High Court To Hear Wind Farm Project Case

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

A proposal to build Connecticut’s first wind farm in the state’s Northwest Corner has been blowing around for several years. Now an appeal brought by a citizens’ group that opposes the project will be heard by the state Supreme Court in coming months.

After Record 2012, World Wind Power Set to Top 300,000 Megawatts in 2013

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By

Even amid policy uncertainty in major wind power markets, wind developers still managed to set a new record for installations in 2012, with 44,000 megawatts of new wind capacity worldwide. With total capacity exceeding 280,000 megawatts, wind farms generate carbon-free electricity in more than 80 countries, 24 of which have at least 1,000 megawatts. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from the Earth Policy Institute.

3 turbines to get test spin in Providence

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By

After eight months of standing idle, the most prominent wind turbines in Rhode Island are about to start spinning.

Tell Congress: Extend the Wind Tax Credits!

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

The clock is ticking. Wind is growing by leaps and bounds…. it has grown 20-fold since 2000, generating enough power to replace more than 40 coal plants and avoid as much pollution as taking 14 million cars off the road, all while providing jobs and helping local economies. More than 37,000 jobs are at stake

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Environmental Groups and Other Stakeholders Unite Behind Atlantic Offshore Wind

Jul 24th, 2012 | By

217 environmentalists, conservationists, clean energy advocates, businesses, and local and state officials from up and down the Atlantic Coast are united in calling for bold action to accelerate the development of offshore wind. In Connecticut, ten offshore wind proponents joined Environment Connecticut, including the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, Senators Doyle and Meyer, Clean Water Action of Connecticut, and several other environmental groups and elected officials. The coalition released a letter to the Obama Administration to show strong support for progress made to date and to urge continued leadership to ensure we see several wind farms spinning off our coasts within the next few years. Click on this headline for more of this story.

CT, NYC firms team to build central Pa. wind farm

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

Gemma Renewable Power LLC of Rocky Hill is teaming up with a New York company in an $18 million deal to build a wind farm with 15 turbines in central Pennsylvania. The Reading Eagle reports. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

State board’s wind power approval appealed

Jul 17th, 2011 | By

The group opposed to the construction of six wind turbines in Colebrook that were approved by the Connecticut Siting Council last month has appealed the council’s decision.

June 2 approval of one Colebrook wind turbine may ease passage of another

Jun 4th, 2011 | By

With Colebrook South passing the Connecticut Siting Council’s muster, its other half saw favorable opinions on Thursday. The council released its draft findings of fact on June 2, as well as taking a straw poll to judge which way the winds might blow on the state’s second residential wind generation facility. Colebrook South — which

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Ready For Vote On Wind Power In Colebrook

May 21st, 2011 | By

The opponents of a wind power project in town are feeling optimistic that the Connecticut Siting Council will not approve its construction, after a similar project proposed by the same company in the New Haven County town of Prospect was rejected. The council reviewed a 35-page summary of findings about the first Colebrook application. BNE

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Wind Power — Reliable, Clean and Cost Effective

May 11th, 2011 | By

Wind power is one of the most cost-effective sources of electricity available, capable of generating power at prices competitive with new natural gas plants and cheaper than new coal and nuclear plants. Across the US, abundant wind resources can be harnessed to produce reliable and clean electricity.

A letter writer in Litchfield County believes wind turbines affect property values

May 5th, 2011 | By

Regardless of what the wind industry would like us to believe, property values are impacted by nearby industrial wind turbines. Wind proponents insist that property values are not impacted by wind turbines; they argue there will always be a buyer; it is simply a matter of taste.

What is the Real Risk/Benefit of Big Wind?

Apr 10th, 2011 | By

Just when there’s an enviro no-brainer to embrace—like green renewable energy—careful scrutiny reveals another yawning maw of unintended consequences.

The latest on the Connecticut wind power/turbine debate

Feb 11th, 2011 | By

Chris Phelps of Environment Connecticut said his organization supports the current process of siting wind projects under the Connecticut Siting Council. He said a moratoriumm could send a message to the wind industry that Connecticut is not a place where they are welcome.

China leads the windy world

Feb 5th, 2011 | By

Over the past decade, China’s installed wind capacity has grown from 0.3GW to 42.3GW and now accounts for 22 percent of the world’s total wind power capacity.

Legislators Hear Arguments For and Against Wind Farm Moratorium

Feb 4th, 2011 | By

Citizens groups from Colebrook and Prospect told lawmakers Thursday they should approve a proposed bill that would put a moratorium on any commercial wind turbine projects until state regulations governing their placement are developed.

Proposed Legislation Would Sideline Wind Turbine Plans in Colebrook

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By

A pair of bills authored by State Rep. Vickie Nardello and State Sen. Joan Hartley are scheduled to be brought before the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee for hearings Thursday, Feb. 3. One bill calls for a moratorium on the siting of wind projects until regulations are adopted, and a second bill would limit

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More on the Colebrook wind farm controversy (update)

Jan 27th, 2011 | By

Michael and Stella Somers, who bought a 10,000-square-foot piece of Connecticut’s history say their livelihood is threatened by BNE Energy Inc.’s plans to build at least three, 460-foot-tall wind turbines a half-mile from their B&B.

Connecticut’s First Commercial Wind-Turbine Projects Run Into A Snag

Jan 27th, 2011 | By

“We’re not going to see massive wind farms in Connecticut or Long Island Sound,” says Glenn Weston-Murphy, co-founder of the Connecticut Wind Working Group. “There are very few places in Connecticut that make sense for wind turbines.”

Spin, baby, spin: Connecticut debates wind turbines

Jan 18th, 2011 | By

An updated version of Reagan’s action was Sarah Palin’s “Drill, baby, drill.” Now there is another battle cry being heard throughout the country and especially in New England: “Spin, baby spin.” Wind energy proposals in the Connecticut towns of Prospect and Colebrook have stirred much discussion. Some who live near the projected sites are calling

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Wind power: perception vs. reality

Jan 16th, 2011 | By

With the proposed wind projects in Colebrook and Prospect currently being so hotly debated, perhaps it’s timely to consider a few points.