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.
FALMOUTH – A neighbor of Falmouth’s two controversial wind turbines is invoking a town bylaw and demanding that the building commissioner order Wind 1 dismantled and removed. Wind 1, a 400-foot, town-owned turbine constructed on the wastewater treatment plant property in 2010, has been shut down since 2015, after being denied a special permit by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Mark J. Cool, who lives on Fire Tower Road, filed his complaint with Building Commissioner Rod Palmer on Dec. 7. In . . . Complete story »
UPPER THUMB – Planning officials who vote on developments when they have a conflict of interest could face criminal charges under a bill introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives. State Rep. Gary Glenn introduced House Bill 4968 recently, which would prohibit members of local government planning commissions from voting on issues on which they or their families have direct financial interest. The bill would amend Michigan’s Planning Enabling Act. It does not specify that the provisions are specific to wind . . . Complete story »
Some Cass County property owners are asking the county for a chance to speak out on a proposed wind farm. Some people worried about things like noise pollution and sun flicker. They’re also said they’re concerned about how close the turbines will be to their homes. Now they’re calling on county commissioners to give them a chance to have their questions and concerns answered. “There’s just too many unanswered questions on this,” said Cass County property owner Brenda Rusk. She . . . Complete story »
The courageous people of Savoy are to be applauded for bucking the green fever sweeping the state by voting not to extend the height of the industrial wind turbines proposed for that beautiful town. Now is the time to go all the way and ban these industrial monoliths altogether, for they are neither “green” nor “clean” and will degrade the environment of this rural town, nestled in the heart of the green Berkshires. To the good city folk promoting the . . . Complete story »
The Republican tax reform bill released Friday keeps intact subsidies for electric cars, wind farms, and solar panels, but it leaves in place added charges to banks that finance renewable projects, which renewable energy groups oppose. “We are grateful for the elimination of provisions that would have decimated future renewable energy growth and even penalized past investment in wind and solar power, but we remain concerned about the potential impacts of the new Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax on renewable energy . . . Complete story »
St. George – The St. George Select Board voted unanimously Monday night, Dec. 11, against allowing power cables to come ashore in the town from a proposed wind turbine project off Monhegan. The Select Board’s vote stated that the town had no interest in allowing the cables to come ashore in town unless Aqua Ventus could prove there would be no detrimental effects. The issue has been a contentious one in town for the past several months. Select Board meetings have . . . Complete story »
Miami Co. plan commission votes to review county wind farm ordinance; Some residents oppose setback requirements; say ordinance is outdated
PERU – The Miami County Planning and Building Commission Wednesday voted to create a study committee to review the county’s wind farm ordinance after local residents expressed concerns about a project that could bring 75 turbines to the northern part of the county. Dozens of anti-wind residents packed the meeting room to oppose the wind farm project proposed by RES, an international renewable energy company with its U.S. headquarters based in Colorado. Four residents specifically requested the commission issue an . . . Complete story »
Town of Freedom: Wind law update reviewed; Many residents in attendance feel board’s changes are too rigid
The meeting room was full at the Freedom Town Hall where, on Dec. 4, residents gathered for a public hearing on the subject of wind turbines in Freedom, as part of a larger wind farm to include adjoining communities. Prior to the meeting, the Freedom Planning Board submitted a Letter to the Editor in the Arcade Herald asking people to attend, stating that Supervisor James Whitacre is attempting to push through a law to make windmill energy in Freedom impossible, . . . Complete story »
WASHINGTON – Attempts within Congress to strip out tax breaks and other provisions favorable to the nation’s energy sector were largely left out of the tax reform bill presented by Senate and House Republicans Friday. Everything from special treatment for pipeline investors to tax credits for electricity produced from wind turbines will continue as exists under the current tax code. Combined with a reduction in the corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, energy companies of all stripes . . . Complete story »
Irene Gilbert, a La Grande resident and researcher for the Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley, has opposed numerous windfarms in Eastern Oregon based on their impacts on wildlife, wetlands, noise levels, and their visibility from towns or areas designated as wild and scenic. She says the council, at the recommendation of the Energy Department, has denied every one of her requests for a contested case. By her count, the council has rejected more than 80 requests for contested cases and not granted a single one. Complete story »