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Wind Power News: August 2006

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.


August 31, 2006 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Storm over Bradwell wind farm plan appeal

www.essexchronicle.co.uk Wind farm protesters have hit out angrily at an energy firm for continuing to push for turbines on the Dengie. Last week the Chronicle reported that npower renewables has lodged an appeal with the Government’s planning inspectorate to reverse Maldon District Council’s decision to refuse the installation of 10 wind turbines in Bradwell-on-Sea. Anti wind farm group BATTLE (Bradwell And Tillingham Tackling Lost Environments) has reacted angrily at the move, dubbing npower “arrogant”. BATTLE has been fighting the planning . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy?

www.zwire.com A California-based company specializing in wind power for electrical generation has come to terms with one Guthrie County landowner on an easement that will allow study of wind and weather monitoring for the alternative energy source. Information filed in the Guthrie County recorder’s office shows Clipper Windpower Development Company, Inc. of Carpinteria, CA has signed a windpark easement agreement with Ricky Sheeder of rural Adair. The Sheeder land is located in Section 28 of Grant Township about one mile . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Public inquiry into pylons plan

http://news.bbc.co.uk Controversial plans for a line of electricity pylons between the Highlands and Central Scotland will be the subject of a public inquiry. The Beauly to Denny line, proposed by Scottish and Southern Energy, would see 600 pylons built on a 137-mile route. The inquiry, due to begin in early 2007, was announced after a large number of objections to the plans. Scottish and Southern Energy said the development was needed in order to meet green energy targets. The line . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Healey, Leading Dems Clash Over Cape Wind Farm

www.thebostonchannel.com Lt. Gov. Urges Coast Guard To Reject Plan BOSTON – The issue of wind farms has created a lot of turbulence in the 2006 race for governor. NewsCenter 5’s Amalia Barreda reported that Republican Kerry Healey took aim at her Democratic rivals while blasting plans to build a wind farm in the waters off the Cape Cod coast. A small, but boisterous, crowd greeted the lieutenant governor at a Hyannis Beach Thursday morning. The crowd was in favor of the . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Questions about wind power

www.radioowensound.com Written by Jody Johnson Many Bruce County residents want more information on wind turbines. The Windfarm Action Group or WAG hosted a public meeting last night in Port Elgin on the windfarm issue. Former Bruce township resident, Carol Clark says there needs to be more information sharing on wind turbines – its not just a local issue. She says Shelburne and Kingsbridge residents have been negatively impacted by wind farms – who are now objecting to the second phase of development. . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Irish energy storage

www.e4engineering.com VRB Power Systems has entered into a sale agreement with Tapbury Management Limited of Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland for the sale of a 1.5 MW x 8 hour (12 MWH) VRB-ESS energy storage system. Tapbury oversees the management of Sorne Hill Windfarm, a recently commissioned 32MW windfarm which is located in Buncrana, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland. The 12MWH VRB-ESS will be coupled to Phase II of the Sorne project – an additional 6.9MW of wind power for which turbines have . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • Alberta, MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Marketing wind energy complex process

www.choteauacantha.com By Nancy Thornton- Acantha reporter As a Canadian company jumps the many regulatory hurdles to build the first direct transmission line between Alberta and Montana, the wind parks that would pay MATL to use the line have remained in the background. The Acantha explored issues surrounding the right-of-way for the 230-kilovolt, 300-megawatt transmission line through eastern Teton County in past articles. Recently, landowners on both sides of the border sought a closer look at the purported benefits associated with . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

40,000-Acre Wind Farm Proposed for Iowa

www.livescience.com Associated Press HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) – Northern Iowa could have one of the nation’s largest wind farms by 2008. Iowa Winds LLC wants to build a 200- to 300-megawatt farm covering about 40,000 acres in Franklin County. A county zoning board will consider approving permits for the $200 million project next month. “It’s something new and renewable,” said Amber Schwarck, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Falls-based company. “It’s great for national security, so we can start depending on ourselves and . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Bellone airs concerns over windmill project

www.newsday.com BY Jennifer Smith Newsday Staff Writer August 31, 2006 The public comment period for the controversial plan to put a wind farm in waters between Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park may have ended. But that hasn’t stopped Babylon Supervisor Steve Bellone from publicly criticizing the company that wants to place 40 windmills off the shore of his town. Yesterday Bellone accused FPL Energy – the Florida-based firm partnering with the Long Island Power Authority on the project – of . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2006 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Gone with the wind

www.libn.com By Jean Paul Vellotti BABYLON ““ Computer shortcomings at the Minerals Management Service, the federal agency holding the fate of the Long Island Power Authority’s proposed wind park in its hands, have put the public’s comments in jeopardy. And one county lawmaker is now calling for a moratorium on LIPA’s plan. “It has become apparent that our electronic comment submission system has some weaknesses ““ one being a clear message of receipt,” wrote MMS Project Director Doug Slitor in . . . Complete story »


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