Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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SALEM — Oregon utility officials said on Monday they do not want to purchase power from the first offshore wind pilot project proposed for the West Coast, because it would be too expensive. Seattle’s Principle Power needs a commitment by May 2016 that Oregon ratepayers will purchase electricity from the 16- to 24-megawatt project known as WindFloat proposed off Coos Bay, in order to qualify for the remaining $40 million in a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The . . .
A prominent opponent of a Swanton wind energy project is claiming the proposed wind turbines represent a hazard for flying airplanes. American Airlines commercial pilot and former Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie issued a statement Friday stating that the Federal Aviation Administration had issued a notice to that effect. Dubie said the FAA’s notice “speaks for itself,” and said that as an airline pilot, the letter “absolutely” raises concerns in his mind. He said he had spoken to a regional director . . .
The U.S. Interior Department announced Monday it will include North Myrtle Beach in new reviews to determine whether wind energy should be developed in federal waters along South Carolina’s coast. “Bring it on, bring them windmills on in here,” said Marc Jordan, president of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, which along with the North Strand Coastal Wind Team has promoted wind energy development for several years. “We took it from what we thought was a pretty outlandish idea, . . .
A County Down man has said his home will be ringed by wind turbines if a council approves all the applications it has before it. Bert Spiers, from Ballyhalbert, will have three in a field behind his house and two others to the side and front if the applications are all passed. He has told Ards and North Down Borough Council of his opposition due to noise. The renewable energy industry has said there is a “robust and rigorous” planning . . .
The deputy mayor of Saugeen Shores is concerned the Ministry of Environment is allowing the Unifor wind turbine in Port Elgin to operate out of compliance. Luke Charbonneau tabled a notice of motion to seek a meeting to discuss the operation of the turbine after viewing documents obtained by Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy, or “STOP”, which has opposed the turbine since it was constructed at the union’s Family Education Centre. Charbonneau says STOP obtained documents through a Freedom of Information . . .
The secretary of state for Energy and Climate change rejected a recommendation from an inspector that a development consent order under the Planning Act 2008 should be issued in respect of 27 turbines with a total generating capacity of 89MW to be sited in Powys, east of Aberystwyth, after concluding that the applicant had failed to demonstrate that there would be no adverse impact on a special protection area (SPA), important in part because of its potential habitat for red . . .
FALMOUTH — A Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on the town’s application for a special permit to run one of its twin wind turbines has been continued to Dec. 10. The Zoning Board of Appeals met Thursday and heard testimony on the matter but did not finish the hearing, Zoning Administrator Sari Budlow said. The town is applying for the permit on the turbine known as Wind 1 five years after it began spinning, after the state’s Appeals Court ruled . . .
A global energy company that abandoned plans two years ago to build a $120 million demonstration wind farm off the Maine coast following opposition from Gov. Paul LePage is moving ahead with a similar project in Scotland. The decision is inviting an examination of what Maine may be losing in terms of jobs and private investment, as well as its ambitions to become a center of global research in an evolving, clean-energy industry. “What we lost was the opportunity to . . .
The Government has announced a move away from renewable energy as work begins on the £1.3 billion Rampion offshore windfarm. The country will be increasingly reliant on gas-powered plants in the future after it was announced last week all coal stations will close by 2025. Yet with work beginning in earnest on one of Sussex’s largest engineering feats with the 116-turbine windfarm, opponents of the project are asking whether the “blight on our landscape” will be worth it. Bernie Goodwin, . . .
During a community liaison meeting in Seaforth at Huron East’s town hall, an engineer who works on several turbines in St. Columban admitted to the public that most statements made by consultants that residents will “never hear” the large fans are dishonesties. It was a full community conference with almost every chair filled in the council chambers joined by the HEAT group, Veresen Inc., Huron East council members and a few locals. For all those who came, coffee, donuts and . . .