Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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GOSHEN – A company that built the state’s first two commercial wind turbines in Colebrook wants to build six more similar turbines on Torrington Water Co. land here. BNE Energy is proposing Wind Goshen, a wind-generation project on a ridgeline up to 1,500 feet above sea level. A map included in BNE Energy’s proposal to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shows nine potential sites for six 19.9 megawatt turbines on wooded land off East Street North. Due . . .
‘You see that view? That’s my business,” says Ruth McLaughlin, co-owner of Blair Hill Inn in Greenville, as she points to the scenery overlooking Moosehead Lake and the Moose Mountain range. She explains how people come from all over the globe to enjoy the sunsets and sunrises, the undeveloped mountains, pristine waters and the unusual wildlife in a natural setting that doesn’t exist where they live. She is among many business and property owners who are worried about how mountaintop . . .
Witnesses testified Thursday night that proposed turbines could affect people and wildlife in Penn Forest Township. The township zoning hearing board met for the fifth night of hearings on the special exception application of Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Iberdrola. This was the fifth night of hearings into the application to put 37 wind turbines on the ridges of the Bethlehem Water Authority property. Bruce Anders, attorney for the opposition, called Dr. Wayne Spiggel, a retired internist who has studied . . .
State regulators are monitoring a proposed regulation that would give the wind energy industry permits for incidental eagle deaths for up to 30 years. While the new rule would allow permits that last three decades, they would also require a review every five years, bringing them more in line with existing eagle take permit regulations for all industries. Eagle deaths have become an obstacle for wind developers in recent years, with one North Carolina company receiving a $1 million fine . . .
Penn Forest Township wind turbine project hearing continues with testimony from retired medical doctor, bird expert
PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, Zoning Hearing Board was told Thursday evening by a retired medical doctor the wind turbine project proposed by Iberdrole Renewable would adversely affect the health of those who live near the proposed project. The Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Co. #1 was again filled with area residents as the zoning hearing continued regarding the project that proposes 40 wind turbines. The hearing began with the testimony of retired medical internist . . .
India’s patchy and incomplete road network is proving a challenge for the nation’s developers of wind farms, threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s targets for green energy. Even under the best conditions, moving the enormous towers and blades found in wind farms requires intricate planning and expense. Individual blades on even modest turbines can exceed more than 100 feet each, while transporting the equipment and cranes needed for assembly can sometimes mean roads must be widened or straightened. The literal roadblock . . .
I find it interesting how several Falmouth residents continue to lambaste we neighbors of Falmouth’s wind turbines, categorizing us as “complainers.” Please realize that it is our quality of life, our health, and our property values that have been diminished and for which we continue to fight to have restored. Besides we victims, Falmouth selectmen are fighting our town’s own ZBA and the Massachusetts Justice System. I would add that a code of ethics has been severely compromised. Nuisance determinations, . . .
A new center is being formed in Vermont to study the sound impact industrial wind turbines have on the surrounding area. But an advocacy group claims such studies would be biased, pointing to the sponsoring group’s anti-wind stance. Energize Vermont announced last week that it is creating the Vermont Center for Turbine Impact Studies to promote scientific research into the impact of industrial wind development. It is setting up the center on property abandoned by a family that claims the . . .
A St Andrews councillor has hit back at St Andrews University over its comments on public consultation with regard to Kenly wind farm. Last week the Citizen reported a university spokesman as saying it had been “right not to engage in any detailed consultation with the community before plans were approved” for a 33v underground cable and a substation to serve the proposed windfarm. Now Councillor Dorothea Morrison has described the university’s comments as “churlish” and accused the institution of . . .
(Editor’s note: because of an editing error, an early, incorrect version of this story was printed and published online. This is the most complete and correct version.) Accusations of bias toward the state Department of Environmental Conservation have brought sharp criticism, but local stakeholders supported DEC’s decision to continue participating in the Article 10 process for Apex Clean Energy’s Galloo Island Wind project. In a letter to the Public Service Commission, Jefferson County Planning Board member Clifford P. Schneider said . . .