University prof investigates lifespan of wind turbines

Carriveau notes that most of the province’s turbines are at the mid-life point of what is generally considered to be a 20-year life cycle. Many are also operating under provincially guaranteed power purchase agreements that also expire at the 20-year mark. “These guys are really interested in knowing what’s going to happen on the other side of the power purchase agreements.” 
24 Oct 2016

Avangrid Renewables plans new wind farm project

REDFIELD — Wind energy facility developer Avangrid Renewables installed two temporary meteorological towers on a property encompassing the towns of Redfield and Worth and intends to submit a Public Involvement Program Plan for its new project, Mad River Wind Farm, potentially making it the first wind energy facility in Oswego County.
23 Oct 2016

Poll: Local input matters in energy decisions

In the latest VPR poll, 67 percent say they “somewhat” or “completely” trust the Public Service Board, a three-member panel that issues state permits for energy projects. But in a second poll question, only 12 percent say the PSB should have the final say on where wind power generators are placed.
23 Oct 2016

Bad actors

Untethered by accountability to its voters and deaf to its ministries’ advice and counsel, provincial Liberals have made a terrible mess of the energy supply system in Ontario. It will take decades to fix. It has squandered billions of dollars chasing schemes unworthy of a Nigerian postmark. ...Meanwhile, it has made a select group of developers very, very wealthy.
21 Oct 2016

Big Wind Tries Voter Payola in Vermont

A wind-energy company is so desperate for federal subsidies, it will give part of them to citizens. ...Earlier this month, Spanish energy company Iberdrola announced that it plans to distribute about $565,000 per year among 815 registered voters in the two towns. The payments would continue for 25 years. 
20 Oct 2016

Planning Commission developing renewal energy site map

At its meeting on Oct. 13, the Planning Commission continued its work developing a map to indicate areas within the town requiring more extensive impact evaluation prior to the establishment of solar or wind energy facilities. This was in response to a request by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission for a map that will be included, perhaps with modifications, in a countywide renewable energy siting plan to be submitted to the Vermont Public Service Board.
19 Oct 2016

Low cost of electricity in ND discouraging solar energy investments

Northern Plains Electric Cooperative system engineer Ashten Dewald said the advice she gives people interested in installing a solar system is to look at the costs and benefits. “If you want to be eco-friendly and install solar panels for that reason, great, but at this point, it’s not really justifiable with the low cost of North Dakota energy,” Dewald said.
19 Oct 2016
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