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.
Regulations in Cass County fall short of ones an advocate of wind turbine zoning says are necessary for health, safety and welfare. Kevon Martis, former vice chairman of the Riga Township Planning Commission in southeastern Michigan’s Lenawee County, addressed a crowd of about 230 in the Community Center at the Cass County Fairgrounds Saturday night. The Cass County Property Rights Group, which opposes a wind turbine project proposed for northern Cass and Miami counties, organized the meeting, which also drew . . . Complete story »
Oklahoma subsidized wind farms for years, so it’s no surprise Oklahoma is now second of the states in wind power. (“Oklahoma moves into No. 2 for wind power capacity, association says,” Feb. 1.) Maybe if taxpayer dollars had been spent for the benefit of our children instead of out-of-state wind producers, our public education wouldn’t be near dead last either. Mark Darrah, Tulsa Complete story »
Dan Moore and some of his neighbors had complained for years about noise from the nearby Big Blue Wind Farm in southern Minnesota. Their grievances went unresolved. So, in an unusual move, Minnesota utility regulators intervened in 2017. They found Big Blue had taken up to three years to address noise problems, including a clunking sound that turned out to be a tool stuck in a wind turbine blade. Regulators found, too, that Big Blue never had its noise protocol . . . Complete story »
Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton has cautioned that the environmental review Vineyard Wind is undergoing for its underground cables is to encourage public participation and help state agencies. The review won’t stop a project in its tracks, he said. “I do not have the authority to approve or deny a project,” Beaton said in his Feb. 9 certificate on the Vineyard Wind “Connector” environmental notification form. About 150 individuals and agencies sent comments about the connector project, . . . Complete story »
CLINTON – A blow was dealt Tuesday to opponents of the Alta Farms wind energy project as the county’s land use committee voted to send its recommendation to the full county board without further changes. Waynesville residents Ken and Chris Shaffer, supported by a grassroots group calling itself DeWitt County Residents Against Wind Turbines, sought to make changes to a number of sections of the county wind energy ordinance. The Shaffers and others have addressed the land use committee and the . . . Complete story »
Attorneys from the law firm representing Avangrid, Young/Sommer LLC, voiced their concerns about the proposed wind law and other laws restricting the developer’s ability to build its 350-megawatt wind farm on WoodWise’s property. James A. Muscato II, an attorney from the firm, said restrictions like the 500-foot maximum turbine height and the decibel limit on noises audible by humans would prevent any commercial wind farm development in the town. Complete story »
BERLIN – Home to hydro stations, wind turbines, a biomass plant, and with the potential to host a solar farm, the City that Trees Built is gradually rebranding itself as the City of Renewable Energy. Berlin now cumulatively generates almost 120 megawatts of renewable power from the above sources. Mayor Paul Grenier thinks the city could add another 30 to 40 megawatts of capacity, but the challenge is how to get that power onto the local transmission system, the Coos . . . Complete story »
Adam Cote prides himself as an “energy entrepreneur attorney” working for the wind and solar industries (“Energy moves will crush thousands of jobs,” column, Jan. 29). But those industries are fighting to turn Maine into a place that supplies green energy to wealthy states south of here that do not want those towering turbines in their back yards. He says Maine should be the “Saudi Arabia of wind power.” Maine is lagging New England in job growth by 28,000 jobs. . . . Complete story »
Despite the dark fiscal clouds over Lincoln’s State Capitol, west central Nebraska senators hope for progress on other personal or regional causes before going home in April. Their issues include Sandhills residents’ opposition to wind-energy projects, North Platte Sen. Mike Groene’s efforts to restrict tax-increment financing and heartburn over the local impact of public water-transfer projects like NCORPE in Lincoln County. Partial relief in the latter controversy appears to be on its way. LB 758, which would authorize “in-lieu-of-tax” payments . . . Complete story »
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request from the developer behind wind turbines proposed for Cass and Miami counties that would have allowed it to easily change where it connects with an electric transmission grid. The Feb. 9 FERC order addresses Harvest Wind Energy LLC’s petition for a waiver of PJM Interconnection LLC’s Open Access Transmission Tariff. Harvest Wind Energy is the turbine project proposed by Renewable Energy Systems Americas, or RES, in northern Cass and Miami counties . . . Complete story »