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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 27, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Granite Reliable Power wind farm to be sold

COOS COUNTY – The sale of the 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Power Wind Farm to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., is expected to take place by the end of the month. When the transaction is finalized, ownership control will pass from the subsidiary of one energy giant, Brookfield Renewable Energy, to a subsidiary of the company that owns the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The N.H. Site Evaluation Subcommittee issued a draft order Monday morning approving the transaction with one condition. The . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Motion for wind farm moratorium fails again

Labette County Commissioner Lonie Addis again tried to put a pause on a potential wind energy development, but as expected he was alone on the issue. During a regular meeting on Monday morning, Addis moved that the commission impose an 18-month moratorium on wind energy in the county. “It’s the most important thing I’ve ever dealt with as a county commissioner,” Addis said. Addis has been a county commissioner since 1983. The motion died for a lack of a second . . . Complete story »

July 27, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Rep. Outman working on wind turbine depreciation dispute

PINE TOWNSHIP – As Montcalm County townships decide how to write wind energy zoning ordinances, a local state representative is working on legislation to address wind turbine depreciation disputes in neighboring counties. Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, attended the July 19 meeting of the Pine Township Planning Commission where that township is just beginning to work on updating its wind ordinance. “You’ve probably been to a lot of these meetings,” Planning Commission Chairman Scott Millard said to Outman in the audience. . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind facility owner proposes safety fixes addressing safety concerns

The owner of a dilapidated and dangerous wind farm in northwest Oklahoma plans to remove broken blades from seven towers and to fell two others that are topped with burnt-out nacelles that used to house generators. Those steps will be taken by a contractor hired by Olympia Renewable Platform LLC later this year as the owner works to address public safety threats identified earlier this year posed by the KODE Novus I and II wind facility, southeast of Guymon in . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2021 • Letters, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Conflict of interest concerns and wind

The topic of concern; Winfield Township officials. Below is the Winfield Township ethical standards: “All elected and appointed officials, employees and volunteers shall fulfill their duties with the utmost attention to serving the best interests of the township citizens, and no official, employee or volunteer shall participate in a decision or transaction on behalf of the township that would result in a direct financial benefit to the township official, employee, or volunteer. “Any official, employee or volunteer who believes that . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2021 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel wants a $344 million rate hike to pay for a clean, green energy system

Xcel Energy is pushing for a record $344 million rate increase it says it needs to build a smarter, greener electric grid. But consumer advocates and state regulators are pushing back over the price tag. A major concern is that along with an earlier rate increase and other pending requests since the start of 2020, Xcel’s 1.3 residential million Colorado customers could see as much as a 20% increase in their bills. At the core of the rate case are . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2021 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

‘I can see the industry disappearing’: US fishermen sound alarm at plans for offshore wind

For the past nine years, Tom Dameron has managed government relations for Surfside Foods, a New Jersey-based shellfish company. If you asked him five years ago what his biggest challenge was at work, the lifelong fisherman would have said negotiating annual harvest quotas for surf and quahog clams. Today, he’d tell you it is surviving the arrival of the offshore wind industry, which is slated to install hundreds of turbines atop prime fishing grounds over the next decade. While there . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2021 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Rate impact of LIPA’s green energy transition remains unclear

As LIPA prepares a road map to transition to all green energy by 2040, ratepayers have been left with only a scattering of clues about how the state-mandated renewable revolution will affect their wallets. LIPA, PSEG and outside experts are embarking on a yearlong study of energy resources to determine how best to transition to a mostly green energy grid by 2030 – just over nine years away. As LIPA chief Tom Falcone recently noted, many of the green-energy sources are . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2021 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Bryn wind farm: Calls to withdraw 250m-high turbines plan

Opponents to a proposed wind farm in south Wales have urged the Welsh government to dismiss the plans. If approved, Y Bryn Onshore Wind Farm in Neath Port Talbot would be the largest onshore wind farm in the UK. Residents are opposed to the planned size of the 26 turbines – 250m high – and the potential risks they pose to wildlife, property values, as well as people’s physical health and mental wellbeing. The company behind the proposal, Coriolis, said . . . Complete story »

July 26, 2021 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

New wires? Electrical transmission line planned from Noble to Tulsa counties; public forums set

The project is separate from the 4.5 billion proposed Wind Catcher wind power project that failed in 2018 following public outcry and rejection by the Texas Public Utility Commission. That project would have centered on construction of a 300,000-acre wind farm — the largest in the United States — in Cimarron and Texas counties by international energy giant Invenergy. Complete story »

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