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Fishermen Give Cold Shoulder to Offshore Wind Developer

A representative from Denmark’s largest energy company had a cold reception in Chilmark this week as commercial fishermen and others discussed a proposed wind farm south of the Vineyard. Andy Revill, a fishermen’s liaison for Dong Energy, traveled from the U.K. to meet with fishermen. ...But fishermen who gathered at the Chimark town hall on Tuesday said that would almost surely interfere with gillnetters in the area.
12 Feb 2016

A wake-up call to Maine

Three Southern New England states want to turn Maine into their wind plantation, and Central Maine Power and Emera Maine appear to be enthusiastic supporters of that plan. ...Maine’s greatest resource is our fabulous scenery – mountains, lakes, rivers and ocean coastline. Continuing to ravage our birthright to support a misguided feel-good energy policy is an insult to our own citizens, their children and their grandchildren.
11 Feb 2016

Senate moves to block Clean Power Plan study

The Kansas Senate advanced a bill that blocks the Kansas Corporation Commission from spending any money to study how to comply with the new federal Clean Power Plan until the U.S. Supreme Court resolves a pending legal challenge. Sen. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, added that amendment onto a bill that calls for disbanding the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority, an agency that was established to coordinate construction of new transmission lines to move wind energy to urban markets.
11 Feb 2016

Horse Creek wind project in Clayton could expand into Orleans, Lyme and Brownville

A representative from Iberdrola Renewables confirmed the plan for the towers, which are used to measure wind speeds, during a pre-application meeting held earlier this month by the town Planning Board, according to Supervisor David M. Storandt Jr. The developer has proposed to put up three towers within the town, he said, including one north of the Chaumont River that probably won’t be approved because it’s outside the town’s wind overlay district.
11 Feb 2016

Enfield Residents Slow Down the Wind

However, residents of Enfield, where the wind farm is planned, objected, saying they have health and safety concerns that have not been addressed. Mimi Mehaffey, of Bostwick Road, said she lives in an earth-berm passive solar house. “Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder what more I could be doing to avert the doom of climate change,” she said. “[But] the health and safety issues with the wind farm are real. Slow down this process, and site the turbines correctly. Please allow the Enfield Town Board to work without interference.” 
11 Feb 2016

Noise concerns create wind chill factor on proposed wind farm

The wind of public opinion may have shifted toward the end of another long public hearing Tuesday to consider a proposed wind farm near here. The hearing Tuesday afternoon included countless points made by supporters and opponents of the Upstream Wind Energy project on top of those already made Jan. 19 when the public hearing began before the Antelope County Planning Commission.
10 Feb 2016

AGL Energy renewable fund plan raises questions over partner risk

AGL Energy's plan for a $2 billion-$3 billion fund to develop renewable energy projects has triggered doubts in the market as to whether potential partners will be able to stomach the risks involved. The Sydney-based retailing giant has pointed to Australian infrastructure funds as its most likely co-investors in the Powering Australian Renewables Fund, which its chief executive Andy Vesey unveiled at the interim earnings on Wednesday.
10 Feb 2016

Vermont Attorney General declines to charge environmental activist

The attorney general's office has closed its criminal investigation of renewable energy critic Annette Smith, opting not to weigh in on whether she practiced law without a license because it said the only relevant case law is too outdated. In a news release Monday, Attorney General William Sorrell's office did not clearly exonerate Smith of accusations that she performed duties normally reserved for attorneys. Rather, it said the definition of "practicing law" must recognize the various forms of advocacy practiced today.
10 Feb 2016

sPower racing clock to start on Pioneer Wind Park

Salt Lake City-based sPower will need to start construction this week on the controversial $120 million Pioneer Wind Park project if it hopes to beat the Feb. 15 expiration date set by the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council. For its part, the company says the long-awaited project south of Glenrock will begin on time.
9 Feb 2016

Wind farm denied in Davison County

The proposed wind farm would have occupied a 3-mile by 1-mile stretch of Brad and Peggy Greenway's land in Beulah Township, which continued to garner heavy dissatisfaction from neighbors concerned with the project's impact on quality of life and property value. After the project was denied, Juhl Energy's Vice President of Project Development Corey Juhl expressed his confusion and disappointment in the outcome.
9 Feb 2016

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

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