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.
BAD AXE – It is no surprise that both sides of the community have been vocal when expressing their opinion of the ongoing wind turbine development, but with less than a week until the May 2 referendum elections, the heat has been turned up a notch. Huron County is unique in a lot of ways, including the potential for more wind energy. It is now left in the voter’s hands to decide the fate of what future prospects the county may . . .
During Tuesday’s Clay County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, county supervisors shared information, updates and asked questions regarding concerns raised about wind turbines that were stated at a prior meeting. Named the Upland Prairie Wind project, the proposed endeavor by Apex noted on its website that the project will produce 300 megawatts of energy, powering 102,000 homes. The wind energy project would see wind turbines in the northwest part of Clay County, around the townships of Waterford and southern Lone Tree. . . .
WATERTOWN – The Jefferson County Planning Board approved a proposed zoning amendment from the Clayton Town Council that would prevent commercial wind development within town boundaries. Amendment 40, which would regulate the application process, height and setbacks for structures taller than 35 feet including wind turbines, telecommunication towers, silos, church steeples and amusement park rides, was approved with additional comments in a 7-1 vote. The amendment would require anyone wanting to build a “tall structure” to obtain a special permit from . . .
HINTON, Oklahoma – Homeowners in Western Oklahoma are divided over wind energy. While many property owners are leasing their land for wind turbines, others are trying to escape their shadow. “You can’t get accustomed to the sounds because it’s a constantly changing sound,” said Tammy Hofstutlar. The Hofstutlars put their Calumet home on the market more than two years ago, because they were tired of living next to towering wind turbines. They just built a home between Hinton and Hydro. . . .
ANTRIM – A controversial wind turbine project is again on hold after opponents filed motions asking a state committee to rehear and reconsider its approval of the facility last year. The main argument in the three motions, each filed during the past month and a half, is that the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee broke its own rules to approve the nine-turbine installation. The groups behind the motions include property owners with land abutting and not abutting the project, the Stoddard Conservation . . .
CLEAR LAKE – Despite another lengthy public meeting Tuesday, the Deuel County Commission was unable to move significantly forward on adopting new wind ordinances. Meeting for over two hours Tuesday in the Clear Lake Community Center in front of a crowd measuring over 150 people, the Deuel County Commission wasn’t able to get to a first reading of a written ordinance that was drafted over the past month. But public dialogue and a back and forth discussion between the commission and . . .
MAYVILLE – The issue garnered much debate, but a lease for county space to store wind turbine materials received approval at Wednesday’s Chautauqua County Legislature meeting. Fifteen county legislators supported the lease with BNSF Logistics for vacant county space on South Roberts Road in Dunkirk. The temporary lease for approximately four months would commence if BNSF Logistics is granted a contract award to ship materials to Arkwright. It’s one of two companies vying for the award with the other located in . . .
HOPKINTON – The Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board approved a wind overlay zone nearly identical to one proposed in 2011 during a public hearing Wednesday night. The wind overlay zone will not expand to south of State Route 72, or spill over into the Adirondack Park boundary, like Avangrid Renewables, the company proposing the North Ridge Wind Farm, had requested. According to Jody Wentzel, vice chairman of the Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board, the decision was made not to expand the overlay zone . . .
BAD AXE – Questioning tax revenues from wind energy in Huron County has been a hot topic among local residents, who have complained of the lack of definitive answers to where the revenue is going and who it benefits. Some have gone so far as calling wind money “unclean.” How so? Wind energy opponents say developers could not build without tax subsides, and they say turbines hurt the communities where they are sited. DTE has generated more than $27 million in . . .
Southern Cross Transmission filed a petition with the Mississippi Public Service Commission on Tuesday formally proposing a route for the company’s 400-mile, 500-kilovolt wind energy line. The next step is for the Public Service Commission to OK the project, and commissioners indicated that vote could be several months down the road. The company, a subsidiary of Pattern Energy Group, has been in informal talks with landowners and public officials about the $700 million project, which will involve a transmission line . . .