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.
More than 160 attendees and presenters participated in a town hall on Wednesday during which opposition to a proposed wind turbine farm on Upper Yoder Township’s section of Laurel Ridge was the overriding publicly expressed sentiment. Last month, the Greater Johnstown Water Authority received permission from the Cambria County courts to change the deed for the land and enter into a lease agreement with Competitive Power Ventures to possibly develop the project that could include 12 windmills. State Rep. Frank . . . Complete story »
The warming waters south of Cape Cod have decimated the region’s lobster fishery. But it’s an ambitious effort to fight climate change that has lobstermen like Lanny Dillinger concerned for their livelihoods. Dillinger worries that the nation’s first major offshore wind farm, planned for the waters between Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island – a $2 billion project that will set precedents for the future of wind power in the United States – will transform the area into a maze of turbines and . . . Complete story »
The sometimes lethal interactions between eagles and wind turbines have given flight to an important technical debate that’s about to press the Fish and Wildlife Service a little harder. Environmentalists worry officials could understate wind turbine dangers. Some want more data. All recognize the real-world implications of adjusting the academic-sounding “collision risk model,” used to predict the number of eagles that may be killed at new wind facilities. “The [model] attempts to incorporate existing knowledge of eagle use around a . . . Complete story »
A dust-up has emerged over vessel travel lanes in the vast offshore wind area south of the Islands, with wind farm development companies at odds and fishermen giving mixed reviews. “We support establishing transit corridors through the wind energy areas,” said Lauren Burm, a spokeswoman for Bay State Wind, which has signed a lease in the area but does not yet have a contract to sell its wind power. Although progress has been made on the corridor layout, a consensus . . . Complete story »
The Kossuth County supervisors were set to make a decision this Tuesday on whether to approve a new wind farm in the Lakota area. The supervisors held a public hearing last Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Kossuth County Courthouse to give residents a chance to provide input on the Golden Plains Wind Farm, which EDF Renewable Energy wants to build in Kossuth and Winnebago Counties. EDF previously got approval in Winnebago County to put up about 30 wind turbines across . . . Complete story »
Activists storming Capitol Hill today in the name of a “Green New Deal” are joining progressive Democrats who say the United States must obtain its electricity within a decade from 100 percent renewables. Such an ambitious goal, they argue, is critical to avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change laid out in a string of recent reports from scientists across the globe. But is it possible? That depends, researchers say. How soon? Who’s willing to pay? And what about . . . Complete story »
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is moving ahead with a plan to absorb an estimated $25 million in added fees that would otherwise fall on the agency’s CleanPowerSF energy customers next year. On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved a proposal to offset the fees with an automatic subsidy, protecting CleanPowerSF’s roughly 115,000 residential and commercial customers from higher energy bills. Since October, SFPUC officials had vowed to shield CleanPowerSF’s customers from potential rate increases. That’s when energy regulators at . . . Complete story »
RICHLAND – A newly passed law restricts and regulates future wind energy projects inside the town of Richland, a move lauded by officials and activists as one of the strongest policies in New York. The Richland Town Board in November approved the measure, which places restrictions on wind turbine farms in the town based on factors including setback from properties, noise production, property value guarantees, environmental tests and decommissioning terms. The law, which aims to protect residents from the potential harms . . . Complete story »
With unanswered questions and a room full of residents concerned about the impact of the proposed Soldier Creek Wind Farm, Nemaha County Commissioners retained a Kansas City attorney to assist in negotiations with the project’s developer during the Commissioners’ meeting on Monday, Dec. 3. James Neeld, of Sandberg Phoenix and von Gontard P.C., will make weekly reports at Monday commissioner meetings. Neeld, who has extensive experience in complex energy negotiations, will work on the Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) . . . Complete story »
ROGERS CITY – The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners will consider a petition to force a wind turbine ordinance to a public vote after residents collected enough signatures. Presque Isle County Clerk Ann Marie Main on Tuesday confirmed the petition garnered enough signatures to be considered by the county board of commissioners. “Now it’s up to the board. They would decide the language, what language would be submitted and the date of the election that will be put on,” Main . . . Complete story »