Wind Power News: U.S.
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A Barnstable Superior Court jury found in favor of the Town of Falmouth on Thursday, April 27, in a nuisance trial concerning Wind 1, one of the town’s two wind turbines. But another case involving the same plaintiffs could start in early May. Blacksmith Shop Road residents Elizabeth L. Andersen and Neil P. Andersen sued the town in September 2012. The Andersens, who abut Wind 1, claimed the structure’s operation disrupted their ability to enjoy their property. The Andersens sought . . .
Over the next few years, North Dakotans will have their nighttime view improved with a reduction in the frequency of seeing blinking red lights atop wind turbines. House Bill 1378 passed the North Dakota Senate by a 45-1 vote on April 20 with no debate. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature. HB1378 requires that all wind turbines install aircraft detection lighting systems. All wind energy projects approved after June 5, 2016, must have systems in place . . .
Two companies are eyeing the Central Coast as a promising location for the first offshore wind farm on the West Coast – a move that concerns conservationists and the local fishing industry. Their fears? Miles of underwater cables could trap whales. Constant underwater noise might interrupt sea life navigation and communication. Birds could be killed by spinning windmill blades, and access could be lost to large swaths of fishing grounds for black cod and swordfish. Federal waters off the Central Coast . . .
A representative of the Rhode Island company that is planning a 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles off Montauk faced sharp questions from fishermen and other residents at the East Hampton Town Trustees meeting on Monday, as well as from the trustees themselves. A lengthy presentation and a subsequent question-and-answer session occupied more than half of the nearly four-hour meeting, as fishermen voiced fears of disruption and even the outright destruction of their livelihood. “We’re at the very beginning of what . . .
FALMOUTH – A Barnstable Superior Court jury on Thursday sided with Falmouth officials in a lawsuit over one of the town’s wind turbines. Despite the decision, the turbine known as Wind 1 – one of two turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility – must remain shut down as the town battles its own Zoning Board of Appeals in Land Court and faces off with neighbors in a morass of additional legal challenges. The case focused on whether Wind 1 was a nuisance . . .
CLAYTON – The Town Council delayed taking any action on whether to apply for scenic-area designation pending an information session in June. A small crowd of people with concerns about the town pursuing a Scenic Area of Statewide Significance designation through the state Department of State waited outside Wednesday while officials held an executive session for personnel matters, but left after board members said they would schedule the information session and take no action on the designation during the meeting. Town . . .
Prospective neighbors of wind turbines heard all the promises: “Quiet as a library.” “Like a baby’s breath.” “The same decibel level as a refrigerator.” The more brazen wind developers claimed “you will not hear them.” Then the four hundred and fifty foot wind towers with their bus-size nacelles and three-bladed fans were built. Sixteen in Sheffield, four on Georgia Mountain, twenty-one in Lowell. And neighbors learned the truth. Yes, you can hear them. They sound like “a jet plane that . . .
Monhegan residents are preparing for a heated showdown in Augusta next week over a contentious bill that would effectively cancel a proposed offshore wind test project to be sited approximately 2.5 miles to the south of the island. The bill LD 1262, sponsored by Sen. Dana Dow (R-Lincoln Cty.), would prohibit the placement of wind turbines within 10 nautical miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. But while supporters say the bill would protect Monhegan’s scenic views, opponents say it . . .
Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board approves wind overlay zone; town board needs unanimous vote for approval
HOPKINTON – The Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board approved a wind overlay zone that will not expand the land where wind towers can be placed, which will keep the proposed 500-foot turbines away from the Adirondack Park. However, the vote to approve the wind overlay zone would need to be unanimous for the three members who intend to vote. Two town council members are abstaining from votes related to wind power because members of their family are leaseholders with Avangrid. The overlay . . .
Last week, the quest to stop the proposed Crab Orchard Wind Turbine project took a significant step forward as Bill HB1021 passed on the Tennessee State Senate Floor. Not only did it pass, it did so by a whopping 85-3 vote! Rep. Cameron Sexton successfully maneuvered and helped get the bill passed by a landslide in the Senate and know our bill faces the Tennessee House this week. If the Bill passes the House, this is what it would mean: . . .