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April 29, 2021 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Oregon power line gets national nod as transmission gains favor

A controversial $1.2 billion transmission line in northeastern Oregon is on a new list of 22 projects nationwide that a coalition of advocacy groups and industry players says are primed to be built, yielding renewable energy benefits and green jobs. The projects “could begin construction in the near term if more workable transmission policies are enacted,” the coalition said in a report that was endorsed by the Biden administration on Tuesday. But Idaho Power, the utility spearheading the 300-mile, 500-kilovolt . . . Complete story »


April 28, 2021 • Letters, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Take a deeper dive into solar, wind costs

Recent letters and articles in The Buffalo News promoting industrial scale wind and solar power make many assumptions. Wind and sunlight are free, but they have built-in downtimes and their conversion to electricity requires expensive spans of machinery. The petroleum and mining industries these writers decry have simply expanded into wind turbine, solar panel and battery production, manufactured in other countries where the accompanying environmental destruction is out of our sight. We maintain our ignorance and profess our cleanliness with . . . Complete story »


April 13, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Focusing zoning on health, safety, welfare

PINE TOWNSHIP – The Pine Township Board has repeatedly declined residents’ requests to allow Kevon Martis to present concerns and recommendations about the township’s wind ordinance. So residents took matters into their own hands. The Pine Township Coalition for Safe Energy and Martis hosted a presentation Thursday evening via Zoom which saw more than 160 people participating. Interest in wind energy is high locally as Apex Clean Energy has proposed a 75-turbine wind farm for Montcalm County. Martis is the zoning . . . Complete story »


April 11, 2021 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Blinds

An open letter to the Ontario government: I write to you to share my concerns on the neglect people living in industrial wind turbine projects are experiencing. No government at any level seems to care. You all hide behind “the contracts.” Pieces of paper. You would rather honour contracts signed with the big businesses of industrial wind than caring for the lives that matter. We signed unwilling host petitions before those contracts were signed. Why do our pieces of paper . . . Complete story »


March 25, 2021 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Floating wind turbines in Great Lakes? State agency to study idea

You’ve seen wind turbines along the lake. But you might soon see them in the lake. A state agency will spend $1 million this year on a study of the feasibility of building wind turbines in the Great Lakes, including whether they can be placed on floating platforms instead of being anchored to the lake beds. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority was ordered to complete a study for release in early 2022 on whether wind power . . . Complete story »


February 26, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nation Rise Wind Farm nearing completion

To mitigate the noise and sight problems of the 131-metre-tall turbines, the company agreed to offer $150,000 to homeowners within a 1.5-kilometre radius of the wind farm for home improvements. The homeowners can collect a maximum of $5,000 from the fund, although depending on the number of applications, they may receive less. To receive the full $5,000, the owners must spend $10,000, as the fund can only cover 33 per cent of the project costs. Applications for the fund will be open for one year after the turbines are operational, and can be found on the Nation Rise website. Wilson says there are about 820 homes within the radius, and many of them may lose value. Complete story »


February 17, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario lobby group clamouring for modern turbine noise regulations

NORTH GOWER – With the Nation Rise Wind Farm gearing up again after lengthy delays caused by ministerial intervention and COVID-19, an anti-turbine side effects lobby group says it’s time to update the provincial position on potential health difficulties arising from proximity of the industrial towers. Despite provincial pledges to the contrary, Wind Concerns Ontario maintains nothing has been done over the past dozen years to examine developing wind power research relating to health around the world and to respond accordingly. . . . Complete story »


February 8, 2021 • Opinions, QuebecPrint storyE-mail story

Why cheap wind power is making Quebec’s big, old dams more valuable as a ‘battery,’ say experts

You might think that what with having Canada’s largest hydroelectric capacity, providing almost 100 per cent of the its electricity, including exports, a new $600-million wind power project is the last thing Quebec would need. That was exactly what experts were saying when Premier François Legault cancelled Apuiat, a private but government-supported wind project in Northern Quebec in 2018. But now as the province relaunches the project, power experts say an investment in wind will actually increase the value of . . . Complete story »


February 6, 2021 • Letters, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Rob Ortt is listening to his constituents

New York state senator Rob Ortt has been tracking multiple renewable energy projects proposed in his district for several years. He is aware of his constituents’ views, both for and against such projects, and has witnessed communities divided. Unlike those who have no qualms seeing the corporate industrialization of vast areas of rural New York with few questions asked, Senator Ortt has listened to specific concerns raised. He recognizes that these projects are not just about the money; he is . . . Complete story »


January 25, 2021 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Borrello argues against freshwater wind turbines

Approval of a clean air and water amendment to the state constitution took a local turn earlier this week. State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, voted against the amendment, which passed the state Senate in a 48-14 vote. While Borrello said he agrees with the aspirational goal of protecting clean air and water, he worried about unintended consequences of such a constitutional amendment, including a myriad of litigation. Rather than argue the amendment, Borrello used the opportunity to argue against . . . Complete story »


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