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.
ALMER TOWNSHIP – Almer Township and its Board of Trustees face a federal lawsuit by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC over a proposed wind energy development. Tuscola Wind III LLC is seeking a court order to compel the township, located north of Caro, to allow development of a wind farm to proceed. The suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan in Bay City, alleges that the township has systematically tried to prevent . . .
In 2001, when I served as governor of Oklahoma, I signed legislation creating the Zero Emissions Tax Credit for industrial wind energy. The tax credit was designed to give a jump-start to a wind industry in its infancy in Oklahoma at the time. It was sold to us as a low-cost way to broaden our already robust energy and economic development program. It was supposed to create jobs and develop a more prosperous future for Oklahoma. Signing this legislation was . . .
ST. ALBANS – The Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) board of commissioners unanimously approved a motion Wednesday night to oppose Swanton Wind during the Public Service Board’s regulatory process. The motion ratified a recommendation from the NRPC Policy and Project Review Committee submitted yesterday. The recommendation said the committee “found that the project does not conform with a number of the provisions in the regional plan at minimum with respect to impacts to natural resources, aesthetics and orderly development of the . . .
There is no danger of an area aquifer being polluted by a proposed wind energy project in Fayette, Henry and Rush counties. That’s the stance of the company behind the West Fork Wind Energy Center, NextEra Energy Resources, after a group of Fayette County residents approached the county earlier this week with concerns that an area aquifer could potentially be contaminated as a result of construction on the wind project. That group, consisting of county residents Joe Schultz, Craig Mosburg . . .
Environmental advocates say a 1,200 megawatt clean energy solicitation developed by the Baker administration is biased in favor of large-scale hydro projects favored by some of the state’s utilities. The energy diversity legislation authorizing the clean energy procurement was approved last year on Beacon Hill with a provision giving preference to hybrid projects that deliver hydroelectricity in tandem with either wind or solar power. But the environmental advocates say the draft request for proposals includes provisions that make it difficult . . .
MACOMB – Renewables are the fastest-growing energy sources, and likely to appear on the local horizon in the next two years. Matthew Martin, senior manager at Capital Power, gave an update on the Cardinal Point wind project to members of the Macomb Area Economic Development Corporation at its recent annual business meeting. Capital Power is a Canadian power company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, which became involved with the Cardinal Point Wind project two years ago after it acquired it from Element . . .
WAYLAND – It might not be long before the community sees some wind turbines over Loon Lake area in the town of Wayland. Much of the town board meeting held Feb. 13 was spent discussing the possibility of eight or 10 wind turbines being set up in the area. The Baron Winds Wind Project by EverPower is a proposed 300 MW wind farm located in the towns of Avoca, Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, Howard, and Wayland in Steuben County. According to EverPower’s . . .
What they feared, has happened. For long, the wind turbine manufacturers have been resisting any move for auctioning wind power capacity on the basis of competitive tariff bids, fearing an intense auction room battle would hammer down the prices. For the machine manufacturers like Suzlon, Gamesa and Inox, the customers are the wind energy companies—the ‘independent power producers’ (IPPs). If the IPPs get low prices for their electricity, pressure would be on the manufacturers to drop prices. On Thursday, in . . .
The group called Water Wells First is rallying the troops and preparing for a fight. The group is warning farmers in Dover Centre, Otter Creek and North Kent to test their wells now in case a court battle brews with the nearby wind farm developers. Several farmers are complaining the pile driving and vibration from nearby wind turbines is disturbing their wells and contaminating their drinking water. Mark St. Pierre is affected by the turbid water and is bracing for . . .
Anthony Iarrapino (spokes-attorney for Swanton Wind) has described the Public Service Board’s hearing process as being: “like court.” He claims, “there’s going to have to be much more thoughtful, fact-based participation than we’ve seen so far.” I assume he means thoughtful, fact-based participation from Swanton Wind because over the last year and a half there has been nothing of the sort coming from Vermont Environmental Research Associates and its client Swanton Wind. As an example: VERA forgot the fact that . . .