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Cuomo ‘power play’ threatens home rule #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-02-27 14:00
ALBANY – Advocates for local governments are pushing back against a Cuomo administration plan to speed up the siting process for renewable-energy generating plants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday he is amending his state budget proposal by adding a measure that would set up a state bureaucracy to handle the permitting process for wind and solar developments. Lawmakers had already completed hearings examining the state spending plan by the time they were presented with the details of how Cuomo wants to . . .

Decision on wind turbines in Buchanan County should be made in several weeks #MO

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-02-27 14:00
A decision will be coming in “weeks” regarding wind energy in Buchanan County. County commissioners said they are looking at the legality of the proposal and gathering information before making a decision. They said they understand people are looking for a swift decision, but the unprecedented nature of the proposal is the reason the process could take a few weeks moving forward. Commissioners said the decision should take several weeks, not several months. The Planning and Zoning Commission presented a . . .

Conneaut approves demolition contract #OH

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-02-27 14:00
CONNEAUT – Conneaut City Council approved a $143,000 contract for the demolition of a damaged wind turbine in the city’s harbor during Monday night’s meeting. The turbine, adjacent to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, was struck by lightning in February 2017. One of the turbine’s three blades was destroyed, and the gearbox was damaged in the strike. Conneaut filed suit against NexGen Energy Partners and Conneaut Wind, a subsidiary of NexGen that owned the turbine. The city was received control of . . .

Communities must consider health risks of wind turbines #MO (letter)

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-02-27 14:00
Last year, the Madison County Board of Health in Iowa determined “that there is the potential for negative health effects associated with commercial wind turbines and that current setbacks are inadequate to protect the public health” and recommended “a one and one-half (1½) mile setback from non-participating residences for future wind turbine projects.” I contacted the Board of Health to find out the basis for this resolution. It sent me nearly 90 documents that it had reviewed in making this . . .

Possible ban on wind turbine disposal in Wyoming pushed back to 2024 #WY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-02-27 14:00
CASPER, Wyo. – House Bill 217 aims to ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in Wyoming landfills. Under the proposal, the blades could be discarded at facilities which reuse, recycle, break down or repurpose the blades. The original version of the bill would have put the proposed rules into effect on July 1, 2020 if the legislation were to be signed into law. House District 58 Representative Pat Sweeney proposed an amendment to the bill on Tuesday, Feb. 25 that . . .

Right of way rejected for county Cork windfarm #IRL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-02-27 14:00
A proposal to grant a right of way for a windfarm at Bottlehill has been rejected by Cork County Council. The decision to reject access to the site was taken at a meeting in County Hall where members of the public had gathered in the public gallery. A proposal has been put forward for a 22-turbine development at Bottlehill, on a site 23km from Cork city – situated approximately halfway between Blarney and Mallow at Glannasack. The site was formerly earmarked . . .

Moray Council maintains wind farm objection to scaled-back turbine plans #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Thu, 2020-02-27 14:00
Moray Council has agreed to object to proposals to build more than 20 wind turbines on Speyside amid concerns about the impact on views – despite developers offering to scale back the development. A subsidiary of Fred Olsen Renewables initially submitted plans for 29 towers as part of its Rothes III project. However, the firm has now drawn up plans for a “fall back option” of 23 turbines with most being reduced in height by about 165ft. Yesterday the council’s . . .

Proposed German 1km setback rule to be relaxed

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Wed, 2020-02-26 18:38
The much-criticised 1,000-metre setback rule proposed by the German federal government could be weakened in a new draft law.

LM Wind Power to close Danish sites

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Wed, 2020-02-26 14:44
Blade manufacturer LM Wind Power plans to close its pilot plant and mould production facilities in Lunderskov, southern Denmark, by mid-May.

Global onshore O&M costs 'set to continue rising'

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Wed, 2020-02-26 11:46
Operations and maintenance (O&M) costs will continue to increase while manufacturers negotiate higher rates for contracts and project owners fail to capitalise on predictive analytics.

Member States’ revised proposals for forest reference levels

Climate Action News All - Wed, 2020-02-26 01:00

Regulation (EU) 2018/841, adopted in May 2018, requires the Member States to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions from land use, land use change and forestry are balanced by at least an equivalent accounted removal of CO2 from the atmosphere in the period from 2021 to 2030.

Want a Clean Energy Future? Talk to Students.

Efficiency News - Wed, 2020-02-26 00:02

We’re facing a historic turning point. The decisions we make in the next several years about how we generate and use energy will have profound impacts on future generations. No one feels this more than today’s students, who are voicing increasingly concern about climate change, and whose understanding and stewardship of energy resources will help define our shared future. Students will play a critical role in achieving our energy goals, both in their ability to affect near-term behavior change and to help lead a longer-term energy transition.

That is why the Alliance sees K-12 education not just as a social good, but a social imperative. Through our PowerSave Schools program, our goal is to teach students, our future leaders, the fundamentals of energy efficiency, which is the most timely and cost-effective solution to the energy crisis. That understanding may seem straightforward within the energy community, but for the general public, it is often an underrated resource, or even an afterthought.

This dynamic is especially visible in our schools, where energy represents the second largest expense (behind only salaries), yet nearly a third of it (about $2.5 billion) is lost to waste each year. So there’s no better place to address the importance of efficiency than in our education system, where the problem is clear and students are primed to learn and to take action. STEM curriculum and hands-on activities can empower students to quantify potential savings, develop data-based recommendations for savings, and effectively communicate that message to the school community. This creates smarter future energy leaders and consumers, while giving them agency now within their communities.

Students are uniquely well-positioned to take their understanding of energy principles into their homes and communities. Engaging adults around topics as nebulous as energy efficiency can be difficult, especially within hard-to-reach communities where cultural, linguistic, or socio-economic barriers can complicate outreach efforts. But schools bridge these divides, and students are the most effective ambassadors for changing energy behavior. Whether performing home energy audits, teaching families and neighbors basic efficiency behaviors, or sharing demand response and energy assistance programs, students turn learning into action. And let’s be honest, it is hard to say no to our kids, especially when they know what they’re talking about.

Given the enormity of the challenge before us, the impact it will have on young people’s futures, and their unique power to effect change, it is in everyone’s interests to include them in the solution. We are excited to be joining our partners in the school sustainability community to push this movement forward at the Green Schools Conference & Expo in Portland, Ore., May 2-4. We encourage you to register today and join us.

Cork brothers and sister who lived close to windfarm settle actions for €225k #IRL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Tue, 2020-02-25 20:01
Two brothers and a sister from the same family who claimed they suffered illness as a result of noise, vibrations and shadow flicker from a Cork windfarm have settled their High Court actions for a total of €225,000. Laura David and Jack Kelleher claimed their family had to leave their farm at Gowlane North, Donoughmore, Co. Cork, four years ago after a 10-turbine wind farm began operating just over 700 metres from their property. In the High Court today Laura . . .

N.Y.’s plan to fast-track renewables could get ‘ugly’ #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Tue, 2020-02-25 20:00
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to speed up approvals of renewable energy projects is launching the state’s climate ambitions into a new phase that could cause an uproar in rural communities. The legislation, presented as an amendment to the Democratic governor’s budget on Friday, could be a bellwether for officials in other states looking to fast-track costly and often controversial energy developments to meet their own carbon-cutting goals. At the heart of the New York bill is a plan . . .

Siblings who became ill next to wind farm settle case #IRL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Tue, 2020-02-25 20:00
Three siblings who claimed they became ill and their family had to leave their Co Cork home as a result of a nearby wind farm have secured a total sum of €225,000 under a settlement of their High Court damages claims. The settlements, made without admission of liability and achieved following mediation, were made in cases brought by Laura Kelleher (15) and her brothers David (17) and Jack (10). The siblings claimed they and their parents had to leave their . . .

Cuomo wants more state control of solar, wind energy permits #NY

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Tue, 2020-02-25 20:00
ALBANY – Large-scale solar and wind projects would be subject to a dramatically new permitting process controlled only by the Cuomo administration – a plan developers say would cut by years the time to it takes for large renewable energy facilities to be approved in New York. Local government officials, however, say it will sharply reduce the role communities now play in the process for siting larger energy projects. “What little opportunity we have to have any say in the . . .

Hegins Township adopts curative amendment #PA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Tue, 2020-02-25 20:00
VALLEY VIEW – After hearing 45 minutes of comments from the public Monday, supervisors adopted a curative amendment to Hegins Township’s zoning ordinance specific to wind energy. Several citizens who oppose a wind energy project proposed by Clean Air Generation LLC spoke up about the need for the township supervisors to protect residents’ and property owners’ best interests, the interests of Fort Indiantown Gap and the Schuylkill County Airport Authority, and also suggested the township’s amendment should closely resemble the one . . .

Three children receive €225,000 settlement over alleged illnesses caused by windfarm near family home #IRL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Tue, 2020-02-25 19:59
Three siblings who claimed their family had to abandon their home due to illnesses allegedly caused by a nearby windfarm have secured €225,000 as a settlement of their High Court damages claims. The awards, were part of settlements made without admission of liability, made to Laura, David and Jack Kelleher. The siblings claimed that they, along with their parents, had to leave their family home at Gowlane North, Donoughmore, Cork in late 2016 several months after a ten-turbine wind farm . . .

Germany begins identifying sites for post-2030 offshore expansion

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Tue, 2020-02-25 18:08
German offshore wind capacity could double to 40GW by 2040 if a new spatial planning concept is adopted.

Spain surpasses 25GW after ‘intense’ 2019

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Tue, 2020-02-25 17:21
Spain looks to have recovered from its self-imposed doldrums, installing 2.2GW of new wind capacity in 2019, a five-fold increase over 2018.
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