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Wind Power News: July 2007

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.


July 31, 2007 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind drives local politics: Candidates increase in Steuben towns with proposed wind farms; Republican primaries slated for Hartsville, Howard, Cohocton

Steuben County towns featuring the biggest wind battles are also the towns that boast the larger numbers of candidates running for elected office in the fall. According to information from the Steuben County Board of Elections, the towns of Hartsville, Cohocton and Howard all feature Republican primaries with at least one wind farm opponent throwing their hat in the ring. Primary day is from noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 18, while the general election will be Nov. 6. One of . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

County sets wind farm guidelines

The heated debate for and against wind farms quietly passed a milestone last week when Bruce County’s planning committee recommended 15 Official Plan amendments that will govern commercial wind farms. The additions will put the county on the leading edge of a controversial issue that’s had little direction from the province, said planner Chris LaForest. They come after months of review and public input, including a huge file of written submissions. “There’s some feeling among some that county council shouldn’t . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • Press releases, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dominion, Shell Windenergy Inc.'s West Virginia wind project to add second phase

Dominion and Shell WindEnergy Inc. announced Tuesday that they plan to add a second phase to their wind energy project currently under construction in Grant County, W.Va. Dominion and Shell WindEnergy Inc. have formed a company, NedPower Mount Storm LLC, to own the facility. The first phase of the project – 82 turbines producing 164 megawatts, or enough electricity for 41,000 homes – is under construction at a site near Dominion’s Mount Storm Power Station. It is scheduled to begin operation in . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore pile driving wakes residents

The company building a wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast has apologised for loud noises that woke residents during the night. Centrica said changes in wind direction meant people in the Skegness area could hear loud bangs caused by the work. Police received several calls after people were woken at about 0215 BST. Centrica said it had government consent to work 24 hours a day on the project and had been doing so for some time without any problems. Ongoing . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Court keeps wind farm on track

A proposed wind farm in northern Dodge County got a step closer to reality. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has affirmed a Dodge County Circuit Court judge ruling that construction can proceed on a wind power project that borders northern Dodge and Fond du Lac counties. More than a year ago, Dodge County Judge John Storck decided the Public Service Commission was correct when it authorized the construction of the $250 million Forward Wind Energy Center. He confirmed the agency’s . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Hamlin wind tower report delayed

A frustrated Hamlin Wind Tower Committee told the town board and town supervisor Monday night that more work must be done before anyone can decide whether to proceed with wind tower development in Hamlin. The Committee was originally given until December to recommend whether wind turbine development is in the town’s best interest and to and propose regulations. Earlier this month committee members were told by town supervisor Dennis Roach that their deadline was being moved-up to July 30th. As . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Hamlin wind power report delayed

A frustrated HamlinWind Tower Committee told the town board and town supervisor Monday night that more work must be done before anyone can decide whether to proceed with wind tower development in Hamlin. The Committee was originally given until December to recommend whether wind turbine development is in the town’s best interest and to and propose regulations. Earlier this month committee members were told by town supervisor Dennis Roach that their deadline was being moved-up to July 30th. As the . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Hamlin committee reports on wind farms

The community of Hamlin is one step closer to deciding whether to allow wind turbine farms. The town’s wind tower committee has been investigating whether parts of the town would be suitable for wind turbine development and presented its findings to the town board Monday snight. The committee is concerned their deadline to do so was pushed up several months. Linda DeRue, committee chairperson, said, “I feel relieved to some point, and I feel very frustrated that we weren’t able . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines being planned for Rock Run

PATTON – Plans are spinning forward to install about a dozen wind turbines on Rock Run land, with more nearby. Tests showed that winds in northern Cambria County will support turbines. Developers are plotting locations, but it’s probably going to be a few years before wind turbines are turning on the old strip mine-turned all-terrain-vehicle park, Rock Run Chairman and state Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, said Monday. However, the plans won’t get in the way of the main goal: continuing to . . . Complete story »


July 31, 2007 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Chilton meetings to deal with wind farm issues

A group of people concerned about what three wind farm projects could mean for Calumet County will hold an information forum Wednesday at the Engler Center for the Performing Arts. The Engler Center is located at 530 W. Main St. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1 p.m., the Calumet County Planning and Zoning Committee will consider requests to modify its wind energy ordinance. Guest speakers at Wednesday’s forum include Nina Pierpont, a pediatrician from New York state, . . . Complete story »


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