Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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On Tuesday, at an emergency meeting, Adams Township approved to intervene in the application process for APEX Clean Energy’s Republic Wind Farm. If a sworn affidavit is submitted and approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board, who has to approve any wind farm application before construction can begin, the townships’ trustees will be the voice of the people in front of the state. “They’re going to say the economic impact. They’re going to say what kind of impact it’s going . . . Complete story »
Members of the East Hampton Town Trustees, deeply split over their role in the anticipated Deepwater Wind offshore wind farm, are attempting to work out some of their internal differences before they begin public discussions of when they might bring the application up for a vote—if they decide to do so at all. The public comment period for the two applications by Deepwater Wind, to the East Hampton Town Board and the East Hampton Town Trustees, officially closed on Thursday, . . . Complete story »
A U.S. House committee will kick off debate next week on three new bills aimed at boosting offshore wind energy leases in federal waters. The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a hearing on Tuesday on three bipartisan offshore wind proposals. One proposal would require the Interior Department to develop a leasing plan or schedule for federal offshore leases, a second would create a federal grant for educational or career programs for the offshore industry, and a . . . Complete story »
An energy firm hoping to build a wind farm off the coast of north Norfolk has been criticised for ignoring concerns before submitting a planning application. Danish energy giant Orsted submitted an application for the Hornsea Project Three windfarm to the planning inspectorate on Monday, May 14, which has been accepted for consultation. But the chair of a group dedicated to protecting the region’s coastline said the firm had a “total inability to take part in a meaningful consultation.” If . . . Complete story »
Gov. LePage set up wind-farm review panel to meet in private. Now, the names of its members are secret.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is refusing to identify the members of a public commission charged with reviewing the impact of wind farms on the state’s tourism economy. LePage, a strident critic of wind power, ordered the commission created in January under an executive order that allows it to gather public comments but meet in secret. Now the administration is also keeping secret the names of the group’s members, saying it will reveal them only after public comments have been gathered. . . . Complete story »
Gov. Dannel Malloy, always ready to reach into his trusty bonding bag of tricks, managed to pull out $15 million worth of goodies for Deepwater Wind, the rich hedge-fund controlled company to which the state has granted permission to sell its expensive wind power to Connecticut ratepayers. Before even making Deepwater the winning bidder for the state’s commitment to buy offshore wind, Malloy announced he would provide $15 million in borrowed state bond money for improvements to State Pier in . . . Complete story »
The number of wind turbines at the Crystal Rig wind farm in the Lammermuirs could break the 100 barrier if the latest planning application is approved. Fred Olsen Ltd, has submitted an application to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit for an additional 11 turbines to the south of the current wind farm site that has 91 turbines, developed in three separate stages. Four of the proposed turbines in the Crystal Rig Phase IV application will be 149.9mm to tip . . . Complete story »
The Northeast utility National Grid on Friday released a blueprint to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. The “Northeast 80×50 Pathway” syncs with similar goals of the states where the electric and natural gas utility operates – New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island – said Rudolph Wynter, president and COO for transmission, generation and energy procurement at National Grid. The utility delivers electricity to 3.3 million customers and natural gas to . . . Complete story »
Wind developers say new local zoning laws convinced them to walk away from a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm in rural St. Lawrence County. In a letter to Hopkinton’s town board, an attorney for Atlantic Wind – the parent company of Avangrid Renewables – said executives “will cease all development efforts” after nearly a decade working on the proposed North Ridge Wind Farm. (Click here to read the letter.) Attorney Robert Panasci said the decision comes after Hopkinton approved a restrictive new zoning . . . Complete story »
BIXBY – The Bixby City Council voted Monday to hire the law firm Gable Gotwals to represent the city before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in an effort to add its opposition to the building of the Wind Catcher Energy Project to the record. The city plans to ask the commission to either deny preapproval of cost recovery or to stay a decision until Bixby residents can be heard. “I’m not opposed to wind energy, but I can tell you I am . . . Complete story »