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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


February 16, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms refused locally win Scottish Government appeals on 13 occasions in Tayside and Fife

Wind farms rejected by councils in Tayside and Fife have been waved through 13 times by ministers in Edinburgh. Analysis of planning data by The Courier shows eight refused applications for turbine developments in Tayside and five in Fife have been successful on appeal since 2003. The trend for overturning local decisions is revealed following outrage last month at the Scottish Government’s approval of the controversial Greenscares scheme near Braco in Perthshire. Gleneagles hotel management and the head of an . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm projects considered in Marshall County

LACON – Interest in wind energy has been picking up in Marshall County, where a long-dormant project is being resurrected and a new one is in the early stages of development. County engineer and zoning administrator Patrick Sloan briefed the County Board on Thursday on activities that include a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing scheduled for next week. The hearing, set for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the courthouse, will focus on an application by Texas-based Calpine Wind Holdings LLC for . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2019 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Power from wind farms does nothing to keep our electricity bills down

So Storm Erik got the wind turbines turning at last and trade association RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck came out of the traps at full gallop extolling the wonderment that is consumer-subsidised wind power (“Storm brings energy record”, The Herald, February 13). She enthused that “at one of the coldest times of the year, when we need it most, wind is generating over a third of Britain’s power needs, setting a new clean energy record’. This predictable haste in telling . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2019 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Mills signs executive order reversing LePage moratorium on wind energy permits

AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills has signed an executive order effectively ending a moratorium on wind turbine permits issued by her predecessor, Gov. Paul LePage. The order by Mills, a Democrat, clarifies that state agencies with the legal authority to issue permits can again work with Maine’s local communities and stakeholders to determine which projects should go forward. While LePage’s executive order did not appear to have any practical effect on projects, Mills said her new order was meant to send . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Hearing set to begin on under sea cable for Vineyard Wind

Vineyard Wind, which plans to build the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm just south of the Vineyard, is set to go before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission for a public hearing next week, offering a more detailed view of the giant renewable energy project. The proposed 84-turbine, 800-megawatt wind farm is expected to be built in federal waters on the outer continental shelf some 14 miles south of Wasque point. The project still needs to clear some 30 federal, tribal, . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Equinor, 3 JVs vie for offshore wind power park in New York

New York State said on Thursday it had received proposals from Norway’s Equinor and three joint ventures to build its first offshore wind power park of at least 800-megawatt capacity. The three joint ventures are Bay State Wind, between Danish Orsted and Eversource Energy; Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, consisting of France’s EDF and Shell; and Vineyard Wind, between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, the New York States Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said in a statement. New York . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

OPSB resets Republic Wind public hearing for May 14

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Power Siting Board has rescheduled hearings regarding Republic Wind LLC’s application to construct a wind-powered electric generation facility in Seneca and Sandusky counties for 5-9:30 p.m. May 14 at Bellevue High School cafeteria, 200 Oakland Ave., Bellevue. The purpose of the hearing is to let interested persons, who are not parties to the case, provide testimony regarding the project, according to an OPSB news release. An adjudicatory hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 10 at the . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Officials reject 400-foot wind turbines in Findlay

In a decision that pleased Crystal Avenue residents, Findlay officials on Thursday denied One Energy’s request to allow construction of 400-foot wind turbines nearby. The city zoning appeals board voted 3-1 Thursday to deny a variance that would have allowed One Energy to build one or two 400-foot wind turbines on 37 acres southeast of the intersection of Crystal and Bigelow avenues. The turbines would supply energy to Veoneer-Nissin Brake Systems, a factory at 1750 Production Drive. Findlay zoning laws . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Kansas bill setting minimum setbacks for commercial wind turbines to have hearing next week

Legislation that would set minimum setbacks for commercial wind turbines in Kansas at 1 ½ miles from residential homes is scheduled to be heard by a House committee next week. Anyone wishing to submit written comments on the bill, however, must notify officials by 9 a.m. Friday. HB 2273, dubbed the Wind Generation Permit and Property Protection Act, was introduced by Rep. Randy Garber, R-Sabetha, on Tuesday and referred to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications. That committee, chaired . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project revenue tally raises debate; superintendent says clarity needed

Jacksonville School District 117 Superintendent Steve Ptacek is concerned some people think the school district is poised to see a windfall from a proposed clean energy project in the county. While the overall payout to schools from the Lincoln Land Wind project would be substantial, District 117 is projected to receive just $75,000 each year for the estimated 25-year lifespan. That’s actually the lowest amount among Morgan County schools districts. Ptacek believes the confusion resulted from an advertisement by Apex . . . Complete story »


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