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    posted:  November 18, 2014
    Economics, Emissions, Environment, Health, Law, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Senate of Australia

    Motion to establish Select Committee on Wind Turbines

    Senators Leyonhjelm, Madigan, Day, Xenophon and Back: To move on the next day of sitting—

    (1) That a select committee, to be known as the Select Committee on Wind Turbines be established to inquire into and report on the application of regulatory governance and economic impact of wind turbines by 24 June 2015, with particular reference to:

    (a) the effect on household power prices, particularly households which receive no benefit from rooftop solar panels, and the merits of consumer subsidies for operators;

    (b) how effective the Clean Energy Regulator is in performing its legislative responsibilities and whether there is a need to broaden those responsibilities;

    (c) the role and capacity of the National Health and Medical Research Council in providing guidance to state and territory authorities;

    (d) the implementation of planning processes in relation to wind farms, including the level of information available to prospective wind farm hosts;

    (e) the adequacy of monitoring and compliance governance of wind farms;

    (f) the application and integrity of national wind farm guidelines;

    (g) the effect that wind towers have on fauna and aerial operations around turbines, including firefighting and crop management;

    (h) the energy and emission input and output equations from whole-of-life operation of wind turbines; and

    (i) any related matter.

    (2) That the committee consist of 6 senators, 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 1 to be nominated by the Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate, and 3 to be nominated by other parties and independent senators.

    (3) That:

    (a) participating members may be appointed to the committee on the nomination of the Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate or any minority party or independent senator;

    (b) participating members may participate in hearings of evidence and deliberations of the committee, and have all the rights of members of the committee, but may not vote on any questions before the committee; and

    (c) a participating member shall be taken to be a member of the committee for the purpose of forming a quorum of the committee if a majority of members of the committee is not present.

    (4) That 3 members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee.

    (5) That the committee may proceed to the dispatch of business notwithstanding that all members have not been duly nominated and appointed and notwithstanding any vacancy.

    (6) That the committee elect as chair and deputy chair a member nominated by the minority parties and independent senators.

    (7) That the deputy chair shall act as chair when the chair is absent from a meeting of the committee or the position of chair is temporarily vacant.

    (8) That the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, may appoint another member of the committee to act as chair during the temporary absence of both the chair and deputy chair at a meeting of the committee.

    (9) That, in the event of an equality of voting, the chair, or the deputy chair when acting as chair, has a casting vote.

    (10) That the committee have power to appoint subcommittees consisting of 3 or more of its members, and to refer to any such subcommittee any of the matters which the committee is empowered to examine.

    (11) That the committee and any subcommittee have power to send for and examine persons and documents, to move from place to place, to sit in public or in private, notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament or dissolution of the House of Representatives, and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings, the evidence taken and such interim recommendations as it may deem fit.

    (12) That the committee be provided with all necessary staff, facilities and resources and be empowered to appoint persons with specialist knowledge for the purposes of the committee with the approval of the President.

    (13) That the committee be empowered to print from day to day such documents and evidence as may be ordered by it, and a daily Hansard be published of such proceedings as take place in public. ( general business notice of motion no. 503 )

    http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;db=CHAMBER;id=chamber%2Fjournals%2Fbe425585-f24f-45b0-9fe6-d9aa9c78ef69%2F0014;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fjournals%2Fbe425585-f24f-45b0-9fe6-d9aa9c78ef69%2F0014%22

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    posted:  November 9, 2014
    Announcements, Noise, Studies, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

    Source:  Independent Noise Working Group

    Working group to investigate wind turbine excess amplitude modulation noise

    30 Oct 2014

    We are pleased to announce the formation of an Independent Noise Working Group to investigate wind turbine Excess Amplitude Modulation noise.

    Ask anyone living close to a wind farm about the noises it makes. Many will tell you that the most annoying is a ‘swish/thump’ from the turbine blades that frequently occurs at night. It isn’t its loudness that upsets – for this they should have protection through the normal planning process – but its recurrent, sleep disturbing, nature. The noise is called ‘excess’ amplitude modulation (EAM). Until recently, EAM has been a mystery that has created a huge problem for the wind power industry, (which presumably does not wish to create intolerable conditions for people living close to wind farms), the planning system (which has to consider the impact on the public when granting permission for wind farms to be built) and local authorities (which have to investigate complaints about the nuisance from working turbines).

    In 2013 the wind industry trade association RenewableUK published a series of in-house commissioned studies that led it to conclude that the EAM problem is ‘too large to ignore’ and in response the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) has convened a Noise Working Group to investigate and propose a method by which it can be controlled. To adequately protect the public from EAM, it is vital that this group:

    1. is independent of any financial interest in wind power;

    2. has experience of field measurement and observation of EAM;

    3. can call on the best available science; and

    4. takes objective note of consultations with other interested parties and scientists.

    Regrettably, its published terms of reference and composition suggest this may not be the case.

    In response to a request from Chris Heaton-Harris MP (Con. Daventry), this new multidisciplinary and financially disinterested group wholly independent from the IoA’s Noise Working Group, will review the evidence for EAM and produce a rationale for effective controls on wind turbine EAM. It will report early in the New Year.

    Contact and Offers of Help
    For more information on this group including its terms of reference, please contact the study editor, Richard Cox at wind-noise@tsp-uk.co.uk

    The group would like to hear from individuals wishing to offer their expertise in these disciplines: Acoustics, Physics, Meteorology, Data Analysis, Environmental Health, Audiology (including sleep disturbance) and legal and planning.

    Download : “Wind Turbine Amplitude Modulation and Planning Control Study Terms of Reference”

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    posted:  September 23, 2014
    Action alerts, France, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Le Vent Tourne

    La saline royale d’Arc-et-Senans menacée par des éoliennes

    La saline royale d’Arc-et-Senans est une ancienne saline industrielle de sel gemme du XVIIIe siècle construite à Arc-et-Senans dans le Doubs en Franche-Comté.

    Elle est menacée par un projet d’éoliennes éantes parfaitement visibles de ce site historique protégé.

    L’association “Le Vent Tourne” dénonce depuis juin 2014 ce projet d’installation d’éoliennes géantes en vallée de la Loue sur le territoire des communes de Byans sur Doubs et Lombard.

    Elle considère que ce projet, initié par un bureau d’études local, partenaire de sociétés basées à Londres et aux Etats-Unis, est le symbole même du fiasco de l’éolien industriel :

    L’association le Vent tourne, après avoir alerté les services et organismes concernés, rencontré des élus soucieux du problème, et forte du soutien des habitants, a fait à l’occasion des journées du patrimoine, une campagne d’affichage dans les communes impactées par le parc éolien

    Contacts :

    LE VENT TOURNE
    Jean-Louis Babouot
    jl.babouot/yahoo.fr

    Fédération Environnement Durable
    Jean-Louis Butré
    contact/environnementdurable.net

    http://environnementdurable.net

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    posted:  August 28, 2014
    Europe, Meetings, Noise, TechnologyPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  European Wind Energy Association

    Wind Turbine Sound 2014

    9-10 December 2014, Malmö, Sweden

    The second edition of EWEA’s technology workshop on wind turbine sound will take place from 9 o 10 December 2014 in in Malmö, Sweden.

    The 2014 EWEA sound workshop will have common threads running through the different sessions. These threads are:

    In relation with these threads, the workshop will cover the following topics:

    Programme outline
    Poster presentations

    Technologieworkshops zu Windkraftanlagengeräuschen

    Die zweite Auflage des EWEA-Technologieworkshops zu Windkraftanlagengeräuschen findet am 9. und 10. Dezember 2014 in Malmö, Schweden, statt.

    Obwohl Windkraftanlagen zu den höchstentwickelten Technologien zur Erzeugung erneuerbarer Energien zählen, äußern Menschen, die in der näheren Umgebung von Windparks leben, ihren Unmut über die damit verbundene Lärmbelästigung und die Auswirkungen auf die menschliche Gesundheit. Eine der zentralen Herausforderungen für Ingenieure besteht darin, Technologien für eine effiziente Lärmverringerung zu entwickeln. Dieses Anliegen steht bereits seit mehreren Jahren im Fokus.

    Der Workshop zu Windkraftanlagengeräuschen des Europäischen Verbands für Windenergie (EWEA) bietet Teilnehmern ein besseres Verständnis der entscheidenden Probleme beim Entwurf geräuschloser Windparks, der Herausforderungen an die Industrie sowie deren Vorgehensweise. Zu den Themen in diesem Jahr zählen die menschliche Wahrnehmung von Geräuschen, nationale Leitlinien zur Lärmbelästigung, reale Geräuschmessungen, Windparkentwürfe Windkraftanlagendesign und die Auswirkungen von Lärmbeschränkungen auf den Windparkbetrieb.

    Es wird erwartet, dass 150 bis 200 Fachkräfte wie etwa Hersteller, Projektentwickler, Risikoassessoren, Akustikberater, Akademiker und Forscher dem Workshop beiwohnen.

    El sonido de las turbinas eólicas 2014

    La segunda edición del taller tecnológico de la EWEA sobre el sonido de las turbinas eólicas se celebrará del 9 al 10 de diciembre de 2014 en Malmö, Suecia.

    La tecnología de las turbinas eólicas es una de las más maduras del conjunto de las pertinentes a la producción de energías renovables. Aun así, las comunidades situadas en su entorno muestran su preocupación por el sonido que producen y sus efectos sobre la salud humana. Uno de los retos de mayor envergadura para los ingenieros es crear tecnologías eficaces que reduzcan el ruido, una labor a la que han dedicado mucho esfuerzo en los últimos años.

    El taller de la EWEA dedicado al sonido de las turbinas eólicas aportará a los asistentes un mayor conocimiento de los temas más importantes relacionados con el diseño de parques eólicos silenciosos, los retos a los que se enfrenta la industria y las opciones de futuro. En la edición de este año se tratará sobre la percepción humana del sonido, directrices nacionales sobre ruido, mediciones del sonido sobre el terreno, diseño de parques eólicos, diseño de turbinas eólicas y la influencia de la restricción sonora en el funcionamiento de los parques eólicos.

    Al taller acudirán entre ciento cincuenta y doscientos profesionales dedicados a la fabricación, el desarrollo de procesos, la evaluación de riesgos, la consultoría acústica, el sector académico y la ciencia.

    Atelier technologique sur le bruit des éoliennes 2014

    La seconde édition de l’atelier technologique de l’EWEA sur le bruit des éoliennes aura lieu du 9 au 10 décembre 2014 à Malmö, en Suède.

    Les éoliennes font partie des technologies les plus avancées en matière de production d’énergie renouvelable, mais les personnes résidant à proximité de fermes d’éoliennes se disent préoccupées par le bruit qu’elles génèrent et son impact sur la santé humaine. L’un des principaux défis pour les ingénieurs est de trouver des technologies efficaces de réduction des émissions sonores, un problème sur lequel ils se penchent depuis quelques années déjà.

    L’atelier de l’EWEA sur le bruit provenant des éoliennes donne aux participants la possibilité de mieux comprendre les considérations essentielles qui entrent en ligne de compte dans la conception de fermes d’éoliennes silencieuses, les défis rencontrés par le secteur et la façon d’aller de l’avant. Cette année, les thèmes incluront la perception humaine des émissions sonores, les directives nationales sur le bruit, les mesures du niveau sonore, la conception de fermes d’éoliennes, la conception d’éoliennes et l’impact de la réduction du bruit sur le fonctionnement des fermes d’éoliennes.

    L’atelier devrait attirer 150 à 200 professionnels, notamment des fabricants, des promoteurs de projet, des évaluateurs de risques, des consultants en acoustique, des universitaires et des chercheurs.

    Workshop tecnologico rumore delle turbine eoliche

    Il 9 e il 10 dicembre 2014 si svolgerà a Malmö, in Svezia, la seconda edizione del workshop tecnologico EWEA sul rumore delle turbine eoliche.

    Anche se le turbine eoliche rappresentano una delle tecnologie più mature per produrre energia rinnovabile, la gente che vive vicino ai parchi eolici ha sollevato delle preoccupazioni riguardo al rumore che producono e all’impatto di questo sulla salute umana. Una delle principali sfide per gli ingegneri è quella di trovare delle efficienti tecnologie di riduzione del rumore, un obbiettivo su cui si sono concentrati negli ultimi anni.

    Il workshop EWEA sul rumore delle turbine eoliche fornisce ai partecipanti l’opportunità di comprendere meglio le questioni chiave coinvolte nella progettazione di parchi eolici silenziosi, le sfide che l’industria deve affrontare e la strada da seguire. Gli argomenti di quest’anno includono la percezione umana del rumore, linee guida nazionali sul rumore, misurazioni del rumore nel mondo reale, progettazione di parchi eolici, progettazione di turbine eoliche e l’impatto della riduzione del rumore sulle operazioni dei parchi eolici.

    Si prevede che il workshop attiri tra 150 a 200 professionisti che comprendono produttori, sviluppatori di progetti, valutatori del rischio, consulenti acustici, accademici e ricercatori.

    Głośność turbin wiatrowych 2014

    W dniach 9-10 grudnia 2014 r. w Malmö, Szwecja, odbędzie się Druga edycja warsztatów technologicznych EWEA nt. głośności farm wiatrowych.

    Mimo iż turbiny wiatrowe są jedną z najdojrzalszych technologii produkcji energii odnawialnej, ludzie mieszkający w pobliżu farm wiatrowych zgłaszają obawy co do generowanego przez nie hałasu i jego oddziaływania na zdrowie człowieka. Jednym z głównych wyzwań stawianych przed inżynierami jest wypracowanie skutecznych technik ograniczania hałasu, na czym koncentrują się od kilku lat.

    Warsztaty EWEA poświęcone głośności turbin wiatrowych stwarzają uczestnikom okazję do lepszego zapoznania się z kluczowymi zagadnieniami projektowania cichych farm wiatrowych, wyzwaniami stojącymi przed sektorem i dalszą drogą rozwoju. Pośród tegorocznych tematów znajdzie się percepcja dźwięku przez człowieka, krajowe wytyczne w zakresie hałasu, pomiary dźwięku w terenie, projekty farm wiatrowych, projekty turbin wiatrowych i wpływ ograniczania hałasu na funkcjonowanie farm wiatrowych.

    W warsztatach ma wziąć udział od 150 do 200 profesjonalistów, między innymi producenci, kierownicy projektów, biegli ds. oceny ryzyka, akustycy, nauczyciele akademiccy i naukowcy.

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    posted:  August 27, 2014
    Advertisements, Aesthetics, Economics, Energy, Maine, RadioPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Saving Maine

    Saving Maine’s first three radio commercials exposing wind power

    “Goodbye, Saddleback Mountain”

    “Poor Wind vs. Tax Breaks”

    “Power Exporter”

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    posted:  August 10, 2014
    Action alerts, EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Dorset CPRE

    Urgent requests from Richard Heaslip, Chair of Trustees, Dorset CPRE

    WEST DORSET WIND FARM PLANNING APPLICATION WD/D/14/000885

    20 June 2014

    Planning permission is being sought for what would be Dorset’s largest wind farm. Proposed for a site in West Dorset, in open unspoilt countryside just north of Tolpuddle, it would comprise five 115 metre (377 feet) high industrial-scale turbines. Last time I wrote to you and asked for your support the response was over 1,000 objections – this was instrumental in forcing the developer to withdraw its proposal for a nine-turbine wind farm. But it has come back with a proposal that remains totally unacceptable – with 5 turbines it would still be the biggest wind farm in Dorset. To defeat this we have to fight even harder. Our aim is to exceed 2,000 objections. Your objection is essential – without it we will not succeed.

    Dorset CPRE is in favour of renewable energy – provided it is not unacceptably damaging to the landscape, to heritage assets or to the amenity of local people. We believe that this application does not meet these requirements.

    The scheme has met with strong opposition from local communities who have formed the Tolpuddle Against Industrial Turbines (TAINT) action group to fight the proposal based on concerns for landscape, settings of listed buildings, the industrialisation of Hardy Country, wildlife and noise.

    TAINT chairman Richard Slocock has said “As communities we are furious. We do not want them. We have already employed professionals to look at the application. They will be going through it and contesting it point by point.”

    Dorset CPRE is backing TAINT but we need to encourage wider involvement from you and, just as importantly, your friends, neighbours and relatives. With, but only with your help can we reach over 2,000 objections.

    Amongst the reasons for objection are the following:

    PLEASE SEND, in support of the local residents and our landscape, a letter of OBJECTION to the Planning Application – either online, by email or by post.

    If you decide to object, the greatest impact can be obtained by:

    1. Stating that you OBJECT to the proposal and providing a valid planning reason, such as one selected from the above. Reasons related to, for example, subsidies, the intermittent nature of wind turbines and potential impact on property values are not valid in this context.
    2. Making sure that only ONE PERSON signs an objection.

      If more than one objector uses the same email address, send a SEPARATE EMAIL for each objector to the Case Officer, David Hodges: d.hodges@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk. Make sure you provide a NAME and ADDRESS including a POSTCODE and quote the reference number WD/D/14/000885.

      Similarly, if you are responding by Royal Mail, make sure each objector signs a SEPARATE LETTER. It is NOT necessary to put each objection into a separate envelope. The letter can be handwritten or typed or a proforma. They all have the same status. If a proforma, we strongly encourage you to add a handwritten comment in order to personalise the letter (for example, suggest noise and loss of tranquillity may be problems too). All you need do is PRINT your name and address at the top – don’t forget the postcode – and SIGN AT THE BOTTOM. At least two proforma objections are enclosed with this letter. Please copy more for your friends, neighbours and relatives – past experience shows this would more than double the number of objections achieved.

    Please return letters … and we will forward them to West Dorset District Council.

    The deadline is 4 July 2014. [However it is likely the case officer will accept objections for some weeks afterwards.]

    You can read more about the application online, including details of how to make a submission electronically, using this short link:

    http://tinyurl.com/nutouxa

    BLANDFORD HILL WIND FARM PLANNING APPLICATION 2/2014/0768/PAEIA

    July 2014

    Planning permission is being sought for what would be Dorset’s third largest wind farm. The proposed site is in open unspoilt countryside, just east of Winterborne Whitechurch in North Dorset; it would comprise four 125 metre high industrial-scale turbines. These would be higher than Salisbury Cathedral spire. When I wrote to you earlier this summer and asked for your support to stop the West Dorset Wind Farm, which is just over three miles away, the response was well over 1,000 objections and we hope this will have a significant impact on the planning outcome. We want to achieve the same impact here. Your objection is essential – without it we will not succeed in stopping this harmful proposal.

    Dorset CPRE is in favour of renewable energy – provided it is not unacceptably damaging to the landscape, to heritage assets or to the amenity of local people. We believe that this application is hugely damaging.

    The scheme has met with strong opposition from local communities who have formed the DART Winterborne Whitechurch action group to fight it based on concerns for landscape, social amenity, archaeology, heritage and noise. DART (WW) chairman Julien Turner has said “Once again, a vulnerable Dorset Community is being held to ransom by inappropriately sited industrial development. Many local people have signed up to our data base to object strongly due to the detrimental effects on the countryside.”

    Dorset CPRE is backing DART (WW) but we need you to get involved and write opposing the proposed development and, just as importantly, your friends, neighbours and relatives also. With, and only with your help, can we achieve over 1,000 objections.

    Amongst the reasons for objection are the following:

    PLEASE SEND a letter of OBJECTION to the Planning Application, in support of the local residents and our landscape, – either online, by email or by post.

    ONLINE: Go to http://plansearch.north-dorset.gov.uk/online-applications/ where you will be asked to input the application number 2/2014/0768/PAEIA. You will then be asked to register, if you have not previously done so, before leaving a comment.

    EMAIL: You can email the Case Officer, Stephen Clark at devcontrol@north- dorset.gov.uk. Please quote the application number, and provide name and address including a postcode.

    ROYAL MAIL: The letter can be handwritten or typed or a proforma. They all have the same status. If a proforma, we strongly encourage you to add a handwritten comment in order to personalise the letter (for example, suggest injury and death to birds may be a problem too). All you need do is PRINT your name and address at the top – don’t forget the postcode – and SIGN AT THE BOTTOM. At least two proforma objections are enclosed with this letter. Please copy more for your friends, neighbours and relatives – past experience shows this would more than double the number of objections achieved. Please return letters i…d and we will forward them to North Dorset District Council.

    The greatest impact can be obtained by:

    1. Stating that you OBJECT to the proposal and providing a valid planning reason, such as one selected from the above. Reasons related to, for example, subsidies, the intermittent nature of wind turbines and potential impact on property values are not valid in this context.
    2. Making sure that only ONE PERSON signs an objection. If responding by Royal Mail, make sure each objector signs a SEPARATE LETTER. It is NOT necessary to put each objection into a separate envelope. If by email please send a separate email for each objector.

    The deadline for writing is 15th August 2014. However it is likely the case officer will accept objections for some weeks afterwards.

    Thank you in advance for supporting this campaign.

    Yours sincerely,
    ~~~
    Richard Heaslip
    Chair of Trustees
    Dorset CPRE

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    posted:  August 9, 2014
    Announcements, Hearings, Law, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Corporation Commission of Oklahoma

    Inquiry of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to identify and resolve issues related to the development and use of wind energy

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (“Commission”) opens this Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) to identify and examine issues regarding wind energy development in the State of Oklahoma and in consideration of Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman’s letter dated May 19, 2014, requesting that the Commission examine certain aspects of wind energy development. The following items are some, but not necessarily all, matters to be considered:

    SITING:

    1. When siting a wind farm, which, if any, governmental entities are involved with the approval of the site? For each entity listed, please identify the area or function each has in regulation.
    2. When siting wind turbines, what consideration should be given to economic, geographical, and socioeconomic conditions of each location? Please identify all benefits and detriments.
    3. In regard to wind siting, please identify the “best practices” that the wind industry recognizes. Are those practices codified? Are other states incorporating those practices into law and, if so, how?
    4. Please identify all wind farm site location interconnection issues.
    5. Are the following areas currently reviewed and/or regulated by specific regulatory authorities or by law: environmental conditions; safety; aesthetics, use and enjoyment of property; wildlife; noise pollution; sound and flicker or light pollution. For each area identified, please provide the regulatory authority and/or associated law.
    6. What are the current mechanisms at the city, county, state, and federal levels to resolve disputes concerning wind energy?
    7. When siting is granted, is consideration given to areas of high consequence such as air fields, oil and gas facilities, roads, highways, schools, and hospitals?
    8. How do Oklahoma’s wind energy policies and regulations compare to those of other states. Are Oklahoma’s policies more or less encouraging for development than policies in other states?
    9. Does the value of property decrease once a wind farm is created on or near it?
    10. What are Oklahomans’ specific concerns regarding the existing siting structure?
    11. What types of conflicts have arisen between wind project developers or host landowners and neighboring landowners or mineral rights owners or others?

    DECOMMISSIONING:

    1. What role can or should the Commission have in implementing or decommissioning wind units? Should it be similar to decommissioning of transmission facilities found at OAC 165:35-43-7?
    2. Should a wind facility file a decommissioning plan in addition to the filing requirement in 17 O.S. § 160.15? If so, where should it be filed?
    3. Does a wind energy company’s accounting methodology/asset retirement require them to recognize an asset for future decommissioning purposes when the cost is incurred?
    4. Are or should performance/surety bonds be required for wind farms as required in oil and gas matters, and in addition to that required in 17 O.S. § 160.15?
    5. Should and can wind energy facility owners and/or operators be required to notify the Commission of the facility’s start-up date for purposes of calculating a compliance deadline under 17 O.S. § 160.15?

    NOTIFICATION:

    1. What are the current notification requirements to landowners, and what are the available methods for enforcing the requirements?
    2. What are the current industry “best practices” for notice?
    3. Are County Commissioners and/or County Assessors involved in the notification practices?
    4. What are the notice requirements in surrounding states concerning wind turbine installations?
    5. How should the notification materialize, and what information should it contain?
    6. What distance from the host property is appropriate to include in notifications?
    7. How much advance notice should be given prior to construction or permitting?
    8. Identify any issues with notification to surface landowners and mineral rights owners.

    TECHNICAL CONFERENCES, COMMENTS, DISCOVERY, AND HEARING:

    Comment Due Dates:
    Initial Comments – August 26, 2014
    Following first Technical Conference – September 30, 2014
    Following second Technical Conference – October 31, 2014

    Comments should be filed in the Commission’s Office of the Court Clerk.

    Technical Conferences:
    September 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
    October 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

    Additional Technical Conferences may be scheduled if necessary. Unless otherwise indicated, all Technical Conferences will be held in Courtroom 301, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, 2101 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105.

    Hearing Date:
    December 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 301, Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

    LEGAL AUTHORITY:

    The Commission has jurisdiction over the above-entitled Notice of Inquiry pursuant to Article IX, Section 18 of the Oklahoma Constitution and 17 O.S. § 152, and 17 O.S. 160.11 et seq.

    Interested persons are invited and encouraged to submit written comments and to attend and participate in the Technical Conferences and hearing to the fullest extent possible. The purpose of the Technical Conferences will be to receive pertinent information and to discuss issues and comments received by the Commission in response to this Notice of Inquiry. Commissioners may attend and participate in the Technical Conferences and hearing.

    For further information contact Tonya Hinex-Ford at 2101 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105 or at T.Hinex-Ford@occemail.com or 405-521-4114.

    Cause no. PUD 201400232

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