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.
Who owns the King’s Highway? The question might appear redundant in this Republic, but it is the latest to be asked in the perennial struggle around wind farms in rural Ireland. The issue of the King’s Highway has been raised in a case that is a shining example of the challenges and problems that are arising across the State between developers and those who see the farms as a major imposition on their lives. As is often the case in . . .
In their meeting with Perry, the Arkansas lawmakers said DOE “circumvented” the will of the state, as expressed in the state Public Service Commission’s rejection of Clean Line’s plan, by relying, for the first time ever, on Section 1222 of the 2005 Energy Policy Act. The provision allows the transmission industry to use federal siting powers to overrule state and local objections to transmission development along the line’s route. “This is really a matter of state’s rights,” said a staffer working for one of the Arkansas lawmakers. “We’re all for a diverse energy portfolio, but they’re taking the states out of the process. We just want the states to be heard.”
The PUC this summer offered to remove the setback from the rules if LCAR members so desired. Last week, LCAR voted against the setback. Smith said she believed the PUC offered to remove the setback from the rules in order to ease their bid to get the remaining rules past LCAR. This puts the PUC in the position, Smith said, where its three members should tell lawmakers to “take it or leave it.”
Wind-generated electric power may come to Monroe County. So said an electric power company to the Monroe County Commission on Friday. However, the plans are preliminary, with at least three to five years needed for development and the cooperation of enough landowners to develop a wind farm with enough capacity to make it affordable for developers. Mark Trumbalur from NextEra Energy Resources told the commission that the company is exploring placing a wind-farm capable of generating between 100 t0 200 . . .
Would you be more or less likely to vote for a congressional candidate in 2018 if that candidate supported expensive, inefficient, environmentally-hazardous wind farms in your community? As a Nevada resident in a critical swing state, would you be more or less willing to vote for a congressional candidate who favors the installation of 400-foot-tall wind turbines that will block your view of the skyline, but leave the view from the candidate’s private home unobstructed? Any polling company that included . . .
The owners of a fire damaged wind turbine near Harrogate are attempting to secure more time for repairs as a deadline looms which could see the land it stands on reinstated for agricultural use. An application was submitted on behalf of owners Innogy Renewables Ltd to Harrogate Borough Council to alter a condition put in place when planning permission was granted in 2005 for the eight turbines at Knabs Ridge Wind Farm, located between Skipton Road and Penny Pot Lane. . . .
Impending wind farm construction in the northwest corner of the county won’t imperil a newly rebuilt 330th Rd., commissioners learned Monday. Nick Coil, a development manager for Lenexa-based Tradewind Energy Inc., told commissioners that Tradewind will avoid 330th Rd., other than to cross it at intersections. A $2.1 million project to fix the road is scheduled to finish by the end of the year, only a few months before the wind farm plans to start construction. Tradewind’s proposal will be . . .
A local landowner found more than a dozen dead rabbits at the base of a wind turbine on his property. A combination of white and black rabbits were scattered under the propellers of a wind turbine, just north of Greeley, Wednesday afternoon. The property is owned by an area farmer and leased by RPM Access, a company with several wind farms in Iowa. A Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy at the scene told KWWL they believe the 15 rabbits were killed . . .
The owners of the North Kent Wind Farm project say that despite filing a statement of claim for damages due to a blockade at one of 34 turbine construction sites, they will not be suing Water Wells First members. According to Matt Dallas, spokesperson for Pattern Energy, the company does not intend to pursue the claim “at this time.” “North Kent Wind does not intend to sue anyone to recover the financial losses it has incurred due to the blockade. . . .
Rather than allow market forces to reign in electricity production, many green-power advocates instead support government mandates that force consumers to shift from traditional power sources to those that are supposedly better for the earth. The result of such command-and-control efforts in Minnesota should be a warning for other states. In a recent report, the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative think tank in Minnesota, examined the outcomes experienced there when lawmakers mandated greater use of wind power. “This . . .