Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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CORPUS CHRISTI – New information tonight on safety concerns surrounding a planned wind farm in the Chapman Ranch area. A recent Navy study says that wind farm could make it dangerous for the navy to train pilots in our area. The study, which covered a number of current and pending wind farms in South Texas, showed the installations can cause air traffic control radars to miss certain aircraft, and see aircraft that isn’t there. The main problem is small planes. . . .
Plans to build a new wind farm in Shiawassee County have been met with some resistance. But despite the pushback, Apex Clean Energy, an independent renewable energy company, continues to pitch its project to residents who live in the county. Dozens of people packed inside a conference center in Owosso Wednesday night to get some more insight about this controversial plan. Apex wants to build approximately 60 wind turbines that would encompass land in four townships: Middlebury, Owosso, Fairfield, and . . .
SHERMAN TOWNSHIP – The Sherman Township Board of Trustees voted to form its own planning commission Tuesday night during a special meeting. The 3-2 decision came after several members of the crowd of about 100 pleaded with the board – both for and against the move. Some people indicated that the main reason behind the township becoming self-zoned, as opposed to county zoned, is a proposed wind overlay district currently under consideration by the Huron County Board of Commissioners. Supervisor Leo Emming, . . .
A new Navy study concludes nearby wind turbines could affect air traffic control radars, meaning possible changes for a wind farm being developed on Chapman Ranch. A group of local stakeholders in the project, including city and county leaders and state legislators, received information about the Mitigation Response Team analysis on the proposed South Texas wind project on Nov. 6. Naval Air Stations Corpus Christi and Kingsville are points of contact for the study. The report said a close proximity . . .
Frank Edelblut’s “My Turn” piece (Monitor Forum, Dec. 5), urging the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee to approve a ridge-top wind farm in Antrim, is not up-to-date, is missing some important information, and lacks the due diligence and hard-nosed analysis that one would expect from a successful businessman such as Edelblut. To begin, Edelblut overlooks some important information and does not support his claim that Antrim residents “have consistently supported the project.” Opinion in town is split but where townspeople . . .
A farmer has won his battle to build a wind turbine – despite objectors attempting to derail the scheme with an aerial stunt. James Beattie applied to build the 326ft mast on his land at Cornhill earlier this year, and said it could provide thousands of pounds to local groups. But the scheme was thrown out by the Banff and Buchan area committee in June. Their decision was made after visiting the site, where they were met by objectors who . . .
VALENTINE, Neb. In the ongoing debate about energy development in the Sandhills, protesters meet with leaders in valentine to discuss the future of the land. Protesters say wind turbines could damage the ecosystem of the Sandhills, while those in favor of the project say it could bring economic development to the area. But Wednesday landowners and community members were able to voice their opinions on installing wind turbines in Cherry County. Earlier this afternoon protestors stood outside of the Valentine . . .
A crunch Angus Council meeting will decide on Thursday whether to allow a controversial pipeline spanning 11 miles of the county. Energy firm Seagreen wants to build a £3 billion array of offshore windfarms in the North Sea and has spent years looking for a spot to bring the power onshore. It intends to run a cable from Carnoustie Beach to an upgraded substation in Tealing, and its plans will go before councillors in Forfar. Local authority planning officers have . . .
PLYMOUTH – For wind and solar power, America’s Hometown is rising in the ranks of towns spearheading these efforts. Plymouth’s move toward alternative energy has been well underway for years. Today, through two major projects, America’s Hometown boasts five turbines as well as one, smaller private one on residential property. Plymouth is also home to more than 12 solar arrays spanning more than 181 acres. Future Generation Wind has installed four 492 feet tall (from the tip of the blade) . . .
As many as 60 wind turbines could soon be towering over rural Shiawassee County. Wednesday night people who live in or near the new proposed wind farm development got their first chance to learn more and speak out. If approved it would span across much of the northwestern corner of the county. Townships in the zone include Fairfield, Rush, Middlebury, and Owosso Charter Township. Hundreds of people filled a banquet hall in Shaiwassee county Wednesday night. “We wanted the opportunity . . .