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.
ST. CLOUD – The ill-fated, much maligned and profoundly dysfunctional wind turbine at St. Cloud VA Health Care System will finally have its last chapter. “We’re going to take the thing down,” Barry Venable, public affairs officer, said Friday. “After seven and a half years, it’s an item of curiosity.” The VA has “fully explored” its option to repair the turbine and has decided to take it down in 2019, Venable said. “To characterize how we feel here locally, we’re disappointed,” . . . Complete story »
UNION CITY – The council unanimously approved Resolution No. 2018-07 regarding DTE Energy Wind Turbines. Resolution 2018-07 reads as follows: “Whereas, land owners in Union Township but outside of the Village of Union City have contract or intend to contract with DTE Energy to locate wind turbines on property in Union Township; and Whereas, said properties may be located near the Village of Union City; and Whereas, the citizens of the Village of Union City are concerned that the location of . . . Complete story »
L’ANSE – The L’Anse Township planning Commission experienced several changes in membership last week, with four new members being appointed by the Township Board and two more members resigning. Brian Kissel was appointed as the board liaison to the commission. Erik Mattox was re-appointed to another 3-year term. Catherine Andrews, who has served on the commission for nine years, was not re-appointed, with three members of the board voting against her. Andrews said she is disappointed, but not surprised. “Renewable Energy . . . Complete story »
Dear Editor, Travis Weik must have been in a different courthouse in a different county from the one we experienced last week. By implying that people worried about their home values, their health and their lives being forever altered negatively by something they have no control over, have been “unruly, uncivil, barely holding back violent behavior,” he is spreading untruths and showing his own bias. He could have shown more balance with even a little compassion for those 40+ people, . . . Complete story »
While the Henry County Planning Commission recently issued a “no recommendation” ruling on a revised ordinance governing wind farms, members of the Sulphur Springs Town Board had an emphatically different reaction Tuesday night. The board unanimously passed on first reading its own wind ordinance, prohibiting any wind energy system within the jurisdiction of Sulphur Springs. The action was just part of an effort to fight wind turbine activity in Henry County. At the suggestion of concerned citizens present during the . . . Complete story »
A surcharge coming to your electric bill – one that is meant to encourage offshore wind projects near New Jersey – has begun to take shape. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities released a draft rule that would establish offshore wind energy certificates (ORECs), which are the subsidies that utilities and their customers will pay for energy produced by zero-emission turbines miles off of our coast. The proposed rule gives developers something concrete on prospective revenues to show to lenders who . . . Complete story »
WORTH, Iowa- A proposed turbine project is moving forward in Worth County and Southern Minnesota but residents have questions and concerns about the project. Mitchell County and Worth County receive what’s called TIF funds from the projects like wind turbines. Those funds are then used for infrastructure projects like a study for a proposed natural gas pipeline. But some community members said there are a number of issues with the turbines like the lack of regulations. That’s why they are . . . Complete story »
CORUNNA – Bonnie Ott, the chairwoman of the Shiawassee County Planning Commission, attended the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday in response to an invitation she wasn’t expecting and wasn’t happy about. During a board of commissioners session Monday, Commissioner Michael Bruff had expressed disappointment with something Ott had said in May: She and planning commission member Robert Ebmeyer told the board they had voted in favor of revised, stricter rules for wind turbine projects, but regretted it. Ott said . . . Complete story »
A contract with Aspen Environmental Group to prepare a supplementary environmental impact report on a proposed wind energy project was authorized Tuesday by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. The cost for Aspen to prepare the SEIR, which has a base amount of $310,814 plus a 15 percent contingency fund of $46,622 for a total not-to-exceed price of $357,436, will be paid for by Strauss Wind LLC. Initially placed on the board’s administrative agenda consisting of items usually approved . . . Complete story »
In Baraga County, the battle over a proposed wind turbine development in L’Anse Township is going to court. On Thursday, the Friends of the Huron Mountains asked a Baraga County Circuit Court judge to block three building permits. L’anse Township issued the permits for meteorological (MET) towers last year, which RES Americas Inc. built on Weyerhaeuser property. The towers are gathering wind data, but wind turbine opponents say L’Anse Township improperly issued the permits. The Friends of the Huron Mountains . . . Complete story »