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Wind Power News: February 2013

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.

February 28, 2013 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

S.30 – an act relating to siting of electric generation plants

This wording is as of 2-28-2013. – 131 – NOTICE CALENDAR Second Reading Favorable with Recommendation of Amendment S. 30. An act relating to siting of electric generation plants. Reported favorably with recommendation of amendment by Senator Snelling for the Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. The Committee recommends that the bill be amended by striking out all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following: * * * Findings * * * Sec. 1. FINDINGS The . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • Editorials, OregonPrint storyE-mail story

State officials should quickly account for $30 million in Shepherd’s Flat tax credits

With all the cheering from so many who helped to make Shepherd’s Flat wind farm a reality, you’d think Oregon had finally gotten its green-energy house in order. But the largest wind production facility in Oregon and among the largest in the world is mired in a tax-credit mess that will take weeks, likely months, to disentangle. On the line is $30 million in tax breaks granted by the state to the developer. The credits might in some measure have . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Sound raises fury in Ancram

ANCRAM–The town gave special use permits for wind turbines on Carson Road and now aims to take them away. At the February 21 Town Board meeting, the board voted to begin the process of revoking the permits based on misrepresentations about how much noise they make. According to Supervisor Art Bassin, applicants and their representatives presented information and literature that claimed the turbines were “extremely quiet and almost silent.” Yet since last August neighbors of the wind turbines owned by . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Company owns up to fault with its failed turbine

The manufacturer of a 35-metre turbine, which collapsed near Holsworthy last month, has admitted there was a fault with how the structure was fixed to the ground. Endurance Windpower released a statement revealing the reason the turbine at East Ash Farm, in Bradworthy, collapsed was because of problem with the structural grout and the manner in which the tower was fixed to the foundation. The company has said the problem affected the durability of the anchor rods resulting in the . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Court issues ruling in Desert Protective Council’s case over wildlife threats posed by Ocotillo wind project

UPDATE: February 28, 2013 – Judge Curiel has denied the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff’s have not yet announced whether they will file an appeal. Is the federal government turning a blind eye to violations of state laws intended to protect raptors (birds of prey) and other wildlife at the Ocotillo Express Wind Facility? That’s the contention of a lawsuit filed by the Desert Protective Council, an environmental group, and others against the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds of objections to windfarm

More than 500 objections have been lodged against a proposed windfarm near Kirkcudbright. Plans for five, 115-metre turbines at Barcloy Hill have seen fears raised over issues including noise and impact on the scenery. Around 160 people have written to the council to support the proposal, claiming the turbines will help reduce global warming and be capable of powering more than a 10th of the region’s homes. RES lodged the application in December. Since then the council has been inundated . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farm safety called into question

It’s been seven months since a fire knocked the Kahuku wind farm offline. Work is underway to rebuild but some want a second look to see if the project is even safe. Kahuku’s First Wind project barely got off the ground, before it was hit with a blow. The turbines spent seven months spinning and now seven months just sitting. A fire in the battery storage facility knocked the system off-line in August. “It wasn’t just sulfuric acid batteries, it . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Graziers protest Yass wind farm

Farmers are protesting on Thursday outside a private meeting between the NSW Government and a major wind farm developer at Yass. The NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage and developer Epuron are meeting at 2pm at the Yass Soldiers Club. Protesters are gathering at the same venue at 1.30pm. Convenor and Bookham sheep grazier Mark Glover says the government is actively promoting wind farm development at the expense of local communities. Epuron’s Yass Valley Wind Farm is in the . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine battle erupts again in Fairhaven, MA

Underneath the giant wind turbines in Fairhaven the whirring sound is unmistakable. And even in the closest neighborhood, just over one thousand feet away, you can still hear it. Residents say it’s taking a toll. Leah Isherwood, who lives near the wind turbines said, “It’s awful, I can just hear the noise, all the time.” Peter Goben also lives in the nearby neighborhood and said, “It’ sounds like a jet engine hovering over your house.” Chelsea Isherwood said, “I get . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2013 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Study says windpower not staying local

A report from the Center for Rural Affairs finds those giant wind turbines that dot the farmland skyline are helping power distant cities, not rural homes. Johnathan Hladik , the center’s energy policy advocate, says major power lines are -not- connected to the areas where the wind power is generated. Hladik says, “We’re finding that all of the important, big transmission lines that can move a lot of capacity, the kind of capacity we need, are far away from the . . . Complete story »

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