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.
BEEVILLE – College trustees delayed their decision of whether to approve a tax abatement with Pacific Wind Development, saying more time was needed to review the paperwork. “It came a little late to my office,” said Beatriz Espinoza, Coastal Bend College president. “I didn’t get the chance to do all the research I wanted.” Pacific Wind currently is considering a total investment of around $363 million in what is being called Project Karankawa located in Tynan and San Patricio County. . . . Complete story »
It’s too late! We’ve been told all the necessary contracts have been signed, permits issued and all the Ts have been crossed and Is dotted for that #$^&%$@$% abomination known as Upland Prairie Wind now owned by Alliant Energy. And, it’s a done deal! By the end of next year, we’ll have 121 of those disgusting, noisy bird killers twirling merrily along (if wind blows hard enough) because of greed! Greed of the boards of supervisors in Clay and Dickinson . . . Complete story »
JUNIATA TWP, MI – Dozens of people in winter garb huddled around the opening of a tent, struggling to listen to a technician inside who was attempting to allay their fears about a wind turbine project. The technician wasn’t able to complete his comments, though, as the Juniata Township Planning Commission’s public hearing Saturday morning, Dec. 9, on a proposed NextEra Energy Resources wind farm was cut short. Around 30 minutes into the hearing, Caro Fire Chief Randall Heckroth walked up . . . Complete story »
BAD AXE – The Huron County Planning Commission was reminded this week that it has no jurisdiction over complaints against wind developers. County Corporation Counsel Stephen Allen noted that an hour was devoted at last month’s meeting to an issue over which the planners have no say. “The planning commission spent an hour on something it had no jurisdiction over,” he said. The complaint in question had been filed by Rodney McLean against Big Turtle Wind Farm Phase I earlier this . . . Complete story »
A Maine planning commission will consider a rule-making petition Wednesday that requests expansion of the expedited permitting area for wind energy development by nearly 25,000 acres in northern Franklin and Somerset counties. The Land Use Planning Commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Spectacular Events Center at 395 Griffin Road in Bangor. The commission will review NextEra Energy Resources’ petition to expand the expedited permitting area to the townships of Chain of Ponds, Seven Ponds and . . . Complete story »
Although Charyk says it was not a factor in this decision, there was also a great deal of local opposition to Swanton Wind, from neighbors to nearby municipalities. The nonprofit Vermonters for Clean Environment also opposed the project. Complete story »
BLUE EARTH – Faribault County commissioners on Thursday passed two conditional use permits for EDF Renewable Energy to build two MET towers in Barber and Pilot Grove townships. The purpose of the towers, both about 260 feet high, is to measure wind speeds in the areas, where EDF plans to build wind farms. The resolution was passed by the Faribault County Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 28, with some residents expressing their opposition to the project. It was then sent . . . Complete story »
JUNIATA TOWNSHIP – The Juniata Township Planning Commission will host a hearing at 9 a.m. Saturday at the township hall, 1971 Ringle Road, regarding special land use permits (SLUP) for NextEra Energy Resources LLC. The permits are for NextEra’s proposed Pegasus Wind Energy Center project to build 31 turbines in Juniata Township, and the plan includes building 32 turbines in Fairgrove Township. The commission was to have addressed SLUP requests at a November 20 hearing, but instead rescheduled because it was . . . Complete story »
MACOMB – The McDonough County Board’s road and bridge committee received an update Thursday on efforts to develop wind farms in McDonough and Warren counties. Matt Martin, a senior manager with Canadian-based Capital Power, said construction of wind turbines is planned for 2019 with full commercial operation in 2020. Martin said leases for land use with local farmers have been renewed through 2019. “The lease terms with your landowners are the highest we’ve ever paid,” he said. He said there are . . . Complete story »
Much has taken place since the Argus Leader published my letter Aug. 11, 2016, regarding the threat posed by wind power to the tranquility of South Dakota. I have regularly been kept abreast of the growing population of wind turbines in S.D., as well as the growing concern of residents who are impacted by sight, sound, feel, and health concerns of these monstrous machines. Unfortunately, the concerns of residents in S.D., across the country, as well as internationally (particularly in . . . Complete story »