• Wind turbine collapses overnight in Elk County #KS

    Updated: 2021-10-30 00:01:00
    A wind turbine has collapsed in Elk County. It happened sometime overnight at the Caney River Wind Farm. The Elk County Sheriff’s Office confirms to KAKE News that the turbine had previously been damaged, but finally collapsed sometime overnight as strong winds moved through the area. KAKE has reached out to the operator of the wind farm and are waiting for a response. Viewer Terry Till of Grenola sent these photos into KAKE.

  • TransAlta finds cracked foundations at N.B. wind farm where tower collapsed #NB

    Updated: 2021-10-30 00:00:57
    TransAlta Renewables Inc. says it has found cracks in several foundations of the turbines at a wind farm in New Brunswick where a tower collapsed in September. The company says the discovery of the subsurface cracks means the foundations will likely need repairs, and if replacement is required, costs are estimated at $1.5 million to $2 million per foundation. TransAlta Renewables suspended operations and began an investigation after a tower collapsed earlier this month at its Kent Hill wind farm, . . .

  • Lava Ridge Wind Project faces criticism #ID

    Updated: 2021-10-30 00:00:52
    TWIN FALLS – A proposed wind turbine project is facing some opposition due to its proximity to the Minidoka National Historic Site. Now, advocates are speaking out to highlight why preserving the space is important for so many individuals. Magic Valley Energy proposed the “Lava Ridge Wind Project”, and it would bring 400 wind turbines to the Jerome area and cover roughly 73,000 acres of land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Although the wind farm would not directly be . . .

  • Turbine fire at the Netherlands’ largest offshore wind farm #NLD

    Updated: 2021-10-30 00:00:50
    A year after commissioning the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, and the second-largest operating offshore wind farm in the world, Ørsted is reporting that a fire damaged one of the wind turbines. The turbine malfunctioned the company reports causing the fire. A total of three turbines are now offline out of a total of 94 with the remainder of the farm continuing to operate. “No employees were present when the fire broke out and no one was injured,” . . .

  • Feds to push wind farm lease sale offshore of SC’s northern edge #SC

    Updated: 2021-10-30 00:00:47
    The long-dormant effort to install wind turbines offshore of the Carolinas is receiving a new push from the Biden administration, which is seeking to start leasing waters for wind farms. The federal Department of the Interior announced Oct. 28 it’s proposing a lease sale for part of the Carolina Long Bay area, a swath of water that spans the ocean off both North Carolina and South Carolina. The section up for lease is at South Carolina’s northern border, southeast of . . .

  • Feds to begin leasing process for wind farms off Wilmington #NC

    Updated: 2021-10-30 00:00:45
    The Wilmington East project has been met with some opposition in Brunswick County, where local governments and the county commissioners have passed resolutions opposing the construction of any wind farms within 24 nautical miles of the coast in order to protect the view.

  • ‘Invalid’ Norway wind farms to keep spinning for now, government says #NOR

    Updated: 2021-10-28 11:30:02
    Two Norwegian wind farms that were stripped of their licences by the country’s supreme court will stay in operation for the time being while their ultimate fate is decided, the government said on Wednesday. The court on Oct. 11 ruled that the construction of the Storheia and Roan wind farms in the Fosen region, with a total of 151 turbines, had violated Sami reindeer herders’ rights. The supreme court did not say what should happen next to the facilities, but . . .

  • Freedom, Farmersville elections turn on wind power #NY

    Updated: 2021-10-28 11:29:56
    The future of wind energy is on the line in this election in two Cattaraugus County towns: Freedom and Farmersville. The shadow of dozens of 600-foot wind turbines from the proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm is cast over the two towns in the northeastern part of the county. Invenergy, the Chicago-based wind developer, has been in the area for four years trying to sell the wind farm’s economic benefits to municipalities – Freedom and Farmersville in Cattaraugus County and Centerville and Rushford . . .

  • ’RIVM verzweeg invloed windlobby op positieve rapporten’ #NLD

    Updated: 2021-10-27 13:24:52
    [For reports on the health effects of wind turbines, The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment used studies paid or influenced by the industry, but presented them as independent.] Het RIVM heeft voor rapporten over de gezondheidseffecten van windturbines studies gebruikt waarvan de neutraliteit niet vaststaat, zo stelt onderzoek van de Universiteit Twente. Volgens wetenschapper Joris van Hoof gebruikte het RIVM door de industrie betaalde of beïnvloede studies, maar presenteerde deze als onafhankelijk. Dat maakt Binnenlands Bestuur, een . . .

  • Shasta Board of Supervisors reject Fountain Wind Project #CA

    Updated: 2021-10-27 00:00:50
    REDDING, Calif.- Today the Shasta County Board of Supervisors decided to reject the Fountain Wind Project’s appeal to build a wind farm between Burney and Round Mountain in a 4-1 vote. Supervisor Leonard Moty was the only vote against rejecting the proposal. The project was initially rejected in June by the Shasta County Planning Commission in a unanimous 5-0 vote. The company behind the proposal, ConnectGEN changed the scope of the Fountain Wind Project in line with concerns and recommendations . . .

  • Controversial wind farm rejected after Shasta supervisors back commission, cite fire risks #CA

    Updated: 2021-10-27 00:00:46
    Another marathon meeting brought the same result. After more than 10 hours of public comments, Shasta County supervisors voted 4-1 to deny an appeal by a company that wants to build a controversial wind farm in the Intermountain area just west of Burney. Tuesday night’s denial upholds the June 22 unanimous decision by the Shasta County Planning Commission to reject the use permit for the Fountain Wind project. Commissioners heard nearly 10 hours of public testimony before their vote. A . . .

  • Congress eyes $235B in clean energy subsidies. Here they are #USA

    Updated: 2021-10-27 00:00:42
    Congress has a long-standing aversion to climate policy. Cap and trade saw a spectacular death in 2010. A plan to pay utilities for selling more clean electricity was axed this month. And proposals to tax carbon dioxide emissions never had a chance. But there is one major exception to lawmakers’ reluctance to tackle greenhouse gases: clean energy subsidies. Congress passed the first production tax credit for wind in 1992. The PTC has been extended 13 times since then. Solar energy . . .

  • Installation of windmills: Protesting villagers ‘attack’ police, private firm staffer #IND

    Updated: 2021-10-27 00:00:30
    A police team and an employee of a private wind energy firm were injured after they were allegedly attacked by residents of Limbala village in Wankaner taluka of Morbi district late on Monday. According to an FIR registered in Wankaner, inspector Batuksinh Sarvaiya, a few policemen and Imtyaz Vora, an employee of Kintech Synergy Private Ltd (KSPL), an Ahmedabad-based wind energy firm, were in the village in connection with the ongoing protests against the installation of windmills in Limbala when . . .

  • Debris from Barrow wind farm incident washes up on Maryport shore #ENG

    Updated: 2021-10-27 00:00:27
    Debris from a wind farm near Barrow has been found washed up on a shore miles up the Cumbrian coast. John Gorrill, who is a beach clean organiser for Fix the Firth voluntary group, found pieces of green debris on the shore at the northern tip of Maryport golf course. A clean-up operation was launched at the weekend after debris fell into the sea following maintenance work at Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm near Barrow. Residents who live near the coast . . .

  • Public hearing set on the proposed regulations banning wind in zoned portions of Reno County #KS

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:31:06
    The Reno County Planning Commission agreed Tuesday to set a Nov. 18 public hearing on proposed changes to both the county’s Comprehensive Plan and its zoning regulations to prohibit commercial wind development in the zoned portions of the county. Also to be taken up at that meeting will be a proposal to create an overlay district for the remaining non-zoned portions of the county that would enable the county to regulate wind in those un-zoned areas in the future. The . . .

  • Wind turbine proposed in Glen #NY

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:31:00
    GLEN – The Planning Board is asking developers of a proposed wind turbine project on Reynolds Road to increase the planned setback distances from neighboring properties, but developers say that could result in a greater disturbance to wetlands and the removal of trees. Borrego Solar is seeking approval to construct a single 4.3-megawatt wind turbine on approximately five acres of leased land out of a roughly 191.6-acre parcel located at 411 Reynolds Road. The turbine would be approximately 640 feet tall . . .

  • Storm breaks Enercon and Nordex wind turbine blades in Germany and France #FRA #DEU

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:55
    Rotor blades at Enercon E-138 EP3 turbines in Germany and France broke during a heavy autumn storm that hit Europe on Thursday and also damaged a third machine from Nordex. A blade on an Enercon E-138 EP3 at a wind farm in southern German was severely damaged during ‘storm Ignatz’, but no one was injured in the incident. All nine 4.2MW wind turbines of the same type have been halted as a precaution at the Nattheim wind farm near the . . .

  • Ocean City mayor: Wind turbines should not be seen from beach #NJ

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:49
    OCEAN CITY – Mayor Jay Gillian has called on regulators to ensure wind turbines could not be seen from the beach, a change that would require a major realignment for a billion-dollar offshore energy project. In comments made at the Thursday City Council meeting, and reiterated in his weekly message to residents, Gillian took his sternest stance on the project so far. “My position moving forward is as follows: The wind turbines should not be seen,” Gillian said. “This project can . . .

  • Wind turbine plan, Stanley: Community vows to keep fighting proposal #AUS

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:43
    Just so we’re clear – Stanley locals are not the backwards-looking “greenies dressed up as locals” or the “dark forces” some politicians would have you believe. The Stanley community supports renewable energy. But we want it in the right place. Try and put it in the wrong place and the community will speak up – loudly. In June, some 100 concerned Stanley locals gathered in front of The Nut to protest Sydney-based Epuron’s proposed Stanley wind farm. On that winter’s . . .

  • Proposed windfarm gets thumbs down from some Alberta landowners #AB

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:37
    A hearing is underway to determine whether the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) will approve a major wind farm in Vulcan County; however some residents are opposing the project. If approved, the Buffalo Plains Wind Farm would build 83 wind turbines on 17,500 acres of privately-owned farmland near Lomond, Alta., about 175 kilometres southeast of Calgary. It would be the third major green energy development in the area, and it’s hoped it will bring more tax revenue and jobs to area. . . .

  • Ormonde offshore wind farm debris could be widespread #ENG

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:32
    Debris from an offshore wind farm caused by a “disappointing” maintenance work error could be widespread, an operator has warned. Swedish energy company Vattenfall said turbine parts fell into the sea at the Ormonde Wind Farm six miles (10km) off the coast at Barrow, Cumbria. Several members of the public have reported finding pieces on beaches. Vattenfall said it was investigating the cause and has asked people to report finds but not to remove items. A spokesman said: “An incident . . .

  • How much will it cost to get wind, solar onto power grid? #NJ

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:27
    The operator of the nation’s largest power grid has begun assessing the cost to integrate offshore wind and other renewable energy into its grid, a cost that could approach $3.2 billion for five coastal states, including New Jersey. The initial study by PJM Interconnection aims to provide the states with rough estimates of the price of realizing their decarbonization goals, at least the cost of ensuring the electric grid can accommodate the power produced by offshore wind and solar. The . . .

  • Ireland has big targets for wind energy – but getting there won’t be a breeze #IRL

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:23
    The first wind farm in Ireland was built in Bellacorick, Co Mayo in 1992, and consisted of 21 wind turbines with a capacity of 6.45 megawatts (MW). “This important project will be seen in years to come as a landmark in the use of an environmentally benign renewable source of energy in this country and as having laid the foundation for others to follow,” Justice Minister Pádraig Flynn said at the time. For years afterwards, however, progress in wind energy . . .

  • Ormonde Wind Farm error in Barrow leads to debris washing up on beach #ENG

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:18
    An investigation has been launched following a ‘disappointing’ error on an offshore wind farm which resulted in debris washing up on South Cumbrian beaches. Swedish energy company Vattenfall said turbine parts fell into the sea at the Ormonde Wind Farm six miles off the coast of Barrow. No one was hurt during the incident, however, there is debris from the turbine blades in the sea which has already begun washing up on Barrow beaches. A spokesman for Vattenfall revealed the . . .

  • ‘Gateway to Scotland’ wind farm heads to inquiry #SCT

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:14
    A wind farm straddling two council areas in southern Scotland is to be taken to a public inquiry. Councillors in the Borders opposed the 45-turbine Faw Side scheme which would stretch into Dumfries and Galloway. Its planning committee agreed that a “gateway into Scotland” was not the right location for the plans. The Scottish government will now have the final decision on the scheme after an inquiry is held into Community Windpower’s project. Scottish Borders Council agreed to oppose the . . .

  • New to Providence skyline: Pieces of massive new wind turbines arrive at Providence port #RI

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:07
    PROVIDENCE – Pieces of three new wind turbines that will rise over the waterfront arrived in the Port of Providence on Monday. The 1.5-megawatt Vensys turbines arrived by ship from Germany and will be installed by Cranston-based Green Development at the southern end of Fields Point, on land owned by ProvPort and Johnson & Wales University. They will join another trio of wind turbines that went up in 2012 just to the north at the wastewater treatment plant operated by the . . .

  • Kilkenny criticised for watering down county’s wind farm plans #IRL

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:30:02
    The State’s planning watchdog has criticised councillors from a landlocked county for watering down plans to allow wind farms in their area because they wanted a greater emphasis on offshore renewable energy. Planning regulator Niall Cussen suggested Kilkenny County Council would not make a fair contribution to meeting national targets on renewable energy if its members tried to move the focus to wind farms based at sea. A row has erupted between Mr Cussen and the council over the refusal . . .

  • Clean up in place due to incident at Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm #ENG

    Updated: 2021-10-26 11:29:58
    A clean up operation is underway after some debris fell into the sea following maintenance work at Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm, near to Barrow. Residents along the West Cumbrian coastline are being warned to look out for the debris along the debris and contact the organisation to remove any matter. The incident is reported to have happened after planned maintenance at the windfarm resulted in some materials falling into the sea. Vattenfall, the company who own the windfarm, has warned . . .

  • Net Zero modelling based on projection of only 7 low-wind days annually #GBR

    Updated: 2021-10-25 13:18:29
    The Disclosure prompts questions over the accuracy of the CCC’s claims about the feasibility of meeting net zero by 2050. Modelling used to justify the “feasibility” of the net zero target assumed a dramatic fall in the number of days of calm weather, when many turbines stand still, according to new analysis. Data obtained from the Climate Change Committee (CCC), the official advisory body, following a legal battle, shows that a series of assumptions underpinning its advice to ministers included . . .

  • Power companies’ plans to expand wind and solar on the Eastern Plains meets local headwinds #CO

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:48
    For years, Lacie Harman has watched wind turbines inch closer to her home on Colorado’s Eastern Plains. The white towers now dot the prairie from Limon north to the Wyoming border but have skipped over Washington County, where her family has farmed and ranched for five generations. Harman is trying to keep it that way. Earlier this year, she founded a nonprofit called Sacred Horizons to push for strict regulations on renewable energy development east of Colorado’s Front Range. The . . .

  • Nevada dilemma: Renewable energy or national monument? #NV

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:45
    For Yuman-speaking Native American tribes, the sprawling desert lands of southern Nevada – home to Joshua tree forest, desert tortoise habitat and migration routes for bighorn sheep – carry historical and cultural significance as their “place of creation.” “This area holds the footprint of our ancestors, and past, present and future generations,” explained Nora McDowell, a former chairperson of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. But for energy developers, the vast Mojave Desert also represents future potential for wind or solar farms that . . .

  • TransAlta wind farm in New Brunswick temporarily taken offline after tower collapse #NB

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:42
    TransAlta Renewables Inc. says it has temporarily taken a wind farm in New Brunswick offline after a tower collapse. The Calgary-based company says one of the towers at the 167 MW Kent Hills wind facility in Kent Hills, N.B. collapsed. The facility is majority owned by TransAlta’s indirect subsidiary Kent Hills Wind LP. The company says there were no injuries. No one was in the area when the incident occurred and there are no homes in the immediate vicinity. TransAlta says . . .

  • Councillor condemns wind farm owner #ENG

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:40
    The owner of a wind turbine which was damaged during a storm more than five months ago has been criticised for ‘not caring’ about its smaller wind farms. Repair work to one of three turbines near Grimethorpe – which had one of its blades sheered off – still has not been carried out by EDF. As it fell, the blade appeared to cause damage to the structure of the turbine – resulting in a dent on the side of the . . .

  • Daily News FOIA of Pine Township reveals wind energy thoughts from 3 law firms #MI

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:19
    PINE TOWNSHIP – When the Pine Township supervisor recommended in September to hire a specific law firm to handle wind energy ordinance-related work, the decision appeared to have been all but finalized days earlier. Meanwhile, the attorney for the law firm that Pine Township later actually voted to hire shared candid thoughts about “the growing debate in communities across Michigan and around the country about the extent to which municipalities can and should regulate through zoning the construction and operation of . . .

  • Permitting for wind energy project moves ahead #WY

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:15
    The Albany County Board of Commissioners declared the proposed Rock Creek Wind Energy Project application complete during a meeting Tuesday evening and scheduled a public hearing on the project for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7. Chicago-based Invenergy is proposing the 590-megawatt project on mostly private land about 25 miles north of Laramie between Interstate 80 and Rock River. Most of the project, about 37,000 acres, would be located in Albany County, with about 6,000 acres in Carbon County. Albany County Planner . . .

  • Beach Haven hears wind farm update #NJ

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:12
    Beach Haven resident Bob Stern has taken a keen interest in Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind’s proposal to construct a wind farm off the coast of Beach Haven and neighboring Holgate and parts south to Atlantic City. And he’s not approaching it as a layman. An aeronautical engineer, Stern worked for the U.S. Department of Energy in a capacity where he reviewed environmental impact statements on a host of projects. Although he had never reviewed any wind energy proposals, he sees . . .

  • Wind turbines reaching 206m tall proposed for Taranaki site as part of $70m green hydrogen project #NZL

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:09
    The tallest wind turbines in the country could soon be built on the Taranaki ring plain as part of a world-leading $70 million “green” hydrogen project. The turbines would generate electricity to produce “green” hydrogen that would be turned into fertiliser and used to fuel heavy vehicles. Green hydrogen is a term for hydrogen produced using electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro. The Hiringa Energy Limited and Ballance Agri-Nutrients’ green hydrogen hub at Kapuni could . . .

  • In Minnesota, old power plants could be the on-ramp for new wind and solar #MN

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:04
    Minnesota utilities will soon use existing fossil fuel plant infrastructure to transport clean energy to Midwest’s regional electricity grid. The workaround avoids the Midwest’s bottlenecked transmission grid managed by the Midwest Independent System Operator, Inc. (MISO), the regional transmission organization currently hamstrung by a lengthy project queue and a capacity shortage. The process of connecting new generation to the grid in MISO’s 15-state territory takes an average of three years, according to an Americans for a Clean Energy Grid study. . . .

  • Icebreaker wind project proposed for Lake Erie needs to find more financing soon #OH

    Updated: 2021-10-23 00:01:03
    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Proponents of the Icebreaker wind project proposed for Lake Erie are working diligently to find the rest of the money necessary to bring the project to fruition. Advocates have been talking with state legislators and others in Columbus to see if they can help with the long-delayed project, which calls for construction of six wind turbines in the lake eight to 10 miles off Cleveland.

  • Sturmtief „Ignatz“: Windrad-Flügel in Zilshausen abgebrochen #DEU

    Updated: 2021-10-22 13:42:45
    [In Zilshausen, the hurricane-like gusts broke off a wind turbine blade.] Wie stark das Sturmtief „Ignatz“ am frühen Morgen, 21. Oktober, über die Region fegte, wird nicht nur an den unzähligen umgestürzten Bäumen deutlich. In Zilshausen haben die orkanartigen Böen einen Windrad-Flügel abgebrochen. Eine der drei Windenergieanlagen im Windpark Zilshausen hat das Sturmtief mit orkanartigen Böen in der vergangenen Nacht und frühen Morgenstunden, 21. Oktober, nicht unbeschadet überstanden. Während des Sturms wurde eins der Rotorblätter zerstört. Einzelteile sind abgebrochen und . . .

  • Sturmtief fegt über die Region: Windrad in Nattheim vom Sturm zerstört #DEU

    Updated: 2021-10-22 13:37:30
    [The storm tore off the blades of a wind turbine near Nattheim.] Das Sturmtief “Ignatz” sorgte in vielen Regionen für zahlreiche Einsätze. Über 60 Ereignisse beim Polizeipräsidium Aalen gemeldet – überwiegend aus dem Rems-Murr-Kreis. Aalen. Der Ostalbkreis ist vom Sturm am Donnerstag größtenteils verschont geblieben. Der Deutsche Wetterdienst warnt im Kreis bis 18 Uhr vor schweren Sturmböen mit Geschwindigkeiten bis zu 90 Stundenkilometern. Eine Unwetterwarnung gab es im Ostalbkreis bislang aber nicht. Dennoch zeigte sich das Sturmtief “Ignatz” am Vormittag . . .

  • Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

    Updated: 2021-10-21 21:33:41
    Power shortages are turning out streetlights and shutting down factories in China. The poor in Brazil are choosing between paying for food or electricity. German corn and wheat farmers can’t find fertilizer, made using natural gas. And fears are rising that Europe will have to ration electricity if it’s a cold winter. The world is gripped by an energy crunch – a fierce squeeze on some of the key markets for natural gas, oil and other fuels that keep the global . . .

  • Pittsford wrangles over wind project #VT

    Updated: 2021-10-21 00:36:17
    PITTSFORD – A proposal to place a single wind turbine on Grandpa’s Knob, a prominent 1,600-foot summit in the Taconic Range in West Rutland, was met with 90 minutes of public outcry at Pittsford’s Select Board meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 6. Sam Carlson, who works in community relations for Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind, said that the project is only in its infancy and that he wanted Pittsford and its neighboring communities to be involved in the construction and siting of the . . .

  • Meade County Commission turn thumbs down to wind farm #SD

    Updated: 2021-10-21 00:36:17
    STURGIS – It didn’t take Meade County commissioners long at all Tuesday to tell an out-of-state developer they didn’t want a wind farm in eastern Meade County. Scott Debenham, president of Debenham Energy of San Diego, Calif., had asked to be included on the commission meeting agenda for its Tuesday meeting. Debenham, speaking to the commission via phone, explained that the government is beginning to open Forest Service land for alternative energy development. He told commissioners he was seeking a letter . . .

  • No Christmas for wind farm operator or neighbours #AUS

    Updated: 2021-10-21 00:35:59
    It’s all over bar the turbine noise. The Supreme Court case, in which Tarwin Lower/Walkerville landowners, Noel Uren and John Zakula, are seeking aggravated and exemplary damages, plus an injunction against the operation of Bald Hills Wind Farm, came to a shuddering halt last Tuesday. Whether the allegedly excessive noise coming from the turbines, especially those at the northern end of the wind farm near Mr Zakula’s house, come to a halt as well is yet to be decided. The . . .

  • Wind turbine collapse under investigation in southeast New Brunswick #NB

    Updated: 2021-10-21 00:35:57
    A wind turbine at New Brunswick’s largest wind farm has collapsed. According to the TransAlta Corporation, the Alberta-based company that owns and operates the Kent Hills wind farm, no one was injured when the structure toppled onto an access road. “The cause of the incident is under investigation,” TransAlta spokesperson James Mottershead said in an email to CBC News. The area surrounding the wind facility has been closed while the investigation is underway. The wind farm is located about 55 . . .

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