Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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DANVILLE — Extreme weather is being blamed after an investigation into why two blades broke off a California Ridge Wind Farm turbine near Oakwood Junior High School. According to wind farm owner Invenergy, about 9 p.m. Nov. 20, a blade on turbine No. 134 in the California Ridge facility broke off and fell to the ground near the base of the turbine, which sits northwest of Oakwood Junior High and near the intersection of county roads 2150 N and 900 . . .
Another Donegal wind turbine has been smashed – by high winds! A blade on a turbine at Corkermore wind farm has snapped clean off and embedded in the ground below. Just a month ago the site was given the go-ahead to add four new turbines by An Bord Pleanala. The site of the windfarm is nine kilometres north-east of Killybegs. An appeal was lodged against Donegal County Council awarding permission on a number of grounds including that it didn’t take . . .
Dear Honourable Ministers and Premier; My name is Marianne Kidd and I am the Co-Chair of a community group called the Mothers Against Wind Turbines. We are a grass roots organization of parents, grandparents and mothers who have a focus on protecting all children from the harmful effects of Industrial Wind Turbines. We have started up in the Haldimand, West Lincoln and Wainfleet area; however, quickly our group has been able to reach out and make connections with concerned citizens . . .
The Glenties Windfarm Information Group is calling on the County Council to investigate after part of a Wind Turbine blade was blown off a turbine at Corkermore. The group says the windfarm is within 500 metres of residential property. In March a turbine collapsed at a windfarm in Maas near Ardara, a report has yet to be published into the incident. Group spokesperson Ernan O’Donnell says the incident is a cause for concern and believes it strengthens their argument for . . .
MONTPELIER — Nearly a year after the Lowell wind turbines began producing electricity, opponents were still fighting the project — this time taking their case to the state Supreme Court on Thursday. Thursday’s case focused on an argument that the state Agency of Natural Resources should not have granted project developer Green Mountain Power Corp. permits that allows the company to use an alternative method of managing stormwater runoff from the mountain where 21 turbines are installed. The five-member Supreme . . .
OAKWOOD — General Electric said it is doing “thorough investigations” of three recent incidents involving GE wind turbines breaking in the U.S. — including one at the California Ridge Wind Farm in Vermilion County — and has identified “a suspect population of roughly 1.5 percent of our total blades in our wind turbine fleet.” The two blades that broke on a turbine near Oakwood about 9 p.m. Nov. 20 marked the third GE turbine to break in a 17-month span . . .
Approval has been given for a 42-turbine wind farm near Keyneton on the edge of the Barossa Valley. South Australian Planning Minister John Rau said there had been extensive consultation since the application was first lodged by Pacific Hydro 18 months ago. “Detailed analysis and assessment has meant approval has been granted subject to 26 conditions covering both the construction and operation of the wind farm and its associated infrastructure,” he said. “This development is estimated to be able to . . .
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Board of Environmental Protection on Thursday rejected two challenges to permits granted earlier this year for the $110 million Hancock Wind project in Hancock County. Following a three-hour meeting Thursday in Augusta, the citizen-led board dispensed with appeals filed by Darren Lord and Oscar Weigang. Barring a challenge in the courts, the decision clears the way for construction of the 18-turbine wind farm in the unorganized Hancock County territories of T16 MD and T22 MD. The . . .
The developers of a proposed 47-turbine wind farm near Strathy in Sutherland could be forced to reduce that number to only four. This forecast has come from RSPB Scotland, as Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) this week confirmed it was continuing its opposition to the scheme in a bid to safeguard many of Britain’s rarest birds in the area. Its experts say golden eagles, hen harriers, red-throated divers and greenshank are only some of the most iconic species which would be . . .
Scott County property owners who attended a presentation Thursday about the Rock Island Clean Line offered up a healthy dose of skepticism toward the high-power transmission line system proposed to run from northwest Iowa to near Chicago. The 3,500-megawatt overhead direct current transmission line would be used to transmit wind-generated electricity. Thursday’s two-hour meeting in Davenport was the 15th of 16 planned in Iowa. Representatives answered nearly 29 questions from the nearly 300 people who attended. The line would run . . .