Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Laois County Council has refused permission for a proposed wind farm situated across Laois and Kilkenny following huge opposition from residents of both counties. Pinewood Wind Limited had applied to build 11 wind turbines, each with a maximum height of up to 136.5 metres, and all associated site development and ancillary works, including a 110kV electricity substation. The development would have spanned Knockardugar, Boleybawn, Garrintaggart, Ironmills and Graiguenahown, County Laois. The proposed development was part of a larger development which . . .
IDA GROVE, IA – When you drive into Ida Grove, you see dozens of wind turbines in the distance. It’s part of a project that the county says by 2024, will generate over two million dollars for them. But there are some people who aren’t happy with these large towers. There are over a hundred Ida County residents crammed into the county courthouse who are worried. “There’s a lot of concern out there,” said Brett Bergman, a resident in Ida County. . . .
Wind opponents seek deadline extensions; Local residents push for broader participation is PSB process
SWANTON – Community members are fighting for maximum participation in the Public Service Board’s review of Swanton Wind, as that review process becomes potentially more complex and certainly longer. The board issued its ruling on who can participate under which criteria in early April. For example, any citizen participant falling under the Northwest Regional Planning Commission’s jurisdiction can participate in regards to the project’s “orderly development.” But that’s as inclusive as the board’s order got in regards to citizen participation. Take . . .
ALEXANDRIA – Interconnection Queue, a representative of Energias de Portugal (EDP), said the proposed Spruce Ridge Wind Farm – which calls for as many as 29 turbines in the Newfound Lake/Cardigan Mountain region – is not dead and will likely return. Through its subsidiary, EDP Renewables of Houston, Texas, the company wants to build wind turbines in the northern and western portions of the Newfound Lake watershed in Alexandria, Canaan, Dorchester, Groton and Orange. In March, the company withdrew a bond for the . . .
The company behind a controversial wind turbine in Barnmeen has stopped the turbine until repairs are carried out to help noise levels. The decision to halt the blades for two weeks comes in the wake of a meeting of Barnmeen Residents’ Group last week. Neighbours are concerned about the turbine’s noise and its impact on the nearby community and environment. Ballee & Harryville Community Enterprise from Ballymena, a social economy project and charity, told this paper that the turbine will . . .
FALL RIVER – Bad blade pitch bearings could ruin your day. Philips Lightolier won’t let that happen. Two massive cranes have been erected beside the 40-story wind turbine on a lot next to the Philips Lightolier plant, 631 Airport Road. “We are replacing the blade pitch bearings,” said Melissa Kanter, spokesperson for Philips Lightolier. “In order to complete this work, the blades must be taken down, the bearings replaced and then the process reversed to reinstall. “We started last week and . . .
A public inquiry is to start into Highland councillors’ rejection of a 13-turbine windfarm proposed for Invergarry. Energy firm RES wants to build 13 turbines on the Culachy Estate. The council’s south area planning committee rejected it at a meeting in December 2015. The hearing, before a Scottish Government appointed reporter at the Lovat Hotel in Fort Augustus, is scheduled to run for six days, drawing to a close on May 2. The turbines would be up to 490ft tall . . .
“The legislation would essentially allow industrial-scale uses — power plants — on properties that are often residentially zoned and may be in close proximity to residential neighborhoods,” Maria Mack, chairwoman of the South Kingstown Planning Board, said during a recent hearing at the Statehouse. Mack said the bill takes away local siting control while omitting standards for fences, view shed, wildlife and decommissioning of the wind turbine or solar array. There is also no requirement for a public hearing for a proposed project, she added. “It appears that the primary beneficiaries of the proposal might be the investors of these facilities,” Mack said.
A renewable energy developer is pulling the plug on a Nevada wind project championed by former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada that would have been the Silver State’s largest wind farm. Charlottesville, Va.–based Apex Clean Energy is walking away from the 200-megawatt Searchlight Wind Energy Project after environmental groups and some neighbors of the wind farm site filed a lawsuit challenging the venture that was approved in March 2013 by then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The Bureau of Land . . .
CLAYTON – Numerous development concerns, in addition to proposed wind turbine construction, have led the Town Council to consider foregoing a standalone wind law in favor of additional zoning regulations and a state scenic-area designation Wednesday at its next meeting. Town Supervisor David M. Storandt Jr. said the Town Council will review its proposed amendment 40 to the zoning ordinance meant to regulate the application process, height, setbacks and removal of “tall structures.” Tall structures are considered anything taller than 35 . . .