Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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WATERLOO | Controversy is swirling like a tempest across the prairie as a Texas-based company plans to invest billions of dollars in Iowa’s emerging wind-energy sector to transmit power out of the state to the East Coast. In early November, Rock Island Clean Line, a subsidiary of Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, filed petitions with the Iowa Utilities Board asking for permission to construct and operate a 500-mile transmission line that will carry 3,500 megawatts of wind-generated direct current . . .
ARKWRIGHT – The town of Arkwright has been whispering about a wind farm for nearly 10 years, and it looks like the wind farm may be coming soon. After Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the $206 million investment toward several wind farm operations, one being in Arkwright and the other in the North County, and two large projects near Mohawk Valley and the Hudson River things started looking up. These four projects will help the state create a more diverse renewable . . .
On November 7, Guardian readers were excited by a huge two-page advertisement from the wind farm company Ecotricity, hailing what it described as “a historic event”. This, it explained, was on Sunday October 19, following the Didcot power station fire, when several other major power plants were also, for various reasons, offline. But millions of homes across Britain, we were told, would never have noticed. Our lights stayed on solely because wind farms had come to the rescue, contributing a . . .
A wind cooperative has rejected claims that work to construct a turbine is threatening wildcat habitat in the Angus Glens. Jon Halle, director of Sharenergy Cooperative, said the group would not be proceeding with the project if it thought it would impact on the habitat of an endangered species. A row has broken out after 49 people in Kilry signed a letter calling for construction work to be halted immediately because “the site is a wildcat haven.” Resident Helen Douglas . . .
The objections of more than 150 Laois people have been ignored by Laois County Council, with the decision to permit the continued use of a weather mast in Stradbally which has been described by residents as “an eyesore”. The 80m weather mast in the Ballinteskin area of Stradbally has been lambasted by local residents, who fear it is just the first step towards the construction of a major new wind farm in the locality. Erected in July of last year . . .
Campaigners have raised concerns that plans for a new power line in the Highlands will lead to an unsightly stretch of “mega-pylons” erected across areas of outstanding natural beauty. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) is looking at proposals for a 65km line from Beauly to Loch Buidhe, near Bonar Bridge in Sutherland and are considering three possible routes. Objectors believe this is just the beginning of a plan to introduce a mega power line between Beauly and Keith, similar to . . .
COLUMBUS — Ohio’s fledgling wind energy industry is balking at a largely ignored provision of a massive environmental bill overwhelmingly approved in the House this week, arguing it is designed to throw one more wrench into its turbines. The language would allow the state Department of Natural Resources to impose additional fees on wind farms based on the killing and injury, or “take,” of wild animals, a broad restriction the wind industry maintains would not be imposed on its competitors. . . .
A half-dozen landowners near the site of the proposed Monticello Hills wind farm in Richfield filed a lawsuit Friday against the town planning board and three of its members, alleging that the approval of the project violated their rights to due process and fair compensation. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the landowners by Springfield lawyer Douglas Zamelis, notes that the Planning Board’s decisions to approve the project in 2011 and again in 2013 were ultimately rescinded by State Supreme . . .
The U.S. government is asking a federal judge to stop construction of a wind project near Pawhuska, where construction is allegedly removing or destroying rocks that belong to the Osage Nation. The U.S. Department of Interior wants a court order to halt construction immediately, and prevent any further construction until the wind farm obtains a permit to remove the rock — a permit that the tribe would likely want to deny. The tribe, which owns all mineral rights in Osage . . .
The right to be free from chronic annoyance is at the heart of a legal challenge that could shake Ontario’s multibillion wind-energy business, and limit other industrial development in rural areas. It pits a family whose farming history goes back a century in Southwestern Ontario against the provincial government, and a consortium known as the K2 Wind Power Project, which includes global companies such as Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. No evidence shows wind turbines directly harm human health. But “community . . .