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A few members of the public, along with the county's Central Board of Architectural Review, were given a first-hand look at the future Lompoc Wind Energy Project on Friday.
FairwindCT, a grass-roots organization that has rallied the community and provided funds to fight the wind power projects proposed by BNE Energy of West Hartford, announced Saturday they are ready to continue their fight.
Alaska utility regulators are weighing a proposed contract between the state's largest electric power company and a wind farm developer. The developer says a prompt decision is vital to allow construction to begin in time to qualify for key federal grants.
The 420 wind turbines now in use across Pennsylvania killed more than 10,000 bats last year -- mostly in the late summer months, according to the state Game Commission. That's an average of 25 bats per turbine per year, and the Nature Conservancy predicts as many as 2,900 turbines will be set up across the state by 2030. This is a bad time to be a bat.
As Kermit the Frog knows, it's not easy being green. When it comes to extracting energy from Mother Earth, you pick your poison. We used to live in Farmington, N.M., near two large power plants and an open-pit coal mine. They weren't pretty, but compared to those windmills the limited land damage of a coal mine and power plant look rather appealing. They are certainly more efficient.
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ordered on Thursday that Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) restart the bidding process for a 200 megawatt (MW) wind farm proposed for Molokai.
Growth and more expensive sources of power are necessitating a look at raising rates, here. "Power operations have not covered operating costs for two or three years," said City Manager John Thacker Monday.
"Two groups should stand together to protest the ribbon-cutting of the soon-to-be operational wind project: people from the Lincoln Lakes region who are affected by the project and people from all over the state who strive to stop the proliferation of industrial wind power in Maine," said Brad Blake, a leader of the Friends of Lincoln Lakes.
Hermina Morita, the PUC chairwoman, said: "Part of the PUC's role in clean energy development in Hawaii is to ensure an open and fair process. . . . However, (HECO and Castle & Cooke's) proposed assignment of 200 megawatts to Molokai Ranch goes beyond the scope of the PUC's waiver from the original competitive bid process."
The Sable Island wind turbine project has cost taxpayers at least $1 million so far, but that green power is still years away from working, CBC News has learned. The turbine blades are spinning, but they're not powering anything.
Renewable energy sources in Vermont are too expensive compared to others that are available, he said during an informational meeting about the mail-in vote on the proposed upgrade of a VEC power line from Lowell to Jay. He said the utilities shouldn't just follow such policies, that there is no real penalty if they can't meet the goals set by the Legislature.
The actual energy output of a wind project is often substantially less than its stated capacity. For example, the Kawailoa wind project would produce about 25 percent of its 70-megawatt capacity over the course of a year, according to an analysis of data provided by First Wind in its EIS.
Goodhue County has become an involuntary guinea pig ...And the "experiment" isn't over. Further legal challenges are possible, and the PUC ruling still leaves some significant hurdles in front of AWA Goodhue, which is still trying to determine how many of its 50 proposed windmill sites would be affected by the 1,600-foot setback requirement is now in place.
Xcel said it remains committed to its customers in Boulder, a city of roughly 100,000 residents about 30 miles north of Denver. Xcel maintains that Boulder can reduce its carbon emissions better with its help than it could on its own, "and without the significant cost and inherent risk of municipalization."
It would allow turbines on residential and commercial properties if they meet certain height, sound and setback restrictions and don't "substantially obstruct public views." Jean Fraser, the city planner who put the ordinance together, called it "conservative" compared with turbine regulations in other cities.
"This clear favoritism disadvantaged Mesa, as well as other wind developers, and clearly violates the spirit, goals and objectives of the North American Free Trade Agreement," Robertson said. Mesa's filing also mentions the "buy local" requirements and challenges the "preferential treatment".
“Invenergy paid councilmen (Hans Boxler Jr. and Andrew Flint’s) family farms with one hand, and with the other asked each to adopt a new zoning ordinance friendly to Invenergy’s plans for a wind farm,” according to the CSOO filing. The motion cites the Attorney General’s Code of Conduct Agreement.
The elimination of the third turbine, known as Turbine 4, came after NStar told project backers it didn't conform with a request they had made for turbines to be located at least 1.5 times the turbine height - or about 750 feet - from NStar property.
The company will be allowed to start construction next month on Lowell without first having conservation easements in place to protect wildlife habitat. The Public Service Board originally said the conservation easements had to be secured prior to August 1st.
Logan, who campaigned for the ban, said he was surprised the vote was so overwhelmingly against turbines. "This is an accurate reflection on how people feel," he said. He said that although the village board wasn't legally bound to the voters' will, it was ethically obligated to follow suit.