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.
The Interior Department appears close to finalizing a controversial permitting rule that authorizes wind farms to kill eagles for decades. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) signed off Wednesday, on the heavily lobbied rule, which would boost the available permit period from five to 30 years, records show. The rule, which has faced opposition from environmental groups, authorizes the non-intentional deaths of eagles but also contains conservation provisions, according to a summary of the plan on OMB’s . . .
FAIRHAVEN — Selectmen are seeking some information from wind turbine developer Fairhaven Wind LLC before taking a position on its mitigation plan. Discussions were held during an executive session Monday night. “We didn’t vote on the plan,” Select Board Chairman Charles Murphy said Tuesday. He said they “gave it more consideration” and asked for some information. The mitigation plan addresses exceedances, or conditions when the turbines exceed noise limits set by state law. State regulations don’t allow the turbines to . . .
BELVIDERE — Boone County officials, residents and community groups have invested thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours and an unthinkable amount of energy into educating others about a highly-controversial County Board vote that would either clear the way for a wind farm or almost certainly stop the idea in its tracks. Mainstream Renewable Power has proposed building a $300 million to $400 million wind farm with as many as 100 turbines on 12,000 acres in Manchester and LeRoy townships. The . . .
BARNSTABLE — The county’s legislative board voted Wednesday to ask the state’s inspector general and attorney general for help in understanding the finances and operations of two regional energy agencies. At a packed meeting in the basement of the Barnstable District Courthouse, the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates voted 62.44 percent to 34.53 percent to forward persistent questions about the Cape Light Compact and Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative to state officials. The assembly includes one member from each Cape . . .
An application to build a 74-metre wind turbine on green belt behind High Royds has been rejected. Now the group, which was set up to fight the proposal, has thanked everyone who joined their struggle. Menston Against Wind Turbines was formed to oppose the siting of the turbine on land north of Hawksworth Quarry. Campaigners said the proposed turbine would have been twice the height of High Royds Clock Tower and the Chelker Reservoir turbines, and would have towered over . . .
Wind energy bills were the focus of a Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy hearing at the State House Tuesday. Representative David Vieira of East Falmouth received solid support for his Wind Energy Relief Act, a bill that sets similar conditions for wind energy developers that the town of Falmouth now requires. When private companies build turbines in Falmouth Vieira said, they must set up a fund, that the town can use if problems develop with the project. For example, if the . . .
The White House finalized its review on Thursday of a rule that would give wind energy companies lengthy permits for wind farms that end up killing bald and golden eagles. Hundreds of thousands of birds are killed every year after flying into large wind turbine blades, an issue that became an ongoing saga for the administration this year. The details of the Interior Department rule are unclear since it has yet to be released, but a final decision could be . . .
A costly subsidy for wind energy producers is coming under fire as Congress weighs whether to extend it past Dec. 31, with a new study charging that it shifts millions from taxpayers to benefit a select few. “Subsidies to wind producers come at the expense of taxpayers everywhere,” the study from the Institute for Energy Research says. The longstanding tax credit for the wind energy industry was last extended in early January, after frantic budget and tax negotiations that lasted . . .
Epuron’s Yass Valley Wind Farm project has hit a snag after reports were confirmed that the Australian energy company has been told by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure to undertake further consultation. The North Sydney based enterprise submitted their Preferred Project Report (PPR) in November last year, but it appears the consultation process was recently deemed unsatisfactory. Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson told the Tribune it was great that concerned locals were being heard. “I am very pleased . . .
A government inspector has upheld Copeland Council’s decision not to allow the six-turbine Weddicar Rigg windfarm to be built The developer, Banks Renewables, took its plans to an inquiry in July after Copeland Council twice refused planning permission. On the windfarm – complete with six 115m high (377ft) turbines – earmarked for an elevated area of land between Moresby Parks and Frizington, councillors ruled that the negative visual impact was more important than the government’s policy on renewable energy. It . . .