Federal, state, and local regulations govern many aspects of wind energy development. The nature of the project and its location will largely drive the levels of regulation required. Check the DSIRE database of federal and state renewable energy policies and incentives. This site https://windexchange.energy.gov/policies-incentives?search=lets you search for ordinances from states, counties, townships, and a link to … Continue reading Database of Wind Energy Policies and Incentives
Michigan Case Law: Wind Energy is not “demonstrated public need” .
One of the arguments you hear often from wind developers, is that it can not be stopped because of exclusionary or demonstrated need. Michigan Courts have ruled that wind energy, energy use and state mandates do not equal demonstrated need. Tuscola has made no attempt to show that there is a "demonstrated public need" for … Continue reading Michigan Case Law: Wind Energy is not “demonstrated public need” .
Wind Energy loses again in Michigan
May 7, 2019 Michigan Election results are in. Pro wind Kawkawlin supervisor was recalled 3-1. DTE lost in Jonesfield Township in Saginaw County 59%-41%. And L'Anse Township rejected RES America's plan for wind turbines in the Huron Mountains and Michigamee Highlands 55% - 45%.
Oklahoma moves forward on stricter Wind Regulations
Breezing through committee: Bills establishing stricter regulation of wind power move forward February 15, 2019 | M. Scott Carter | journalrecord.com OKLAHOMA CITY – Three measures that would tighten regulations on the state’s wind energy industry cleared a legislative committee on Thursday and are headed to the full Senate for review. The bills’ authors said … Continue reading Oklahoma moves forward on stricter Wind Regulations
Minnesota DNR 2018: updated best management practices for Wind Energy
The Minnesota DNR updated their best management practices for Wind Energy! As it is unknown the extent to which the wind industry voluntarily follows any recommendations for feathering, the ONLY way to protect our bat population is to require similar restrictions on the hours of operation via our local Township Ordinances. Minnesota Department of Natural … Continue reading Minnesota DNR 2018: updated best management practices for Wind Energy
Illinois – DeWitt County Regional Planning Commission votes against wind farm.
Commission votes against DeWitt County wind farm Jan 16, 2019 | KEVIN BARLOW | pantagraph.com DeWitt County residents call for the rejection of the county's first proposed wind farm during the Regional Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the county courthouse in Clinton. CLINTON — The developer of a proposed $300 million wind farm in … Continue reading Illinois – DeWitt County Regional Planning Commission votes against wind farm.
Penn Forest Wind turbine project denied
Pocono Ridges saved from Industrialization, Wind turbine application denied by Penn Forest Township
Carbon County community rejected an application for 28 power-producing turbines on the rural ridges surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply.
Zoners reject turbine proposal for land surrounding Bethlehem's reservoirs. December 17, 2018 | Nicole Radzievich | The Morning Call Carbon County community rejected an application for 28 power-producing turbines on the rural ridges surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply. The Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board voted unanimously on Monday against granting a special exception for the project … Continue reading Carbon County community rejected an application for 28 power-producing turbines on the rural ridges surrounding Bethlehem’s water supply.
RES and Weyerhaeuser push for non-standard blade clearances.
Current Zoning restricts blade clearance to 75 feet, a standard clearance in the industry, and a restriction in some states for safety reasons. This change means that blades moving at over 100 miles an hour will be less than 60 feet from the ground. In Addition, this change was not included in notice of changes, … Continue reading RES and Weyerhaeuser push for non-standard blade clearances.