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Wind Power News: Kentucky


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch 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.

August 8, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

Final wind turbine recommendations approved

Stringent restrictions recommended by the Maysville-Mason County Joint Planning Commission will prohibit large-scale wind turbines to be erected in the county, if adopted by city and county officials. The JPC Board met Wednesday to vote on the finding of facts, conclusions of law and recommendation related to wind turbines in Mason County. In a final vote of 6 to 1, the recommendations passed. Wednesday’s action to approve the recommendations ends the board’s seven month involvement in what has been a . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

JPC to set wind turbine recommendations

The Maysville-Mason County Joint Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, Aug. 6, to determine its final recommendations on wind turbines in Mason County. Since May 2013, the subject of a possible wind turbine farm in May’s Lick and neighboring Fleming County has dominated discussion at Mason County Fiscal Court meetings. In February, the matter was put before the JPC for the purpose of drafting any recommendations on the regulation of wind turbines in the county. The JPC has continued the process . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

JPC meets again to discuss wind turbines

Members of the Maysville-Mason County Joint Planning Commission met Wednesday for further discussion on wind turbines. At the end of more than one hour of discussion, it was decided to treat small to mid-scale wind turbines as accessory use by right. The accessory use classification is attached to windmill power produced at a principal site, for use only at that site. An example of an accessory use turbine is located on the property of the Mason County Area Technical School . . . Complete story »

June 5, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy recommendations drafted

Although Duke Energy Renewables and NextEra Energy Resources have withdrawn their intentions for wind turbines in Mason County, county officials and members of the Maysville-Mason County Joint Planning Commission are moving forward to establish some guidelines on any future wind energy projects. On Wednesday, JPC members determined set back distances, site locations, sound restrictions and no waiver clauses that will be recommended to the Mason County Fiscal Court later this summer. The first step of the process was to take . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2014 • Kentucky, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Not all relationships are destined to survive

To: Mark David Goss Counsel for NextEra Energy Resources 2365 Harrodsburg Road Lexington, KY 40504 Re: NextEra Energy Resources Dear Mr. Goss, I am in receipt of a copy of your letter of May 13, 2014, addressed to John F. Estill, Mason County Attorney. That letter is reproduced on this page. While I cannot answer for Mr. Estill (he answers very well for himself), for the Mason County Fiscal Court, the Planning and Zoning Commission or the citizens of Mason . . . Complete story »

May 17, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

Second wind energy project discontinued

In a week’s time, a second company studying the viability of wind energy in Mason County has decided to discontinue its project. On Friday, Mason County Judge-Executive James L. “Buddy” Gallenstein notified county commissioners and local media outlets of NextEra Energy Resources’ decision to discontinue analysis of the possibility of constructing a wind energy project in Mason County. The news comes one week after Duke Energy Renewables notified both Mason County and Fleming County officials of its intention to discontinue . . . Complete story »

May 16, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra discontinues wind project

NextEra Energy Resources has advised Mason County officials of their decision to discontinue the possibility of constructing a wind energy project in Mason County after four years of analysis and expenditure of resources. Studies were first conducted in Germantown, and most recently, have allegedly been conducted in the Sardis area of the county. The company sited newly enacted Kentucky Legislative House Bill 291, which required energy companies to “fully inform landowners and other interested parties of the full extent of . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

Regulation of wind energy in hands of JPC

After one year of discussion at community and Mason County Fiscal Court meetings about wind energy, the public had a chance Monday to present their opinions to members of the Mason County Joint Planning Commission. The four-hour public hearing was held Monday, May 12, at the Fields Auditorium on the campus of Maysville Community and Technical College. Three expert witnesses presented testimony on the effects of wind turbines related to property values, health issues, setbacks and other matters. The Citizens . . . Complete story »

May 11, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind project discontinued

A proposed wind project in Mason and Fleming counties that has divided the May’s Lick community for nearly a year will be discontinued. Duke Energy Renewables has been conducting tests and collecting data in the May’s Lick and northwestern area of Fleming County since at least spring 2013. In addition, land leases have been signed with several property owners in Mason County, as the company assembled tracts of land for as many as 100 wind turbines. Late Thursday, Mason County . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2014 • KentuckyPrint storyE-mail story

Breaking news — Wind turbine project discontinued

Mason County Judge-Executive James L. “Buddy” Gallenstein received correspondence late Thursday that Duke Energy Renewables will discontinue the Flemingsburg wind project that was being studied for possible development in Mason and Fleming counties. A letter from a Duke Renewables executive was sent to the Kentucky Public Service Commission, Kentucky State Board of Electric Generation, dated May 8. Watch for more details in Saturday’s edition of The Ledger Independent. Complete story »

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