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.
[SagaTV] KARATSU, Saga Prefecture – A 60-meter-high wind turbine near a nuclear power plant in northern Kyushu caught fire on Aug. 21, posing difficulties for fire-fighting efforts from the danger of falling parts. A resident reported the blaze at the Kushizaki wind-generating power plant in an emergency phone call at around 2:55 p.m. One of the turbine blades and the connecting area around the base of the blades caught fire, according to Saga prefectural police and fire department officials. The blaze . . .
The dispute over a proposed wind turbine farm in Penn Forest Township heads to court again Tuesday. On May 17 after seven public hearings, the Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board denied Atlantic Wind’s application to construct up to 37 wind turbines and an operations/safety building on property belonging to the Bethlehem Water Authority. The board issued a written decision of its findings on June 28. The board held the May 17 hearing even though Atlantic Wind had advertised a public . . .
On Aug. 15, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission officially pulled the plug on David Murdock’s environmentally disastrous plans for Big Wind on Lanai. Citing the Legislature’s recent repeal of the 2012 undersea cable bill (Act 205), and HECO’s statement that it no longer needed wind from Lanai to reach its renewable energy targets, the PUC closed the door on the Murdock/Lingle/Abercrombie plan to sacrifice one-quarter of Lanai to enrich a mainland real estate developer’s bottom line. The PUC’s announcement brought . . .
For the most part, though, the testimony was solidly against the turbines, or in favor of following the restrictive measures outlined by the Wind Advisory Board, including the ban on turbines south of Route 72. Of the more than 40 people who spoke, just six were solidly in favor of the project. For some, the coming of turbines may even cause them to leave the town.
Chatham-Kent council has decided to plead with the provincial government to halt wind turbine construction until water well issues have been fully investigated. Water Wells First, an activist group in Chatham-Kent, took actions last week by putting up barricades at three wind turbine construction sites just north of Chatham. The group began to ramp up their protests amid allegations that the pile driving and wind turbine construction for the North Kent Wind project are contaminating well water for residents in . . .
The High Court is set to rule on Tuesday on a challenge to a €280 million high-capacity power line connecting the Republic and the North. Last month locals challenged An Bord Pleanála’s decision allowing State company Eirgrid build 300 pylons and a high-power electricity line between Meath and Monaghan. The High Court is expected to rule on the case on Tuesday, several weeks before the September-October date that it originally signalled for its verdict. A ruling in favour of An . . .
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Ohio Power Siting Board wants to hear the public’s opinion of the proposed Lake Erie wind turbine project. The siting board has set a formal public hearing for 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in Cleveland City Council chambers. Anyone can testify. A court reporter will create a permanent record of the testimony, which the board will consider before making a decision on the project, possibly by the end of this year. The U.S. Department of Energy, in conjunction . . .
The request by your readers for Holyrood to issue hard facts on wind farms in Scotland (Letters, August 18) will never be met as there is a wall of silence on this topic. However, until the Growth Commission report is issued, here are a few facts that may assist your readers to understand the economics of renewable energy. The first is that electricity is three times more expensive than gas, hence replacing domestic gas will see a vast increase in . . .
Residents in East Galway have won their battle to prevent a wind farm in their area after the development was turned down – on environmental grounds and in particular the potential impact it would have on local rivers as well as wildlife in the area. It was claimed that the five-turbine wind farm would be taller than The Spire in O’Connell Street and would have an adverse impact on the Brown Long-eared Bats which roost in the area during the . . .
A leading green energy entrepreneur has thrown his support behind an island community as they wage a David and Goliath style battle against a major wind farm developer. Steve McDonald, whose renewables projects include The UK’s biggest onshore wind farm project at Whitelee near Eaglesham in East Renfrewshire, said he believes most of the revenue from a proposed green energy development on common grazings around Stornoway would flow straight into foreign pockets if island crofters lost their bid to run . . .