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May 27, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County board to decide on wind farm project

Knox County could be getting its first wind farm should the county board approve it at tonight’s meeting. The decision could be highly controversial. According to board documents, over the course of three public hearings in late April and earlier this month, 17 people spoke in favor of the wind farm while 14 spoke against, and the Zoning Board of Appeals had 18 written comments on the wind farm project and 17 written comments against it. The 150-megawatt project would . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise developers prevail in court; Minister was “unreasonable” in cancelling project

BERWICK – Decried by opponents and celebrated by the developer, the Ontario Superior Court (Divisional Court) has reinstated Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 29-turbine Nation Rise Wind Farm in the Township of North Stormont, quashing the Environment minister’s abrupt cancellation of the 100-megawatt, $450-million project. EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) had appealed the December 2018 decision by Ontario Environment, Parks and Conservation Minister Jeff Yurek revoking the project’s REA. The minister had cited protection of bat species in his surprise . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario court strikes down move by Ford government to cancel massive wind farm project

An Ontario court has struck down a move by the provincial government to kill the partly-built Nation Rise Wind Farm southeast of Ottawa, quashing Environment Minister Jeff Yurek’s decision last year to block the project over his concerns about endangered bats. In its ruling, the Ontario Divisional Court said Mr. Yurek’s decision last December was “not reasonable,” and did not “meet the requirements of transparency, justification, and intelligibility.” Instead of returning the matter to the minister for reconsideration, the court . . . Complete story »


April 21, 2020 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm hearing reveals staggering costs of cancellation

The cost of tending to the already built pieces of the cancelled Nation Rise Wind Farm amounts to $100,000 a week, an Ontario Supreme Court hearing learned on Friday. The hearing was held after EDP Renewables, the owner of the project, asked the court for a judicial review of Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek’s December decision to revoke the renewable energy application approval for Nation Rise. It had been hoped the hearing would have taken place earlier . . . Complete story »


April 8, 2020 • SaskatchewanPrint storyE-mail story

Assiniboia, Sask. residents call for windmill project postponement during COVID-19 pandemic

A 50-turbine windmill project outside of Assiniboia, Sask. is generating concerns for residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Potentia Renewables Inc.’s Golden South Wind Energy Facility broke ground in August 2019. But due to the threat of coronavirus transmission, dozens want the project postponed. “If it’s delayed for a couple of months, yes, it’s going to hurt someone financially, but it doesn’t hurt anybody’s health or risk anybody’s life,” said Dwayne Woolhouse, an organic farmer near Assiniboia. Woolhouse, who lives five . . . Complete story »


March 19, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Planner wants to protect his parents and the town of Guilderland from too-close, towering wind turbines

GUILDERLAND — Town Planner Kenneth Kovalchik is concerned about large-scale wind farms, so much so that he has written an Article 78 memorandum of law – used by citizens to challenge government actions – on behalf of his parents and their neighbors, who are trying to prevent 675-foot turbines being installed on a ridgeline overlooking their 300-acre farm in Otsego County.  As Guilderland works to amplify and strengthen its solar laws, Kovalchik recommends that the town also begin to work on creating a . . . Complete story »


February 27, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Cuomo ‘power play’ threatens home rule

ALBANY – Advocates for local governments are pushing back against a Cuomo administration plan to speed up the siting process for renewable-energy generating plants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday he is amending his state budget proposal by adding a measure that would set up a state bureaucracy to handle the permitting process for wind and solar developments. Lawmakers had already completed hearings examining the state spending plan by the time they were presented with the details of how Cuomo wants to . . . Complete story »


February 25, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

N.Y.’s plan to fast-track renewables could get ‘ugly’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to speed up approvals of renewable energy projects is launching the state’s climate ambitions into a new phase that could cause an uproar in rural communities. The legislation, presented as an amendment to the Democratic governor’s budget on Friday, could be a bellwether for officials in other states looking to fast-track costly and often controversial energy developments to meet their own carbon-cutting goals. At the heart of the New York bill is a plan . . . Complete story »


February 24, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Permitting for big wind farms could get a lot faster under new Cuomo proposals

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants 70% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. That’s got state agencies looking at ways to speed up permitting for wind and solar projects, worrying opponents of larger developments. For proponents of large renewable projects, New York’s permitting process is a labyrinth of regulations that can take years to navigate. To opponents it’s just the opposite: a fast track to approval with minimal public input. Now, under new proposals unveiled Friday by . . . Complete story »


February 6, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Anglers oppose Lake Erie wind turbine project

It looks like the wind is picking up … and it’s not from Mother Nature. “We’re upset that some people want to take a perfectly good lake (Erie) and destroy it by erecting 50 400-foot high industrial wind turbines from Lackawanna to Dunkirk in the water,” said Capt. Jim Hanley of Angola. “It would negatively impact a lot of the great fishing areas. This project is unprecedented in freshwater. There are too many unknowns. For example, we don’t know what effect . . . Complete story »


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