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.
Concerns continue to be raised by residents in DeKalb County over the operation of a commercial wind turbine project in Missouri. NextEra Energy Resources based in Florida began operating 97 wind turbines near Osborn, Missouri, in December. The project in DeKalb County was one of the first by NextEra Energy to use wind turbines that were manufactured to be 500 feet tall. Some residents in the county have expressed concern over effects from light flicker, noise levels, vibration of buildings . . .
SHIAWASSEE COUNTY – The Shiawassee County Planning Board is currently in the middle of a yearlong process of developing an ordinance in response to wind energy companies that have already started signing leases within the county. During the planning board’s Jan. 12 meeting, a moratorium was placed on wind turbines in the county. It basically prevents wind turbines from being installed until the county gets an ordinance in place. Shiawassee County Land Use Planner Matthew Lafferty explained that APEX Clean . . .
HOLLAND – Neighbors, two electric utilities and a Quebec town can participate in the review of the Dairy Air Wind turbine proposed for School Road. But Thomas Knauer, the hearing officer for the Vermont Public Service Board who granted party status, warned that the impact of a 499-foot-tall wind turbine on property values is not part of the review under state law. Property values are among the top concerns of neighboring property owners. Meanwhile, the two Vermont electric utilities, Green Mountain . . .
Oklahoma’s burgeoning wind energy capacity was accompanied by the swelling cost of the state subsidies that encouraged the industry’s growth. That accommodating competitive environment seems to be changing rapidly. For turbines that come on line after July 1, a key subsidy – the zero-emissions facilities tax credit – won’t be available. Its disappearance has caused some in the wind industry to tell the World that Oklahoma is creating an “uncertain” competitive and regulatory climate. Yet, the industry itself agreed that the zero . . .
It’s ‘like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. That was the incredulous reaction of one community councillor to the possible granting of a wind turbine facility at Hunterston without background noise measurements in place. In March, North Ayrshire Council decided to delay the decision to extend the Hunterston giant turbine development by two years until June, after concerns were raised about out-of-date background noise measurements. And now, Chairman Rita Holmes has voiced concerns during Fairlie Council’s monthly meeting that the two . . .
HOPKINTON – The Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board has approved the sound decibel limit and setbacks for the siting of contested 500-foot wind towers proposed in Hopkinton and Parishville. The advisory board decided on setting a 24-hour sound decibel limit for the noise the wind towers can produce. The board settled on 40 decibels for day and night. The vote was approved 3-2, according to Hopkinton Town Supervisor Susan Wood. Board members who voted in favor were Jody Wenzel, Mary Jane Niles . . .
Opponents of a proposed Taranaki wind farm have told a consents hearing that the project will have a huge impact on their lives. Tararua Wind Power wants to build 48 wind turbines, each standing 160 metres tall, on a 980 hectare coastal site between Patea and Waverley. Pylons standing 14m will relay electricity to the Waverley sub-station along streets on the outskirts of the township. Patea farmer Paul Mitchell told the hearing he lived within a kilometre of the $325 . . .
In regards to signing a petition for wind turbines, my guess is most signing never attended one meeting in the county on the matter, so lack the ability to sign with an educated idea of what can happen. The commissioners have held numerous public hearings on the wind power plant. At one of those meetings, citizens were told to move if they did noy like it by an individual. A half-mile setback is very small and is still too close . . .
Plans for a 30-megawatt wind farm in Ayrshire have been refused permission after a reporter decided it would have an unacceptable landscape and amenity impact. The Glenouther Renewable Energy Park proposal, comprising 12 turbines up to 126 metres high, was put forward by a subsidiary of energy firm Gamesa on a site near the village of Fenwick, on the A77 north of Kilmarnock. It was refused permission a year ago by East Ayrshire Council. The appeal site lay within an . . .
In a decision that clearly didn’t sit well with most of those in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting of the Henry County Commissioners, the county leaders extended an economic development agreement between the county and wind developer NextEra Energy that dates back to 2014. Attorney Mary Solada, representing NextEra and its West Fork Wind Energy project, noted the company’s plan calls for erecting as many as nine industrial wind turbines in Dudley Township. Solada said the proposed project in southeastern Henry . . .