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MIDDLETOWN – As wind farm developers seek to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of 20 percent renewable energy production in Indiana by 2030, some residents in targeted areas are fighting back in inventive ways. Two decades ago, Linda Jones moved from the bustling city life of Indianapolis to a small homestead just outside of Middletown in Henry County. But after three wind energy companies put in bids to operate in the county, Jones worries that her bucolic prairie view . . .
A recent survey says Ontarians are pretty evenly split when it comes to wind turbines. The poll done by Mainstreet Research and Postmedia was published June 7. It had 2,537 people respond to questions about turbines. The survey determined that 43 per cent of people do not like turbines, 43 per cent do and the remaining 14 per cent don’t know. Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs said she hears more negative comments and concerns than positive remarks. When the township was . . .
Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission said today it has rejected NextEra Energy Inc.’s proposed $4.3 billion purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. The vote was 2-0 with PUC Chairman Randy Iwase and Commissioner Lorraine Akiba voting to reject the sale. Commissioner Tom Gorak abstained. PUC approval was needed for the companies to close the deal. In a brief joint statement, NextEra and HEI said, “We are in receipt of today’s PUC order and are currently reviewing it.” NextEra, based in Juno . . .
As California pushes forward on its ambitious goal to produce 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, it will confront a wide range of potentially troubling economic, technical and political questions – though there remains strong support among public officials for the state’s climate program. The state is demonstrating to the rest of the nation and the world that it has the deep political willpower to address climate change, but it has yet to fully understand the impacts of . . .
HONOLULU – In a 2-0 decision, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC” or “Commission”) today dismissed without prejudice the Hawaiian Electric Companies (“HECO Companies”)1 and NextEra Energy’s (“NextEra”) (collectively, the HECO Companies and NextEra are referred to as the “Applicants”) Joint Application for the Change of Control (“Application” or “Change of Control”). Commissioner Thomas C. Gorak abstained from signing the Decision and Order. In considering the record, the two standards of review are whether the Applicants have proved, by a . . .
Atlantic Wind has proposed three Met towers within the town of Clayton, each in the town’s Wind Energy Overlay District in the southern portion of the town. While Atlantic Wind’s application for the towers was pending before the Planning Board in March, the Town Council proposed a local law banning wind energy generating facilities and Met towers. The proposed law was amended in April to establish a six-month moratorium on wind projects, rather than an outright ban. After the town adopted the law in late April, the Planning Board was prohibited from reviewing or approving applications for wind projects and on May 5 the board refused to make a determination on Atlantic Wind’s application for three Met towers, citing the town’s law.
The Clinton County Planning and Zoning Commission continued to hear expert testimony concerning wind turbine operations last week. The zoning commission convened at the courthouse Thursday, July 7, to take the testimony of two expert witnesses offered by Concerned Citizens for the Future of Clinton and DeKalb Counties, the group proposing stricter regulations concerning wind energy operations in the county. The zoning commission is considering what, if any, amendments to add to their zoning ordinances. Some of those amendments are . . .
Cumberland County commissioners will be asked to decide if they wish to establish regulations on land use in the unincorporated areas of Cumberland County when they meet Monday. In addition, the commission will consider a resolution joining with the Crossville City Council and state and national legislators in opposing the Crab Orchard Wind project. The resolution to regulate land use, sponsored by Sandra Baxter Dutcher, 9th District commissioner, would require a two-thirds majority by the commission and any regulations proposed . . .
A growing trend of gathering together rejected windfarm applications for the same areas and making “cumulative effect” decisions on their appeals has been condemned by campaigners. Developers say the practice is now commonplace. Windfarm protesters, however, are furious, claiming an imminent hearing in which two contentious Highland schemes are considered simultaneously will only confuse the issues, be unfair and illogical. The Cnoc an Eas scheme near Drumnadrochit proposed by French firm EDF and Force 9 Energy could be considered alongside . . .
The traditional manufacturing state of South Australia, with the worst jobless rate in the country, is paying the highest prices in the national electricity market. South Australia’s lack of access to low-cost coal, an exposure to higher wholesale gas prices and an absence of competition in conventional power generation was to blame, analysts said. The state’s Liberal opposition has pointed the finger at the Labor’s government’s “overzealous rush into wind power” that it said was driving base-load electricity providers out . . .