Wind Power News: U.S.
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
BERLIN, Md – The Maryland Public Service Commission heard arguments from both sides Saturday afternoon at Stephen Decatur Middle School concerning a project to build a Wind Farm 10 nautical miles off of Ocean City’s coastline. Advocates for the project said that Maryland could take the lead in wind energy in the region, an industry they argue is a big part of the future. Greg Farley, Director of the Center of Leadership and Environmental Education at Chesapeake College, says the . . .
HOLLAND – State officials and local residents should see just how tall a 500-foot wind turbine will look like sitting on a farm field in rural Vermont. That’s the decision by the hearing officer with the Vermont Public Service Board. Thomas Knauer has ordered the developer of the Dairy Air Wind Project to put up a large red helium balloon in time for Thursday’s site visit or explain why it can’t be done. The site visit is 3 p.m. at Dairy . . .
Antrim residents struck down an article that would have authorized the select board to acquire a 100 acre conservation easement as part of the Antrim Wind Energy agreement. The conservation easement was added to the wind project, which is slated to be erected on Willard Mountain and Tuttle Hill, after the state’s Site Evaluation Committee rejected its proposal in late 2012. After the decision was handed down, the company removed a turbine, lowered one of its towers, and added additional . . .
On Monday, March 20, the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (the Division) rebuffed the Block Island Power Company’s request to socialize the cost of connecting two substations on the island. The opinion was sent in a memorandum by the Division to the Public Utilities Commission. Docket 4688 requested that the cost of the interconnection between the new National Grid substation and BIPCo’s existing substation be spread to all of National Grid’s customers in Rhode Island, as opposed to . . .
A report released by a commission created and appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed the state take steps to get 30 percent of its electric energy by 2025 through renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy. The 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report echoes a 2015 goal expressed by Snyder of having “a minimum of 30 percent clean energy – and potentially much more.” A press release on the report calls for natural gas to be included as a . . .
The Tompkins County Department of Planning and Sustainability is holding a public meeting on Wednesday March 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library. The County is asking participants to identify any concerns they have with the deployment of wind and solar energy systems and local regulation of those developments. The Department will be sharing the input with local government officials. This is the second public meeting on renewable energy systems . . .
COVENTRY – Citing increasing concerns from constituents in her ward regarding Wind Energy Development’s newly-installed wind turbines, Councilwoman Karen Carlson made a public plea this week with town officials to “take notice and listen.” The District 1 councilwoman read excerpts of correspondence she had received from residents surrounding the turbines. “Our dream of sitting outside behind our house enjoying some peace and quiet no longer exists,” said a resident of Flat River Road. “We sit on the deck at night and . . .
Residents living by a wind farm near Calhan say the turbines are affecting their health and harming animals, despite reassurances from experts at this week’s El Paso County commissioners’ meeting. Jeff Wolfe, who lives close to NextEra Energy’s Golden West wind farm, said he’s experienced nausea, dizziness and migraines since it began operating in fall 2015. He attributes the symptoms to the low-frequency sound waves, known as infrasound, emitted by the 145 windmills. “This is poisoning people. It’s poisoning animals,” . . .
DTE officials have stated that the wind turbine project in Ingersoll Township is in the “very, very early” stages of development. But, initial feedback from township residents wasn’t very positive for DTE. Wednesday night saw nearly 200 people pack Ingersoll Township for a special meeting of the township board. Of the 20 people that spoke during the public comment portion, 15 were opposed to the wind turbines, two were in favor of them and three others were seeking more information . . .
CASS CITY – Although there is no wind farm development planned in the near future in Novesta Township, some land owners have been contacted by solar companies about development. Because of that, the township’s planning commission recommended a resolution for a moratorium on wind farms and solar farms as well as on Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) businesses for nine months (or until the planning commission updates it current zoning ordinance). The board acted upon a recommendation by Attorney Brian Garner. “The . . .