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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 21, 2024 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Dust in the wind: Nebraska’s oldest operating wind turbines to be removed

The cost of decommissioning and deconstructing the turbines was estimated to be $600,000. The oldest continuously operating wind turbines in Nebraska are coming down in July, changing a landmark seen while driving into northeast Lincoln along Interstate 80. Lincoln Electric System’s two 290-foot-tall turbines north of I-80 near North 70th Street have reached the end of their productive runs and will be removed, LES announced Monday. They were two of the earliest examples of what utility-class wind production in Nebraska . . . Complete story »

June 20, 2024 • Opinions, PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Lake Erie horizon cluttered with energy equipment? S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie is a hard ‘no’

On Tuesday, April 16th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 254 sponsored by state Rep. Bob Merski, of Erie, D-2nd Dist., that would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to lease tracts of lake bed land in Lake Erie to construct and maintain equipment for renewable energy. These devices would be used for developing wind, solar and kinetic (water power) energy. Similar attempts at this type of development have been attempted off shore of Cleveland, Ohio, and . . . Complete story »

June 14, 2024 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

FAA to study height of Empire Wind turbines, which exceed obstruction standards

A division of the Federal Aviation Administration has launched a study of the Empire Wind offshore wind farm planned for 14 miles off the coast of Long Beach, noting that planned turbines exceed FAA obstruction standards by 453 feet. Empire Wind, which called the review an “anticipated next step” in the project, has already received key state and federal approvals, and last week announced securing a contract with New York State. In a May 28 letter, the FAA’s Obstruction Evaluation . . . Complete story »

June 13, 2024 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Local opposition to renewable energy projects ‘widespread and growing’

Dive Brief: A report from Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law analyzed local and state opposition to renewable energy projects and found it has significantly increased in the last year, with 55 new local restrictions since last May. The Sabin Center assessed local restrictions spanning back to 1995 and found a total of 395 restrictions severe enough to block projects across 41 states. The center’s last report on the issue, published May 2023, found 340 restrictions. Severe state-level . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2024 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Mackinaw City’s wind turbines come down

Two structures that have stood tall in Mackinaw City for more than two decades have been dismantled and sent to be recycled. During the month of May, the two, 230-foot, wind turbine generators just south of the Mackinac Bridge, were decommissioned, taken apart, and removed. Mackinaw City Manager Patrick Wyam says Crystal Flash did the work extraordinarily well. However, he says, the skyline will not be the same. “Without those landmarks in there, along with the bridge, it is a . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2024 • Prince Edward Island, Print storyE-mail story

Hermanville wind turbine demolished, 3 others being repaired

One of the turbines at the wind farm in Hermanville was demolished Tuesday in earth-rattling fashion after a wind storm late last year compromised its foundation. Another turbine at the eastern P.E.I. wind farm is being refurbished, and two more are running at half-capacity to fix common, but “long-standing systemic issues,” provincial officials said. Blair Arsenault, operations engineer for the P.E.I. Energy Corporation, said part of the repair work is called “root-facing,” a common refitting that involves flattening the blades . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2024 • Illinois, Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbines threaten birds and bats. Developers urged to plan for wildlife.

Terry Husted lives in DeWitt County, a major pathway for migrating birds in central Illinois. After a company submitted plans to construct a wind farm in his area, Husted said he grew worried about the potential for collisions. “The birds hunt, so they focus on the ground and what they’re looking for, and don’t really focus on where they’re going,” Husted said. “So they accidentally hit wind turbines, and it kills them.” Illinois is the fifth-largest state for wind energy, . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2024 • Virginia, Print storyE-mail story

After being ‘misled’ by appearance of wind turbines, seaside residents awake to nightmare as houses begin to shake

A wind turbine project off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is whipping up some trouble for local homeowners. Dominion Energy is in the process of developing a 176-turbine project off the coast of the vacation community. But residents say the project is not making life any better. “It’s interfering with our lives every day—2 a.m. the other morning, I was awoken by the room shaking,” Julie Brown of Virginia Beach said, according to WTKR-TV. “It wasn’t the noise, it . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2024 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

Idaho AG appeals FAA decision on Lava Ridge wind turbine project

Attorney General Raúl Labrador announced an administrative appeal with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding the Lava Ridge project, a proposed wind turbine development on Bureau of Land Management property in Idaho’s Magic Valley. The appeal requests the FAA to reconsider its determination that the project poses “no hazard” to aviation in the area. The majority of power generated at Lava Ridge would be sent to California, with hundreds of wind turbines planned for federal lands adjacent to irrigated farms . . . Complete story »

June 8, 2024 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Survey indicates ‘No!” to wind farm

A survey of almost 600 Smoky River region residents has indicated strong opposition to a proposed industrialized-size wind farm by ABO Wind Canada north of Falher. Manon Turcotte presented her findings to the M.D of Smoky River council Feb. 12, who received the survey for information. At a meeting in Guy June 28, 2023, it was suggested the M.D. do its own survey. At the time, Reeve Robert Brochu said council was open to the idea, but it never materialized. . . . Complete story »

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