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.
WALNUT CREEK — A young female golden eagle rescued by San Ramon Valley firefighters in March and rehabilitated by Lindsay Wildlife Hospital died hours after being struck by a wind turbine. Two power workers found the 12-pound raptor near a wind turbine at Altamont Pass in Livermore, according to officials from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience. The workers watched the sub-adult golden eagle struggle as she flew near the ground before falling. She was brought to Lindsay Wildlife Hospital at 11 . . .
WINTHROP — Sibley Wind Substation, which had begun utility work for its 10-turbine wind power project, is now asking to withdraw its permits from county and state governments. “We respectfully request our permit for the Sibley Wind Project be canceled while we work out a solution that will meet everyone’s requirements relating to avian studies on the project,” wrote Steve Estes, president of Star Distributed Energy, in a letter to the state Public Utilities Commission. Star controls Sibley Wind Substation . . .
PAUKUKALO – A proposed 60-megawatt wind farm can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kahikinui homesteaders and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, but some residents say the windmills would desecrate the area. The Hawaiian Homes Commission hosted a public hearing Wednesday night at the Paukukalo Community Center that drew nearly 100 people. A similar hearing Thursday morning attracted about 150 people, officials said. The commission is gathering comments until Aug. 21. It will decide in November whether to . . .
Weeks ahead of the submission deadline for Invenergy LLC’s Dutton Dunwich wind energy project, six members of its community engagement committee are packing it in. Six of the 13 people on the Strong Breeze Wind Project’s working group submitted their resignation Thursday evening. The half-dozen members, all of whom oppose the project, were frustrated their concerns were not being taken seriously. “We just don’t seem to be able to reach any agreement or we don’t see that the company is . . .
Recently, Lincolnview Superintendent Jeff Snyder wrote an article (www.cleveland.com – see link below) which highlighted the “benefits” of Blue Creek Wind Farm in an attempt to create support for Dog Creek Wind Farm. I find Mr. Snyder’s article misleading for the following reasons: COST – Mr. Snyder failed to mention that Blue Creek cost the American Taxpayer $172 million. He also failed to mention PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) which allows the owner, Iberdrola, to make payments that are . . .
ALBION — The legal battle over permits issued for the construction of a meteorological tower for the planned Lighthouse Wind project will hit State Supreme Court in September. In documents filed at the Orleans County Clerk’s Office, parties served by wind project opponents in July were informed that a introductory hearing will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 8. The focus will be the Article 78 proceedings sought by Save Ontario Shores, which has asked the court to annul a . . .
Plans for a new wind turbine near Queensbury look set to be turned down after Council officers said the green belt area was already a “hotchpotch wind farm.” The Bradford Area Planning Panel has been advised to refuse a proposal for a new 36 metre high turbine at Bar Farm, off Brighouse and Denholme Road. Home Energy Efficiency Ltd, the agents behind the project, claim it will help secure the long-term financial sustainability of the farm, but officers state the . . .
Residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca state government said Friday. The proposed construction of 132 giant wind turbines is meant to generate 396 megawatts of power, but the project has raised concerns over vibrations, bird deaths and invasion of Indian lands. The company behind the project and the Oaxaca government teamed up to offer residents an average 45 percent reduction . . .
SALEM — The Oregon secretary of state’s office has launched an inquiry into the Oregon Department of Energy’s handling of tax credit sales. The extent of the investigation is unclear, but a senior auditor from the secretary of state’s office recently requested more than 70 pages of records on privately brokered sales of Oregon business energy tax credits from 2013. The state awarded the tax credits to owners of renewable energy and efficiency projects, such as a cellulosic ethanol plant . . .
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. has scaled back and moved its proposed wind farm north of the city. Innergex spokesman Francois Morin said Friday the firm is now proposing a 110 megawatt wind farm instead of a 140 megawatt project and that the site has been shifted about four kilometres to the east to address concern raised by cottagers. As a result of the move, Morin said the project is no longer located in Merrick Township, and is now being proposed . . .