Selected Wind Energy News
SAVOY – Commercial wind turbines will not rise anytime soon in Savoy, after the developer lost a critical appeal Wednesday night. The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted to affirm a building inspector’s decision to reject a building permit for five turbines on West Hill talked about since 2005. The vote closes the door for now on an effort by for Minuteman Wind LLC to bring a large-scale wind project to this town in northeastern Berkshire County. Steven Weisman of Minuteman . . .
SYCAMORE – Seneca Anti-Wind Union leaders recapped recent successes, provided information about potential wind turbine projects in the county and answered questions for a group of about 100 who attended a town hall event in Sycamore Monday night. Greg Smith, a Bloom Township resident who lives in the project area for sPower’s Seneca Wind project, provided information about several wind turbine projects slated for Seneca and surrounding counties and said the cause has gained momentum. Smith said the Seneca Wind Project . . .
Plans for a wind farm in Douglas County ran into a big problem Monday night after Newman Township voted to create a zoning ordinance. More than 100 people packed a special meeting. This change could set stricter rules for wind farms and would be a big setback for the EDP Renewable Energy company. They’ve already spent about $10,000,000 on the project, but they didn’t plan for this. Newman Township is surrounded by farmland. Gary Luth says, “It’s a very beautiful . . .
WAPELLA – Every year on the Fourth of July, Brooke Cooper and her family head to a pasture on their rural property east of Wapella, aim their lawn chairs to the southeast and wait for dusk to fall and the fireworks show from Clinton to begin. This year, while the sight line remained unobstructed, red blinking lights from the Radford’s Run Wind Farm near Maroa hampered their view. “It was awful,” she said. “All we could see was a sea of . . .
Plans for 10 turbines at Druim Ba between Kiltarlity and Abriachan have been rejected after a second public inquiry. A Scottish Government reporter dismissed the appeal and refused planning permission for the scheme on Blairmore Estate. There were fears the scheme would ruin the views and spoil people’s enjoyment of area, which welcomes tens of thousands of visitors every year. Hilda Hesling, a member of Inverness West Community Council which objected to the plans, said the result was down to . . .
PERU – A controversial proposed wind project in Miami County is on hold and could be dead after county commissioners Monday said a new wind ordinance requiring a 2,000-foot setback of turbines from property lines would take effect next week. The Miami County Planning and Building Commission in April approved the revised ordinance in response to a proposed wind project by RES, an international renewable energy company, which would bring around 75 turbines to the northern part of the county. . . .
Sweden will have to import more electricity during winter as the country, a net power exporter to the rest of Europe, shifts from nuclear to wind, its grid operator said. Last winter, the first since the closure of its Oskarshamn 1 reactor, stretched Sweden’s resources as peak consumption rose by 800 megawatt (MW), triggering start-up procedures in its reserve energy plants. Sweden’s power balance will deteriorate further from next winter, the country will need imports and the situation will become . . .
A Canadian renewable energy company has canceled a pair of wind projects near Wichita Falls after a Air Force training base said the project would interfere with its pilot training and radar systems. Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. had planned to build two projects totaling 300 megawatts of wind power east and southeast of Wichita Falls near the communities of Byers and Bluegrove, less than 25 miles from Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls. The company, which operates about 2,900 megawatts of . . .
The Town of Somerset, having spent $260,000 in attorney fees to fight Apex Clean Energy’s proposed wind farm installation, is about to get some help footing its legal bills. Last week, by a unanimous vote, the Niagara County Legislature allocated $15,000 of contingency funds to the town, to help cover the legal fees in its ongoing battle to scuttle Apex’s plans for an up-to-70 wind turbine installation in the Barker-Lyndonville area. The turbines could be over 500 feet high. Somerset . . .
MONITOR TWP., MI – More than 400 people showed up to a Monitor Township Board of Trustees meeting Monday night to tell officials they are not in favor of wind turbines sprouting up in their community. DTE Energy wants to bring renewable energy to the township in the form of a wind farm, much like it tried in Beaver Township earlier this year. But after outcry from the public, trustees on Monday, June 25, unanimously passed a moratorium on the construction . . .