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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.

December 18, 2014 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Navy drops wind power plan for Naval Station Newport, in favor of solar panels

NEWPORT, R.I. – The Navy has dropped a proposal to install several large wind turbines at Naval Station Newport and is instead considering the installation of solar panels at the 1,399-acre base on the west side of Aquidneck Island. The plan to generate up to nine megawatts of wind energy — which would have seen the station build the largest onshore wind power installation in Rhode Island — had been in consideration since 2008. A study on the wind power . . .

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December 18, 2014 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

LIPA rejects proposed offshore wind project near Montauk

The Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees on Wednesday morning decided not to move forward with a proposed offshore wind farm 30 miles off the coast of Montauk as part of an overall plan to develop more renewable energy projects. While LIPA has expressed plans to add 280 megawatts of renewable energy to the utility’s resource, a resolution at the end of the board meeting named several solar energy firms that will add up to only 122 megawatts of . . .

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December 18, 2014 • Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms aren’t green if the prairie is destroyed

Many have been following the ongoing conflict in Osage County regarding industrial wind energy development — objections, denied permits, lawsuits, delays. Wildlife conservation is one of the many issues at hand there. Simply put, with regard to conservation, it comes down to the real estate mantra: location, location, location. Globally, temperate grasslands have experienced drastic declines and they continue to disappear. The prairies in the central U.S. are the quintessential American landscape but have faced the same pressures as other . . .

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December 18, 2014 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Wind close on financing delayed; Opponents say timeline unfavorable for project’s construction

Cape Wind won’t close on financing for the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm by the end of the year as company officials had hoped, a prospect that has opponents of the project feeling more positive about their prospects for stopping it altogether. Cape Wind won’t close on financing for the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm by the end of the year as company officials had hoped, a prospect that has opponents of the project feeling more positive about their prospects . . .

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December 18, 2014 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Is Cape Wind running out of time?

Cape Wind officials, who several months ago were confidently predicting financing for the offshore wind farm would be wrapped up by the end of this year, are now saying they need more time. The big question is whether there’s enough of it. Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said in an emailed statement that a financial closing won’t occur this year. “After Cape Wind achieved long-awaited major victories in federal court in March, we planned to reach a financial closing on . . .

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December 18, 2014 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm still up in the air

RED CLOUD — The fate of a key application concerning proposed development of the Cottonwood wind farm in rural Webster County likely will be decided over the next month or so, a county official said Tuesday. Keith Buschow of Blue Hill, chairman of the Webster County Board of Commissioners, said the community would be notified once the commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the application for a conditional use permit by NextEra Energy Resources. NextEra, a Florida company, is . . .

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December 18, 2014 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind group asks Minister for help

Campaigners against industrial turbines in Laois made a pitch for support to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly during his visit to Laois. “It was a very constructive meeting, short and very succinct,” said Henry Fingleton of Wind Aware Ireland. He hopes Minister Kelly will now argue their case. “I am hoping he will go back to cabinet and argue that this policy is irrational,” he said. He told the Minister that the noise level permitted by current planning guidelines . . .

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December 18, 2014 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

LIPA to pursue 11 solar arrays in Suffolk, reject offshore wind farm

LIPA will pursue 11 large solar-power arrays in Suffolk County to expand its green-energy sources by 2016 but has rejected an offshore wind farm because of its cost. At a meeting at LIPA headquarters Wednesday, LIPA trustees voted to authorize officials to pursue the 11 solar arrays on large land parcels in Calverton, Manorville, East Shoreham, Medford, Yaphank and Kings Park. At the same time, trustees voted to extend a contract for energy from an upstate nuclear power plant valued . . .

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December 18, 2014 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Senate passes truncated extenders bill before adjourning for year

In one of its last items of business before adjourning for the year, the Senate last night reinstated a bushel of expired tax incentives, including the production tax credit for wind energy — for two weeks. Following passage of the so-called tax extenders bill, the Senate confirmed dozens of nominees for key administration and judicial posts — including at the Interior and Energy departments (see related story). After that, the Senate adjourned for the year, joining the House, which ended . . .

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December 18, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors reject plans to build wind turbines near Olveston

Councillors have rejected plans to build two wind turbines on land near Olveston. They raised concerns that the two 130-metre tall turbines would spoil views across the Severn Vale and set a precedent for development on the green belt. Representatives from Olveston, Aust, Pilning and Severn Beach, and Almondsbury parish councils spoke against the proposals at the Development Control (West) Committee meeting held on Thursday, December 11. Over 100 members of the public attended the meeting and there was heated . . .

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