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Maine’s new Governor ends wind moratorium

By Michelle Froese Gov. Mills has signed an order to end Maine’s moratorium on wind-turbine permits. Governor Janet Mills, D-Maine, has signed an Executive Order to end a moratorium on wind-turbine permits. This order clarifies that state agencies with the legal authority to issue permits can once again do their work with Maine’s local communities…

Australian Court Rejects New Coal Mine

By Joshua S Hill An Australian court has rejected an appeal to build a new coal mine in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, citing “significant adverse impacts” and “dire consequences” for the environment and greenhouse gas emissions. Read Full Article Here For more great articles: Clean Technica

Wind energy focus of Tuesday meeting #MI

By National Wind Watch NORTH BRANCH – Lapeer County Citizens WindWatch, a group of northern Lapeer County residents concerned about the possible effects of a proposed wind turbine project in their communities will hold a Wind Energy Policy Forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 19) at the North Branch Wesleyan Church. The meeting will feature…

Over 550 sign wind setback petition #IN

By National Wind Watch The local anti-wind group “Save Jasper County” announced on Saturday that its petition against the county’s new wind turbine setbacks had been filed at the Jasper County Recorder’s Office and bears 567 signatures. Though an early copy of the petition was given to the county government earlier, the county’s new setbacks…

Electric Utilities Must Stop Illegally Concealing Public Cost Data

By John Farrell Utilities in many states have undercut competition by playing “hide the peanut.” Instead of sharing their avoided cost publicly, as required by Congress and state laws, utilities have hidden them behind a “trade secret” designation. This illegal shield––if left in place by state and federal regulators––requires prospective clean energy developers to lawyer…

Galloo Island wind project ‘withdrawn’ #NY

By National Wind Watch The long-debated Galloo Island wind farm in the Town of Hounsfield is apparently dead. Lawyers for the company proposing the wind farm sent a letter to the state Public Service Commission Friday stating “that Gallloo Wind formally withdraws its Article 10 Application and is no longer seeking a Certificate of Environmental…

At Legislature: Eminent domain curbed for wind energy projects #NE

By National Wind Watch Under LB 155, introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon, use of eminent domain no longer would be authorized in order to provide access to build transmission lines or other infrastructure related to a privately developed renewable energy project. Brewer presented the bill Thursday to the Legislature’s natural resources committee. Current…

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