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.
Although legislation has been introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly to address concerns with siting of windmill projects in Mason and Fleming counties, more action on the local level is being urged by concerned May’s Lick citizens. For the 11th month, members of the Citizens Voice of Mason County were in attendance at Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Mason County Fiscal Court. Joe Pfeffer, who serves as spokesperson for the group, once again asked county officials to take action to . . .
WASHINGTON – House Republicans are seeking to compel the Obama administration to turn over uncensored, internal documents related to its enforcement of environmental laws at wind farms where eagles and other protected birds have been killed. The House Natural Resources Committee issued the subpoena Tuesday. Only one wind energy company has been prosecuted for killing eagles and other birds in violation of federal law. Duke Energy pleaded guilty in November to killing eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind . . .
Campaigners against the erection of wind turbines in Meath remain unconvinced by statements from Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte that plans for giant windfarms have been shelved. The apparent withdrawl by the UK government from the proposed plan to purchase Irish wind energy this week led Minister Rabbitte to say that he was doubtful about the future of the agreements between the Republic and the UK and could not see the energy export project going ahead “as envisaged”. It has been . . .
A federal tax credit that benefits wind power projects is dead in Congress this year as Republicans seek a broader tax overhaul, Representative Charles Boustany said. “Maybe there will be some in the Senate who will try to revive it but I really do think it’s dead in the House,” Boustany, a Louisiana Republican and member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in an interview today in New York. While the credit might be revived as part of . . .
A Westcountry MP has criticised a “Klondike-type gold-rush” among green energy developers after it emerged wind farms are being subsidised by an eye-watering £1.2 billion a year. The Government has revealed onshore wind turbines in the countryside receive £557 million each year from energy bill payers, and offshore farms off the coast get £699 million. And a typical 10-turbine land-based wind farm could pocket firms £2 million a year from hard-pressed households. The figures have alarmed Geoffrey Cox, Conservative MP . . .
An attempt by a windfarm developer to overcome objections to its plan to build turbines near Hermitage Castle looks to have hit a brick wall. Despite the removal of some turbines and the lowering of others, Historic Scotland and Scottish Borders Council’s landscape architect Jim Knight, maintain their opposition. Infinis has held talks with the council, Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to try to find a way to get them to drop their objections . . .
Wind energy is set to power 80,000 Canberra households within six years as the ACT government announces details on Thursday of an auction for huge wind farms in the region. The government will sign 20-year deals with successful bidders, who will get a guaranteed price for the energy they supply. The news will energise wind farms at different stages of approval and construction that have been waiting for a guaranteed buyer for the energy. But it is also set to . . .
North Ayrshire MP Katy Clark had urged villagers to let her know of any problems associated with the first SSE wind turbine which has begun operating this week. The Labour politician visited the site of the test wind turbines at Hunterston on Thursday 20 February to make her own observations of the work at the controversial facility. Ms Clark was shown round the site by Kirstanne McDowall of SSE and Russell Maxwell, who is the site’s assistant project manager. She . . .
A proposal to build a large wind-farm operation in the southwest corner of LaGrange County is dead, The News Sun reported. Rob Propes, development manager for Apex Clean Energy Inc., said in an email sent to Bob Shanahan, LaGrange County planning administrator, Apex had decided not to pursue the Clear Spring Wind Energy project in LaGrange County due to “a lack of landowner participation.” Apex Clean Energy is a U.S.-based developer of commercial-scale, renewable-energy facilities in North America such as . . .
A court decision has finally drawn a line under Purbeck’s Alaska Wind Farm saga. Three judges, who deliberated following a short hearing at London’s Royal Courts of Justice, ruled to uphold the original High Court decision backing the scheme. Gerry Bayliss, of South Trigon, Wareham, had won the right to challenge that High Court decision in October. Mr Bayliss, a member of the Dorset Against Rural Turbines (DART) group, was attempting to stop the wind farm being built at Master’s . . .