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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.

August 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moray West Offshore Wind Farm submit transmission plans

Following a long battle with the local community, a Moray Firth wind farm development today submitted its plans to come onshore to local authorities. Admitting that the local community “clearly influenced” the decision, the projects development manager for Moray (West) Offshore Wind Farm said today that the developments onshore transmission plans could also net 150 new jobs for the local area. Last month, the tiny Sandend community celebrated after winning a David vs Goliath battle against the major wind farm . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2018 • QuebecPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project on Quebec’s North Shore divides government, Hydro Quebec

A wind farm project planned for the North Shore of Quebec is putting the provincial government at odds with Hydro Quebec. The Innu first nation that lives in the region between Baie Comeau and Sept Iles has been promoting the Apuiat wind turbine project for several years. The $600 million, 200 MW wind farm was first proposed three years ago as part of Hydro Quebec’s 2006-2015 plan to increase renewable energy capacity by 4,000 MW. Its supporters say the Apuiat . . . Complete story »

August 15, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Greenwood advances wind negotiations

GREENWOOD – With simultaneous wind power projects in the works for the Greenwood area, Town officials have been buried up to their necks in legal negotiations. Attorney Aaron Mullen is negotiating language in the municipal host agreement with the Eight Point Wind Project, which he reported is moving along quickly. Several changes to the agreement were announced at Thursday’s Town Board meeting, beginning with the project’s official start date. Now, construction is tentatively slated to begin in 2020, instead of in . . . Complete story »

New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordablility

Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement related to ISO New England and affordable electricity. ISO-NE is charged with maintaining electric supply and reliability in New England. New England, as a region, has the highest electric rates in the nation (though not the highest electric bills, largely because of efficiency). Maine Governor Governor Paul LePage did not sign the . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms want permission to kill more bats — A lot more

Wind turbines are proving to be more of a menace than expected to opeapea – endangered Hawaiian hoary bats, the islands’ only native land mammal. As a result, three wind energy farms are requesting increases in the amount of bats they are allowed to “take.” “Take,” according to the Endangered Species Act, includes harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing or collecting the animals. In 2012, the farms received federal and state permits that allowed them to take a . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Tyrone council hears wind farm opposition

TYRONE – In July, when a representative of Algonquin Power Co. visited Borough Council to outline plans for doubling the size of the 50-megawatt Sandy Ridge Wind Farm on Ice Mountain above the borough, no opposition appeared. On Monday, it showed up in the form of concerns expressed by two area residents, who told council members of their fears for forest fragmentation, invasive plants and the killing of birds and bats. Those concerns didn’t elicit much response from council members – Mayor . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County residents raise concerns over wind ordinance at Board meeting

More than a dozen communities members showed up to voice their concerns regarding a wind ordinance during this morning’s Morgan County Commissioners meeting. The majority of those in attendance at today’s meeting were members of the group, “The Adhoc Citizens Committee for Property Rights,” which were represented mainly Morgan County resident Mike Woodyard. The main concern for Woodyard and the rest of the group deals with Morgan County’s Wind Energy Conservation System ordinance and the potential installation of wind turbines . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Ball Hill vote put on hold

Anti-windmill signs littered the yard by the front door of the Hanover Town Hall Monday evening, but the vote on the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project was pushed back due to the absence of Councilperson Bernard Feldmann. “We felt we should do the voting with a full board of five versus four members,” Town Supervisor Todd Johnson said. A supermajority vote is needed to pass the elimination of one of two substations and placing the five-plus mile interconnect line underground . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Atlantic Wind attorney implies expert in Penn Forest is biased

PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – The legal team representing Atlantic Wind LLC, a wind-focused subsidiary of Avangrid Renewables looking to place 28 wind turbines in Penn Forest Township, cross-examined a local civil engineer Monday night in an attempt to reveal any biases held and discredit his status as an expert in the hearing. Phil Malitsch, a professional engineer with Hanover Engineering and an objector to the project, faced cross-examination from attorney Edward Greene, who represented Atlantic Wind and looked to . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Board looking into wind ordinance

The Morgan County Board of County Commissioners is discussing an ordinance that could impact a proposed wind farm near Waverly and Franklin. The board is looking at proposed changes to setbacks and other limitations on the placement of wind turbines near homes after several residents raised concerns about a wind farm’s potential effects on its neighbors. Wind turbines now be placed a minimum of 1,000 feet from a home’s foundation, with other setbacks for roads, powerlines and waterways. Michael Woodyard . . . Complete story »

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