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Renewable siting legislation may restrict wind energy developers

“In my interpretation, what Vermont’s Legislature has just done is they have declared that there exists an ‘imminent peril to public health, safety and welfare from wind turbine noise,’” Smith said, quoting from the statute. Moreover, the emergency rule sound standards must not exceed an average 45 decibels outside a home and average 30 decibels inside. Smith claims those limits are not currently being met by many wind projects, including Sheffield Wind, a 40-megawatt, 16-turbine project in Sheffield.
20 May 2016

The growing battle between Wyoming lawmakers and the largest wind developer in America

Wyoming lawmakers are calling such statements a bluff. The Cowboy State’s bountiful breeze means developers will continue to flock to its vast expanses of wind-blown prairie, regardless of the tax, they say. What’s more, they argue, Congress extended the $23-per-megawatt-hour tax credit for wind producers last year. They contend Power Company of Wyoming can spare some of those proceeds.
20 May 2016

SunEdison scrambles to secure creditor deal on bankruptcy loan

Without the loan, SunEdison’s only option would be a “fire-sale liquidation,” Homer Parkhill of Rothschild Inc., the company’s financial adviser, said in court papers filed late Wednesday. SunEdison will have to wait until at least June 7 to learn whether it can continue managing its own cash, after the creditor committee and holders of $1 billion in unsecured notes objected to what is usually a routine request.
19 May 2016

In wind-sensitive Windham, energy siting bill disappoints

Windham’s ban on large wind turbines is “based on the unique topography and settlement patterns of our town, our 10 years of research and knowledge and the support of the majority of our residents and property owners,” according to the town plan. Yet Iberdrola’s proposal has spurred intense debate as proponents and opponents debate the potential environmental and financial impacts. The project is expected to be the subject of votes in both towns this year.
19 May 2016

Size of wind farm schism apparent

The hearing began with a blow to the BRCT as council planner Darryl Sycamore no longer recommended consent be approved. He said he was reserving his position until the end of the hearing, given the trust had made changes to the proposal.
18 May 2016

Infigen Energy exploring options to realise value

Infigen, which has a market cap of $664 million, said it was "exploring a range of options" but advised there was no certainty a transaction would eventuate. Mr George said the company had approached underbidders in the recent sale of Pacific Hydro, a deal said to be worth $3.2 billion. 
17 May 2016

An Ill Wind: Open Season on Bald Eagles

The new rule could further harm golden eagles, which are rarer than bald eagles and are being whacked by wind turbines in far greater numbers. Mr. Hutchins says that the lack of protection for golden eagles is “the biggest weakness of this whole rule.” The double standard is stunning.
17 May 2016

Eagle nest puts brakes on Xcel Energy wind turbines

Flowers noted the turbines will remain inactive throughout the summer while the flight pattern of the eagles continues to be monitored by the state. However, it's possible to curtail more turbines if necessary. Xcel won't know for sure until the fledglings leave the nest, possibly around late October, and if the eagles choose to continue returning to the nest. Around that time, the company may apply for a permit to remove or relocate the nest — known as an Eagle Take Permit — but as of now, it's a waiting game.
16 May 2016

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