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REDFIELD – Local municipalities have responded to a preliminary scoping statement regarding the proposed Mad River Wind Farm, with officials largely in opposition to the development. The Mad River Wind Farm is a proposed 350 MW wind power project located within the town of Worth in Jefferson County and town of Redfield in Oswego County. Atlantic Wind, the company proposing the development, said the preliminary layout of the Mad River Wind Farm consists of 88 utility-scale wind turbines. Atlantic Wind is . . .
A Pennsylvania lawmaker angry over a Bethlehem Authority wind-power project wants to give residents power to approve or deny the proposal. The authority, which manages more than 22,000 acres in Carbon and Monroe counties that supply drinking water to the Bethlehem area, has worked at least since 2009 to develop the wind project. Like timbering, the effort seeks to generate revenue for the authority that owns the Bethlehem water system and leases it to the city to operate. Atlantic Wind . . .
Southern Arizona’s only wind-energy farm is under a federal criminal investigation because its turbines killed an endangered bat and a federally protected golden eagle, law enforcement officials say. An endangered lesser long-nosed bat was among an estimated 2,606 bats killed in turbines at the Willcox-area Red Horse Wind 2 project in its first year, a monitoring report prepared for the operator shows. That’s more bats than the national, annual average killed at a wind farm, said Jim DeVos, an assistant . . .
AUGUSTA – Gov. Paul LePage imposed a moratorium on new wind energy permits in much of Maine on Wednesday while establishing a commission that will meet behind closed doors to study the economic impacts of wind turbines on the state’s tourism industry. LePage, a long-time critic of wind energy, issued an executive order prohibiting state agencies from issuing permits “related to wind turbines” in western and coastal Maine, coastal islands and “significant avian migratory pathways” until a report is issued . . .
Residents in Macon County say a wind turbine farm is causing trouble, and their lawyer says they did not receive proper documentation for the project. Richard Porter, a lawyer at Hinshaw & Culbertson, said his clients claim the zoning was improperly granted and notice was not sent to a number of people entitled, meaning they could not prepare for the hearings about the wind farm. “The county refused to allow those people access to the application,” Porter said. “So, they . . .
Like a giant plastic straw bent in half, a wind turbine tower buckled over in rural Chatham-Kent, its motor and massive blades lying mangled on the ground. No one was hurt in the tower collapse overnight Friday, a spokesperson for the energy company that operates the wind farm where the tower stood said by email. But a spokesperson for a wind energy umbrella group said the failure appears to be only the second of its kind among the more than . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Safety concerns have been raised after a wind turbine in Inishowen was struck by lightning yesterday evening. At around 6 o’clock, one of the wind turbines on Crockbrack Hill, Meanletterbale, was struck, causing damage to one of the 94* metre long turbine blades with dents and scorch marks also visible on the nacelle of the turbine. This is the second incident of its kind, raising concerns over the safety of the turbines developed in such close proximity to homes. Paula . . .
BAD AXE – Huron County planners are frowning upon the use of the term “wind park” by wind developers. Planner Charles Bumhoffer criticized the phrase as stated in a DTE Energy year-end report at this week’s Huron County Planning Commission meeting. The report was entitled, “DTE Energy Thumb Wind Parks 2017.” “I didn’t know we had any wind parks in our county,” he said. “We have wind energy conversion facilities …” Bumhoffer added: “I would have to ask the DTE Energy . . .