The Senate's version has angered wind power professionals, after it doubled the minimum distance between wind turbines and homes to 1,000 meters. Renewable energy lobby group SER said this would make it the most stringent regulation in Europe and would threaten 90 percent of wind power projects under development.
How close can wind turbines be sited near back in inhabited localities? Reports of adverse health noise emissions from wind turbines in Denmark already have led to a dramatic slowdown in the pace of expansion.
The quasi-public Massachusetts Clean Energy Center said Monday that the agency and Cape Wind “mutually agreed” to end Cape Wind’s lease of 28 acres of heavy-duty waterfront industrial space in New Bedford. The $4.5 million lease was supposed to run through the end of 2016.
Truth has a habit of emerging from unexpected places. An article in the Daily Kos about the desire to end dependence on fossil fuels for energy needs reveals a “nasty little secret” about wind energy: It relies on fossil fuels. That’s a message wind energy opponents in Michigan have been trying to get across to the news media and the public over the past few years.
Renewable energy firm WPD has appealed to the government arguing Highland Council failed to make a decision on the six turbine development, near the conservation village of Tomich, within the statutory timescale of four months.
National Grid has given no indication that a contract is still under consideration. “Cape Wind had an opportunity to extend the contract, which, for whatever reason, they declined to do,” the utility said in a statement. “Any new contract, could one be negotiated, would require an extensive and lengthy review by the Department of Public Utilities.”
“By simply exercising their right to access to the courts, the appellant families now face the disheartening prospect of financial ruin,” their submission states. “When, as in this particular case, the consequence of that access becomes crippling financial loss, ‘access to justice’ becomes a meaningless platitude.”
Apart from a passing mention of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s well-publicised target of 1.75 lakh MW (175,000 MW) of renewable energy capacity, the Budget had absolutely nothing for the sector. The target and the commitments were increasingly seen as unrealistic. The industry had been hoping that some measures would have demonstrated that the targets were not just hot air.
Meanwhile, in the United States, the massive windmills gobble up valuable habitat, as do the roads needed to access them. These eyesores ruin otherwise picturesque landscapes, and are built with little regard for the migratory paths of protected wildlife. The deadly blades can reach speeds up to 170 mph, often chopping birds into pieces. Most recent data estimates that 600,000 birds and hundreds of thousands of bats fall prey to this “green” technology every year.
We have formed a nonprofit citizens’ coalition, Save Ontario Shores Inc., to address the concerns of the health, safety and welfare of taxpayers and residents in the towns of Yates and Somerset regarding the issue of permitting APEX industrial wind corporation to build as many as 70 industrial wind turbines in these rural towns.
In this important interview with acoustic engineer Steven Cooper, Mr. Cooper explains how his study at the Cape Bridgewater wind project came about, why his study is unique, and how to evaluate the results of the study. To listen to the full interview click the link on this page.
The Vermont House has advanced a wide-ranging bill that pushes utilities beyond electricity to help customers save on heat and could resolve criticism that the current state program to promote renewable energy double-counts its results.
The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 11-2 on Tuesday for House Bill 1549, which would restrict how close giant wind turbines can be built near airports, hospitals and schools, and to require wind energy producers to notify nearby property owners before construction. The bill also requires a public hearing to be held prior to a wind turbine being installed.
Mountaineers are objecting to a proposed a unique wind farm project just to the south of the Cairngorms National Park. Eneco Wind UK Ltd has applied for permission to build 18 turbines of up to 410ft in height in two distinct groups at Macritch Hill, near Backwater Reservoir, Kirriemuir.
Interviews and an examination of thousands of pages of documents show that state officials wrongly awarded millions in state tax credits, turning a blind eye to phony documents. The project also was dogged by an international trade war, a bitter corporate rivalry and a stunning twist that traded high-paid Oregon jobs for prison labor at 93 cents an hour.
How well assessments actually protect wildlife remains a point of contention for conservation groups. “It’s a process that’s run by very good people, but it’s a weak process,” said Kevin Hanna, an associate professor of geography at the University of B.C. Okanagan. B.C. has raised the threshold for which projects are required to undertake a full environmental assessment several years ago, which was “a political decision”.
An energy firm has pledged to press ahead with developing one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms off the Scottish coast despite a major setback of missing out on a Government subsidy.
Noah Wambugu, a farmer against the development, called it a 'milking cow' for a few individuals who were using the farmers to enrich themselves. He said that they were ready to die in defending their rights and would not allow selfish people to take advantage of them, adding that hundreds of families in South Kinangop risked being evicted from their homes.
The court overturned Barnstable Superior Court Judge Robert Rufo’s June 2013 decision and ruled in favor of a cluster of neighbors who sued the town over its 2009 installation of Wind 1, one of the twin, 1.65-megawatt wind turbines erected at the town’s wastewater treatment facility.
Culver's town council aimed for a compromise in regards to a much-debated ordinance governing specifics of WECS (Wind Energy Conversion Systems, popularly known as personal-use windmills or wind turbines) in Culver, at the council's Feb. 24 meeting.