Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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Ending what has been an informal three-year moratorium on wind power, a legislative committee unanimously approved regulations Tuesday paving the way for wind turbines. The regulations, which were postponed for clerical reasons or rejected without prejudice at least four times prior to Tuesday’s meeting, finally met the approval of the committee and its attorneys. Prior drafts submitted by the Connecticut Siting Council, which oversees the location of transmission lines and cellphone towers, were rejected for a variety of reasons. Legislative . . .
GROTON – The Attorney General and local residents are protesting an attempt by Groton Wind, LLC to avoid having to plow the roads leading to its 24 ridge-line wind turbines during winter months. And Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Roth said Monday he wants the company to move its warehouse-sized operations and maintenance building at the top of Groton Hollow Road across the road from where it sits, despite the contention by Groton Wind and its parent company, Iberdrola Renewables . . .
Opponents of wind farms in Cleburne County say they will not give up their fight to keep them out of their area. Many of them attended a county commission meeting on Monday. The group is concerned about the scenic views, quality of life and property values in the area. Among other things, they want the commission to declare a moratorium on wind farms. “We feel that our property rights are equally as valuable as the gentleman who wants to put . . .
A long-running dispute over how to regulate power-generating wind turbines in Connecticut ended Tuesday when a legislative committee finally approved new rules that will end a nearly three-year stalemate on the issue. The legislature’s Regulations Review Committee approved the regulations that will allow the state Siting Council to regulate the height of wind turbines and other details. But critics of the rules have said they aren’t pleased the state didn’t require more of a “set back” of the turbines from . . .
The wind industry receives at least $193 million in state tax incentives each year in Oklahoma, a group wanting additional regulations on future wind developments said Monday. The Oklahoma Property Rights Association, led by Claremore businessman Frank Robson, said state lawmakers are “writing a blank check” to the wind industry with the incentives. Robson said the wind industry is taking revenue from the state budget that could be spent on schools and other services. “While renewable energy plays an important . . .
More questions have been raised about a possible link between wind energy and the major power cut which blacked out more than 200,000 properties across the north last week. The widespread power outage which affected homes from Fort William to Orkney and Moray to the Western Isles has been tracked to a mysterious fault somewhere on the high voltage line between Inverness and Keith. Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) initial indications point a transient fault caused by objects such . . .
Two broken turbine blades in the past three months have citizens in Tipton County concerned about the safety of the Wildcat Wind Farm. Monday’s Tipton County Board of Commissioners meeting provided a forum for residents to speak out, some in favor of shutting the wind farm down, others stating the latest blade break, caused by lightning, isn’t cause for concern. The latest blade break on April 2 has reopened debate on wind turbines in Tipton County, where 125 turbines operate . . .
Lawmakers and state officials are optimistic they’ve finally struck the right balance in deciding where wind turbines in the state should be located. An agreement awaiting the approval of the Regulations Review Committee would end a nearly three-year moratorium on wind energy in the state. The committee plans to discuss the issue for the fourth and perhaps final time at its meeting Tuesday. Sen. Bob Duff, a Norwalk Democrat who is a member of the Regulations Review Committee, said Monday . . .
Ed Miliband has signalled Labour’s strong support for onshore wind farms amid Conservative calls for a cap on the expansion of turbines in the countryside. The Labour leader said Britain will have to “embrace” the controversial technology if his party wins the next election, and signalled he wanted an audit of Britain’s windiest places to find where they should be sited. Earlier this month, Grant Shapps, the Conservative Party chairman, told the Western Morning News wind turbines are no longer . . .
One of the things we remember most about the late President Ronald Reagan is what he said about government programs: “The closest you will come to eternal life on this Earth is a government program.” Well, my nomination for the most glaring example of a government program that seems to have eternal life is the wind production tax credit. Last week in Washington, the Senate Finance Committee considered the renewal of the taxpayer subsidy for what I call “Big Wind,” . . .