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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.

July 21, 2018 • Blogs, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

A sharp slap of reality

Maple Ridge wind farm, owned by Spanish firm Iberdrola, is still a long way from its 20th year of operation, which will arrive in 2026. However, its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement expires in 2021. And Avangrid, owned by Iberdrola, has initiated discussions with the county and the towns harboring towers to create a new PILOT that will take over in 2021 and, presumably, carry through another 15 years – to 2036. Iberdrola, owner of Avangrid in the U.S. which owns the Maple Ridge . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2018 • Blogs, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Deepwater Wind offers offshore information, fishermen want compensation

Deepwater Wind is trying to keep fishermen happy while it builds more offshore wind facilities. The latest effort aims to protect commercial fishing gear, but fishermen and their advocacy groups want broader protections for the fishing grounds and their livelihood. The Providence-based company recently announced a program to inform fishermen of where and when construction and other work occurs at the site of three wind facilities and their electric cables. The offshore wind developer hired liaisons to offer dockside information . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2018 • Blogs, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

In North Carolina, it’s still ‘wait and see’ for wind farm ban’s expiration

Clean energy advocates breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the North Carolina legislature adjourned without extending a ban on new wind farms set to expire Jan. 1. It’s unclear, though, whether a powerful lawmaker will yet seize on a new state study to try to cement the wind moratorium – in part because the analysis isn’t public, and just one civilian has been authorized to see its results. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Brown, who last year pushed for . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2018 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Michigan’s local wind farm opposition may drive new developments to Iowa

Consumers Energy, one of Michigan’s two big regional utility monopolies, suggests in a recent report that it may focus its efforts outside the state when it comes to building more wind power developments, in part due to public opposition in the Michigan Thumb region. The idea is expressed in a June 15 planning document the the company filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission. The document also laid out the company’s plan to expand solar-powered generation capacity by 5,000 megawatts . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2018 • Blogs, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Mojave Road experience in jeopardy

A quintessential rite of passage for Mojave explorers will no longer offer the same journey into unconfined and wild desert that generations of travelers have shared if a Sweden-based company gets its way.  A document released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under a Freedom of Information Act request indicates that towering wind turbines of the proposed Crescent Peak Wind project would be visible from a majority of the Mojave Road in the eastern Mojave desert. The Mojave Road . . . Complete story »

June 13, 2018 • Blogs, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm nuisance matter resolved – Buy the homeowners out!

Overview Wind “farms” can present land-use conflict issues for nearby landowners by creating nuisance-related issues associated with turbine noise, eyesore from flicker effects, broken blades, ice-throws, and collapsing towers, for example.  Courts have a great deal of flexibility in fashioning a remedy to deal with nuisance issues.  A recent order by a public regulatory commission is an illustration of this point. Wind Farm Nuisance Litigation Nuisance litigation involving large-scale “wind farms” is in its early stages, but there have been . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2018 • Blogs, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia ruling points to bumps in the road for state’s renewable mandate

Observers expect state utility regulators to scrutinize wind and solar projects despite new law requiring them. As Virginia utilities prepare to comply with a new state renewable energy requirement, a recent regulatory ruling points to potential complications. A sweeping state energy law takes effect July 1 that, among other things, requires utilities to add 5,000 megawatts of wind and solar by 2028. All of those investments still need to be approved by state regulators, who testified against the legislation and . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2018 • Blogs, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Call for wind turbine disposal standards

A “decommissioning wave” of old wind turbines, whose 20 years of guaranteed support payments are up could become an environmental problem, Niklas Zaboji writes for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “There are hints of building law violation, authorities looking the other way and insufficient decommissioning regulation,” Zaboji says. Unregulated turbine deconstruction could lead to gear oil seeping into the soil or fibreglass flakes contaminating the environment. The German Wind Energy Association (BWE) says existing laws governing recycling and soil protection cover wind . . . Complete story »

May 18, 2018 • Blogs, IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Boone County votes for increased wind turbine setbacks based on property lines

Boone County Board voted to protect their citizens this evening! After NINE MONTHS of testimony and cross examination, and supportive votes cast by the ZBA, the full county board met and PASSED the following with a 9 to 3 margin: All wind turbines must be placed at a minimum of 2640 feet from a PROPERTY LINE. Waivers are allowed, which can reduce the turbine setback down to 1,500 feet from a residence ONLY if the host or neighbor agrees to . . . Complete story »

May 16, 2018 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable developers fear Michigan campaign will create political wedge

A ballot campaign to double Michigan’s renewable standard risks re-politicizing the industry and causing project siting issues, some developers worry. Some renewable energy developers worry a Michigan ballot campaign could hurt the industry by reigniting a political debate around renewable energy. Organizers are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would double Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard to 30 percent by 2020. At least two out-of-state developers, as well as a Michigan trade group representing advanced energy companies, are neutral on . . . Complete story »

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