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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

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.

January 18, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Legislator suspected wind industry behind tracking device

MOORE – The state legislator who found a GPS tracker on his pickup suspects the wind industry is behind it. Rep. Mark McBride spoke to a Moore police officer about his suspicions late Dec. 4 after finding the tracking device underneath his pickup. “He advised me of the possibility of a wind farm corporation being connected to placing the GPS on his vehicle,” Officer Francisco Franco wrote in a police information report. The officer wrote McBride explained he “is in the . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Siting Board approves 48 new turbines for Chautauqua County

ALBANY – After a process that began in November of 2014, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) has approved the construction of 48 high-capacity, 500-foot tall wind turbines to be located in Cherry Creek, Charlotte, Stockton and Arkwright. The approval of the Cassadaga Wind LLC application came on the heels of a public meeting that took place in Albany on Wednesday morning. A NY Department of Public Services (DPS) press release quoted the . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • Iowa, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Building more wind farms doesn’t make sense

Warren Buffett has said that building wind turbines makes no sense without the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC). I wanted to know why industrial wind is being pushed in Iowa when it makes no sense, so I called MidAmerican Energy and asked to speak with Bill Fehrman. They told me he was their president; I could speak with someone in their public relations department instead. I left my name and told them I was a board member of the Coalition . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • Oregon, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Trump eases rules for bird-killing wind turbines, power lines

Lynn Tompkins peers down at a red-tailed hawk laid across a small exam table at Blue Mountain Wildlife’s clinic in Pendleton, Oregon. It’s out cold. “She was in very good shape until she got zapped,” Tompkins says as she removes the bandage on the hawk’s left wing, revealing a raw wound. The bird was electrocuted a week earlier near Boardman, likely the result of a run-in with a power line. Tompkins has helped rescue birds from all over eastern Oregon . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmaker suspects wind industry in spying case; Oklahoma politicians stunned by discovery of possible spying

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Republican lawmaker’s discovery of a magnetic box containing a high-tech tracking device affixed to the bottom of his truck is being investigated by Oklahoma officials, who also revealed that four other GOP legislators have reported concerns they were being followed. The mysterious discovery has stunned Oklahoma’s political class, and raised questions about who would spy on lawmakers. “This is outrageous behavior and very reckless and foolish, and it could lead to somebody getting hurt,” Oklahoma County District . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Ocean City faces a legacy-defining decision

Forces are quickly aligning in Maryland to build large industrial power generation projects within eyesight off the coast of Ocean City. Much of the conversation over the location and size of these projects has happened without Ocean City’s direct participation. However, this pending decision weighs heavily on me, as a fifth-generation Eastern Shoreman. It will permanently change what we see, and what we expect to see, when sitting on Maryland’s world-class beach. The project was born from then-Gov. Martin O’Malley’s . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Legislation gives military more say on wind turbine locations

OKLAHOMA CITY – Military leaders will now have more say where wind producers can build turbines under federal legislation designed to protect the air space where pilots conduct training exercises. Military leaders have complained about wind turbines rising hundreds of feet into the sky and encroaching upon protected flight corridors and into the paths of low-flying planes. At times, Air Force officials said they have abandoned routes and taken other evasive action to avoid striking the windmills. The military has long-used . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Starr County OKs wind-farm company’s settlement payment

RIO GRANDE CITY – Starr County commissioners approved a $140,000 payment from Duke Energy, a company that constructed three wind farm projects in the area, as part of a settlement agreement. The settlement was the conclusion of a legal dispute over the tax abatement agreement. The county filed a lawsuit against DEGS Wind, subsidiary of Duke Energy, for breach of contract. The official contract states the abatement will be at 85 percent for 10 years; however, the county alleges the two . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

PNM wants to add wind and solar farms for Facebook facility

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two new wind farms and a solar facility may be built in New Mexico to supply another 266 megawatts of renewable energy to Facebook’s massive data center in Los Lunas. Public Service Co. of New Mexico asked the Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday to approve power purchase agreements with third-party producers to build new generating facilities in eastern, central and western New Mexico. PNM is already building three solar plants of its own in Los Lunas to supply . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

2nd north McLean County wind farm proposed

BLOOMINGTON – A second wind farm is slated for northern McLean County. Weeks after Chicago alternative energy company Invenergy filed for a special-use permit for a wind farm in Chenoa, Gridley, Lawndale, Lexington and Money Creek townships, Houston-based EDP Renewables North America has filed an application for its own farm in Chenoa, Lawndale and Yates townships. The project, called Bright Stalk Wind Farm, would generate about 200 megawatts from 58 turbines on almost 5,000 acres of land, according to the application. . . . Complete story »

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