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Increasingly, local concerns on wind have threatened to slow the advance of wind power. Solar developments also provoke local opposition from time to time, but the danger posed to pristine environments by solar projects has not been as acute as the danger from wind projects. Sensing that the wind was blowing against them, Iberdrola has decided to pay off the voters. That is an astonishing corruption of the democratic process.
For many residents, the increased financial benefits don’t outweigh their original concerns. Residents have long been concerned with potential noise, visibility, flood and water contamination caused by the critical placement of towers on the primary runoff path to the valley’s watershed.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an application which grants Transource Missouri, LLC a certificate of convenience and necessity to own, operate and maintain a switch station in DeKalb County that will connect the Osborn Wind Energy Center with Transource Missouri’s Nebraska City-Mullin Creek-Sibley transmission line.
Public officials must stop gearing energy policy around the promise of guaranteed profits for well-connected energy investors like Warren Buffett. This hits average Americans once in their taxes and twice in higher electricity bills, which raises the prices on goods and services as well as utilities.
The company says it will reveal changes to the plan in Grafton at a special meeting Wednesday. Full-time Windham residents will vote on the project on Election Day.
During four days of hearings before the Chowan County Board of Commissioners, Apex presented testimony on topics such as health, sound and property values. The opposition offered testimony from its own witnesses, including two who spoke about the project's potential impact on soil and water resources.
“Everybody knows that we’re against this project,” said selectboard member Dan Billado during the board’s Tuesday meeting. “I think we as a board should continue to let the public know that we’re against this.”
Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon gave members of the Milan Rotary Club a rundown of the county’s current business last Thursday, but no topic was more controversial than that of the proposed Wind Farm in the northern area of the county. The vote on zoning for the site, a 16,000-acre area of land between Kenton and Yorkville, was tabled earlier this month by the County Commission, but residents and county officials are still discussing the matter.
House and Senate Republican leaders are at odds over whether to renew expiring alternative-energy tax breaks during Congress’s lame-duck session after the Nov. 8 election.
County planners will discuss Wednesday evening whether to take action on a proposed wind overlay district that has been a source of contention for residents and officials for nearly eight months.
Xcel Energy needed to move forward on Rush Creek, which will be the largest wind project ever in the state, this year instead of next to avoid forfeiting $125 million out of the $443 million in federal tax credits the project is seeking.
While the end may be in sight for the long-debated Black Oak Wind Farm, it's future remains uncertain. After another contentious meeting, the Enfield Town Board voted to delay any further action until Black Oak pays its debts to the town.
Iberdrola will disclose revisions at public meetings in Windham and Grafton
If Orleans had to wait 18 months to connect to the grid that would be beyond the deadline for receiving the production incentives, making the project a cost liability for county taxpayers, Legislature Chairman David Callard said this afternoon.
The Perquimans County Commission rejected two appeals to cut short the review of the Apex Clean Energy wind power project because Apex didn’t submit a complete application and failed to meet the burden of proving the project was safe.
LAKESIDE SOLAR: Residents of Morgan, Vermont, are pushing back against a 500-megawatt solar array to be built along Seymour Lake. While a handful of communities are busy fighting industrial wind-turbine projects, the town of Morgan is doing battle with the Public Service Board over a five-acre field of solar panels.
The Heritage Wind project would have approximately 70 turbines, in locations that are not yet determined. The town of Barre has an ordinance that prohibits turbines taller than 500 feet, the company said. Lighthouse Wind's turbines could be up to 600 feet tall.
Neighbor Complains That Turbine On Kidder Hill Is Not Sited Correctly IRASBURG — Renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf swears that he did everything right when he applied for permission to put up two small wind turbines on Kidder Hill, contrary to what his neighbor says.
The former commissioner of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Steve Wright, disputed that the project was likely to benefit the goal of curbing global warming. “I am here because this is a reflection of such poor energy policy and poor climate change policy. This development on public land will do nothing but damage the best habitat for black bears in the state, and will do nothing for climate change action."
The select board voted Wednesday to oppose a tower to measure wind speeds for an industrial wind turbine planned on Dairy Air Farm. The board is expected to seek to become an intervenor in the state review process of the meteorological or “met” tower.