Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
PAXTON – A great deal of frustration was expressed by citizens and board members alike during Monday night’s meeting of the Ford County Board. The meeting was a continuation of last week’s board meeting with one agenda item – wind farms. Both sides expressed their frustrations over a lack of action and the length of time that problems have gone unresolved associated with the Kelly Creek Wind Farm in Rogers Township, near Kempton. All agreed that the problems have been expressed to . . .
With the filing of Invenergy’s Site Plan given to the county on September 1, the subject of a moratorium resolution was once again a topic of discussion during the regular meeting on Tuesday, September 5. Each Supervisor had the opportunity to comment on the issue before a vote was taken. “We have an ordinance in place that no other wind energy company can come in under the radar or any other way,” Supervisor Chairman Keith Wirtz began. “They have to . . .
UPPER THUMB – Local counties, municipalities and school districts will be able to hold on to disputed wind turbine tax revenue following recent action by NextEra Energy Resources. All tax disputes involving NextEra wind turbines in Huron and Tuscola counties have been resolved. NextEra has withdrawn its appeals with the Michigan Tax Tribunal (MTT) for its Pheasant Run and Tuscola Wind II wind parks. Huron County Commissioner Ron Wruble said it was surprising, yet good news. “That’s good news, I guess, . . .
Proposed changes to Lincoln County’s wind ordinance will be delayed another month to allow representatives of Pattern Development to make the case to the county attorney for suggested modifications. County commissioners Tuesday voted 4-1 with Commissioner Tom Stewart going against a motion by Commissioner Elaine Allen to postpone the hearing one more time. She added on a recommendation from County Attorney Alan Morel that the hearing be advertised again to give the public notice. Consideration of an amended ordinance previously . . .
The citizens’ battle against Apex’s industrial wind turbines scored another victory last week: The two Yates candidates who oppose Apex’s Lighthouse Wind project won handily over the one pro-wind candidate in the Republican primary. It is yet another sign that all the monies coming from Apex in an attempt to buy community approval here have yet to yield any results for them. Free hot dogs, fireworks and county fair sponsorships cannot disguise an unpopular project. Residents here are educated on . . .
The Karnataka state electricity regulator has reduced the feed-in-tariff for wind from INR 4.50/kWh ($0.07kWh) to INR 3.73/kWh ($0.058/kWh), putting roughly 600MW of projects in jeopardy. The earlier tariff of INR 4.5/kWh was expected to be applicable until March 2018. The new regulatory order stipulates the new tariff will be applicable for all new projects with power purchase agreements (PPA) signed after 4 September and even for commissioned projects with PPAs not signed off by the regulator. Under normal process, . . .
GLENMORE – Glenmore’s Plan Commission is recommending a strong message to the owners of the Shirley Wind Farm: Stop annoying nearby residents, or risk losing your permit to operate in the town. By a 6-0 vote, the commission recommended Tuesday that the Town Board direct Duke Energy Renewables to work to eliminate a phenomenon, called “shadow flicker,” that has prompted complaints from some people living near the turbines at Shirley Wind. Under the recommendation, Duke would have 90 days to . . .
LINDENWOOD – Five years ago a wind turbine was erected at Eswood Elementary School with hopes to take the school off the grid and cover energy costs. The wind turbine could be seen spinning in the wind, it never fulfilled its purpose or produced any energy for the school. Instead the turbine stood behind the school and was a nuisance and danger. The windmill was installed in May 2012 by Dr. Mayberry who retired from the school in June 2012. . . .
I attended the PUC meeting in Clark Wednesday on the Crocker Wind Farm. The developer that mixed up the Kool Aid for the proponents did a great job. Studying this wind energy scam for seven years, I have seen how the developers give them all the same coaching for their speeches. What affected me the most was sad. I have never been to the “Crocker Hills,” but it sounds like a beautiful place, and I will visit this wonder of . . .
People of Savoy: It is wise to learn from your mistakes and even wiser to learn from the mistakes of others. I live in Scituate, 3,200 feet from a single 1.5 MW wind turbine. Six years ago the wind industry came to town and sold a bill of goods to our town officials. They said that the turbine would not have any negative impact on the community and they believed it, for they were persuasive and very believable. For the . . .