• Photos, video show train slamming into semi-truck hauling wind turbine blade in Luling #TX

    Updated: 2021-08-30 13:08:11
    LULING, Texas – Videos and pictures are circulating on social media, displaying a harmful crash in Luling involving a train and a semi-truck that was hauling a wind turbine blade. The metropolis of Luling is nearly an hour away from San Antonio, and 25 miles west of Seguin. The crash occurred Sunday afternoon after the semi-truck was seemingly stopped on the railroad tracks on Highway 183 for an unknown motive. Just moments later, the railroad crossing gate’s arms got here . . .

  • Train blasts through truck carrying wind turbine propeller through Luling #TX

    Updated: 2021-08-30 00:50:12
    BEXAR COUNTY (KTSA News) – A Union Pacific train crashed into a truck hauling a wind turbine propeller in Luling Sunday afternoon. Witness videos show the truck was turning north onto Magnolia Avenue from Pierce Street to continue its journey along U.S. 183 through the town at around 2:40 p.m. Sunday. Caleb Brandon, via Facebook The truck appeared to be stopped on the tracks as it was navigating the turn. Witness video shows the railroad crossing arms then start lowering onto . . .

  • VIDEO: Train crashes into 18-wheeler with wind turbine blade attached #TX

    Updated: 2021-08-30 00:17:48
    LULING, Texas – An 18-wheeler pulling a wind turbine blade rolled over after being struck by a train in Luling on Sunday. Union Pacific officials said the train collided with the 18-wheeler around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of U.S. 90 and U.S. 183. The Luling Police Department said the Northern Lights Specialized Transport truck was partially across the railroad track when it was struck by the train. The truck and trailer were overturned. Police said the trailer split, and . . .

  • WA puts hawk from Tri-Cities area on endangered list. Wind turbines partly to blame #WA

    Updated: 2021-08-29 10:01:53
    The largest hawk in North America has been declared an endangered species in Washington state as fewer of them have been breeding in Benton and Franklin counties. Friday the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to move the ferruginous hawk from the state’s threatened species list to endangered. status. The change will bring more visibility toward the decline of the species, said Commissioner Kim Thorburn. It also could prompt more steps to protect the hawks. The . . .

  • Next generation wind turbines in Minnesota could be 60 stories high #MN #SD

    Updated: 2021-08-29 10:01:50
    WATERTOWN, S.D. – The blades of the giant propellers sprouting from cornfields look like they’re almost dragging on the ground. The Dakota Range 1 & 2 wind farm under construction near here will sport the largest turbines of any of Xcel Energy’s many wind projects – and even bigger turbines are on tap for southwestern Minnesota. The yet-to-be built Plum Creek project will feature turbines 655 feet tall when their blades are fully extended, about 160 feet higher than Xcel’s new . . .

  • Proposed wind project in Franklin County leaves residents in the dark #IA

    Updated: 2021-08-28 11:00:46
    Franklin County resident Loretta Janssen has been waiting nearly four years for the wind turbine she agreed to host on her land to begin construction, but it looks like the project may never materialize at all. In 2017, Wild Rose Wind Energy LLC began signing easements with Franklin County residents around the Sheffield area to lease out land for a wind turbine development. According to documents obtained by the Globe Gazette, the proposed wind farm was estimated to be 15,000 . . .

  • Wind farm meeting cancellation questioned #OH (letter)

    Updated: 2021-08-28 11:00:37
    On Aug. 18, I traveled from Huron County to Crawford County in support of the Honey Creek Wind Farm opposition after a notice was sent out announcing Apex was meeting with the Crawford County commissioners at 11 a.m. Since this meeting was covered by Ohio’s Sunshine Law, it was open to the public. A little over a dozen citizens were in attendance at this meeting. They were there to see what Apex Honey Creek project manager Ben Yazman had to . . .

  • Plan for Offaly wind farm ‘profoundly disappointing’ – Nolan #IRL

    Updated: 2021-08-28 11:00:27
    Independent TD for Laois-Offaly, Carol Nolan, has described plans by Offaly County Council to pave the way for the construction of a large wind turbine development at Lemanaghan Bog as “profoundly disappointing and frustrating” for those who campaigned to retain the site’s historical and archaeological value. The project is being spearheaded by Bord na Móna. Deputy Nolan was speaking after the chief executive of the county council confirmed that the council would be rejecting opposition to a material alteration of . . .

  • Destroying Aboriginal heritage #AUS (letter)

    Updated: 2021-08-28 11:00:21
    The Tasmanian planning laws are a tool to effectively destroy the memories of Aboriginal people, the places my ancestors lived and things they created. Aboriginal heritage and memory was not even mentioned in the HCC’s rejection of the cable car project despite Kunyani being spiritually revered by Aboriginal people. In the north west, Robbins Island was the home of several hundred Aboriginal people at any one time, over 60,000 years. Aboriginal villages were placed among the tea-tree forests and near . . .

  • Danish wind farm developer proposes expanded farm off the Eastern Shore and cable manufacturing in Sparrows Point #MD

    Updated: 2021-08-28 11:00:15
    Offshore wind farm developer Ørsted wants to develop a second phase of its project off the coast of Ocean City, possibly competing with a proposal by US Wind that was unveiled earlier this month. Ørsted’s proposed Skipjack Wind 2, described during a hearing this week before state regulators, would generate 760 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 250,000 homes on the Delmarva peninsula. The project would create 1,000 permanent jobs and include developing a new cable manufacturing plant . . .

  • P.E.I. must do more to respect rural governments #PE (letter)

    Updated: 2021-08-28 11:00:09
    Monday’s Guardian illuminated the difficulties of governing in Crapaud and other small rural communities (Left in the dark, Aug. 23). Certainly scarce financial resources play a role and sometimes there may be a conflict of personalities. We should all acknowledge the time and commitment our councillor neighbours devote to the task of making our communities a better place. Our province needs to acknowledge the importance of rural councils and their role in insuring rural communities stay vibrant and their voices . . .

  • Cherokee County Commissioners reject wind turbine proposal #KS

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:54
    CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kans. – Wind turbines won’t be coming to Cherokee County anytime soon. At least not if county commissioners have a say in the matter. And they do. A company out of Texas has reached out to the county to gauge interest in leasing land, which would house the turbines. A special meeting was held Thursday morning between commissioners, residents and representatives from the company – RWE in America. They were also joined by Labette and Neosho county commissioners, who voiced . . .

  • Wind farm company sues DeWitt County #IL

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:48
    CLINTON – The wind energy company constructing DeWitt County’s first wind farm is suing the county and its zoning administrator over accusations of “withholding” of building permits. The mandamus lawsuit filed in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court this month by Alta Farms Wind Project II LLC names acting DeWitt County Zoning Administrator Dee Dee Rentmeister in her official capacity and DeWitt County as defendants. Alta Farms said in court documents that DeWitt County has “no legal or factual basis … . . .

  • Gage County Board hears input on recommended wind energy regulation changes #NE

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:43
    BEATRICE – Point of measurement and distance of wind turbines from other uses seemed to be the main concerns expressed during a public hearing held by the Gage County Board, Wednesday night. The county recently received recommended changes in regulations governing wind energy companies from the county planning commission. In what’s been a two-year process that includes a moratorium on wind energy permit applications, the changes have been sought by northern Gage County residents, who oppose a potential wind farm . . .

  • Trump adviser involved in Vineyard Wind opposition #MA

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:32
    The two Nantucket women said they were suing the federal government because they wanted to save the North Atlantic right whale from offshore wind. Then a former member of President Trump’s EPA transition team stepped to the microphone to commend them for their bravery. “They did it voluntarily,” David Stevenson, the former Trump adviser, said of the women. “They’re not getting anything out of this other than trying to save the whales, save Nantucket.” So went a press conference outside . . .

  • County Board holds wind energy hearing #NE

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:26
    Gage County officials heard nearly two hours of public testimony Wednesday evening regarding wind energy from area residents hoping for more strict regulations. A total of 22 people spoke during the hearing before the County Board of Supervisors regarding proposed changes to the current regulations regarding commercial wind energy. A common theme presented was a desire to increase setback requirements for turbines. One concern discussed was that turbines could harm the viewshed of Homestead National Historical Park. Ross Trauernicht, who . . .

  • U-turn on wind farm objection #SCT

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:22
    Moffat and District Community Council will no longer object to Scoop Hill windfarm on behalf of the town – despite committing to do so last month. Instead, the group will only forward the results of its recent community consultation on the proposed 75-turbine development to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit (ECU). Moffat’s residents were surveyed in July in a bid to obtain a “quantified view” from the town on the proposed windfarm. Feedback was yielded from just 238 respondents – . . .

  • West Sussex MPs weigh in on Rampion wind farm proposals #ENG

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:16
    Two MPs have expressed serious concern over the proposed Rampion 2 wind farm expansion off the West Sussex coast. The project has been put forward by Germany energy group RWE and could see 325-metre-high turbines – the same height as the Eiffel Tower and taller than the highest peak of the South Downs – installed. The expansion of the existing wind farm would involve the construction of a 22-mile onshore cable corridor, up to 50 metres wide, running through Climping beach . . .

  • ‘Prosecute them’: Dumped rubbish at Fife wind farm prompts local anger #SCT

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:10
    Rubbish dumped at a Fife wind farm has led to calls for tougher enforcement action against fly-tippers. Locals reported the waste, which had been dumped at the entrance to Little Raith Wind Farm near Mossmorran in Fife. Photos from the area showed wooden pallets and rubble dumped outside the gated entrance to the wind farm. The wind farm is located on a secluded road near to Fife Ethylene Plant near Lochgelly. After pictures of the waste were shared on social . . .

  • Council chief rejects calls for wind turbine ban on Offaly bog #IRL

    Updated: 2021-08-27 11:00:06
    The chief executive of Offaly County Council has rejected calls for a ban on wind turbines at Lemanaghan Bog. The bog is part of a large area of west Offaly currently designated as ‘open for consideration’ for wind energy and its owner, Bord na Mona, hopes to install 17 turbines there. The County Council was flooded with hundreds of objections to zoning the bog as suitable for a wind farm with most of the opponents citing its proximity to the . . .

  • Family of New Cumnock windfarm worker who froze to death welcome convictions #SCT

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:01:34
    The family of a windfarm worker who froze to death feel they now have justice after two firms were convicted over the tragedy. Ronnie Alexander, 74, died at the Afton windfarm near New Cumnock, Ayrshire after being stranded during severe weather. The security guard from Kilmarnock succumbed to hypothermia after his cabin generator failed leaving him without electricity or heat. Employers CSM Facilities and windfarm bosses Farrans Construction were convicted today [August 25] at Ayr Sheriff Court over the death . . .

  • Is it Cape Wind all over again? Nantucket residents file suit to block Vineyard Wind #MA

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:01:29
    Two Nantucket residents, backed by a network of think tanks and beachfront property owners along the East Coast, set in motion what appears to be a Cape Wind strategy for derailing the nation’s first industrial-size offshore wind farm and others that are lining up behind it. Vallorie Oliver, a home designer on Nantucket, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to block construction of Vineyard Wind until federal regulatory agencies can assure the safety of North Atlantic Right Whales and other . . .

  • Granite Reliable Power wind farm sale gets final approval #NH

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:01:25
    The sale of the 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Wind commercial farm has been given final approval by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. The committee issued its order on Aug. 17, approving the transfer of the certificate of site and facility for the state’s largest wind farm. The 33-turbine wind farm is currently owned by BAIF U.S. Renewable Power, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Power, with Freshet Wind Energy holding a small share. When the transfer is complete, the entire wind . . .

  • California to boost solar and wind capacity to meet renewable goals #CA

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:01:14
    The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) region plans to increase its solar and wind power capacity in 2021 to help meet the state’s target of 50% renewable generation by 2025, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Tuesday. The CAISO plans to add an additional 1.6 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar capacity and 0.4 GW of onshore wind turbine capacity this year, the EIA said in a release. CAISO is also planning to add 2.5 GW of battery storage . . .

  • Wind turbine farm project marked by federal defendants’ broken promises, unpaid bills #AR

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:01:10
    FAYETTEVILLE – Two men on trial in federal court on fraud charges involving an Elm Springs wind farm that was never built left a string of unpaid bills and broken promises in their wake, according to testimony Wednesday. Nathan Rudolf said he did some work for the company free because he believed in the wind farm’s concept. Later on, Rudolf was hired at Dragonfly, the company promoting the project, in 2015 as director of project management with a promised salary of . . .

  • Tourism fears over Rampion wind farm expansion – ‘You will see them almost everywhere’ #ENG

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:01:08
    Fears have been raised that proposed new Rampion wind turbines could put off tourists from visiting the area. A nine-week public consultation on proposals for the expansion of the Rampion offshore wind farm is currently underway. The new plans could see 325-metre-high turbines – the same height as the Eiffel Tower and taller than the highest peak of the South Downs – installed and a new 11-acre sub station built in Bolney. Scores of people, from across West Sussex, attended a . . .

  • Attempt to stop lawsuit against county fails #IL

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:01:04
    CLINTON – The county board last week had the opportunity to stop a lawsuit brought against it by developers of the Alta Farms II wind energy project. They passed on the opportunity. Board members voted on a resolution to resume issuing building permits for the project, which they suspended in July. Members voting in July to suspend further building permits for Alta Farms II said the action was to force the developer, Enel Green Energy, to prove it could shut down . . .

  • Federal review of Vineyard Wind ‘botched,’ lawsuit alleges #MA

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:01:00
    BOSTON – A group of Nantucket residents opposed to an offshore wind farm planned for waters south of the island filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to stop its construction, arguing that several federal agencies violated laws intended to protect endangered species. The lawsuit alleges the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration failed to comply with a federal law when assessing, disclosing and mitigating the environmental effects of approving the Vineyard Wind 1 offshore . . .

  • Appellate court affirms injunction keeping NPPD from ending power contracts with wind farms #NE

    Updated: 2021-08-26 11:00:56
    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a federal judge’s order blocking Nebraska Public Power District from canceling power purchase agreements with four wind farms in the state. The publicly owned utility had argued that Elkhorn Ridge Wind LLC, Laredo Ridge Wind LLC, Broken Bow Wind LLC and Crofton Bluffs Wind LLC had violated the agreements by transferring control of their parent company’s ownership interests without their consent. NPPD wanted out of the agreements they signed in 2008 to . . .

  • Proposed wind farm’s proximity to sage grouse prompts concern #ND

    Updated: 2021-08-25 11:00:39
    A wind farm slated for southwestern North Dakota would bump up against sage grouse country, prompting concern from state wildlife officials. That’s among the issues expected to come up at a hearing Tuesday before the state Public Service Commission, which must decide whether to issue a siting permit for the project. Regulators also will hear from a labor union that wants the project developer to hire local workers to build the wind farm. The sage grouse issue is unique to . . .

  • Outrage as SNP ministers step in to judge new windfarm applications #SCT

    Updated: 2021-08-25 11:00:35
    Campaigners have raised fears over a “democratic deficit” after new statistics revealed that on dozens of occasions SNP ministers have determined controversial windfarm applications after local councils failed to do so within the permitted timescale. Information released from the Scottish Government has shown a host of windfarm applications which have been “deemed refusals”. Deemed refusals are applications submitted by developers to a local council, but the authority either runs out of time to decide whether to approve or refuse permission, . . .

  • Right whales at center of expected Nantucket offshore wind lawsuit #MA

    Updated: 2021-08-25 11:00:25
    A group called Nantucket Residents Against Turbines has scheduled a press conference Wednesday to announce a federal lawsuit aimed at stopping the construction of offshore wind farms in waters south of the island. The group indicated Tuesday that their suit will be based on efforts to protect the Northern Atlantic right whale, which NOAA describes as “one of the world’s most endangered large whale species, with less than 400 individuals remaining.” “The MA/RI wind lease areas cover one of the . . .

  • Scottish fishers upset by new study into impacts of offshore wind #SCT

    Updated: 2021-08-25 11:00:19
    A £7 million new study has been launched to find out how offshore wind farms impact the marine environment. The ECOWind programme and its findings are of particular interest to the Scottish fishing industry, which has raised concerns in the past over the pace of development in offshore renewable energy. But, earlier today (August 24), a spokesman for Scottish fishing said it was “deeply disappointing” EcoWind’s steering group has no representatives from the industry. ECOWind is a joint initiative led . . .

  • Group to file lawsuit Wednesday against wind farm planned for waters off Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket #MA

    Updated: 2021-08-25 11:00:16
    A group of “concerned citizens” say they plan to file a lawsuit on Wednesday aimed at stopping the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind project and others slated to follow. Nantucket Residents Against Turbines is attempting to first stop Vineyard Wind, which plans to build at least 62 wind turbines 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. “The construction of these turbines is set to take place in a nexus of activity of the North Atlantic right whale, a critically . . .

  • Wind hearing set for Wednesday #KS

    Updated: 2021-08-25 11:00:09
    A public hearing will be held Wednesday evening to consider changing regulations for wind energy in Gage County. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the boardroom on the second floor of the Gage County Courthouse before the Board of Supervisors. A public hearing was previously held by the Gage County Planning and Zoning Commission, which recommended changes to the County Board. Wednesday’s hearing will likely be the last public hearing before the board votes to approve or . . .

  • Oakfield Township planners ask to pursue wind, solar ordinances #MI

    Updated: 2021-08-25 11:00:04
    OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP – In a rural section of Kent County about 20 minutes northeast of Grand Rapids, some township officials have placed a point of focus on the happenings of their neighbors to the east in Montcalm County. During Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Oakfield Township Planning Commission, Township Supervisor Greg Dean brought forth a topic that has consumed much of the news cycle of Montcalm County over the past year – wind and solar energy ordinances. Dean said while no wind . . .

  • Lawsuit against wind farm in Botetourt County allowed to move forward #VA

    Updated: 2021-08-21 11:00:54
    FINCASTLE – A lawsuit that seeks to undo a state environmental permit granted to a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County survived its first legal challenge Friday. Attorneys for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Apex Clean Energy asked a judge to dismiss the case, in part because opponents of the wind turbines live too far away to have legal standing to bring the case. Although Botetourt County Circuit Judge Joel Branscom said he had “serious concerns” about standing, he . . .

  • Pine Township signed Apex Clean Energy waiver with law firm in May 2020 #MI

    Updated: 2021-08-21 11:00:49
    PINE TOWNSHIP – The former Pine Township supervisor signed a waiver more than a year ago with the same law firm that’s now representing a wind energy developer looking to construct industrial turbines in the township. Ed Hansen, who was at that time the supervisor of Pine Township, signed a waiver with Grand Rapids-based law firm Dickinson Wright in May 2020. The Daily News obtained a copy of the waiver via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request after the topic . . .

  • State’s largest wind farm sold from one energy conglomerate to another #NH

    Updated: 2021-08-21 11:00:45
    CONCORD – The once controversial Granite Reliable Wind Farm is changing hands from one energy conglomerate to another. The state Site Evaluation Committee issued its final order this week approving the ownership transfer from Brookfield Renewable Energy to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., which owns the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. Brookfield and Freshet Wind Energy, which owns 10.5 percent of Granite Reliable, are transferring ownership to Tusk Wind Holdings III, as part of a four wind farm sale including Granite . . .

  • Hitting pause: Adams Township adopts six-month wind, solar moratorium #MI

    Updated: 2021-08-20 11:00:36
    ADAMS TOWNSHIP – The Adams Township Board voted unanimously to impose a six-month moratorium on approving applications for commercial wind and solar projects Wednesday. Supervisor Gerald Heikkinen said the board would take the time to find more information about renewable power. “I know everybody in this room is probably against it, but there are still people that are for it, so we have to take the middle of the road,” he said. ” The township is one of the proposed locations . . .

  • Town recognized its mistake, now it’s up to the state #MA

    Updated: 2021-08-20 11:00:32
    I was a member of Town Meeting when we voted to put a wind turbine at our municipal sewage treatment plant to generate electricity. Experts told us it was cost efficient to locate an electric power source next to the biggest user of municipal electricity. Other experts told Town Meeting that the proposed turbine would generate noise comparable to a running brook at the bottom of a meadow. Proponents of the turbine organized an off-Cape field trip for us to . . .

  • Fight back on to save Glen Cassley from march of wind farms #SCT

    Updated: 2021-08-20 11:00:27
    A central Sutherland wind farm protest group is gearing up for a fresh fight following the submission of revamped plans for a 20-turbine development on protected wild land in the area. SSE Generation Ltd has lodged a planning application with the Scottish Energy Consents Unit for Achany Wind Farm Extension – previously known as Glen Cassley Wind Farm – on a site 20km north east of Glen Cassley Castle. The planned turbines would measure 149.9m to blade tip and the . . .

  • AGL faces big fines over wind farm issues #AUS

    Updated: 2021-08-20 11:00:22
    The operators of four wind farms in South Australia during the 2016 statewide blackout face fines of $3.5 million in a proposed settlement for breaching national electricity rules. The Hallett wind farms, operated by companies wholly owned at the time by power generator AGL, had failed to obtain written approval from the network operators for critical settings designed to allow their wind turbines to ride through disruptions to the electricity grid. In action brought by the Australian Energy Regulator, the . . .

  • Firm behind UK’s biggest wind farm accused of ‘green washing’ #SCT

    Updated: 2021-08-20 11:00:15
    Campaigners against the UK’s biggest wind farm have accused the company behind the project of ‘green washing’. The 103 turbine development is being created in Shetland by Viking Energy. Once complete, the firm claim it will be able to meet the needs of 475,000 homes and save half a million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. It will provide around 440 megawatts of power. But construction is taking place on a hillside that campaigners say it a vital area of . . .

  • Wind project would double Idaho’s turbine energy output #ID

    Updated: 2021-08-20 11:00:10
    A proposed energy project in south-central Idaho would more than double the amount of wind energy produced in the state, and U.S. officials said Thursday that they are taking comments on the plan. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on the 1,000-megawatt project proposed by Magic Valley Energy that would include 400 wind turbines up to 740 feet (225 meters) high, taller than any in the state. The agency is also holding virtual meetings on Sept. 8 . . .

  • Hawkesdale community group’s case dismissed against wind farm #AUS

    Updated: 2021-08-20 11:00:04
    A Hawkesdale community group’s claim that an extension to a planning permit for a wind farm on the town’s outskirts was invalid has been dismissed by a Victorian Supreme Court Judge. Judge Melinda Richards handed down the decision on Friday morning, finding that the group making the claim, The People of the Small Town of Hawkesdale, did not have a standing to bring the proceeding. She found no evidence that the incorporated group existed prior to this year when it . . .

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