Wind Power News: Press releases
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.
AUGUSTA – Senator Dana Dow (R-Lincoln) has submitted legislation to protect the heritage of Maine’s iconic Monhegan Island, which has long been known as a place of rugged beauty, free from commercial development and the distractions of modern life. LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines forecasted to be 585 feet tall – within 10 miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. This measure is critical . . .
Wind turbine collisions and the deadly bat disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) can together intensify the decline of endangered Indiana bat populations in the midwestern United States, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study. “Bats are valuable because, by eating insects, they save U.S. agriculture billions of dollars per year in pest control,” said USGS scientist Richard Erickson, the lead author of the study. “Our research is important for understanding the threats to endangered Indiana bats and . . .
New York State Sen. Rob Ortt has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to erect wind turbines within 40 miles of military installations, such as the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The legislation is in response to Apex Clean Energy’s proposed lighthouse wind project in the towns of Yates and Somerset. The company seeks to construct approximately 70 wind turbines more than 600 feet high. Local officials and residents have voiced concerns over the project and have raised the . . .
Representative Chris Collins joined by Reps. Farenthold and Jones reintroduces legislation to blow back wind turbines
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) was joined today by Congressmen Blake Farenthold (TX-27) and Walter B. Jones (NC-3) to introduce legislation that would curb the installation of wind turbines in close proximity to military installations. Congressmen Collins, Farenthold, and Jones introduced the “Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act” in an effort to ensure that any new wind turbines built within a 50-mile radius of a military installation will be deemed ineligible for the Wind Production Tax Credit. Full . . .
Despite the relatively mild Irish Winter so far, a virtual blizzard struck the East coast town of Wicklow last week when the County Council received a huge volume of submissions –believed to be well in excess of one hundred– OBJECTING to the declared intention of Planning Minister Simon Coveney to insist that the Council REMOVE the following provision from the new County Development Plan: Wind farms shall be at least 1,000m or 10 times the tip height of the proposed . . .
Wind farms have made a significant impact in limiting carbon emissions from other sources of power generation in Great Britain. Power from wind farms prevented the creation of almost 36 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from sources such as coal and gas, in a six-year period. This is the equivalent of taking 2.3 million cars off the road, University analysis of nationwide output shows. Detailed research The figures from 2008-2014, analysed in the most accurate study of its kind . . .
Officials noted that county tourism may increase, as well, once the wind farm is complete. People come from far and wide to see operating wind farms, and they are great field trip destinations for students learning about alternate energy sources or “green” engineering.
News Release – Grafton Select Board Oct. 31, 2016 Contact: Lynn Barrett, 802-258-3992 Please see complete reports at graftonvt.org at Wind Project – Informational Committees Special Informational meeting re Wind Project on Nov 2; Special Economic Workshop on Nov 3 GRAFTON, VT—OCTOBER 31, 2016—The Economic Committee of the Grafton Select Board has been studying the economic impacts of the proposed industrial wind development in Grafton for the last 10 weeks. The committee, made up of John Turner, Bob Donald, Hardy Merrill . . .
On October 27, 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a ruling that the Walloon government (Wallonia, Belgium) acted unlawfully in creating a “norme sectorielle” aimed at considerably facilitating the deployment of wind farms in Wallonia without properly informing the general public and asking their opinion on the matter as required by the European directive 2001/48/CE. Articles 2(a) and 3(2)(a) of Directive 2001/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 on the assessment of . . .
(Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2016) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) have filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG) for violations of the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws in the course of planning to build a large wind turbine at its Camp Perry facility in Ottawa County, Ohio. Close to the shores of Lake Erie, the site lies within a major bird migration corridor and would be . . .