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Wind Farm Leaves Property Values Unscathed

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in property values

After studying thousands of real estate transactions over nearly a decade, researchers in Ontario, Canada, have concluded wind farms have very little impact on property values. In a report posted earlier this month, The Canadian Press said the authors themselves found the results somewhat surprising, "given the public outcry regarding the construction of these turbines."

Wind Farm Operator Mum on Bird Deaths

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in bird fatalities

Pacificorp, the Oregon-based operator of wind farms in three states, has gone to court to block the release of information on bird deaths at its facilities to The Associated Press. The AP reports that the company is seeking an injunction that would prevent the U.S. Department the Interior from disclosing information about how many birds have been killed by its turbines.

A Proposed Wind Farm in Maine Would Be the Biggest in the Region

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in EDP Renewables

A Texas-based renewable energy company is proposing what would be largest wind farm in New England, a 250-megawatt facility with as many as 125 turbines built in parts of five townships in Aroostook County.

Study Finds No Direct Link Between Wind Turbines and Health Problems

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in health effect

A study of more than 1,200 adults in two Canadian provinces has found no definitive connection between the noise from utility-scale wind turbines and a number of chronic health problems, according to published reports.

Connecticut to Get Its First Utility-Scale Wind Project

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in utility-scale wind

Connecticut could have its first utility-scale wind project by the middle of next year after the state Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of a citizens' group to end a four-year regulatory and legal battle. The court's decision in mid-September lowered one of the last barriers preventing BNE Energy Inc. from developing two sites in the northwest part of the state. BNE plans to install a total of six 1.6-megawatt turbines, three at each of two sites in the town of Colebrook.

Wisconsin Health Board Says Turbines Pose a Threat

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in utility-scale wind

Utility-scale wind turbines have been blamed for a variety of health problems by people living nearby, but what's become known as "wind turbine syndrome" is not recognized as a medical condition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization.

Maine Poised to Approve State’s Largest Wind Farm

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in Maine

Regulators from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection have signed off on a proposal to build a 62-turbine wind project, the state's largest. The Bangor Daily News reports that a draft order approving the proposal from a subsidiary of First Wind of Boston, Massachusetts, is subject to public comment and further review. But even critics think the project is likely to win final approval.

Wind Energy Hits a High Note

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in American Wind Energy Association

A record amount of new wind energy capacity was under construction at the end of 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The two main reasons for the wind boom are technological advancements that have lowered costs and a federal tax credit.

U.S. Will Permit Some Eagle Deaths

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in bald eagle

Some wind farms will get legal protection for killing and injuring eagles for as long as 30 years under new rules announced by the government on December 6, according to the Associated Press. In an article published Dec. 6, the AP said the new policy was adopted by the Obama administration under pressure from the wind-power industry.

Connecticut Continues Ban on Wind Turbines

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in utility-scale wind

A Connecticut legislative committee has rejected a set of regulations for large-scale wind energy projects, effectively continuing a 2011 ban on turbines and leaving projects in four communities in limbo for the time being, according to a report in The Republican.

Wind Farms Kill Scores of Eagles

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in bird strike

Wind turbines in 10 states have killed at least 67 eagles in the last five years and 85 since 1997, and government scientists say the number is probably much higher because reports are voluntary. Citing research first published in The Journal of Raptor Research, the Associated Press said in a report published Sept. 11 that most of the deaths were golden eagles that ran into turbines.

Wind Farms Have Little Impact on Property Values

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

A detailed study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds wind turbines have little if any impact on the value of nearby houses. Researchers collected information on 50,000 home sales in 27 counties in nine states. The houses were within 10 miles of 67 different wind farms. Nearly 1,200 of the sales were for homes within a mile of a wind turbine. The study covers sales well before the announcement of a wind farm to well after construction.

Wind Farm Sued Over Noise

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in infrasound

An Oregon man has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the operator of a 50-turbine wind farm, claiming that low frequency noise from spinning turbine blades has caused a variety of health problems. The Associated Press reported that Dan Williams filed his complaint on Aug. 9, about a year after he left his home near Ione, Oregon, where Invenergy had built its Willow Creek wind farm, and moved to Walterville, Oregon.

Firm Wins Auction for Deepwater Wind Rights

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in industrial wind

In the first auction of its kind in the U.S., a Rhode Island-based company has agreed to pay $3.8 million to lease offshore wind sites off Massachusetts and Rhode Island where it will install 200 turbines with a total capacity of 1,000 MW. According to a Bloomberg News report, power production could begin in 2018.

Fire Knocks Out a Maine Wind Turbine

Posted on March 31,2015 by ScottG in wind energy

Fire has destroyed a 3-megawatt turbine that's part of the 44-turbine Kibby Mountain wind farm near the Canadian border, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News. The newspaper published the article on April 23 but said the fire actually had taken place on Jan. 16, noting that wind farm operators in Maine are not required to report turbine fires to any state agency.

Commercial-Scale Wind Power

Posted on March 31,2015 by AlexWilson in wind

Last week I wrote about the challenges of small wind turbines and the difficulty of successfully integrating wind power into buildings. This week, I’ll look at larger-scale commercial wind power developments.

Vermont’s Largest Wind Farm Officially Goes Online

Posted on March 31,2015 by user-756436 in wind energy

Vermont’s largest wind energy development, the Sheffield Wind Project, is now fully online. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 26, 2011, Governor Peter Shumlin declared, “Climate change is the biggest threat to our children and grandchildren. We in Vermont must lead — and get off our addiction to oil. It's essential for Vermont to achieve our goal of generating 90% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2050.” Shumlin predicted, “If we go forward with plans for more renewable energy projects in Vermont, we will be able to retire our aging, leaky nuclear power plant.”

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