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Statkraft acquires UK onshore developer

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Ср., 2019-08-21 13:21
Statkraft has acquired onshore wind developer Airvolution Clean Energy as part of its bid to have a 1.2GW renewables portfolio in the UK by 2025.

Petition aims to stiffen wind turbine rules #PA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:02
Virginia Morton will present a petition to the Schuylkill County Planning Commission on Wednesday regarding wind turbine operations in the county. Morton, of Tower City, and the grassroots online citizens’ group she’s formed, Schuylkill County Wind Energy Concerns, want to amend the county’s zoning ordinance to permit industrial wind turbines only by special exception. The petition has been circulating at two locations seeking signatures. The effort is in response to Clean Air Generation LLC leasing 12,672 acres from Rausch Creek . . .

Don’t become ‘America the ugly’ #MO

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:02
We live in Buchanan County. And we don’t want the turbines. My husband and I drove to Colorado in June. What a beautiful scenic drive until we traveled through Kansas and entered Colorado Springs. That’s when it all starts with miles and miles of wind turbines that ruin the beautiful landscape. It is just sickening to see this happen. This wind turbine thing should be stopped before it really turns more of our states into an ugly mess. It’s sad . . .

Seneca County commissioners withdraw support for wind farm projects #OH

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:02
SENECA COUNTY, Ohio – A big change in Seneca County: after initially supporting multiple wind farm projects, commissioners have now reversed their decision. After voting in March to support the ongoing wind farms plans across the county, commissioners held a special vote last week that officially reversed the decision. In the 2-1 vote, commissioners now no longer support the current wind farm projects and any potential future projects either. A large group of people brought up concerns and opposed the projects . . .

Windfarms bribe environmentalists for permission to kill 300 bats, 44 nene #HI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:02
Excerpts from four articles in the August, 2019, edition of Environment Hawaii and one from Maui News…. After Paying $2.75M Bribe, Kawailoa Windfarm Gets Permit to Kill 160 More Bats EH: …“We’re not happy,” Lisa Spain told the room after casting the deciding vote to approve an amended Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that would allow the state’s largest wind farm to kill 160 more endangered bats than the 60 it was originally allowed to. The 4-1-1 vote, held at the . . .

Duke Energy application points finger at solar for increased pollution #NC #USA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:01
Traditional power plants — including cleaner burning natural gas plants — must scale back electric generation to accommodate solar energy surging onto the system when the sun rises, and power back up when the sun sets and solar energy dissipates. That starting and stopping reduces efficiency and incapacitates emission control devices, increasing pollutant levels. On other days solar energy is erratic and can result in more frequent cycling of reserve sources, further decreasing power plant efficiency. This increased cycling can result in increased emissions and undue wear and tear on the expensive equipment.

Yard signs opposed to proposed wind farm project are disappearing; authorities investigating #IN

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:01
It’s generally a quiet town in Poseyville, but the debate over a wind farm has stirred things up in the rural community. Driving through town, you’ll see that divide through signs for and against the proposed project. Scott Fisher is a member of a group opposed to the wind farm called PoCo Wind. “We caught word that there was a company in the area looking at leasing farm ground,” Fisher said. As of recently, there have been less and less . . .

Argyll planning officials raise concerns over planned new wind farm #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:01
Councillors are being recommended to object to a proposed 17-turbine wind farm near Inveraray in Argyll when its planning committee meets tomorrow. Argyll and Bute Council is being asked to respond to a Scottish Government consultation on behalf of Coriolis Energy. The site of Blarghour Wind Farm is 4.35 miles north west of Inveraray and the turbines would be visible from the villages of Dalavich and Inverinan. Turbines would be a maximum ground-to-tip height of 447ft and there would be . . .

Wisconsin governor orders 100% carbon free by 2050, despite lack of legislative support #WI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:01
Dive Brief: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, D, on Friday signed an executive order setting the state on a path to reach 100% carbon free electricity by 2050. The order establishes an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, tasked with bringing the state to that goal. Evers pushed the order through administratively after the effort failed to make it through the budget process, Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin, told Utility Dive. Both chambers of Wisconsin’s legislature are Republican majority . . .

Plans for Bonhill windfarm hit snag after developer pulls out #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:01
Plans for a council-run windfarm in Bonhill have hit a snag after a developer pulled out. West Dunbartonshire Council has ambitions to build its own wind farm at Pappert Community Woodland, with a private developer building another on land adjacent to the council owned site. Lomond Energy was set to create the development but the firm has now pulled out. Council chiefs are now in discussions with a new developer who is considering a similar but “potentially greater scale scheme . . .

Land board OKs lease option for proposed wind farm #MT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Вт., 2019-08-20 15:01
HELENA – The state Land Board on Monday approved a five-year option to lease for 3,080 acres in Wheatland and Meagher counties for a company proposing a wind farm in which the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind is expected to receive a total of $81,620. The agreement was reached with Martinsdale Wind Farm for a proposed development that turns wind into energy. The trust would benefit the Great Falls-based Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind . . .

Goldwind to supply first Canadian site

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Вт., 2019-08-20 12:14
Goldwind has entered the Canadian wind market with an order to provide 50 turbines for a project in Saskatchewan that its developer claims will provide power at a "world record low price".

County to proceed with further wind energy research #MO

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2019-08-19 14:00
Buchanan County leaders have opted to continued proceeding with inquiries that could lead to the eventual location of a wind turbine farm. That decision follows a nearly 1 1/2-session last week with representatives of Black & Veatch, an engineering firm which the county is using as an independent consultant to assist with the research. A draft presentation of a wind energy ordinance was reviewed section-by-section last Wednesday night by Black & Veatch and county officials at the courthouse. The Buchanan . . .

Sources: Vineyard Wind decision delayed until December 2020 #MA #RI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2019-08-19 14:00
Final approval for the Vineyard Wind Project will likely not happen for at least another 18 months, according to information received from multiple sources by The Public’s Radio. This means the country’s first large scale offshore wind farm won’t begin construction in time to take advantage of a lucrative federal tax credit that expires at the end of the year. The Department of the Interior will decide on whether to approve construction of the Vineyard Wind project in December 2020, . . .

Wind farm talks to continue at Era ISD #TX

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2019-08-19 14:00
Possible action relating to Wildcat Creek Wind Farm LLC is on the agenda for the Era Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday, Aug. 19. Superintendent Jeremy Thompson said board members are to consider at the Monday meeting applying for a 313 agreement with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Office for the wind farm. According to the meeting’s agenda, if the board takes action to accept the wind farm’s application for the 313 agreement, that would allow Thompson to review . . .

Wind, solar developers say transmission line key to achieving Tony Evers’ clean energy goal #WI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2019-08-19 14:00
Wind and solar energy developers and electrical workers are calling on Wisconsin regulators to approve a controversial power line that they say will be critical to meeting the governor’s clean energy goals. A joint venture of American Transmission Co., ITC Midwest and Dairyland Power Cooperative, the line would run from Dubuque, Iowa, to Middleton and cost between $474 million and $560 million. Those costs would be passed on to ratepayers in 12 states, with about 15 percent falling to Wisconsin. . . .

Gov. Tony Evers: Wisconsin will be carbon neutral by 2050 #WI

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2019-08-19 14:00
Wisconsin will be carbon neutral by 2050 under a plan unveiled Friday by Gov. Tony Evers. Evers set the goal in an executive order that also created a state office dedicated to clean energy and sustainability. The order tasks the new Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy with achieving carbon neutrality within about 30 years, which means shifting the state away from electricity generated by fossil fuels in favor of things like solar and wind power. “For far too long, . . .

DEQ approves construction of Roundhouse Wind Energy Project #WY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Пон., 2019-08-19 14:00
CHEYENNE – The state Department of Environmental Quality announced Thursday that the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has granted a permit for construction of the Roundhouse Wind Energy Project nine miles west of Cheyenne. Roundhouse Renewable Energy LLC plans to build a wind energy facility with capacity to produce up to 300 megawatts of energy. The project components include up to 120 turbines, up to two substations, an operations-and-maintenance building, turbine access roads, an above and underground electrical collection system, and . . .

German renewables levy to peak in 2021

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Пон., 2019-08-19 13:41
The surcharge funding Germany's green energy expansion will rise in 2020 and peak in 2021, before falling as first-generation renewable power plants' 20-year contracts expire, according to a clean energy think tank.

Wind farm, county officials face lawsuit #TX

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Съб., 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 . . .
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