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The trend for Cass County Commissioners meetings lately continued Monday with a packed room and criticism voiced toward a proposed wind turbine project in the northern part of the county. Dave Redweik, Twelve Mile, told commissioners that a petition calling for half-mile setbacks from property lines for industrial wind turbines is now up to 1,554 names.
“This is a big project that will be there for many, many years, and we only get one chance to make it right,” Mayor Rick Meehan said. “Let’s not go build something we’re all going to regret.” The town's rejection is a political blow to America's first large-scale offshore wind development. But it is largely a symbolic one; the turbines are being planned in federal waters.
OCEAN CITY — Reiterating a position they have fostered for years, the Mayor and Council this week unanimously passed a resolution opposing the development of offshore wind energy turbines within view of the resort’s coastline.
AUBURNDALE, Mass. — Speakers at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Conference on Feb. 1 discussed the merits and viability of different methods to achieve New England’s aggressive emission reduction goals.
State Sen. Tom Brewer, a Republican who represents the scenic Sand Hills region in northwestern Nebraska, said he’s willing to reintroduce a bill from last year that would have imposed a two-year moratorium on wind development in the region.
The Commissioners issued a moratorium on the issue last year and said they would not do anything unless warranted to do so. Woods said two House bills on the matter did not make it out of committee last week.
The Hopkinton town board needs to revise its wind law before Avangrid Renewables files its application for a wind farm or the existing less-restrictive wind law from 2011 would stand. ...The latest talks for the wind law called for setbacks of 2,500 feet from a property line of a non-participating landowner and sound decibels of 40 dBA.
Offshore wind promoters claim costs are declining. Maybe so. But according to the New York Independent System Operator, the average cost of wholesale electricity in the state last year was $36.56. Thus, Cuomo’s presidential ambitions will require New York consumers to pay roughly four times as much for offshore electricity as they currently pay for juice from conventional generators.
The Mad River Wind Farm is a proposed 350 MW wind power project [with] 88 utility-scale wind turbines. ...There’s concern the project could have a “devastating effect” on property values and the local economy, the town said, noting the facility would be in the middle of land used for outdoor recreation activities that drive the area’s $40 million per year tourism industry, interfering with snowmobile trails, hunting, fishing and hiking.
Supporters of a proposal that wind energy developers warn would severely restrict economic development in rural Nebraska said they’re not being heard by their local elected officials. So they pleaded their case to state lawmakers.
The Energy Department had asked the White House for more modest spending reductions to the renewable and efficiency programs, but people familiar with the process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share unfinished budget information, said the Office of Management and Budget had insisted on the deeper cuts.
The batteries are expected to be commissioned in the second half of this year, and will primarly be used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability, Younicos stated.
A state committee unanimously voted Thursday to deny an application for Northern Pass. All seven members of the Site Evaluation Committee agreed that Northern Pass had not met its burden to show the proposed transmission line would not “unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region.”
The turbines ran for three months before one blade fell to the ground 190 feet below. Then a second blade crashed through a nearby storage building's roof, falling into a conference room. No one was hurt. The city asked the builders to remove the contraption and rebuild it. That happened. Then another blade came loose.
Following nearly two hours of often impassioned public comment, the Somerset Town Board on Monday approved a series of changes to the local zoning code aimed at banning the sort of large-scale wind energy system that Apex Clean Energy is proposing. The members' votes were unanimous.
The Somerset Town Board unanimously passed laws Monday that would make it almost impossible for Apex Clean Energy to construct its proposed wind-power project in the town. The Virginia company, however, said it will continue to seek review of its plans through the state siting process.
The lawsuit from the Conservation Law Foundation, which was filed in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland, asks the court to strike down the order as unconstitutional, saying it violated provisions granting separate powers to Maine’s executive and legislative branches.
BLOOMINGTON — A proposal for McLean County's next wind farm still is on track — but with some minor changes.
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First the wind came sweeping down the plain, then the dollars, and now the controversy.