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Offshore wind farms get further scrutiny

The move is one step toward speeding up government approval and permits so that offshore wind farms can eventually be developed, officials said. But the action falls short of creating laws, regulations or even setting the evaluation standards. It does not establish how long it will take before offshore wind farms can go from being an idea to a reality.
2 Apr 2012

Offshore wind farms get further scrutiny

The move is one step toward speeding up government approval and permits so that offshore wind farms can eventually be developed, officials said. But the action falls short of creating laws, regulations or even setting the evaluation standards. It does not establish how long it will take before offshore wind farms can go from being an idea to a reality.
2 Apr 2012

Cloud County wind turbines to be lowered

At 110 feet, the windmills on a hill south of the campus have been deemed too tall by the Federal Aviation Administration. The chance of losing $1 million in federal grants has prompted the college to take action that could cost up to $150,000. The FAA informed the college roughly a year ago that the windmills are in Blosser Municipal Airport's airspace.
2 Apr 2012

Wind debate whips up Fairhaven election, residents say

The wind turbine controversy is expected to blow up turnout in the Fairhaven election today, town residents said Sunday, while voters elsewhere said they expected sleepier races. Fairhaven is experiencing its first competitive races in years, with open seats on the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health. Two spots on the Board of Public Works are also contested.
2 Apr 2012

Two utilities take different paths to the top in wind

Xcel Energy Inc., based in Minneapolis, says it has the most wind power on its system of any U.S. electric utility. MidAmerican Energy Co., based in Des Moines, says it's the top utility in wind generation ownership. The competing claims are both legitimate, and they underscore two distinct business approaches to harnessing wind power: To own or not to own?
1 Apr 2012

NStar's Cape Wind pact pays $940M over market

The contract filed with state regulators on Friday totals about $1.6 billion, assuming the project obtains hoped-for tax credits. According to estimates in the contract, that's $940 million above the market price of conventional electricity during that period. Critics of Cape Wind, which aims to be the nation's first offshore wind farm, have long said its power is far too costly.
31 Mar 2012

Wind turbines at Presque Isle await decisions on future

The two wind turbines located at Presque Isle State Park haven't been generating electricity since fall. But that's not because the breeze died down or park officials are opposed to the alternative power source. ...But maintenance and use concerns led to removal of the blades from one turbine on the peninsula at around the time the blades fell off the other.
31 Mar 2012

Blowing in the wind: Maine's energy past and future

But like most growth spurts, Maine's rush into wind energy has not been pain-free. Lawsuits, regulatory challenges and financial problems have slowed or snuffed out numerous projects. Alarmed by stories told by turbine neighbors elsewhere, voters in towns across Maine have banned commercial wind power near their homes. Federal subsidies that fueled wind power's dramatic national expansion are at risk of expiring amid the changing political environment in Washington, D.C.
30 Mar 2012

House passes governor's wind energy plan

During floor debate Thursday, the House adopted an amendment from House Minority Whip Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-Dist. 37B) of Newcomb to exempt ratepayers who farm their land from paying the extra fee on the first 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity they use in a month.
30 Mar 2012

State to fall short of wind power goal, studies say

Maine will not be able to accomplish the state-mandated goal of building 2000 megawatts of wind power on land by 2015. That's one conclusion of two studies issued this week by the governor's energy office and an independent group of researchers. The studies also urged reconsideration of the landmark 2008 law that allowed wind turbines to be built in ecologically and scenically important areas of the state.
30 Mar 2012

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