Wind Power News: U.S.
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230 government entities in the US alone have banned or blocked industrial wind turbines at the urging of their constituents. Hundreds of homes are directly affected by every large industrial wind installation. These installations cast a long list of negative impacts for 2640 feet, at least that is the distance the wind companies will admit, yet they require county ordinances allow them setbacks from the foundation of homes to be merely 1200-1600 feet. On average only 10% of the residents . . . Complete story »
Galloo Island, in Lake Ontario, seemed to be a prime spot for a wind farm. It is mostly deserted and sits about six miles offshore in northern New York, so few people were likely to be bothered by the looming turbines and their relentless whoosh. Then a hunter spotted an eagle’s nest. The discovery kicked off a fight over the safety of birds and accusations of a cover-up that have stalled the project. A judge has questioned the integrity of . . . Complete story »
Construction of a controversial wind farm project in southeastern Muskegon County is on hold while two legal challenges – including one from the developer – move forward. In April, Casnovia Township approved the special use permit for American Electric Power’s Kenowa Ridge Wind Energy Project in a 3-2 vote. But that wasn’t the end of it. “That special use approval was subject to several conditions,” township attorney Catherine Kaufman said Monday. “I believe it was over 30.” In May, the township laid . . . Complete story »
Our state legislators are obviously not students of their predecessors’ history. They haven’t learned from past mistakes when it comes to public policy’s impact on the economy. In the late 1970s and 1980s New York State forced power companies to buy energy at what became costs twice that of the standard market rate from the numerous cogeneration facilities that had become wildly popular due to federal grants and 1978’s Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act. After seeing some utilities suffer because . . . Complete story »
Wind farms were not on the agenda Thursday, but they still made for a blustery meeting of the Henry County Planning Commission. The Henry County Planning Commission has announced it will conduct a public hearing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 in Bundy Auditorium regarding the commission approved use (CAU) permit request by Big Blue River Wind Farm. Big Blue River Wind Farm LLC is owned by Calpine Energy. The project itself is located in and around Harrison Township. Henry . . . Complete story »
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has issued proposed rules applicable to wind-powered electric generation facilities in Ohio Administrative Code 4906-4-09. The OPSB initiated this rulemaking proceeding to investigate whether to adopt a rule requiring turbine operators to report turbine incidents. The board seeks comments on the proposed rules from members of the public and industry stakeholders by July 11 and reply comments by July 26. The OPSB also seeks comments on a proposed revision to its rules to make . . . Complete story »
Do you recall in January, 2018, when Channel 7 broke the story that Iberdrola (aka Avangrid, aka Atlantic Wind) was canceling plans to include Parishville in their proposed industrial North Ridge Wind Project? An Avangrid spokesman was quoted as saying the company “plans to end its leases in Parishville by year’s end.” Hundreds of people were jubilant – but extremely cautious since we would have to wait until the end of the year to find out if Iberdrola would keep its . . . Complete story »
BELLEVUE – A group of local citizens have filed to intervene in the proposal for a wind farm in Erie and Huron counties and they have chosen a powerful law firm to represent them. Apex Clean Energy has submitted an application to the Ohio Power Siting Board to build wind turbines in the two counties for its Emerson Creek Wind Project. But a group of more than 50 citizens from Erie, Huron and Seneca counties recently filed to intervene in the . . . Complete story »
The company proposing a wind farm for Morgan County has submitted test sites to the Federal Aviation Administration for evaluation. Apex Clean Energy and the Lincoln Land Wind project filed information for 15 599-foot turbines June 14, according to the FAA website. Apex Clean Energy said in a statement the filings were test sites that the company submitted “to ensure aviation security is protected and flight paths near the project are known.” Five of the locations are north of Alexander, . . . Complete story »
A sharply-divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Thursday that a proposed wind farm in Greenwich in southern Huron County can go forward without applying stricter setback rules for the space between the wind turbines and property owners. The ruling is a victory for 6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC, which has sought to build a wind farm with up to 25 wind turbines in Greenwich Township. The Power Siting Board approved the application to build a wind farm in 2014. In 2015, . . . Complete story »