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.
The Arkansas Senate has passed a resolution opposing the construction of a power line across Arkansas to transmit wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma to Tennessee. The Senate passed the resolution on Wednesday, calling on the U.S. Department of Energy to reject an application by Clean Line Energy Partners of Houston to partner with the agency on building the power transmission line or to require that it minimize the effects of the line on the state by burying it where possible. The . . .
SACKETS HARBOR — A state appellate court has unanimously reversed a lower court’s ruling that the town of Hounsfield must pay a Watertown law firm $160,615 in legal fees related to the defunct Galloo Island Wind Farm development. Friday’s ruling by the state Appellate Division, Fourth Department, sends the matter back to state Supreme Court, where it had been determined in January 2014 that the town owed the money to Schwerzmann & Wise PC. The firm had sued Hounsfield in . . .
Paul Stone of Orwell, a former state agriculture commissioner, as well as a Select Board and Planning Commission member in his town, said many Vermonters had spent hundreds or thousands of volunteer hours serving on such boards, only to have the Public Service Board trump local decision-making in the siting of projects. "Plain and simple, solar energy projects are development and they're ugly," Stone said. He called on the Legislature to strip the Public Service Board of siting authority over the projects.
A plan to erect wind turbines on a World War I battlefield in France where thousands of Australians have lain buried for almost a century beggars belief. Under a proposal by French energy company the Maia Group, six turbines have been proposed for the site at the Bullecourt battlefield in northern France where 10,000 Australians were killed or wounded in battles in 1917. Two thousand of those soldiers have no known grave. The area remains a highly sensitive place in . . .
With no fanfare, the Arkansas Senate on Friday sent the governor a bill aimed at protecting private property owners’ rights. In a 31-2 vote, the Senate concurred with a House-approved amendment to Senate Bill 757 by Senate Republican leader Jim Hendren of Sulphur Springs and voted to send it to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Hendren, the governor’s nephew, reminded senators that the Arkansas Municipal League is neutral on his legislation. The measure gives property owners options to fight government decisions . . .
A wind farm proposed for land at Orby near Skegness has had planning permission turned down by the Secretary of state, by recommendation from Her Majesty’s Planning Inspectorate S R George Baird. Following today’s news (Friday, March 27) that the appeal for the Orby Windfarm development has been found in the District Council’s favour; upholding its decision to refuse planning permission, the District Council’s Planning Team Leader Chris Panton, said: “The Council has worked extremely hard with the local community . . .
As proud and fortunate owners of some the finest farmlands on the Eastern Shore, we as Kent County landowners, oppose the Apex Wind Turbine Project. We support all efforts to halt this project & we thank all of the individuals who are donating time & money to “Keep Kent Scenic”. Bayfair Farm Canterbury Fields Durham Point Farm Black Horse Flag Farm Fairlee Farms Emory’s Landing Farm Henckel Farm JPM Farms Kurhessen Farm Morgnec Ventures New Hope Farm PP & MG . . .
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has promised to make a decision soon on the controversial proposed Mt Emerald wind farm on the Atherton Tableland. Jackie Trad flew in by private jet on Saturday to meet residents and hear their views on the development. The Infrastructure, Planning and State Development Minister said the proposed development was called in on June 11 last year following a request from Mareeba Shire Council. “I had postponed the decision on the Mt Emerald Wind Farm on . . .
SHENANDOAH — U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-17, experienced his first time inside of a windmill on a tour Friday at the Iberdrola Renewables Locust Ridge 2 Wind Farm. “What I wanted to do was I wanted to climb to the top but evidently they’re worried about our well-being when we do that. One of these days I will do it but it’s amazing,” Cartwright said with a laugh. A tour of the wind farm appealed to Cartwright’s interest in renewable . . .
I recommend extreme caution in accepting anything that Apex’s sales representatives have to say as “fact.” Among their many untruths is that the wind turbines “do not affect property values of nearby homes,” when there is irrefutable evidence that nearby homes can become virtually uninhabitable and nearly worthless. Victims of other industrial wind turbine projects testify to all sorts of adverse health effects, often summarized as “Wind Turbine Syndrome.” Apex denies that WTS exists, but it is an affliction officially . . .