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.
The Currandooley fire is a hot-button issue on the NSW Southern Tablelands, where the wind industry has a heavy footprint and is perceived by many locals as operating with a “God complex”. Infigen also runs the larger, 67-turbine Capital wind farm adjacent to Woodlawn. Residents allege the company operates with a culture of evasion and denial.
As wind farms statewide are killing more Hawaiian hoary bats than expected, a Maui wind farm is asking the state to increase the amount of endangered bats and nene it’s allowed to incidentally kill. Kaheawa Wind Power II, a 21-megawatt generation facility that ascends the slopes of the West Maui Mountains above Maalaea, wants to increase its number of permitted bat fatalities from 11 to 62 adults and nene fatalities from 30 to 48 adults over the next 15 years. . . .
SWANTON – The Vermont Army National Guard has filed to intervene before the Public Service Board in opposition of Swanton Wind. The Vermont National Guard (VTNG)’s state judge advocate, Gonzalo Pinacho, filed the motion to intervene Feb. 23. In the Public Service Board (PSB)’s regulatory process, formal participants beyond the petitioner – in this case, Swanton Wind, LLC – are known as “intervenors.” If a party’s motion to intervene is approved, that party may formally participate in the PSB process. The VTNG’s motion . . .
We are the Coalition for Rural Property Rights. We are not against wind energy. The wind companies like to call groups like us “anti-wind.” A better moniker for us would be “anti- 50 story industrial wind turbines erected in large groups covering thousands of acres of our community.” That is a mouthful but far more honest. If the landowners who want to “harvest the wind” installed a personal wind generator for their farm or owned enough contiguous land it is . . .
A hearing to do with a wind turbine proposal near Stayner took one day instead of three. The Environmental Review Tribunal allowed WPD Canada to have a Remedy Hearing to present ways to reduce harm to natural heritage, mainly the Little Brown Bat. The hearing, held in Collingwood council chambers, was originally to start on Monday, but that day was cancelled because a witness was unavailable. The hearing, on Tuesday, heard from three witnesses. Dr. Scott Reynolds, presenting for WPD . . .
Apex Clean Energy out of Virginia is working on a wind farm split between Saline and Fillmore counties with an expected completion date in early 2019. Dylan Ikkala, the project developer, said the Conhusker Harvest Wind project is still in the early stages of development. “We are actively leasing land within the project boundary,” he said in an email, “and are beginning to coordinate the necessary studies and permitting that will be needed before the project can be constructed.” So . . .
St. George – The parking lot was full at the St. George Town Office Feb. 28 as fishermen, activists, residents and members of the press gathered to learn more about the proposed 600-foot-tall floating wind turbines that may be located off Monhegan for a 20-year test. Officials from the University of Maine and the U.S. Department of Energy set up posters displaying information and artists’ drawings of the proposed project, and members of the public and press were asked to sign . . .
ELIZABETH CITY – Amazon claims its large-scale wind farm near Elizabeth City will produce enough electricity “to power more than 61,000 U.S. homes,” but neither the online company nor its wind farm operator Avangrid will share data supporting that claim. Amazon continues to perpetuate the misleading notion that the electrical grid can take power from wind turbines, store it, and direct it for actual use by faraway data centers on the same grid. But that’s not possible. If Avangrid Renewables and . . .
BEEKMANTOWN – A massive project designed to provide New England residents with converted wind energy is still moving forward despite setbacks. Planners behind the Vermont Green Line lost the New England Clean Energy RFP to a Maine-based solar provider last October, which means they will not be among the utility companies providing energy to a sizable cache of guaranteed customers. Without the contract, National Grid needs to find their own customers. But the utility giant is confident they can do so . . .
The operators of the Little Raith wind farm near Mossmorran have been given permission to erect a 75-metres high mast. Kennedy Renewables’ plans were approved by Fife Council’s west planning committee last week despite 47 letters of objection. The firm want to put up the wind monitor mast to check on and optimise the performance of the nine wind turbines at Little Raith. It will be allowed to stand for 20 years. Some objectors believed the proposal was a “precursor . . .