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.
SWANTON – The Public Service Board’s review of Swanton Wind faces turbulence before it even takes off: participants in the process cannot agree on a rescheduled date for the public workshop scheduled to kick off the process, while one participating party has filed a motion to exclude testimony on behalf of the project’s developers. The Public Service Board (PSB) originally scheduled a workshop for those considering participation in the process on Jan. 3 at Missisquoi Valley Union Middle and High School . . .
As renewable energy production in the United States continues to grow, wind farms figure to remain a fixture of the Wyoming landscape in coming decades. The United States currently gets 5.8 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar, and the U.S. Department of Energy has said it hopes to increase that to 20 percent by the year 2030. At the same time, scientists are still learning how wind turbines change the environment around them, perhaps . . .
The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the final routes connecting the high-voltage Gateway West transmission line project between southwestern Idaho and central Wyoming. The BLM’s Record of Decision, signed Friday, means Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power can build and operate 321 miles of 500-kilovolt transmission lines on public land in Idaho’s Gooding, Elmore, Owyhee, Cassia and Twin Falls counties. The route avoids sage grouse habitat and private land, but crosses about 9 miles of conservation area for raptors. . . .
SSE are applying for a two year extension for their test turbine site at Hunterston after a noise level investigation into the current site proved to be compliant. We recently reported that Fairlie Community Council had raised concerns in relation to dizziness in the neighbourhood, with one resident even stating she was aware when the second 7MW Mitsubishi turbine was turning. The first 6MW turbine was erected by Siemens. SSE committed to an independent report on the noise issue emanating . . .
Marguerite Wells from Invenergy also attended both village and town board meetings to give an update on the proposed Number Three Wind project. State officials recently announced that the proposed wind farm, which is slated to include 35 to 50 turbines in the towns of Lowville and Harrisburg, will receive a renewable energy credit purchase agreement from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. That gives a major boost to the project, as Invenergy’s three active wind farms in the state all received similar designation, Ms. Wells said. “It goes from the somewhat speculative to the 100 percent go, in our perspective,” she said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – A change in who receives taxes from wind farms is being called an attack on the wind energy industry by one North Dakota legislator. Senate Bill 2209, as introduced, would take 70 percent of the taxes paid by wind farms and deposit it into the state’s general fund. The remaining portion of the taxes would be paid to the local governments where the wind farm is located. “It is a terrible bill and an attack on wind,” said . . .
The federal environment minister has turned down one of the two requests she received to review the cumulative impact of wind energy projects along Lake Ontario. In October, Sen. Bob Runciman asked Catherine McKenna, the federal minister of the environment and climate change, to look at how building wind turbines along the northeast shore of the lake would affect bird and bat species that migrate through the airspace. “Several of the projects, particularly those in Prince Edward County and on . . .
A turbine has collapsed at ScottishPower’s under-construction 239MW Kilgallioch wind farm in southwest Scotland. The tower of a Gamesa machine failed on Friday, 13 January, a period during which the country was being hit by a winter storm. The turbine failed around halfway up the structure, according to one project source. A spokeswoman for ScottishPower Renewables said: “We are currently investigating an incident relating to an installed turbine at Kilgallioch wind farm during the early hours of Friday, January 13.” . . .
In response to the recent letter to the editor by Brian Minish, Lincoln County Commissioners are not stuck in the past. They may have indicated several years ago that a wind farm looked somewhat appealing until they did their homework. When they began to learn about the facts and problems surrounding the industrial wind energy that Minish is proposing, they did exactly what the citizens of the county elected them to do; they put the current and future safety of . . .
A bill in the state Legislature would ban development of wind energy generators in the Sandhills for two years, and create a task force to study the ramifications of wind turbines. The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer, who represents north central Nebraska’s district 43, which covers most of the Sandhills. Brewer told Nebraska Educational Television that wind development was the second-largest concern of his constituents during his campaign, next to high property taxes. His bill says wind energy . . .