Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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COVENTRY – Citing increasing concerns from constituents in her ward regarding Wind Energy Development’s newly-installed wind turbines, Councilwoman Karen Carlson made a public plea this week with town officials to “take notice and listen.” The District 1 councilwoman read excerpts of correspondence she had received from residents surrounding the turbines. “Our dream of sitting outside behind our house enjoying some peace and quiet no longer exists,” said a resident of Flat River Road. “We sit on the deck at night and . . .
Residents living by a wind farm near Calhan say the turbines are affecting their health and harming animals, despite reassurances from experts at this week’s El Paso County commissioners’ meeting. Jeff Wolfe, who lives close to NextEra Energy’s Golden West wind farm, said he’s experienced nausea, dizziness and migraines since it began operating in fall 2015. He attributes the symptoms to the low-frequency sound waves, known as infrasound, emitted by the 145 windmills. “This is poisoning people. It’s poisoning animals,” . . .
DTE officials have stated that the wind turbine project in Ingersoll Township is in the “very, very early” stages of development. But, initial feedback from township residents wasn’t very positive for DTE. Wednesday night saw nearly 200 people pack Ingersoll Township for a special meeting of the township board. Of the 20 people that spoke during the public comment portion, 15 were opposed to the wind turbines, two were in favor of them and three others were seeking more information . . .
CASS CITY – Although there is no wind farm development planned in the near future in Novesta Township, some land owners have been contacted by solar companies about development. Because of that, the township’s planning commission recommended a resolution for a moratorium on wind farms and solar farms as well as on Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) businesses for nine months (or until the planning commission updates it current zoning ordinance). The board acted upon a recommendation by Attorney Brian Garner. “The . . .
A review of Henry County’s Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance by the Henry County Commissioners doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon. The WECS ordinance details county code regarding such things as setbacks, the distance from an industrial wind turbine to nearby property lines or dwellings, as well as acceptable noise levels the turbines create and other aspects of wind farm development. The current ordinance is several years old and many people, especially those persons concerned about . . .
Sen. Lamar Alexander apparently has no intention of shuffling out the U.S. Senate door into a quiet retirement in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Though speculators speciously suggested former University of Tennessee quarterback and future pro football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning might seek Alexander’s seat, the senator was his feisty self this week in one of his patented floor speeches. Alexander blitzed Clean Line Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Again. In doing so, he planted himself . . .
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. – The wind farm in Eastern El Paso County continues to raise concerns for people who live nearby. Thursday, county commissioners got to hear those concerns, but it’s the infrasound from the wind farm homeowners say is the biggest problem. “It resonates inside your chest cavity, inside your head, and it’s just a resonate vibration that continually goes on. It won’t let you sleep at night, it wakes you up in the middle of the night, you . . .
A year after it was approved by the province, residents of a London-area rural township are still fighting against a wind farm that’s going ahead despite an overwhelming local vote against such projects. Thursday, more than 60 people gathered at the Dutton Community Centre during one of two public meetings, organized by Chicago-based Invenergy, to protest against what they say is another broken promise by the Liberal government and a violation of their rights. “Everything about it is a slap . . .
Protestors are up in arms about the plan to construct an offshore windfarm off the coast of Normandy in France which they say will ruin the view from the D-Day landing beaches. EDF EN and Enbridge are developing the 450MW Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados project off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer. The windfarm, which has been approved for construction, will consist of 75 turbines standing 180m high at a distance of 10km from the Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword beaches. . . .
RAYMONDVILLE – There is a new deal on the table in Willacy County – the bigger the wind farm, the sweeter the tax break. Yesterday, Willacy County commissioners offered property tax breaks ranging from 80 to 85 percent to EDF Energy, a London-based company planning to build 70 to 100 wind turbines along the county’s southeastern edge. This latest wind farm is expected to reap a windfall in property tax revenue for the Lyford school district. But the amount of property tax . . .