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.
Town of Parishville not interested in PILOTS from wind farms; board passes local wind law establishing setbacks, sound output limits
PARISHVILLE – The Parishville Town Board unanimously passed a local wind law at their meeting June 22 establishing wind turbine setbacks and sound output limits. However, the town is not interested in payments in lieu of taxes – PILOTS – from a large-scale wind power project planned to be built by Avangrid Renewables. The proposed wind farm has divided the Parishville and Hopkinton communities as residents verbally spar over how far wind towers should be placed from homes, what allowable sound levels . . .
Six windfarms are under investigation by Cork County Council for alleged planning irregularities, amid calls from councillors for the Government to tighten up the industry. In a report presented to councillors, Paul Murphy, the local authority’s senior planner, said that of the 20 windfarms built so far in the county, six are being investigated on foot of complaints “relating to non-compliance of a specific (planning) condition”. Mr Murphy did not specify the issues, but it is understood they relate to . . .
CANTON – Large-scale wind developers who receive payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements will be required to make payments equal to what they would pay in property taxes, according to a policy being considered by St. Lawrence County legislators. The policy was approved Monday night by the Finance Committee, but won’t be final until it’s voted on July 10 by the full board. It’s seen as a win by citizens opposed to the North Ridge Wind Farm, an industrial wind project proposed for the towns . . .
CLEVELAND – Ohio lawmakers are not going to allow electric utilities to seek rate increases solely to buttress sagging credit ratings, as requested by one state utility And they are shutting the door on more than $4.2 billion in new wind farm investment that has been blocked by restrictive state zoning requirements enacted three years ago. These two unrelated energy issues cropped up in recent weeks in the state’s budget bill, a 5,000-page document laying out the state’s budgeted expenditures as . . .
FALMOUTH – After huddling in a closed-door session for more than 2½ hours Monday night, figuring out whether they would abide by a judge’s decision last week to keep the town’s two mammoth wind turbines at the wastewater treatment plant shut down or fight on via an appeal, the selectmen announced they needed more information “because of the potential financial consequences of not operating the wind turbines.” Neighbors of those turbines, who began filing complaints and lawsuits soon after Wind 1’s . . .
RALEIGH, N.C. – The future of legislation agreed upon by renewable energy interests and Duke Energy to extend the utility’s requirements to use more alternative power in North Carolina is in doubt as a key senator repeats his attempts to delay wind energy permits through 2020. The bill to change how the nation’s largest electric utility purchases electricity through solar, biomass and other options cleared the House earlier this month by a wide margin. Bill managers had warned against making significant . . .
WEST LINCOLN – The deal has yet to close, but town council is already in a quandary over how to spend funds they expect to receive from the Niagara Region Wind Farm for damage it caused to municipal roads during construction. While it remains unclear what the final sum is that they expect to receive, on Monday night West Lincoln councillors considered roadwork that could total nearly $6.1M. The recommendation from staff was to spend $5,274,702 on a number of roads . . .
SAGINAW, MI – In the past decade, rural landscapes in the Thumb and elsewhere in Michigan have been radically altered by the advent of utility-scale wind farms. Even if you haven’t seen wind turbines towering over farmland, you might have seen the trucks hauling massive, white turbine blades on freeways. Up close, the whirling blades of wind turbines stretch for miles and miles across parts of Mid-Michigan and the Thumb. They are renewable energy signs of the times, welcomed by some, . . .
Plans are being set in motion for a new 21 turbine wind farm in Sutherland. A partnership comprising members of the agricultural sector is proposing to build Meall Buidhe on the Croick Estate, near Ardgay. If given approval, it will be situated approximately five miles from the operational Rosehall and Achany wind farms and six miles from the proposed Braemore wind farm. A spokesman for Meall Buidhe Renewables LLP said: “Meall Buidhe Renewables LLP is a partnership comprising of members . . .
BLUMFIELD TWP, MI – The 160-foot blade of a wind turbine broke from its rotor Monday morning in rural Saginaw County and is now left dangling. Workers were alerted to the break when the wind turbine went offline Monday morning, June 26, said Bryan Garner, a spokesperson for NextEra Energy Resources. Investigators believe the break was caused by an equipment malfunction and that it wasn’t weather-related, Garner said. “We believe this was an isolated equipment issue,” Garner said. “Blade failures are . . .