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.
BAD AXE — Wind energy developers recently updated county planners on the status of current projects. Here’s a roundup of what they said: Deerfield Wind: Colorado-based RES Americas has started building 72 turbines in north and northeastern parts of the county, the second park the developer has undertaken in the county. RES plans to finish the 150-megawatt project by the end of next year. Project details: • County officials deemed suitable more than 24,000 acres in the project area for . . .
BAD AXE — Pending a few changes, county planners are ready for the public to see proposed new regulations for wind turbines in Huron County. A hearing is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 4. It will likely take place in a larger venue, like the Huron County Circuit Courtroom or Expo Center. New rules proposed for building wind turbines in 16 townships under the county’s zoning jurisdiction would: • Increase wind turbine setbacks from property, public roads and power lines . . .
A company that wants to build 25 wind turbines high atop a Botetourt County mountain is seeking clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration. Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville needs a determination from the FAA that the giant, power-generating windmills will not interfere with passing airplanes. In a proposal recently filed with the federal agency, Apex lists the height of the turbines as 549 feet — just 1 foot short of what’s allowed in a newly passed county ordinance that regulates . . .
A local group hoping to derail plans to put several wind turbines on Dan’s Mountain held an informational meeting last night at Mountain Ridge High School. Darlene Park explained the purpose of the organization… The Allegany County Board of Zoning Appeals has scheduled a hearing on the application of Dan’s Mountain Wind Force for a special exception for October 27th at 9 AM. Due to an anticipated large crowd, the meeting will be held in the multi use building of . . .
Despite Sunday gusts as high as 69 miles per hour in Billings and 72 in Laurel and a damaged wind turbine out at the City College campus, damage throughout the metropolitan area appears to have been moderate in terms of the volume reported, to the point that some at the National Weather Service’s local branch were surprised. “We didn’t really get a lot of damage reports, which is kind of odd,” said Marc Singer, science and operations officer for the . . .
PONTIAC — A wind energy company is hoping to win the right to build a wind farm in Livingston County by appealing the county board’s rejection of a zoning and special use application. Officials from Chicago-based Invenergy filed a formal appeal in Livingston County Circuit Court Friday, nearly three months after the county board voted to accept a Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation and deny its application. A court date has not yet been set. Invenergy spokesman David Goldenberg said . . .
Campaigners are celebrating after plans for four large turbines were withdrawn. However, the number of other neighbouring schemes in the pipeline means campaigns against turbines will continue. In January 2014, Aeolus Renewable Energy Limited applied to install the four turbines at Damwells Farm, a once-thriving piggery sited off Livesey Road, Ludborough. If approved, they would have been up to 115 metres high, which opponents say would have dominated the views for miles around. John Loomes, vice-chairman of Ludborough Parish Council, . . .
A delay in the approval process for the Mt Emerald wind farm will provide greater certainty the $380 million project won’t negatively impact the Tableland site. The Federal Government has extended its assessment time frame for the environmental approval of the proposed farm, to allow for further technical analysis and consultation by the Department of Environment. The department was due to make a decision about the alternative energy project last month, but that has now been pushed back to December. . . .
Allerdale Borough Council is to apologise to residents in Oughterside near Aspatria after ignoring their objections and then granting planning permission for a wind turbine near their homes. A group of them complained to the local government ombudsman, and it ruled in their favour saying the council was at fault over the planning process. Despite this, the turbine will remain. The local government ombudsman decided that Allerdale Borough Council had ignored local people’s objections to the turbine, and the watchdog . . .
Four hundred members of the Stop Stretham Wind Farm Group celebrated a year long campaign as councillors unanimously refused an application to erect a pair of 102 metre high wind turbines near Ely. Farmer Chris Attle was not present as the 11-strong East Cambs District Council Planning Committee outlined their reasons for refusing his bid for the two turbines. Planning officers said the Red Hill wind farms would be “of an overbearing nature” resulting in a loss of light in . . .