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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 reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 23, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind opponents backed by experienced lawyer

BELLEVUE – A group of local citizens have filed to intervene in the proposal for a wind farm in Erie and Huron counties and they have chosen a powerful law firm to represent them. Apex Clean Energy has submitted an application to the Ohio Power Siting Board to build wind turbines in the two counties for its Emerson Creek Wind Project. But a group of more than 50 citizens from Erie, Huron and Seneca counties recently filed to intervene in the . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Contamination fears over construction of wind farm next to Fiskville

The plumes of dust started drifting over the paddocks as work started on a $300 million project to build a 107-turbine wind farm in the countryside surrounding the Country Fire Authority’s former Fiskville training college. As digging began last year on the deep footings for turbines that will stand 171 metres high, it stirred up dirt that was carried off by the wind. The dust could be seen for miles. And it had some neighbours worried. Tests at nearby Beremboke . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project tests sites with FAA

The company proposing a wind farm for Morgan County has submitted test sites to the Federal Aviation Administration for evaluation. Apex Clean Energy and the Lincoln Land Wind project filed information for 15 599-foot turbines June 14, according to the FAA website. Apex Clean Energy said in a statement the filings were test sites that the company submitted “to ensure aviation security is protected and flight paths near the project are known.” Five of the locations are north of Alexander, . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Ohio Supreme Court rules in favor of planned Huron County wind farm

A sharply-divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Thursday that a proposed wind farm in Greenwich in southern Huron County can go forward without applying stricter setback rules for the space between the wind turbines and property owners. The ruling is a victory for 6011 Greenwich Windpark LLC, which has sought to build a wind farm with up to 25 wind turbines in Greenwich Township. The Power Siting Board approved the application to build a wind farm in 2014. In 2015, . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

15 ‘obstruction evaluation’ applications for 599′ tall wind turbines in Morgan County proposed to FAA

The citizens of Douglas County lost their battle in court with their commissioners. Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation to confirm that the elected leaders of state counties in Illinois will be the only governing body when it comes to regulation of wind farms. And now, seemingly in direct response to the Douglas County verdict, Morgan County residents are able to view the first 15 locations for potential wind turbines in eastern parts of the county. The Federal Aviation Administration . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire response, balloons discussed at wind farm hearing

More residents are showing interest in Broad Mountain Power’s windmill project proposed for private property atop the hill in western Packer Township, adjacent to Nesquehoning. This week, more than 80 people attended the zoning board hearing with almost 30% from Nesquehoning and Lake Hauto. Ian MacRobbie, vice president of operations for Liberty Power, the developer, testified about the operation of the wind farm, including where an employee truck would be based, a gate, a firefighter’s lock, a fire plan and . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • Kansas, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Liberty-Empire gets go-ahead for wind project

Construction will begin this fall on a 600-megawatt wind project in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas, following approval of the plan by the Missouri Public Service Commission. Liberty Utilities-Empire District announced Thursday that it has received the needed regulatory approval to go forward with the project, representing an investment of more than $1 billion. The turbines will be split among two spots in Southwest Missouri and a third location in Southeast Kansas. The two sites in Missouri, which will generate . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Weather tower comes to OC coast, despite mayor’s opposition

Plans are moving forward for the installation of an over 300 foot tall meteorological tower approximately 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City. The U.S. Wind Offshore Wind Farm Project was the topic of a recent briefing attended by Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. The tower will be used to collect wind data in advance of the future installation of as many as 32 offshore wind turbines. Meehan and other town officials in Ocean City have been battling to . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

NJ picks developer for wind farm off Atlantic City

State regulators approved a subsidy for Danish firm Ørsted to build wind turbines off Atlantic City. Of the 14 proposals submitted to the state in December, the Board of Public Utilities selected Ørsted to receive subsidies for a 1,100 megawatt wind farm about 15 miles out in federal waters, the commissioners announced at Friday’s meeting. In total, the project will cost ratepayers $1.6 billion over 20 years, said Kelly Mooij, deputy director of the BPU’s Division of Clean Energy. That . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County may get more wind farms

KANKAKEE – Kankakee County might see new wind farms in the coming years, an official said this week. Delbert Skimerhorn, the county’s zoning official, said a wind farm proposal in the Grant Park area will likely move forward. He said he last met with company representatives in February. “As far as I know, it’s a viable project,” Skimerhorn said. Chad Miller, manager of the Kankakee County Farm Bureau, said he also received an indication the company is moving forward. They both . . . Complete story »

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