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Elm Springs voters to decide annexation; Proposed wind farm site may not remain part of town

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.
9 Feb 2016

Vermont AG drops probe against Big Renewables critic

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.
9 Feb 2016

TURBINE: Town responds to KWI complaint

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.
9 Feb 2016

The £120million question: Did Britain's biggest windfarm contaminate water?

“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.”
8 Feb 2016

Wind farm watchdog's first Senate grilling

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.
8 Feb 2016

Arcadia Power pitches Bozeman on wind power: but how does it work?

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.
7 Feb 2016

Wind company's desperation showed at Somerset hearing

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. 
7 Feb 2016

Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England

"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.
7 Feb 2016

Rigging the system

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. 
7 Feb 2016

Recent hydro bills 'shocking' for some

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.
6 Feb 2016

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