Wind Power News: U.S.
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A newly formed wind energy developer is in the early stages of planning a project in southern Cayuga County that could site up to 22 large turbines. Albany-based Liberty Renewables Inc. has started outreach to residents in the proposed project area in the towns of Venice, Scipio and Moravia. The company has been securing leases with landowners since 2020 with the goal of siting turbines that could produce up to 100 megawatts of electricity. That output, which would be sold . . . Complete story »
Some days, the wind rips across Wyoming’s southern plains at 70mph. Cottonwood trees bend, tall grass lies flat and 18-wheel trucks tip over along Interstate 80. It only takes a breeze of about 6mph to get the long white arms of an electricity-generating wind turbine turning, at full speed they can power thousands of homes. As one of the US’s windiest states, Wyoming has enormous potential to help power the country’s green revolution, but renewable energy in the west has . . . Complete story »
PORTSMOUTH – Mark Sanborn, in his new role with the state Department of Energy, asked those attending a hearing at the Pease International Tradeport for their concerns about a proposed offshore wind project in the Gulf of Maine. “This isn’t a place to talk about how great offshore wind is,” Sanborn told the attendees during the July 26 meeting of the Commission To Study Offshore Wind. “We want to draw out the things that folks are most concerned about because actually . . . Complete story »
The Biden administration is considering ways to ensure the U.S. commercial fishing industry is paid for any losses it incurs from the planned expansion of offshore wind power in the Atlantic Ocean, according to state and federal officials involved in the matter. Discussions between state and federal officials, which participants described as being at a very early stage, are aimed at addressing the top threat to President Joe Biden’s efforts to grow offshore wind – a centerpiece of his clean . . . Complete story »
STANTON – Up until now, the chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners has held back from publicly voicing his opinion regarding a wind turbine project proposed for the county. During Monday’s county board budget workshop meeting, Patrick Q. Carr decided to speak up. Carr, a Lakeview-area farmer and the fire chief of the Lakeview District Fire Department, has signed a lease with Apex Clean Energy, a Virginia-based wind energy developer which has proposed a 75-turbine project for an estimated . . . Complete story »
PORTSMOUTH – Born out of the state’s biennial budget that went into effect on July 1, New Hampshire’s newly-christened Department of Energy will oversee the state’s development of offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine. The Commission to Study Offshore Wind and Port Development met Monday at the state’s Department of Environmental Services’ regional office at Pease International Tradeport, just its second in-person meeting of 2021. Chaired by state Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, the commission received public input on its . . . Complete story »
The first renewable energy project of its kind in Virginia is hitting headwinds in Botetourt County. Rocky Forge Wind, which would consist of 14 wind turbines towering more than 600 feet above the ridgeline of North Mountain, missed a deadline for approval of a site plan and is not eligible for a statewide extension granted to some projects because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the county has determined. Consequently, a special exception permit granted last year to Apex Clean Energy has . . . Complete story »
SOUTH RANGE – More than 100 people turned out Thursday night to listen to a zoning administrator lay out the best legal steps for stopping wind development in the area. Kevon Martis, zoning administrator for Deerfield Township in Lenawee County and an activist against large-scale wind and solar projects, addressed a crowd at the South Range Elementary School. After a half-hour presentation, Martis took questions from audience members, who were largely Adams and Stanton Township residents seeking to stop a proposed . . . Complete story »
COOS COUNTY – The sale of the 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Power Wind Farm to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., is expected to take place by the end of the month. When the transaction is finalized, ownership control will pass from the subsidiary of one energy giant, Brookfield Renewable Energy, to a subsidiary of the company that owns the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The N.H. Site Evaluation Subcommittee issued a draft order Monday morning approving the transaction with one condition. The . . . Complete story »
Labette County Commissioner Lonie Addis again tried to put a pause on a potential wind energy development, but as expected he was alone on the issue. During a regular meeting on Monday morning, Addis moved that the commission impose an 18-month moratorium on wind energy in the county. “It’s the most important thing I’ve ever dealt with as a county commissioner,” Addis said. Addis has been a county commissioner since 1983. The motion died for a lack of a second . . . Complete story »