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A controversial wind farm project in Calhan was vandalized sometime between Sept. 20 and Oct. 23, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A single high-powered round was fired into a turbine at the Golden West Wind Energy Center near North Yoder Road and Heaston Road, authorities said.
Former Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, who was a strong proponent of wind power during his government service, is now speaking out on behalf of residents concerned about the noise generated by turbines in Sheffield and a potential installation in Swanton.
"We have five instances of international fraud and corruption," House said at the hearing, according to a transcript. "This authority would be derelict in its duties if it did not look into your past and assume it was possible that your future might resemble what you've done in the past." Before the hearing, Iberdrola answered questions from PURA about the fraud and corruption cases.
Iberdrola is proposing a 96-Megawatt wind project that will cover 5,000 acres of property through the Stiles Brook Forest ...During the meeting, Iberdrola representatives explained where the project is in the time line, where it is headed and what benefits will be brought to the local economy. Briot said a proposal will be available to the public by fall 2016.
Opponents of the project have previously said they are concerned about the viewshed, noise, electromagnetic interference and other issues. "This project will create an eyesore where the big business of tourism is a major economic driver," writes Champ Zumbrun of LaVale in a Letter to the Editor ... "Eight percent of the 38 million people who visit our state chose Western Maryland to enjoy its ancient mountains and diverse forested landscape."
Plans to build 72 wind turbines in north and northeastern Huron County have been put on hold. The county’s director of building and zoning, Jeff Smith, said in an email a contract with the RES Americas construction group has ended, putting the Deerfield Wind project on hold.
But additional large-scale projects, including solar and wind, would pose problems for the electrical grid, according to Shumlin. “They build it before they think clearly and they can’t get it distributed to the folks who need it,” the governor said. “If you build projects of that size — the grid was not set up to be able to maximize the use of that power.”
Various problems have left the wind turbine not functioning for more than eight months, beginning with the company from which they purchased it going out of business.
"We've seen, unfortunately, quite significant share price volatility over the years with several valuation bubbles having taken place. Whether it's a manufacturer or an asset owner coming to market to raise money, it will be harder next time because investors have had a mixed experience."
"Wind resource is extremely limited in Ohio; there are not many project sites with the wind resource necessary to support a utility-scale project. The convergence of sufficient wind resources, sufficient transmission capacity and interested landowners willing to lease their land — all are needed for a viable wind energy project," NextEra said in a motion before the Ohio Power Siting Board in 2011.
“There is a detailed record chronicling multiple issues owing to Iberdrola’s failure to build the project according to its state (certificate of operation),” Wind Watch said in a statement Thursday. “After a lengthy enforcement proceeding, the Site Evaluation Committee accepted a settlement agreement ...The settlement does not erase the fact that Iberdrola evidently violated the terms of its (certificate), and in doing so abused the public trust.”
The proposal, as approved, would have would have "little to no impact on ratepayers" and "includes a more reasonable forecast of natural gas prices and potential customer savings," the PUC wrote in a release.
Richard O’Gara, of Cheyenne, said he voted against the project because he wanted more information. The company did not provide an income statement nor explain its relationship to Fir Tree, he said. Instead, sPower produced a balance sheet showing its assets and liabilities from the first half of 2015.
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Google is backing Africa’s largest wind power project, two years after investing $12 million in the continent’s largest solar power project.
“What is it going to take to get wind back in Pennsylvania? It is really a restoration of some long-term contracting market that goes beyond just the few corporate buyers that exist out there,” said Eric Thumma, director of institutional relations at Iberdrola Renewables, a Portland, Ore.-based subsidiary of Spanish energy giant Iberdrola S.A.
Nations Energy Solutions had filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying the claims were speculative. The motion was denied on Friday. That got the company’s leaders asking why they were in the lawsuit, Tracey said.
And former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar freed up large expanses of public land for the plant despite environmentalists’ concerns about wildlife habitat and the loss of open space. Ivanpah was built on 5.6 square miles of mostly undisturbed public land that was home to desert tortoises, a species threatened with extinction, among other wildlife. ...“It feels like a bait and switch."
“Restructuring doesn’t save anybody any money,” said Bell, who had come up with a bottom line of 17.73 cents per kwh post-restructuring, versus the current 18.03 cent per kwh fuel charge. Bell’s analysis was met with shock. Some in the audience believed they had been “lied to” regarding the savings on electric bills that would come with connection to the wind farm and cable.
The wind turbine, installed in 2010 at the school, was the product of a grant from Kansas State University through the U.S. Department of Energy, according to Herald archives. It provided about 2.4 kilowatts of energy per day, enough to power two hair dryers or three microwaves, and saved about $30 in electricity, according to Herald archives.