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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.

October 12, 2019 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Vaches mortes à Nozay : les éoliennes mises hors de cause, un câble 20 000 volts enterré suspecté

[Dead cows in Nozay: buried 20,000-volt cable from wind facility suspected] Dans l’affaire dite des “éoliennes tueuses” de Nozay (Loire-Atlantique), les derniers rapports d’expertise disculpent les machines. Mais un câble électrique est désormais suspecté. Depuis 2012 et la mise en service d’un parc éolien sur le secteur de Nozay, au nord de Nantes (Loire-Atlantique), les problèmes de santé se sont multipliés pour les riverains : pour eux-mêmes mais aussi pour certains animaux de compagnie et de nombreux animaux d’élevage. Plus de . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • Opinions, Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

US energy reliability gone with the wind

It is too often assumed that making maximum use of renewables is the answer to addressing environmental goals. So easy is it to buy into this assumption that intermittent wind power is pulling ahead of coal in Texas. Energy analysts forecast that wind turbines in Texas will generate about 87,000 megawatt-hours of electricity next year, eclipsing the anticipated output from coal. Coal power is falling in Texas and nationally, while wind power is on a rapid upward climb. Wind power . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

In a reversal, wind power industry wants more U.S. tax credits

Less than a year after the U.S. wind industry swore off federal tax credits, its top lobbyist wants another go at the incentive that helped it become the cheapest source of new energy in much of the world. The tax credits are now needed for the industry to maintain its cost advantage against competing sources such as solar and natural gas plants. That’s because President Donald Trump’s import tariffs on steel and other wind-farm components have raised costs by as . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

The wind industry tackles trouble on two fronts

Renewable energy remains a polarizing issue. Political and customer pressure has power companies moving renewables to the “front burner.” Wind plays a big part in this mix as efficiency has increased and federal tax incentives help defer the cost of building infrastructure. Farmers now grow wind turbines and wheat in the same field. However, the harvest has ranged from “good times” to “buyer’s remorse.” It should be noted that Mid-American Energy helps fund Iowa Public Television, where Market to Market . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

sPower refiles Seneca Wind project

sPower refiled its Seneca Wind 212-megawatt wind turbine project this week with the Ohio Power Siting Board and announced a pre-application public meeting 3-6 p.m. Oct. 23 at Attica Fairgrounds. In a pre-application notification letter to OPSB Monday, the company outlined a plan similar to the project sPower withdrew in August. According to the letter, turbines would have a total generating capacity of up to 212 megawatts. The filing said the project would be built on about 25,000 acres of . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Clemson bet big on the future of renewable energy. Years later, SC still won’t embrace it.

Dead air. That’s the vibe around the wind power industry in South Carolina that nearly a decade ago saw $100 million invested by public and private sources. Progress is as flat as the long turbine blade displayed resting on the ground outside Clemson University’s $98 million Energy Innovation Center on the former Navy base in North Charleston. It hosts one of the largest wind simulators in the world – designed to test huge wind turbines. The state-of-the-art facility was built in . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Blade falls off windmill, narrowly missing homes in Ocean Gate

One of the blades of a wind turbine in Ocean County fell off, narrowly missing some homes. It happened in Ocean Gate around 10:45 a.m. Samantha Albin says that it was like something out of a movie. “It was really scary. It was kind of like one of those ‘Final Destination’ things,” she says. Albin was at home when the blade fell off the wind turbine. “I heard a really loud boom. I thought it was maybe like a car . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘North Kerry is wide open again to windfarms’

A windfarm company is expected to shortly submit planning for a multiple turbine wind farm in what is being seen as a test case at the close of the ’80 per cent’ rule in North Kerry. A public meeting was convened at Coolard GAA Clubhouse recently by the developers of the proposed windfarm, prompting a backlash from groups opposed to further roll out of the renewables in the North Kerry area. ‘No More Wind Turbines at Ballylongford’ group is now . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

White County clears way for new wind farm near Reynolds

MONTICELLO – White County is getting another wind farm. The farm, which will be known as Rosewater, is the seventh phase of Meadow Lake Wind Farm project and will be near Reynolds. The 102-megawatt farm will have 25 turbines and will be developed by EDP Renewables North America LLC, owners of the previous six projects in White and Benton counties. As with the prior phases in White County, Meadow Lake and the county had to first agree on economic development, road . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill blade comes flying down onto Ocean Gate front lawn

It was a scary moment in Ocean Gate Friday morning around 11:00 am when a blade from a windmill came flying down from the sky and onto a residents front lawn on East Arverne Avenue. The turbine blade hit a service line and then fell onto the front lawn, Ocean Gate resident Kate Ranuro tells WOBM News. Ocean Gate Police Chief Mike Kuchta tells WOBM News that there are no injuries and that the turbines have been manually shut off. . . . Complete story »

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