Voters in the coming weeks will decide if the proposed site for a controversial wind farm will remain part of this small town. An election is set for March 1, the same day as the partisan primaries, on whether to repeal the annexation of about 312 acres on the west end of Elm Springs. The City Council approved the annexation in October, but a petition drive that ended in December put the question on the ballot.
The critical takeaway is that the amendment calls for a comprehensive end to the PTC following 2031, with no extension after 2019 possible, whereas the current legislation is more open-ended.
A critic of Big Renewables in Vermont is free from the threat of criminal prosecution after the attorney general’s office dropped an investigation launched in response to complaints from an anonymous green-energy developer. Standing before a large crowd, Annette Smith, surrounded by her attorney and victims of green-energy development, thanked supporters and the anonymous developer whose complaints against her backfired when Vermonters rallied to her cause.
To control costs, the state restricts the amount of solar power that can be financed in this way, and state officials informed the industry on Friday that the cap has been hit. There was essentially a run on these certificates in recent weeks, as solar panel builders rushed to get in line on behalf of their customers as the cap drew near.
A number of investigations are believed to be underway after a blade on a huge wind turbine near Drumkeen “disintegrated” at the weekend. ...It is believed the turbine in question was struck by lightning.
The town of Bourne, through its Board of Health, filed a lawsuit last Friday in Barnstable Superior Court seeking a declaratory judgment against the builder of four wind turbines over the town line in Plymouth.
Town counsel Jay Talerman responded by claiming that Kingston Wind Independence is in breach of its contract with the town - in part because KWI has failed to make several of its required monthly rent payments. He also claims that KWI is not in full compliance with either the Board of Health’s original abatement order or its second abatement order for shutdown of the turbine under certain conditions.
“Dr Connor has obtained information that indicates the water in the area has been subject to deterioration which has made it unfit for consumption. “I have been working with her for more than three years on this issue and I believe the evidence she has gathered justifies her claims. “It is evidence the various authorities have not been helpful in providing.”
The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has closed its investigation into a complaint about Annette Smith’s actions in various proceedings before the Public Service Board (PSB). The Office has closed the investigation without further action. "This Office considers the matter closed."
Firefighters dealt with a wind turbine converter fire this afternoon near Pontyates.
Australia's first-ever wind farm commissioner experienced his first grilling by a Senate committee on Monday, with his $205,000 annual salary for three years confirmed by the environment department. Mr Dyer's aim is to improve complaint handling by state regulators and other stakeholders to a level that renders his role futile.
Customers who sign up send their energy bills to Arcadia and pay a small premium — about 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour of energy used. Arcadia then pays NorthWestern its share of the bill and uses the premium to invest in wind projects around the nation — none in Montana — with each investment theoretically offsetting carbon emissions used to provide that customer with power.
The zoning ordinance currently being proposed by the county Board of Supervisors would restrict certain developments within the Eastern District, including wind turbines and medical waste incinerators.
With Apex's reputation in other wind projects prompting thoughts of snake oil salesmen, the Town of Somerset is right to do its due diligence to protect the natural environment, residents' health, safety, welfare and property values, and the town's own comprehensive plan. ...The biggest insult is that out-of-state Apex LLC tried to intimidate the Somerset Town Board with a veiled suggestion of a lawsuit.
"Subsidizing an overdependence on one foreign government-owned source of electricity will lead to lost jobs and soaring energy bills for decades to come," said Dan Dolan, the group's president....Hydro-Quebec would use increased U.S. exports to subsidize lower prices for its provincial customers, in turn costing New England ratepayers an estimated $20 billion over 25 years.
These powerful lawyers may have overplayed their hand. It has already caused embarrassment for them, as well as their firms, which in some cases are large, established and well-respected practices. Additionally, it could be a crushing blow to the future siting of wind and solar projects.
The origins of the current situation can be traced back to former Liberal leader and then-Premier Dalton McGuinty signing “enormous, outrageous renewable energy contracts.” ...over the next 20 years the wind turbine projects that are already built, as well as the projects on the books, will cost $60-billion and are only producing 4% of Ontario's overall electricity needs.
An attorney for environmental advocate Annette Smith has asked the Vermont attorney general’s office to cease the criminal investigation it has launched against her.
“It’s entirely politically motivated,” Sleigh said in an interview Friday. “The people who have found Annette’s opposition to their desires frustrating are now attempting to use the government as their surrogate to shut her up. That’s about as low-down political as you can get.”
Underwater sound linked to human activity could alter the behaviour of seabed creatures which play a vital role in marine ecosystems, according to new research.