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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


October 23, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Power companies’ plans to expand wind and solar on the Eastern Plains meets local headwinds

For years, Lacie Harman has watched wind turbines inch closer to her home on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. The white towers now dot the prairie from Limon north to the Wyoming border but have skipped over Washington County, where her family has farmed and ranched for five generations. Harman is trying to keep it that way. Earlier this year, she founded a nonprofit called Sacred Horizons to push for strict regulations on renewable energy development east of Colorado’s Front Range. The . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2021 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Nevada dilemma: Renewable energy or national monument?

For Yuman-speaking Native American tribes, the sprawling desert lands of southern Nevada – home to Joshua tree forest, desert tortoise habitat and migration routes for bighorn sheep – carry historical and cultural significance as their “place of creation.” “This area holds the footprint of our ancestors, and past, present and future generations,” explained Nora McDowell, a former chairperson of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. But for energy developers, the vast Mojave Desert also represents future potential for wind or solar farms that . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Daily News FOIA of Pine Township reveals wind energy thoughts from 3 law firms

PINE TOWNSHIP – When the Pine Township supervisor recommended in September to hire a specific law firm to handle wind energy ordinance-related work, the decision appeared to have been all but finalized days earlier. Meanwhile, the attorney for the law firm that Pine Township later actually voted to hire shared candid thoughts about “the growing debate in communities across Michigan and around the country about the extent to which municipalities can and should regulate through zoning the construction and operation of . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2021 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Permitting for wind energy project moves ahead

The Albany County Board of Commissioners declared the proposed Rock Creek Wind Energy Project application complete during a meeting Tuesday evening and scheduled a public hearing on the project for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7. Chicago-based Invenergy is proposing the 590-megawatt project on mostly private land about 25 miles north of Laramie between Interstate 80 and Rock River. Most of the project, about 37,000 acres, would be located in Albany County, with about 6,000 acres in Carbon County. Albany County Planner . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Beach Haven hears wind farm update

Beach Haven resident Bob Stern has taken a keen interest in Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind’s proposal to construct a wind farm off the coast of Beach Haven and neighboring Holgate and parts south to Atlantic City. And he’s not approaching it as a layman. An aeronautical engineer, Stern worked for the U.S. Department of Energy in a capacity where he reviewed environmental impact statements on a host of projects. Although he had never reviewed any wind energy proposals, he sees . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2021 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

In Minnesota, old power plants could be the on-ramp for new wind and solar

Minnesota utilities will soon use existing fossil fuel plant infrastructure to transport clean energy to Midwest’s regional electricity grid. The workaround avoids the Midwest’s bottlenecked transmission grid managed by the Midwest Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO), the regional transmission organization currently hamstrung by a lengthy project queue and a capacity shortage. The process of connecting new generation to the grid in MISO’s 15-state territory takes an average of three years, according to an Americans for a Clean Energy Grid study. . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Icebreaker wind project proposed for Lake Erie needs to find more financing soon

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Proponents of the Icebreaker wind project proposed for Lake Erie are working diligently to find the rest of the money necessary to bring the project to fruition. Advocates have been talking with state legislators and others in Columbus to see if they can help with the long-delayed project, which calls for construction of six wind turbines in the lake eight to 10 miles off Cleveland. Complete story »


October 21, 2021 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Meade County Commission turn thumbs down to wind farm

STURGIS – It didn’t take Meade County commissioners long at all Tuesday to tell an out-of-state developer they didn’t want a wind farm in eastern Meade County. Scott Debenham, president of Debenham Energy of San Diego, Calif., had asked to be included on the commission meeting agenda for its Tuesday meeting. Debenham, speaking to the commission via phone, explained that the government is beginning to open Forest Service land for alternative energy development. He told commissioners he was seeking a letter . . . Complete story »


October 21, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Pittsford wrangles over wind project

PITTSFORD – A proposal to place a single wind turbine on Grandpa’s Knob, a prominent 1,600-foot summit in the Taconic Range in West Rutland, was met with 90 minutes of public outcry at Pittsford’s Select Board meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 6. Sam Carlson, who works in community relations for Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind, said that the project is only in its infancy and that he wanted Pittsford and its neighboring communities to be involved in the construction and siting of the . . . Complete story »


October 21, 2021 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Newton plant makes layoffs official. Hundreds will be out of work by the end of the year.

A Des Moines Register investigation in 2017 found hundreds of cases of skin injuries at the plant. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration sued TPI for fire hazards, airborne contaminants, faulty record-keeping, falling hazards and a lack of adequate protective gear for workers. TPI settled the case for $100,000 while admitting no wrongdoing. Complete story »


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