Selected Wind Energy News
Wind is normally good news for wind turbines, but the recent high winds brought by Storm Carmen was too much for one 260-tonne machine in western France. There is only so much wind a wind turbine can take it seems. At least that was the case for one in the Vendée, western France where a 62-metre high turbine was blown over by in fierce winds on January 1st. The 260 tonne turbine was toppled in a field near the town . . .
With the number of bat deaths rising faster than expected at its Ulupalakua wind farm, Auwahi Wind Energy is seeking government permission for the “taking” of more endangered Hawaiian hoary bats. A proposed amendment calls for increasing Auwahi’s take (a term meaning incidental fatalities of endangered species) from 21 to 197 through the end of the 25-year permit in February 2037. The state Department of Natural Resources has determined that a supplemental environmental impact statement is needed, according to a . . .
Wind turbines cause significant damage to bird and bat life in Israel, beyond the level deemed tolerable by nature authorities. The Parks and Nature Authority is mulling measures it will ask turbine owners to employ in order to reduce the damage. Leaving aside 25—year old wind farm in the Golan Heights, there are two more modern wind turbine installations near Ma’aleh Gilboa and Ramat Sirin in northern Israel, which generate electricity. They are run by the Afcon business group in . . .
Voters in this tiny Berkshire County hilltown, population around 800, overwhelmingly banned all new wind turbine development at a special town meeting. Thursday night’s vote was 101-22, far more than the two-thirds majority needed to amend the town’s zoning code. The vote overturns a 2008 ordinance that allowed and encouraged the turbines. Since then, many residents have been fighting a five-turbine proposal by Minuteman Wind, LLC, based in Newton, and by co-developer Palmer Capital Corp., based in Cohasset. The new . . .
DAN’S MOUNTAIN, MD – David Friend began scouting the former strip coal mine here 16 years ago, with visions that it could one day produce a different sort of energy. The developer persuaded landowners along the blustery ridge in Western Maryland to bless his plans for more than two dozen wind turbines that would tower more than 40 stories high. But after a years-long battle with Allegany County officials and concerned neighbors – a saga that has passed through the local zoning . . .
A six-month GateHouse Media investigation found that wind developers representing some of the world’s biggest energy companies divide communities and disrupt the lives of residents forced to live in the shadow of their industrial wind farms. Reporters interviewed more than 70 families living near three dozen current or proposed wind farms. They also spoke to 10 state and local lawmakers, read hundreds of pages of public-service-commission records about wind projects, reviewed court filings in seven wind-related lawsuits and inspected lease . . .
Although there aren’t residences located within the few-hundred-yard radius that ice-throw from the blades might be expected to land, the turbines are near enough to neighboring property that the flying ice could have endangered someone in the woods nearby, said Ed McNamara, Planning and Energy Resources Director at DPS.
The DPS takes even potential threats to health and safety very seriously, Porter said.
This wasn’t the first time that Georgia Mountain Community Wind has received sanctions for violating safety protocols, the PUC noted in its most recent order.
A lengthy debate has seen a proposal to keep the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm in operation for another 10 years rejected by members of the South Lakeland District Council planning committee. For more than two hours statements were made by local residents, parish councillors and county councillors on why they felt the extension plan should be refused. Energy company Innogy had applied to keep the site in operation until March 2027. James Airey, Cumbria County Councillor for Ulverston West, said: . . .
BRATTLEBORO – Citing public opposition and environmental concerns, a proposed energy plan says large-scale wind turbines are unsuitable for the 27-town Windham Region. The draft plan – which is the subject of a series of public meetings that start Monday – touts the benefits of renewable energy and pushes for solar-power expansion as one way to meet the state’s energy goals. But the document takes a hard stance on big wind, which it defines as turbines with hub heights above 75 meters and . . .
Cape Wind, the offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts that drew the ire of the Kennedy and Koch families, is officially dead. Energy Management Inc. has ceased efforts to build what was once expected to become the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., according to an emailed statement from Chief Executive Officer Jim Gordon. The project’s Boston-based developer has already notified the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has terminated the offshore wind development lease . . .