Wind Power News: U.S.
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The county Planning Board additionally signed off on the proposed erection of two temporary, 196.85-foot-tall meteorological towers at 8759 River Road in the town of Harrisburg and 8822 Whitesville Road in the town of Pinckney. Atlantic Wind LLC requested the two additional towers as part of the planning process for its proposed Deer River Wind Farm.
The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday declined to revisit its decision that said wind farm developers should have obtained a mineral lease from the Osage Nation along with Bureau of Indian Affairs approval before starting surface construction for an Oklahoma wind farm. The denial means that the Tenth Circuit panel’s decision from September in favor the Osage Nation through the Osage Minerals Council will hold. That decision said excavation work that included supporting turbines with rocks dug up from the holes . . .
NORTH BRANCH TWP. – About 200 people gathered Tuesday at the Rebel Ranch horse farm in northern Lapeer County to talk wind turbines – some expressing opposition, others delivering stern warnings about potential impact, and many simply to learn. Eight people spoke at the event hosted by North Branch Township’s Traci Martin, including state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Township (in Bay County), along with others who have experience with wind turbines from around the state. Statements prepared by Gary Roy, chairman of . . .
LAPEER – Lapeer County Board of Commissioners Chairman Gary Roy is putting his potential 2018 reelection on the line in voicing opposition to what he identifies as “horrible” wind turbines under consideration for the northern part of the county. Roy, whose district two includes Arcadia, Burlington, Burnside, Goodland, and North Branch townships, asked that a prepared statement be read during a meeting held Tuesday at a North Branch Township farm called Rebel Ranch. Traci Martin said she organized the event quickly . . .
Nebraska has a couple of unique game animals to offer hunters. Those animals are the prairie chicken and sharp-tailed grouse. The wide open expanse of tall grass prairie that Nebraska still offers in places is ideal habitat for these birds. Only a few states offer a hunting season for these birds and fewer still have a viable population. Nebraska is fortunate enough to have both. Loss of habitat is the biggest single reason for the decline in these prairie species. . . .
At a public hearing in Palo Alto County, Iowa, on October 5, Invenergy VP and lead attorney Mike Blazer claimed that real estate appraiser Mike McCann was currently subject to a license revocation proceeding. McCann, who has studied and reported on the effect of industrial-scale wind energy facilities on surrounding property values, was one of the experts cited by Janna Swanson in her testimony concerning the 170-turbine wind energy project proposed by Blazer’s company. Blazer is recorded on a video . . .
Already targeted by an appropriations bill in Congress, two proposed wind energy projects off the coast of Maryland could face a sneak attack in the Free State’s upcoming legislative session. Officials in the resort town of Ocean City, Md., fearful that wind turbines will damage their lucrative tourist economy, have hired a plugged-in Annapolis lobbyist to help them push the two projects farther offshore. The lobbyist, Bruce Bereano, said in an interview this week that he was hired to focus . . .
CORUNNA – Without discussion Thursday, the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners approved a proposal to extend a moratorium on wind projects in the county by six months. The proposal, which was discussed at length at Monday’s Economic and Physical Development Committee meeting, was approved by a 5-0 vote, with commissioners Brandon Marks and Mark Coscarelli absent. The proposal asks the county’s legal counsel to draw up language for an extension from January through June 2018. Subscription Required
The San Luis Obispo, Goleta, Berkeley, and Arcata city councils passed resolutions this past month opposing oil and natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing (fracking). By taking this action, the California city councils are choosing to support an environmental catastrophe in the name of opposing oil and natural gas. Two common themes presented in the city council resolutions are a desire to protect wildlife and a concern over global warming. For example, the San Luis Obispo resolution asserts, “President Trump . . .
The Ohio General Assembly is tussling yet again over the Buckeye State’s clean energy standards. Industrial groups, fossil fuel interests and conservative groups are leading a push for the Legislature to relax Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards. They maintain the current requirements are costly, market-distorting mandates. But renewable companies, environmentalists and a collection of big-name corporations – including Whirlpool Corp. and Dow Chemical Co. – are defending the standards as cost-cutting, pollution-slashing, job-creating incentives. A Senate committee heard testimony yesterday on . . .