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.
Salt Lake City-based sPower will need to start construction this week on the controversial $120 million Pioneer Wind Park project if it hopes to beat the Feb. 15 expiration date set by the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council. For its part, the company says the long-awaited project south of Glenrock will begin on time. After several years of delays and a tortured history of lawsuits, hearings, permit extensions and red-tape, construction on the wind park, which is sited on the Grant . . .
The Toronto energy company that proposed to build an ill-fated wind farm on the Nor’Westers escarpment is proceeding with a $50-million lawsuit against the Ontario government, despite having dropped an appeal of a provincial decision against the project. “Upon careful consideration, we have decided to not appear before (Ontario’s) Environmental Review Tribunal, and instead pursue a remedy at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice,” Horizon Wind spokeswoman Nhung Nguyen said Tuesday in an email. Horizon withdrew its appeal to the . . .
The Tompkins county legislature passed a resolution in support of Black Oak Wind Farm (BOWF) on Feb. 4, noting that the wind farm “constitutes a $40 million investment in clean, renewable energy,” is consistent with the County’s greenhouse gas emission goals contained in the 2015 Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan, and that “the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap documents that wind energy has the potential to provide a significant portion of electricity demand within Tompkins County while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.” However, . . .
NELIGH — The wind of public opinion may have shifted toward the end of another long public hearing Tuesday to consider a proposed wind farm near here. The hearing Tuesday afternoon included countless points made by supporters and opponents of the Upstream Wind Energy project on top of those already made Jan. 19 when the public hearing began before the Antelope County Planning Commission. While the opposing opinions continued, toward the end of Tuesday’s hearing, there were some who suggested . . .
When Annette Smith got notice from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office that she was under investigation for practicing law without a license, she filed a public records request asking for all related documents. Almost 600 pages later, the 59-year-old executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment posted everything she received and alerted the media. Against the advice of lawyers, she kept talking publicly about a case that could have gotten her fined — or jailed. That’s how Smith does . . .
The Highland Council have lodged an objection to the proposed Caplich wind farm, north of Oykel Bridge, under delegated powers on Monday. The decision was taken by council planning officials, after consultation with local councillors. It was expected that the controversial application – for 20 turbines – would be heard at next Tuesday’s north planning committee. But the three local councillors are asked if they want it to go to committee, with the majority view upheld. But only one of . . .
Calls have been made for proposed guidelines on wind farm development to be finalised once and for all following the latest turbine failure on Cark Mountain in Donegal. Sinn Fein tabled a recent Parliamentary Question to Minister Alan Kelly regarding the matter but he failed to give a date for when updated planning regulations would be finalised. The call comes amid increased concern among Finn Valley residents on the proposed 49 Carrickduff wind farm. Election Candidate Cllr Gary Doherty says . . .
The blades on Bayonne’s wind turbine may soon be turning again. The apparent problem that led to the breakdown of a piece with a 20-year lifespan that died after only three years has been solved. The turbine, known as “the windmill” to many Bayonne residents, has not been working since last June when it was shut down due to the detection of vibrations. Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority Executive Director Tim Boyle said that repeated requests for the replacement bearing uncovered . . .
One of the most controversial wind farm developments in the Scottish Borders is seeking an extension to its operational life. The 48-turbine Fallago Rig scheme north of Lauder was approved despite a six-year opposition campaign. It gained permission to operate for 25 years but EDF Energy wants to bring that into line with a proposed second stage of the development. If granted it would effectively extend its operational life by five years. The first phase of the project in the . . .
WASHINGTON — In a major setback for President Obama’s climate change agenda, the Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the administration’s effort to combat global warming by regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants. The brief order was not the last word on the case, which is most likely to return to the Supreme Court after an appeals court considers an expedited challenge from 29 states and dozens of corporations and industry groups. But the Supreme Court’s willingness to issue a . . .