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.
A Nelson councillor is backing the campaign to stop a wind turbine being built on land just off Back Lane in Southfield. Nelson Town Council’s Coun. Neil McGowan is backing opponents of the turbine and this week described them as “Monstrous structures” and the number of them as an “invasion”. The application proposing to build the turbine was rejected at committee but the developer, DC21, appealed the decision meaning it would have to go to the planning inspector to decide. . . .
A property appraiser and prominent wind farm opponent will appear in Canton and Beresford this week the potential impact of a proposed 500-turbine wind zone in south Lincoln County. Michael McCann of Chicago will address questions on property values at town hall meetings in Canton on Monday and Beresford on Tuesday. Monday’s meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Canton High School, which is located at 800 N. Main Street. Tuesday’s speech will take place at 7 p.m. at . . .
The Abbott government should draw up national rules restricting how wind farms are built and operated and punish states that do not accept them, a Senate committee has urged. In its final report published on Monday evening, the committee puts forward a range a measures to curb wind farms, including recommendations to reduce support for projects under the national renewable energy target. The inquiry’s recommendations were backed by government and crossbench senators on the committee. But Labor members wrote a . . .
An independent scientific committee should be created to set national standards on the level of sound emitted by windfarms, the final report of a Senate inquiry into turbines has recommended. States that refuse to adopt the national limits should be barred from receiving renewable energy certificates, it said. The independent expert scientific committee on industrial sound should report back to state and federal health ministers on the health effects of proposed windfarms, the report by the select committee on wind . . .
WALNUT CREEK — A young female golden eagle rescued by San Ramon Valley firefighters in March and rehabilitated by Lindsay Wildlife Hospital died hours after being struck by a wind turbine. Two power workers found the 12-pound raptor near a wind turbine at Altamont Pass in Livermore, according to officials from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience. The workers watched the sub-adult golden eagle struggle as she flew near the ground before falling. She was brought to Lindsay Wildlife Hospital at 11 . . .
WINTHROP — Sibley Wind Substation, which had begun utility work for its 10-turbine wind power project, is now asking to withdraw its permits from county and state governments. “We respectfully request our permit for the Sibley Wind Project be canceled while we work out a solution that will meet everyone’s requirements relating to avian studies on the project,” wrote Steve Estes, president of Star Distributed Energy, in a letter to the state Public Utilities Commission. Star controls Sibley Wind Substation . . .
PAUKUKALO – A proposed 60-megawatt wind farm can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kahikinui homesteaders and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, but some residents say the windmills would desecrate the area. The Hawaiian Homes Commission hosted a public hearing Wednesday night at the Paukukalo Community Center that drew nearly 100 people. A similar hearing Thursday morning attracted about 150 people, officials said. The commission is gathering comments until Aug. 21. It will decide in November whether to . . .
Weeks ahead of the submission deadline for Invenergy LLC’s Dutton Dunwich wind energy project, six members of its community engagement committee are packing it in. Six of the 13 people on the Strong Breeze Wind Project’s working group submitted their resignation Thursday evening. The half-dozen members, all of whom oppose the project, were frustrated their concerns were not being taken seriously. “We just don’t seem to be able to reach any agreement or we don’t see that the company is . . .
Recently, Lincolnview Superintendent Jeff Snyder wrote an article (www.cleveland.com – see link below) which highlighted the “benefits” of Blue Creek Wind Farm in an attempt to create support for Dog Creek Wind Farm. I find Mr. Snyder’s article misleading for the following reasons: COST – Mr. Snyder failed to mention that Blue Creek cost the American Taxpayer $172 million. He also failed to mention PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) which allows the owner, Iberdrola, to make payments that are . . .
ALBION — The legal battle over permits issued for the construction of a meteorological tower for the planned Lighthouse Wind project will hit State Supreme Court in September. In documents filed at the Orleans County Clerk’s Office, parties served by wind project opponents in July were informed that a introductory hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 8. The focus will be the Article 78 proceedings sought by Save Ontario Shores, which has asked the court to annul a . . .