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ELKINS – Three complaints were filed against New Creek Wind in federal court alleging negative effects on the health and well-being of several residents. New Creek Mountain Sportsman’s Club; Helen Evans Swiger, Holly Evans Mick and Jill M. Evans; and Glendora Woods filed their lawsuits against New Creek Wind, Everpower Wind Holdings, Enbridge Holdings and Enbridge Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia at Elkins. Beginning in November 2016, the defendants’ wind turbines have generated . . .
The Flat Rock Wind Project is dead in Henry County. Flat Rock Wind was a planned industrial wind farm that called for turbines in southern Henry and northern Rush Counties. “It’s with a heavy heart that Apex Clean Energy has made the difficult decision to terminate our project in both counties,” Apex Clean Energy Senior Development Manager Erin Baker announced Tuesday. Baker said it has become increasingly difficult over the last several years to maintain the Flat Rock Wind project . . .
The state has once again rejected a plan to build a small pilot offshore-wind project off Atlantic City, a decision seemingly at odds with the Murphy administration’s commitment to make New Jersey a national leader in an emerging clean-energy sector. The project, located in state waters 2.8 miles off the resort city, was deemed too costly to ratepayers who would finance the 25-megawatt wind farm and unable to demonstrate it would be a net economic benefit to New Jersey and . . .
PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – After months of public hearings on a special exception application for 28 wind turbines in Penn Forest Township, the township’s zoning hearing board voted to deny the application of Atlantic Wind LLC. Residents of Penn Forest Township packed the municipal building to hear the long-awaited decision from the township zoning hearing board. The application was staunchly opposed by residents who believed the turbines would pose environmental and quality-of-life concerns. Residents helped fund a legal challenge . . .
It’s a project in Johnston that some Cranston residents aren’t happy about. Several wind turbines now tower over an area near the landfill and a section of homes in Western Cranston, including Alpine Estates. “I see five unobstructed, 519-foot turbines from any window along the back of my home and from every part of my entire backyard,” one resident said Monday night during a City Council meeting at City Hall. Several others also shared their concerns. “I came home one . . .
RICHLAND – A newly passed law restricts and regulates future wind energy projects inside the town of Richland, a move lauded by officials and activists as one of the strongest policies in New York. The Richland Town Board in November approved the measure, which places restrictions on wind turbine farms in the town based on factors including setback from properties, noise production, property value guarantees, environmental tests and decommissioning terms. The law, which aims to protect residents from the potential harms . . .
In Western popular culture, bats are associated with scary things like Halloween and Dracula. But on the North Shore, residents are rallying in defense of the tiny flying mammal known as the Hawaiian hoary bat, the opeapea, a nocturnal tree-roosting creature that feeds on insects. Bats have always been viewed differently in Hawaii. This tiny furry animal, which has a 1-foot wingspan but weighs less than 1 ounce, somehow managed to cross the vast Pacific to arrive here eons ago . . .
The Green Energy Act is no more, having received Royal Assent. That means local municipalities will have the power to block unwanted wind and solar farms, says a government news release. “The Liberal’s Green Energy Act took powers away from municipalities to stop expensive and unneeded energy projects and led to skyrocketing electricity rates for Ontario families,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli. “Under the previous government, energy rates tripled, driving manufacturing jobs out of Ontario and hurting hardworking families.” Fedeli . . .
BAD AXE – County planners heard from a wind turbine representative this week regarding a recent blade failure. During Wednesday’s Huron County Planning Commission meeting, Blake Shroll, site manager of Big Turtle Wind Farm, told planners Big Turtle II experienced a failure on Tower 14 on Nov. 28. “We had two pieces of fiber glass fall within 100 feet of the base. No one was injured in the incident and no other property damages had occurred,” Shroll said. “We have done . . .
Environmentalists and wind-farm supporters are usually on the same side in development battles, but a proposed project near Valmeyer has turned that alliance on its head. A developer wants to place up to 50 wind turbines along a 15-mile stretch of blufftop property, generating “clean” alternative energy and raising much-needed tax revenue for local schools and other government services. Opponents argue that the 600-foot-tall, 2,400-ton turbines would diminish the area’s natural beauty and harm sensitive geologic features that provide habitat . . .