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NYS Siting Board denies Farmersville, Freedom request for Alle-Catt rehearing #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Sat, 2020-09-26 15:00
ALBANY – The New York State Siting Board denied petitions Friday from the towns of Farmersville and Freedom for a rehearing of the board’s approval June 3 of the Alle-Catt wind farm. The proposed $455 million project spanning five towns in three counties would consist of 117 600-foot-tall wind turbines capable of generating 340 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 134,000 homes for a year. In a virtual meeting Friday morning, members of the state Board on Electrical Generation and the Environment . . .

Living in the shadows of wind farm turbine tyrants #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Sat, 2020-09-26 15:00
The single-track road from Barrhill in South Ayrshire to New Luce in Wigtownshire, winds through conifer forests and across desolate moorland, where cattle and sheep graze. A few miles from Barrhill, a potholed track leads for almost a mile to Dochroyle Farm, the home of Pat Spence. The cobwebs shimmer in the roadside reeds and thistles in the September sunshine. There is unseasonal high pressure, with cloudless blue skies and not even the slightest breeze. The 184 giant, industrial wind . . .

Wind turbines versus tourism: Battle lines drawn ahead of Kerry Development Plan #IRL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Sat, 2020-09-26 15:00
Wind energy is set to become a major battleground in the new Kerry County Development Plan. The subject has attracted more submissions than any other issues in the first public consultation for the development plan, with tourist bodies saying big turbines are not compatible with the county’s main industry, tourism. Dozens of individual submissions, from East and north Kerry, are questioning the benefit to Kerry of wind energy and say the north of the county, which was opened up to . . .

Wind power and NIMBY #CO

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Sat, 2020-09-26 15:00
The term “nimby” is an acronym for the phrase “not in my back yard.” It refers to opposition by residents to proposed developments in their local area, as well as support for strict land use regulations to prevent them. It implies that such residents are only opposing the development because it is close to them and that they would tolerate or support it if it were built farther away. I imagine those Longmont residents who repeatedly call for more of . . .

At first debate, Zuckerman and Scott clash on climate, social issues #VT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Sat, 2020-09-26 15:00
Scott, a longtime opponent of industrial wind projects, attempted to put Zuckerman on the defensive, asking whether he supported "the destruction of our ridgelines." Arguing that round silos were once viewed as "an abomination of our landscape," Zuckerman said he saw a certain beauty in solar fields and wind turbines — and supported industrial wind in appropriate locations.

Time has come for turbine input #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Sat, 2020-09-26 15:00
The town of Portland is justifiably amending their wind energy facilities law. There is scheduled to be a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. at the Portland Fire Hall. These hearings are to allow the public a chance to be heard and offer guidance to our elected officials. The proposed law can be viewed at https://townofportland.org/files/Local–Law–Draft–8-20-2020.pdf I am neither for nor against responsibly sited wind or solar energy projects. I am, however, strongly for transparency and honesty when it comes to . . .

Gage County Planning Commission to discuss wind turbine regulations #NE

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Sat, 2020-09-26 15:00
BEATRICE – The Gage County Planning Commission will soon consider any other potential changes that may be needed to local wind energy regulations, following the county board’s move to increase setback distance to one-mile, between wind turbines and not participating rural homes. The commission plans to meet next Tuesday night. Gage County Board Chairman Erich Tiemann says sound levels are one of the other items that may get a second look. “One of them was decibel levels of the actual . . .

Siting board reaffirms support for nearby wind farm #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Sat, 2020-09-26 15:00
The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment Board Friday reaffirmed its approval of Alle-Catt Wind Energy LLC to build and operate a wind farm in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Wyoming counties. The Siting Board’s decision to deny petitions for rehearing follows a determination that the wind farm meets or exceeds all siting requirements. “These rulings affirm that the Siting Board was correct in its earlier approval of the Alle-Catt … wind projects,” said Siting Board Chair . . .

Andra vindkraftsolyckan på kort tid – blad slets sönder i Tönsen #SWE

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 19:12
[On Thursday, a blade was torn from one of the turbines in Tönsen. This is the second time this has happened in a short time.] Under torsdagen slets en vinge av från en av turbinerna i vindkraftsparken vid Tönsen. Det här är andra gången det händer på kort tid. Nu uppmanar vindkraftföretaget folk att hålla ett säkerhetsavstånd på 300 meter. Det var i mitten av juli som man först upptäckte att bladet på en vindkraftsturbin mellan Åmot och Lingbo i . . .

Worker dies in fall at US wind farm

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 18:31
Police in Texas confirm they are investigating after a 39-year-old man fell to his death while working uptower on a turbine at the Langford wind project

Denmark launches tender for Thor

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 17:51
The auction for the planned 800-1,000MW Thor offshore project will have a deadline of November 2021

Decision on future of Inuvik’s wind turbine expected soon #CAN

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
A decision on a request by the Nihtat Gwich’in Council to prevent the construction of a wind turbine on land that is a reindeer grazing reserve is expected within the next two weeks. The council, which made the request to the Gwich’in Land and Water Board in January, said placing the 3.5-megawatt wind turbine at High Point, about 12 kilometres east of Inuvik and north of the Dempster Highway, would contravene their land agreement, according to Jozef Carnogursky, past president . . .

Updated agreement for removal of turbines #ON

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
An updated Road Users Agreement (RUA) for the decommissioning of industrial turbines in the White Pines Wind Energy Project in Athol and South Marysburgh is on its way for approval at October’s council meeting. Tanya Redden, the County’s construction supervisor, notes in her report at today’s committee of the whole meeting, that parties involved want decommissioning work to be started as soon as possible to avoid heavy loads during spring thaw when roads are more susceptible to damage. The Ministry . . .

California grants western Joshua trees temporary endangered species protections #CA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
State officials took the unusual step Tuesday of granting temporary endangered species status to the western Joshua tree, but will allow 15 solar energy firms to raze Joshua trees that stand in the way of their shovel-ready projects. ... It was not the first time that wildlife authorities have agreed to exemptions for the renewable energy industry. In a 2013 decision condemned by environmentalists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said operators of Terra-Gen Power’s wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains would not be prosecuted if their turbines accidentally killed any federally endangered California condors during the expected 30-year life span of the project.

Concerns about wind turbines #IL (letter)

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
What will the future of Piatt County be if Apex is allowed to proceed with their proposal for 120 wind turbines (750ft tall) on 20,000 acres of prime farmland? Concerned citizens, scientists, physicians, and environmentalists are opposing industrial wind turbines in the USA and internationally. Environmentally these massive structures, that require enormous amounts of resources and fossil fuels to manufacture, transport and erect, destroy irreplaceable fertile farmland and reduce bird and bat populations. At least 14,000 non-biodegradable turbines now litter . . .

Jeju haenyeos call for cancellation of offshore wind power project

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
A group of “haenyeo,” or female divers in Jeju Island have voiced strong opposition ahead of the Jeju Provincial Council’s deliberations on the motion of the environmental impact assessment for the offshore wind farm in Gujwa-eup. About one hundred haenyeos who are members of the Handong-Pyeongdae fishing village fraternities held a press conference on Thursday in front of the Jeju Provincial Assembly, calling for the cancellation of the offshore wind farm project. They claimed that unlike the Hanlim offshore wind . . .

Falmouth Conservation Commission approves testing for undersea cables #MA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Fri, 2020-09-25 15:00
An offshore wind farm project located 26 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard will be testing two possible sites in Falmouth to bring the energy to shore. The 804-megawatt project from Cambridge-based Mayflower Wind is located on the Atlantic Coast Outer Continental Shelf. The company is looking at several paths to connect the energy to the power grid, with Falmouth being on the short list. “We’re still in early stages, and we are exploring alternative routes,” Christopher Hardy, Mayflower’s external affairs . . .

GE Renewable Energy secures 576MW Invenergy order

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 13:59
Orders for 576 MW of onshore wind tech from Invenergy include GE’s 2.X-127 and 2.X-116 turbines

Vestas wins 144MW supply deal in Greece

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 13:29
Vestas grows its market share in Greece with a new 144MW order

Sweden and Norway agree end to electricity certificate scheme

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Fri, 2020-09-25 11:58
The possibility of an extension to the two countries' shared electricity system creates uncertainty, wind industry groups claim
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