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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.

August 11, 2022 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Steuben County planned facility would recycle windmill blades and more

The final destination for retiring massive wind turbine blades across the state, and perhaps the nation, may soon be located in Steuben County. Momentum of Western New York is launching a $3.3 million material recovery and recycling facility on Industrial Park Road in Bath that will bring a dozen new jobs, paying close to $60,000, to the area. Momentum will specialize in windmill blade recycling, and the new company is exploring the recycling of additional renewable energy materials such as . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2022 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Five Estuaries’ turbine plan could enable East Anglia Green

Wide swathes of countryside across north Essex could be dug up under plans to extend an offshore wind farm. If approved, Five Estuaries Wind Farm’s blueprints will see the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm extended by up to 92 miles squared to allow the construction of 79 new turbines. And the plans for the site, which is located 22 miles off the coast in the North Sea, could also enable a separate, controversial proposal for 111 miles of pylons. National Grid . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2022 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Seymour residents concerned by wind farm proposal

Residents near Seymour have banded together to ensure their voices are heard after the emergence of plans to build what would be Victoria’s largest wind farm in the area. The Stock and Land reported in May plans by Italian company FERA to build a 600-megawatt wind farm between Seymour and Ruffy, with suggestions it could feature up to 80 200-metre tall wind turbines. In response to the reports, Strathbogie tablelands residents organised a meeting with representatives from FERA Australia, a wholly . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2022 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

For highly endangered North Atlantic right whales, offshore wind brings a lot of unknowns

The race is on to get offshore wind farms built off the U.S. East Coast, and North Carolina is one of the leading states with three projects planned for the Tar Heel Coast – two roughly 20 miles south of Bald Head Island in Brunswick County and one, which will be built first, about 27 miles off Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks. And they might not be the last for the state’s coastal waters. While visiting a National Governors Association . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2022 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

State regulators approve Dominion’s nearly $10 billion wind farm off Virginia Beach coast

RICHMOND – State regulators on Friday approved an application from Dominion Energy Virginia to build an enormous offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia Beach and recover the cost from ratepayers. No parties to the monthslong proceeding had opposed the approval of the project, which will help the utility boost the proportion of its generation that comes from renewable resources. But many had raised concerns about affordability and possible risks to the utility’s captive ratepayers. In its Friday order, the . . . Complete story »

August 11, 2022 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Cato Township Board votes 3-2 to approve wind ordinance after making changes

Monday’s vote resulted in anger, frustration and disappointment from the majority of the at least 60 people present who were squeezed into the Lakeview Village Office across the street from the Lakeview Community Center where the Cato Township Board typically meets. The different location was a poor choice for Monday’s meeting, as the Village Council chamber room is cozy and resulted in a standing room only with some people forced to try to listen to the meeting from the hallway and lobby outside. Before the vote, four Planning Commission members — including Behrenwald who sits on the PC — begged the township board to approve the ordinance as written, as did the majority of residents present. Jeremy Kwekel of Cato Township asked for a show of hands from those who support Apex’s Montcalm Wind project. Only four of the more than 60 people present raised their hands. Complete story »

August 10, 2022 • MyanmarPrint storyE-mail story

Illegal rare earth mining harms environment in Myanmar’s Kachin state

Unregulated mining of rare earth minerals in Myanmar’s Kachin state for export to nearby China is irreparably damaging the environment, local watchdogs in the northern state told RFA. Myanmar exported more than 140,000 tons of rare earth deposits to China, worth more than U.S. $1 billion between May 2017 and October 2021, a statement from China’s State Taxation Administration said. Since Myanmar’s military wrested control of the country from Myanmar’s democratically elected government more than a year ago, exports to . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2022 • Myanmar, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

New evidence shows massive and rapid expansion of illicit rare earths industry in Myanmar, fuelling human rights abuses, environmental destruction and funding military-linked militias

New satellite analysis from Global Witness reveals over 2,700 rare earth mining sites in northern Myanmar by March 2022, covering an area the size of Singapore. Myanmar now world’s biggest source of supply of heavy rare earths, used in green energy technologies including electric vehicles and wind turbines, as well as smartphones and home electronics. Illegal rare earth mines in northern Myanmar poisoning surrounding land and waterways, harming local communities, wildlife and environment. Mines are funding military-linked militias that control . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2022 • OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Chasing utopian energy: How I wasted 20 years of my life

I wasted 20 years of my life chasing utopian energy. Utopian energy is an imagined form of energy that’s abundant, reliable, inexpensive, and also clean, renewable, and life-sustaining. But utopian energy is as much a fantasy as a utopian society. Seeking the fount of perfect energy allows us to pretend there aren’t real-world tradeoffs between, say, banning fossil fuels and helping people in impoverished nations or between using solar and wind power and conserving natural habitats. For years, I chased . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2022 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Grandpa’s Knob wind project not moving forward

Castleton – A controversial wind project will not go forward, according to an email from the developer to the Select Board, sent Monday. “After careful consideration we will not be moving forward with the Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind project,” stated Sam Carlson, speaking on behalf of Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind in the email. “We would like to thank the Select Board and Planning Commission members for their interest, professionalism and courtesy regarding this project. In addition, we are grateful to the . . . Complete story »

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