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.
IPSWICH – Firefighters have successfully put out a fire at one of the two wind turbines on Town Farm Road on Thursday. The incident was reported at around 1:35 p.m. on October 18. The dispatcher radioed that the fire was called in by an employee. No one was reported injured in the incident. The dispatcher said the employee reported a “pretty good electrical fire – smoke is coming from the unit, and he has no fire extinguisher.” The fire was confined to . . . Complete story »
FARMERSVILLE – There was a sea of green T-shirts on both sides at Thursday’s public hearing on the proposed new Farmersville Wind Turbine law. Opponents wore T-shirts with “The Only Thing That’s Green About Invenergy Is Its Profits.” On the back read: “If You Still Think Wind Energy Is Green, Then You Don’t Know The Facts.” Supporters of the 120-turbine wind farm wore green T-shirts that said “Yes” on the front shaped like the blade of a wind turbine. Others had . . . Complete story »
KAWKAWLIN, MI – Township officials from around Michigan and a group of about 300 citizens gathered Tuesday in Bay County at a forum where they heard from a speaker critical of wind energy. Energy companies are looking at several sites in Bay County as possible locations for a new wind turbine farm. Keynote speaker Kevon Martis, a senior policy fellow E and E Legal, spoke to the audience at the Beaver Township Community Hall Tuesday, Oct. 16, about some of . . . Complete story »
BAD AXE – A Huron County Commissioner plans to present a resolution next week to address the county’s wind turbine noise complaint dilemma. According to Commissioner David G. Peruski, who chairs the board’s legislative committee, the resolution would include the following requirements: • If a test shows a violation of the noise requirements of the county’s wind ordinance, a civil infraction would be issued. • If landowners do not give permission to test on their land, their complaint would be closed. . . . Complete story »
The federal government confirmed this week that sites off Diablo Canyon and Piedras Blancas are among the areas that will be considered for wind-farm leases that could put dozens 700-foot-tall floating turbines within sight of some of the Central Coast’s most iconic areas. Meanwhile, the representative of a prominent North Coast family is among those who are having to consider impacts from a proposed wind energy project approximately 27 miles offshore of Piedras Blancas. Among their concerns are what the . . . Complete story »
OSWEGO – Locals added their voices to the official Public Service Commission record about a proposed Lake Ontario wind farm running a cable approximately 33 miles along the lakebed to the city of Oswego. Some expressed concern about the cable and possible ramifications of the proposed Galloo Island wind farm on area animals, while others pointed to possible jobs and opportunity created from the project. Officials held an informational forum outlining the project and process at Oswego City Hall on Wednesday . . . Complete story »
IPSWICH – A wind turbine by the transfer station burned for more than an hour before the fire department was called to intervene, and the closest hydrant was far out of reach once trucks finally rolled down Town Farm Road. But neither of those problems complicated the situation, and the electrical fire was quick and easy to put out, fire Chief Andy Theriault said. “Someone saw smoke in the turbine, and by the time we got the phone call, it was . . . Complete story »
MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Board of Health listened to concerns shared by village residents regarding the noise disturbances caused by the Arkwright Summit Wind Farm and the high rate of lead poisoning in children that continues to persist in the city limits of Jamestown. Residents of Fredonia, Sinclairville and Arkwright presented research and shared what they viewed at best as annoyances and at worst negative health effects concerning the area wind farms. This outpouring of concern follows the negative comments . . . Complete story »
With a very open mind, we went to the meeting about wind farms on October 16, at Camden Falls. We wanted to find out the whole truth of their affect on all the lives in Seneca county. We’ve put a sign in our yard, and are writing this letter in hopes that many more people in the county will get the true facts, and make a decision based on the whole truth, not half truths. We learned that these companies . . . Complete story »
BOSTON – The federal government plans in December to hold an offshore wind auction featuring 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts, an area that officials say could provide enough power to serve 1.5 million homes. “The Massachusetts sale has a lot of potential for both energy and economic activity,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement after announcing plans for the Dec. 13 auction while addressing the American Wind Energy Association’s Offshore Wind Conference on Wednesday in Washington. . . . Complete story »