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.
Sen. Lamar Alexander apparently has no intention of shuffling out the U.S. Senate door into a quiet retirement in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Though speculators speciously suggested former University of Tennessee quarterback and future pro football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning might seek Alexander’s seat, the senator was his feisty self this week in one of his patented floor speeches. Alexander blitzed Clean Line Energy and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Again. In doing so, he planted himself . . .
The wind farm in Eastern El Paso County continues to raise concerns for people who live nearby. Thursday, county commissioners got to hear those concerns, but it’s the infrasound from the wind farm homeowners say is the biggest problem. “It resonates inside your chest cavity, inside your head, and it’s just a resonate vibration that continually goes on. It won’t let you sleep at night, it wakes you up in the middle of the night, you can’t get a deep . . .
RAYMONDVILLE – There is a new deal on the table in Willacy County – the bigger the wind farm, the sweeter the tax break. Yesterday, Willacy County commissioners offered property tax breaks ranging from 80 to 85 percent to EDF Energy, a London-based company planning to build 70 to 100 wind turbines along the county’s southeastern edge. This latest wind farm is expected to reap a windfall in property tax revenue for the Lyford school district. But the amount of property tax . . .
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – An El Paso County commissioner said Thursday that safety and health concerns regarding the Nextera wind farm in Calhan may never be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. “I don’t know that it’s within our authority to consider at this point in time,” said Commissioner Mark Waller. “It’s been approved. The process has already taken place to allow Nextera to operate a wind farm.” Ever since the wind farm opened last fall, a small but vocal group of . . .
A second lawsuit has been filed with connections to the proposed $200 million Tuscola III Wind Energy Center in Tuscola County. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Tuscola County Circuit Court against Ellington Township and newly appointed township planning commissioners Eric Zbytowski and Ed Talaski. Former Ellington Township Supervisor Duane Lockwood, along with David Vollmar and Ronald Cybulski – all leaseholders for Tuscola III – filed the suit. They are represented by Caro-based attorney George Holmes. Known as a “Quo Warranto” proceeding, . . .
I was alarmed by an announcement last week by Xcel Energy of plans for a huge industrial wind zone in east central SD near Watertown, Clark and Clear Lake. The announcement was crafted so as to make us believe it will be good for citizens in that area. In fact, a growing number of us believe that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It was interesting to learn today that the MN legislature this year is considering a law (HB2170) . . .
Two separate wind farm developers are both trying to build in Big Timber. Ranch owner Jan Engwis has battled four different wind farm developers in court over construction adjacent to his ranch over the last ten years. He says building wind farms in this spot would take away one of the last untouched landscapes attracting tourists to Montana. “This pristine nature. They come to float the river, they come to do fly fishing. It is a world class fly fishing . . .
In response to “Respect Opinions Over Proposed Wind Towers” which appeared in the March 15-21 issue of North Country This Week: I’d like to say that the writer would do well to follow his own advice regarding civility. I am the business woman from Parishville whom he referred to as “acting like a spoiled child” in a recent Hopkinton town meeting. This grave insult was hurled at me because I simply stated the fact that I planned to move my . . .
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) urged the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) not to purchase power from the Clean Line Energy Partners’ proposed Plains and Eastern Clean Line wind energy transmission project, which would “carry comparatively more expensive, less reliable electricity to Tennessee and other southeastern states.” In a speech on the Senate floor, Alexander warned that a contract with Clean Line Energy Partners could cost TVA ratepayers more than $1 billion over the next 20 to 30 years – which . . .
SWANTON – A Swanton sugaring business is suing Swanton Wind, alleging trespassing and illegal road construction as well as a host of complaints related to the project itself, despite the fact the project is still undergoing a Public Service Board review. Mark and Marianne Dubie own M&M VT Maple, LLC, the company suing Swanton Wind, LLC and its manager, Travis Belisle. The Dubies’ attorney, Hans Huessy, filed the lawsuit with the Franklin County Superior Court, Civil Division, on March 3. M&M . . .