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Calls have been made for the UK Government to close an “embarrassing” loophole that allows some wind-farm operators to name their own price as compensation for not operating. The issue has been raised by the regulator Ofgem, but the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed the loophole exists but will not name the exempted companies. The revelation will intensify criticism of a system that effectively makes consumers pay millions for generators not to generate. A plethora of wind . . .
AUGUSTA — A bill aimed at lowering the costs of energy while dramatically changing the way Mainers consume it vaulted out of a key legislative committee on a 12-1 vote Friday. The vote came after months of hearings, negotiations, compromises and outright wrangling among Democrats, Republicans and Gov. Paul LePage’s office over strategic changes to state energy policy. Lawmakers hope these changes will improve Maine’s economy by increasing efficiency while diversifying and expanding energy sources. State Sen. John Cleveland, D-Auburn, . . .
The expansion of an offshore windfarm that the government says could power up to 500,000 homes and boost Suffolk’s economy by £20m has been approved. An extra 140 turbines will be erected at the Greater Gabbard windfarm and power will come ashore at Sizewell. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) said the scheme could create 600 jobs. Onshore work is expected to start this year with the project due to be finished by 2017. A spokesman for Decc . . .
CHARLESTOWN – Hundreds turned out for a public hearing before the Charlestown Zoning Board Tuesday, the latest chapter in the quest of Whalerock Renewable Energy LLC to erect two wind turbines in the town. Several residents in opposition to the turbines met attendees at the door handing out stickers that read, “vote no,” and depicted a wind turbine in a red circle with a slash through it. The cafeteria/gym at Charlestown Elementary School quickly became full, with several attendees standing . . .
Campaigners have spoken of their relief after plans to build a wind turbine on a road with a history of accidents were withdrawn. The plans were for a 150ft turbine on agricultural land next to Main Road, Dyke, just off the A15. Dozens of people attended a Bourne Town Council planning committee meeting objecting to the turbine. And Lincolnshire county councillor Sue Woolley (Con) spoke out at the meeting against the plans. But this week it was revealed that applicant . . .
A wind turbine company with plans for Penny Pot Lane has been forced to apologise and withdraw misleading leaflets promoting the scheme. A complaint against leaflets issued by Kelda Water – parent company to Yorkshire Water – has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). The company has been forced to withdraw some of the leaflets and apologise after the agency agreed with complaints made by members of the public. The information flagged up as incorrect related to the . . .
A Massachusetts developer has proposed a power line under Lake Champlain to carry renewable electricity from northern New York into the New England grid. Anbaric Transmission has developed several challenging projects, including an undersea power line that connects Long Island and New Jersey via Long Island Sound. The Vermont proposal is called the Grand Isle Intertie. Anbaric CEO Ed Krapels said the goal is to carry electricity from wind and hydro projects in upstate New York to customers in southern . . .
Villagers who attended consultation events about the proposed Belford Burn wind farm last week have said a resounding ‘No’ to the proposal. An exit poll taken every day that the EnergieKontor exhibition was in situ at the Bell View Centre found that 98 per cent of those who attended reject the plans. The ballot paper simply asked ‘Do you approve of EnergieKontor’s proposal?’ Three papers were spoilt by lack of name or postcode of the voter; four voters answered ‘For’, . . .
Plans for another wind turbine near Yelvertoft have been refused permission by Daventry Districty Council due to the cumulative impact on the area. DDC’s planning committee discussed the application for a single 102-metre turbine at land near Flint Hill Farm. The applicant said the turbine would provide power for the nearby canal marina, making it one of the first energy self-sufficient ones in the country. The application had been recommended for approval by planning officers, however, councillors argued there were . . .
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is withholding support for a compromise bill being worked out by the Legislature’s Energy Committee that’s aimed at expanding Maine’s natural gas infrastructure, boosting funding for energy efficiency, directly lowering businesses’ electricity costs and making it more affordable for residents to abandon oil heat. LePage won’t support the bill unless it also requires wind developers prove their projects will lower electricity costs in order to receive state approval and raises the 100-megawatt limit energy . . .