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There are no longer any large wind projects in development in Vermont, pausing the passionate debate over wind turbine siting that had animated communities and political campaigns only a few years ago. The developers of Dairy Air Wind, which was planned as a single turbine on a dairy farm in the Northeast Kingdom town of Holland, announced Jan. 16 that they would stop all development activity, citing “a current political environment that is hostile to wind energy.” The project, led . . .
A blade partially broke off one of the wind turbines at a Steuben County wind farm last week, causing concern among residents in town. The blade broke on one of the wind turbines on Pine Hill Road in the Town of Cohocton. No one witnessed the blade fall and no one was injured. Town Supervisor Judy Hall said there are three turbines in that area of Pine Hill Road, with three homes in the vicinity as well. Hall said the . . .
A project that would have placed up to 77 commercial-scale wind turbines in Seneca County near Tiffin has been placed on indefinite hold, the project’s backer announced Tuesday. sPower, an independent power producer based in Salt Lake City, said that it’s announced Seneca Wind LLC wind farm project to be located in Scipio, Reed, Venice, Eden, and Bloom Townships will be placed “on hold for an undetermined period until next steps are defined by the company.” The power producer said . . .
A fire in a wind turbine in Germany’s Lower Saxony on January 18 prompted warnings from local authorities to keep windows and doors closed in nearby areas while authorities tackled the blaze. A photo released by local police shows the blaze 100 meters up at the top of the tower supporting the turbine near Bodenwerder. This video captures the fire and shows flaming debris falling to the ground. The fire broke out around 5 pm, authorities said. The cause was . . .
MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – The energy company behind a controversial proposed wind turbine farm at the border of Muskegon and Kent counties decided to cease development on the project, according to company officials. Melissa McHenry, director of external communications with American Electric Power (AEP), told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle Tuesday, Dec. 24 that the project was no longer viable because of several stringent restrictions placed on one-half of the turbine site in Casnovia Township, located on the eastern edge of Muskegon County. . . .
In normally neighborly small upstate New York communities, the debate is turning ugly. Voices are raised, arguments are heated and neighbor is often pitted against neighbor. What’s riling up the populace? The prospect of hundreds of wind farms rising from the hillsides in areas where industrialization is usually shunned. Across upstate New York, wind turbines, some as tall as a 65-story building from base to top of blade tip, will rise along the hillsides of these predominantly rural locales. The . . .
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-1 to deny the Terra-Gen wind energy project, rejecting a widely controversial plan to build wind turbines on the Bear River and Monument ridges above Scotia. After an emotional, hours-long dialogue, the supervisors stopped short of approving the company’s proposal in a 2-3 decision, before voting again to officially deny the project. In the initial vote, supervisors Virginia Bass and Rex Bohn voted to move the project forward. In the 4-1 . . .
AURORA, Neb. – By a unanimous vote Monday, the Hamilton County Board rejected a plan for a wind power generation facility in the county. All five board members voted to deny a conditional-use permit for the project. The permit was sought by Hamilton County Wind, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bluestem Energy Solutions. Hamilton County Wind proposed building four GE 2.82 megawatt towers, which together would have produced a total of 11.28 megawatts. Each tower would have been 292 . . .
VALLEY VIEW – The Hegins Township Zoning Hearing Board on Monday unanimously denied the use variance for a Waverly energy developer wanting to erect wind turbines in the township. Meanwhile, Clean Air Generation LLC is unsure if it will appeal the board’s decision, according to the firm’s attorney. Board chairman, Larry Umholtz; member, Todd Bixler; and alternate member, Steve Klinger, voted to deny the use variance CAG had requested in a continuance from the board’s Nov. 21 public hearing. The company . . .
The fields of Central Illinois feed the world. But not everyone is convinced we should harvest the wind.
Central Illinois has long been known for corn and soybean production. But the landscape has changed, both literally and figuratively, and wind energy production is catching up. Yet despite the money they can bring landowners and government bodies, wind farm projects are not without their detractors. “I was around when we didn’t have any utility-sized wind in the state,” said David Loomis, an economics professor at Illinois State University considered an expert on wind energy in Central Illinois. “In 2007, . . .