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.
Miami County Commissioner Josh Francis instructed auditor Mary Brown by email on Thursday to exclude wind project opponents from being included on future commission agendas, the Peru Tribune has learned. The email, which was also sent to follow County Commissioners Alan Hunt and Larry West, reads as follows: Subject: Meeting Agenda Mary, I also do not want any anti-wind people on the agenda. I let them rip me apart for 45 minutes last meeting, and we have let them talk . . . Complete story »
Bringing wind turbines to Cass County would prevent the community from thriving and be potentially dangerous, opponents of a proposed project told county commissioners Monday. Renewable Energy Systems Americas, or RES, out of Broomfield, Colorado, is pursuing bringing commercial wind turbines to northern Cass and Miami counties. Susan Selim, Logansport, shared a 2016 report on thriving rural and medium-sized Indiana towns at Monday’s commissioners meeting. She said it addressed three qualities thriving rural communities share: quality of relationships among residents, . . . Complete story »
Assemblywoman Jenne introduces amended version of bill to protect Fort Drum from wind farm development
Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, recently introduced an amended version of her legislation (A9053-A) to prohibit the state from granting subsidies to wind energy projects that could impact the military’s training needs at Fort Drum and is encouraged about the prospects of it passing. The assemblywoman said she introduced an amended version of her initial legislation this week after consultation with state senators representing areas in the North Country that will would be impacted by the legislation. Jenne’s district, called . . . Complete story »
New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It’ll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid. Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, decided this month that ISO can add a new auction to the process for next year. . . . Complete story »
SYCAMORE – A couple from Lee County called Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in January to report an injured bird of prey on their property, which they thought to be a young bald eagle. When Oaken Acres staff arrived the next day, they discovered a young eagle, which the couple had named Freddie, in a field beneath several wind turbines. The bird lacked the strength to move and had a wing that almost completely was severed from its body. Oaken Acres . . . Complete story »
Passions are high and opinions are as strong as the prevailing wind in northwest Nebraska, as some neighbors and family members on both sides of the wind energy issue in and near Cherry County, Neb., are verbally clashing over financial, emotional and health concerns related to current and proposed future wind farms. Recently, Nebraska Sen. Tom Brewer, a Republican who represents legislative district 43, introduced two legislative bills supporting neighbors’ concerns about the proximity of living near a number of . . . Complete story »
It looks like a barren no man’s land, but the vast desert outside Indio, Calif., has many suitors. Conservationists see its acres of creosote bush and cholla cactus as a rare habitat for tortoises, pronghorn antelope and an elusive variety of mule deer. Energy companies view its sunbaked plains and windswept ridgelines as prime perches for solar panels and wind turbines. Dirt tracks that wiggle across its sandy washes are testament to its popularity among off-road motorsports enthusiasts. Until last . . . Complete story »
MAPLE GROVE TWP. – On Monday, March 19, the Maple Grove Township Board will hold its regular monthly meeting, which is expected to be held at the Maple Grove Township Hall, 17010 Lincoln Road, New Lothrop. Several citizens would like to discuss the potential for wind turbines to be built in the community and would like to know where the township stands on the issue. A group of residents who formed a Facebook group called Informed Citizens of Maple Grove . . . Complete story »
A news article published this week looking at some of the misconceptions about Vermont’s renewables industry has generated an electrifying debate over how “green” our state actually is – not what it claims to be. In 2016, the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School was asked to do an analysis of renewable energy credits (REC) in Vermont. That report pointed out that Vermonters received almost 0 percent of their energy from solar and wind sources, in part . . . Complete story »
In April, Massachusetts will take a big step toward meeting its energy responsibilities in the era of climate change. A company will be selected for the first phase of long-term production and delivery of 1,600 megawatts of clean, renewable, wind power. The three bidders all tout environmental benefits from constructing an offshore wind farm and the undersea cable necessary to deliver energy to coastal urban centers. Two bids specifically include state-of-the-art battery storage to be built nearer sites where wind . . . Complete story »