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.
A big decision over whether to allow wind turbines is looming Monday in Bay County’s Monitor Township. DTE Energy is considering a wind farm on land bordered by North Union Road, Townline Road and I-75. Neighbors are lining up against the proposal. A group of concerned citizens has organized against the plans and placed dozens of yard signs reading “Too Tall, Too Close, Too Loud.” Township Supervisor Ken Malkin said will ask for a moratorium on wind turbine permits and . . . Complete story »
One of the world’s largest power companies is planning to pump $1 billion into new wind projects in Texas, confirming the state’s place as the nation’s largest producer of wind-driven energy. The Spanish utility Iberdrola says the money will finance new wind farms with a combined generating capacity of 700 megawatts – enough to power some 140,000 Texas homes on a hot summer day. Those projects are part of the 33,000 megawatts of new wind resources that are under consideration or . . . Complete story »
HYANNIS – The federal lease in Nantucket Sound for Cape Wind ended quietly last month, formally drawing to a close years of rancorous debate over the controversial project. “We are thrilled that Cape Wind’s lease surrender is official,” Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound Chief Executive Officer Audra Parker said. The 33-year federal lease was issued Oct. 6, 2010 to Cape Wind Associates, which intended to place 130 wind turbines on 25 square miles on Horseshoe Shoal between Cape Cod and the . . . Complete story »
American Experiment is delighted there was a story published in CityPages on June 13, 2018, about our awesome anti-wind power billboards because it gives us a chance to explain the logic behind them to a broader audience. We are grateful for this opportunity. We were initially planning on only purchasing five billboards, but then a group of farmers in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, called our office and asked us to put up more billboards. We were happy to accommodate their . . . Complete story »
GALESBURG – A California renewable energy company is aspiring to create Knox County’s first wind farm. Oakland-based Orion Renewable Energy Group plans to bring the farm to the land north of Galesburg but south of the Henry County line. The project would include a maximum of 100 to 150 wind towers generating up to 300 megawatts of power. Construction would start in 2021 at the earliest, if the Knox County Board approves necessary permits for the project without delays. Michael Cressner, . . . Complete story »
Wind energy is making its way to more areas in the Western region. Officials in Ward County say three companies are in interested in projects. NextEra Renewable Resources, Southern Power and EDF Renewables. Officials anticipate these companies will bring 200 wind turbines into the county over the next four years. Construction on some of these projects are set as early as this fall. “With the new wind projects coming online there’s a lot of economic opportunities that come with them – . . . Complete story »
REPUBLIC – About five miles of oak trees, shallow streams and farmland separate Chris Zeman’s and Gary Baldosser’s homes in rural Seneca County. The divide runs much wider between the two men when it comes to wind turbines and whether Seneca and surrounding counties should embrace or reject these nearly 600-foot-high towers of renewable energy. Neither Zeman nor Baldosser has ever been able to see a 591-foot wind turbine from their backyards, but that could change pending the outcome of . . . Complete story »
The often-controversial wind turbines are stirring up residents in a Mid-Michigan community. Residents worry their leaders are out to change local ordinances to make it easy for utility companies to put up fields of gigantic windmills. “Surprised I wasn’t notified that they were making these changes,” said Pete Campbell, Monitor Township resident. Campbell believes local leaders in his Bay County township are trying to pull a fast one. He feels they may be looking to change a local ordinance to . . . Complete story »
My wife and I have worked our entire lives in a factory and a side business to raise our family and have a good life for our children. No one in our family farmed or could have passed some land on down to us. God bless the farmers. We had to pay taxes before we received our paychecks. We never received any subsidies for anything. We always pay taxes for anything deemed taxable and didn’t complain. We hear people complaining . . . Complete story »
Many residents in Bay County’s Monitor Township say they’re strongly opposed to plans by D T E Energy to locate a wind turbine network after the Detroit based utility was recently stopped in nearby Beaver Township. Monitor Township Supervisor Ken Malkin says he’ll ask trustees when they meet Monday evening at Seven in the Township Hall off Midland Road to approve a moratorium on any permit applications or construction until a new tougher wind turbine ordinance is approved. Malkin acknowledged . . . Complete story »