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.
FALMOUTH – A Hatchville-based group, seeking reconsideration of a court judgment that permanently shut down two town-owned wind turbines, does not have the standing needed to file a motion to intervene and has made its move too late, according to an attorney representing a neighbor of one of the turbines. Both sides filed their positions in Barnstable Superior Court late this week. At issue is a June 20 ruling by Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius Moriarty to uphold a decision by . . .
Congress is focused on making our backward tax code into something that encourages our nation’s instinct for creativity and innovation. As we look at all the wasteful and unnecessary tax breaks that are holding us back, I have a nomination: At the top of the list should be ending the quarter-century-old wind production tax credit now – not two years from now. This giveaway to wind developers was meant to end in 1999 but has been extended by Congress ten different . . .
Sound levels and setbacks continued to be problematic for the Antelope County Board of Commissioners when adopting changes to and approving a resolution for zoning regulations at the commissioners board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 7. Antelope County Zoning Administrator Liz Doerr said the language needed to be more specific regarding the acoustical analysis of wind turbines to ensure compliance. Doerr said Keith Marvin of Marvin Planning Consultants, who helped develop the proposed regulations, recommended adding required method of study using 10-minute . . .
LOWELL – Renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf wants to put two large wind turbines on the Lowell side of his Kidder Hill property rather than on the Irasburg side. And he expects to refile an updated petition for the project within a month, according to Lowell Select Board Chairman Richard Pion. The Kidder Hill Wind project petition was found incomplete by state utility regulators on the Vermont Public Utilities Commission in July. The PUC refused to reconsider the decision, saying that . . .
So what is all the buzz about these big wind turbines? If you have not heard about this issue, it’s time to listen. I am deeply concerned that a huge project that will change the entire landscape and culture of our communities could be happening with very little awareness or input from residents. Miami and Cass County Commissioners have already voted to approve setbacks – the distance a 600-foot industrial wind turbine could be placed from a home or residence. On . . .
The developer of a long-distance, high-voltage transmission line has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to rule on the project in the hope of achieving a faster resolution to the long-stymied project. Known as the Grain Belt Express, the 780-mile overhead line is designed to transport additional wind energy from western Kansas, across Missouri and Illinois to roughly the western border of Indiana. It would be capable of ferrying about 4,000 megawatts of power. The project is one of five developed . . .
The Development Authority of the North Country just released a land use study covering Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. The report makes ninety-four recommendations about every land use issue you could think that might affect Fort Drum and the surrounding community. About 25 people gathered in the Watertown high school cafeteria on Tuesday night to voice their opinions on the myriad issues that the study covers. Michelle Capone is the director of regional development at the Development Authority of . . .
CONCORD, N.H. – The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to . . .
GLENVILLE, Minn. – The vista from Dorenne Hansen’s kitchen window features corn and soybean fields specked with barns and tree groves. It may also one day include three wind turbine towers and a power line – not if she can help it, though. Hansen and other residents are fighting to stop the Freeborn Wind project in Freeborn County south of Albert Lea. “I want quiet and dark nights, not the noise and red flashing lights on top of wind towers,” she . . .
A multi-million pound windfarm development has been halted in its tracks by Law Lords after people living nearby complained the work was polluting the water supplies to their homes. Scotland’s top civil court has rejected an appeal by England-based developer Community Windpower to push ahead with a 15-turbine development on Sneddon Law, East Ayrshire, after it was blocked by council planning officials. In what is thought to be a first for Scotland, the local authority ordered the company to stop . . .