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Wind Power News: April 2016

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.

April 30, 2016 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Potential Allen County wind energy transmission lines spark debate

SPENCERVILLE – Wind turbines are becoming an increasingly common part of America’s landscape as companies seek to take advantage of a free energy source to help offset the nation’s dependence on finite fossil fuels for energy. However, this technology is often met with resistance amid concerns over potential health effects and depreciating property values. This debate is heating up in Allen County, as the county port authority will consider an easement for Charlottesville, Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy to build a transmission . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Split court sides with solar developers

MONTPELIER – A fragmented Vermont Supreme Court on Friday sided with developers of a major solar power project in Rutland Town against the wishes of the town and its neighbors. The five-member court split three ways before ruling 3-2 in support of allowing construction of the Rutland Town project. The three-member majority was split 2-1 on one of the big issues in the case. The court upheld a ruling by the state Public Service Board that gave the 2.3-megawatt Rutland Renewable . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Bat mortality no longer sustainable, global review finds

Wind turbine collisions represent the most prevalent cause of mass mortality events since 1790, with the majority of these events taking place after the year 2000. Bats depend on echolocation while navigating, and can mistake turbines for trees, especially when wind farms are located near forests where bats roost. Efforts to make wind farms safer for bats include turning turbines off during low-wind conditions, and setting out high frequency sound-emitting devices that deter bats. Bladeless turbines are also an alternative, though some doubt their ability to convert wind energy into electricity efficiently. “Many possible approaches are still in the research and testing phase, …but few are proven ready to use,” said Paul Cryan, USGS research biologist and study co-author. Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Grid operator warns Cuomo energy plan could raise consumer costs

ALBANY – The state’s independent grid operator is concerned the Cuomo administration’s primary method of achieving its goal of doubling New York’s renewable energy could prove costly for consumers. The state is developing a Clean Energy Standard that would require that New York power at least half its electric grid with renewable energy by 2030. That would lead to an unprecedented expansion of solar, wind, hydropower and other renewable sources that would be partially funded by about $5 billion collected from . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Portland wind farm rift between families before Nathan Lovett-Murray’s uncle died, correspondence shows

A feud over wind farms in Portland simmered between two families in the lead up to a fatal punch which killed the uncle of former AFL player Nathan Lovett-Murray, it is claimed. A court dropped a manslaughter charge against indigenous leader Steve Saunders last month over the death of Darren Bell. Mr Bell died after Mr Saunders punched him at a football match in Heywood, in western Victoria, last year. The Herald Sun has now seen correspondence that shows a . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Texas senator considering intervention in wind developments near military bases

A New Braunfels senator who chairs the state’s Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations said she’s considering intervening in wind energy developments near military installations. Republican Sen. Donna Campbell heard testimony last month from individuals concerned about the encroachment of wind projects on land near Department of Defense bases. Among those who testified were Tom Whaylen of the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee and Wichita Falls Mayor Glenn Barham. “There are more instances of wind farms near bases due to . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Burying Beetle delays construction of wind generators

Construction of a 200-turbine wind farm near O’Neill was halted in mid-April due to the endangered burying beetle. The beetle spends the winter underground, but comes up and flies away when the temperatures climb. Analysts believe the beetle will be able to move out of danger soon, KBRX radio of O’Neill recently reported. KBRX said it is a “small setback” on the project, which is expected to be finished in November. Seventy of 200 foundations for the wind towers are . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines may spin again

The controversial electricity-generating wind turbines located at Rim of the World High School may start turning again now that Rim of the World Unified School District and its consultants seem to be coming to some sort of compromise. At its March 17 meeting, trustees agreed on a 3-0 vote to spend $17,796 to purchase four new 23-foot steel support poles for the wind turbines, located next to to high school’s Performing Arts Center. But the question has always been who . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for an eight turbine wind farm near Corringham withdrawn

The plans for an eight turbine wind farm to be built near Corringham have been withdrawn. The projectfor Brown’s Holt Wind Farm has been stopped by RES due to planning barriers and in light of the Government’s prioritisation of more expensive and more polluting forms of energy generation. RES Development Manager, Chris Banks, said: “Withdrawing the Brown’s Holt Wind Farm planning application has been a difficult decision and not one which RES has taken lightly, particularly given the local support . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Candidates give their views on wind farms

Wind farms are a frequently-discussed topic in Berwickshire, and an audience member wanted to know whether candidates were “for or against wind farms in this constituency”? Kicking off the discussion, Lib Dem candidate Jim Hume said: “We are for renewable energy, but this area has done more than its fair share. 52% of energy is used for heating homes, and our focus should be more on heat loss prevention rather than different ways of how to produce energy. A mixed . . . Complete story »

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