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Oregon Supreme Court says the state improperly shut the public out of deciding where to place energy facilities

Friends of the Columbia Gorge said in a statement that the ruling is likely to affect two projects: a wind farm along the Deschutes River and a natural gas-powered electrical generating plant in Umatilla County, both of which the group says benefited from the 2017 rule change the court now says was improper. "As a result of today's ruling, the permission to build two specific projects has now expired," Friends said.
4 Aug 2020

Seneca Co. wind farm project put on hold indefinitely

A project that would have placed up to 77 commercial-scale wind turbines in Seneca County near Tiffin has been placed on indefinite hold, the project’s backer announced Tuesday. ...The power producer said it planned to divert resources intended for the Seneca Wind project to sPower projects in other states.
21 Jan 2020

County: Developer ‘concealed’ work on wind farm

“The commencement of construction is prohibited without a [wind energy conversion system] permit, constitutes illegal work, and amounts to a material breach of the parties’ agreements,” the county stated. “[Sugar Creek Wind] actively concealed this work from the Commissioners.”
20 Jan 2020

Allen County, Kansas, learns a wind farm lesson

Contractors and landowners who hired on for the construction of wind turbines in the Prairie Queen turbine generation field in Allen County have gotten their first lesson in the economic morals of wind farms. That lesson is this: If they don’t want to pay you what they owe, they just don’t.
20 Jan 2020

Lighthouse Wind's fate still to be decided

The fate of a controversial wind turbine project proposed for the area of Somerset and Yates is still uncertain. APEX Clean Energy announced this past April the company no longer planned to submit its application in 2019 for a 47-turbine wind farm in Somerset and Yates and shut down a community office in Barker.
19 Jan 2020

Oregon Supreme Court ruling could alter energy projects

Nathan Baker, staff attorney for Friends of the Columbia Gorge, said that his group's primary concern was that the way the rules were adopted shut out the public and made it difficult for citizens to participate. "That's never a good thing," he said. "There needs to be transparency and an open public process."
19 Jan 2020

Offshore wind hearing brings whopping turnout to Ocean City. Here's what you need to know

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan called on the PSC to hold more evidentiary hearings to better understand the impact larger wind turbines would have on the town. U.S. Congressman Andy Harris, R-Md.-1 pointed out that nothing stops U.S. Wind from possibly building 12-megawatt wind turbines as close as 10 miles from shore. Harris went on to criticize the wind developers' decision to use larger wind turbines saying, “I would suggest that this is one of the most amazing cases of bait and switch that I’ve ever seen."
19 Jan 2020

Packer windmill farm session hears sound expert

Anders asked for Rand’s conclusions. Rand prepared a 32-page report, submitted to the board. His summary is that, with the rules of Packer Township stating the turbines’ noise “shall not exceed 50 decibels” at the property line, “noise levels are certain to be exceeded.” He sees the proposed turbines for the Broad Mountain Power project as “too big and too loud.”
18 Jan 2020

New York says new renewables financing option to reduce developers' financial risk, save $4.6B

Ny_psc_order_variable_rec_prices_case_15-e-0302_thumb But while energy and capacity market prices can go up and down, REC prices in New York are currently fixed when developers bid for projects through NYSERDA, the state agency responsible for centralized procurement of RECs. The difference with the new order is that instead of staying fixed, the indexed REC price will go up or down, depending on the direction of prices in the energy and capacity markets, to ensure there's a consistent amount of revenue for developers and projects always get what they need, Katofsky explained.
17 Jan 2020

Wind Watchers group still pushing for change in Gage County

Prairie Wind Watchers is the group spearheading the requested amendments to Gage County’s wind regulations. The group is focusing on two specific changes it would like to see made by the county. A primary concern is increasing current setback requirements that stipulate turbines must be 3/8 miles from residences. The group is asking that figure to be increased to one mile.
17 Jan 2020

Wind turbines generate more cash when switched off and Scots customers shouldering £650m blame

So-called 'constraint payments', a sort of compensation, have been paid to energy firms in charge of wind farms, when demand for electricity falls or winds are too strong for turbines to operate. These costs are added to consumers' electricity bills. ...According to the Renewable Energy Foundation, 2018 was a record year for constraint payments, reaching a staggering £124,649,106 - surpassing the total in 2017 of £108,247,860.
17 Jan 2020

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