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Change of heart: one-year moratorium for proposed new wind turbine projects

County supervisor Phil Clifton, who announced that he has terminated his easement with MidAmerican Energy to place a wind turbine on property he owns, suggested a four- to six-month moratorium. Supervisor Diane Fitch indicated she could be cajoled into a moratorium of perhaps 18 months, while Chairman Aaron Price said he would like to see more than six months, but not 18 months or two years. In the end, officials agreed to impose a moratorium until Oct. 1, 2020. 
11 Sep 2019

Farmers Helping with Another Push for Clinton County Wind Farm

There are wind farms in some communities in Indiana, and other communities that don’t allow them. Proposed wind projects are often controversial and that is the case in Clinton County where the company E.ON is now taking the step of a community event to discuss health, sound, environmental, and economic impacts that their wind operation would bring to the area.
10 Sep 2019

Planned Cleveland wind turbine project on hold over application payment issue

Icebreaker_order_fee_payment_a1001001a19i03b55436a00167_thumb After LEEDCo failed to pay the invoice before the Aug. 26 deadline, Judge Nicholas J. Walstra on Sept. 3 ordered the agency’s review work to be suspended, and set a new payment deadline for Friday, Sept. 13. If the developers fail to pay the bill before then, their application “will be considered before the board for potential dismissal,” according to the Sept. 3 ruling. 
9 Sep 2019

Dissension in the air: Villenova hears pros, cons of turbines

Susan Baldwin, a longtime Villenova resident told a story of trying to call 911 three times in a row, to report an accident outside her home. According to her, calls kept dropping. In the end she explained that it took 40 minutes for police to arrive on scene, luckily, the victim was alright for the most part she added. Baldwin stated that when she questioned the police on the issue they, according to her, claim that calls get dropped all the time due to cell service. Following the reveal of this information Baldwin traveled to Verizon on Tuesday and was told “we had an inservice with the turbine people two years ago and they said that they’re going to put the turbines directly away, positioning for your house to not get missed and dropped calls. They are constant.”
6 Sep 2019

Planners recommend wind farm ban near city

The Parsons Planning Commission voted 5-1 in a special meeting Thursday evening to recommend the city commission approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would limit the height of wind turbines to 200 feet, including blade length, in the extraterritorial area. The planners didn’t want an outright ban of all turbines because some residents outside the city may want to install their own residential units, which are much smaller than those for commercial use.
5 Sep 2019

As wind energy thrives, so does its waste problem

There aren’t many options to recycle or trash blades, and what options there are is expensive, partly because the U.S. wind industry is so young. It’s a waste problem that runs counter to what the industry is held up to be: a perfect solution for environmentalists looking to combat climate change, an attractive investment for companies like Budweiser and Hormel Foods and a job creator across the Midwest and Great Plains.
4 Sep 2019

County to sign deal to back wind turbine decommissioning with $200,000 apiece

Under the agreement, Isabella Wind, LLC, will take out a $200,000 bond for each turbine it builds. The company is currently planning to build up to 136 turbines, a number scaled back from the 157 it was permitted to build by the county's planning commission in January. Isabella County will take the bonds and hold onto them. When the turbines need to get torn down, that's where the money will come from.
21 Aug 2019

After negotiations, energy companies opt against placing wind farms in Val Verde County

In the wide-open spaces of Val Verde County lies the Devils River, one of the last pristine, wild rivers in Texas.  Recently, it was at the center of a monthslong negotiation. "Absolutely. It's a major win for us and for future generations of Texas and for anyone else who cares about the wide-open spaces in our state,” explained Julie Lewey, with the Devils River Conservancy. 
19 Aug 2019

Big Wind’s Big Headwinds

Die Welt reports that the main cause of the [new wind project] slowdown is “the legal resistance of wildlife and forest conservationists fighting new wind farms.” More than 70 percent of the legal objections are based “on species conservation, especially the threat to endangered bird and bat species.” ...In all, some 11,000 megawatts of new wind energy capacity in Germany is being held up due to fights over permits. The punchline here is obvious: if Germany is, in fact, showing the way forward on renewable energy, the US wind industry should be ready for headwinds.
16 Aug 2019

‘Tilt-fell’ wind tower removal gets new life; Board votes to leave the option up to landowners

The board had voted down an addendum to the project’s decommissioning and restoration plan last month, which would have allowed BSW DevCo LLC (the company that owns Big Sky Wind) to use tilt/fell method over the crane method during the current repowering project. Big Sky is in the process of updating its turbines for more efficient models.
16 Aug 2019

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