Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean) sponsored a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the use and overall impact of wind turbines. The resolution was overwhelmingly adopted by the Pennsylvania House by a margin of 181-11.
In a detailed interview, the biologist explained what the environmental impact reports omit: the real impacts on the flora and fauna of the Tehuantepec Isthmus. These negative impacts extend not only throughout Mexico, but also into the ecosystems of Central America. Mora even casts doubts about the way in which these environmental studies are conducted. "Generally there are 'agreements' behind closed doors between the consultants or research centers and the government offices before the studies are conducted.
“There’s a very simple rule. If a utility or a competitive power supplier is going to make green claims or renewable claims about the content of the energy that is sold to their customers that utility must retire the renewable energy credits in enough supply to back up those claims.”
Cary Shineldecker, the homeowner who warned his community that the margin of safety was inadequate at Lake Winds wind plant near Ludington, is now a member of the Mason County Planning Commission. This same commission initially failed to heed his warning but it has learned a lot since then.
Having ordered the necessary parts, turbine owners are hoping that Fairhaven's north turbine will soon be blowing in the wind once more.
Vermilion County officials don't plan to consider a moratorium on applications for wind-farm permits while a committee reviews rules regulating wind turbines. "We feel we don't have the legal ability to do that. In essence, that's zoning. From a legal standpoint, we don't feel we can issue a moratorium."
A wind farm developer will pay Willacy County about $458,000 a year under a 10-year agreement tied to its second project, which will build 116 wind turbines.
In a petition filed with the Federal Trade Commission, a group of Vermont residents says the utility is “misleading and harming Vermont electricity consumers” by marketing renewable power to Vermonters and also selling credits for the renewable energy to out-of-state power suppliers.
The Connecticut Supreme Court announced Monday a unanimous decision backing a state agency regulating wind energy, rejecting a challenge by opponents of a wind energy project. The court ruled 6-0 that a trial court was correct to dismiss appeals by opponents of the project by BNE Energy Inc. to build three wind turbines in Colebrook in northwestern Connecticut.
The group argued that the projects, with a combined capacity of 9.6MW, were too close to homes, meaning that the noise from the turbines and the light cutting through the blades would be detrimental to the health of local residents.
~~The Labour Party’s deputy leader questioned who would want a wind turbine beside their house as he answered questions about the government’s renewable energy policy on local radio this morning.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has made more critical comments about the way wind farms look, describing them as "appalling".
Parenteau and the petitioners don’t deny that GMP has constructed significant renewable energy projects. But they say the utility is selling so-called “credits” for that green power to high-paying customers out of state – mainly utilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The stuff Vermonters are paying for? Parenteau says it’s the dirty “brown” energy produced by coal, gas and nuclear plants elsewhere on the New England grid.
“Although market forces have hindered the project’s development, the electric generation market has experienced other changes recently (several coal plants are expected to retire in the near term), and generation capacity is anticipated to be needed for Ohio and the region,” an attorney for the company told regulators.
The company cites market forces as another reason for the delay; local shale gas production has made electricity prices cheaper, and federal environmental rules in effect next year will take tens of thousands of fossil-fueled megawatts off of the nation’s electric grid.
A multi-billion-dollar Japanese company has been accused of killing koalas as it employs workers to chop down trees to develop a wind farm in Victoria’s southeast. ...Disturbing images of the dead koalas have been supplied to the Herald Sun.
Billions of pounds in subsidies for renewable energy projects across the UK are currently shared by all bill-payers, but Ed Davey, the energy secretary, has warned that this will not continue if Scotland votes for independence.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today [Monday 15 September] announced that Baldwins Crane Hire Limited has been charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of Lindsay Easton.
A negotiated position could mean scaling back to a “real” 20% target or pushing back the target for large-scale projects while leaving small-scale production, such as solar panels on house rooftops, in place. The clean energy sector has warned that any amendment to the RET would be disastrous for the industry.