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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.


January 22, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Almer Township board denies application for 19 wind turbines

The Almer Township board of trustees denied an application for special land use permit that would have cleared the way for a Florida-based energy company to erect 19 wind turbines in the community. The board voted 5-1 after the Almer Township planning commission approved a motion on Jan. 4 to deny the application submitted by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. The company needs special land use permit (often referred to as a “SLUP”) approval to construct the 19 . . .

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January 22, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Andrew Cuomo’s wind farm plan needs 280 square miles off Long Island

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambition to develop enough offshore wind energy by 2030 to power 750,000 homes will require 280 square miles of ocean starting 12 to 15 miles from the Long Island shore, state officials said. In a presentation to Long Island fishing groups in Setauket last week, state officials unveiled a map outlining a massive wind-study area south of Long Island that could result in three separate wind farms in the water over the next decade. Greg Matzat, . . .

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January 22, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Is Prairie Winds project legal? Let’s find out

When it became public Prevailing Winds wind farm made a major change to go from one large wind farm to 13, it was very clear they wanted to eliminate three major steps. No. 1: Prairie Winds is not forced to have a public meeting in Avon. They are taking away the opportunity for the public to have a voice. The public seal of South Dakota reads “Under God the People Rule.” Shame on them. No. 2: Prairie Winds would have . . .

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January 22, 2017 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM approves massive project’s path over Idaho protests

The outgoing Obama administration announced today it formally approved routing the final two stages of a massive Wyoming-to-Idaho power line project mostly outside the boundaries of a federal raptor sanctuary and across more private property and greater sage grouse habitat than critics say is necessary. The Bureau of Land Management’s record of decision (ROD) for the final two stages of the nearly 1,000-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line Project would appear to move the project forward and end years of conflict . . .

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January 22, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Opponent: Navy forced to accept wind project

The U.S. military was forced to accept a wind farm in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties despite no guarantees it wouldn’t impair a regional radar system, a North Carolina wind energy opponent claims. John Droz, a physicist known for advocating against renewable energy, also acknowledges, however, that he has no direct evidence the former administration of President Barack Obama forced the military to approve the Amazon Wind Farm US East project. Droz was interviewed by The Daily Advance in the wake . . .

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January 22, 2017 • Connecticut, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

He is not sold on energy from wind

I want to report that there was a major wind farm in Hawaii called, Kamaoa and other wind farms on the island. And in California there were three major wind farms located at Altamont Pass, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio, and are considered to be the world’s best wind sites. All of these projects have ultimately been an environmental and economic disaster. And finally, a critical review is needed of the use of wind turbines in Denmark and Germany. Denmark is . . .

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January 22, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Off Long Island, wind power tests the waters

Only a few years ago, the long-held dream of harnessing the strong, steady gusts off the Atlantic coast to make electricity seemed destined to remain just that. Proposals for offshore wind farms foundered on the shoals of high costs, regulatory hurdles and the fierce opposition of those who didn’t want giant industrial machinery puncturing the pristine ocean views. Now the industry is poised to take off, just as the American political landscape and energy policy itself face perhaps the greatest . . .

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January 21, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind opponents seek to exclude evidence from PSB

SWANTON – The Public Service Board’s review of Swanton Wind faces turbulence before it even takes off: participants in the process cannot agree on a rescheduled date for the public workshop scheduled to kick off the process, while one participating party has filed a motion to exclude testimony on behalf of the project’s developers. The Public Service Board (PSB) originally scheduled a workshop for those considering participation in the process on Jan. 3 at Missisquoi Valley Union Middle and High School . . .

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January 21, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

New research examines wind turbines and insect communities

As renewable energy production in the United States continues to grow, wind farms figure to remain a fixture of the Wyoming landscape in coming decades. The United States currently gets 5.8 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar, and the U.S. Department of Energy has said it hopes to increase that to 20 percent by the year 2030. At the same time, scientists are still learning how wind turbines change the environment around them, perhaps . . .

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January 21, 2017 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM approves final routes for Gateway West transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the final routes connecting the high-voltage Gateway West transmission line project between southwestern Idaho and central Wyoming. The BLM’s Record of Decision, signed Friday, means Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power can build and operate 321 miles of 500-kilovolt transmission lines on public land in Idaho’s Gooding, Elmore, Owyhee, Cassia and Twin Falls counties. The route avoids sage grouse habitat and private land, but crosses about 9 miles of conservation area for raptors. . . .

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