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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.


January 20, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

DTE Energy’s next wind farm probably won’t be in the Thumb

DTE Energy plans to move out of the state’s reliably windy Thumb region for its next wind farm. The utility has signed up 120 landowners so far in Branch County, which is in the middle of the state near the Indiana border. Matt Wagner is manager of renewable energy development for DTE. He says wind in Branch County can produce electricity about 37 percent of the time, as opposed to roughly 43 percent of the time in the Thumb. But . . . Complete story »


January 20, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Nine wind turbines planned for Arcade as part of proposed wind farm

ARCADE – Nine wind turbines may soon be coming to Arcade as part of a large-scale project primarily concerning four towns in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. The proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm, coordinated by Chicago-based Invenergy, would involve construction of roughly 100 wind turbines in the three-county radius and, when complete, would provide 380 megawatts – that’s enough to power approximately 148,000 homes – of clean energy to existing communities. The project is being developed on approximately 20,000 acres of private land leased in . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine tumbles on 16th Line in C-K

Neighbours living near a turbine that toppled over last night in Chatham-Kent say they believe it happened about midnight. One resident, who asked not to be identified said his neighbour reported hearing a couple of bangs, while others said they didn’t hear a thing. The turbine, located on 16th Line just east of Drake Road in South Kent, appears to have suffered a structure failure about midway up its body. The fibreglass blades lay twisted about the turbine’s base. Terraform . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine topples over

A hunter scouting for Coyotes early this morning came across this toppled wind turbine located at the corner of the Drake Sideroad and the Sixteenth Concession in Harwich Township. The huge turbine blades and motor assembly crashed to the ground and the support structure appeared folded in half. Details are still in the preliminary stages and in fact crews had just arrived at the scene around 9:15 this am. Watch for further details as more information becomes available. No houses . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine breaks in half in Chatham-Kent

A wind turbine has snapped in half and is currently sitting bent over in an open field in Chatham-Kent. The turbine is located at Drake Road and 16 Line in South Buxton. John Norton, the general manager of community development with the municipality says the fire chief is on scene, as well as police. The company that operates the turbine is Terraform Power. Norton says crews from Terraform are also on scene investigating. The toppled turbine was discovered by a . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm blamed for higher mainland power rates

The Newport City Council recently passed a strongly worded resolution asking the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission about a recent jump in mainland electric bills, which is being blamed, in part, on costs associated with the Block Island Wind Farm. At its Jan. 10 meeting, the Council unanimously passed Resolution 2018-01, which states that “Newport residents, as well as residents of other Communities, have received new electric and gas bills that are giving them anxiety and sticker shock due to . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Blowing in the wind: Maui Electric Co. saves money by using fossil fuels

Maui Electric Co. has been restricting the use of wind power on the Valley Isle in favor of cheaper fossil fuels in a move that seems to go against Hawaii’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, but that’s only part of the story. There are currently three wind farms operating on Maui – Kaheawa Wind Power I & II and Auwahi Wind Farm. Combined, they generated around 25 percent of the electricity used by MECO customers in 2016. Starting . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Update: A bizarre first in Chatham-Kent

TerraForm Power and the Ministries of Environment and Labour are investigating what happened to a wind turbine near South Buxton that snapped in half. The collapsed tower at Drake Rd. and 16 Line is surrounded by safety fencing and Chatham-Kent’s fire chief says it was not connected to the power grid. Chatham-Kent Police Sergeant Paul Pomajba says the tower collapsed overnight but nobody was hurt. “We’re making the situation safe so that no one else gets injured from the wreckage . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Pledge to stop turbines signed by commissioners

A local citizens group opposing a proposed commercial wind farm chalked up another win in Fulton County on Monday. Two of three Fulton County Commissioners, Bryan Lewis and Rick Ranstead, signed a pledge stating that as long as they hold public office they will not allow commercial wind turbines in the county. Commissioner Steve Metzger refused to sign, saying he wasn’t interested. “I mean, we’ve already voted to take it out,” he said, questioning, “What else do you want?” Lewis . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Ecopower loses appeal to build windfarm in Hollyford, Co. Tipperary

An appeal to overturn a decision by Tipperary Co. Council blocking development of a windfarm in Hollyford, west Co. Tipperary, has been rejected by An Bord Pleanála. On December 18, 2015, Ecopower Developments Ltd applied for permission to build two wind turbines with an overall height of up to 150 meters, crane hardstands, access roads, electrical cabling, an electrical control building, borrow pit, ancillary drainage system and ancillary site works, all at Glenpaudeen, Moheragh, Hollyford. The application was accompanied by . . . Complete story »


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