Wind Power News: Press releases
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.
After 3 years of hard work, the United Citizens of Livingston County Illinois are grateful to announce the following: GREAT NEWS for RESIDENTS of LIVINGSTON COUNTY (IL): Tonight, 10 years after they first adopted a wind ordinance, the Livingston County Board approved changes to the County’s wind ordinance to protect citizens from the impacts of industrial wind turbines. Based on the recommendation of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the County Board approved the following changes: Increasing setbacks from homes from . . .
Camp Perry turbine would set dangerous precedent for the Great Lakes region. Two leading bird conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), have filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG) over its plans to build and operate a wind turbine at its Camp Perry facility. Located in Port Clinton, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, Camp Perry lies in a major bird migration corridor, close to numerous Bald Eagle nests, and . . .
Congratulations Maine! Two years ago there were 3.4 million acres of Unorganized Territory (UT) in the Expedited Wind Development Area (EA). Thanks to grass roots citizen action, a law was passed and a process was established allowing people in the UT one chance to “opt out” of the EA. Now, assuming that one last appeal (Milton Township) goes our way, there are only 2.6 million acres in the EA. Yes, approximately three quarters of a million acres were removed from . . .
A core group of Vermonters, with experience in natural science, public policy and environmental history, have released The Mountain Manifesto, an urgent and public call to action to protect Vermont’s mountains, according to Annette Smith, Executive Director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, in a statement released Sunday (http://mountainmanifesto.org/). Published online, the Manifesto declares, “the mountains are now under siege, as they have been before, but this time for the seemingly-insatiable human craving for energy. The siege is relentless, the . . .
AUGUSTA – Senator Dana Dow (R-Lincoln) has submitted legislation to protect the heritage of Maine’s iconic Monhegan Island, which has long been known as a place of rugged beauty, free from commercial development and the distractions of modern life. LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines forecasted to be 585 feet tall – within 10 miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. This measure is critical . . .
Wind turbine collisions and the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) can together intensify the decline of endangered Indiana bat populations in the midwestern United States, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study. “Bats are valuable because, by eating insects, they save U.S. agriculture billions of dollars per year in pest control,” said USGS scientist Richard Erickson, the lead author of the study. “Our research is important for understanding the threats to endangered Indiana bats and . . .
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to erect wind turbines within 40 miles of military installations, such as the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The legislation is in response to Apex Clean Energy’s proposed lighthouse wind project in the towns of Yates and Somerset. The company seeks to construct approximately 70 wind turbines more than 600 feet high. Local officials and residents have voiced concerns over the project and have raised the . . .
Representative Chris Collins joined by Reps. Farenthold and Jones reintroduces legislation to blow back wind turbines
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) was joined today by Congressmen Blake Farenthold (TX-27) and Walter B. Jones (NC-3) to introduce legislation that would curb the installation of wind turbines in close proximity to military installations. Congressmen Collins, Farenthold, and Jones introduced the “Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act” in an effort to ensure that any new wind turbines built within a 50-mile radius of a military installation will be deemed ineligible for the Wind Production Tax Credit. Full . . .
Despite the relatively mild Irish Winter so far, a virtual blizzard struck the East coast town of Wicklow last week when the County Council received a huge volume of submissions –believed to be well in excess of one hundred– OBJECTING to the declared intention of Planning Minister Simon Coveney to insist that the Council REMOVE the following provision from the new County Development Plan: Wind farms shall be at least 1,000m or 10 times the tip height of the proposed . . .
Wind farms have made a significant impact in limiting carbon emissions from other sources of power generation in Great Britain. Power from wind farms prevented the creation of almost 36 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from sources such as coal and gas, in a six-year period. This is the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road, University analysis of nationwide output shows. Detailed research The figures from 2008-2014, analysed in the most accurate study of its kind . . .