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 Board of Selectmen halted operation of the town’s second wind turbine Tuesday, June 20, after a Barnstable County Superior Court judge deemed the town-owned power source a nuisance. Members met in emergency session around 6 PM after learning Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II affirmed the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals’ position on turbines Wind 1 and Wind 2, said Town Manager Julian M. Suso. They will meet again in executive session, closed to the public, on Monday, June 26, . . .
WICHITA FALLS – An official with the energy company that operates the Shannon Wind Farm south of Windthorst said it will take several weeks to determine what caused a turbine to collapse more than a week ago. Paul Rapp, vice president of development with Alterra Power Corp., told the Times Record News during a telephone interview Friday that engineers from the energy production company and the turbine manufacturer have been to the site about 30 miles south of Wichita Falls. He . . .
Lawmakers put off until October the deadline for adopting new rules governing wind turbines, after the Public Service Board offered a major revision in response to what it said were concerns from legislators and others. A legislative committee Thursday postponed for three months the July 1 deadline for adopting new limits for turbine noise. The move came after the Public Service Board on Monday offered to strip from its proposed rules a requirement that turbines be set back a certain . . .
The debate over windfarms is being brought up again with conversation on both sides of the issue. This alternative energy source has many people who strongly believe in property rights speaking out. “It is an alternative energy source, but there isn’t much more I know on the matter” said Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Fulwider. Back in 2009 Montgomery County Commissioners signed a windfarm ordinance. This ordinance required that the companies that build these windfarms must have a plan to decommission . . .
SOS turns up volume on its wind farm protest; Wind farm opposition calls on Cuomo to help protect Niagara air base
Save Ontario Shores, the grassroots organization fighting the possible siting of an industrial-scale wind farm near the Lake Ontario shoreline in the Barker-Lyndonville area, has paid for two billboards near Niagara Falls Boulevard and Walmore Road to support its cause. The billboards call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protect the nearby Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Lockport Road in Niagara Falls. Save Ontario Shores was founded in January of 2015, after word got out about preliminary plans by Apex . . .
A Minnesota-based energy company that provides electricity for much of Eastern New Mexico wants to build a wind farm southeast of Portales that would produce 522 megawatts of power. The proposed Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County is part of an ambitious wind-energy plan by Southwest Public Service Company, a wholly-own subsidiary of Xcel Energy, that also includes a proposed 478-megawatt wind farm in Hale County, Texas, and an agreement to buy 230 megawatts from two existing wind farms in . . .
I wonder if any of you on the editorial board would like to live near a wind turbine which produces noise which can be heard inside your home over a radio or TV, flicker caused by turning blades, loss of property values, health issues, danger from stray voltage, shearing blades or turbines catching fire. Would you like a company to infringe on your property without permission or compensation? Should this change in setbacks occur, it would allow wind companies to . . .
Parishville Town Board passes local wind law establishing wind turbine setbacks and sound output limits
PARISHVILLE – The Parishville Town Board unanimously passed a local wind law at a meeting last night, establishing wind turbine setbacks and sound output limits. The proposed wind farm has divided the Parishville and Hopkinton communities as residents verbally spar over how far wind towers should be placed from homes, allowable sound decibels produced by the towers and environmental and health concerns. “There were no changes to the law” made at the meeting, according to Councilwoman Keri Tremper. The plans . . .
LYNDONVILLE – Progress toward a planned 200-megawatt wind turbine network in Yates and Somerset has slowed, but not for fear of impacts to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Lighthouse Wind is working through the pre-application process under the state’s energy system siting policies, Apex Development Manager Taylor Quarles said. More than 20 stakeholders are developing stipulations for information that must be completed before a state-appointed committee decides to approve or reject the project, and that has gone slower than anticipated. . . .
Tuesday’s Barnstable Superior Court ruling by Judge Moriarty ordered the shutdown of both wind turbines. It is now time for selectmen to end the ongoing wasteful expenditure of taxpayer money (hundreds of thousands of dollars to date) on legal action to try to revive the wind turbine project. Selectmen have the opportunity to act on the recommendation of their own Wind Turbine Option Process (WTOP), which cost $399,000. Selectmen Doug Jones was a liaison and attended most, if not all, . . .