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Long Island, downstate must pay for bulk of $1.5B wind-farm upgrades, state says

LIPA argues that ratepayers statewide will benefit from the grid upgrades on Long Island and in New York City, so the costs should be shared equally across the state. But the state Public Service Commission says the lion's share of the cost should be borne by ratepayers in the "energy-congested" regions such as Long Island and New York City that are receiving the upgrade and who it says will benefit more from higher-capacity power lines and other enhancements.
3 May 2021

Winds of change blow through blade market

In November 2019, the Financial Times warned the 2020 wind farm programme could be compromised by balsa shortages precipitated by a poor growing season. Balsa prices had already doubled by the time the story warned of shortages. ...last August, a shipment of illegally harvested balsa destined for China was seized by Peruvian authorities in the port of Callao, Lima. About a week later, another shipment was intercepted at a highway control post in Churubamba, Huanuco. ...Wood Mackenzie analysts are forecasting a global turbine supply chain worth $600 billion (£432bn) this decade. “In the short term, it seems very possible that at least some of our clean energy will be powered by illegally harvested timber,” warns Timbercheck.
3 May 2021

ArcVera Renewables: Billions Lost in Texas Winter Weather Event

The study analyzes the outage periods documented by ERCOT for 191 wind farm units, with a nominal capacity of 21,888 MW, of which 57% (12,495 MW) is subject to a hedged financial structure. Lost energy production from wind farms, aggregating individual wind farm results, was 629,700 MWh with a financial impact of this lost production, whether the financial loss to the owner or gain by others, estimated at $4.18 billion. This represents an average financial impact on any project of $44.4 million. For hedged projects, the financial impact of this lost proxy production is even greater, with an average financial impact of $45.4 million.
28 Apr 2021

Maine fishing industry gears up to protest pace of wind development

The group calls offshore wind development “a threat to the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and our way of life in Maine.” It asks the Governor's Energy Office to complete an offshore wind “road map” before bringing large-scale projects to the Gulf of Maine. A demonstration project with one turbine is scheduled to be installed off  Monhegan Island and a larger project of up to 12 turbines is in the pipeline off Maine southern coast. A general oval-shaped location has been determined and the state is in the process of identifying a specific site.
22 Apr 2021

Texas wind farms sue Citigroup over charges from winter storm

A Canadian renewable energy firm on Wednesday sued Citigroup Inc for rejecting force majeure declarations during a February winter storm and billing it over $100 million for replacement power, according to lawsuits filed in a Texas state court. Shannon Wind and Flat Top Wind, subsidiaries of Innergex Renewable Energy Inc (INE.TO), operate North Texas wind farms that halted their wind turbines during an arctic deep freeze. Both had agreements to physically deliver power to Citi Energy, a unit of Citigroup Inc (C.N), at fixed prices.
22 Apr 2021

After years of uncertainty, expected decision on Vineyard Wind could launch new industry

Any day now the Interior Department will approve, deny, or suggest changes to Vineyard Wind’s construction plan. The company will need a few small permits and federal sign-offs afterwards, but this represents the last big hurdle for the project. If the ruling is favorable, which seems likely, Vineyard Wind could start offshore construction next year and deliver power by the end of 2023. "I'm sure they'll be drinking champagne and pumping their fists and they will be all happy about it, but I think in the fishing community they're going to look at it as a loss," Anthony says. Anthony says fishermen feel like the country has decided to trade one renewable resource — seafood — for another: wind energy. And he thinks it’s a shame.
19 Apr 2021

Take a letter: But will SEC read it?

What does it say about New Hampshire government priorities that it adds a new and unnecessary office (see related editorial today) but can’t provide its Site Evaluation Committee with someone to open the mail and inform the public about public hearings?
14 Apr 2021

Antrim Wind to face SEC scrutiny

“The SEC meeting yesterday was perhaps the most frustrating I have ever witnessed and I’ve been intervening before the SEC for 15 years,” Linowes related in an email on March 26th. “The problem is tied to a Chair who cannot seem to keep track of the facts in front of her, Committee members who are disengaged, ignorant about the SEC, and easily confused, and a bureaucratic body that is feeling beat up by the public and afraid to act. The only outcome of yesterday was that the Nov 23 meeting and acceptance of the Antrim Wind monitoring report meant nothing beyond the Committee taking the report in hand."
2 Apr 2021

Cybersecurity of wind power a growing concern

If Sun’s project comes to fruition, Chinese-owned wind turbines reaching hundreds of feet into the air will be in close proximity to a U.S. military base. As Daniel M. Hoffman, a former chief of station with the CIA, wrote in the Washington Times (Aug. 14): “GH America would use the cover of a windmill farm renewable energy business to spy on behalf of China’s ruthless dictatorship.” Whether carrying out cyber attacks from afar or spying from up-close, America’s adversaries have a lot to gain from the expansion of wind power.
2 Apr 2021

Huge solar farm sparks calls for ‘food versus fuel’ debate

Emeritus professor of the rural environment Michael Alder, who is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society, said a national debate was needed on the future of the countryside – including biodiversity and landscape as well as food and fuel. “Land is finite, and whatever you use it for there are trade-offs. “Sometimes these trade-offs are acceptable and sometimes they are not. “I have a particular concern about food security – the Sunnica proposal is for land that is very productive.”
19 Mar 2021

Citizens discuss concerns with wind turbines

Citizens attended the Huron County Commissioners meeting Thursday morning to discuss Apex Clean Energy. Apex is developing Emerson Creek Wind, a potential wind turbine facility, that will be located on open farmland in Erie and Huron counties.
19 Mar 2021

Texas wind farms face billion-dollar losses from blackouts in 'illegal wealth transfer'

Dozens of wind farms in Texas have been left reeling from billions of dollars of losses incurred during last month’s state-wide electrical grid failure, even though the industry played a minor role in the power generation shortages that crippled much of the state. Those facilities either shut down, under-performed or were unable to fully export power during all or part of a week of historically cold winter weather because of blade icing, low wind resource, onsite electrical supply issues, and transmission congestion in the state’s main power grid, according to industry officials.
19 Mar 2021

RWE warns on profit as Texas freeze halts wind farms

Given the situation, we see this as a one-off impact and RWE may try to recoup losses from insurance,” the analysts wrote in a note. RWE said part of its onshore wind fleet in Texas had been partly out of service from Feb. 9 because of icing and grid issues that have dealt a major blow to the second-largest U.S. state.
18 Mar 2021

Public-private proposal made to replace broken wind turbine

The town signed a public-private agreement with Ipswich Wind Independence LLC in 2011 to build Wind II (Wind I is town-owned). The town’s electric light department (ELD) agreed to buy power from the company, and the town also collected around $1.3 million in property tax. However, a fire in October 2018 knocked Wind II out of action. To complicate matters, there were rumors that Ipswich Wind Independence was in financial difficulties — and the town discovered no bond had been paid to ensure safe removal of the structure. The turbine was not repairable, as the manufacturer, Hyundai, had withdrawn from the turbine business.
17 Mar 2021

Height of nonsense as Lairg 2 turbines amended for third time

The renewable energy company now wants six turbines measuring 200m; one at 190m and three at 150m. Ms Herrick previously said she had been taken aback at the speed at which Energiekontor UK sought a variance to its original consent and that developers should not be allowed to continually alter plans.
16 Mar 2021

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