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Wind Power News: November 2008

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.

November 29, 2008 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine's deadly ice shower

Residents were left fearing for their safety after shards of melting ice fell on homes and gardens from the blades of a giant wind turbine. Residents were left fearing for their safety after shards of melting ice fell on homes and gardens from the blades of a giant wind turbine. For about four hours people in King’s Dyke, Whittlesey, had to take cover as huge lumps – some two feet long – showered them from the 80 metre high tower . . . Complete story »

November 28, 2008 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

West Virginia PSC approves wind turbine project

The West Virginia Public Service Commission approved AES Laurel Mountain’s certificate on Wednesday to construct a $250 million wind turbine electric generating facility of up to 65 wind turbines on an eight-mile stretch of the Laurel Mountain ridgeline between Barbour and Randolph counties. Evidentiary hearings for the AES Laurel Mountain wind project were conducted before the PSC during the first week in August. Since that time, the PSC has been considering all of the written evidence and testimony in order . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2008 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Cuomo finds trouble brewing in the wind

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is in the midst of an investigation of two companies developing and operating wind farms across New York State. This is amid allegations of improper dealings with public officials and anti-competitive practices. Wind farms are clusters of large electricity-generating turbines powered by wind and connected to the electric grid, which have caused much controversy, especially in this region. Subpoenas have been served on Newton, Mass.-based First Wind (formerly known as UPC Wind) and Essex, Conn.-based Noble . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2008 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbines would need to cover Wales to supply a sixth of country's energy needs

An area the size of Wales would need to be covered in wind turbines to meet just a sixth of the nation’s daily energy needs, according to a new study that has cast doubt over the Government’s push for wind energy. Professor David MacKay, a physicist at Cambridge University, said ministers would have to look at other forms of alternative energy, like tidal power, if they were to meet their ambitious renewable energy commitments. Ministers have pledged to provide 20 . . . Complete story »

November 20, 2008 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Environmental groups join with industry to promote industrial wind energy development

Twenty of the nation’s top science-based conservation and environmental groups and wind energy companies have created a national institute to facilitate timely and responsible development of wind energy while protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat. The institute will do this through research, mapping, mitigation and public education on best practices in wind farm siting and habitat protection. The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) will begin with an operating budget of $3 million for its first two years. To carry out its . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2008 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Residents react to 40 turbines

JORDANVILLE – Public comments are being accepted until Dec. 1 on the Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement of the scaled-down Jordanville Wind energy proposal, which was presented to the community at a town of Warren public hearing Monday, Nov. 10. Another standing-room-only crowd of more than 70 people packed the town of Warren meeting hall, presenting comments supporting and opposing the latest revisions to the wind farm project. In 2004, the project presented as many as 75 turbines for the . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2008 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Residents wary of mesa wind farm deal

A Chicago-based energy company has signed a two-year option on more than 7,000 acres of state trust land on a mesa top in San Miguel County for a potential wind farm. Some residents oppose the plan by Invenergy to place up to 50 wind turbines on the mesa that borders radio shock jock Don Imus’ ranch off Interstate 25 near Bernal. Mark Jacobson, director of business development for Invenergy, said the company is still completing environmental studies required by the . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2008 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Beef Tub turbines head to inquiry

Scottish Borders Council has decided to object to plans for a 36-turbine wind farm near the scenic Devil’s Beef Tub. The neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway authority has already voiced its “grave concerns” about the plan. SBC has now formally opposed Wind Energy Ltd’s Earlshaugh project on the grounds of its landscape impact and adverse effect on habitat in the area. The objection means that the proposal will have to go to public inquiry before a decision can be made. The . . . Complete story »

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