Wind Power News: U.S.
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.
LAFAYETTE – Wind farming developers in Tippecanoe County might find infertile ground here. Tippecanoe County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh, who serves on the Area Plan Commission ordinance committee, asked that a draft of a law be submitted in the near future that would ban large wind farms in the county. Area Plan Commission Director Sally Fahey said the entire committee wanted the proposed ordinance drafted. A discussion hashing out the setback distances for wind turbines led to the proposed ban, Fahey said. . . . Complete story »
An attorney representing Freedom and Farmersville residents concerned over the proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm called the Invenergy application to the state “slipshod.” The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment released a 21-page deficiency letter Thursday in response to Invenergy’s application for a 340 megawatt wind farm filed Dec. 18. Invenergy is proposing to build 117 wind turbines up to 600 feet tall in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties in the towns of Freedom, Farmersville, Centerville, . . . Complete story »
E.ON Climate & Renewables is looking to develop a wind farm that will potentially encompass up to 20,000 acres near Harrisburg in northwestern Boone County. The company has invited landowners it has identified as being in the target project area to learn more about the project during a barbecue dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. March 13 at the Harrisburg Lions Club. The dinner was announced in a letter sent last Friday to landowners that have “promising property in the . . . Complete story »
County leaders are working on an agreement with a wind turbine developer that will cover the costs of damage to any county or township roads. Innogy SE plans to begin site preparations for Scioto Ridge Project, most of which is in southern Hardin County. However, much of the gravel and concrete is expected to come out of Logan County and there are plans to put up around eight turbines near Belle Center. Jason Dagger with Innogy said state regulators approved . . . Complete story »
In her third executive order, Gov. Janet Mills on Thursday ended a 2018 moratorium restricting the issuance of permits for wind turbine projects across the state. The moratorium on all commercial wind turbine licenses was implemented last January by former Gov. Paul LePage, who imposed it when he set up a commission to study the impact of turbines on tourism, property values and the environment. It earned his administration resistance in the Legislature and a handful of lawsuits from environmental . . . Complete story »
PIERRE – The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Friday approved the construction of the Dakota Range III wind energy facility and transmission line to be built in Grant and Roberts counties. The three-member PUC accepted a settlement agreement presented by Dakota Range and the PUC staff at its regular meeting in Pierre on Feb. 15. The decision allows Dakota Range III to move forward with plans to erect up to 42 wind turbines capable of collectively generating up to 151.2 megawatts . . . Complete story »
NEW BEDFORD – So many people turned out for Thursday’s hearing on Vineyard Wind – about 140 – that some had to stand where they could not see the presentation. But no one came for the presentation on the proposed 800-megawatt wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard; they came to officially register their comments with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and to hear others’ remarks. The hearing at the Waypoint Event Center was one of five around the region to collect . . . Complete story »
LACON – Interest in wind energy has been picking up in Marshall County, where a long-dormant project is being resurrected and a new one is in the early stages of development. County engineer and zoning administrator Patrick Sloan briefed the County Board on Thursday on activities that include a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing scheduled for next week. The hearing, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the courthouse, will focus on an application by Texas-based Calpine Wind Holdings LLC for . . . Complete story »
AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills has signed an executive order effectively ending a moratorium on wind turbine permits issued by her predecessor, Gov. Paul LePage. The order by Mills, a Democrat, clarifies that state agencies with the legal authority to issue permits can again work with Maine’s local communities and stakeholders to determine which projects should go forward. While LePage’s executive order did not appear to have any practical effect on projects, Mills said her new order was meant to send . . . Complete story »
Vineyard Wind, which plans to build the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm just south of the Vineyard, is set to go before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission for a public hearing next week, offering a more detailed view of the giant renewable energy project. The proposed 84-turbine, 800-megawatt wind farm is expected to be built in federal waters on the outer continental shelf some 14 miles south of Wasque point. The project still needs to clear some 30 federal, tribal, . . . Complete story »