Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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AGL Energy’s offer to take part in research into the impact of infrasound from wind farms on nearby residents was long overdue, a south-west anti-wind farm campaigner says. Southern Grampians Landscape Guardians president Keith Staff said AGL’s offer indicated that wind energy companies might no longer be “in denial” that infrasound (low-frequency sound) from wind turbines might cause problems for some people. AGL’s group operations executive general manager Doug Jackson made the offer under questioning from Senator David Leyonhjelm at . . .
The wind turbine project for Amherst Island has been a contentious issue since it was first proposed in 2011. Many residents of the island and the rest of Loyalist Township have been vocal about their disapproval throughout the lengthy application process, and while recent developments to the project are an improvement, the Association to Protect Amherst Island (APAI) still isn’t satisfied. “Algonquin/Windelectric Inc. just published a fourth modification to their original application,” explained APAI board member Denise Wolfe. “They originally . . .
Meridian Energy will get a second chance to keep its resource consent for its planned wind farm in northern Rangitikei. Twelve days ago, Rangitikei District Council voted against extending the lapse date of the consent for Project Central Wind. Some councillors felt they hadn’t had sufficient time to assess the application and declined it knowing the expected objection from Meridian would buy more time. Meridian immediately filed the objection and will again present its case at this Thursday’s council meeting . . .
An educational conservation charity is calling for further research to be undertaken to ensure that the risks to puffins and other seabirds from offshore wind farms are minimised. It comes as a judicial review lodged by RSPB Scotland into the Scottish Ministers’ decision to give the go ahead to four offshore windfarms off the Firths of Forth and Tay begins tomorrow. The legal challenge to the the Seagreen Alpha, Seagreen Bravo, Neart na Gaoithe and Inch Cape developments is expected . . .
The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed last year’s Huntington Circuit Court decision concerning wind turbines in southern Wells County, turning down an appeal of that decision by six residents of southern Wells County. It is not certain if the matter will be appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court. The appellate court, in a decision released May 12, said Special Judge Thomas Hakes of Huntington Circuit Court was correct in his ruling of June 10, 2014. In that ruling, Hakes . . .
Wind turbines may be required to be a minimum of 700 metres from residential dwellings under proposals being considered by Environment Minister Alan Kelly. He is shortly due to publish revised planning guidelines on the construction of windfarms, and it is understood that, in addition to increasing the minimum distance from residential dwellings, it will also include a height-to-distance mechanism, whereby the taller the turbine, the greater the distance it must be from residential properties. Were the plans to be . . .
A bipartisan quartet yesterday reintroduced legislation that aims to speed development of wind, solar and geothermal projects on public lands while splitting the proceeds of those activities among state, local and federal governments. Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) offered the bill, which they said would streamline siting and permitting of renewable energy projects on public lands. “Renewable energy is one of Nevada’s greatest assets, but it is difficult to harness our . . .
The ‘Battle of Hill Rig’ has re-started with a new bid to build eight wind turbines as high as the Forth Bridge on land between Lanark and Carluke. Last year the Gazette reported on the long-running campaign by residents in the area opposed to the £36m. windfarm at Hill Rig on Greenbank Farm, Kilncadzow, a fight they thought they had won when developers Community Windpower Ltd. had their planning application refused by South Lanarkshire Council. However, this has proved to . . .
Local authority planners will next week urge councillors to block proposals three massive wind turbines near a Banffshire village. Farming company Inicio-Fresco Ltd wants to erect the devices on land east of Cairnandrew at King Edward, but is facing opposition from residents. Seventy-eight objections from members of public have been lodged with the council. Members of the local authority’s Banff and Buchan area committee are due to discuss plans for the trio of 252ft turbines on Tuesday. Residents are concerned . . .
A proposed 18.4-megawatt wind farm project in the town of Richfield is back on track after a state appeals court dismissed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a special-use permit granted to the developers by the town planning board. The decision, which was unanimous, is unlikely to be appealed because there would be only a remote chance that the Court of Appeals would agree to take the case, project opponents said. The Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, reversed a January 2014 . . .