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State gives renewable energy developers a blank check in site selection

A 2020 state law stripped local control from the site selection process, in effect giving renewable energy developers a blank check regarding site location. From Queens to Grand Island, local control has played a role in Amazon’s site selection, but the state has decided that for renewable energy local input is irrelevant. If this seems like a staggeringly incongruous application of land use strategy, you’re right.
11 Mar 2021

State wind regulations do not protect homeowners

When the wind blows from one direction it sounded like a jet was overhead; from another direction it thumped like a base drum. At night she was startled awake thinking someone was driving up her driveway. In December the tower closest to her house caught fire. Fighting a blaze 350 feet in the area is almost impossible, so it just burned out, sending flaming debris to the grasslands below. 
11 Mar 2021

Ocean City residents launch petition against offshore wind farm

A proposed offshore wind farm continues to draw opposition from New Jersey's southern coastal communities. Ørsted's proposed project aims to construct 99 wind turbines about 15 miles off the coast from Atlantic City to Cape May. The wind turbines are expected to produce enough energy to power half a million homes by 2024, according to Ørsted officials.
11 Mar 2021

30-plus counties hit the brakes on wind farms. Indiana may soon blow that up.

During the last decade or so, counties have exercised this power in regard to wind and solar development. County commissioners in over 30 Indiana counties, such as Boone, Marshall and Pulaski, have passed ordinances that restrict or ban industrial wind. These bans and ordinances are the result of months and even years of study and public input and reflect the will of the people in those counties. ...Enter Ed Soliday, a state representative from Valparaiso, who is the author of HB 1381, which establishes statewide standards for siting of wind and solar installations. If passed, this bill would invalidate all existing county ordinances and moratoriums. The House approved the measure by a vote of 58-38 on Feb. 17, and the Senate began consideration of the bill March 1.  
10 Mar 2021

Biden backs $2B wind energy project off Martha's Vineyard despite concerns about fisheries

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) expressed concerns that the project could potentially interfere with local fisheries and economies and have a negative environmental impact. She also said the public has not had an opportunity to weigh in on the new developments. RODA executive director Annie Hawkins told Fox News that the Vineyard Wind project and "other projects proposed in a 1,400 square mile area off of New England will have major impacts to commercial fisheries."
10 Mar 2021

Biden backs $2B wind energy project off Martha's Vineyard despite concerns about fisheries

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) expressed concerns that the project could potentially interfere with local fisheries and economies and have a negative environmental impact. She also said the public has not had an opportunity to weigh in on the new developments. RODA executive director Annie Hawkins told Fox News that the Vineyard Wind project and "other projects proposed in a 1,400 square mile area off of New England will have major impacts to commercial fisheries."
10 Mar 2021

Wind turbines on Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills – How not to pursue a Green New Deal

A company out of Boulder, Colorado named Scout Clean Energy has applied for a permit to build a massive turbine wind farm in Washington State on the Horse Heaven Hills, extending from the town of Benton City, through the Tri-Cities, to the town of Finley. The wind farm will have upwards of 250 turbines that are 500 feet tall and cover about 6,500 acres (over 10 square miles).
8 Mar 2021

Iowa State study quantifies how much ice buildup affects wind turbines

What he found there — using drones to photograph blades after up to 30 hours of exposure to cold and wet conditions similar to those Texas faced — was that ice almost a foot thick built up near the tips of blades and reduced power production up to 80%. Hu explained that ice can negatively affect a wind turbine in more than one way. 
7 Mar 2021

Montcalm Township planner, lawyer say no conflict of interest ‘at this time’

On Aug. 5, 2020, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to review and amend the township’s wind ordinance after Apex Clean Energy, a wind energy company based in Charlottesville, Virginia, expressed interest in Montcalm County as the host of its next potential commercial wind farm. Earlier that year, Karnatz signed a development-phase lease agreement with Apex, which pays property owners an unspecified amount per acre annually.
5 Mar 2021

Field study shows icing can cost wind turbines up to 80% of power production

That disrupts blade aerodynamics. That disrupts the balance of the entire turbine. And that can disrupt energy production by up to 80 percent, according to a recently published field study led by Hui Hu, Iowa State University's Martin C. Jischke Professor in Aerospace Engineering and director of the university's Aircraft Icing Physics and Anti-/De-icing Technology Laboratory.
4 Mar 2021

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