Wind Power News: Victories
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.
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 . . .
The chairs normally occupied by counsel and employees of Atlantic Wind sat empty as testimony resumed before the Penn Forest Township zoning hearing board on Wednesday night. That did not stop the board from hearing the last of the testimony from the objectors’ last witness and the closing arguments from attorneys Ted Lewis and Bruce Anders. Following the closing statements, the board closed the record on the hearings and took a brief recess to the office of the firehouse, where . . .
A bid to build a controversial wind farm near Hawick has been ditched after meeting with widespread public opposition. Hertfordshire-based Renewable Energy Systems sparked a furore in June last year by submitting a planning application for a 13-turbine wind farm at Highlee Hill, near Chesters, on land owned by the Commissioners of the Church of England. What distinguished the bid from the six other wind farms proposed for southern Roxburghshire was that 11 of its turbines were to be 176m . . .
Penn Forest had denied the application of Atlantic Wind to build 37 turbines on Bethlehem watershed land in the township. Representatives of Atlantic Wind, claiming that the board’s inaction meant automatic approval, did not show up for the hearing. The board heard testimony from the objectors, recessed and came back with the denial of the application. Check back for updates to this story.
A federal judge in Oklahoma City on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the town of Hinton by two wind farm companies affiliated with NextEra Energy Resources LLC. U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot ruled on a narrow jurisdictional issue on whether Minco Wind IV LLC and Minco V LLC had the standing to challenge a town ordinance. Hinton’s Board of Trustees adopted an ordinance in January declaring wind project equipment within two miles of the town to be a . . .
HURON COUNTY – Huron County voters said “no” to more wind development Tuesday. The unofficial results of various wind-related referendums in Huron County are as follows: Approval of the Filion wind overlay district for DTE Energy: failed, 36.6 percent to 63.4 percent (1,110 yes to 1,923 no) Approval of the Sherman/Sigel wind overlay district for NextEra Energy Resources LLC: failed, 36.67 percent to 63.33 (1,120 yes to 1,934 no) Approval of Lincoln Township forming its own planning commission: passed, 58.39 percent . . .
Campaigners are celebrating after a controversial plan for three new wind turbines was withdrawn a day before a final decision was due. Applicant Viridis Wind Turbines wanted to erect the 77-metre high structures on Hoddlesden Moss. Blackburn with Darwen Council’s planning officers had recommended the proposal for refusal and it was due to be debated at a meeting last night. However the plan, which had attracted almost 1,400 objections, was withdrawn from the planning process. Planners had received 904 letters . . .
A proposed wind farm near common land in Radnorshire has been rejected by councillors. Hendy Wind Farm Limited was seeking planning permission for seven turbines with blades reaching 110 metres high, on land off the A44 at Llandegley near Llandegley Rhos Common and said it had the support of land owners. The wind farm would have provided electricity for 10,000 homes for 25 years and permission could be renewed after that. But Powys council’s planning committee, meeting at County Hall, . . .
Eastern Berwickshire is at saturation point when it comes to accommodating wind farms. That is the message that Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee will again send to the Scottish Government after it unanimously agreed to reject a bid for eight 100m-high turbines near Howpark farmhouse, a mile from Grantshouse and three miles from Coldingham. The site is a wind farm hotspot, with 22 turbines currently generating power at Drone Hill to the north east and 14 turbines under construction at . . .
After several setbacks in court, a Virginia-based energy developer has pulled the plug on a proposed wind farm near Searchlight. Apex Clean Energy confirmed on Tuesday that it is “no longer actively pursuing the project.” The company’s website shows no developments in Nevada. In an email, Apex spokesman Dahvi Wilson said the company has taken down the towers it was using to collect weather data from the site 60 miles south of Las Vegas. “While we believe the environmental concerns . . .