Wind Power News: U.S.
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BEEVILLE – The county will not be offering a tax abatement to the company building wind turbines in the Pettus and Pawnee area. This decision Monday, Feb. 10, came by unanimous vote of the court with their denying the formation of reinvestment zone, a required first step to offer the tax reduction. Eric Barnett, with Lincoln Clean Energy, had hoped the county would approve a zone for the future abatement to include an area encompassing both Pawnee and Pettus school . . . Complete story »
The Niagara County Legislature this week set a March 10 public hearing on a law to deny property tax breaks for any renewable energy project now on the drawing board – or which might be proposed in the future. That would apply only to county taxes, but school and town boards have passed similar bans for specific projects. State law gives automatic property tax abatements to renewable energy developers, unless localities opt out. With public opposition flaring over proposed massive wind . . . Complete story »
Gov. Janet Mills and two top advisers are participating in a trip to Scotland in early March that is designed to showcase the country’s expertise in developing and hosting offshore wind energy projects, including one that once was planned for Maine. The trip is aimed at sharing knowledge and contacts in a region that boasts the greatest amount of installed offshore wind capacity in the world, the first commercial-scale floating wind turbines and an even larger floating wind project under . . . Complete story »
Voters in Sherwood Township will decide Aug. 4 if they want the board approved “Wind Energy Conversion Systems” zoning ordinance to take effect. The controversial law to regulate large industrial wind turbines was passed in December by the township board after nearly two years of work and public hearings by its planning commission and township board. Those opposed filed a notice within seven days to stop enforcement of the law and collected a petition within 30 days to put it . . . Complete story »
CUMBERLAND – A hearing on the proposed Dan’s Mountain Wind Farm has been scheduled for March 4 in Baltimore by the Maryland Public Service Commission. The hearing could be a key moment in the controversial case that has pitted proponents of the wind farm against a citizens group known as Allegany Neighbors and Citizens for Home Owners Rights Limited, or ANCHOR. The proposed wind farm includes placing 17 turbines on the ridgeline of Dan’s Mountain near the communities of Midland and . . . Complete story »
(Bedford) – Taylor County residents have one more chance to speak out on proposed regulations for wind turbine production. A third public hearing on the proposed ordinance is set for Monday evening at 6:30 at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford. Taylor County’s Board of Supervisors set the hearing after the previous two events drew large crowds in the courthouse’s board room in Bedford. Supervisors’ Chair Charles Ambrose tells KMA News the board set an evening meeting based on popular . . . Complete story »
Alle-Cat Wind Energy LLC has filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court against the Farmersville Town Board seeking to set aside the town’s recently passed 2020 Wind Energy Facilities Law. Alle-Catt Wind Energy LLC’s parent company, Invenergy, wants to build a 340-megawatt system consisting of up to 117 600-foot turbines in Farmersville, Freedom, Rushford, Centerville and Arcade. The Article 78 proceeding by Alle-Catt asks the court to annul the Jan. 6, resolution to invalidate the town’s 2019 wind law. The Farmersville . . . Complete story »
A proposed wind turbine project is moving forward after Apex Clean Energy filed with the Federal Aviation Administration 119 possible locations for turbines in Morgan County. Apex Clean Energy spokeswoman Helen Humphreys said the 119 sites were submitted for approval. The FAA will review the sites for obstruction, a step that must take place prior to the county’s review of the project. Humphreys said the sites are pending approval but will be the final sites for the project plan submitted . . . Complete story »
South Dakota Senators are sending a bill to the House that changes vote thresholds and the appeals process for Conditional Use Permits. Supporters say it will prevent rural development from being stymied by the vocal few. Critics say it eliminates the right of the public to object and challenge county decisions. Governor Kristi Noem’s county zoning and appeal process bill narrows the definition of an aggrieved party. The party would need to have suffered an injury that is “concrete and . . . Complete story »
Attendees of the continuing hearing about Broad Mountain Power company’s wind farm proposal for the top of Broad Mountain in Packer Township were given a break of sorts, as opponents’ attorney Bruce Anders wrapped up the testimony for the opponents at the Feb. 6 session before Packer Township’s Zoning Hearing Board. He did so by presenting a list of his 235 clients – the objectors – and where they are located from the proposed site and turbines. With the list comes a . . . Complete story »