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Will a new energy project lure eagles to their death? #OR #WA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
A proposed energy storage project in the Columbia Basin is drawing concern from bird advocates. They’re worried new water ponds could attract waterfowl and eagles that could then be struck by nearby wind turbines. The Goldendale pumped hydro storage project would work like a giant battery. Green energy advocates say this type of storage is crucial to getting more renewable power on the grid. The project would be able to store renewable energy for times when the wind isn’t blowing . . .

NextEra withdraws plans for wind farm opposed by military #OK

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
NextEra Energy Resources is withdrawing plans to build a wind farm that had been opposed by the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, according to the office of Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and OSMPC Chairman Mike Cooper. Construction on the company’s wind farm west of Hinton was stopped last October after NextEra and the OSMPC agreed to work on a mitigation plan with the Defense Department to resolve the issue. Hinton is 53 miles west of Oklahoma City and 88 . . .

Big news in wind farm battle #KS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
A special meeting of the Marion County Commission came to an abrupt halt this afternoon after Brad Jantz, county counselor, made an announcement to a full room. “There has been a lawsuit filed against the county, and as much as I know about it, the subject matter are the wind turbines and farms,” Jantz said. “As such, I’m going to strongly recommend here today that you table any public discussion about Article 27 or anything else until we get served . . .

Wind company lodges complaint against DWS #HI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
KAILUA-KONA – Lalamilo Wind Company in April filed an administrative complaint with the Hawaii County Department of Water Supply in what could prove a predecessor to a multi-million dollar lawsuit. The complaint claims DWS is guilty of breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, misrepresentation and promissory estoppel. The claims stem primarily from LWC’s view that the department has failed to fulfill wind energy purchasing obligations as outlined in a power purchase agreement the entities entered . . .

NextEra Energy Resources scraps wind farm plans because of airspace concerns #OK

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
Plans were dropped Friday to build two west-central Oklahoma wind energy projects, including one that had been paused by potential litigation over concerns it would interfere with low-level military training air routes, their developer announced Friday. NextEra Energy Resources, a wind developer that has invested more than $5 billion in Oklahoma projects, said it began notifying landowners it had negotiated leases with for those projects on Friday afternoon it will not proceed. Scrapped projects are the 220-megawatt Minco V wind . . .

New wind farm a big surprise #CA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
I attended the Rio Dell city Council meeting on May 7, and was surprised to learn about the Humboldt wind farm that is to be built on Bear River Ridge above Rio Dell. I was also informed that the public comment period ends on June 5. If I hadn’t been at the city council meeting, I never would have known about the proposed wind farm. Why was I not informed about this? The developer, Humboldt Wind LLC was required to . . .

Mountaineering Scotland challenges Scottish Natural Heritage on wind farms #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) must “stand up and protect” the land from wind farm developers who “exploit” the planning system, an outdoors body claims. Mountaineering Scotland says SNH, a Scottish Government agency, should play a stronger role in determining whether or not turbines should be built in beauty spots. Currently, the organisation provides advice to planners asked to rubber stamp new developments or grant extensions to existing projects. But Mountaineering Scotland, which represents hillwalkers, says it should instead take up . . .

Fact Check: Pro wind farm postcard makes inaccurate claim #KS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
A misleading postcard was mailed out to Reno County residents this week claiming that county officials were proposing to impose a 2,500-foot setback on wind farm developments in the county. The mailing, from the anonymous “Kansans for Energy Options,” asked those receiving it to call Reno County Commissioners and “tell them to oppose the new 2,500 ft setback regulations and stand with landowners!” The County Commission had been expected to vote next week on whether to grant NextEra Energy a . . .

Councillors poised to block Ellon turbine plan #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
A lack of evidence showing MoD and air traffic control radar mitigation could see the rejection of a proposed wind turbine near Ellon. Councillors agreed a delegated grant for the turbine at Cardinghill – which would measure just under 100m to wing tip – in November last year. But it was subject to applicants Cardinghill Renewables Ltd providing a detailed assessment of the proposed mitigation measures for consultation with the MoD and the removal of its objection within a six-month . . .

Ameren Missouri seeks to build wind farm in Atchinson County #MO

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
Ameren Missouri filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking permission to construct and own an 299-megawatt wind farm in Atchinson County. Another company plans to build the wind farm and Ameren plans to purchase the wind farm once it is complete, according to a news release from the Missouri Public Service Commission. Applications to intervene in the case must be sent to the the Missouri Public Service Commission by May 25.

Nextera hearing delayed until June #KS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-05-18 14:00
A special county commission meeting set for next week on NextEra Energy’s conditional use permit application for its Reno County wind farm has been delayed, likely into early June, Reno County officials said late Friday. County Administrator Gary Meagher said the Florida developer had raised legal questions over some of the protest petitions filed by homeowners in the case. Residents living within the wind farm footprint filed the petitions in an attempt to force a unanimous vote of the County . . .

Associated Electric Cooperative signs 20-year PPA for 265 MW of wind power

Enel Green Power North America announced on Thursday that it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) between its subsidiary White Cloud Wind Project, LLC and Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI), a power utility based in Springfield, Missouri. In line with the agreement, AECI will purchase the entire output generated by the 236.5 MW White Cloud wind project, currently in development in Nodaway County, Missouri.

20 MW of community solar available for purchase by Xcel customers in Minnesota

CleanChoice Energy on Thursday said it was opening an additional 20.51 MW of community solar capacity for residential customers of Xcel. The new capacity is being supplied by fifteen solar farms owned and operated by AltusPower America in various locations in Minnesota. CleanChoice Energy is the largest community solar provider in Minnesota with more than 85 megawatts of solar capacity.

Portuguese parliament slams excessive payments to generators

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пт, 2019-05-17 17:54
The Portuguese parliament has approved a report calling for the government and regulators to curb excessive profits of electricity generators, including a €950 million alleged over-payment to EDP for guaranteeing supply from its Sines coal-fired plant.

Southern California Edison starts community solar program for customers

This week, Southern California Edison announced that it has signed on the first developer, SharedSolarCA, to its Community Renewables Program that will allow residential and business customers to take advantage of solar energy without having to install it directly on their roofs or facilities.

Indian auction momentum slows further

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - пт, 2019-05-17 17:32
Three recent wind auctions in India with a cumulative capacity of 3.4GW were undersubscribed by nearly 1.1GW as prices stabilise.

More US offshore wind development as Germany’s EnBW sets up New Jersey office

On Thursday this week, Mayor Steven Fulop welcomed EnBW North America to Jersey City in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. New Jersey Economic Development Authority Senior Vice President Brian Sabina and others gathered to officially open the German subsidiary’s first U.S. office and marking its entrance into the competitive New Jersey/New York offshore wind market.

CellCube to bring grid scale vanadium battery to South Australia

Renewables firm Pangea Energy and vanadium battery producer CellCube have signed on to build a 50MW storage system alongside a solar farm in South Australia.

Courtroom cross-examinations in wind farm “evidentiary hearing” #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-05-17 14:00
LOWVILLE – A stalemate on a number of issues after the early wrap-up of this week’s “evidentiary hearing” for Invenergy’s Number 3 Wind Farm resulted in a closed-door “settlement conference” to try to search for middle ground. The hearing, one of the final stages of the state’s Article 10 energy project vetting process, was scheduled to be held all this week at the Lewis County Courthouse. However, it wrapped up by Wednesday. Hundreds of pages of written testimony and evidence were . . .

Let’s talk wind farms: A conversation with Posey/Gibson project company, E.ON #IN

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-05-17 14:00
Citizen groups like and have addressed concerns over proposed wind farm projects and Gibson and Posey counties throughout the last several months. On Thursday, Gibco Wind held a meeting, and a represenative from the company behind the project, E.ON, attended. Amanda Mueller sat down with E.ON Wind Development Manager Karsen Rumpf to ask questions posed at these citizen meetings. “First thing I like to tell people is to, you know, go up and take a look at them . . .