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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.

February 23, 2024 • Maine, Print storyE-mail story

Organizers stand against building offshore wind port at Sears Island

The Alliance for Sears Island and their allies gathered in Belfast today to stand against the decision to build an offshore wind port at Sears Island. Governor Mills announced the location Tuesday. The Alliance believes the state should have offshore wind power, but the port should be at a different location They say Mack Point would be a better site and just as many jobs would be available there. Organizers believe the biodiversity of Sears Island needs to be preserved . . . Complete story »

February 22, 2024 • Maryland, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City’s firm stand against US Wind’s Offer: Integrity over price

In the serene setting of Ocean City, a storm brews not from the natural forces of the Atlantic but from a proposal that has sparked a wave of controversy along its shores. US Wind, a company with ambitious plans to erect 940 wind turbines off the coast, has extended an olive branch wrapped in dollar bills to nearby communities, including Ocean City itself. Yet, in an era where silence can be bought, one voice resounds with unwavering clarity: the future . . . Complete story »

February 22, 2024 • Maryland, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City is not for sale

Recently, US Wind, the company planning to build 940 tall wind turbines as close as 10.9 miles off the coast of Ocean City, has engaged in discussions with our neighboring Delaware Resort Communities offering them Community Benefit Packages. The packages offer payments up to 2 million dollars to be dispersed to these communities over a 20-year period. These Community Benefit Packages are in exchange for the commitment that these local government officials would refrain from making any negative comments or . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2024 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Sears Island – state-owned and undeveloped – selected for offshore wind power port

Gov. Janet Mills announced Tuesday that her administration has selected Sears Island in Searsport as the preferred site for development of a large, offshore wind port designed to jumpstart the clean energy economy in Maine and the transition away from fossil fuels. Selection of the site follows a public stakeholder process led by the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Port Authority to consider several potential options in the Port of Searsport, the Port of Eastport and the Port . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2024 • Letters, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

House committees ignore billion-dollar cost of Renewable Energy Standard – what is going on?

An open letter to Chairs Amy Sheldon and Emelie Kornheiser and members of the House Environment and Energy and House Ways and Means Committees – I write with a heavy heart and honestly in a state of shock because of the lack of due diligence and scrutiny happening around the cost impacts to Vermonters with the current version of H.289, the Renewable Energy Standard (RES). As you know, this bill requires 100% of electricity sold by Vermont utilities to be . . . Complete story »

February 16, 2024 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Debate on solar, wind farm ban heats up at commissioners meeting

Should large scale solar and wind farms be allowed in 10 townships in Mahoning County? The Mahoning County commissioners on Thursday evening heard both the pros and cons and will decide later their stance. So far, 10 townships in the county have requested the farms be banned: Austintown Beaver Berlin Canfield Coitsville Goshen Jackson Milton Poland Springfield About 100 people filled the meeting room at the Mill Creek MetroParks’ offices, some telling the county commissioners what they think about large-scale . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2024 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Meeker County Board approves alternative energy moratorium

The proposed moratorium mentions an “emergency situation” that demands “a temporary emergency moratorium” to “protect public health, safety, and general welfare until public hearings can be conducted on a long-term ordinance.” Complete story »

February 14, 2024 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Madison County considering moratorium on new wind farms

The Madison County Plan Commission would like to place a moratorium on any future wind farm developments. The Plan Commission Tuesday amended the county’s wind farm ordinance that was adopted in 2002. Larry Strange, executive director of the Planning Department, wanted to make the application process for future wind farm developments similar to the procedures adopted in the county’s new solar energy ordinance. “The wind ordinance should have the same level of scrutiny,” he said. “There should be a site . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2024 • Illinois, Iowa, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Midwest states taking power to ban wind and solar projects away from local communities

As the number of wind and solar farms increases, so does opposition in the rural areas where they’re being built. While more counties and townships passed restrictions in the last year, some states are responding by passing laws making it harder for local governments to say no to wind and solar. The land in Piatt County in central Illinois is flat, and it’s easy to see for miles around Jerry Edwards’ house in a rural area north of Mansfield. In . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2024 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Pro–wind energy lawyer decries NIMBYs, backs Senate bill; Ridgeline wind opponent Annette Smith says bill threatens fundamental rights

Vermont’s renewable power industry is promoting a Senate bill, now under committee review, that would weaken local communities’ say during the state approval process for renewable power projects. S.236 would “limit adjoining landowner participation in 30 V.S.A. § 248 [Public Utilities Commission energy project licensing] cases to public health and safety and traffic and to remove the aesthetics criteria.” The PUC is the state’s ‘energy court,’ resolving all questions dealing with energy projects, including licensing. State law currently requires that . . . Complete story »

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