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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.

May 14, 2022 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds show up in opposition of wind farm

SYRACUSE – NextEra Energy Resources held a meeting with Lancaster and Otoe County residents Wednesday evening at the county fairgrounds in Syracuse to discuss the benefits of the Panama Wind Farm that would place approximately 38 wind turbines across Lancaster and Otoe counties. NextEra, which is said to be the world’s largest producer of renewable energy, was met by hundreds of area residents wearing matching yellow shirts that read “say no to big wind” to express their disapproval with the . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners challenge Dodge County wind project

A massive wind farm project is in the works in Dodge, Steele and Mower county. The project is an approximate $400 million investment for the counties. NextEra Energy is planning to build a wind farm with 79 wind turbines south of Claremont and a 27 mile long transmission from Claremont to east of Sargeant. The project would bring in 400 construction jobs and between $970,000 – $1,180,000 in annual production taxes. But not everybody is onboard with the project. “If . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind moratorium request draws attention of Apex Clean Energy

TOLEDO – What had been shaping up to be a routine discussion item for the Tama County Board of Supervisors every week – the continuing request by a local coalition for a moratorium on wind energy projects – was anything but this past Monday in Toledo when a representative from the company behind the latest proposal popped up in the audience. In response to a question posed to the supervisors by a member of the public in regards to who owns . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

PSC reverses on who would pay bulk of offshore wind cable-line costs

The state Public Service Commission has reversed a previous ruling that would have left Long Islanders and other downstate ratepayers with the tab for the bulk of offshore-wind power transmission costs, following an appeal by LIPA to spread the costs statewide. The PSC’s latest decision, announced during a session Thursday, shifts the cost for the potentially billions of dollars for transmission-line upgrades and new lines to one that allocates costs based on utilities’ electric-load volume for zones across the state. . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Maple Valley Township Board tables wind ordinance

MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP – The Maple Valley Township Board tabled a proposed wind ordinance Monday, followed by nearly an hour of passionate public comments. The township’s Planning Commission in April recommended the ordinance to the township board. The Montcalm County Planning Commission reviewed the ordinance on May 2 and made suggestions, including John Johansen recommending the removal of “Lmax” from the sound language, changing shadow flicker language to “occupied buildings” instead of from non-participating property lines, decreasing the three times tip . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean wind farm rally

Oregon fishermen gathered in Coos County on Tuesday to fight for “a place at the table,” as state and federal agencies continue to hash out where to potentially lease space for an offshore wind farm on the Oregon coast. Around 200 people, roughly 50 of whom were from Newport, hit the streets of Coos Bay on Tuesday as part of a rally against placing wind farm facilities within two broad zones off the coast of Coos and Curry counties, within . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Bungalow Park residents skeptical of Ørsted wind farm maintenance hub

ATLANTIC CITY – Ørsted North America representatives tried to reassure residents that a proposed operations and maintenance facility will not drastically change the quiet, residential character of Bungalow Park at a meeting Thursday night at City Hall. The facility, proposed for the waterfront at the ends of North New Jersey and North Delaware avenues, is mainly for technicians to hop on large vessels that will take them 15 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean to work on constructing and maintaining two . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

S.D. Supreme Court rules for wind farm, landowner

The South Dakota Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a circuit judge’s decision in favor of Prevailing Winds LLC and a landowner in Charles Mix County. The state’s high court publicly released the decision Thursday. Circuit Judge David Knoff had ruled against a father, who claimed that a right to first refusal meant his son should have offered to sell farm ground back to the father, rather than be paid for an easement. The father opposed the wind project. Justice Patricia . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Berwickshire wind farm would have highest turbines yet

EDF Renewables wants to create a 100MV wind farm called Dunside on moorland in the Lammermuir Hills, on land owned by Roxburghe Estates. Up to 20 turbines, each with a tip height of up to 260 metres, are proposed. A scoping application as part of an assessment of the potential environmental impact of the scheme ahead of any future planning application was submitted to Scottish Borders Council in March. Council officers have now given a response to the bid as . . . Complete story »

May 14, 2022 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Cavan farmer loses challenge against mast

An environmentalist has lost his High Court challenge against an Bord Pleanála’s decision to grant permission for a weather mast at a wind farm in Co Cavan. Val Martin had challenged the board’s decision in October 2020 to grant permissions to Raragh Developments for a meteorological mast and the retention of associated developments at the five-turbine Raragh Wind Farm, Corrinshigo, Co Cavan. Mr Martin, a farmer and environmental campaigner who lives near the wind farm, is also the Irish spokesperson . . . Complete story »

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