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.
The rural residents of Clay County do not want to live in an industrial wind installation. They do not want to live with the extra noise day and night, do not want to be subjected to shadow strobing within their homes. They do not want to lose the ability for efficient aerial application on their crops, do not want heavy machinery driven over the tiles that if broken would impact many farms and not just the farm that is leased. . . .
The Hughes County Commission is expecting a large crowd for the public hearing on Monday on proposed changes to county ordinances for wind farms in the county. The commission has moved the public hearing, which will take place at 5:40 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, during the commission’s regular semi-monthly meeting, to the largest third-floor courtroom in the courthouse, because they know that the cozy commission room on the courthouse’s second floor won’t hold the numbers of interested citizens expected to . . .
Town of Eagle Supervisor Brett Hastings recently asked board members for permission to write a letter to the state on behalf of Noble Energy, the company that owns the wind farm in the town. Noble reached out to Hastings requesting that he write a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking to reinstate a portion of legislation that had been initially proposed as a part of Cuomo’s push to expand renewable, green energy. The original legislation included a 10-year contract extension . . .
ARKWRIGHT – When it comes to the wind turbines coming to Arkwright, there are people who are in favor, as well as people opposed. There is a group that is now protesting the construction, saying the project is being kept in the dark. Members of the Arkwright Town Board disagree. However, the Arkwright Town Board did not see its side stated in the Sunday OBSERVER’s story “Concerned Citizens of Cassadaga Wind Project fights against turbines.” “The unfortunate part was either they . . .
We all see the hundreds of wind power turbines which dot the beautiful landscape of our region. We’re told, by the supporters of these wind farms, that they’re a boon to our society. That they’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions by providing cheap, reliable energy. Except, this week I spoke with a man from the University of California, Berkeley who says that’s a lot of bunk. Steven Hayward, a senior resident scholar at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, has produced a . . .
ARKWRIGHT – Arkwright town officials note that among town officials, only Councilman Christopher Cannon has a contact with the wind farm company to construct turbines locally. According to EDP Renewables, which is based in Houston, and maintains offices and wind farms across the United States, there are 57 landowner contracts in place for the Arkwright Wind Farm. Fifty-two of the contracts are for the town of Arkwright; five are in the town of Pomfret. Because Arkwright does not have its own . . .
Our Nebraska Sandhills region offers one of the best expanses of native grass in the country and fosters cattle raising and ranching. Birdwatching and general ecotourism have begun to develop. We need to afford protection to the Sandhills by leaving the area in its natural state. In 2011, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback designated a Tall Grass Heartland area involving the Southern Flint Hills region in that state, stating that the area should be off limits for additional massive industrial wind . . .
The high-stakes battle for a multibillion-dollar Massachusetts clean energy contract is heading in an uncertain direction, with National Grid asserting that the bids of one of its largest competitors, Hydro-Quebec, run afoul of the intent of the state law that set the contracting process in motion. At a closed-door presentation last week to industry officials and in an interview, National Grid officials said the intent of the energy diversity law passed last year was to finance the development of clean . . .
PAXTON – For the second time in a month, the Ford County Board voted Monday night to place a moratorium on granting any future wind farm permits until the county’s permitting ordinance is reviewed. Last month’s vote was taken without the specific action listed on the agenda for the meeting, so it was deemed invalid. But this time, the measure is legally binding. That means that there is now a 120-working day moratorium on issuing any new special-use permits for wind . . .
Falmouth Town Meeting will be asked to approve spending $120,000 to supplement the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. At the finance committee meeting on Tuesday, October 10, this week, Director of Finance Jennifer Petit said the town is expecting a $120,000 shortfall in its electricity and wastewater management budget due to the Barnstable County Superior Court order to shut down the town’s second wind turbine earlier this year. The pair of 397-foot-tall wind turbines were intended to power the Blacksmith Shop . . .