Wind Power News: U.S.
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The U.S. Air Force is asking state regulators to consider requiring the buffer between wind turbines and intercontinental ballistic missile facilities to increase tenfold. Representatives from the 20th Air Force, which oversees the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, say their concerns stem from the risk the turbines pose to helicopters flying over missile fields. The missile wing operates the 150 ICBM launch sites and 15 missile alert facilities in North Dakota. “As the windmills get bigger and . . . Complete story »
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The discussion of wind turbines in Lake Erie is heating up. People on both sides have been coming out passionately for and against the idea. Erie County Legislators John Mills and Lynne Dixon proposed a ban on the construction of wind turbines on Lake Erie at a committee meeting. This all stems from a meeting that happened a few months ago when a California-based company called Diamond Generating Corporation had a meeting with the Evans Town Supervisor to . . . Complete story »
OCEAN CITY – With the arrival of a massive meteorological tower off the resort coast signaling the next significant step in the development of offshore wind farms, Ocean City officials this week, as promised, fired off a letter to the governor reiterating the town’s position on the distance of the turbines from the shore. US Wind, one of two companies to gain approval to develop offshore wind energy farms off the coast of Ocean City, last week transported a meteorological tower, . . . Complete story »
RICHMOND – Dominion Energy is proposing a major offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach that would be the largest of its kind in the country. The company said Thursday that it plans to expand a test project that’s already under construction to build up to 220 giant wind turbines on a patch of ocean 27 miles off the coast. The project would generate 2,600 megawatts of electricity by 2026, enough energy to power 650,000 homes. It is estimated . . . Complete story »
What a sad saga for this town. Now requiring a request for qualifications, RFQ instead of the earlier request for proposal, RFP, attempted by our town hall officials. The timeline seems never-ending for this project that began somewhere around 2004. I expect that our officials plan to relocate these turbines to an out-of-town leased site that will end up costing we taxpayers even more than has already been wasted to date. Gearbox failures are a rather common experience with this . . . Complete story »
A discussion of a proposed wind farm in Lake Erie took center stage in the Erie County Legislative chamber Thursday afternoon. The request was made my Legislative members Lynne Dixon and John Mills, both of whom oppose the installation of wind turbines off the shore of the lake in the Town of Evans. Earlier in the day, in front of the Rath Building, environmental groups voiced their support of the wind farm. Citizens Campaign for the Environment Executive Director Brian . . . Complete story »
SANTA FE – State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard has hired two staff members to help boost renewable energy production on state trust lands. Garcia Richard, a Democrat who took office Jan. 1, won approval this year for an extra $100,000 in funding to help establish the Office of Renewable Energy – part of a push to triple the amount of wind, solar and other renewable energy generated on state trust land. New Mexico’s commissioner of public lands oversees 14,000 square miles . . . Complete story »
There is no formal proposal to install wind turbines in Lake Erie waters off Western New York. But nearly 100 people showed up at an Erie County Legislature meeting on Thursday anticipating or fearing that day is coming soon. Clean energy advocates pressed legislators to be open-minded about wind energy use. Though there are currently no freshwater wind farms in the United States, a six-turbine project is expected to be installed eight miles off the Lake Erie shores of Cleveland. . . . Complete story »
New York is moving ahead with plans to build a massive offshore wind turbine installation in the Atlantic waters off Long Island. As those plans move forward, though, a western New York lawmaker is calling for a moratorium on wind plants in fresh water, such as lakes or rivers. The focus is Lake Erie, which provides drinking water for residents of the Buffalo area, but a moratorium, if passed, would apply across the state. Fears that wind turbine construction would . . . Complete story »
There has been lot of discussion generated about the state’s proposed plan to build a wind turbine farm in Lake Erie – a plan many agree hasn’t been fully investigated at this time and are waiting for more information. Members of the Sierra Club led a rally on the steps of the Rath Building in downtown Buffalo Thursday afternoon in favor of the project. Diamond Generating Corporation, a California-based company, is looking to put 50 turbines in Lake Erie, 450 feet . . . Complete story »