While Rodgers said Cape Wind was working hard to make the wind farm a reality, court documents filed earlier by the company’s president indicate that may not be possible. In a court affidavit filed in July, Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said financing on the project needed to close by the end of September 2014 to have a chance at beginning construction on the project before a critical Dec. 31 deadline next year.
According to an announcement Wednesday from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the feasibility study’s findings “do not support pursuing large-scale wind energy at Newport at this time for a combination of reasons, including technological, historical and community concerns.”
"The disadvantage of offshore wind is the cost. Offshore wind has been supported for a number of years by an investment tax credit. That credit has expired. "We strongly believe that the authority's electric customers ought not to bear the risk of Congress not renewing the investment tax credit," he said.
The Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees on Wednesday morning decided not to move forward with a proposed offshore wind farm 30 miles off the coast of Montauk as part of an overall plan to develop more renewable energy projects.
A $41.6 billion package of tax breaks passed by the Senate Tuesday night extends controversial credits for the wind power industry, but only through the end of the year.
Shares in Denmark’s Vestas, the world’s largest wind turbine supplier, dived after the oil producers’ cartel Opec decided not to cut production in late November and prices are still down 11 per cent, noticeably below the broader market.The Chinese solar panel giant, Yingli Green Energy, and Tesla Motors, the US electric carmaker, have suffered even sharper share price falls. Crude’s surprise rise of $3 a barrel to $63.40 on Wednesday did little to halt the decline.
That action came after close to eight years of legal battles with the town and Concerned Citizens of Cattaraugus County, a community group that opposed the project. The board’s action in September occurred three months after the New York State Supreme Court dismissed an appeal filed by EverPower against the planning board.
Ultimately, councillors wouldn’t change a bylaw that would have allowed for meteorological test towers to be constructed. The decision followed a heated debate in February that left the community divided. So he couldn’t install a test tower,
Crop-dusting pilots are the adrenaline junkies of the agriculture world. They whiz through the air, flying under power lines to sow seeds or spread pesticides on farmers' fields.
The fate of a key application concerning proposed development of the Cottonwood wind farm in rural Webster County likely will be decided over the next month or so, a county official said Tuesday.
Ken Kimball, the AMC’s director of research, reiterated his club’s opposition to the plan on Tuesday, saying there is no doubt hikers of Cardigan Mountain would see some, many, or most of EDP’s proposed 50-story wind towers planned for Canaan, Orange, Dorchester, Alexandria and Groton.
For the wind industry, that’s a minor victory at best. According to the American Wind Energy Association, new wind construction all but evaporated this year due to uncertainty over whether the tax credit would be extended, meaning few projects stand to benefit from the retroactive extension.
For years, thousands of companies have purchased renewable energy credits, known as RECs, to say they use green power and to shrink their carbon footprints. Now, as skepticism mounts about whether RECs achieve their claimed environmental benefits, the market for these credits is slowing—and a number of companies, from Whole Foods Market (WFM) to McDonald’s (MCD), are quietly scaling back their involvement.
“If we don’t have a TIF, the state would tax the project and the property and use that money for the state,” said Lloyd Trafton, the county commissioner who represents the unorganized territories. “With the TIF, the state still collects the tax, but they have to return it to Somerset County.” Creation of the district would be subject to approval by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development
After County Commissioner John Nugent stated his intention last week to pursue a countywide moratorium on wind energy development, several residents, commissioners and the county’s corporate counsel have responded. “I have no intention to deviate from what I said. I’m in the process of researching it, speaking with people, talking with attorneys. And when it’s appropriate, after the first of the year, I’ll bring forward a resolution … hopefully for a full moratorium.”
Opponents of a proposed wind farm on Turkey Heaven Mountain have brought up concerns that the development might hamper emergency communications in the county, and a communications expert supported their warning. Mark Truett, one of the the dissenters, brought information on the potential for interference to a Cleburne County Commission meeting earlier this month.
Brownback calls himself a strong supporter of wind energy because of its potential on the frequently gusty Plains, but he said in July that he’s open to phasing out the state’s rule because wind is no longer a fledgling industry in Kansas. He’s also called several times for the industry and opponents of the renewable-energy mandate to work out a compromise.
Investigators were called in to determine what happened. The company says it's too early to tell if it was caused by strong winds.
RWE decided to challenge the decision in the courts, arguing that the ruling was not properly and lawfully reached. But last Friday, the judge ruled against RWE, agreeing with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that the decision was fair.
U.S. Attorney Danny Williams is pressing ahead with the larger lawsuit, accusing the wind development of violating the mineral rights of the Osage Nation. ...the federal lawsuit, is not only demanding that the developers pay the tribe for the lost minerals but also remove any structures that have been “placed without authorization.”