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.
Renewable energy projects scattered about the region are poised to begin — but not without some challenges. Antrim Wind Energy has once again filed an application at the state level to build an industrial wind farm on the ridge line of Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain in Antrim. After failing to gain approval the first time around, the company has come back with an amended plan aimed to address the visual impacts that caused the state to turn down the . . .
An attorney representing an energy company that has plans for a wind farm in Lancaster and Gage counties said proposed wind regulations being considered by both counties may prevent the company from building in either. Meanwhile, at least two Lancaster County commissioners said they are concerned proposed wind energy regulations they are to consider later this month won’t do enough to protect landowners from being negatively affected by wind turbines. But David Levy, a Lincoln attorney representing Volkswind USA, said . . .
The company planning to build a new wind turbine to replace the broken one next to Portsmouth High School is asking for a 90-day time extension to meet a series of conditions before final contract approval is issued by the Portsmouth Town Council. Steve Bursini, a lawyer representing North Kingstown-based Wind Energy Development, said the extension would give the company time to work out “some final interconnecting issues” with National Grid. The council last week continued the matter to its . . .
Plans for a controversial Cardigan wind turbine which has split a community have been submitted to Ceredigion County Council. Cardigan Community Energy, part of the Awel Deg/Fair Wind co-operative, has submitted a full planning application for the community wind turbine project at Oernant, just north of the town. The plan is to set up a 500kw turbine, with a height to hub of 45m and 67m to blade tip, on land owned by farmer Richard Jones. Income from the project . . .
Angus villagers are fearing a “white knuckle ride” planned by windfarm scientists to check their roads can handle 30-metre delivery vehicles. Developers are keen to start on the six-turbine Govals Farm development, within sight of the A90 at Gateside, after work initially stalled when Angus Council refused planning permission in 2013. Local protesters were shocked when this was successfully appealed by the Scottish Government the same year. With no news for almost two years, residents at Gateside have been told . . .
QUINCY – We’re not Cape Wind. That’s part of the message that an offshore-wind power advocacy group is taking across the state, in an effort to become what the group’s director calls “a part of the conversation” about Massachusetts’ energy future. “Cape Wind is what most people’s idea of what offshore wind is, and this is different,” Matthew Morrissey of OffShore Wind Massachusetts said Monday during a Patriot Ledger editorial board interview. He was referring to the state’s first wind . . .
A Conservative MSP has accused the SNP of “only listening to one side of the debate” on windfarms.” Murdo Fraser claimed Scottish Government minister Fergus Ewing was ignoring communities who fear their areas will be blighted by huge turbine developments. Campaigners were left furious after their bid to stop more than 500 of the devices being built around Loch Ness and the Great Glen was rejected at the Scottish Parliament. Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Mr Fraser commented after Mr . . .
A group of concerned citizens met in Newell, South Dakota Saturday to discuss a proposed wind farm in their area. Wind Quarry Operations LLC of Colorado has already filed an application with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for the Willow Creek Wind Energy Facility. The Willow Creek project is proposed to go in east of Newell to the north of Highway 212. It would involve 45 turbines covering over 60 square miles of private land in Butte County. . . .
Residents of Amherst Island and members of the Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) continue fighting to prove that the proposed 26 turbine Windlectric Inc. project is harmful to the island in terms of both health and environmental concerns. On Aug. 24, the project was given approval from Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), but the fight, which has been going on since 2011, is nowhere near over for APAI. “We are moving towards the preliminary hearing for . . .
Wind turbine strikes have killed at least four wedge-tailed eagles at Tasmania’s Musselroe Wind Farm since May, but a well-known wildlife biologist believes the actual figure could be much higher. Nick Mooney has a specific research interest in the bird of prey and said he believed only about one-third of bird deaths caused by turbine strikes across the state were recorded. Wedge-tailed eagles are listed as an endangered species in Tasmania, with fewer than 1000 birds estimated in the wild. . . .