Wind Power News: U.S.
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HOPKINTON – Although lawyers for wind farm developer Avangrid acknowledged that they have ceased development efforts for the North Ridge Wind Project, wind talks were the hot topic at the June 18 town council meeting. The letter regarding the North Ridge Wind Project was mentioned at the meeting but was not read out loud. “I believe that the project is dead; specifically due to the letter to the DPS site requesting any unused funds from the application fee be returned . . . Complete story »
For more than 50 years, Carolyn Semin has treasured the black nighttime skies in the Nebraska Sandhills dotted with twinkling stars. “People come from all over the world to look at it, especially at Merritt Reservoir for the annual Star Party,” she says. Thinking about that dark, twinkling sky being replaced with bright flashing lights is only one of many reasons Semin is against the wind energy projects that are proposed for the Sandhills, and especially Cherry County. In January . . . Complete story »
BOSTON – With the largest purchase of offshore wind resources in the country on their doorstep, state officials say they want more information to provide proper environmental oversight. On Friday a certificate was issued for Vineyard Wind’s April 30 draft environmental impact report, but because the company has now moved ahead to negotiate an 800-megawatt contract with three electric utilities companies a more comprehensive report is needed, according to Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. Massachusetts has . . . Complete story »
State utility regulators Wednesday allowed a northwest Louisiana electric company to purchase part of the nation’s largest wind-power project. The $4.5 billion “Wind Catcher” project in the Oklahoma panhandle began construction last December and is expected to start generating electricity in 2020. The Louisiana Public Service Commission allowed the Shreveport-based Southwestern Electric Power Co., better known as SWEPCO, to increase customers’ monthly bills to pay for a portion of the wind farm’s power. SWEPCO’s share will be 1,400 megawatts, enough . . . Complete story »
In response to “How many bald eagle deaths from a ND wind farm can wildlife officials accept?” published June 18: Given the amount of wind in North Dakota, certainly the Courtenay Wind Farm could have been situated away from where bald eagles nest. The nests aren’t hard to find as bald eagles usually come back to the same nest every year. But as the farm is up and running it seems unlikely that it will be moved. As other wind . . . Complete story »
On Tuesday, at an emergency meeting, Adams Township approved to intervene in the application process for APEX Clean Energy’s Republic Wind Farm. If a sworn affidavit is submitted and approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board, who has to approve any wind farm application before construction can begin, the townships’ trustees will be the voice of the people in front of the state. “They’re going to say the economic impact. They’re going to say what kind of impact it’s going . . . Complete story »
Members of the East Hampton Town Trustees, deeply split over their role in the anticipated Deepwater Wind offshore wind farm, are attempting to work out some of their internal differences before they begin public discussions of when they might bring the application up for a vote—if they decide to do so at all. The public comment period for the two applications by Deepwater Wind, to the East Hampton Town Board and the East Hampton Town Trustees, officially closed on Thursday, . . . Complete story »
A U.S. House committee will kick off debate next week on three new bills aimed at boosting offshore wind energy leases in federal waters. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a hearing on Tuesday on three bipartisan offshore wind proposals. One proposal would require the Interior Department to develop a leasing plan or schedule for federal offshore leases, a second would create a federal grant for educational or career programs for the offshore industry, and a . . . Complete story »
Gov. LePage set up wind-farm review panel to meet in private. Now, the names of its members are secret.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is refusing to identify the members of a public commission charged with reviewing the impact of wind farms on the state’s tourism economy. LePage, a strident critic of wind power, ordered the commission created in January under an executive order that allows it to gather public comments but meet in secret. Now the administration is also keeping secret the names of the group’s members, saying it will reveal them only after public comments have been gathered. . . . Complete story »
Gov. Dannel Malloy, always ready to reach into his trusty bonding bag of tricks, managed to pull out $15 million worth of goodies for Deepwater Wind, the rich hedge-fund controlled company to which the state has granted permission to sell its expensive wind power to Connecticut ratepayers. Before even making Deepwater the winning bidder for the state’s commitment to buy offshore wind, Malloy announced he would provide $15 million in borrowed state bond money for improvements to State Pier in . . . Complete story »