Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
WINDHAM—A few weeks ago, a turbine developer requested that Windham town officials create an “independent and balanced committee” to discuss the controversial Stiles Brook Wind proposal. But a war of words has ensued. The town fired first, with two of three Selectboard members on June 20 approving a letter urging developer Iberdrola Renewables to “suspend your involvement with this project immediately” based on environmental and health concerns. Iberdrola responded two days later with a sharply worded statement accusing Windham officials . . .
PERU – The Peru Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to send a letter to the state Land Use Planning Commission requesting it remove Milton Township from the state’s list of areas for expedited permitting for wind power projects. The decision followed a request from Peter Fetchko of Woodstock, who asked if selectmen were aware of the proposed project. Two of the five said they had heard rumors or guessed a project was in the works. EverPower Wind Holdings in Pittsburgh, . . .
The opposition against the Rocky Forge Wind Farm in north Botetourt County came out in full force on May 25, dressed in bright green vests. About 20 people strong, there was an equal amount there to give comments on behalf of the wind farm in a two-hour period. The event was held at Eagle Rock Library by Apex Energy, the group proposing the wind farm on property owned by Jerry Fraley in northern Botetourt. Among those questioning the wind farm . . .
A Jefferson County legislative committee is saying “no” to tax deals for developers of wind- and solar-power projects. All but one county lawmaker on the finance and rules committee voted Tuesday night for a resolution that would deny tax deals to alternative energy projects. It would only affect county taxes. Local towns, villages and school districts could still strike their own deals with developers. “It’s important to know where we stand, we would encourage everybody thats participating in this process . . .
Here are the scientifically proven facts behind Richard and Edie Elvee’s letter (“We already know the answer,” June 23 Times-News). I’m in contact with physicians in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia who have written about the health effects of living within a mile and a half of a wind turbine. I have received stories and have interviewed wind turbine victims. My reading of peer reviewed information reveals the following: The World Health Organization found that residents living within 6,500 . . .
Approximately 150 people attended the wind farm meeting dealing with public participation concerning the current wind farm ordinance Monday night at the Skanta Theatre in the Frankfort Community Public Library. Area Plan Commission President Clark beard felt the meeting was what he had hoped for. “I was determined to make sure that the audience felt like it was their meeting, to talk to us and to direct their concerns about the wind ordinance to us,” said Beard. “I felt like . . .
A planning modification to allow three Flyers Creek wind farm opponents to leave the project has had unintended consequences for a fourth landowner cut off from the rest of the project. Infigen Energy flagged its intent to modify its development consent in August last year to remove three properties from the original proposal and Infigen spokesman Jonathan Upson said it would finally lodge the changes within the next two months. “We have legally enforceable contracts, but that’s not attractive for . . .
A £250million floating wind farm off the north-east coast could be located further out at sea to protect coastal views. Councillors yesterday reviewed a marine licence application for the eight turbine development, which would be located nine miles offshore. The Kincardine and Mearns area committee said more information is required on plans for the wind farm and its effects on the coast, wildlife and tourism. Members heard the scheme would be visible from Stonehaven, Muchalls and Newtonhill and called for . . .
Kingman County commissioners agreed Monday on contracts for a 200-megawatt commercial wind farm. A statement from the county said agreements were signed with Kingman Wind Energy 1 LLC, a branch of Florida’s NextEra Capital Energy Holdings. That company has an agreement to sell power to Westar Energy for 20 years. The company is required to pay Kingman County an up-front fee of $2.2 million by July 27 for permits and other expenses. Most annual permits for operating the wind farm . . .
The Jefferson County Board of Legislators Finance Committee Tuesday passed a new tax abatement policy for large-scale alternative energy projects. The policy requires that alternative energy projects with a 25-megawatt output must pay the county an amount equal to full taxation regardless of whether payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement among taxing jurisdictions and the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency is in place. New York State Real Property Tax Law 487 allows for a 15-year exemption from taxation of increases in property value created . . .