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.
ALBION — The legal battle over permits issued for the construction of a meteorological tower for the planned Lighthouse Wind project will hit State Supreme Court in September. In documents filed at the Orleans County Clerk’s Office, parties served by wind project opponents in July were informed that a introductory hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 8. The focus will be the Article 78 proceedings sought by Save Ontario Shores, which has asked the court to annul a . . .
Plans for a new wind turbine near Queensbury look set to be turned down after Council officers said the green belt area was already a “hotchpotch wind farm.” The Bradford Area Planning Panel has been advised to refuse a proposal for a new 36 metre high turbine at Bar Farm, off Brighouse and Denholme Road. Home Energy Efficiency Ltd, the agents behind the project, claim it will help secure the long-term financial sustainability of the farm, but officers state the . . .
Residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca state government said Friday. The proposed construction of 132 giant wind turbines is meant to generate 396 megawatts of power, but the project has raised concerns over vibrations, bird deaths and invasion of Indian lands. The company behind the project and the Oaxaca government teamed up to offer residents an average 45 percent reduction . . .
SALEM — The Oregon secretary of state’s office has launched an inquiry into the Oregon Department of Energy’s handling of tax credit sales. The extent of the investigation is unclear, but a senior auditor from the secretary of state’s office recently requested more than 70 pages of records on privately brokered sales of Oregon business energy tax credits from 2013. The state awarded the tax credits to owners of renewable energy and efficiency projects, such as a cellulosic ethanol plant . . .
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has scaled back and moved its proposed wind farm north of the city. Innergex spokesman Francois Morin said Friday the firm is now proposing a 110 megawatt wind farm instead of a 140 megawatt project and that the site has been shifted about four kilometres to the east to address concern raised by cottagers. As a result of the move, Morin said the project is no longer located in Merrick Township, and is now being proposed . . .
Dorset’s economy could suffer if the Navitus Bay Wind Farm project is given the green light, tourism leaders have warned. The company behind the windfarm proposals wants to build 121 turbines at 200 metres high – or 78 if a scaled-down ‘mitigation option’ is chosen. The decision on the project, which has attracted substantial opposition, now rests with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, who is due to decide by September 11. During a meeting . . .
INDEPENDENCE –Buchanan County Supervisors met in regular session, Monday, with all board members present. At 9:30 a.m. the public hearing regarding the Thomas and Kimberly Rourke rezoning request was held, to rezone 89 acres in Sections 6 & 7, Fairbank Township from A1 agricultural to A2 agricultural for the purpose of constructing three small wind turbines for a small wind energy development. Approximately 28 residents from the area, including Tom and Kim Rourke were present for the hearing. Upon a . . .
The Highland Council’s North Area Planning committee, when it meets on Tuesday, is recommended to make no objection to a proposed 22-turbine wind farm at Altnaharra. But The John Muir Trust has urged the local authority to reject the recommendation of its planning officer and lodge an objection to the development at Creag Riabhach. They say the proposal would be partially located within an official Wild Land Area at Altnaharra, with a visual impact extending to a further three Wild . . .
Cornwall Council has dropped plans to erect wind turbines on three pieces of land it owns, due to a change in government policy. The sites were at St Ewe, Grampound and Tregony. Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced after the general election that only turbine schemes which had local support would be considered acceptable in planning terms. The council said it would push ahead with a turbine at Ventonteague, near Carland Cross, as a planning . . .
Acushnet residents who are up late shouldn’t be surprised to see or hear massive tractor trailers loaded with wind turbine components rumbling through town in the middle of the night over the next few weeks, Gamesa Corporation, the Spanish manufacturer of wind turbines, told selectmen July 27. Gamesa said it would be bringing four industrial-sized turbines into the Port of New Bedford for installation at a site in Buzzards Bay. Company officials told selectmen the big trucks will be forced . . .