Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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The Rush Creek trustees conducted a special meeting Monday night in an effort to adopt a resolution concerning the Scioto Ridge Wind Farm project. EverPower Wind Holdings hopes to build nine wind turbines. The large gathering crowded into the Lion’s Den in Rushylvania, again had an opportunity to voice their opinions and get their questions answered. After a lengthy discussion in which pros and cons were identified, the trustees unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the project. Trustee chairman Rick Kennedy . . .
If you drive through Antrim today you can’t help but see them: yellow/blue signs, urging “NO”; green/white signs urging “YES.” They are often side-by-side lining the highways and downtown streets. As most Antrim voters know only too well, those signs are about changing the town’s zoning to add rules written by a wind energy developer. For the last two months, this question has been debated over cups of coffee, town-wide mailings, letters to the editor, and now in a duel . . .
EFFINGHAM — Last month, the Effingham County Board heard from an advocate for a wind power transmission line that could pass through Effingham County. Monday, the board’s Legislative Committee of the Whole heard from a local farmer who takes a dim view of the turbines that help generate wind power. “The wind turbine industry is a joke in the United States,” said Phil Hartke, who farms east of Teutopolis. Hartke said his son Ted Hartke and family have been adversely . . .
ALEXANDRIA — Opponents are crying foul as a Portuguese company seeks to build a tower to measure wind speeds for its proposed Spruce Ridge Wind Farm in four towns near Newfound Lake and Mount Cardigan. If Spruce Ridge is built on the northern and eastern edges of Newfound lake, and the Wild Meadows wind farm — proposed by a Spanish developer — is built near the south and eastern end, one of the state’s most beautiful lakes will become a . . .
QUINCY — Some Illinois counties are objecting to a state senator’s proposal to give the Illinois Department of Agriculture, rather than each county, the sole authority to regulate the siting, construction and removal of commercial wind turbines. Senate Bill 3263, sponsored by John Sullivan, R-Quincy, would create the Wind Energy Facilities Construction and Deconstruction Act, which would invalidate counties’ existing wind ordinances and transfer such regulatory responsibilities to the state. Sullivan said he is aware that his proposed law, which . . .
Let’s talk about “unfair burdens” concerning wind turbines for a moment. What about the unfair burden on our environment of 10-plus miles of pristine forest lands being cleared? What about the unfair burden on the thousands of hard-working, lower- and middle-class families who have saved all their lives to buy their dream homes, only to see their property values plummet and their way of life destroyed? What about the unfair burden of families forced to leave the area and abandon . . .
Anti-windfarm campaigners have accused Fife Council of deceiving the public over its ambitions to build wind turbines. The council has arranged meetings to give local people the chance to talk to council officers about project information as well as find out more about the potential sites being investigated at this early stage. However, in addition to the well-publicised proposals to erect turbines at 29 “building-connected” locations, campaigners have been shocked to discover the council is also now exploring the feasibility . . .
Plans to import wind power from Ireland are on David Cameron’s agenda today amid widespread reports the scheme, worth up to 8GW, has been shelved. The prime minister is due to discuss the matter with his opposite number in Ireland, Enda Kenny, following a breakdown in talks between their respective energy ministers. Two companies, Mainstream Renewable Power and Element Power, are leading efforts to erect 1,000 turbines across central reland to connect to the British grid. The power generated would . . .
The planning go-ahead is being sought for a controversial wind turbine on Newstead and Annesley Country Park. The Newstead Enterprise company, which runs the park, says the turbine would have a capacity of 1.5 megawatts and a tip height of 126 metres. The project would supply electricity to the equivalent of 700 households. A spokesman for the company said: “The wind turbine would help us to have a source of clean renewable energy to the park. “It would also provide . . .
Today, we go to the polls to determine whether residents or non-resident corporate interests will decide where Antrim is headed. A zoning ordinance written by a non-resident corporation would open the wild land in our town to industrial development. The Antrim Planning Board voted against endorsing this amendment. The people who are for this may think they stand to gain from such development, but I wonder if they have looked into the results for other small communities? Last night, I . . .