Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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Tuesday is the deadline for Ontario’s latest round of large renewable energy contract bids, and three wind turbine projects planned for eastern Lambton County are on the list of registered proposals posted recently by the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator. They include Enerfin’s 100-MW Sydenham Wind Project in Brooke-Alvinston Township, NextEra’s 100-MW Hardy Creek wind project in the townships of Warwick, Brooke-Alvinston, and Adelaide Metcalfe in neighbouring Middlesex County, as well as Suncor’s 75-MW Nauvoo wind project, also set for . . .
LAS CRUCES >> The SunZia power transmission line, planned to carry renewable energy across New Mexico, Arizona and California, appears to be back on its original track following a request by the State Land Office to review a route north of the White Sands Missile Range call-up area. At issue were concerns by Land Commisioner Aubrey Dunn that the proposed northern route would affect the WSMR northern call-up area used for military training and missile testing. The area can be . . .
The new waterfront terminal in New Bedford was supposed to be teeming with activity by now, a staging ground for a massive wind farm in Nantucket Sound. But with a cancellation of a lease by Cape Wind, the 28-acre site has instead remained largely idle this summer. Efforts by the quasi-public Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to hire a company to position the property for cargo shipping are also taking longer than anticipated. The $113 million terminal was built primarily with . . .
LAWRENCE — Renewable wind energy is experiencing a boom, with more wind turbines popping up across landscapes in the U.S. and abroad. Indeed, wind energy accounted for 3.3 percent of electricity generation in the United States in 2011, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Globally, that number was 2.9 percent for the same year. But as wind turbines proliferate, researchers at the University of Kansas are looking at how these forests of turbines affect the wind itself. What happens . . .
RICHMOND — Dominion’s offshore wind plans could create a big new chunk of the local economy, even making up for Department of Defense cuts, if the project comes to fruition. But that is a very big “if.” The state’s electricity giant has massive decisions to make in the coming years about how it’s going to power the state in the face of new federal rules on carbon production. In many ways, its proposed wind farm off the coast of Virginia . . .
The Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) is fighting back against the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. The ministry announced Aug. 24 that the Amherst Island Wind Energy Project received renewable energy approval with more than two dozen conditions. The project, to be build by Windlectric Inc., is to include up to 26 wind turbine generators and one substation transformer. “This is a landmark decision that ignores the importance of biodiversity and shames both Canada and Ontario,” a release . . .
Multi-million dollar plans for a windfarm in the region’s south are expected to interfere with television reception and cause so-called shadow flicker. An Environmental Impact Statement for the Biala Wind Farm has been put on public exhibition. The company, Newtricity, wants to build 31 turbines and other infrastructure on a 19-hundred hectare site in the Upper Lachlan Shire. The EIS has found the project will not adversely threaten flora or fauna and is likely to generate around 70 million dollars . . .
LYNDONVILLE — Three opponents of the proposed Lighthouse Wind energy project are seeking Yates town offices. John Riggi, a leader of Save Ontario Shores, and Valerie Pratt are seeking the Republican ballot line in the contest to fill a town board seat. They’re in a Sept. 10 primary contest with incumbent board member Wesley R. Bradley. Two board seats are to be filled in the November election. Lighthouse Wind opponent Jim Simon is battling incumbent Yates Supervisor John Belson for . . .
For much of the past five years, controversy has surrounded a proposed 46-turbine wind farm planned near Glenrock. Now, a new company will try to push the project across the finish line. sPower acquired the interest in the planned 80-megawatt Pioneer Wind Park from Wasatch Wind in early August. Financial terms were not disclosed. The new Salt Lake City-based developer is an experienced hand in the solar and wind arenas. A subsidiary of Fir Tree Capital, a New York City . . .
Tucked away in the long list of 61 individual parcels acquired or leased by Northern Pass is a vague description of land in Dixville, Millsfield and Dummer, leased for an undisclosed amount from Bayroot LLC, one of the largest private timberland owners in New England. The lease through 2017 is for development of a transmission line and a wind energy facility, with an option to extend for 98 years. “It’s a 24-mile right of way through Bayroot land, from the . . .