Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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A large number of people were present at the Kingston Courthouse on Thursday evening to voice their opinions on the subject of wind turbines in Caldwell County. Caldwell County currently has a moratorium on any applications on wind turbines until the first part of December. Two people at the hearing spoke in favor of the wind turbines. Quoting from the 2014 Wind Technology Report prepared for the US Dept. of Energy, David Jensen who lives west of Kingston, reasoned that . . .
On Wednesday a wind energy company with a wind farm located in Dewey County filed an official protest to challenge the county’s assessed value of their property. A hearing including the Dewey County Excise Board, County Clerk, County Assessor, and District No. 1 County Commissioner Dillon Berry took arguments from Taloga Wind attorneys regarding their assertion that their property value was assessed too highly. Taloga Wind is owned by parent company NRG Energy who also owns Buffalo Bear, LLC, a . . .
Duncan Ashley, the Councillor for Amherst Island, says in his 23 years of municipal politics, he has never seen the community torn apart like the way the discussion surround Amherst Island’s new wind farm does. Thursday night, residents crowded the council chambers and were unexpectedly given the chance to speak about Windlectric’s plan to carry out construction on the island. Ashley says it’s his job, along with the other councillors, to ensure everyone in the community has a voice. “At . . .
Good Energy has lost its appeal to secure planning permission for a £30 million wind farm in north Cornwall. Plans were refused by Cornwall Council for an 11-wind turbine scheme on farmland at Week St Mary near Bude in 2014, and following an inquiry, the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, has upheld the original decision. Had the Big Field wind farm scheme gone ahead, it would have produced renewable energy to power . . .
Two Indian states at the forefront of adding renewables to their power mix are backtracking on agreements for at least one gigawatt of wind projects and are seeking lower prices, potentially dealing a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s green energy goals. The southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, which account for a quarter of the country’s installed wind capacity, are renegotiating or scrapping purchase agreements with developers and want power at prices lower than what had been stipulated . . .
PORT ELGIN – No word if Unifor met a July 21 deadline to turn over partial test data from the monitoring of operations of its Port Elgin wind turbine to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) as requested. In a July 14 letter, made public by Saugeen Shores CAO David Smith at the July 24 town council meeting, MOECC District Manager Rick Chappell asked Unifor for all of the data collected to date. Unifor missed a June 30 . . .
North Carolina passed a clean-energy bill Thursday that could spur a wave of new solar projects in the country’s second-biggest solar state – but at the expense of wind. House Bill 589, which Governor Roy Cooper signed Thursday, places a moratorium on new wind development through December 2018. The law creates a competitive bidding process that will bring more than 2.6 gigawatts of new solar over 3 1/2 years, Duke Energy Corp., owner of the state’s biggest utility, said. The legislation . . .
Berkshire County could play a key economic role in renewable energy efforts in Massachusetts. A recent report from the Northeast Clean Energy Council says increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard would diversify the region’s energy sources, lower wholesale electricity prices, create new jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “It creates a real market for clean energy resources as a result,” Dickerson says. Jamie Dickerson, a policy analyst with the advocacy group, says the RPS is a way for the clean . . .
BOSTON – The race is on between major clean energy developers hoping to score long-term, wholesale power contracts with Massachusetts electric utilities. By Thursday’s noon deadline, thick packets were delivered to the state’s Department of Energy Resources by at least five partnerships proposing massive, utility-scale renewable energy projects to serve customers in the Bay State. The Massachusetts Clean Energy RFP, or request for proposals, was drafted last year in response to Gov. Charlie Baker’s 2016 energy bill. The bill requires that . . .
MASSENA – Wind and solar energy will play a key role when 78 miles of power transmission infrastructure are rebuilt in the north country. The newly rebuilt transmission line, called the Moses-Adirondack Smart Path Reliability project, will strengthen the reliability of the state’s electric power grid and help move power that’s produced upstate – including the increasing amounts of wind and solar energy – to areas where it’s needed downstate. “The project will allow for future expandability of the line in anticipation of . . .