Wind Power News: U.S.
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The Village of Wapella and its mayor are seeking a preliminary injunction to halt construction of a wind farm in DeWitt County. Sherry Mears and the Village filed a complaint against Enel Energy, formerly Tradewind, and DeWitt County alleging procedural measures were not followed when the DeWitt County Board voted six to five on July 14 to grant a special use permit for the Alta Farms II industrial wind turbine project. The lawsuit, filed in DeWitt County, asserts the county . . . Complete story »
Florence resident Tom Britain, who earlier ran in the primary race for District 4 county commissioner only to be beaten by incumbent David Crofoot, has launched a write-in campaign. “I’m a glutton for punishment,” Britain said of his decision to make another run against Crofoot. A third candidate, Amy Soyez, ran also in the primary election. Britain said Soyez and her husband took a buyout from Expedition Wind, the company working to develop a wind farm in the southern portion . . . Complete story »
Offshore wind supporters say Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden could be a deciding factor in a long-standing battle if he’s elected: bringing the first turbines to the West Coast. The idea of mooring turbines onto floating platforms in California’s deep waters has been in the works since the Obama administration, when Interior Department officials responded to unsolicited proposals from wind companies by mapping three potential areas for turbine construction and asking for comment on their viability. If completed, the plan . . . Complete story »
North Vermillion Schools are concerned for student safety. It has to do with power lines being installed right beside their schools. There are several large poles with high voltage transmission lines being installed right in front of North Vermillion Community Schools. The Voltage Lines are coming from the Jordan Creek Wind Farm that is being constructed in Warren County. Even though the transmission lines are not on school corporation property, Superintendent Dan Nelson says there is a definite safety issue . . . Complete story »
A combined $34 million tax incentive package for an eastern Broome County wind installation was rejected Wednesday by the Broome County Industrial Development Agency. Several board members questioned the economic benefits of the 27-turbine project, which promised two full-time permanent jobs and 70 construction jobs over the two-year length of the construction process. “This type of project leaves us nothing when it’s over,” said Jim Peduto, one of five members opposing the package of incentives proposed. He termed the deal . . . Complete story »
MidAmerican Energy says it has idled nearly four-dozen electricity-generating wind turbines while workers check them for safety after blades broke off of two similar turbines over the past two months. Those blade failures follow a break earlier this year and one in 2019. MidAmerican, a Des Moines-based subsidiary of Warren Buffett-owned Berkshire Hathaway, said Tuesday it has paused the use of 46 turbines it has identified as having blades like the ones that broke. The blades, upwards of 175 feet . . . Complete story »
A proposed wind turbine manufacturing facility on property owned by the Town of Cortlandt in Verplanck that some town officials were hopeful could spearhead some economic development has been withdrawn. Supervisor Linda Puglisi and the rest of the Cortlandt Town Board were notified of the decision about the so-called Port Cortlandt plan October 13 by the head principles of AKRF, a consulting firm that was part of the development team. “Our plan was the result of extensive community engagement over . . . Complete story »
Scores more 600-foot tall wind turbines would be built off Jones Beach under a new proposal. Norwegian energy conglomerate Equinor has bid to create another 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind power for New York state and Long Island with two projects. One, which would connect to the local electric grid in Nassau County, would more than double the number of turbines off Long Island to some 200. A second would be built around 50 miles from Montauk Point and connect . . . Complete story »
HURON TOWNSHIP – Huron Township could be looking at having more wind turbines within its boundaries in the future. Site permits have reportedly been filed in the township to build more turbines by Algonquin Power, the parent company of Liberty Energy and owners of the Deerfield Wind Farm that stretches across Huron, Lincoln, Dwight, and Bloomfield townships. Al Wichert, the zoning administrator for the township, said the company cannot act further until the township gets more information about the site plan . . . Complete story »
BINGHAM COUNTY – The Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission met with two items on the agenda—both for Cedar Creek Wind LLC. Cedar Creek has been before the P & Z in the past with meteorological tower sites, and would be requesting another Conditional Use Permit to install another one as they continue to search for a working location to start a wind farm. Following the presentation from Planning and Development’s staff, the commission invited the applicant to speak. The . . . Complete story »