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.
FAIRFIELD – Four wind projects in Solano County are seeking eagle taking permits from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, representing half of the applications pending in the California, Nevada and Klamath Falls region. San Diego-based EDF Renewable Energy, owner of the only eagle taking permit issued in the country for its Shiloh IV wind farm in Solano County in 2014, has three of the applications. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has the fourth, seeking a permit for the Solano Wind . . .
HERTFORD – An attorney representing at least seven Perquimans residents opposed to a wind farm in the county claims the application by Apex Clean Energy fails to address noise impacts. Chad W. Essick makes that claim in a letter to Perquimans County dated July 21. He is asking that the county respond to his claims prior to Tuesday, the date the Perquimans County Planning Board is scheduled to resume its review of Apex’s application. Apex is proposing to build a $300 . . .
In the Sandhills of Nebraska, you can gaze over miles of grass-covered dunes without seeing signs of human civilization, save the occasional fence line. But this picture may soon change, with the addition of high-power transmission lines and wind turbines. And that prospect has led to a Sandhills power struggle, between those who say wind power will boost the economy, and those who say it will ruin a great, unspoiled place. ————- Frank Utter guides his Gator up a sandy . . .
ESCANABA – Representatives of Heritage Sustainable Energy, LLC and Garden Township have indicated that they are working toward a settlement on an ongoing lawsuit between them. This was discussed during a supplemental pre-trial hearing held in Delta County Circuit Court Monday morning. The lawsuit in question concerns noise ordinances in Garden Township. Representatives of Heritage have alleged that these ordinances would not allow them to profitably operate its Garden Peninsula wind farm. While the suit was originally set for a . . .
NORWICH TOWNSHIP – At the proposed 10-turbine Gunn’s Hill wind farm, both the company and anti-wind turbine advocates expect a certain number of little brown bats to be killed. The point being contended, however, is just what constitutes an acceptable mortality rate. The East Oxford Community Alliance felt the risk to these bat species was important enough to file an urgent request on July 14 to halt the Gunn’s Hill wind power project with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment . . .
TROUT CREEK – And then there were none. In a quiet but effective move the province has cancelled the contract to purchase power from proposed wind turbines in Trout Creek. In discussions for more than five years, the proposed project was the final local wind turbine project proposed for the region with others near Powassan, Mattawa and north of North Bay being withdrawn by the proponents within the past two years. “This is great news for our area,” said Nipissing . . .
Huge turbines more than half as tall as the Statue of Liberty will be installed on Anglesey after plans to “re-power” a wind farm were approved. Eleven new turbines – some up to 79 metres high – will be built at the Rhyd-y-Groes wind farm near Rhosgoch. The structures will replace the 24, 46 metre turbines currently on-site and were approved with several conditions at a planning meeting in Llangefni today – despite objections from people in Cemaes Bay. Roger . . .
New wind farm guidelines are expected to impose tough requirements on developers to limit their visual impact in a move that proponents say will put NSW at a disadvantage to other states. The proposed guidelines, requiring developers to prepare visual impact assessments according to the height of turbines, were disclosed by the planning department to a select group of prospective wind energy developers on the sidelines of a two-day clean energy summit in Sydney on Thursday. Fairfax Media understands proponents . . .
GRAFTON—On July 18, Ron Pilette quietly accepted the chairmanship of Grafton Selectboard “with trepidation.” That’s because Pilette and his fellow board members are presiding over a town that’s been sharply divided by the proposed Stiles Brook Wind Project. Policy and personal disputes provide a messy background to nearly every debate, from critical issues such as voting and legal representation to minutiae such as meeting-agenda language. Pilette himself can’t lay claim to neutrality, as he is an avowed opponent of large . . .
The Municipality of the County of Inverness has sent a proposal to move a wind turbine site out of Colindale, N.S., after some property owners expressed concerns about the project. The Chestico Museum & Historical Society were approved to construct two small wind turbines by the Department of Energy in 2015, but local property owners only found out about it at the end of March. Keep site in its current condition Some property owners are concerned the turbines will affect . . .