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Wind Power News: May 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.

May 31, 2013 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Three groups trying to protect Cherry Point

Craven County recently passed new regulations on tall structures that limits, and in some cases will prohibit, the erection of wind turbines that military officials say causes unsafe radar interference near the base. The state also has a new law that requires the military to be involved in the erection of tall structures such as windmills near bases and in military flight paths. Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Idaho Power customers slapped with 15.3 percent surcharge, fourth largest on record

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission announced Friday afternoon that it had granted a significant one-year surcharge to customers of Idaho Power—the fourth larget adjustment on record. The PUC said declining water flow, reduced revenue from surplus energy sales and ongoing wind power expenses were factors in the $140 million power cost adjustment. As a result, Idaho Power residential customers will be assessed a one-year surcharge of an average 12.5 percent effective Saturday, June 1. For all customer classes combined, the . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Official proposes 2-year moratorium on wind farms

Opponents of a proposed central Indiana wind farm who say the site is too heavily populated and would harm property values want county officials to delay action on the project for at least two years. Muncie and Delaware County plan commission chairman Tom Green urged county officials on Thursday to study the impact of existing Indiana wind farms for at least two years before deciding how to regulate them in Delaware County. The commission is scheduled to act June 6 . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Officials urge more study of wind farms; Opponents pleased that Delaware County is ‘slowing down’

MUNCIE – Wind farm opponents are applauding action taken Thursday by Tom Green, chairman of the city-county plan commission. On behalf of the commission’s wind farm committee, Green urged county officials to study the impact of existing Indiana wind farms for at least two years before deciding how to regulate them in Delaware County. “We are very pleased,” said Kathy Gresh, a hospital office worker and one of the coordinators of a group opposed to a proposed E.ON Climate & Renewables . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals court upholds ruling in wind farm suit

HAMPTON – The Iowa Court of Appeals Thursday upheld a Franklin County District Court order to dismiss a suit filed against Franklin County Wind LLC by Hawkeye Land Co. FCW, which was in the process of building a 60-turbine wind farm in Franklin County, buried conduits containing electrical wires and fiber optic cables across railroad right-of-way property in four locations. In May 2012 Hawkeye, a corporation that owns the right to grant easements over certain railroad rights-of-way in Franklin County, sought . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Delicate balance for ever bigger wind turbines

A wind turbine failure in the desert east of San Diego, in which a 170-foot blade fell to earth, represents an extremely rare event amid a trend toward larger and more reliable machines, the director of the nation’s leading wind energy research and development facility said. The Ocotillo Wind power plant, a turbine array 70-miles east of San Diego, remained offline Thursday, two weeks after discovery of the detached blade. The manufacturer of the plant’s turbines, Siemens, is performing a . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms a pain for residents

NEW ROSS – Nance Ackerman says the change in pressure hit her like a truck when she stepped out of her car. She said she was about 1,100 metres from the nearest wind turbine at Pubnico Point Wind Farm, where she went last June to interview two women for a film she was making on wind power. “My chest suddenly hurt,” Ackerman told a Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board appeal hearing Thursday into the Municipality of Chester’s approval of a . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Select Board chairman will move to shut turbines down at night

FAIRHAVEN – Select Board Chairman Charles Murphy Sr. said last week he will move to shut the turbines down at night at a meeting Monday, June 10, with the Board of Health. “The goal of that meeting is to do what my goal was previously,” he said of the intentions he announced soon after taking over as chairman in April: To shut the turbines down at night. Mr. Murphy said now that the turbines have been found to exceed the noise . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Paris Township settles on strict wind ordinance

RUTH – The Paris Township Board unanimously passed a zoning ordinance Tuesday. Turbines must be 2,000 feet from non-participating property owners’ homes and three times the turbine height from non-participating property lines. Participating property owners’ turbines must be 1,320 feet from homes and two times the height from property lines. For comparison, the county zoning ordinance has a setback of 1,320 feet from non-participating property lines, and 1,000 feet from any inhabited structure within participating property lines. In terms of sound . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2013 • Canada, France, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Juno Beach is no place for turbines

As Canadians, my wife and I were quite disturbed to learn that an offshore wind farm is being proposed for construction near the French town of Courseulles-sur-mer, where the Canadians landed at Juno Beach on D-Day. My personal memories of D-Day were formed as a 12-year-old boy, living near the south coast of England in 1944. I recall watching in awe as the relentless columns of khaki-coloured vehicles negotiated their way through our narrow streets on their way to the . . . Complete story »

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