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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 25, 2022 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Bill would pause new WA wind and solar farms, including huge Tri-Cities project

Washington state needs to look at the imbalance in where wind farms are based in the state and where the electricity is used, says a Walla Walla lawmaker. Republican Rep. Mark Klicker has introduced a bill in the Washington state Legislature that could delay state decisions on new or expanded alternative energy projects, including the proposed Horse Heaven Wind Farm by the Tri-Cities, while solutions to the perceived inequity are investigated. “Too many rural counties are being forced to house . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning permission for West Clare wind farm rejected for third time

Planning permission for a major new windfarm in West Clare has been rejected for the third time. Clare County Council has refused the development, which would have been located around five kilometres from Miltown Malbay and seven kilometres from Ennistymon near Slieve Callan. The proposed works, which were due to be 175 metres high and encompass eight turbines, received over 100 objections including from a number of Clare Oireachtas members. Clare Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe says there isn’t an . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Guardians of the Keweenaw Ridge react to latest Scotia Wind Farm push

Rochester, Michigan based Circle Power updated plans last fall to locate all twelve turbines of its proposed Scotia Wind Farm within Adams Township. Originally, the proposal was to have a portion in neighboring Stanton Township as well. After both municipalities put a moratorium on any potential development for at least six months, Circle Power has refined its case for the development. You can read that here. Circle Power says nearly $16 million in local tax revenue will be generated over . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Probe underway after fatality at Austrian wind farm

Investigations are underway in Austria after a fatal accident today during installation of Enercon turbines at the Potzneusiedl wind farm in Burgenland. A spokesman for Enercon confirmed local news reports that an employee of an unnamed service provider fell about 100 metres inside a tower during turbine installation. He added that the “immediately alerted rescue forces could only determine the death of the man on the construction site”. The Police and authorities have started investigations into the cause of the . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Testing of wind farm aircraft detection lighting system to begin

Morgan County residents in the vicinity of the Land of Lincoln Wind Project could finally see some relief from flashing lights next month. Morgan County Regional Planning Director Dusty Douglas gave an update to the County Commissioners this morning on the status of the Aircraft Detection Lighting System. Currently, aircraft warning lights on each wind turbine flashes at night, with all of the lights flashing at the same time. The Aircraft Detection Lighting System is designed to allow for the . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • Nebraska, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Biden revives ‘clean energy’ program with $1B loan guarantee

Under President Barack Obama, the program boosted Tesla’s efforts to become a behemoth in electric cars, but it stumbled after the California solar company Solyndra failed soon after receiving federal aid a decade ago, costing taxpayers more than $500 million. Republicans and other critics seized on Solyndra as an example of wasteful spending under Obama’s stimulus program. Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition group appeals for submissions on proposed wind farm ahead of deadline

People in North Kerry are being urged to make their views known by Wednesday on plans for a new wind farm. The Lixnaw Wind Aware Group held a meeting in Ballyduff on Sunday, where a crowd of people gathered to get information and hand in objections. The Lixnaw Wind Aware Group is opposing this proposed development by Ballynagare Wind Farm Ltd. It’s applied to Kerry County Council for planning permission to create a seven-turbine wind farm on Ballynagare bog between . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

MidAmerican plans to add 2 GW of wind energy in Iowa, study carbon capture

MidAmerican Energy said it plans to to spend $3.9 billion to add more than 2 GW of wind energy and 50 MW of solar generation in Iowa. The company also proposed feasibility studies to look at other clean generation technologies, including carbon capture, energy storage and small modular nuclear reactors. The company said that since 2004, it has invested around $14 billion in renewable energy projects across Iowa. If approved, the new capacity–known as Wind PRIME–would enable the utility to cover . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Siemens Energy shares hit record low as sell-off continues

Shares in Siemens Energy (ENR1n.DE) hit a record low on Monday as a sell-off triggered by problems at its wind power division Siemens Gamesa (SGREN.MC) continued following a HSBC downgrade. Siemens Energy’s stock fell as much as 6.9% to 17.805 euros per share, its lowest since the company was spun off from former parent Siemens AG (SIEGn.DE) and listed separately in September 2020. On Friday Siemens Energy shares recorded their biggest intraday loss after Siemens Gamesa, in which it owns . . . Complete story »

January 25, 2022 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

State evaluating BOEM’s proposed offshore wind leases

North Carolina officials are asking for public comment on whether the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s proposal to issue commercial offshore wind energy leases off the Wilmington coast is within the parameters of North Carolina’s Coastal Management Program. The deadline to submit comments is Feb. 23. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management said Monday it is evaluating BOEM’s Consistency Determination. The evaluation is to consider if issuing as many as three commercial wind energy leases . . . Complete story »

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