Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News
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ELKINS – Two lawsuits have been filed against New Creek Wind after the plaintiffs claim its wind turbines are noisy. Everpower Wind Holdings Inc.; and Enbridge Holdings LLC were also named as defendants in the suits. On Dec. 19, 2008, the predecessor to New Creek applied to the West Virginia Public Service Commission for approval to construct a commercial wind generation facility and, prior to Nov. 1, 2016, the defendants notified WVPSC that they planned to begin commercial operations of . . .
There’s no denying it’s windy in South Dakota, but South Dakotans are denying wind turbines. As Davison County wind farm opponents await a setback proposal from the county’s Planning Commission, Lincoln County voters last week upheld a requirement that all turbines must be placed at least a half-mile from all habitable dwellings. Lincoln County’s vote comes one year after the Letcher Township established a one-mile setback, and 11 months after 47 people signed a statement to the S.D. Public Utilities . . .
Close to 300 concerned residents gathered in the function room at Lawless’s Hotel on Thursday last, united in their goal to put a stop to wind farm plans in their rural communities. Hosted by South Wicklow Wind Action Group (SWWAG), the meeting was convened in protest against the current ABO Wind Ireland Ltd application seeking permission to erect Ballymanus Wind Farm. The application is seeking permission to build up to eleven turbines at various locations across south Wicklow, with each . . .
The Association to Protect Amherst Island said the plan has been changed significantly since the project was approved in 2015 from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and the 2016 decision in favour of the project by the Environmental Review Tribunal. “The Environmental Review Tribunal based its decision on assurances from Windlectric that only ‘minor and temporary road widenings’ would occur on Amherst Island in three locations – Dump Road, the S bend on Third Concession and a small number of shoulders on South Shore,” the group’s president Michele Le Lay wrote in an open letter to Township Mayor Bill Lowry.
SunEdison Inc. won final approval for a bankruptcy plan that will leave what was once the world’s largest renewable-energy firm as a shell of its former self, with nothing for shareholders whose investment at one point had been worth about $10 billion. SunEdison, known for gobbling up other companies and expanding at breakneck speed, will now exit Chapter 11 to “continue business operations to administer and maximize the value of the company’s remaining assets,” including intellectual property and fixtures, Chief . . .
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused an application for a wind farm in Cornwall after agreeing with an inspector that the scheme’s ‘extensive and weighty’ benefits would not outweigh harm to heritage assets and it would breach local planning policy. Good Energy Generation Ltd had its application for up to 11 turbines on land at Creddacott Farm, near the village of Week St Mary, rejected by Cornwall Council in 2014 and appealed the decision. The appeal was recovered by the . . .
A High Court decision on a Kildare wind farm appeal has been adjourned until autumn. Element Power, the company behind plans to build 47 wind turbines on the north west side of Kildare, took a case against An Bord Pleanála, who refused permission for the Maighne Wind Farm last October. A judicial review was held last May. The case was based on how the planning authority reached its decision, and not on the pros and cons of the proposal. The . . .
Lighthouse Wind is a controversial 70-turbine wind energy installation Apex Clean Energy LLC is trying to develop in the Barker-Somerset-Lyndonville area. The sometimes contentious debate between Apex supporters and opponents of the installation continues.
Central Maine Power Co. submitted a plan Thursday to build a high-voltage transmission line through western Maine to bring large amounts of hydroelectricity from Quebec to Massachusetts, joining a multibillion-dollar regional competition to develop the next phase of clean-energy projects in New England and eastern Canada. The 145-mile line would follow a corridor owned by CMP from Beattie Township, on the Canadian border north of Route 27 and Coburn Gore, through Farmington and Jay to Lewiston, where it would connect . . .
Court halts Dahlem 4 in Germany; Developer Duno Air did not sufficiently analyse impact on black storks
A German court has revoked the license for Duno Air’s 19.8MW Dahlem 4 wind farm near the municipality of Dahlem, south-west of Bonn. The administrative court in Aachen in the German state of North Rhine allowed a challenge by green group Nabu on the grounds that the developer did not sufficiently analyse the effects of the project on the local black stork population. Duno Air received the license from the administrative district of Euskirchen in late 2016 and kicked off . . .