Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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The Osage Nation strongly opposes development of industrial wind farms. I write this column to explain our view from the spiritual perspective of our culture but also from the view of economics, health concerns, quality of life and the impact on natural habitats and wildlife. For context, industrial wind turbines currently dominate several thousand acres of prairie along Oklahoma 60, 20 miles west of Pawhuska and the Osage Nation. The expansion is slated to continue rapidly with 57,000 acres immediately . . .
Two weeks after the Faribault County Courthouse flooded with advocates for stricter oversight of wind energy projects in rural communities, Loria Rebuffoni, of the county’s Planning and Zoning department, returned with an answer. Sort of. Summoned Tuesday to a work session, an unofficial extension of talks from the standing-room-only meeting of April 4, she offered the county’s Board of Commissioners a state-level guideline to consider when weighing the possibility of granting the so-called Coalition for Rural Property Rights its wish. . . .
BAD AXE – A DTE Energy president has made some guarantees in exchange for a “yes” vote in the upcoming May 2 referendum that will determine the fate of what could be DTE’s final wind park in Huron County. “If they do vote yes, and allow us to continue the development that’s been approved by the (Huron County Board of Commissioners), this is the last wind farm that DTE Energy will seek approval for and development here in the county,” said . . .
I had the opportunity to attend the Hopkinton Town Board Meeting on Monday, April 10. Two town supervisors were invited to speak: one from Lowville and the other from Harrisburg. It was the worst “dog and pony” show that I have ever seen! No offense to dogs and pony’s! The Lowville supervisor claimed that everyone in Lowville is in support of the wind farms and has never heard about anyone against them! The supervisor from Harrisburg (a lease holder) said . . .
Since 2015, four of the eight species of vultures found in Kenya have been listed as critically endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means they are one step short of becoming extinct. High on the cliffs of Kwenia, 95km south of Nairobi, lives a colony of one of the Ruppell’s vulture. The estimated global population of Ruppell’s vulture is 22,000. “Ruppell’s vultures breed in steep cliffs,” said Dr Darcy Ogada of The Peregrine Fund, a . . .
I was not surprised to see that the wind companies have simplistic answers for all of the complaints against their wind installations (“6 common complaints against Iowa wind turbines,” Des Moines Register, April 21) I would like to answer them. First you give no credence to the fact they are eyesores yet offshore wind is often promised to be built 30 miles offshore so that the coastal cities do not have to look at them. When our horizons are impacted . . .
A renewable energy developer is moving on from a Nevada wind project after years of legal wrangling, its dreams of a 200-megawatt wind farm killed by environmentalists who successfully argued the power plant could harm golden eagles and desert tortoises. Federal officials approved the Searchlight wind farm – which would have included 87 wind turbines on public land sixty miles south of Las Vegas, near the California border – four years ago. But conservationists took the federal Bureau of Land Management and . . .
Higher costs for wind power in April increased the bills for electric utility customers on Maui. Typical Maui Electric Co. customers saw a $7.03 increase in April from March, as the average bill for a Maui household using 500 kilowatt-hours is $155.35, or 29.1 cents a kilowatt-hour. In March, the bill was $148.32, or 27.7 cents a kilowatt-hour. Hawaiian Electric Co. spokeswoman Shannon Tangonan said Wednesday the Maui utility’s purchase of power from wind facilities, instead of the utility-owned fossil . . .
Iowa’s wind energy industry is among the most successful in the United States, with plans to add hundreds of turbines in coming years. But the rise of wind power has prompted a backlash among some Iowans who have no desire to live near the massive propellers. A few reasons why they so vehemently oppose wind power: Constant ‘flickers,’ noise are ‘distracting’ Tom Stewart can see about a dozen wind turbines within a mile of the farmhouse he’s lived in since . . .
Voter opposition to the project was between 65 and 95 percent in all five towns where the turbines would have been built, Lerner said. At 2015 Town Meetings, Orange voters expressed their overwhelming opposition to Spruce Ridge in a 117-7 vote. Dorchester voters expressed their opposition in a 36-3 vote. Canaan also voted in general opposition to the development of industrial wind turbine projects — though not to Spruce Ridge specifically — in a 413-225 vote last year.