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.
Atlantic Wind continues court battle; Company amends complaint against Penn Forest Township zoning board
In an ongoing battle over the fate of the Bethlehem Watershed wind turbine proposal, Atlantic Wind filed an amended complaint on Tuesday in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas in response to the preliminary objections of the Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board. The amended complaint makes the same assertions as the previous complaint, originally filed in late September and amended in early November, calling for a change of hearing location to the Carbon County Courthouse over safety concerns and . . .
The Wayne County Commissioners on Wednesday approved a change to local ordinances that will effectively ban the establishment of a wind farm in the county. The commissioners voted unanimously, 3-0, to pass a multi-level change to county laws on wind energy, thereby creating a requirement that those who wish to install industrial turbines on their property must seek a zoning variance to do so. This means future efforts to bring industrial turbines to the area would be determined on a . . .
NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. has set sights on private emails, texts, and voice mails as part of an effort to find “potentially impermissible communications” among newly elected officials in Almer and Ellington townships. Jonathan Lauderbach, attorney from the Midland office of Warner, Norcross & Judd L.L.P., sent an email to an attorney representing Almer and Ellington townships just three days after new officials took office in both jurisdictions. The Advertiser obtained a copy of the Nov. 23 email via the . . .
ANTRIM – A state committee will begin discussions today about whether to approve a controversial wind project in Antrim that’s pitted several residents against town officials. The Antrim Wind Energy project calls for nine wind turbines on the Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain ridge line off Route 9. It’s the first wind energy project the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee will hear under its new rules, which include assessing the visual impact a project would have on the surrounding area and adding . . .
MONTPELIER – Acoustic experts representing proponents and critics of industrial wind power squared off for the first round of public hearings on sound decibel standards. At a meeting Friday in the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Stephen Ambrose, a sound consultant and member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, argued that sound levels permitted in Vermont are too high and are causing sleeplessness, distress and other health-related symptoms. Presenting the opposite view were Payam Ashtiani, principal for Aercoustics Engineering Limited, and Dr. . . .
The Netherlands will gradually phase out subsidizes for renewable energy and shift its climate change strategy to areas such as energy saving and carbon capture, the government said on Wednesday. A week ago, the Netherlands announced a 33 percent increase in subsidies for solar, wind, geothermal and other projects to 12 billion euros ($12.9 billion) in 2017, from 9 billion euros in 2016, as it struggles to reach 2020 targets. But the “Energy Agenda” published by the Economic Affairs ministry . . .
The Huron County Health Unit will undertake a wind turbine investigation. Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Clark says the study will start early in 2017. Dr. Clark says any household in Huron County within 10 kilometres of a single wind turbine is eligible for the study. Eligible residents will receive an invitation in the mail with instructions on how to register and participate in the survey. She adds, this is the third draft of the survey– and is much shorter than the . . .
A Chinese energy company has bought seven wind farm projects in Northern Ireland and a further seven in the Republic of Ireland for a reported 350m euros (£300m). The China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) has taken control of the projects from Dublin-based Gaelectric. The deal consists of 10 operating wind farms. A further four will be operational by mid-2017. Dr Wei Lu, chief executive of CGN Europe Energy, said this was the group’s first acquisition in the energy sector . . .
SMITHVILLE—Sam Oosterhoff isn’t an expert on windmills, but the newly elected MPP, did have one thing in common with the members of the West Lincoln Glanbrook Wind Action Group – they both wanted to decrease hydro rates. Oosterhoff, whose election platform centered on the cost of hydro, connected with the group in their mutual concern about the production of energy in Ontario. He attended the group’s annual general meeting where he heard about their efforts over the past year and the . . .
The Williams County Commission has granted a wind energy company permission to perform testing using meteorological towers to determine whether to pursue the construction of a second wind farm near Tioga. Trade Wind Energy will install six tall, thin poles to take wind measurements for the Aurora Wind Project, which, if approved, will be located near Lindahl Wind Farm in the center of the county. Should information gathered from the towers show favorable conditions, the Kansas-based company will likely apply . . .