Wind Power News: Victories
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At least one potential wind project in Kansas has been stopped – at least for now. A petition circulated in Reno County last year blocked the issuance of a permit to the company seeking to develop an industrial wind generation facility near Pretty Prairie. The petition required a unanimous vote of the Reno County Commission to move the permit forward, and with a 2-1 vote, effectively killed the permit for the facility. The wind company – Pretty Prairie Wind LLC, a subsidiary . . . Complete story »
The winds are gone from circle power’s sails. On July 30th EGLE rejected the company’s proposal to build 12 wind turbines in the Stanton and Adams township area. Hugh McDiarmid of EGLE says that the threat to bats and raptors is too great to approve the Scotia wind farm at this time. Due to the severe loss in population to the Northern Long Eared Bat, as a result of White Nose Syndrome, nearly 90% of the bat’s population has been . . . Complete story »
Several state and federal agencies are opposed to a wind farm proposed for Adams and Stanton Townships. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) cited concerns over potential effects on local bat populations as being the main driver in denying a permit to Circle Power. James Mihelcic from the Guardians of the Keweenaw Ridge says the group is preparing for more work ahead. In their application, Circle Power had already talked about possible sites in Gratiot Lake and . . . Complete story »
HOUGHTON – Permits for the proposed wind turbine project in Adams and Stanton townships have been denied by the state over concerns of harm to wildlife, including bat and eagle populations, and wetlands. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Water Resources Division (WRD) determined the Scotia Wind project did not benefit the public enough to outweigh potential impact to wildlife and wetlands at the site. “Due to the applicant’s lack of a feasible and prudent alternative analysis . . . Complete story »
The Bradford City Water Authority has turned down a request from an energy company looking to put 15 to 23 wind turbines on the watershed. At Wednesday’s meeting, the authority declined a preliminary agreement that would have allowed AES Energy “to perform a study of the watershed to determine if conditions were suitable for the installation of between 15 to 23 wind turbines,” said Steve Disney, executive director of the water authority. After the meeting, he explained that AES approached . . . Complete story »
Planning permission for a controversial wind farm in Cahermurphy has been rejected by Clare County Council. Mid Clare Renewable Energy (MCRE) Windfarm Ltd lodged the plans in September for the ten wind turbines with Clare County Council on Friday opting against giving the development the green light. Over 100 submissions were received by the local authority from the public, community groups and elected representatives. Among them were Violet Anne Wynne TD (SF), Senator Timmy Dooley (FF), Senator Roisin Garvey (GP), . . . Complete story »
Plans for a controversial wind farm in West Clare have been rejected by Clare County Council. The proposal for the project near Kilmihil had received significant opposition from a number of local residents. Plans for the 10-turbine wind farm were lodged by Mid Clare Renewable Energy Windfarm Ltd in September 2020. They have now been rejected by the local authority. An environmental impact statement lodged with the application had stated that the proposed project would have created 72 jobs and . . . Complete story »
Councillors have thrown out plans for another wind farm near Stonehaven voicing fears the giant structures could cause aeroplanes to crash – despite there already being more than 50 turbines in the area. The proposed development of 11 wind turbines, each measuring 135 metres high, went before Aberdeenshire Council’s Kincardine and Mearns area committee. Energy firm ESB submitted the plans for the Craigneil site to the west of Stonehaven, and won the backing of council planners. But councillors raised concerns . . . Complete story »
Yesterday the residents of Rethymno sent a loud message to the law-breaking investors in wind energy, preventing the installation of three wind turbines within walking distance from the village of Adraktos in the mountains of the Municipality of Agios Vasileios. From four o’clock in the morning, after being informed that the wind turbines had been unloaded at Souda Port, the residents set up a blockade on the access road, specifically in the Kissou Kampos area. The trucks carrying the wind . . . Complete story »
After nearly four years of debate, protest and vocal opposition, the Republic Wind LLC application to construct a wind farm facility in Seneca and Sandusky counties has been officially denied by the Ohio Power Siting Board. The board had the authority to either approve or deny a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the wind-powered electric generation facility, but ultimately decided the project was not in the public interest. During a meeting Thursday afternoon, the board voted unanimously . . . Complete story »