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.
Rotorblatt fällt runter. / Rotor blade falling off. (((( o )))) Published on Aug 28, 2016, 112achterhoek nieuws, youtube.com ~~ Windmolen in brand in Isselburg (D) nabij grens Dinxperlo. / Wind turbine on fire in Isselburg (Germany) on border near Dinxperlo.
STODDARD – Selectmen have unanimously backed the town conservation commission’s opposition to a proposed wind farm in neighboring Antrim. They said the project would harm the town without providing any benefit to residents. Selectmen also support the commission’s involvement in the state proceedings to decide whether to approve the project. The commission says the Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain ridge line isn’t the right place for the nine wind turbines proposed by Antrim Wind Energy. “This has everything do location. This . . .
KNIGHTSTOWN – The town council of this southwestern Henry County community is considering a request to officially oppose development of wind farms. Susan Huhn, an independent candidate seeking the Henry County Commissioner southern district seat currently held by Ed Yanos, recently appeared before the council and shared information about wind turbines and her opinion about why they are a bad fit for Henry County. Both Apex Clean Energy and NextEra have proposed developing wind farms in the southern part of the . . .
Wichita Falls city officials are speaking out against two possible wind farms in Clay County – that would be within 25 miles of Sheppard Air Force Base. Wichita Falls airport officials share concerns of military officials about the impact of proposed new wind farms, and said too much has been invested in both the base and new airport to risk losing them. “We have an issue and we’re adamantly opposed to windfarms within 25 miles – not only of Wichita Falls, but . . .
Armed with a $40 million federal grant, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo) plans to start building the first wind farm on the Great Lakes in the summer of 2018. But government officials, legal experts and opponents of the Lake Erie project say many hurdles remain before construction can begin. The company has yet to receive the go ahead from a litany of necessary state and federal regulatory bodies, said Suzanne Albright, a member of wind energy opposition group . . .
Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Dreams of a wind-powered nation sparked by the pioneering Atlantic Ocean project are running aground back on shore, where conventional battles over aesthetics and property values have stymied wind projects here and around the country. Ruth Pacheco said she didn’t expect so much hostility when she invited . . .
Administrative law judges from the Article 10 process siting board for Apex Clean Energy’s Galloo Island Wind Project revised their original intervenor funding awards for the town of Hounsfield and the village of Sackets Harbor, giving them thousands of dollars in extra funds. According to their ruling, which was published on the state Department of Public Service website last Monday, the judges awarded the town $27,000 in intervenor funds and the village $11,640. Both the town and the village were . . .
An attempt to overturn the rejection of a wind farm has failed – because the appeal was lodged too late. Dumfries and Galloway Council turned down the five-turbine Blackwood project east of Auldgirth in May this year. An appeal was lodged by Force 9 Energy Partners and EDF Energy Renewables against that decision. They argued the council’s approach had been “unbalanced” but the Scottish government said the appeal was out of time and could not be considered. The developers claimed . . .
DNREC reports that a disease is killing “all of our small bats” (Aug. 21). The news gets worse: the wind power industry is killing even more bats than the disease. Amy Mathews Amos, “Bat Killings by Wind Energy Turbines Continue,”Scientific American, June 7, 2016. Environmental groups have helped the industry but hurt bats by blocking repeal of a 2005 Delaware statute that requires electric companies to buy power from “renewable” sources like solar and wind. The Delaware law has led . . .
Last week’s balmy weather saw a return of a strange thump, thump, thumping in the night. Residents recorded the mysterious sounds in the early hours of the morning with some even reporting that their walls were vibrating. But rather than it being anything supernatural, it was in fact the return of night work on the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. Despite being more than eight miles away, Peter Wyles, who lives in The Thatchway in Rustington, said his house was shaking . . .