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 proposal to ensure wind turbines are not built within a a distance of 1.7km from homes is due to be debated by Kildare County Council on Monday. The proposal comes in advance of new guidelines on “set-back distances” and other issues such as noise and light flicker which are due from the Department of the Environment. Monday’s debate follows a planning application to An Bord Pleanála for a windfarm of up to 47 turbines with an overall tip height . . .
EJIDO JACUMÉ, Mexico — In its quest for more renewable energy, California’s power grid is reaching across the U.S.-Mexico border into Baja California to generate electricity from wind turbines along a blustery ridgeline that has tempted prospectors for decades. The area’s first utility-scale array of 47 mega-turbines is clustered on an outcropping of land nearly a mile above sea level owned by Ejido Jacumé, an agrarian land cooperative whose ideological roots can be traced to post-revolutionary Mexico in the mid-20th . . .
The State Government has given the Mount Emerald Wind Farm the green light but imposed strict conditions on the $380 million project. The long-awaited decision came late on Friday night and has angered the Tablelands Wind Turbine Action Group, which has fought the development for more than four years. The wind farm is proposed for Walkamin, about 43km southwest of Cairns, and will include up to 63 turbines on towers about 80-90m tall, with blades of about 50m. The project . . .
The Royal Burgh of Wigtown and District Community Council has lodged an official objection to Ecotricity’s ‘California Wind Park’. The three-page letter listed five reasons to block the renewable energy company’s plans for seven 100 metre high turbines on a hill behind Carsluith, directly opposite the county town. The main objections are: Landscape character impact – “the size, scale and numbers of turbines is out of keeping with the surrounding landscape.” Heritage impact – “The proposal would have a significant . . .
Credit the ice ages for making Indiana a good place to turn wind into electricity. All that glacial action scoured flat the northern half of the state and sculpted the perfect terrain for wind turbines. A few million years later, the Environmental Protection Agency is about to use regulatory fiat to make the state even more attractive to industrial windmills. New EPA rules coming down the pike will cut carbon emissions from coal and gas power plants for the first . . .
Michigan may have already harvested its low-hanging fruit on renewable energy. Opportunities exist to greatly expand cleaner energy sources statewide, but they will come with more challenges. Michigan this year met a goal, set in state law in 2008, to generate 10% of its power from renewable sources. No similarly set-in-law renewable mandate exists going forward. Gov. Rick Snyder in March laid out a renewable energy plan calling for the state to meet up to 40% of its power needs . . .
Many on the South Plains may not be too fond of its windy conditions, but that wind has helped put West Texas on the map for wind energy production, especially with the help of state incentives. Those state incentives may soon be cut off if the Texas House of Representatives approves a bill that helped get the Texas wind industry going. Many wind industry experts said it isn’t a smart move. They said South Plains wind farms shouldn’t be impacted, . . .
Freeborn County officials have received word of a 200-megawatt wind farm proposed to be constructed in eastern Freeborn County. The proposed project, called the Freeborn Wind Energy Project, would be built on an approximately 40,000-acre site, about 1 1/2 miles east of Glenville, according to a letter sent to Freeborn County officials by Barr Engineering firm in Minneapolis, which was hired to help with the environmental permit. The project has boundaries on the south at the Minnesota-Iowa border, on the . . .
MEDINA — A crowd that joined a GCC class in filling three classrooms to hear industry and local views on a proposed wind farm in Yates and Somerset asked enough questions to point both sides in a wide-ranging discussion. Wednesday’s panel on the Lighthouse Wind proposal offered that both Apex Clean Energy, the firm pursuing the 200-megawatt project, and groups like Save Ontario Shores, which has risen up to oppose it, can’t know exactly how or what the project would . . .
A Utah State University professor is speaking out about an online op-ed he penned on wind power after editors for Newsweek admitted they did not perform “outside vetting” on him or disclose his “ties to the oil industry” before running the piece, which questions the economics of wind power. Randy Simmons, an economics and finance professor for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, claimed that “Newsweek doesn’t do any reporting anymore” and is “repeating the talking points of the . . .