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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.


April 17, 2021 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Colstrip operator eyeing wind farm in southeast Montana

Colstrip Power Plant operator and co-owner Talen Energy is eyeing a wind farm on the southeast Montana plains just outside the community where the coal-fired generator is located. Documents obtained by The Billings Gazette show a targeted project area of roughly 14 square miles in Rosebud and Treasure counties where Talen Energy, in a joint venture with Pattern Energy, is pursuing lease agreements for a wind farm of unspecified capacity. Both companies have energy interests in Montana currently. Talen has . . . Complete story »


April 17, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Thornton: commercial fishermen must be heard as offshore wind farm looms

CREST HAVEN – Commercial fishermen will have an opportunity to air sentiments concerning the offshore wind project before the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners later this month. At its April 13 caucus, Board Director Gerald Thornton told peers at the internet meeting that he wants that segment of the county’s nontourist economy to be heard before turbines are placed within sight of the county and cables cross a local beach. “They (commercial fishermen) have a lot of reservations . . . Complete story »


April 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind farm off Bray Head coast

The company Ocean Winds has started the process to apply for a wind farm 13km from shore at Bray Head. The company enters the Irish offshore wind market with proposals for Cailleach Offshore Windfarm on a 317km squared site. In a statement, Ocean Winds said that the wind farm would deliver up to 1,600MW of energy by 2030. They have submitted a foreshore licence application to carry out initial site investigations. These investigations will also be used to inform the . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

‘It was always a bad bill’; Local officials are happy HB 1381 died in the statehouse

A bill designed to create statewide standards for solar and wind farms has been defeated. The victory is more about protecting the idea of “home rule” in all 92 counties, say two local officials who personal fought House Bill 1381. Henry County Commissioner Bobbi Plummer and County Council member Betsy Mills traveled to the Indiana Statehouse over the past couple of months to oppose the bill in person. County Council President Susan Huhn testified against HB 1381 before it originally . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2021 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wayne County officials happy after counties prevail in wind, solar fight with legislature

RICHMOND, Ind. – Indiana’s counties won a fight with the state’s legislature this week, but that fight might continue in the future. House Bill 1381, which would have set statewide default standards for wind and solar projects, was pulled from consideration, even after undergoing significant restructuring. Wayne County’s commissioners had passed a resolution opposing the bill, and they were happy it failed. “When it was all said and done, I was pleased,” said Ken Paust, president of the commissioners, after Wednesday’s . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plan worries WDFW

KENNEWICK – The proposed Horse Heaven Hills Wind Farm just south of the Tri-Cities would be so large that its impacts on important wildlife would be difficult, if not impossible, to avoid, says the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife. While the state agency is still preparing formal written comments, a staff member gave a brief overview of its concerns during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council. More than 200 people attended the virtual . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Residents, officials reiterate concerns about wind farm off Atlantic City

Rick Robinson likens the idea of building up to 98 wind turbines on the ocean horizon to placing them on the rim of the Grand Canyon. The Seven Mile Island homeowner was among numerous people who spoke this week at a federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management virtual hearing on a proposed wind farm 15 miles off Atlantic City. In addition to ruining a magnificent view, the 850-foot turbines will endanger wildlife, scar coastal land, scare away fish, interfere with . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2021 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Feds’ decision removes 2nd largest potential NY wind farm from consideration

The federal government’s decision to nix two wind-energy areas off the Hamptons from an upcoming offshore lease auction removes the second biggest wind-energy area in the region while putting a greater onus on projects that would be located just 23 miles from New Jersey. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, in an unexpected decision Wednesday, announced that two wind-farm areas known as Fairways North and Fairways South would not be offered in the round of auctions that could take . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Impact of wind farms on birds not adequately assessed – Birdwatch

The impact of wind turbines on bird populations needs much greater examination, Birdwatch Ireland has told wind energy companies. Oonagh Duggan, the group’s head of advocacy, said there was a danger that if there was conflict between wind energy and wildlife, then the benefits of renewable energy would be undermined. “We’re very serious about climate change but we have to remember, we’re not just in a climate crisis, we’re in a biodiversity crisis,” she said. Ms Duggan was addressing the . . . Complete story »


April 16, 2021 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

NYS Public Service Commission still accepting resident comments on proposed Guilford wind farm

The New York State Public Service Commission held a virtual public statement hearing Thursday afternoon to receive comments concerning the Guilford wind turbines project. High Bridge Wind, LLC is seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Commission. This certificate would authorize the company to construct and operate a proposed major wind farm, while subject to the terms and conditions of the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need that has already been issued last month. In addition, . . . Complete story »


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