new energy projects. While both Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London, and Rep. Amanda Merrill, D-Durham, are outstanding public servants, District 1 Councilor Joseph Kenney, R-Wakefield, said, “It’s the wrong time and the wrong board.”
A Portuguese wind-energy developer is asking a Grafton County judge to order Alexandria’s selectmen to grant it a building permit for a 262-foot meteorological tower.
The winds across the northern plains of Macon County have have continued to flow uninterrupted by any wind turbines. That was not meant to be the case, as county officials moved quickly last year to set the groundwork to build upward of 118 wind turbines across the northern part of the county near Maroa, with a plan that turbines could begin to dot the landscape as early as this fall.
The other major reason valuations have dropped, he said, is that some projects are not producing energy at the level they were expected to. "After they are operating for a few years you can see whether they are producing better or worse than expected." But, on the whole, production is less than predicted.
In their request for re-hearing, attorneys for UNU argued Everpower should have been required to file a request to amend the certificate, a more lengthy process that would have allowed for public comment and testimony. The request also argued the siting board lacks the authority to approve the extension through a motion submitted to the board.