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Wind farm, county officials face lawsuit #TX

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-08-17 15:44
Over the past several months Wildcat Creek Wind Farm LLC has been under discussion within many area governmental entities. And now, it’s facing a lawsuit. On Thursday, Aug. 15, a lawsuit was filed with the Cooke County District Clerk’s office against the wind farm, Cooke County, Cooke County Commissioners’ Court and Precinct 3 Commissioner John Klement. “We are aware of the pending legal matter and are reviewing it internally,” said Liz McCrory, communications analyst with EDP Renewables in response to . . .

‘Tilt-fell’ wind tower removal gets new life #IL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-08-17 15:44
PRINCETON – Bureau County Board on Tuesday reconsidered last month’s vote that prevented Big Sky Wind from using the tilt/fell method for decommissioning wind turbines approved in 2006. The board had voted down an addendum to the project’s decommissioning and restoration plan last month, which would have allowed BSW DevCo LLC (the company that owns Big Sky Wind) to use tilt/fell method over the crane method during the current repowering project. Big Sky is in the process of updating its turbines . . .

Another Voice: Wind turbine farms do not belong in Lake Erie #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-08-17 15:44
In April, I attended a meeting with Diamond Wind where the company presented a proposal to place 50 wind turbines in Lake Erie, from Buffalo to Dunkirk. By the end of their presentation every person in attendance was opposed to the plan. I believe if people would take the time to weigh the pros and cons of this proposal, most would come to the same conclusion that I did: Wind turbines do not belong in Lake Erie or in any . . .

Clean energy jobs are big in Minnesota. But they often go to people from out of state #MN

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-08-17 15:44
The fastest growing jobs in the country are solar panel installers and wind turbine service technicians, a fact that clean energy advocates use as evidence of a growing sector and the economic upside of transitioning away from fossil fuels. But in Minnesota, the rise of clean energy isn’t always resulting in new jobs for Minnesotans – at least when it comes to building wind projects. A report released Thursday by the Minnesota and North Dakota chapter of the Laborers’ International Union . . .

Editorial: Nebraska lawmakers should scrutinize the state’s conflict of interest laws #NE

National Wind Watch: News Watch - сб, 2019-08-17 15:44
It’s uncertain what the final result will be from the legal wrangling over a proposed wind farm in the Nebraska Sand Hills. But one aspect of this issue ought to be certain: The Legislature next year should scrutinize and debate the proper way for state law to define conflicts of interest for public officials. In the wind farm case, a Nebraska District Court judge in July temporarily blocked two Cherry County Board members from voting on an application for the . . .

Softbank invests $110M in new energy storage system

Energy Vault, the creator of a new way to perform utility-scale energy storage, announced that SoftBank Vision Fund (Vision Fund) invested $110 million in its Series B funding round. Energy Vault will use the funds to accelerate global deployment of its technology, which enables renewables to deliver baseload power for less than the cost of fossil fuels 24 hours a day, said the company. As part of the investment, Andreas Hansson, Partner for SoftBank Investment Advisers, will join the Energy Vault board of directors.

The energy transition is underway: 10 charts tell the story

The renewable energy transition promises to reduce carbon emissions, but it’s happening at different speeds around the world. Read on for some key insights from BloombergNEF’s New Energy Outlook 2019, which provides a detailed road map to the future.

Seneca County Commissioners officially change stance on wind turbine projects #OH

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:31
Seneca County Commissioners have officially changed their views publicly on wind turbine projects. They announced a change to its intervention status today for the Republic Wind Project, from interested to against. This means the commissioners are dropping all support, including its current legal council. The new policy says it opposes all current and proposed projects “to the fullest extent possible.”

Barton County woman holds public meeting, raises concerns over wind farm #MO

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:31
BARTON COUNTY, Mo. – Jennifer Ryan, Barton County Resident: “It wasn’t until I actually saw it with my own eyes, and realized it was gonna effect me personally, that I got concerned and decided to get involved.” In June, Liberty Utilities-Empire District got approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to build wind farms in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.. including Barton County. According to Liberty Utilities, the project will bring about 140 wind turbines split between Barton, Dade, Jasper . . .

Resolutions drafted to prevent further wind expansion #KS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:31
ERIE – Neosho County Commissioners and critics of the Neosho Ridge Wind project looked over drafts of a proposed moratorium on future construction during Thursday evening’s meeting. County Counselor Seth Jones had prepared a draft and two revised versions of a resolution, and opponent Ed Spielbusch also submitted a proposed resolution. Commissioners will incorporate elements from each to bring back to a future meeting. “One step closer,” Commission Chair Gail Klaassen said. The resolutions exempt the current Neosho Ridge Wind . . .

After negotiations, energy companies opt against placing wind farms in Val Verde County #TX

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:31
VAL VERDE COUNTY, Texas – In the wide-open spaces of Val Verde County lies the Devils River, one of the last pristine, wild rivers in Texas. Recently, it was at the center of a monthslong negotiation. “Absolutely. It’s a major win for us and for future generations of Texas and for anyone else who cares about the wide-open spaces in our state,” explained Julie Lewey, with the Devils River Conservancy. The group, made up of landowners along the Devils River . . .

Wind debate stirs tensions in Barre #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:31
During the public comment period, members of the public were very unhappy with the development of the Heritage Wind project as well as the town board, continuing to not only voice their disapproval over the project and how the current proposed windmills will be higher than the town ordinance. In particular, Barbara Verburg noted the supervisor’s letter to the editor in the Orleans Hub on June 27, which said the town board was just having a meeting with representatives of Heritage Wind to discuss concerns over the reimbursement agreement and further discussion over the host agreement. That it wasn’t done and there will be more discussions. “That is not the story as it happened, and you know that,” she said. “I am disgusted how we are trying to change what is true. People in this town voted you in. People in this town wanted you there to be a voice for them and you’re lying to them. That is unbelievable.”

Lightning strike and wind farm fault triggered blackout chaos #GBR

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:31
A technical fault at the world’s largest offshore wind farm was among a series of failures that resulted in Britain’s worst blackouts in a decade, according to initial analysis by National Grid. Hornsea One wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire and Little Barford gas-fired power plant in Bedfordshire both suddenly reduced their electricity output shortly before 5pm last Friday. This removed about 5 per cent of national power supplies and contributed to blackouts that left a million homes without . . .

Company behind rejected wind project in Burke County to submit new application #ND

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:31
The company behind a proposed wind energy project in North Dakota struck down by state regulators earlier this year says it intends to submit a new project application in the fall. In June, the state’s Public Service Commission denied a siting permit for Burke Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., for a 76-turbine wind farm in Burke County, amid concerns over the project’s environmental impact. Game and Fish officials filed a report citing concerns over how the project . . .

Central Highlands wind farm wedge-tailed eagle safety plans #AUS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:31
Proposed Central Highlands wind turbines will be located to avoid any significant risk of being struck by wedge-tailed eagles, the proponent says. Sydney-based renewables company Epuron is proposing a 67-turbine wind farm development at St Patricks Plains, south of Great Lake and Arthurs Lake. The project would have tower heights of 150 metres and proposed blade length of 90 metres. In documents lodged with the federal Environment Department, Epuron said an "eagle utilisation survey" over 24 months would be completed, . . .

‘Orphaned’ renewable credits get reprieve in House bill #USA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:30
An assortment of expired renewable energy sources would see long-term extensions under new bipartisan House legislation introduced this week. The “Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equalization Act,” introduced Tuesday by Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.), would extend the investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC) for qualified projects – including biomass, hydropower and marine energy, biogas, and waste-to-energy facilities – that begin construction before 2025. While the ITC and PTC are both undergoing a multiyear phase-down for solar . . .

Lawyers to review 2,000 pages of documents in CK water contamination case #ON

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:30
The environmental case against an Ontario ministry, minister, and wind companies over tainted well water is being pushed back to give lawyers a chance to review thousands of pages worth of information related to the charges. Dozens of people packed the Provincial Offence Court in Blenheim Wednesday morning as the case went before the court for the first time since the charges were laid on July 12. Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of the environment, as well as the Environment Ministry . . .

Even Andrew Cuomo isn’t sure of New York’s near-impossible climate goals #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:30
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last month signed the most aggressive climate law in the nation. But even he’s not sure it’ll work out as planned, and Cuomo’s not alone. Some of the technology needed to achieve an 85% cut in statewide greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050 isn’t even commercially available yet. It may require more legislation ahead. It will certainly be costly, and it depends on energy sources, including offshore wind farms, that still need to . . .

Commissioners pause tax break vote on $500M wind farm #MT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:30
Rosebud County commissioners have hit the pause button on deciding whether a $500 million wind farm warrants a 50% tax abatement. Commissioners tabled a proposal Tuesday to lower taxes on the Clearwater Wind farm to be located near Forsyth. In the works since 2012, 120-turbine farm will generate enough power to electrify 300,000 homes. Developers plan to market the power in the Pacific Northwest by way of the 500-kilovolt power lines servicing the four units of coal-fired Colstrip Power Plant. . . .

Planners to consider wind farm regs #KS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - пт, 2019-08-16 15:30
Discussion will begin in earnest next week on possible wind farm regulations for the area surrounding Parsons. The Parsons Planning Commission will meet Tuesday to begin consideration of a zoning amendment for wind energy conversion systems in the 3-mile area. After a recommendation from City Commissioner Tom Shaw to develop wind turbine regulations, the planners first took up the issue in a July 23 meeting. They decided the full planning commission, instead of a subcommittee, should look into the issue. . . .