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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.


January 17, 2020 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines bring concern for those outside city limits

For two days, members of the Buchanan County Zoning and Planning Committee heard from citizens about the potential construction of wind turbines in the area, with many speaking in opposition to the project. On Thursday night, citizens continued to give their public opinion on the proposed ordinance to allow a Florida company to build a wind farm on the outskirts of St. Joseph. Several concerns with the ordinance were addressed, including a rule that the turbines not be built within . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Watchers group still pushing for change in Gage County

Gage County Planning and Zoning officials are still considering a request to enhance wind energy regulations in the area, but have yet to formally propose changing what’s currently on the books. The commission held a discussion regarding the regulations during its monthly meeting on Tuesday. Prairie Wind Watchers is the group spearheading the requested amendments to Gage County’s wind regulations. The group is focusing on two specific changes it would like to see made by the county. A primary concern . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Almost £650m spent in a decade to switch off wind turbines

Customers have been forced to pay electricity companies almost £650m over the past decade – to not produce power. The cash is compensation for periods that wind turbines are switched off at short notice and usually happens to avoid overloading the UK’s National Grid. Since 2009, power firms have been paid to turn off wind turbines when the demand for electricity drops or the wind is too strong. The cost is then added to customers’ electricity bills. The bulk of . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners again discuss wind tower ice sling

Wind turbines and winter storms sometimes mean ice sling, particularly in Antelope County. The issue of ice sling was again front and center before the Antelope County Commissioners (ACC) for their first meeting of 2020. Zoning Administrator Liz Doerr told commissioners established procedures to follow when there are reports of ice sling were followed. Once notified, she said she contacted the ICC number for Invenergy, located in Chicago, to alert them of the situation. By the time she contacted the . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Developer shuts down Dairy Air Wind

NEWPORT, VT – The proposal to locate a 2.2MW wind turbine at the Brian and Kim Champney farm on School Road in Holland has been terminated. Renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf issued a press release announcing the decision. A letter to the Public Utility Commission authored by attorney Leslie Cadwell was brief and to the point. “Pleased be advised that petitioner Dairy Air Wind, LLC will not be supplementing its petition or pursuing this matter further.” Read more in the Newport . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hearing set for Saturday

OCEAN CITY – On the eve of the highly-anticipated public hearing on the increased height of the proposed offshore wind turbines off the resort coast, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) this week approved the town’s petition to intervene and also changed the hearing’s site within the convention center to accommodate the expected crowd. Late last year, the PSC released an order opining the proposed changes in the wind turbine heights for two approved offshore wind energy projects off the Ocean . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

New wind project proposed for Albany County

A new 504-megawatt wind farm stretching across 26,000 acres of private and state land in southeast Albany County could come online as soon as 2022. The Rail Tie Wind Project would flaunt upwards of 151 wind turbines on both sides of Highway 287 just outside Tie Siding and generate enough energy to power over 180,000 homes. Construction could start in the fall of 2021, if the project meets necessary federal and state regulations. Houston-based renewable energy company ConnectGen will serve . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms, national park concessionaires, topics of concern

Concern over wind farm regulation and national park concessionaires took center stage during a recent discussion between county commissioners court and their Washington, D.C., lobbyists. Val Verde County Commissioners Court members heard an update on the lobbying efforts of Madison Government Affairs, the firm that represents county interests in the nation’s capital. Jack Hession and Paul J. Hirsch represented the company at the commissioners court meeting and spoke about some of the issues of local concern. Hirsch told the court . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • Press releases, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Vermont wind project halts development, citing hostile political environment

Dairy Air Wind, the last remaining wind energy project being developed in Vermont, today announced the ending of all development activities surrounding the project. Project partner David Blittersdorf cited a current political environment that is hostile to wind energy as the leading cause for this step. Dairy Air Wind was intended to be a single-turbine project sited in a cornfield on the Champney family’s 450-acre dairy farm in Holland, Vermont. “In 2012, there were over a dozen wind projects in . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Groups are concerned that a proposed wind project could damage birds, plants

A couple of goats scamper down San Miguelito Road as George Bedford slowly drives in the opposite direction. He says it’s not the first time he’s seen animals on this road, before pointing to a spot where he once passed a mountain lion. Only a few miles south of Lompoc, the area feels worlds away. Bedford and his wife, Cheryl, purchased more than 400 acres of land on top of one of the hills surrounding San Miguelito Canyon in the . . . Complete story »


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