Wind Power from the Great Plains to California

SACRAMENTO — Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, who has pushed to bring a football stadium to Los Angeles, also wants to bring wind power to California.

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Western Maryland wind power project seeks fast-tracking

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Developers of a proposed wind power farm near Frostburg are seeking fast-track approval from state regulators.

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Fourmile Wind Energy LLC said in a filing Monday with the Maryland Public Service Commission that the company hopes to begin construction this spring and produce wind power by the end of the year.

Fourmile is a subsidiary of Annapolis-based Synergics, which built the Backbone Mountain wind power farm. The 60 megawatt Fourmile project would have up to 30 turbines along Fourmile Ridge and the western slope of Big Savage Mountain.

Fourmile is seeking an exemption from a lengthy review process originally designed for traditional electric power plants. A 2007 state law allows exemptions for certain wind-power projects. The exemption would be for a line to connect the project to a nearby transmission line.

 

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Navitus Bay Wind Park

Navitus Bay Wind Park protesters take part in demonstration

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Campaigners are worried about the impact of the wind turbines on birds and marine mammals

A demonstration against a proposed £3bn wind farm has taken place in a Dorset seaside resort.

About 300 people gathered in Swanage to oppose the Navitus Bay Wind Park which could see 218 wind turbines built off the Jurassic Coast.

Spokeswoman Charlie Sanderson said people were concerned about “visual, environmental and economic damage” to the Unesco World Heritage Site.

Supporters of the scheme also attended the gathering.

The proposed wind farm would be located off the Dorset and Hampshire coast and to the west of the Isle of Wight.

Ms Sanderson said there were serious concerns about the impact on wildlife.

She said: “Large numbers of birds would be killed by the turbines as the wind farm would be in the path of an important migratory route.

“Damage to the seabed during construction would upset the balance of marine life in this sensitive area.

“Dolphins and other marine mammals would die during the drilling and pounding of the seabed – which would take years – as their delicate sonar would be damaged by the noise.”
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Project director Mike Unsworth encouraged protesters to come to a series of public exhibitions.

He said: “One thing we have to do is a very detailed and robust environmental impact assessment that looks at the impact on marine mammals.

“Once we get the conclusions we’ll understand what the true impacts are and then it’s our obligation to put forward mitigation plans to deal with those impacts.”
Wind farm supporters Supporters of the wind farm also rallied at Swanage seafront

In December the boundary, which was originally set to be about eight miles (12.8km) off Peveril Point at Swanage and The Needles, was moved 1.8 miles (3km) further away from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

Other changes include a reduction in the maximum number of turbines, from 333 to 218, and to the total area of seabed which will be developed, from 76.4 sq miles (198 sq km) to 67.5 sq miles (175 sq km).

Eneco Wind UK Ltd (Eneco) and EDF Energy, which will install the turbines, claim the scheme could generate enough electricity for the domestic needs of 790,000 average UK households.

A planning application will be made in February 2014. Construction could start in 2017 with the first wind turbines generating energy by 2020.

Eneco estimates that the project will create up to 1,000 temporary and 100 permanent posts.

The consultations take place in Ferndown, Bournemouth, Poole, New Milton, Lymington, Cowes, Christchurch, and Swanage, from 1 February

 

 

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Birds at risk from growing wind power in Indiana

Indiana is home to one of the world’s single largest concentrations of wind turbines. But all of those giant rotors — about 700 standing among the corn and soybeans along I-65 in Benton County — do more than harness energy from the wind. They also can kill birds. “During migration, birds are traveling long distances, often at night,” said Brad Bumgardner, president of the Indiana Audubon Society and an interpretive naturalist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. “Birds migrating . . .
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Grafton meets to talk wind farm

Grafton — A meeting meant to educate residents on a proposed Wild Meadow Road wind farm instead drew wind farm opponents, who had the opportunity to confer with town and state officials about the project’s pros and cons. The informational meeting was put together by Susan Frost, a retired teacher who lives on the road closest to the proposed site of the wind farm. Iberdrola Renewables, which has two farms in New Hampshire, has been planning a 37-turbine project on . . .
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Tangling with turbines

Aerial water bombing of Grabben Gullen fire would have been impossible a few years down the track, argues a wind farm opponent. NSW Landscape Guardians president and Kialla resident Humphrey Price-Jones said Tuesday’s blaze started on a property which would host turbines for the Gullen Range wind farm. A neighbour discovered the fire and if not for quick Rural Fire Service work on the ground and aerial water bombing, north-westerly winds would have carried it to Goulburn, Mr Price-Jones said. . . .
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Windfarm bid rejected

Windfarm opponents are celebrating the Scottish Government’s damning dismissal of an appeal against refusal of a £12 million, nine-turbine scheme in the Angus glens. Against the conditional approval recommendation of Angus officials, councillors last August blocked plans for the Carrach site near Kingoldrum, close to the Angus/ Perthshire border and in the foothills of the Grampians. A reporter has now said that the turbines would be an “unwelcome intrusion” on the “attractive, shapely hills” in the Angus landscape for only . . .
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Wind farm ‘propaganda’ given to primary school pupils

Wind farm bosses have been accused of targeting children as young as five in a bid to drum up support for more turbines. Primary pupils were handed letters, seemingly written by a developer, encouraging their parents to back a planning application for an extension to a wind farm. The note contained a section for parents’ signatures at the bottom and was addressed to the local council’s planning department. SNP-controlled North Ayrshire Council claimed the letters were “directly relevant” to the . . .
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Wind farm contracts to increase energy bills for families

Millions of families face higher energy bills because of a “shocking” catalogue of errors made by the Government when it awarded contracts for expensive offshore wind farms, MPs will disclose today. Consumers could see bills rise in the coming years after “generous” deals worth £17 billion were agreed with energy firms delivering wind-generated power to homes, a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned. Under a scheme agreed by Labour leader Ed Miliband during the last Labour government, . . .
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Ratepayers at risk in NSP turbine deal, says producer

An independent power producer in Cape Breton says Nova Scotia Power should not be asking ratepayers to pay for its share in a proposed $200-million wind farm. Three big companies, including the power utility, have teamed up to make South Canoe project in Vaughan in Lunenburg County the largest wind farm in the province. Oxford Frozen Foods and Minas Basin Pulp and Power will own 51 per cent of the turbines. Nova Scotia Power will own 49 per cent. In . . .
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