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Rising human activity could be harming endangered species #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2018-11-12 20:00
A recently released endangered peregrine falcon found just a few miles from the recently powered Arkwright Summit Wind Park has raised some eyebrows. Was the injured falcon’s location near the wind park a coincidence? Perhaps, though it is impossible to say with absolute certainty, as no one witnessed the incident that caused the broken shoulder. According to founder and director of Campbell Environmental Center Tim O’Day, who oversaw the falcon’s rehabilitation, “That’s a really unusual injury.” “Not normal,” O’Day went . . .

Wind farm abandons tax avoidance tactic that threatened school funding #OK

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2018-11-12 20:00
BLACKWELL – Operators of a northern Oklahoma wind farm are abandoning a creative tax avoidance scheme that was drawing statewide scrutiny because of its potentially damaging impact on Oklahoma school funding. Representatives of Rock Falls Wind Farm LLC told The Oklahoman on Friday that they will pay more than $2.2 million in property taxes this year that will be split among school districts and other governmental entities in Kay and Grant Counties. Company executives decided to drop their claim that the . . .

Is California going the way of Germany when it comes to energy? #CA #DEU

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2018-11-12 20:00
One place possesses the fourth-largest economy in the world. Another is home to the fifth-largest. Both places have instituted ambitious energy and climate goals. But one – Germany – is struggling to meet those targets and its citizens pay some of the highest electricity prices in the industrialized world. Is the German experience a cautionary tale for the other place – California? It’s a question increasingly on the minds of some energy experts in the Golden State. “There are a lot of parallels,” . . .

Australian state looks to beef up grid for solar, wind power #AUS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2018-11-12 20:00
Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales outlined plans on Monday to speed development of A$2.6 billion ($1.9 billion) worth of transmission capacity to hook up more wind and solar power. The move comes as renewable energy developers have run into problems lining up agreements to hook up new solar and wind farms due to congestion on transmission networks, making it hard to secure customers and slowing financing for new projects. New South Wales alone has A$27 billion worth . . .

Poor response to Huron County wind turbine health study #ON

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2018-11-12 20:00
The Huron County Health Unit’s study of any relationship between wind turbines and health complaints won’t be as detailed as they had hoped. The County’s Acting Medical Officer of Health says of the five thousand people who live close enough to a turbine in Huron County to be eligible for the study, slightly over 100 registered for the study. Doctor Maarten Bokhout says that means they won’t be able to do the rigorous study that would have provided a reasonable . . .

Fishermen divided on plans for more offshore wind #MA #RI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2018-11-12 20:00
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – Commercial fishermen and sport fishermen are split over the benefits of offshore wind facilities. Commercial fishermen say the wind-energy projects planned for southern New England, such as the South Fork Wind Farm, are the latest threats to their income after decades of quotas and regulations. “I don’t like the idea of the ocean being taken away from me after I’ve thrown so many big-dollar fish back in the water for the last 30 years, praying I’d get it . . .

What Maine’s new government will mean to you #ME

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2018-11-12 20:00
[Governor-elect Janet] Mills vowed to end LePage’s declared (but unenforced) ban on permits for new land-based wind energy projects. And she strongly backs a University of Maine project that supporters contend could enable Maine to become a leader in the construction and deployment of floating, offshore wind turbines.

Wind turbines coming to Erie and Huron counties? #OH

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пн, 2018-11-12 20:00
BELLEVUE – Apex Clean Energy, which has an office in Bellevue, plans to invest millions into Erie and Huron counties over a 30-year period through the Emerson Creek Wind Project. “Wind turbines pay property tax – with 70 percent going to the school districts – so you’re going to see a major increase in the tax base in the area,” project developer Sarah Moser said. “That’s probably the biggest economic benefit, is the tax revenue it creates … you’re looking at 30 years . . .

10 Options and 5 Case Studies Show How to Reform Utility Business Models

Experts from Rocky Mountain Institute, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute and America’s Power Plan have released a new report that shows why new utility business models are key to the energy transition.

Wind Turbine Manufacturers Hit Turbulence

The shakeout in wind turbine manufacturing industry is starting to produce winners and losers after increasing competition gutted margins. Wind is one of the lowest-cost forms of energy generation and getting cheaper, with turbine prices down more than 50 percent in the past decade. That has hurt profit and spurred gloomier market outlooks from wind machinery makers from General Electric Co. to Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

Putting PURPA Under a Microscope

A 40-year-old law that’s been key to the growth of renewable energy in the U.S. may be due for an overhaul.

Michigan Utilities Have a $7B Grid Modernization Plan

Michigan’s two largest utilities plan to spend $7.2 billion over the next five years to improve electric reliability while preparing for more electric vehicles and distributed generation.

Russia criticised for new export proposals

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пн, 2018-11-12 14:18
RUSSIA: The government has reportedly proposed plans to increase the amount wind turbine component suppliers should export from their Russian facilities.

Low wind yields hit EnBW earnings

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пн, 2018-11-12 13:16
GERMANY: Low offshore wind and hydropower yields reduced utility-developer EnBW's earnings from renewables in the first nine months of the year, it stated.

Morocco's King signals renewables expansion

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пн, 2018-11-12 12:35
MOROCCO: The country's renewable energy target should be revised upward, beyond the present goal of 52% of electricity to be sourced from non-fossil fuels by 2030, King Mohammed VI has announced.

В Кировской области экономический эффект от энергосервисных контрактов достиг 67 млн руб.

Energy2020 - пн, 2018-11-12 12:02
Экономический эффект от энергосберегающих мероприятий, проведенных в рамках энергосервисных контрактов в Кировской области, составил 64 млн рублей. Об этом сообщил министр энергетики и ЖКХ Игорь Релькин во время пленарного заседания XVIII межрегиональной научно-практической конференции "Энергоэффективность - стратегический вектор развития", которая прошла в Кирове 8 ноября.

Agencies earn right to challenge wind farm studies #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - вс, 2018-11-11 14:00
Mr. Schneider, Mrs. Maurer and Mr. Culkin are once again calling for the application’s dismissal by requesting an interlocutory review of the recent ruling. They claim in a filing dated Oct. 31 that Apex violated Article 10 law and the siting board should deny the application, citing a portion of the law stating the board can do so “upon discovery of materially false or inaccurate statements in the application” or the “discovery of material information that the applicant withheld or misrepresented ...”

Windmill traffic causing road trouble for area residents #TX

National Wind Watch: News Watch - вс, 2018-11-11 14:00
The activity surrounding the Hale County Wind project is further deteriorating the roads in its vicinity and nearby Hale County citizens want the commissioners to do something about it. During a Friday morning work session, Hale County Commissioners heard complaints from a few individuals who say they’re having lots of trouble getting down their dirt roads. Dan Houchin, who lives in the area, claimed countless roads across precinct 2 are damaged and the heavy machinery associated with carrying the windmills . . .

Proposed wind farm threat to rare frog #AUS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - вс, 2018-11-11 14:00
A rare species of frog only found near Queensland’s highest town could be wiped out by a multimillion-dollar wind farm project. The Federal Government is currently assessing French company Neoen’s “Green Power Hub” project, proposed at Kaban, about 6km northeast of Ravenshoe. The $ 300 million project – which has state development approval – will include 29 wind turbines, a substation, and a battery storage unit, which is to be one of the largest gridscale batteries in the world. Documents . . .

County nixes wind turbines indefinitely #KS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - вс, 2018-11-11 14:00
All three McPherson Country commissioners voted earlier this week for a moratorium on applications for conditional-use permits that would allow the construction of wind turbines in the county. No applications for conditional-use permits in connection with commercial wind turbine projects will be accepted for an indefinite period, said Rick Witte McPherson County Administrator. The move was done to allow a comprehensive review of the impact commercial wind turbines may have on the county’s new E-911 emergency system that is being . . .