Wind Power News: U.S.
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If the Lancaster County Board wants to loosen rules regulating wind farms hoping to build turbines here, members will do so without support of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission. The six commissioners present Wednesday voted unanimously to recommend clarifying rules requiring a third party to perform any necessary noise studies but voted against changes recommended by the Planning Department. Wednesday’s hearing was in response to a request from the County Board, which is seeking to make changes to wind farm . . . Complete story »
A wind farm project first proposed in Republic County four years ago has picked up speed. Dan Scheffler, lead project manager for NextEra Energy Resources in Kansas and Missouri, told Republic County Commissioners on Jan. 11 that the company has representatives in eastern Republic County gauging landowner interest in a 600 megawatt wind farm, transmission line, and substation. “We’re a little more bullish on this project, because we have access to transmission (line),” Scheffler told the board. The company’s first . . . Complete story »
Fun forest and farming facts: Virginia has 44,700 farms covering 8.1 million acres, and 15.72 million acres of forestland. 90% of Virginia farms are owned by families or individuals, not corporations and account for 32% of all the land in the state. In addition, 62% of our state is forested. The importance of forests in cleansing the air, purifying our water, providing products, and fostering recreation opportunities must be embraced as our Virginia standard of living depends on the abundance . . . Complete story »
Proponents of Senate File 16 argue net metering customers receive a subsidy under the present system. By not paying the same level of fixed fees as other utility customers, net metering customers shift costs onto the rest of a utility’s ratepayers. Some fear that utilities’ fixed costs will only continue to climb, and the majority of ratepayers will be stuck with higher rates. Complete story »
A permit application for the construction of a wind farm in Delaware County was approved by Delaware County Supervisors, Jan. 11, after the action was tabled in previous meetings. The application for CED Manchester Wind, LLC was approved after project officials with Con Edison agreed to drop their request for variances on the project that would not have complied with county code. The plan calls for three turbines to be built along driveways from 230th St. All turbines are on . . . Complete story »
In other business, the commissioners approved several items related to NextEra Energy’s Niyol Wind Farm project, including development agreements between the county and Niyol for constructing the wind energy project and the energy transmission line tied to the project, as well as a master road use agreement for the company’s regulated use of affected county roads. Niyol Project Manager Jennifer Herron gave information about the sound reports the company will provide to the county to ensure noise decibel levels created by the turbines are 50 decibels or less, as well as the process for decommissioning. Complete story »
As East Hampton prepares the final agreements to allow the South Fork Wind Farm cable to come ashore in Wainscott, the future of offshore wind off Long Island’s coast has become much more crowded. Two massive offshore wind farms with more than 90 turbines each, to be built by the firm Equinor, received approval from New York State in early January, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in his State of the State Address Jan. 13. They include the Empire Wind 2 . . . Complete story »
NorthWestern Energy’s energy portfolio that serves Montana customers includes 450 megawatts of wind energy, a piece of the diverse 67% carbon-free energy mix. Wind is a good clean energy resource, the company said in a news release, but it is not a capacity resource available 24/7. Because it is a variable resource, it creates unique challenges to operating the energy grid reliably. The windstorm that ripped across Montana on Jan. 13 is an example of that challenge. Gusts ranged from . . . Complete story »
Did you know the Lancaster County Board is looking at reducing setbacks to accommodate billion-dollar wind energy companies? If not, you are not alone. Most residents of Lancaster County are uninformed on this matter because it was just presented last month. Wind turbines, taller than the State Capitol, do not belong in the back yards of rural homes. I could go on about how it will affect property value, wildlife and health, but I’d like to focus on the larger . . . Complete story »
New York State’s decision last week to award two “massive” offshore wind power contracts to Norwegian energy giant Equinor will more than double the size of a planned wind farm off the coast of Long Island. It also promises “substantial” upgrades to a section of the electric grid at Oceanside. The plan, announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week as part of an expansive post-COVID-19 green economy, would bring the number the number of turbines expected to be spinning . . . Complete story »