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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.

April 19, 2014 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmaker objects to use of eminent domain for high-voltage transmission line project

A retired utility engineer who is a member of the Iowa House of Representatives is raising concerns about a proposed high-voltage transmission line that is to be constructed across Iowa. Representative Ralph Watts, a Republican from Adel, objects to the use of the government’s “eminent domain” authority to seize property along the 500-mile route for the Rock Island Clean Line project. “Rock Island Clean Lines is a non-utility, private enterprise embarking on a private project for private gain,” Watts said . . .

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April 19, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

MSP wants blackout inquiry

An MSP is calling for a major inquiry into the cause of the power cut that left more than 200,000 properties in the dark across the north. Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart said the massive blackout was “very worrying” and he demanded answers from Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution about why one incident could black out such a wide area. The inquiry call came as former top power boss Sir Donald Miller claimed the north transmission network was more . . .

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April 19, 2014 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms come with big cost

Don’t believe claims that wind energy does not cost Ohio a penny. Although the fuel is free, this industry has an addiction to subsidies. Subsidies do cost someone. The Wind Production Tax Credit is a federal subsidy given to the wind industry which amounts to $0.022/kWh for electricity produced. It was designed, in 1992, to help a new industry grow. Is an industry still an infant after 20 years? This subsidy has been renewed eight times, with this year being . . .

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April 19, 2014 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Plan for turbines taller than Spire at historic bay

A wind farm developer has applied to erect turbines taller than Dublin’s Spire along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way. Campaigners say the development would make a laughing stock of government efforts to attract tourists to the 2,500km long route from Cork to Derry. Donegal County Council has twice opposed planning permission for the two turbines overlooking the spectacular Kinnego Bay on Donegal’s Inishowen peninsula. However, An Bord Pleanala has twice given Derry man Declan Clarke permission to go ahead with . . .

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April 19, 2014 • Alberta, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind’ wants higher prices

In April, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) sponsored a “Western Forum” in Calgary. Non-members could attend the two-day event for a registration fee of $1,499 excluding taxes. CanWEA is the organization that wants a “Clean Electricity Standard”; to set provincial regulations at a level which will give wind a market advantage. They also want an increase to the current $15-per-tonne penalty paid by industries that emit greenhouse gases beyond their government-imposed limit; and they want a “pool price” closer . . .

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April 19, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Planners urge council to reject windfarm vision

Planners say permission should be refused for a windfarm proposed on land owned by the Scottish Conservatives’ environment spokesman. Highlands and Islands MSP Sir Jamie McGrigor, stands to earn more than £8million if the 15 turbines go up. Ardchonnel windfarm, by the shores of Loch Awe, is being proposed by RWE Innogy on Mr McGrigor’s 3,500 acre estate in Argyll. A hillside above Loch Awe, is earmarked for the turbines, each 364ft high. The planning application, to be considered by . . .

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April 19, 2014 • Letters, New York, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind factories would harm Great Lakes

We have just learned that the Ohio Power Siting Board has ended Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.’s hopes of developing a six-turbine offshore wind factory in Lake Erie seven miles northwest of Cleveland. I cannot tell you how many hundreds of hours several of us have each worked to see this worthless project rejected. We hope that this will be the very last time any organization will attempt to place an offshore wind factory in any of the Great Lakes. . . .

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April 19, 2014 • California, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

BLM Initiates Environmental Review of Tylerhorse Wind Energy Project

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public comment on the proposed Tylerhorse Wind Project, a 60-megawatt facility planned for 1,200 acres in Kern Country, CA. The BLM today published a Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project, which includes a proposed amendment to the California Desert Conservation Area Draft Plan. Heartland Wind, LLC, has requested a right-of-way authorization to develop a wind energy facility with a proposed output of 60 megawatts and a project . . .

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April 19, 2014 • UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Utah wind power poised to increase

Four new wind farms are poised for development in Utah after Rocky Mountain Power inked agreements with the companies to buy the power over 20 years. The farms, once in action, will have the capacity to produce 300 megawatts of energy, or enough to power 93,600 homes. Ultimately, funneling that renewable resource through Rocky Mountain Power’s electrical grid will mean Utah has a cleaner energy portfolio because more wind power ultimately means fewer carbon emissions. “What is fabulous and unique . . .

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April 19, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Air traffic control concern set to ground wind farm plan

The proposed Swift Wind Farm near Churchover and Cotesbach looks set to be refused planning permission for a second time – despite late claims it could cut energy bills and inject £1m into the local economy. Planning officers have recommended councillors turn down the application by renewable energy developer RES on the grounds it could jeopardise air traffic safety. An objection from National Air Traffic Services stated it “would have an unacceptable impact on the performance of its Pailton Air-Ground-Air . . .

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