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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

March 22, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Nundle airs concerns about wind farm in packed community meeting

Nundle Memorial Hall was packed out on Thursday night, with almost 150 residents cramming in to hear details of the proposed $600-million wind farm, which would stretch along 20km of nearby ridgeline. Wind Energy Partners spokesperson Jamie Chivers told the audience many of the specific details – such as the number and size of the turbines – is yet to be decided and will be determined by the planning process. Mr Chivers also revealed Wind Energy Partners would do all . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

EFSEC hears update on Desert Claim wind project

The state’s Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council heard a update on a proposal to reduce the size of the Desert Claim wind project near Ellensburg on Tuesday, but didn’t take action. The project was originally approved for site certification in 2010 to develop 95 wind turbines on approximately 5,200 acres, with the capability to produce 190 megawatts of electricity. In February, Desert Claim Wind Power LLC submitted an amendment request to EFSEC to build a smaller project that would use . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Getting the message on Jupiter wind farm

On Friday, March 16, in a shock move, EPYC withdrew the Jupiter Wind Farm proposal, citing the NSW Department of Planning’s assessment and that the Independent Planning Commission would agree. The community which has been opposing the wind farm, are surprised by EPYC’s decision, but very relieved. The Jupiter wind farm is now dead and gone. It was the first wind farm in final project form the Department of Planning recommended should be rejected. Now, EPYC in its letter to . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Grant County Commissioners hear concerns about future wind energy development plans involving the county

While many landowners in northeastern South Dakota feel utilizing wind power as a viable energy resource for the future will be a good thing for the economy and the environment, there are others who feel much differently about the issue. At this week’s Grant County Commissioners meeting, the board heard from Kelly Owen, an area livestock producer who noted concerns with the current setback requirements that are in place for installing wind turbines for new wind energy farms. Upon further . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Massive Xcel wind project breezes through PRC

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Plans for two massive wind farms in New Mexico and West Texas won unanimous approval from regulators on Wednesday, after Xcel Energy came up with a new way to cover its costs during the project’s first couple of years of operation. Xcel expects Texas regulators will quickly give their approval to the $1.6 billion project, after which construction can begin on the Texas Hale farm in the next few months, said Brooke Trammell, Xcel’s director of customer and . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

McLean board OKs another wind farm

In a 16-3 vote Tuesday morning, the McLean County Board granted a special use for a wind farm on almost 5,000 acres in an agricultural district covering the townships of Chenoa, Yates and Lawndale. The request from Lexington Chenoa Wind Farm LLC by EDP Renewables North America includes land from Old Route 66 to the west and County Highway 13 to the east. The project is known as the Bright Stalk Wind Farm. District 7 McLean County Board member Jacob . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines considered for southern Page County

Page County officials are expecting to review legalities and financial impacts of wind turbines when they attend the Iowa State Association of Counties convention this week held in Des Moines. The timing is right. Supervisor Jon Herzberg informed fellow supervisors Alan Armstrong and Chuck Morris of a proposed wind turbine project based in Nodaway County, Missouri, that may overlap into extreme, southern portions of Page County. Landowners near Braddyville have contacted Herzberg about the county’s preparation for the turbines that . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Portales wins approval from PRC

Xcel Energy got unanimous approval Wednesday from the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for plans to build what would be the largest wind farm in the state. The company says the Sagamore Wind Project on 100,000 acres about 20 miles south of Portales and a second massive wind farm on the Texas side of the state line will produce enough wind energy to power about 360,000 homes in Eastern New Mexico and Texas. An Xcel news release said the Minnesota-based . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners updated on wind energy, transmission projects

RAWLINS – Progress continues in the initial phases of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy and the TransWest Express Transmission projects. Power Company of Wyoming Communications Director Kara Choquette told Carbon County Commissioners on Tuesday the company’s scope of work for the 2018 year for the wind project includes roads and wind turbine pad infrastructure as well as opening a quarry (subject to the completion of the mining permit application pending with the Wyoming DEQ). “So far, we have completed . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy in Vermont is a sham

Industrial wind turbines and solar panels are generating electricity in Vermont. Wind and sunlight are renewable energy. But they don’t count toward Vermont’s goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. Industrial wind- and solar-power developers here receive Renewable Energy Credits that they sell in Southern New England to fulfill those states’ “renewable-energy” goals. Developers build industrial wind turbines and solar panels on Vermont ridgelines, hillsides and fields so that Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island can tint themselves “green” while . . . Complete story »

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