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.
An application to repower a 5-square-mile section of the Altamont with up to 32 modern wind turbines has been continued to Dec. 10 in an effort to obtain more transparency concerning the science behind the decisions on where to site the turbines. The East County Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) met Nov. 19. It heard from applicant Altamont Wind LLC, Dyer Road residents, East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) representatives, and Alameda County staff on the application. Board president Larry . . .
Controversial plans to replace a windfarm in South Cumbria have been rejected. The 12 turbines at Kirkby Moor Wind Farm, which stands less than a mile outside the Lake District National Park, were installed in 1993. Energy giant RWE wants to replace the turbines with six 115m-high ones – a proposal which was met with objections from conservation groups, environmentalists and councils straight away. South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee has today refused permission to the proposal at a meeting . . .
There is no mistaking, however, town officials’ skepticism about wind power and about the state’s pursuit of renewable energy. In reference to Vermont’s energy plan, Windham officials pledge their cooperation but also note that it is “far from clear that these goals are either attainable or advisable.” And the town is unequivocal in its continued opposition to large turbines. “Windham has been studying commercial/industrial wind generation since 2004,” officials wrote. “Our 2008 town plan, re-adopted in 2013, contains a prohibition against this form of development based on the unique topography and settlement patterns of our town, our 10 years of research and knowledge and the support of the majority of our residents and property owners.”
FAYETTE COUNTY — Wind energy company Optimum Renewables recently requested a special use permit to put up wind turbines within the county limits. That request sparked a discussion among residents and county leaders. “In light of the recent issues with the wind turbines going up in Fayette County, the supervisors have decided to put a moratorium in place which will stop any activity regarding commercial wind energy systems in Fayette County for six months,” Fayette County Zoning Administrator Catherine Miller . . .
A phaseout of both the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit are said to be under consideration by congressional leaders in both the House and Senate as part of a broader deal to extend dozens of expired tax credits, a Democrat leadership aide and lobbyists briefed on the issue told Bloomberg BNA Nov. 24. Details of the proposal were still fluid, but talks were said to focus on gradually ramping down the 2.3 cent per kilowatt-hour . . .
In the past few weeks, two of the architects of Governor Shumlin’s energy policies acknowledged that the policies will have no impact on climate change. They disclosed, in separate interviews, that the purpose of the policies is economic development and not climate change mitigation. They neglected to disclose that these economic development policies will actually worsen the impacts of climate change in Vermont. I have spent the past three legislative sessions in the State House arguing for sensible energy policies . . .
Off-shore windfarms and the use of solar energy should be considered instead of placing large wind turbines near rural communities in Co Cork. That’s according to Cork county councillors, who have written a letter to An Bord Pleanála ahead of a decision it will make on a planning application for a windfarm on the Cork/Kerry border. The letter is to be inserted into a report on the council’s attitude to the windfarm between Ballyvourney, Co Cork, and Kilgarvan, Co Kerry, . . .
COLUMBUS — Loup Public Power District approved a proposal from Bluestem Energy Solutions to construct an additional three 2.3-megawatt wind turbines near the current Creston Ridge Wind Farm at its board meeting Tuesday morning. The exact location of the additional turbines has not been determined, but now that Omaha-based Bluestem has Loup’s approval, it will initiate negotiations with landowners around the current site near Creston. The fourth and final tower for the current project is under construction and a ribbon-cutting . . .
The Environmental Review Tribunal hearing into a 27 turbine wind farm approved in the County is underway. Tuesday, the ERT heard testimony from Dr. Cornelia Baines, witness for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. On Day Twelve the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) on the White Pines wind project heard Dr. Cornelia Baines, witness for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). After confirming the credentials and lengthy research experience of Dr. Baines, MOECC counsel Sylvia Davis asked her . . .
An inspector has upheld a decision by Pembrokeshire County Council to refuse planning permission for two wind turbines at a farm near Castlemorris. The appeal by Jonathan Watson Miller of Ynni Ltd was dismissed by Aidan McCooey because of the adverse effects the proposed turbines would have on the character and visual amenity of the area. Mr Watson Miller had applied to build the two wind turbines – measuring 48m to blade tips – in a large field to the . . .