Articles filed under General from USA

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

Contentious meeting leads to a moratorium on eastern Broome wind turbine project

At the end, the opposition won, with the town board voting 4-0, with one abstention, to enact a stay on wind turbine development pending a town study to measure the potential impacts on "public health, safety and welfare, as well as other resources of the Town of Sanford." The moratorium lasts at least 90 days for the planning board-initiated review. The moratorium also prohibits erecting new meteorological towers by the sponsor to measure wind speed.
15 Aug 2019

Duke Energy application points finger at solar for increased pollution

A seven-month investigation and numerous public information requests have revealed the move to increase solar power might be leading to an increase in the very emissions alternative energy sources aim to reduce. ...Without any solar power in the mix, “a typical combined cycle combustion turbine emits NOx at approximately 9-11 lb/hr, assuming 24 hours of ‘normal’ operation,” Crawford said. That is equivalent to 264 pounds of NOx emissions daily. When those same plants are operated to supplement solar power facilities, daily emissions more than double to 624 pounds a day, based on a table in Duke’s application.
14 Aug 2019

Township disapproves of wind farm

The decision to approve or deny Apex Clean Energy’s Emerson Creek Wind Project, however, falls to the Ohio Power Siting Board in Columbus. But that hasn’t stopped Groton Township trustees — Ron Brown, Roger Rowland and Roger Russell — from approving a resolution making their opposition to the project known.
14 Aug 2019

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