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.
COLUMBUS — A state board has argued that a wind turbine development in rural Greenwich can proceed, rejecting, among other arguments, an opponent’s claim that it ›led in a timely manner for a rehearing after the board initially approved the project. The Ohio Power Siting Board’s ruling means that Windlab USA can proceed with its development of Greenwich Windpark, LLC, spokesman Matt Schilling said. The project calls for 4,600 acres and comprises up to 25 turbines, each 490.5 feet tall . . .
Senators Urquhart, Back, Leyonhjelm, and Madigan: Thursday, 13 August 2015 Senator URQUHART (Tasmania—Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate) (18:01): The date 3 August 2015 should go down in history as an important date for global action on climate change, when Barack Obama announced the final release of America’s Clean Power Plan. Sadly, on the same day in Australia the Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines was pulling in directly the opposite direction with the release of its final report. Let . . .
The only major wind farm on the drawing board in Wisconsin was dealt a setback this week when a St. Croix County judge sent the project back to state energy regulators for more review. Judge Edward F. Vlack decided that the state Public Service Commission erred when it set restrictions on the amount of noise that the wind turbines can produce. The Highland Wind Farm in the Town of Forest in St. Croix County is a $250 million project proposed . . .
OSBORN — SunEdison has withdrawn its application to the state to build a 22-turbine wind farm in Osborn and Eastbrook, though it plans to submit another application for the project in the future. The proposal from the Missouri-based developer called for 14 turbines in Osborn and another eight in Eastbrook, a wind farm to be known as Weaver Wind. SunEdison’s application to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was accepted as complete at the end of January. A draft analysis . . .
Energy company SunEdison is testing wind conditions in the Misery Ridge area of Somerset County with plans to possibly build a 26-turbine commercial wind farm there. The company installed two meteorological towers in the area this week on land owned by Plum Creek, a forest management company, in the northeastern part of the county near Moosehead Lake. No application has been submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection for the project yet. “We usually need a couple years of data . . .
A Missouri-based wind power company has withdrawn its application to build a 23-turbine wind farm in Hancock County. SunEdison withdrew the application for its Weaver Wind project from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in order to address environmental issues raised by state regulators, according to John Lamontagne, a SunEdison spokesman based in its Boston office. A DEP staff analysis of the project raised concerns about the proposed wind farm’s potential impact on bats and migratory birds, citing a study . . .
Despite the fact that St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack Wednesday ruled that Highland Wind Farm’s noise curtailment plan “ensures compliance” with state wind siting regulations, the judge stated in an order this week that the Public Service Commission did not provide, among other things, “proper notice and hearing” for discussion of the state’s compliance standard. As part of a ruling issued this week, the judge wrote: “This court concludes that while there are differences of opinion on this issue, . . .
A landowner opposed to plans for a new network of pylons in north Cumbria has launched a campaign to stop the scheme going ahead. There are just days left for people to respond to the first round of consultation on ScottishPower Energy Networks’ proposal for a new route of 46m-high pylons through rural countryside around Longtown. The energy giant wants to replace most of a 132,000-volt line from Auchencrosh, Ayrshire, with a new 400,000-volt line. It has plans for an . . .
There’s a lot that’s already been written about the Clean Power Plan (CPP): Google it and you find 71 million hits (at least as I write this). A lot more will be written yet. The scale of the CPP predictably and properly has ignited widespread debate. Much of the controversy centers around the animating force for the CPP, the claims of impending climate doom motivating a profound shift in U.S. energy use, and collaterally the politics, legality, and costs of . . .
Vandalism over the weekend may have resulted in upwards to $200,000 in damage at a wind tower construction site. Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said his department is investigating a vandalism incident which occurred at a Prairie Breeze II wind turbine site in the vicinity of the “Million Dollar Corner” area. Moore said sometime late Saturday or early Sunday morning a person or persons fired up an excavator and rolled one of the wind turbine “tubes” down a slope, marring . . .