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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.

May 22, 2020 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Ohio regulators OK Lake Erie wind farm with ‘poison pill’ that may kill project

Requirement for nightly shutdowns for two-thirds of the year reneges on compromise reached with agencies last year. Ohio regulators’ imposition of a last-minute permitting condition could put an end to the Great Lakes’ first wind energy project.  The Ohio Power Siting Board ruled Thursday that the Icebreaker project could move forward but only if blades on the demonstration project’s six turbines are turned off every night for eight months of the year. “This order is not an approval,” said Dave . . . Complete story »

Portion of New England offshore wind could be curtailed by 2030: ISO

ISO New England analysis made public Wednesday estimated about 10% of the total 2030 offshore wind power portfolio connected into southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island would be “spilled,” or curtailed, under certain assumptions due to transmission constraints and a glut of supply. Transmission developer Anbaric requested ISO-NE perform a study reviewing the impact on energy market prices, air emissions and regional fuel security of three offshore wind power scenarios for target year 2030: 8,000 MW, 10,000 MW and 12,000 MW. An ISO-NE presentation . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2020 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

State of Ohio gives approval for construction of Lake Erie wind turbines, with condition that developers say may be ‘fatal’ for project

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After several years of planning and meetings, it appeared that the project to build wind turbines in Lake Erie, just off the shore from downtown Cleveland, would be moving forward. On Thursday, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) issued a conditioned certificate providing Icebreaker Windpower Inc. (Icebreaker Wind) with the opportunity to proceed with the construction of six wind turbine in Lake Erie. However, the developers of the project were less than satisfied with one of the conditions . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Logan County planning board OKs Niyol wind turbine permit

The Logan County Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a conditional use permit requested by Niyol Wind, LLC, to build a wind farm west and south of Fleming. Niyol is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy, which owns and operates two wind farms in the Peetz area. The board voted Tuesday evening to forward the permit to the Logan County Board of Commissioners with a recommendation for approval. The permit request was tabled at the commission’s April meeting because of . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors candidates sound off on wind turbines

(Shenandoah) – The contentious wind turbine issue is still spinning in Page County. That was one of the many topics addressed by candidates for Republican nominations in two Page County supervisors’ districts in a special virtual forum. Seven candidates participated via ZOOM in a forum sponsored by KMA recorded Wednesday evening, and aired for the first time Wednesday evening. During the forum, candidates were asked how they felt about the county’s current wind turbine ordinance, and what, if any, changes would . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Concern over planning system as extension is sought to 21-turbine Limekiln wind farm

Caithness councillor Matthew Reiss is worried about a “profoundly undemocratic” aspect of the planning system that apparently allows energy firms to plan a new wind farm but call it an extension of an existing one. He fears it could lead to wind farm planning decisions being taken out of the hands of Highland Council and other local authorities, as developments above 50 megawatts are determined by Scottish Government ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act. Councillor Reiss, who represents . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Senators put off vote for land board nominee

Chris Yuen, a long-time member of the state’s Board of Land and Natural Resources, could find himself in the hot seat in front of a panel of senators on his way to a reconfirmation vote. While Yuen received much support for his renomination, he also faced criticism from opponents of projects that were approved under the auspices of the BLNR. Specifically, the Na Pua Makani wind farm in Kahuku. Protests over the wind farms saw scores of Oahu residents arrested . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • California, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

BLM releases Mesa Wind Repower Project for public comment

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. –The Bureau of Land Management Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office released for public comment a draft Environmental Assessment on the Mesa Wind Repower Project, located on public lands 11 miles northwest of the City of Palm Springs. The release of the EA begins a 30-day public comment period that closes on June 19.  Brookfield Renewables proposes to repower the existing 30-megawatt (MW) wind project, which was built in 1983. The repowering of the Mesa Wind project would . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wainscott resident group explores incorporating as a village

A group of residents concerned about the prospect of a wind-farm cable proposed for the Hamptons hamlet of Wainscott has formed an exploratory committee to consider incorporating as a village, according to a letter sent to homeowners. The letter says the committee has been exploring incorporation for 10 months and has already hired lawyers, surveyors and municipal finance consultants. It asks Wainscott residents to join a new Exploratory Committee for the Incorporation of Wainscott. While opposition to the planned Orsted . . . Complete story »

May 21, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Inquiry date into major wind farm in Badenoch wilds is set

A Public Local Inquiry into a major wind farm in the wilds of Badenoch is due to be held towards the end of this year. Highland Council raised an objection to SIMEC’s proposed development at Glenshero in the Monadhliath hills in October, last year. The inquiry has been set for November, it is revealed in an update on major projects to the local authority’s South Planning Applications committee ahead of its meeting on Tuesday. The report states: “The DPEA (Planning . . . Complete story »

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