Wind Power News: Victories
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.
Campaigners have won a three-year battle to stop a 112ft wind turbine being erected next to a quiet Devon creek. The secretary of state has refused plans for a single turbine to be installed at Winslade Farm, which overlooks Frogmore Creek, near Kingsbirdge. Friends of South Hams was formed by local residents who contested the application and feared the turbine would spoil the creek, which sits within an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (ANOB). After the application was approved by . . .
The Almer Township board of trustees denied an application for special land use permit that would have cleared the way for a Florida-based energy company to erect 19 wind turbines in the community. The board voted 5-1 after the Almer Township planning commission approved a motion on Jan. 4 to deny the application submitted by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. The company needs special land use permit (often referred to as a “SLUP”) approval to construct the 19 . . .
Local people opposed to a wind turbine proposed for the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park have welcomed planners’ refusal of the project, but said their job isn’t finished. In an order dated January 12th, Donegal County Council refused planning permission for the proposed 123.5-metre-high wind turbine on the Gaeltacht business park. Lir Energy Ltd, a company based in Letterfrack, Co. Galway, had applied to Donegal County Council to erect a single, 123.5-metre-high wind turbine at the Údarás na Gaeltachta-owned site in . . .
Donegal County Council has refused an application to erect a wind turbine at the Gaoth Dobhair Industrial estate. The application had led to protest meeting due to the size of the wind turbine proposed for the area. The application had been submitted by Lír Energy, Galway was refused to by Donegal CoCo. However local county councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig said he fears there masy be new applications. “I fear that the campaign is not over yet. Fair play to . . .
ATLANTIC CITY – A plan to build windmills off the New Jersey coast that has already burned through nearly $11 million and remains dead in the water is being cut off from further government funding. The U.S. Department of Energy says Fishermen’s Energy failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to have a power purchase agreement in place. The department is revoking most of the $47 million in funding it pledged to the project in 2014; about $10.6 million has been . . .
Sweden denies permit for $7.4B offshore wind farm because the project would interfere with its military
Sweden denied permission for developers to build the Blekinge offshore wind project, saying it would interfere with the Nordic nation’s army. The project was planned to have 500 to 700 turbines. This would have resulted an installed capacity of about 2.5 gigawatts and investment valued at 50 billion kronor (CAD$7.4 billion), according to an e-mail from majority owner Eolus Vind AB. The project company, Blekinge Offshore AB, is owned by Swedish developers. Hassleholm-based Eolus has 56 per cent, Vingkraft AB . . .
Rock Island Clean Line withdrew its petition Thursday seeking permission from the Iowa Utilities Board to build an electric transmission line across Iowa – a move that the project’s opponents hailed as a victory for state landowners. The $2 billion, 500-mile overhead transmission line would have funneled wind energy across 16 counties from northwest Iowa into Illinois and states further east. But it has garnered significant opposition from landowners and lawmakers who are worried that the company would use eminent domain . . .
LINCOLN – A controversial proposal for a wind farm in Nebraska’s scenic Sand Hills was shot down by the Cherry County Board on Monday. But a developer of the project said there’s a chance his group will reapply to erect a smaller number of wind towers in an area south of Nebraska Highway 20 near Kilgore. “We still think it’s a viable project. There were some technicalities that were the reason” it was rejected, said Eric Johnson, vice president of Bluestem . . .
After months of debate over impact on the environment and land, Cherry County commissioners voted down a proposed wind farm Monday. But a developer of the project said that there’s a chance his group will reapply to erect a smaller number of wind towers in an area south of Nebraska Highway 20 near Kilgore. “We still think it’s a viable project. There were some technicalities that were the reason,” said Eric Johnson, vice president of Bluestem Sandhills. With about 80 . . .
RUSHVILLE – It took two meetings, along with lots of discussion, debate and thought, but Rush County Wednesday night finally rendered its decision on a second wind farm project eyeing the county. That decision ended up being if there are to be wind farms in Rush County, it will be done the county’s way – if at all. The Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday night voted unanimously to deny NextEra Energy Resources special exception permits for construction of approximately . . .