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.
Wind turbines can now be seen from almost half of all places in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the government’s nature agency. The new Scottish Natural Heritage report shows the scale of areas affected has more than doubled in the past five years from 19.9 per cent in 2008 to 45.9 per cent in 2013. Anti wind campaigners have condemned the latest figures as out of date, since they only account for turbines that were already operational by . . .
A project that one day could lead to hundreds of wind turbines dotted across the farmland of southern Lincoln County, S.D., met strong opposition from neighbors worried about property values and health effects. A proposal to install five meteorological test towers was denied Feb. 17 by the Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Commission. Investors with Dakota Plains Energy, the company behind the Dakota Power Community Wind (DPCW) project, have filed an appeal that will be heard by the county commission. . . .
A planning contravention notice has been served on the biggest operational windfarm in Angus. Angus Council served papers in relation to Ark Hill windfarm, near Glamis, over a possible breach of planning control, on Green Cat Renewables and Strathmore Estates, on whose land the farm sits. A senior planning officer contacted Green Cat Renewables last November to formally request they carry out further monitoring of the noise impact of the turbines and report back to the council, in line with . . .
Nicola Sturgeon has rejected calls for planning decisions to be placed in the hands of an independent body. An alliance of environmental and heritage bodies this week called for a radical overhaul of the planning process, warning public trust in the system had been lost. Nine groups, including the National Trust for Scotland, John Muir Trust and RSPB, said ministers should consider setting up an arms-length body to ensure decisions were “truly independent of government”. Speaking during First Minister’s Questions, . . .
The developers behind rejected plans for a £36m windfarm in the hills above Greenock have lodged an appeal against the refusal. Inverclyde Council last year threw out 2020 Renewables’ plans to build eight 110-metre tall turbines on land to the north and east of Corlic Hill. Concern over the development’s possible impact on air traffic radar was one of the key factors. However, bosses at 2020 have now gone to the Scottish Government in a bid to overturn the decision. . . .
Butler County, meet wind energy. It’s fair to say the County Board of Supervisors encountered some major gusts of information during an hour of the board’s meeting late Monday morning. NEXTera Energy Resources’ director of development, Lisa Sullivan, took the board through a whirlwind presentation of the Jubilee Project, a proposed wind turbine farm that would occupy a 33,000 acre area, potentially stretching from the Bruno and Brainard areas east into Saunders County. About two-thirds of the area is in . . .
You know what you will never see adoring Toronto’s waterfront? Wind turbines. It’s because all of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s family and friends live there, and most of her affluent supporters have million-dollar properties. The poor people, and those who can’t defend themselves, are going to get wind turbines whether they like them or not. And if they don’t like it, the provincial government will ram them down their throats and force them to adore them. I’m tired of talking . . .
Wind farm developers have still not erected an anemometer on land where three turbines could be erected – and a decision on the contentious plans could be made next month. REG Windpower, the firm seeking to build three wind turbines at Berry Fen – land which lies between the villages of Haddenham and Aldreth – secured planning permission to erect an anemometer mast at the site last July. The aim of the anemometer is to judge wind speed ahead of . . .
With NEXTera Energy Resources showing its interest across eastern Butler and western Saunders counties, Brainard area landowners invited the public to a forum Feb. 24 at East Butler High School. For two hours, they received a primer on wind energy from the landowner’s perspective from John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, and David Vavra, chairman of the Saline County Wind Association LLC. Following the discussion, County Supervisor Greg Janak provided the group with a summary of his conversations . . .
The threat posed to birds by wind turbines has long been debated. A wind farm being built off Finland’s west coast will feature a new system designed to limit the danger – potentially setting a new standard for future wind power facilities in the country. The 11-turbine maritime wind farm to open next summer on Tahkoluoto Island offshore from Pori will be unusual in global terms. It will include a new bird radar. Pori’s coastal and delta area is one . . .