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With the first wind-harvesting plan approved in Beekmantown, the Citizens Wind Advisory Committee recently made formal its recommendations to the Town Council. The seven-member committee, chosen for its diversity in opinion over wind-power regulation, was appointed by the Town Council in mid 2006. Its mission was to provide recommendations for Beekmantown wind-power regulations in agreement with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. “We divined what we thought the intention of the land-use plan was and how wind turbines would fit into that,” said committee Secretary Michael Morales. He presented each member of the Town Council with a white copy of the bulky document at its February meeting. This moves the town one step closer to making a decision on the local law.
There are currently plans for five wind farm sites across the East Riding, including:
Hanover’s water supply may soon be wind-powered. Selectmen, who had been considering the idea of building a wind turbine to produce power for three schools, are now advocating construction of up to three smaller turbines to power the town’s water wells and treatment plant. In the latest show of interest in wind power on the South Shore, selectmen agreed Tuesday night to ask town meeting for permission to design and build the wind turbines.
While many on the lower shore debated the merits of coal, off-shore wind and natural gas for months, Delmarva Power opted to reject all three. In a filing with the Public Service Commission, the utility company stated that moving forward with any of the proposals is not in the best interest of its customers. The company’s analysis indicated none of the three proposals offer any savings or price stability and all carry substantial costs, according to a statement released today.
Residents of Shipdham have another anxious wait ahead on the future of two proposed wind turbines in the village after the High Court sent their fate back into the hands of the planning inspectorate. A government inspector granted permission for the turbines on appeal following a public inquiry last year but a condition imposed to prevent noise nuisance was challenged by Nicholas and Lee Hoare who live next to the proposed site. At a brief hearing in London, Mr Justice Lloyd Jones approved a consent order agreed between the Secretary of State, Breckland Council and developers Ecotricity, that the decision should be quashed and sent back to the Secretary of State for reconsideration on grounds that the condition was “unenforceable and imprecise” in a move that could set a new precedent for the ruling of planning permission for wind turbines. The residents are now eager to hear what a new planning inspector decides to do with the case. He or she will take further representations from the interested parties and choose whether to simply re-write the condition, take it back to another public inquiry or completely change tack and refuse permission.
Residents fighting plans for wind farms in the East Riding hope a decision to approve plans for Lissett will help their individual campaigns. By approving the 12-turbine scheme at a disused airfield, councillors have helped the East Riding almost meet its Government target for non-fossil fuel power generation for 2010. Campaigners hope it will mean less pressure on councillors to give other wind farms the green light.
Town hall chiefs look set to refuse two potential wind farm projects. SLP Energy proposes building a wind farm at Rampside. The company plans to put up a temporary, 60-metre high mast in a field opposite Newholme Farm to monitor the wind. But Barrow Borough Council chiefs look set to refuse permission for the mast when they meet on Tuesday.
Protesters are urging council chiefs to overrule their own planning department and force a public inquiry into plans for 18 wind turbines on a Northumberland hillside. Officers at Alnwick District Council sparked a backlash from objectors last night, after giving their sanction to npower's controversial proposal for Middlemoor, just off the A1 at South Charlton. Northumberland County Council has already backed the bid, to the dismay of local residents, who say it will ruin an area of outstanding beauty.
Riverdale could soon have its own wind farm. Wind turbines are planned for the Awapuni Sustainable Development Centre, the old landfill site. Palmerston North City Council waste and water services manager Chris Pepper said the turbines are expected to generate about 500kW of power, which the council will use in its bid to become self-sufficient. The wind farm is still in the planning stage, but two wind masts have been put up behind the recycling centre to monitor the wind. Testing will go on for another six months. Mr Pepper said decisions on how many turbines, or what size they would be, have not been made. He said the council will probably apply for resource consent for the turbines next year.
The industry association that represents the nation’s wind power generators has partnered with Alberta’s electric system operator for a ground-breaking study into wind forecasting that could open the door to billions of dollars in wind power investment. The study of Alberta’s wind resource is seen as a key step in allowing this province’s wind generation industry — already Canada’s largest — to expand beyond a 900-megawatt limit the Alberta Electric System Operator imposed in May 2006. With help from the Alberta government, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and the AESO announced Wednesday the one-year, $1-million study will get underway in March paving the way for more wind power in Alberta.
After hearing what the public had to say about its wind energy law in July, the Town of Hartsville had some changes to make. Those changes are in, and the law has tightened up some language, increased setback distances, made some changes to sound levels and pumped up the permit fee for commercial wind turbines. It was announced at Monday’s town board meeting the law would be available for viewing or a copy could be purchased at the town clerk’s office, and a public hearing on the legislation will take place at 7 p.m. March 15 at the town hall. It is expected the board will vote on the law at the conclusion of the public hearing. Deputy Supervisor Gene Garrison doesn’t think that many changes were made, but feels the law is very strong in its intent to protect town residents. He also noted that amendments may be made to the law down the road if the town board feels the need for it.
A “hardy annual” argument emerged during a meeting yesterday to discuss the Dunedin City Council’s submission on TrustPower’s Mahinerangi wind farm proposal the least contentious heavy traffic route across the Taieri Plain. For at least seven years, the council has been divided over whether the main route should be State Highway 87, which runs through the middle of Mosgiel, or a road which bypasses the town. The issue has resurfaced with Meridian Energy and TrustPower announcing plans for wind farms northwest of Outram. Both say the main route for construction traffic including the 2700 over-length and over-weight trucks needed to transport wind turbine components would be from Dunedin, across the Taieri Plain to Outram and onwards via State Highway 87. Meridian’s preferred route across the plain is Riccarton Rd, while TrustPower has said it is still looking at options.
LISSETT airfield could be home to a wind farm by the end of the year, if the proposals are accepted by a planning committee today. An application has been made to erect 12 turbines on the site of the former airfield. And should the application prove successful, Novera Energy – the company behind the proposals – hopes to begin building in the summer in time for an operational winter.
Although many issues are similar, there are enough differences of concern between Amaranth and Melancthon on wind turbines that the Ontario Municipal Board could sit for nine or 10 weeks to accommodate all parties and participants to the proceedings. The hearing would determine whether the townships should approve Official Plan amendments and site-specific zoning for 88 wind turbines that Canadian Hydro Developers Inc. is proposing for its Melancthon II project - 23 in Amaranth and 65 in Melancthon, with a total nameplate capacity of 132 megawatts. Hearing Officer Susan Schiller presided over prehearing conferences in both townships on Tuesday and Thursday last week, and was asked to set aside three days in April for motions and further procedural discussions. One of those days, April 5, would deal with months principally affecting Melancthon. The other two days, April 23 and 24, would be principally devoted to Amaranth. However, there could be some overlapping.
What is the latest renewable energy project about to get underway in Mitchell County? The answer (my friend) is blowin’ In the wind. A local man who wishes to remain anonymous at this time is currently developing a 20-megawatt wind farm that will be located just a few miles north of Osage. The project, already a year and a half in the making, is tentatively being called the “Cedar River Wind Farm.” The $30 million operation would consist of eight 2.5-megawatt wind turbines which would interconnect with an Alliant Energy 69,000-volt transmission line at the Kirkwood Avenue substation at Osage.
A massive wind power facility proposed for the Tehachapi area, if approved by state regulators, would become the largest project of its kind in the nation. The $3 billion Alta Wind Energy Center would involve installing as many as 750 wind turbines over a 50-square-mile area east and south of Tehachapi. It would generate as much as 1,500 megawatts — more than twice the power of the largest existing wind energy facility in the United States. It also would more than double the wind energy produced in the Tehachapi area.
The wind of change will blow across Lissett if permission is granted this week for 12 massive turbines. Novera Energy Ltd has applied for planning permission to build a windfarm at the disused airfield. Officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council have recommended tomorrow’s planning committee to defer the scheme pending a legal agreement to carry out certain work, with approval once the agreement is completed. The application had been previously deferred.
A Mitchell County man is developing a plan for a $30 million, 20-megawatt wind farm owned by local investors a few miles north of Osage. The project is tentatively being called the Cedar River Wind Farm and would have eight 2.5-megawatt wind turbines that would connect with an Alliant Energy 69,000-volt transmission line at the Kirkwood Avenue Substation at Osage. The man said he wished to remain anonymous, but information about the project was confirmed by Mitchell County Economic Development Director Brenda Dryer, who is assisting in the project.
Scottish Natural Heritage yesterday confirmed its objection to a huge wind farm planned for Lewis. SNH board members reiterated their previous view that land covered by special protection area status might be harmed by the development. They also said there was insufficient information to determine the potential impact on birds. Last week, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) voted 18-8 in favour of the plan by Lewis Wind Power, subject to 50 conditions, including the removal of five of the proposed 181 turbines. Because of the scale of the 651-megawatt project, a final decision rests with the Scottish Executive. Meanwhile, SNH has withdrawn its objection to a proposed wind farm at Edinbane on Skye. It follows a public consultation by Highland Council on the latest submission from the developer AMEC, which included an appraisal of the likely effect on golden eagles.
Mario Leone Jr. had the environment in mind when he proposed that Hopewell Township erect windmills to provide electricity for the township’s operations. Leone also has the township’s bottom line in mind. Leone, chairman of the township commissioners, got approval from his colleagues Monday to see whether the winds in the township are strong enough to warrant construction of a small wind farm, which would provide electricity to township-owned properties.