Wind Power News: U.S.
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Sam Carlson, representative for David Blittersdorf’s proposed large industrial turbine on Grandpa’s Knob, says in Wednesday’s Herald that the mountain site for this machine is environmentally extremely sensitive. Carlson states he wants the select boards from the neighboring towns to visit the site, but he wants to keep the total number of select board members and others involved to a minimum because “There are sensitive, rare and endangered plants up there that we have to be careful about.” If people’s . . . Complete story »
Exactly how will wind energy areas off the coasts of San Luis Obispo County and Humboldt County be leased to commercial developers? The U.S. Department of the Interior announced its proposed parameters for floating offshore wind farm leases in those areas on Thursday. The proposed sale notice explains that the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) expects to offer three leases in the Morro Bay wind energy area, a 376-square-mile section of the Pacific Ocean located northwest of Morro . . . Complete story »
The chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority said Thursday that officials knew as far back as May 2019, when the project was first pitched, that the cost of converting the State Pier in New London into the staging point for an offshore wind farm was going to exceed estimates. The Port Authority and Gov. Ned Lamont’s office announced in May 2019 that the project would cost an estimated $93 million. But officials even then knew the cost was going to . . . Complete story »
Once $93 million, improvements to the controversial State Pier in New London have now increased to $255 million, but the chairman of the Connecticut Port Authority on Thursday assured the State Bond Commission that the $20 million it approved for the public-private partnership should finally ready the site for new life as a hub for the budding wind-power industry in Connecticut. But the two Republicans on the Democrat-dominated board, Rep. Holly Cheeseman of East Lyme and Henri Martin of Bristol, . . . Complete story »
CASTLETON – Town officials have been invited to tour the site of a proposed single-turbine wind project to be built on Grandpa’s Knob. The Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind Project first came into the public eye last fall when the developers behind it began talking to select boards and planning commissions in the towns the turbine might be visible in. Those include Castleton and Hubbardton for certain, with Rutland Town, Pittsford, West Rutland and Proctor also being approached. The developer behind the . . . Complete story »
Last year, President Joe Biden announced plans to start leasing areas of the Gulf of Maine to offshore wind energy developers by 2024. On Thursday, May 18, the federal Bureau Of Ocean Energy Management convened a task force of officials from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and tribal governments to consider the next phase in the push to stand up a new “green” industry off the shores of Northern New England. Leases for wind projects have been stacking up the past . . . Complete story »
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled against state utility regulators and NorthWestern Energy for requiring a wind farm developer to pay $267 million to connect to NorthWestern’s transmission system. Consolidated Edison Development planned to build wind farms in Wheatland, Pondera and Teton counties with NorthWestern Energy as its target customer under a 44-year-old law requiring utilities to purchase power from small generators. Those plans ran aground when NorthWestern chose to bill CED $267 million for network upgrades. After the Montana . . . Complete story »
A new wind farm is planned near Wishek in south-central North Dakota. The state Public Service Commission has scheduled a hearing in late June for Badger Wind, a project under development by Orsted Onshore North America. The commission is tasked with permitting wind farm locations. The wind farm would be built west of town and consist of 74 turbines for a capacity of 250 megawatts. Its output would be comparable to powering 70,000 homes, according to the company. The developer . . . Complete story »
Baker administration officials say the two latest offshore wind procurements are in compliance with the state’s price cap even though their electricity will probably end up costing more. Under the cap, the price of electricity with each successive procurement must come in lower than the previous one. The cap has become somewhat controversial of late, with those wanting offshore wind companies to spend more on economic development initiatives advocating for elimination of the cap. Gov. Charlie Baker and House leaders . . . Complete story »
A Chapter 313 application from La Casa Wind, LLC, from NextEra Energy Resources, was approved by Breckenridge ISD last week during a special meeting. The application is related to a 150 MW wind energy farm being considered for the southeast portion of Stephens County. The BISD Board of Trustees last Wednesday unanimously approved the application from La Casa Wind, LLC, for an appraised value limitation on qualified property and authorized the superintendent to review the application for completeness for submission to . . . Complete story »