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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.

March 26, 2020 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

County, Diamond Vista at impasse

County commissioners reconsidered a decision to have talks with Enel Green Power North America in private Friday. Cost overruns by engineering consultant Kirkham Michaels, hired in November 2017 to provide haul route evaluation for roads used by Diamond Vista wind farm construction, have county commissioners and Diamond Vista wind farm owners Enel Green Power North America at loggerheads. Commissioners were mixed on whether to meet in secret. Randy Dallke, Kent Becker, and David Crofoot initially voted in favor of closing . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2020 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

U.S. wind, solar industries plead for tax credit ‘tweaks’ to keep projects alive during virus outbreak

Wind and solar companies, facing project delays that threaten their ability to tap lucrative green energy subsidies, are pleading with lawmakers for help after not being included in the $2 trillion U.S. coronavirus stimulus package. Renewable energy groups including the Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Wind Energy Association spent the last week warning that business disruptions related to the coronavirus pandemic could result in the loss of 160,000 jobs if Congress does not extend deadlines here for projects . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Suncor delays wind project as part of major scale-back of capital spending

A major wind power project near Bow Island could be delayed up to two years, Suncor announced as it issued revised guidance to investors on Monday. The major oilsands and energy producer slashed its forecast outlook in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic response and staggering low world oil prices touched off by a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. “The simultaneous supply and demand shocks are having a significant impact on the global oil industry,” said Mark Little, . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

County residents strongly oppose NextEra wind farm

Washington County Commissioners held their regular meeting Tuesday, March 17 with an audience of almost 30 people present. County Administrator Misty Peterson gave the invocation, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Assistant Administrator Denise Chavez presented the planning and zoning report. The first item was a building permit for Ryan Koch for a storage shed on his property and this was approved by the commissioners. Next, a right of way for Y-W Electric was discussed. The commissioners needed more information, . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2020 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Senate strikes deal on coronavirus stimulus package without help for renewables

The U.S. Senate reached agreement on a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill early Wednesday morning, but it does not include the tax credit extensions and direct pay provisions sought by the wind and solar industries to help them weather the supply chain and economic disruptions caused by the global pandemic. Clean energy industry groups confirmed Wednesday that the stimulus bill, the largest of its kind in U.S. history, lacks extensions of the wind production tax credit (PTC) and solar investment . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC wrestles with ‘renewable rider’ on Otter Tail Power montly bills

Otter Tail Power’s North Dakota residential customers will see an extra charge on their monthly bills next month. For an average customer, it will be $4.01. The reason: It was the method approved by the North Dakota Public Service Commission to take into account the Production Tax Credit for the Merricourt Wind Farm, and to even out the charges. Utilities had been using the credit to give customers a break on their bills up front, meaning there would be a . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2020 • General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Climate change: Green energy plant threat to wilderness areas

Wind, solar and hydro power installations pose a growing threat to key conservation areas, say researchers. Researchers found that over 2,200 green energy plants have been built within the boundaries of the Earth’s remaining wilderness. They say that around 17% of renewable facilities globally are located in protected regions. A further 900 plants are now being developed in key areas of biodiversity. The amount of renewable energy facilities in use around the world has essentially tripled over the last 20 . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Cement truck worth more than $50,000 believed to be torched

Warrnambool police detectives are on the way to the scene of a $50,000 cement truck fire on the Hamilton Highway which could be tied to wind farm protesters. Detective Senior Constable Richard Hughes, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said the incident happened on the Hamilton Highway between Foxhow-Berrybank Road and Doyles Road, near Berrybank, east of Lismore. "Police were called to the fire at 1.30am on Wednesday and local Country Fire Authority crews also attended," he said. "The . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2020 • North Carolina, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm company to install weather buoy off Outer Banks as project moves forward

The Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project plans to install its first visible piece of equipment off the Outer Banks – a buoy that can measure the winds nearly 800 feet above the surface. The equipment will include a surface buoy and a bottom platform working together that will measure weather patterns, currents and wave action, among other things, said Craig Poff, director of development for the project. A state-of-the-art laser radar system will gauge wind speeds at 240 meters above the . . . Complete story »

March 24, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Commission dismisses last wind project in Vermont

HOLLAND – State utility regulators have thrown out the application for permission to raise a single industrial-grade wind turbine on a farm field in Holland – ending the last active petition for a major wind project in Vermont. The Vermont Public Utilities Commission issued an order to dismiss with prejudice the petition by Dairy Air Wind developer David Blittersdorf. Complete story »

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