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.
I read the article about the wind farms. I notice articles always mention how many houses these will power. They don’t say that this power is not continuous. Wind turbines as I have read are about 30 percent operational due to wind changes. That means we still need coal- and gas-fired power plants and nuclear power plants to provide continuous power. The proposed turbines for the Lexington area are about 100 feet taller than the ones that were originally installed . . . Complete story »
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission opened the floor Tuesday night to hear both sides of the Freeborn Wind Energy Project proposal. “This is a part of building the factual record,” said Invenergy’s Dan Litchfield. “We have a lot of concerns,” Doreen Hansen countered. “The length and depth of the hearing will help get to the bottom of some of these questions,” Dan Litchfield added. The Freeborn Wind Energy project is a proposed 100 turbine wind-farm that would straddle the Iowa . . . Complete story »
Two issues are coming to light in this year’s legislative session: “economic development” and a new one “wind energy” and the problems it is causing. This week I saw a good friend of mine make a choice. He bought a house in Sioux Falls and is selling (hopefully) his beautiful retirement home in rural South Dakota. He had hoped to live in the country another 10 years, but 200 projected wind turbines changed his mind. As the wind developers and . . . Complete story »
AUGUSTA – Maine’s wind energy industry is challenging the constitutionality of a recent LePage administration executive order imposing a moratorium on new wind power permits across much of the state. In a filing in Kennebec County Superior Court, the Maine Renewable Energy Association accuses Gov. Paul LePage of “unconstitutional executive overreach in creating a moratorium of indefinite duration that is contrary to the will of the Legislature.” The association, a trade group representing wind energy companies and contractors, is asking the . . . Complete story »
I live in the proposed wind farm area. I am among the 80 percent in the area who have many concerns. I have had a day care business here for over 20 years. I love my job, my children and their families. I have grave concerns if this would be allowed to go through for my family and my day care business. I have attended the formal meetings here on the siting and the transmission line. I will be attending . . . Complete story »
LYNN – Nearly five years after the 254-foot-tall wind turbine was built on the Lynnway, whether the electricity generating device has been a success depends on who you ask. “The Lynn Water and Sewer Commission has always looked for innovative ways to reduce electricity both for cost and emission,” said Robert Tina, the city’s water treatment plant operations director. “Over the years, we’ve saved a significant amount of electricity through innovative technology.” The wind turbine, the most noticeable landmark on the . . . Complete story »
BLOOMINGTON – The McLean County Board signed off on another local wind farm Tuesday, but not without controversy. The board voted 10-8 to let Chicago-based alternative energy company Invenergy build its proposed McLean County Wind Energy Center near Chenoa and Lexington after board members failed repeatedly to change or delay the proposal as approved last month by the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Members and the public questioned whether the ZBA properly assessed several issues over more than 30 hours of . . . Complete story »
AUGUSTA, Maine – A second group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage in connection with a new moratorium on new permits for wind energy projects across much of Maine, calling his January executive order an “unconstitutional executive overreach.” The Republican governor’s order halted new wind permits in Maine except for part of Aroostook County until a new LePage commission issues a report about turbines’ impact on the environment, property values and tourism. Democrats and environmentalists decried the move. On . . . Complete story »
Rocky Mountain Power to build new wind farms in four Wyoming counties; plans to add 200 full-time jobs
Wyoming’s largest utility has selected four wind projects to help meet its expansion goals, growing its wind development in the Cowboy State by 60 percent, enough to power about 450,000 homes. Rocky Mountain Power, a subsidiary of Pacificorp, is pushing wind development and transmission in Wyoming ahead of a 2020 deadline in order to take advantage of federal tax credits due to sunset. The Salt Lake City-based firm put out a request last fall for wind proposals of at least . . . Complete story »
Don’t be alarmed if you see massive wind turbines fall like giant trees along one of the busiest roads in northern Illinois. There are dozens of wind turbines along Interstate 39 in Lee County, and the Paw Paw Fire Protection District wants drivers to know it’s no cause for panic when they start to come down. The Mendota Hills Wind Farm, built in 2003, was the first utility-scale wind farm in the state of Illinois. A company spokesman says a . . . Complete story »