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.
SHULLSBURG, Wis. – After investing $167 million in a wind farm in Lafayette County, a global renewable energy company is laying the groundwork to potentially do two more big projects in the county. EDP Renewables soon will construct two meteorological “test towers” – one along Truman Road southeast of Belmont and the other south of Dunbarton Road, which is east of Shullsburg. Development Project Manager Darcy Lydum said each will be 320 feet tall. “The purpose of these towers is to measure . . . Complete story »
The three utility companies that want to built a high-powered transmission line from Middleton to Iowa submitted an application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on Friday. American Transmission, ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative want to build a 345-kilovolt transmission line from Middleton’s Cardinal Substation to Dubuque, Iowa, according to the group’s filing. The application is the first step in the regulatory approval process. The Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line project will also need to be approved by other . . . Complete story »
There are many reasons why rural communities are fighting back against wind development. This isn’t some crusade against a cleaner source of energy, that would be silly to think that people against living in a wind turbine project want dirty air and water. What this boils down to is property rights guaranteed by the constitution, and the safety, health, and welfare of all citizens in the rural community. First on the property rights issue. The rural communities are zoned agricultural/residential. . . . Complete story »
The Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition – and Fairfield Glade as a whole – scored a victory last week in Nashville in the fight to keep Wind Turbines from being installed atop Crab Orchard mountains. A Wind Energy bill passed the Tennessee Senate with 32 Ayes on Wednesday and will now go to the next step of the office of the Governor. Led by Rep. Cameron Sexton and Senator Paul Bailey, the bill outlines regulations that would serve to hinder such proposed Turbine . . . Complete story »
SAVOY – After a decade of debate, approvals and controversy, the game clock might have run out on a commercial wind power project in the town of Savoy. If so, it’s overtime now for Minuteman Wind LLC, as developers work against the odds to keep the project alive and push back at what they see as missteps by the town. On April 2, nine days before a renewed special permit was to expire, Minuteman Wind filed an application for a building . . . Complete story »
NEEDLES – If the second two meetings went like the first two, support for the Crescent Peak Wind project is scarce. A total of four scoping meetings were held April 9-12 in Searchlight, Needles, Las Vegas and Henderson as part of the environmental impact statement process. Crescent Peak Renewables, LLC., submitted an application to the Bureau of Land Management requesting authorization to construct, operate, maintain and terminate an up to 500 megawatt wind energy generation facility in November 2015. Crescent Peak . . . Complete story »
CLINTON – The DeWitt County Board’s decisions Thursday night to expand the setback around wind farm turbine towers but not limit their height pleased a developer proposing such a project but left some residents unhappy. The board voted 6-5 against implementing a height limit of 499 feet, but it unanimously approved mandating a setback of at least 2,000 feet between a turbine tower and the property of a landowner who is not contracted to host a tower site. That setback is . . . Complete story »
You likely won’t see a wind farm sprouting in Allen County, but you probably will see more arrays of slowly revolving wind turbines springing up elsewhere in the state. Indiana still has a lot of untapped wind energy potential, said both Tristan Vance, director of the Indiana Office of Energy Development, and Jodi Perras, manager of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. “The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that Indiana has the potential to . . . Complete story »
Intervenors to the Antrim Wind Energy project want the Site Evaluation Committee to suspend the construction certificate it approved for the project. In a request for declaratory judgment, 104 petitioners want regulators to address financing issues and if the sale of the project to a Canadian firm would impact the validity of the certificate and its conditions. Intervenors and the Counsel for the Public objected to the protocol used several months ago to determine project developers satisfied financing conditions that . . . Complete story »
Opponents of a proposed wind farm in Champaign County recently filed documents with the Ohio Power Siting Board opposing an extension of certificates needed to build the project. Attorneys representing the Buckeye Wind and Champaign Wind LLC projects are seeking approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board to extend the certificates for the project from May 28, 2018 to May 28, 2019, according to documents filed with the agency. If the certificates are not extended, it’s possible the developer would . . . Complete story »