Renewable Rejection Database

Management theorist W. Edwards Deming famously said “in God we trust. All others must bring data.” This database is an attempt to do that: to quantify the number of restrictions or rejections of solar and wind projects in the United States over the past decade or so. The database is not perfect. It may slightly understate, or overstate, the number of rejections and restrictions. It is the product of an effort I began in 2015 and have sustained since then –– all on my own time and my own dime. If you know of a rejection or restriction that’s not in the database, please use the submission page and if the data checks out, I will add it. Thanks.

DateStateEntityGovernmentNotesNews LinksTypeYear
07/07/11MIRiga TowshipTownship boardMembers of the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition claimed a victory Wednesday as the Riga Township board approved a zoning ordinance governing wind turbines. Key elements of the law require the setback from properties without a wind turbine to be four times the height of a turbine and limits the sound level to 40 decibels between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and 45 decibels between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.https://www.lenconnect.com/story/news/local/2011/07/07/riga-township-wind-turbine-ordinance/64097098007/wind2011
08/17/11WITown of ForestTown BoardAfter months of study, the town adopted an ordinance that liimits noise from wind turbines and requires setbacks of at least one mile from non-participating homes. Note: the ordinance also references the health impacts of wind turbine noise and specifically mentions the 2009 study done by the Minnesota Department of Health.https://townofforest.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/wind-energy-systems-licensing-ordinance.pdfwind2011
06/20/13MNPublic Utility CommissionState PUCThe eagles in Goodhue County won a victory Thursday.The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission pulled the plug on a controversial wind energy project that was stalled for years by a fierce and well-organized local opposition that successfully used its potential impact on eagles to help derail it. Concerns about the eagles and other wildlife emerged late in the development process, well after the PUC had given the company legal authority and a permit to build. But it's an example of how concerns about wildlife and other environmental issues have become a concern nationally. https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-regulators-have-pulled-the-plug-on-a-goodhue-county-wind-farm-proposal/212398821/wind2013
02/10/15ALCleburne CountyCountyCleburne County Commission passed regulations on setbacks and noise, including 2500 feet from adjacent property and a 40-decibel limit. Regulations were passed after sustained opposition to a proposed wind project on Turkey Heaven Mountain. Project is for up to 30 turbines, therefore, estimated capacity is 60 megawatts.http://www.annistonstar.com/cleburne_news/article_194a2e7e-b0f9-11e4-80d0-1391746d1ff9.html http://www.annistonstar.com/news/group-handing-out-signs-opposing-cleburne-windfarm/article_5e2e6890-e937-11e4-8a26-fbf2b7742c2b.htmlwind2015
07/14/15CALA CountyCountyBoard of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban wind turbines in county's unincorporated areastp://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20150714/la-county-supervisors-to-ban-large-wind-turbines-in-unincorporated-areaswind2015
08/02/15IABuchanan CountyCountyBuchanan County Zoning and Planning Commission denied a permit for Optimum Renewables' 3-turbine wind project on a vote of 5-2.http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/independence_bulletin_journal/news/article_1ad561d2-5342-11e5-a1b4-774f7ca10b50.htmlwind2015
08/26/15IABlack Hawk CountyCountyCounty Board of Adjustment voted 5-0 to reject a special permit and setback variance for a 3-turbine wind project. The project had previously been turned down in Fayette and Buchanan counties.http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/black-hawk-county-s-first-wind-towers-rejected/article_8112cc4c-b6eb-5d13-a8b8-b4be8be1b18d.htmlwind2015
11/25/15IAFayette CountyCountyCounty supervisors imposed a 6-month moratorium on new wind projects http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/government/fayette-county-could-put-a-stop-to-any-new-wind-energy-projects-20151125wind2015
07/17/15ILLivingston CountyCountyLivingston County Board voted 13-9 to deny Invenergy's application for a permit for a wind project. http://www.pontiacdailyleader.com/article/20150717/NEWS/150719656wind2015
11/18/15ILBoone CountyCountyBoone County Board voted 9-3 to require all wind turbines be a minimum of 2640 feet from a property linehttp://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2015/11/boone-county-votes-for-increased-wind-turbine-setbacks-based-on-property-lines/wind2015
07/06/15INWells CountyWells County Area Plan CommissionThe Area Plan Commission recommended that no large wind turbines be allowed in Wells County.http://indianaeconomicdigest.com/main.asp?SectionID=31&subsectionID=306&articleID=80312wind2015
09/11/15INRush CountyCountyEnded negotiations with wind developerhttp://www.rushvillerepublican.com/news/county-votes-against-wind-turbines/article_7b8b21ee-f605-5c16-b928-1a3c3f31a39b.htmlwind2015
10/22/15KSDouglas CountyCountyCounty commissioners extended a moratorium on new wind projects for an additional six months so the county can develop better regulations.http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/oct/21/doco-commissioners/wind2015
12/01/15MABourneTownBourne's Board of Selectmen unanimously approved health officials? request to seek legal action to stop a four-turbine wind project in South Plymouth due to concerns about adverse health effects.http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20151201/NEWS/151209888/101061wind2015
11/14/15MDAllegany CountyCountyAllegany County Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously to deny variances for a 17-turbine wind project on Dan's Mountain. http://www.times-news.com/news/zoning-board-denies-wind-farm-developer-requests/article_0d9f435a-8a44-11e5-b94d-4b04424dfef2.html http://www.times-news.com/news/dan-s-mountain-wind-force-requests-a-third-construction-delay/article_f8a445aa-74d6-11e4-b20c-1ba8c0eff543.htmlwind2015
03/24/15MDKent CountyCountyCounty commissioners voted unanimously to reject a 49-turbine project being pushed by Apex Clean Energyhttp://elm.washcoll.edu/index.php/2015/04/kent-county-resists-wind-turbines/wind2015
11/17/15MEFreedomTownVote was 32-6 in favor of numerous regulations on wind turbines including setbacks. Ordinance is 40 pages.http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/freedom-passes-wind-turbine-ordinance/1445801wind2015
06/09/15MEDixfieldTownTown voters approve a new ordinance on wind turbines that sets limits on noise, setback (4,000 feet from any occupied building), and flicker.http://www.dixfield.org/assets/pdfs/2015/WEF%20Ordinance%20%20June%209%202015%20Vote.pdf https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2015/06/11/dixfield-voters-adopt-original-wind-ordinance/wind2015
06/19/15MEDepartment of Inland Fisheries and WildlifeStateDepartment of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced it would oppose the Weaver Wind project based on its potential impact to birds and bats. Two months later, SunEdison, the developer of the project, withdrew its application for the project, which had been pending at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/19/news/hancock/state-wildlife-officials-oppose-hancock-county-turbine-project/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/28/sunedison-withdraws-application-to-build-wind-farm-in-hancock-county/wind2015
12/03/15MEMaine Supreme CourtStateThe court ruled that the state environmental appeals board acted within its power in denying SunEdison?s proposed 16-turbine Bowers Mountain wind farm. The court agreed that the project would have "an unreasonable adverse effect on the scenic character" of several lakes that have been deemed scenic resources of the state. http://bangordailynews.com/2015/12/03/business/maines-top-court-upholds-denial-of-bowers-wind-project/ http://www.ppdlw.org/documents/law_court_decision.pdfwind2015
09/18/15MEFort FairfieldTownPassed restrictive law with a one-mile setback; noise not to exceed background by more than five (5) dBA or dBChttp://bangordailynews.com/2015/09/18/news/aroostook/fort-fairfield-passes-wind-ordinance-with-one-mile-setback/wind2015
11/11/15MIHuron CountyCountyCounty Commissioners approve by 6-1 vote a 16-page ordinance setting stricter rules on setbacks, height, and noise.http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/local/article_57b0edc6-35e5-11e5-a0b7-77ca636cae1d.html http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/21202 http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article_4dd52ba0-886f-11e5-b3e0-e321dc9c3198.htmlwind2015
06/26/15MIMason CountyCountyMason County hosts the Lake Winds wind project. Shadow flicker and noise resulted in lawsuits. New ordinance restricts shadow flicker to 0-hours per year and increased setback distances.http://www.shorelinemedia.net/ludington_daily_news/news/local/article_4fad2b8a-0fb6-11e5-81e8-8ff427a550bd.htmlwind2015
06/23/15MIMoore TownshipWeak ordinance passed by township was challenged by residents and heads to a referendum vote in MI. For now the project is stalled. Moore is one of four townships that will have turbines.http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2015/11/13/moore-township-revisit-wind-turbine-ordinance/75692584/wind2015
06/19/15MIBengalTownshipPassed restrictive zoning under police powers authority. The courts initially overruled the ordinance (see Essex). Still deciding next steps.http://www.news-gazette.com/news/state/2013-04-09/lawsuit-michigan-townships-seek-block-wind-power.htmlwind2015
06/19/15MIDallasTownshipPassed restrictive zoning under police powers authority. The courts initially overruled the ordinance (see Essex). The township has since passed interim zoning that restricts tower height to 380 feet. http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/06/19/clinton-wind-farm-ruling/28942483/wind2015
06/19/15MIEssexTownshipPassed restrictive zoning under police powers authority. The courts initially overruled the ordinance claim only the planning board could pass laws governing land use. The ordinance was revised to focus only on health/safety including noise limits.http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/06/19/clinton-wind-farm-ruling/28942483/wind2015
05/06/15MIMeadeTownshipReferendum vote that voided a decision by the town board to create a wind-overlay district. The overlay district was voted down by the township 222-147.http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/local/article_b6ece158-f3ed-11e4-a1b5-4bc1c5999c14.htmlwind2015
03/16/15MIOgdenTownshipTown board passed 6-month moratoriumhttp://www.lenconnect.com/article/20110315/NEWS/303159911wind2015
07/17/15MOClinton CountyCountyClinton County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to deny a request by NextEra Energy to put up meteorological testing towers in the northern part of the countyhttp://www.clintoncountyleader.com/news/article_0155428e-2cb1-11e5-b888-d3a8fdbfea3d.html http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/article_1b58dffc-02e3-5762-acbb-cdfc8f3a68ed.htmlwind2015
10/01/15NCBald Head IslandGoverning boardBald Head Island governing board adopted a resolution opposing wind turbines located within 24 nautical miles of shore. The resolution says "wind turbines located within the Bald Head Island viewshed would transform our community?s natural and historic vista of open ocean to a view of massive industrial machinery...Such a change would represent for us the most destructive commitment of ocean resources that we have ever heard proposed in North Carolina ? one that could irreversibly damage the natural environment and resources that we cherish and that drive our economy"http://www.islandgazette.net/news-server9/index.php/news/local-news1/item/3199-carolina-beach-to-consider-opposing-wind-turbines-impacting-ocean-views http://www.islandgazette.net/news-server9/index.php/news/local-news1/item/3227-council-decides-to-take-no-stance-on-distance-of-offshore-wind-farmswind2015
10/05/15NCPerquimans CountyCountyCounty commissioners imposed a four-month moratorium on a wind project after a surge in local opposition.http://hamptonroads.com/2015/10/perquimans-county-declares-4month-ban-wind-farms-after-complaintswind2015
06/30/15NDWilliams CountyCountyWilliams County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 to deny a permit for a proposed wind project. http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/energy/wind/3779421-company-wants-operate-75-wind-turbines-just-north-tioga-oil-patchwind2015
05/05/15NDStark CountyCountyCounty commissioners rejected a permit for a NextEra project with 87 turbineshttp://www.kxnet.com/story/28987203/stark-county-commissioners-reject-wind-energy-projectwind2015
12/30/15NDStark CountyCountyStark County Commissioners voted unanimously to impose a two-year moratorium on applications for new wind projects.http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/local/3913799-stark-co-places-moratorium-wind-farm-applications-permits-will-not-be-consideredwind2015
09/17/15NELinwoodTownshipTownship residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of regulations restricting high-voltage power lines on township property, as well as noise limits on turbines, and minimum setbacks of 1640 feet from township roads and private property not associated with the wind project.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.htmlwind2015
09/08/15NEFranklin TownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.htmlwind2015
09/08/15NESavannahTownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.htmlwind2015
09/08/15NESkull CreekTownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.htmlwind2015
09/16/15NEOak CreekTownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.htmlwind2015
09/08/15NERichardsonTownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.htmlwind2015
11/10/15NELancaster CountyCountyCounty commissioners approved noise and setback regulations aimed at halting the Hallam Wind project.http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/county-oks-more-stringent-wind-rules-wind-farm-plan-appears/article_4c0f4773-403d-5a3f-bcb2-55a86f7da3e9.html http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/wind-energy-company-says-rules-may-force-it-to-nix/article_78069d33-ee70-5620-a6ac-f60de37eead3.htmlwind2015
03/16/15NHAlexandriaTownTown voted against the Spruce Ridge Wind Project in Grafton County. Passed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee. ?EDP?s industrial complex spanning five towns has been overwhelmingly rejected by the voters of all towns except Canaan, which has yet to vote,? said Lori Lerner, president of New Hampshire Wind Watch. ?The signal is clear. The message is simple. Your 50-story turbines are not wanted here, not now, not ever.?http://www.vnews.com/news/16192544-95/wind-project-in-limbo-for-now http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05 http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05#sthash.QrxQRXDm.jVafcofd.dpufwind2015
03/16/15NHDorchesterTownTown voted against the Spruce Ridge Wind Project in Grafton County. Passed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee.http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05wind2015
03/16/15NHGraftonTownTown voted against the Spruce Ridge Wind Project in Grafton County. Passed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee.http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05wind2015
03/16/15NHGrotonTownPassed restrictive law; Local law applies to projects under 30 MW; Restricts tower heights to 400 feet; property line setback of 2000 feet, noise not exceed 33 dBA. Groton already hosts a 48 MW Iberdrola wind project. This ordiance passed overwhelmingly after town has had to deal with the turbines.http://s3.amazonaws.com/windaction/attachments/2380/Groton_Wind_Ordinance_updated_pdf.pdfwind2015
03/16/15NHOrangeTownPassed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee. In a Town Meeting in March, the vote was 117-7 against the EDP project.http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05wind2015
03/13/15NHDanburyTownPassed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee.http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/11113596-95/danbury-voters-block-wind-energy-developments-with-new-ordinanceswind2015
12/03/15NHSite Evaluation CommitteeStateThe Site Evaluation Committee passed final rules on the siting of energy projects in the state that include strict rules on wind energy projects including limits on noise and flicker.http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/projects/2014-04/index.htm ; http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/projects/2014-04/documents/2014-04_2015-12-15_ltr_site_205-300_adopted_rules.pdfwind2015
11/06/15NVUS District CoutFederalUS District Court halted an 87-turbine wind project after determining that a BLM environmental study of the project, to be built in the Mojave Desert, had gaps. The project aims to install 87 turbines on 18,949 acres of BLM land. Total capacity: 200 MWhttp://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/nov/06/citing-flawed-environmental-report-judge-sends-sea/ http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/nov/06/citing-flawed-environmental-report-judge-sends-sea/ http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/searchlight_wind_energy.htmlwind2015
11/02/15NVSearchlightUS Federal CourtU.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du vacated the federal permits for construction of the Searchlight Wind Project in Southern Nevada. Judge Du found that environmental analyses prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) inadequately evaluated the dangers that the industrial-scale wind project would pose to desert wildlife.http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/Searchlight-Wind-Void.htmlwind2015
06/09/15NYBurkeTownTown Board voted 4-0 to approve a local law on setbacks from wind turbines. The new report says the "town had been working on wind tower regulations on and off for 15 years."http://www.mymalonetelegram.com/mtg01/burke-approves-wind-tower-regulations-20150610wind2015
07/13/15NYCatlinTownTown officials approved regulations on setbacks, noise, and compensation in case of reduced property values. http://www.twcnews.com/nys/binghamton/news/2015/07/13/town-of-catlin-bans-windmills.htmlwind2015
08/30/15NYNiagara CountyCountyThe Niagara County Legislature has gone on record as opposing the Lighthouse wind projecthttp://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/wind-opposition-fuels-gop-challenges-in-yates/article_bd96e40e-37bc-5306-bda0-65c8694e3f2c.htmlwind2015
12/04/15NYNiagara County Board of HealthCountyNiagara County Board of Health voted on Dec 3 to ask Albany for a full environmental review of the Lighthouse wind project.http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/all-niagara-county/niagara-health-board-wants-state-review-of-70-wind-turbines-for-somerset-20151204wind2015
07/08/15NYSomersetTownTown board voted to oppose the proposed Lighthouse wind project http://m.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/somerset-pendleton-residents-speak-out/article_1bf393ee-0918-570b-b461-025d5c0a04a6.html?mode=jqm http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/lockport/opponents-of-wind-power-project-offer-views-to-niagara-county-board-of-health-20151025 http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/officials-join-against-wind-project-20151210wind2015
07/28/15NY HendersonTownTown officials went on record as opposing Hudson Energy's proposed wind project on Galoo Islandhttp://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/henderson-plans-nearly-20000-study-to-have-guns-loaded-against-galloo-island-wind-project-20150728wind2015
12/16/15NYOrleans CountyCountyOrleans County legislators voted to oppose the Lighthouse Wind project that is proposed near Yates and Somerset. Legislators voted to oppose the project which they said would ?place commercial wind turbines within this quaint, beautiful Town of Yates.?http://www.orleanshub.com/news2015/County-Legislature-goes-on-record-as-opposing-Lighthouse-Wind-project.htm http://www.lighthousewind.com/about_lighthousewind2015
12/17/15NYErie CountyCountyThe legislature of Erie County adopted a resolution opposing the "construction of wind turbines" in the flight path of the Niagara Falls Airforce Reserve Station. The resolution specifically names Apex Energy and is clearly aimed at Lighthouse Wind. http://lakeontarioturbines.com/PDF/Erie-County-Legislature-NFARS.pdf http://www.lockportjournal.com/opinion/mailbag-regional-opposition-to-lighthouse-wind-is-a-reality/article_62823947-fd19-59ea-b428-825f923ff144.html https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjAhZSGk6_LAhWpsYMKHRVvCKAQFggcMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdocuments.dps.ny.gov%2Fpublic%2FCommon%2FViewDoc.aspx%3FDocRefId%3D%257B6C4B14D4-AADD-4A08-AF18-270AFF2B4BFD%257D&usg=AFQjCNHo2d763ousAp50KRPXVYc8Dr5bTA&sig2=Ffgws9-zMVg0wWyRgp4QSg&bvm=bv.116274245,d.amcwind2015
12/02/15OKOsage TribeTribeThe Osage Tribe has been fighting a wind project pushed by Enel for years. After inaction by the Department of Interior, the tribe is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit that will halt what it calls a "significant invasion" of its property. The project has 84 turbines. Principal Chief Geoffrey StandingBear called the wind project "a harsh form of pollution, and it should go away.?http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/osage-nation-seeks-to-intervene-in-wind-lawsuit/article_fe22b4f0-829d-5cac-9974-2c6b056ef1cf.html http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/osage-nation-prays-for-the-end-of-wind-developments/article_278a9e60-9446-5451-aec3-4610c11fc4fa.htmlwind2015
11/28/15PALuzerne CountyCountyLuzerne County Court denied an appeal by EDF Renewables, which wanted to overturn the finding of the Foster Township Zoning Hearing Board, which refused to issue a permit for the company's 15-turbine project.http://citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-county-court-denies-appeal-for-wind-farm-1.1976781wind2015
07/21/15SDLincoln CountyCountyLincoln County Commissioners denied appeal by a company called Dakota Power Community Wind, which was seeking permission for meteorological towers to study wind energy. The permit for the met towers had previously been denied by the county's zoning board. "The population in south Lincoln County does not support wind energy by a majority of 4 to 1,? said Winnie Peterson, chair of We-Care South Dakota.http://www.kdlt.com/news/local-news/wind-study-tower-appeal-denied-in-lincoln-county/34287068 http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2015/02/24/wind-farm-owners-appeal-county-commission/23959541/wind2015
03/26/15VTNortheastern Vermont Development AssociationEssex, Caledonia and Orleans counties, 55 townsCovers 55 towns and gores. "After discussion, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the Executive Committee?s recommendation for no further industrial ? scale wind development in the Northeast Kingdom." The development association covers 21 percent of Vermont?s land area and represents 55 communities. http://vtdigger.org/2015/01/26/nek-development-officials-vote-oppose-large-wind-projects/ http://www.nvda.net/files/Wind%20Study%20-%20Final%20Report%20-3-27-15.pdf http://www.nvda.net/towns.phpwind2015
06/16/15VTRutland Regional Planning Commission27 towns in Rutland CtyAdopted the Rutland Regional Plan, which delineates rules on everything from biomass to wind energy. Wind turbines must have setbacks of 1 mile per megawatt of capacity from any habitable structure. https://www.dropbox.com/s/s9u6lv3nzi5gimf/Energy.pdf?dl=0wind2015
10/01/15VTIrasburg TownTown meeting, vote against: 274-9http://watchdog.org/240766/irasburg-rejects-wind-turbines/?roi=echo3-29518627013-30753222-a0b5648c0e1af9d33bcc2ea342bd3882wind2015
11/18/15VTSwantonTownTown voted 731-160 against the Rocky Ridge wind project which aims to put seven 499-foot-high turbines in the town. http://www.wptz.com/news/swanton-voters-deciding-on-wind-turbine-proposals/36504240; http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2015/11/20/swanton-wind-project-track-despite-vote/76117130/wind2015
12/15/15VTFairfieldTown Town selectboard voted to oppose Rocky Ridge Wind Project and sent a letter to VT Governor Peter Shumlin, to let their position be known. "We strongly feel that this project would negatively affect the Town of Fairfield and its residents."https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2015/12/16/this-selectboard-unanimously-opposed-to-swanton-wind/; http://www.timesargus.com/article/20151223/OPINION02/151229830wind2015
09/10/15WIForestTownTown announced that its legal fight against the Highland Wind Farm will continue, saying that the St. Croix Circuit Court ordered the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to hold further hearings before approving the construction of the project. The town's press release said "The Town has long fought and will continue to oppose the Highland Wind Farm project, which would place 42 500-foot tall wind turbines close to homes."http://www.townofforest.org/notices/Sep_10_2015/29810 http://www.highlandwindpower.comwind2015
01/15/16VTState SenateTwo Democratic senators file a bill that would prohibit wind projects in the state. https://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/vt-senator-proposes-ban-on-industrial-wind-projects/wind2016
02/02/16MABourneTownTown of Bourne filed lawsuit against Future Generation Wind, owned by ConEdison, in an effort to stop the project. http://www.capecod.com/newscenter/bourne-files-lawsuit-against-plymouth-wind-project/wind2016
02/09/16SDDavison CountyCounty commissionCommsion voted 4-1 to deny a permit for a 9-11 turbine project costing $40 millionhttp://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/local/3943832-wind-farm-denied-davison-countywind2016
01/14/16NYYatesTown BoardBoard goes on record officially opposing Lighthouse Wind with a unanimous vote, saying the project would be aestethically negative and that the noise could harm the health of local residents. A 2015 survey of town residents found 65 percent opposed the wind project.http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/orleans-county/yates-joins-somerset-in-officially-opposing-wind-power-project-20160117wind2016
01/27/16NYNiagara County Planning BoardSomersetCountyThe Niagara County Planning Board approved two zoning amendments for the town of Somerset that set strict standards for wind energy development. The rules are aimed at the Lighthouse Wind project.http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/county-planning-board-approves-new-somerset-law/article_71a35631-1284-5c43-87af-736118062527.htmlwind2016
02/24/16NYSomersetTown BoardThe Town Board approved a law amending the zoning code that restricts wind turbine development so that no wind turbine can be placed withing 1,500 feet of any residential boundary line. It also restricts noise levels to kno more than 35 db-A from 8p to 7a. A wind energy promoter said the new law was effectively a ban on wind projects. The rules are aimed at stopping the Lighthouse Wind project.http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/somerset-amends-wind-energy-zoning-law/article_e84e3f95-164a-5d13-90fc-ac239e198e0d.htmlwind2016
03/08/16MDAllegany CountyCountyThe county filed a petition with the state Public Service Commission to stop a wind project on Dan's Mountain. The move was made after the developer, Dan's Mountain Wind Force LLC, tried to circumventa December move by the Allegany County Board of Zoning which denied variances for the project. http://www.times-news.com/news/local_news/county-citizens-fight-wind-project-at-state-level/article_830d1cfc-d2d4-5d23-9128-a6cc21ab960f.htmlwind2016
03/09/16MIElmwood TownshipTownThe township, located in Tuscola County, enacted a 1-year moratorium on wind turbine construction to “better protect the public health, safety and welfare” of residents."http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2016/03/09/elmwood-township-enacts-one-year-moratorium-on-wind-turbines-2/wind2016
03/03/16MIMarion TownshipTownThe township approved a moratorium that halts any new wind projects for six months. The township is among the sites Exelon is considering for a wind project.http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2016/03/13/sanilac-townships-put-stay-wind-projects/81634650/wind2016
03/08/16MIArgyle TownshipTownTown held a referendum on its wind ordinance, which was voted down 161-139. At issue is a proposed wind project by Invenergy, which wants to build wind turbines on 25,000 acres in Moore, Argyle, Lamotte, and Wheatland townships.http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2016/03/08/election-results/81428956/ http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2016/03/13/sanilac-townships-put-stay-wind-projects/81634650/ http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2015/11/13/moore-township-revisit-wind-turbine-ordinance/75692584/wind2016
03/08/16MIWheatland TownshipTownTown held a referendum on its wind ordinance, which was voted down 105-60. At issue is a proposed wind project by Invenergy, which wants to build wind turbines on 25,000 acres in Moore, Argyle, Lamotte, and Wheatland townships.http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/2016/03/08/election-results/81428956/ http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2016/03/13/sanilac-townships-put-stay-wind-projects/81634650/ http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2015/11/13/moore-township-revisit-wind-turbine-ordinance/75692584/wind2016
03/08/16NHCanaanTownVoters approved a warrant article by a margin of 413-225 at a town meeting on March 8. The vote is aimed at stopping the Spruce Wind project being pushed by EDP. All five NH towns that have been targeted for the Spruce Wind project -- Alexandria, Canaan, Dorchester, Groton, and Orange, have voted to reject the project. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20160324/NEWS05/160329670wind2016
03/08/16NHOrangeTownIn January, the Orange Planning Board unaminously appoved a restrictive wind ordinance. It was added to the March warrant for the March 8 meeting. The ordinance restricts noise to not exceed 33 dbA, anywhere, at any time on a non-participating property. http://www.unionleader.com/article/20160324/NEWS05/160329670 http://www.orangenh.us/journal/2016/1/20/wind-ordinance-gets-unanimous-approval.html Ordinance language here: http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/995823/26804467/1453297138173/Orange+LWES+Ordinance_011916.pdf?token=XSRGhxwPlzMkYrYq5SWRQZxhCYs%3Dwind2016
03/16/16MILincoln TownshipTownOn March 16, the Lincoln Township Board sent a letter to the Huron County Commission saying it was officially opposed to a proposed DTE wind project. The letter, signed by all its board members, has two sentences: “We feel that Huron County has done our part as far as Green Energy. We feel that no additional turbines should be allowed in Huron County.”http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/local/article_bf91407c-0f27-5d30-b307-99cd0a941da7.htmlwind2016
03/29/16NYRandolphTownThe Randolph Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously rejected a permit application for a meterological tower that was being sought by Iberdrola Renewables.http://www.windaction.org/posts/44715-atlantic-wind-denied-special-use-permit#.VwQ5kGPrjQA http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/689480/Atlantic-Wind-Denied-Special-Use-Permit.html?nav=5057wind2016
03/30/16NEGage CountyCountyGage County Board of Supervisors strengthened commercial wind energy regulations by lowering noise limits to 45 decibels in the day and 40 db at night. Setbacks were also increased to 3/8 of a mile from non-participating residences.http://beatricedailysun.com/news/local/county-adopts-wind-regulations/article_54e14709-f909-59eb-a60a-972809357b5d.htmlwind2016
04/02/16MIHuron CountyCounty Board of CommissionersThe board voted 4-3 in favor of a zoning ordinance that halts all wind-energy development for 90 days or until a new ordinance can be passed.http://huroncountyview.mihomepaper.com/news/2015-04-02/Front_Page/Commissioners_pass_wind_energy_moratorium.html http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20872wind2016
04/04/16MIEllington TownshipThe Ellington Township Board of Trustees enacted a four-month moratorium on wind turbines at a special meeting. The move puts the Tuscola III wind farm project on hold. The project would be about 100 megawatts and cost about $200 million.http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2016/04/06/ellington-township-board-enacts-4-month-moratorium-on-wind-turbines/ http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2016/01/27/nextera-plans-tuscola-iii-wind-farm/wind2016
04/14/16NYNewfieldTownTown Board approved a 90-day moratorium on new wind projects. I emailed the town supervisor on 041416 to get a status update. John Hart, town supervisor, emailed me back on 042016 to confirm the board had approved the moratorium. Hart said the board is planning to adopt new regs that will increase set backs to 1,760' to property line or 3.63 times the height of a proposed windmill. Project will have 7 turbines, all GE 2.3MWhttp://www.ithaca.com/news/newfield-to-vote-on-wind-moratorium/article_9cdd63d4-fc32-11e5-9311-b703393fe306.html http://newfieldny.org/government/town-board/ http://www.blackoakwindny.com/faqwind2016
04/14/16MAFalmouthZoning Board of AppealsThe town's Zoning Board of Appeals rejected a special permit for one of two municipally owned wind turbines. "The majority of its members found fault with the town's application on more than one point, including a zoning requirement that the turbine known as Wind 1 not have “adverse effects” on either the neighborhood or the town." Noise from the turbines has been a source of controversy in the town for years and neighbors of the turbines have repeatedly complained about the noise. In May, the town announced it was filing a lawsuit against its own zoning board over the decision.http://www.capecodtimes.com/article/20160502/NEWS/160509918wind2016
04/15/16NYOrleansTownTown board voted to approve a six-month moratorium on wind projects after Iberdrola proposed a wind project in the townhttps://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/746802/developer-loses-battle-to-build-wind-turbines-on-north-mountain/ http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/wind-developer-renews-several-land-leases-in-clayton-orleans-brownville-and-lyme-20160217wind2016
04/22/16NYNiagaraNiagara USA Chamber says it " stands with the communities of Somerset and Yates in opposition to APEX Clean Energy’s Lighthouse Wind Project."http://www.eastniagarapost.com/2016/04/guest-view-niagara-usa-chamber-opposes.htmlwind2016
04/26/16NYJefferson CountyPlanning BoardThe Planning Board voted to recommend that Clayton Town Board extend its proposed moratorium on wind projects from six months to one yearhttp://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/planning-board-recommends-one-year-moratorium-on-wind-projects-in-clayton-20160427wind2016
04/27/16NYClaytonTown CouncilCouncil adopted a six-month moratorium, called Local Law No. 2, on meterological towers as well as applications for wind-energy facilities. The town is opposing a project called Atlantic Wind, which is being pushed by a Spanish company, Iberdrola.http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/developer-sues-clayton-over-moratorium-on-wind-energy-projects-20160601wind2016
05/11/16NYHartsvilleTown BoardThe Town Board denied variances to its wind law that had been requested by NextEra Energy. It also unanimously approved a resolution declaring it was "not a willing host" for the Eight Point Wind Project "or any other wind energy facility" that doesn't comply with the town's rules. http://www.eveningtribune.com/article/20160516/NEWS/160519773 http://eightpointwind.com/project-description-and-location/wind2016
05/02/16NYOrleans CountyPlanning BoardThe Orleans County Planning Board expressed official support for the six-month moratorium on wind-energy projects requested by the Town of Yates.http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/orleans-county-planning-board-supports-approval-of-yates-moratorium-and-zoning-amendment-20160502wind2016
05/16/18RINorth SmithfieldTown Council"Saying that the town’s current laws do not adequately address the threat posed by the development of wind energy, the North Smithfield Town Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance that places a moratorium on the creation of turbines Monday night." The ordinance is good for 180 days.http://www.valleybreeze.com/2016-05-18/woonsocket-north-smithfield/north-smithfield-puts-hold-wind-turbines#.Vz5xGmPrhUwwind2018
05/12/16NYYatesTown BoardThe Town Board unanimously approved a six-month moratorium on wind-energy projects. The move is the latest effort by the town in its fight against Apex Clean Energy and the Lighthouse wind project.http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/yates-passes-moratorium-on-wind-energy-conversion-systems-20160514wind2016
05/24/16MISanilac CountyCounty JudgeA Sanilac County judge sided with the Bridgehampton Township Planning Commission which tabled a public hearing on Exelon's application for a special land use permit for its planned Michigan Wind 3 project. Exelon claimed that “Anti-wind opponents hope to delay any action on wind energy until November when the township might elect new township trustees who will stop any wind projects.” Exelon plans to put 50 windmills in Bridgehampton Township — part of a larger 68-turbine wind farm.http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2016/05/24/judge-rules-against-wind-company/84840854/ https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mpsc/wind_farm_summary_407660_7.pdfwind2016
05/27/16INRush CountyCounty Superior Court Special Rush Superior Court Judge Matthew D. Bailey ruled May 27 to let the July 2015 decision, by the Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals, to approve special exception permits for the construction of wind turbines for the proposed Flat Rock Wind project stand, despite claims from APEX Clean Energy – the company behind the project – that the BZA over-stepped its authority in stipulating that the setback distance for those turbines would have to be 2,300 feet from non-participating property lines, instead of 1,000 feet.http://www.newsexaminer.com/articles/2016/06/03/local_news/doc57509919f3b05542868621.txt http://www.windaction.org/posts/45134-area-wind-project-dealt-huge-blow#.V1Wb0VfrjQA http://www.apexcleanenergy.com/projects/central/flat-rock-windwind2016
05/31/16MDAllegany CountyCounty commissionThe commissioners filed a motion with the Maryland Public Service Commission to dismiss a Dan’s Mountain Wind Force request for a required certificate for a 17-turbine wind farm project on Dan’s Mountain. “Allegany County has serious concerns about the impact the project will have on its public safety communications and other public and private communication facilities located on Dan’s Mountain,” according to the document.http://www.times-news.com/news/local_news/allegany-commission-moves-to-nix-wind-farm/article_f8eafe01-4bb2-595d-aab6-45a5defcfa59.htmlwind2016
06/01/16ORFederal CourtThe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of AppealsAppeals court ruled the BLM did not adequately address the threats to the sage grouse from a proposed wind project. The project, known as Enchanis, was to have about 104 MW of capacity.http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article81125647.html http://columbiaenergypartners.com/projects/echanis/wind2016
06/05/16VARockbridge CountyBoard of SupervisorsThe Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors, in a letter sent to state regulators last week, raised concerns about an industry that it says would sit just beyond its control while affecting its residents, environment and economy.http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/botetourt_county/rockbridge-county-goes-on-record-against-botetourt-s-wind-farm/article_44dce405-aba9-57c1-a7bb-037836124f20.html http://www.co.rockbridge.va.us/144/Board-of-Supervisors http://www.rockyforgewind.com/about_rockyforgewind2016
06/08/16MELand Use Planning CommissionState of MaineThe commission voted 9-0 to remove 14 townships and plantations from the area, where environmental reviews of wind projects are fast-tracked to encourage development. They are: Cathance, Concord, Edmunds, Long Pond, Mason, Misery Gore, Molunkus, Salem, Sapling and Sapling Administrative Area 1 townships; Denniston, Pleasant Ridge and Rangely plantations; and Taunton & Raynham Academy Grant. "Committee members say wind development in those areas would detract from land value, spoil viewsheds and disrupt the tourism industry around the lake."https://bangordailynews.com/2016/06/08/news/state/anti-wind-power-group-claims-victory-in-protecting-moosehead-lake-from-developers/ http://www.maine.gov/dacf/lupc/wind2016
06/09/16TNCrossville City CouncilCity CouncilThe Crossville City Council took a stance on a wind farm on Millstone Mountain in Cumberland County near Crab Orchard being proposed by Apex Renewable Energy and voiced opposition to the project in a 2-1 vote and requested the Cumberland County Commission join its opposition.http://www.crossville-chronicle.com/news/local_news/city-council-voices-opposition-to-apex-wind-farm-project/article_e2ae6c0e-3199-11e6-83eb-07b11b930cc6.html http://www.craborchardwind.com/about_craborchardwind2016
05/09/16MELand Use Planning CommissionState of MaineThe commission voted to remove 13 townships and plantations from the expedited permit area. As of 070716, 45 governmental entities in Maine had requested that they be removed from expedited permitting areas. For the full list, see: http://www.maine.gov/dacf/lupc/projects/wind_expedited_area/wind_expedited.shtmlhttps://bangordailynews.com/2016/06/08/news/state/anti-wind-power-group-claims-victory-in-protecting-moosehead-lake-from-developers/wind2016
06/09/16SDLetcher TownshipBoard of SupervisorsThe township adopted an ordinance to establish a 1-mile setback for any turbine larger than 75 feet tall. Under the approved ordinance, no large wind energy system could be built within 5,280 feet of the nearest residence of a non-participating homeowner, or within 1,500 feet of the nearest neighbor's property line.Of the 77 registered voters living within township limits, 50 signed a petition stating their opposition to the Juhl Energy project which was to have 9 to 11 turbines.https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2016/06/10/letcher-township-establishes-one-mile-wind-tower-setback/wind2016
06/15/16OHLogan CountyCounty CommissionLogan County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to reject EverPower’s request for a payment in lieu of taxes to build 18 wind turbines in northern Logan County. The project is called Scioto Farm. After the county's move, EverPower said they will not locate any turbines in Logan County.http://www.examiner.org/news/67042-wind-proposal-downed http://urbanacitizen.com/news/20892/everpower-denied-in-logan-cowind2016
06/14/16OHRushcreek TownshipTownship TrusteesTownship trustees adopted a resolution in opposition to the EverPower plan to build wind project in Logan County. Richland Township, also in Logan County, adopted a resolution opposing the EverPower Scioto Farm project in 2014. http://www.examiner.org/images/stories/Article_Downloads/2016/WindResolution.pdf http://everpower.com/scioto-ridge-wind-farm-oh/wind2016
06/16/16PALehighton Water AuthorityWater AuthorityThe Lehighton Water Authority rejected Iberdrola's proposal to build three wind turbines, a small piece of a larger 100-megawatt wind energy project proposed to be built on nearby land surrounding Bethlehem's drinking water in Penn Forest Township.http://www.mcall.com/news/local/bethlehem/mc-bethlehem-lehighton-turbine-project-20160616-story.html http://www.wfmz.com/news/poconos-coal-region/Local/Proposed-wind-farm-draws-controversy-in-Carbon-County/39441888wind2016
06/21/16NCState SenateState SenateLawmakers in the state senate passed a bill that would prohibit wind farms from being built in most of central and eastern North Carolina. Bill sponsor Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow) says the measure protects airspace the state's military bases use in training exercises.http://wcqs.org/post/senate-votes-prohibit-wind-farms-across-much-nc#stream/0wind2016
06/13/16VTWindhamSelectboardThe Windham Selectboard sent a letter asking wind developer Iberdrola to stop the development of a 96-megawatt wind project. The key part of the letter reads: "We are unwilling to subject any of our town's property owners to the unknown short- and longterm effects of exposure to turbine noise, vibration, infrasound, and shadow flicker. In addition, we find your repeated dismissal of the question of proximity troubling, as is your lack of truthfulness about the problems your company has experienced with turbine neighbors who have been sickened, annoyed, and deprived of quiet use of their property by your activities. In particular, we are following closely the suit brought by neighbors of Iberdrola's Hardscrabble project in New York."http://graftonwindhamwind.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/windham-response-to-iberdrola-.pdf http://watchdog.org/269280/mega-wind-project-faces-steep-opposition-in-vermont/?roi=echo3-35566741904-36192798-d2279823dd148505a942515ce8e11ef1wind2016
06/19/16INHenry CountyPlanning CommissionThe Henry County Planning Commission denied two requests from Apex Clean Energy to build towers in the southern part of the county to gather wind data. The meteorological towers, commonly called met towers, would have been placed in Spiceland and Dudley Township. Key line from the news report from The Courier Times, in New Castle, Indiana: "Opponents of wind farms and turbines in Henry County spent an hour telling the planning commission why they should deny the Spiceland Township met tower. No one spoke in favor of the project."http://www.thecouriertimes.com/news/article_534c30ab-9faf-56f6-891d-733e29e775c8.html http://www.apexcleanenergy.com/projects/central/flat-rock-windwind2016
06/23/16MEWoodstockBoard of SelectmenThe Woodstock Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday evening to sign a letter of support asking the Maine Land Use Planning Commission in Bangor to remove Milton Township from the state's expedited permitting area for wind energy development. The letter said any new wind project in the region would result citizens being "in jeopardy of negative impacts to their property values, scenic views, and quality of life."http://www.sunjournal.com/news/oxford-hills-bethel/0001/11/30/woodstock-board-signs-letter-support-wind-ordinance-petition/1948238wind2016
07/20/16NECherry CountyPlanning CommissionCherry County Planning Commission recommended against approving a conditional use permit for a potential wind farm in the county. Because more than 200 people showed up at the courthouse for the meeting, it was moved to Valentine High School. Mundorf and others said the meeting went until about 2 a.m. Many people spoke for and against the wind farm; Mundorf said most spoke in opposition.http://www.nptelegraph.com/news/local_news/sandhills-wind-farm-worries-won-t-blow-over/article_83451c48-4ef6-11e6-b3a2-efcb9293756f.htmlwind2016
08/02/16MIMarion TownshipReferendumIn a referendum on wind energy, the township voted 226 to 185 to stop the development of a 24-turbine project called Michigan Wind 3 owned by Exelon. The vote was 55% against the wind project with 45% in favor. On 081116, Richard McEachin, the president of the Marion Township Planning Commission said in a phone interview that the project is "dead for now." http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2016/08/02/election-results/87968772/ http://sanilaccountynews.mihomepaper.com/news/2016-07-27/News/Local_wind_farms_prompt_referendums_in_2_townships.html http://www.windaction.org/posts/45488-local-wind-farms-prompt-referendums-in-2-townships#.V6P4c1frjQA http://www.exeloncorp.com/locations/Documents/MW3-Fact-Sheet.pdfwind2016
08/22/16NHStoddardBoard of SelectmenThe three-member board of selectmen voted unanimously to oppose a proposed 9-turbine wind project in nearby Antrim. Stoddard selectmen took a similar stance to support the conservation commission’s opposition and intervenor status when the first Antrim Wind project came before the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee in 2011. http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/stoddard-officials-take-stand-against-antrim-wind-project/article_63eba72e-f075-5dda-8bde-e2c374b12361.html http://www.stoddardnh.org/board-of-selectmenwind2016
09/02/16MOClinton CountyPlanning and Zoning CommissionThe commission voted to prohibit “commercial wind energy conversion systems” in Clinton County on Thursday, September 1. It's a major victory for residents who coalesced in opposition to a previously proposed wind project by NextEra Energy. The commission voted unanimously (8-0).http://www.clintoncountyleader.com/blog/article_70603914-7142-11e6-8b7b-d32cebde3c51.htmlwind2016
09/05/16IDCity of ShelleyShelley City CouncilThe council unanimously approved a resolution opposing wind turbine development. At issue: an 11-turbine project being developed by Cedar Creek Wind LLC.http://www.theshelleypioneer.com/story.php?accnum=story-0-20160831wind2016
09/06/16MERomeTown SelectboardThe town board extended a moratorium on new wind projects for 180 days.http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/09/06/rome-board-gets-more-time-to-develop-wind-energy-ordinance/wind2016
09/23/16VTHollandTown SelectboardThe board voted to oppose a wind tower to measure wind speeds for a project known as Dairy Air Farmhttp://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/hollandselect-board-opposes-wind-test-tower/article_b723ac60-9427-560f-925c-5e9ec4a023e7.htmlwind2016
09/27/16NYJefferson CountyPlanning BoardThe Board unanimously approved the Clayton Town Council's new local wind law proposal, Local Law No. 5. That law says large wind energy facilities must maintain a one-mile setback from any structure, roadway or property line.http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/planning-board-approves-claytons-proposed-wind-law-20160929wind2016
09/29/16NYEnfieldTown BoardAfter another contentious meeting, the Enfield Town Board voted to delay any further action until the owners of the proposed Black Oak Wind Farm pay their debts to the town.http://ithacavoice.com/2016/09/50386/ http://www.blackoakwindny.com/faqwind2016
10/05/16VTSwantonSelectboardThe Swanton selectboard said it will appear before Vermont's Public Service Board to oppose the Swanton Wind Project. “Everybody knows that we’re against this project,” said selectboard member Dan Billado during the board’s Tuesday meeting. “I think we as a board should continue to let the public know that we’re against this.”http://www.samessenger.com/selectboard-to-oppose-swanton-wind/ https://swantonwindvt.comwind2016
10/25/16SDLincoln CountyPlanning CommissionLincoln County planners effectively voted to ban wind development Monday by requiring a 1-mile setback for turbines and noise rules wind backers call unattainable. The zoning recommendations represent a major victory for opponents of Dakota Power Community Wind’s effort to create the largest industrial wind project in the state.http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2016/10/25/lincoln-county-planners-say-no-wind/92712250/ http://dpcwind.com/about/wind2016
11/08/16VTWindhamReferendumTown voters rejected the Stiles Brook wind projecthttp://digital.vpr.net/post/windham-and-grafton-reject-controversial-wind-project#stream/0wind2016
11/08/16VTGraftonReferendumTown voters rejected the Stiles Brook wind projecthttp://digital.vpr.net/post/windham-and-grafton-reject-controversial-wind-project#stream/0wind2016
11/05/16MIHuron CountyBoard of CommissionersHuron County officials are considering a five-year moratorium on wind development. An agenda item for Tuesday’s Huron County Board of Commissioner’s meeting states, “Refer the proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, which would impose a moratorium of the issuance of permits, licenses, or approvals for wind energy systems to the planning commission for consideration and comment.”http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/County-will-take-up-proposal-to-stop-all-wind-10594650.phpwind2016
11/15/16NDBillings CountyCounty CommissionBillings County Commissioners rejected the application for a 114-turbine wind farm on Tuesday. Orion Renewable Energy Group presented its zoning application for Charlie Creek Wind Farm to a crowded courtroom audience and the commissioners. The 383-megawatt project was proposed to be located in northeast Billings Countyhttp://bismarcktribune.com/wind-farm-application-rejected-by-billings-county-commission/article_14c9d7d6-24ad-53cc-97b9-b02b6d9404e7.htmlwind2016
11/26/16MIEllington TownshipThe newly elected board in Ellington Township passed a one-year moratorium on allowing wind turbines into the township, and their counterparts in Almer Township could do the same next month. http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2016/11/26/ellington-enacts-one-year-moratorium-on-wind-turbines-almer-could-be-next/wind2016
01/17/17OKTown of HintonTown board of trustees Town adopted an ordinance declaring wind projects a "public nuisance" and prohibits them from being built within 2 miles of the town's borders. wind2017
01/20/17VTState boardPublic Service BoardThe VT PSB adopted a new rule which will limit noise from wind turbines to 35 dBA at night. It also adopted the 10H rule.http://psb.vermont.gov/sites/psbnew/files/doc_library/draft-rule-5.700-1-20-17.pdfwind2017
01/21/17MIBoard of trusteesAlmer TownshipThe Almer Township board of trustees denied an application for special land use permit that would have cleared the way for a Florida-based company to erect 19 wind turbines in the community. The board voted 5-1 after the Almer Township planning commission approved a motion on Jan. 4 to deny the application submitted by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C On Feb 15, NextEra filed a fedeeral lawsuit against the township. http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2017/01/21/almer-township-board-denies-application-for-19-wind-turbines/ http://www.tuscolatoday.com/index.php/2017/02/18/federal-lawsuit-filed-against-almer-township-wind-energy/wind2017
01/25/17MDPublic Service CommissionState agencyA plan to build a 17-turbine wind farm on Dan's Mountain was dealt a serious blow when a judge issued a proposed order Wednesday that would effectively kill the project. Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry J. Romine found that "in weighing the benefits against the adverse impacts that are unable to be mitigated ... I find that the benefits that may accrue to the public at large by construction of the wind project do not justify or offset subjecting the local community to the adverse impacts that will result from the wind projects http://www.times-news.com/news/local_news/judge-plans-to-deny-dan-s-mountain-wind-farm-permit/article_d2cda3d1-5463-5cb3-9cc2-e0c9485dd60d.htmlwind2017
01/27/17NYState SenateState senatorNew York State Senator Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) today introduced legislation that would make it illegal to erect wind turbines within 40 miles of military installations, such as the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The legislation is in response to Apex Clean Energy’s proposed Lighthouse Wind Project in the towns of Yates and Somerset to construct approximately 70 wind turbines more than 600 feet high. Local officials and residents have voiced concerns over the project and have raised the possibility that if installed, the windmills could put the future of the Niagara Falls air base at risk. http://orleanshub.com/ortt-introduces-legislation-to-ban-turbines-near-military-installations/wind2017
02/24/17VTNorthwest Regional Planning CommissionPlanning commissionRegional planning commissioners Wednesday night voted against a seven-turbine wind power project in Swanton. The wind farm would have a combined generating capacity of 20 megawatts and stand at least 400 feet tall.https://vtdigger.org/2017/02/24/regional-planners-oppose-swanton-wind/wind2017
03/01/17NENebraska LegilsatureSen. Tom Brewer of Gordon told a legislative committee on Wednesday that disputes about wind energy development in the Sandhills are "tearing communities apart," dividing neighbors and families and even spawning death threats. Brewer wants a two-year moratorium on new wind projects in the Sandhills. The bill is LB504.http://journalstar.com/legislature/wind-energy-moratorium-in-sandhills-urged/article_3495eb87-ca44-5076-aaab-a08693f1443b.htmlwind2017
03/02/17CAwater districtSanta Nella County Water DistrictA proposal from a Netherlands-based company to construct an energy-producing wind turbine on property owned by the Santa Nella County Water District generated little enthusiasm from the district’s governing board. Directors recently decided against moving forward in contract negotiations with EWT, the firm interested in building a tower on wastewater treatment plant propertyhttp://www.westsideconnect.com/news/local_news/sn-board-nixes-wind-turbine-proposal/article_a4b0090e-ff79-11e6-b7b1-53a4880bc166.htmlwind2017
03/20/17MNHouse of RepresentatiesState legislatorsHF2170 would require a 10H setback between wind turbines and residences.https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF2170&version=0&session=ls90&session_year=2017&session_number=0wind2017
03/20/17NYHopkinton Town councilThe Town of Hopkinton passed a moratorium on proposed wind turbines at a town board meeting March 20http://northcountrynow.com/news/town-hopkinton-passes-wind-turbine-moratorium-councilman-does-not-believe-it-will-makewind2017
03/29/17SDDeuel CountyCounty commissionCommissioners approved a property value guarantee, a 1,500 foot setback for participating landowners and six times the distance of the tower length or 3,000 feet setbacks from non-participating landowners. http://www.mykxlg.com/deuel-county-residents-feel-clear-lake-community-room-another-wind-power-ordinance-hearing/wind2017
03/30/17SDWalworth CtyCounty commissionCounty commissioners approved first reading of the ordinance changes. The ordinance change would require 2-mile setbacks for wind turbines, which officials say would prevent Tradewind Energy from building a 200-megawatt wind farm in northeast Walworth Countyhttp://www.farmforum.net/2017/03/30/first-reading-of-walworth-county-wind-turbine-ordinance-attracts-more-than-100-people/wind2017
04/04/17MIElington townshipBoard of trusteesOn April 4, the Ellington Board of Trustees enacted a 4-month moratorium on wind projects. https://www.facebook.com/ellingtontownship/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nfwind2017
04/10/17OKState legislatureHouse and SenateHouse Bill 2298, the one targeting the zero-emission tax credit for wind farms was passed on a 40-3 vote in the Senate and sent to the governor. It moves up the qualification date to July 1, 2017, something opponents said would send a bad message to out-of-state businesses.http://okenergytoday.com/2017/04/wind-farm-bills-passed-oklahoma-senate-house/wind2017
04/20/17TNState houseBill passed TN House by 85-3 marginU.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a longtime critic of wind-powered electricity generation, is praising a state House vote to place a partial moratorium on such developments in Tennessee while a special committee of state lawmakers drafts rules for regulating them.http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/2017/04/23/political-notebook-alexander-praises-house-wind-power-moratorium/100763996/ wind2017
04/27/17NY Hopkinton Wind Advisory Boardhe Hopkinton Wind Advisory Board approved a wind overlay zone nearly identical to one proposed in 2011 during a public hearing Wednesday night. The wind overlay zone will not expand to south of State Route 72, or spill over into the Adirondack Park boundary, like Avangrid Renewables, the company proposing the North Ridge Wind Farm, had requested.http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news05/wind-advisory-board-approves-wind-overlay-zone-20170427wind2017
05/02/17MEAugustaState legislatorsL.D. 1262, the bill heard Tuesday, would ban any offshore wind energy project within 10 nautical miles of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. The wind project site is at the southern edge of the lobster zone.http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/02/monhegan-wind-project-sparks-competing-arguments/wind2017
05/04/17MDOcean CityCity councilThe city council in Ocean City voted unanimously to send a second letter making it known in no uncertain terms its opposition to have turbines within view of Ocean City. That letter was drafted this week and sent to the PSC on Thursday. The council wants any new offshore turbines to be at least 23 miles from the shoreline.https://mdcoastdispatch.com/2017/05/04/oc-wants-offshore-wind-farm-at-least-26-miles-offshore-state-public-service-commission-could-issue-decision-may-17/wind2017
05/11/17MIHuron CountySand Beach Also in Huron County, voters in Sand Beach Township overwhelming supported changes to the local “Wind Energy Conversion Facility Overlay Zoning Ordinance” that the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council says “will effectively block future wind development in the township.”https://energynews.us/2017/05/11/as-voters-reject-additional-development-in-michigans-wind-capital-what-next/wind2017
05/11/17MITuscola CountyAlmer TownshipAnd voters in Almer Township in Tuscola County rejected a plan that would have relaxed some of the township’s zoning requirements for wind turbines.https://energynews.us/2017/05/11/as-voters-reject-additional-development-in-michigans-wind-capital-what-next/wind2017
05/11/17MISanilac County Marlette TownshipAnd voters in Almer Township in Tuscola County rejected a plan that wMeanwhile, voters in Marlette Township in Sanilac County approved a new zoning ordinance that increases setback distances to 125 percent of a turbine’s height as well as setback distances from property lines and inhabited structures to 1,400 feet. Contention over the ordinance had reportedly kept Invenergy from developing a project there.ould have relaxed some of the township’s zoning requirements for wind turbines.https://energynews.us/2017/05/11/as-voters-reject-additional-development-in-michigans-wind-capital-what-next/wind2017
05/11/17MIHuron CountyLincoln TownshipDTE’s completion of its Filion Wind Park was rejected in four townships by a vote of 1,923 to 1,110, according to official election results. https://energynews.us/2017/05/11/as-voters-reject-additional-development-in-michigans-wind-capital-what-next/wind2017
05/11/17MIHuron CountyDwight TownshipDTE’s completion of its Filion Wind Park was rejected in four townships by a vote of 1,923 to 1,110, according to official election results. https://energynews.us/2017/05/11/as-voters-reject-additional-development-in-michigans-wind-capital-what-next/wind2017
05/11/17MIHuron CountyBloomfield TownshipDTE’s completion of its Filion Wind Park was rejected in four townships by a vote of 1,923 to 1,110, according to official election results. https://energynews.us/2017/05/11/as-voters-reject-additional-development-in-michigans-wind-capital-what-next/wind2017
05/03/17MIHuron CountySherman TownshipHuron County voters said “no” to more wind development Tuesday...Approval of the Sherman/Sigel wind overlay district for NextEra Energy Resources LLC: failed, 36.67 percent to 63.33 (1,120 yes to 1,934 no)https://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/Voters-say-no-to-more-wind-development-11116608.php?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202017-05-03%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:10150%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Divewind2017
05/03/17MIHuron CountySigel TownshipHuron County voters said “no” to more wind development Tuesday...Approval of the Sherman/Sigel wind overlay district for NextEra Energy Resources LLC: failed, 36.67 percent to 63.33 (1,120 yes to 1,934 no)https://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/Voters-say-no-to-more-wind-development-11116608.php?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202017-05-03%20Utility%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:10150%5D&utm_term=Utility%20Divewind2017
05/11/17NCState senateState senateThe N.C. Senate's proposed state budget includes a moratorium on state approval of any new wind energy projects through Dec. 31, 2020.http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2017/05/11/Senate-budget-includes-wind-project-halt.htmlwind2017
05/11/17TNState houseState houseOn April 25th, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (85 to 3) in favor of Bill HB1021. But nothing was official until the Senate gave its stamp of approval. That happened last Thursday when SB1336 was passed with the same thunderous approval in Nashville— with 30 Ayes, 0 Nays and 1 PNV (Present not voting).http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1336 //// http://vistanewspaper.com/senate-vote-last-thursday-freezes-wind-farm-project/wind2017
05/16/17NYClaytontown councilThe Town Council passed an amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance that prevents commercial wind development in the town on May 10.http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/clayton-passes-tall-structures-amendment-repeals-local-wind-laws-20170516wind2017
05/18/17VTStatewidePublic Service BoardThe Public Service Board on Tuesday filed its final rule for wind turbine noise standards. The board surprised a lot of people in March when the draft rules recommended what would be the lowest sound standards in the country for commercial wind projects. "What the board has chosen to do here is functionally ban wind in Vermont,"  said Sarah Wolfe, a clean energy advocate with the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. The board also kept a controversial setback limit of 10 times the height of the turbine, so that a 500-foot turbine would have to be at least 5,000 feet from the nearest residence.http://vpr.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/public-service-board-issues-final-sound-standards-wind-projects#stream/0wind2017
05/18/17SDHughes CountyCounty commissionThe Hughes County Commission inposed a six-month moratorium on wind-farm development.http://www.capjournal.com/opinions/editorial/wind-farm-moratorium-was-a-good-move/article_d29121d0-3ab8-11e7-ba07-2f9325124ad9.htmlwind2017
05/19/17PAPenn Forest TownshipPenn Forest zoning hearing boardOn Wednesday night, the Penn Forest zoning hearing board denied Atlantic Wind’s application for two special exceptions to build up to 37 wind turbines on property owned by the Bethlehem Water Authority. The zoning board proceeded with the hearing even though Atlantic Wind failed to show.http://www.tnonline.com/2017/may/19/wind-turbines-holding-patternwind2017
05/22/17TXState legislatureTexas HouseLegislation to limit tax incentives to build wind power plants near Texas military aviation facilities cleared the Texas House on Monday. It prevents local governments from offering tax breaks and other incentives for projects within 25 miles of affected installations.http://www.caller.com/story/news/local/texas/state-bureau/2017/05/22/house-oks-limits-wind-projects-near-military-bases/102031120/wind2017
06/30/17NCState legislatureState legislatureA proposed ban on wind energy projects for four years has been reduced to an 18-month moratorium under a compromise renewable energy bill that passed the House and Senate early Friday morning.http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article158986054.html#storylink=cpywind2017
06/20/17MATown of FalmouthState superior court A Barnstable Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the town of Falmouth to shut down two town-owned wind turbines. Judge Cornelius Moriarty issued his decision at about 4:30 p.m. in the case which pitted the town against its own Zoning Board of Appeals and a neighbor of the turbines. The Board of Selectmen had appealed a decision by the zoning board that found the turbines are a nuisance. On July 10, Falmouth's board of selectmen decided not to appeal the deciscion and the turbines will remain shut off.http://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170620/falmouth-ordered-to-shut-down-turbines https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/news/turbine-decision-comes-as-surprise-in-falmouth/article_c12bfe44-67b9-5aab-8e89-53522d9fd16f.htmlwind2017
07/18/17SDLincoln CtyVoter referendumVoters upheld rules for wind turbine setbacks on Tuesday that renewable energy boosters say will stop all wind energy development in Lincoln County. The vote was 57-42 percent in favor of a requirement that all turbines be placed at least a half mile from all habitable dwellings in the county.http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/07/19/lincoln-county-votes-down-wind-backers/488046001/wind2017
07/20/17USHouse Appropriations CommState houseIntroduced by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., the amendment, citing “viewscape” concerns, “blocks the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessment or construction and operation plans” for wind projects situated fewer than 24 nautical miles from Maryland’s shore.http://nawindpower.com/house-committee-adopts-amendment-maryland-offshore-windwind2017
07/22/17INHenry CountyArea Planning CommissionThe Henry County Area Planning Commission, during its meeting Thursday night, effectively denied a year extension which had been requested by NextEra Energy Resources in regard to the West Fork Wind Project.http://www.newsexaminer.com/news/nextera-denied-project-extension/article_44ae31fb-2093-5189-87b3-0f960c9aaf5f.htmlwind2017
07/20/17INHenry CountyArea Planning CommissionThe Henry County Area Planning Commission also denied a year extension for Apex Clean Energy's Flat Rock Wind Project by a vote of 5-3.http://www.newsexaminer.com/news/nextera-denied-project-extension/article_44ae31fb-2093-5189-87b3-0f960c9aaf5f.htmlwind2017
07/25/17VTState boardPublic Utility CommissionState regulators have dealt a blow to a proposed wind energy project on Kidder Hill in Irasburg and Lowell. The Public Utility Commission issued a four-page ruling on Monday saying the application for the project, which was filed in June after years of debate, is incomplete and missing crucial information.https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2017/07/24/state-rejects-initial-application-for-irasburg-and-lowell-wind-projectwind2017
09/01/17VTState boardPublic Utility CommissionThe Vermont Public Utilities Commission on Thursday refused to reconsider its rejection of the petition for a certificate of public good for Kidder Hill Wind, a two wind turbine project in Irasburg and/or Lowell, saying the application is incomplete without a study of how the project will impact the electric grid. The commission used the same argument in refusing to restart an ongoing review of the petition for the Swanton Wind Project, a plan to develop up to 20 megawatts of wind power in northwestern Vermont.http://www.windaction.org/posts/47248-concern-about-grid-constraints-stall-big-wind-projects#.WdQzzqPMxT5wind2017
09/27/17NEPierce CountyZoning CommissionAfter making a number of changes to proposed wind turbine zoning regulations for Pierce County, the County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a motion recommending those regulations be approved by the Pierce County Board of Commissioners. A number of people spoke. The requests were varied but all asked for stricter regulations in one form or another or not allowing the construction of wind turbines in any part of the county.http://www.northeastnebraskanews.us/cedar-county/osmond/pierce-county-zoning-commission-approves-wind-turbine-regulations/wind2017
09/27/17MASavoyTown referendumTown voters soundly rejected a bylaw amendment that would have allowed taller wind turbines on Wednesday. By a vote of 126 to 53, voters shot down the proposal to amend a bylaw that would allow Minuteman Wind LLC and its partner, Palmer Capital Corp., to increase the height of its West Hill turbine blades from 425 to 453 feet.http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/savoy-voters-reject-bylaw-change-that-would-have-allowed-for-taller-turbines-in-wind-energy-project,520520wind2017
10/03/17NYWatertownCity CouncilThe City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a resolution opposing the development of eight industrial wind turbine projects in proximity to Fort Drum, citing concerns that the turbines will impact training capabilities.http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/city-council-opposes-wind-turbines-near-fort-drum-20171003wind2017
10/04/17NYJefferson CountyBoard of LegislatorsThe Jefferson County Board of Legislators passed a resolution Tuesday recognizing the potentially detrimental impact wind turbines could have on Fort Drum’s radar system. The resolution states that, because the post is vital to national defense as well as Jefferson County’s largest economic driver, the board cannot support alternative energy projects that could damage these strengths, and it would support any state or federal efforts to block wind turbines from being constructed within a certain radius of military installations.http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/jefferson-county-board-passes-resolution-opposing-wind-projects-near-fort-drum-20171004wind2017
10/07/17NYTonawandaPlanning BoardAfter nine month of discussion, the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board decided Wednesday to forward new wind turbine and cell tower codes to the Town Board for its approval.The code would ban large industrial turbines used on wind farms and the use of wind turbines in residential areas.http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/05/new-towers-codes-okd-town-tonawanda-planning-board/wind2017
10/13/17ILFord CountyCounty Board For the second time in a month, the Ford County Board voted Monday night to place a moratorium on granting any future wind farm permits until the county’s permitting ordinance is reviewed.http://www.paxtonrecord.net/news/politics-and-government/2017-10-13/wind-farm-moratorium-now-legally-binding.htmlwind2017
10/26/17SDState commissionPublic Utilities Commission The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission turned down an application Wednesday for a wind-energy complex proposed for Clark County. The regulatory panel voted 3-0 to reject Crocker Wind Farm. The project called for up to 200 turbines spread across more than 29,000 acres north of Clark.https://www.thepublicopinion.com/news/local_news/state-regulators-say-no-to-crocker-wind-farm/article_736a9d42-b9d1-11e7-9db4-83e0b2faa78f.htmlwind2017
11/07/17MIUS federal courtUS District CourtA subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources sued Almer Township in U.S. District Court in February alleging that the township's Board of Trustees had systematically tried to prevent the development of a wind farm. However, Judge Thomas L. Ludington on Friday affirmed the township's decision not to allow the development of 19 turbines, which is part of a proposed 55-turbine wind farm in Almer, Fairgrove and Ellington Townships.http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/Federal-judge-rules-against-wind-developer-12337860.phpwind2017
11/12/17MIBurnsideTownship planning commissionOfficials at DTE Energy claim proposed amendments to Burnside Township’s wind ordinance “indicate a bias against wind energy development,” and are restrictive enough to exclude the 499- foot industrial machines “entirely from the township…. "these requirements will result in wind energy development being excluded entirely from many township sections and quite possibly the entire township.”http://thecountypress.mihomepaper.com/news/2017-11-12/Front_Page/DTE_rips_proposed_Burnside_ordinance.htmlwind2017
11/21/17NEStanton CountyCounty Board of CommissionersThe Stanton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to approve a land use matrix that did not allow for wind developers to purchase conditional use permits - effectively preventing any wind farms from attempting to build in Stanton County.http://www.ktiv.com/story/36902792/2017/11/22/stanton-county-ne-bars-wind-energy-developmentwind2017
11/22/17IN Fulton CountyCounty CommissionFulton County Commissioners received applause, cheers and a standing ovation from many of those who packed a building at the county's fairgrounds Monday night after voting down measures that would have paved the way for proposed wind turbines.http://www.pharostribune.com/news/local_news/article_65cf4d0e-6354-5326-8e0b-7a7ea5db428b.htmlwind2017
12/04/17INRochesterCity councilRochester City Council ruled Tuesday that any commercial wind turbines placed in Fulton County must be located three miles from city limits. The ruling followed a presentation by Fulton County Area Plan Director Casi Cowles, who spoke about proposed amendments to a section of the county’s zoning ordinance that governs wind energy conversion systems, or WECS.http://www.rochsent.com, https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2017/12/04/city-no-turbines-near-us/wind2017
01/17/18NYState assemblyState assemblyAssemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, has introduced legislation that would prohibit the state from granting subsidies to wind energy projects that could impact the military's training needs at Fort Drum.http://www.northcountrynow.com/news/north-country-assemblywoman-introduces-legislation-prohibit-subsidies-wind-energy-projects-nearwind2018
01/24/18MEGovernorGov. Paul LePageGov. Paul LePage on Wednesday placed a statewide moratorium on permits for most new wind turbines in Maine, a move that could reverberate regionally a day before Massachusetts is set to announce winners in a massive clean power procurement plan.http://bangordailynews.com/2018/01/24/news/state/lepage-blocks-new-maine-wind-energy-permits/wind2018
01/27/17NYOrleans CountyPlanning boardThe Orleans County Planning Board voted in favor of revisions to the wind energy facilities law in Yates that would ban wind turbines from within 3 miles of the Lake Ontario shoreline and also require bigger property setbacks of at least half a mile. https://orleanshub.com/county-planners-back-yates-in-revised-wind-ordinance-with-much-bigger-setbacks/wind2017
01/29/18NYTown of SomersetTown boardFollowing nearly two hours of often impassioned public comment, the Somerset Town Board on Monday approved a series of changes to the local zoning code aimed at banning the sort of large-scale wind energy system that Apex Clean Energy is proposing. The members' votes were unanimous.http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/in-somerset-votes-to-block-big-wind-followed-heated-public/article_b8ad602a-063d-11e8-9a77-23a522c72dee.htmlwind2018
02/01/18MIKinderhook TownshipTownship trusteesKinderhook Township trustees voted in favor of a two-year moratorium on approving permits for wind turbines in the township on Monday at the request of Kinderhook Township Supervisor Wayne Barnes.http://www.thedailyreporter.com/news/20180201/kinderhook-passes-moratorium-on-turbineswind2018
02/06/18MDOcean CityTown CouncilOcean City’s town officials are turning up the heat on two offshore wind projects they say will spoil beach views and hurt the resort’s tourism industry. The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to oppose the construction of wind turbines that would be visible anywhere along the town’s 10 miles of coastline. All six present council members voted in favor of the resolution. Councilman Tony DeLuca was absent.http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/2018/02/05/ocean-city-council-votes-reject-visible-offshore-wind-farm/300443002/wind2018
02/06/18NYSt Lawrence CountyCounty LegislatorsSt. Lawrence County legislators passed a resolution opposing wind farm development in proximity to Fort Drum due to economic and military readiness factors. The vote was taken Monday in a meeting of the St. Lawrence County Finance Committee.http://northcountrynow.com/news/st-lawrence-county-legislators-pass-resolution-opposing-wind-farm-development-near-fort-drumwind2018
02/06/18NYTonawandaTown CouncilThe Town of Tonawanda updated its cell tower ordinance and wind turbine zoning laws after more than a year of work by the Planning Board. The wind turbine law allows turbines in industrial zones only and restricts the height. Large industrial turbines are not permitted.http://buffalonews.com/2018/02/06/tonawanda-confronts-a-towering-challenge/wind2018
02/09/18NYYatesTown boardThe Yates Town Board has approved revisions to the town's wind energy facilities law that bans wind turbines within 3 miles of Lake Ontario shoreline and also requires bigger property setbacks of at least half a mile. The law also has stricter noise limits and requires a setback of at least one mile from schools, churches, and cemeteries. https://orleanshub.com/yates-approves-revised-wind-ordinance-with-farther-setbacks-for-turbines-ban-by-lakeshore/wind2018
02/14/18MIHuron CountyCounty Board of CommissionersWhile the year-long extension of a moratorium on wind energy passed unanimously at Tuesday’s Huron County Board of Commissioners meeting, the board rejected a motion to investigate two county planners.https://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article/Board-adopts-wind-ban-rejects-investigations-12611314.phpwind2018
04/04/18IADewitt CountyDeWitt County Zoning Board of AppealsThe DeWitt County Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday recommended additional restrictions on the height and placement of wind turbines, a move that drew praise from critics of a proposed wind farm northwest of Clinton….the ZBA, which recommended limiting the height of any tower to 499 feet. Currently, there is no set height limit.http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/dewitt-zba-endorses-stricter-wind-turbine-rules/article_7938a451-3cf4-5214-81f1-91626d5e0960.htmlwind2018
04/05/18TNState houseState houseA renewed effort to push House Bill 1731 passed the State House of Representatives today by a vote of 63 to 23. The bill establishes regulations for the wind energy industry in the state. The bill urges the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to study wind-energy facility regulations adopted in local governments of the state; requires the department to submit a written summary of local regulations within 60 days from the conclusion of the study to the members of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee of the House of Representatives and the Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee of the State Senate.http://1057news.com/2018/04/05/tennessee-house-of-representatives-passes-bill-regarding-wind-farms/wind2018
04/06/18INDarlingtonDarlington Town CouncilLast week, Darlington Town Council members voted to enact an ordinance intended to reduce the noise from a nearby proposed wind turbine project...The new ordinance states a wind turbine noise level cannot exceed 38 decibels. At a recent Montgomery County Commissioner’s meeting, a representative from Akuo Energy, which is developing Sugar Creek Wind in the Darlington area, said such a low decibel would be “nearly impossible” to accomplish.https://indianaeconomicdigest.com/Content/Most-Recent/Region-4/Article/Darlington-Town-Council-takes-aim-at-wind-turbines/31/82/91737wind2018
04/11/18SDDavidson CountyCounty CommissionMITCHELL, S.D. - For the second time in three years, the Davison County Commission has said no to a major wind project west of Mitchell, S.D. The county’s commissioners, meeting as the Board of Adjustment Tuesday, unanimously voted in opposition to a conditional use permit application for a nine-turbine wind farm in Beulah Township from Davison County Wind, LLC and its parent company Con Edison Development. https://www.agweek.com/business/energy-and-mining/4430178-davison-co-commission-stops-wind-project-planwind2018
04/26/18PAGame commissionPA Game CommissionThe Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a moratorium on wind energy developments on its 1.5 million acres of state game lands...In the resolution, the commissioners recognized the value of wind in the state’s energy plans, but said there is a high probability that wind turbines are inconsistent with the commission’s mission of protecting wildlife and providing recreational opportunities.http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-game-commission-wind-turbines-20180425-story.htmlwind2018
04/27/18NYHopkintonTown CouncilIt took less than two minutes for the town of Hopkinton to pass the Wind Energy Facilities law Thursday night, a measure that had gone down in a split vote less than two weeks ago...Among other things, the law sets the maximum allowable noise level at 40 decibels, measured at the nearest non-participating property line or residence, as well as setbacks of five times the maximum height of the turbines. As the turbine height is set at 500 feet in the proposed law, this means a maximum setback of 2,500 feet. The law also bans the construction of wind turbines south of Route 72.http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news05/hopkinton-passes-wind-law-limiting-construction-of-wind-turbines-20180427wind2018
05/15/18MIBeaver TownshipTownship boardNew ordinance limits wind turbines to maximum of 500 feet, sets strict noise limit of 45 db.http://www.windaction.org/posts/48191-beaver-township-mi-wind-ordinance#.Ww2vty_MxT4wind2018
05/03/18IAFairbankSupreme Court The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a wind energy company previously told to remove three turbines near Fairbank. The order handed down Tuesday is another victory for the surrounding property owners and the city, which sued the company and Fayette County claiming the turbines just east of city limits violated county zoning laws. It leaves in place District Court Judge John Bauercamper’s ruling that Mason Wind and Optimum Renewables must take down the three 445-foot turbines they built in 2016 for an estimated $11 million.http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/supreme-court-won-t-hear-fairbank-wind-turbine-appeal-residents/article_9cc5d47d-bb18-54cf-8608-8aa218461183.htmlwind2018
11/01/18INHenry CountySeven townsAs many as half of Henry County’s incorporated communities have passed resolutions establishing a four-mile buffer zone around their towns. The list where actual ordinances have been signed now includes Blountsville, Kennard, Lewisville, Springport, Straughn, Sulphur Springs and Greensboro.https://www.thecouriertimes.com/common/story.php?ID=7040&hl=County-towns-putting-up-walls-against-windwind2018
11/26/18INJasper CountyCounty board?Jasper County, Indiana adopted a new wind ordinance governing siting of wind turbines in the county. Key standards in the ordinance include a setback distance of 1-mile to non-participating landowners, turbine noise cannot exceed 35 dba at non-participating property lines, and shadow flicker is not permitted on non-participating properties. http://www.windaction.org/posts/49159-jasper-county-in-wind-ordinance#.XBasRC3MzNwwind2018
11/29/18ILDeKalb CountyCounty BoardEDF Renewables representatives said the new DeKalb County wind energy ordinance is “unworkable” by design and the company is pulling its plans to develop wind projects under these circumstances. https://www.daily-chronicle.com/2018/11/28/edf-has-no-immediate-wind-energy-project-plans-after-dekalb-county-ordinance-passed/abt1b5b/wind2018
12/01/18NVBureau of Land ManagementBureau of Land ManagementFederal regulators have knocked the wind out of another renewable energy project planned for the desert west of Searchlight. The Bureau of Land Management has decided to reject a Sweden-based energy company’s application to build more than 200 turbines, each the height of a skyscraper, along a 22-mile stretch of the Nevada-California border.http://www.windaction.org/posts/49176-blm-rejects-massive-wind-farm-along-california-nevada-borderwind2018
12/11/18NYRichlandA newly passed law restricts and regulates future wind energy projects inside the town of Richland, a move lauded by officials and activists as one of the strongest policies in New York. The Richland Town Board in November approved the measure, which places restrictions on wind turbine farms in the town based on factors including setback from properties, noise production, property value guarantees, environmental tests and decommissioning terms. ..The height cannot exceed more than 500 feet and noise cannot exceed 35 A-weighted decibels for more than five minutes at a time.http://www.oswegocountynewsnow.com/news/richland-passes-strict-wind-energy-power-ordinances/article_bd8e9a4a-fcb5-11e8-bb56-73504f4d4a71.htmlwind2018
12/05/18NDBurleigh CountyIn a stunning move, the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-3 Wednesday night to deny PNE Wind's permit request to build a wind farm in southern Burleigh County.https://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/permit-for-burleigh-county-wind-farm-denied/1642004120wind2018
12/11/18NYRedfieldThe town of Redfield looks to ammend laws to place more restrictions on wind projects in light of the Avingrid Project (350 MW, 88 Turbine).https://www.nny360.com/news/redfield-re-examines-wind-law-plan/article_3e9e88e8-655a-5646-a7e1-f73e90f1aef9.htmlwind2018
12/17/18PAPenn Forest TownshipTownship zoning boardThe winds of change won't be blowing through Penn Forest Township, Carbon County as the zoning board denies an application of a company for the second time.http://www.wfmz.com/news/poconos-coal/wind-turbine-application-denied-by-penn-forest-township/938471853 wind2018
12/18/18IADallas CountyCounty BoardAudible noise due to C-WECS sites operation shall not exceed 30dBA for any period of time, when measured at any dwelling, school, hospital, church, or public library existing on the date of approval of any conditional use permit from the property line. http://s3.amazonaws.com/windaction/attachments/3212/Dallas-County-Iowas-CorrectedOfficialCopyCh45Z.pdfwind2018
01/07/19NDBurleigh County County CommissionThe Burleigh County Commission voted 4-1 Monday to deny special use permits in Morton Township for the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, as recommended by the county planning and zoning board.https://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/county-commission-denies-permits-for-burleigh-emmons-wind-farm/article_73597930-61c1-5e59-ba0e-6b7a93f9d978.htmlwind2019
02/07/19PAPenn ForestZoning Hearing BoardThe Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board has issued its written denial of the second Special Exception Permit application for Atlantic Wind. According to the decision filed Jan. 30, the board found that overall, Atlantic Wind failed to produce sufficient evidence and did not show that the project would comply with the Penn Forest Zoning Ordinance.https://www.tnonline.com/penn-forest-issues-written-denial-wind-turbineswind2019
02/07/19INTippecanoe CountyCounty CommissionTIPPECANOE COUNTY UPDATES ORDINANCE TO BAN INDUSTRIAL WIND FARMShttps://www.wlfi.com/content/news/Tippecanoe-County-drafts-ordinance-to-ban-industrial-wind-farms--505482331.htmlwind2019
02/15/19OHFindlayCity zoning appeals boardIn a decision that pleased Crystal Avenue residents, Findlay officials on Thursday denied One Energy’s request to allow construction of 400-foot wind turbines nearby. The city zoning appeals board voted 3-1 Thursday to deny a variance that would have allowed One Energy to build one or two 400-foot wind turbines on 37 acres southeast of the intersection of Crystal and Bigelow avenues.http://www.windaction.org/posts/49438-officials-reject-400-foot-wind-turbines-in-findlay#.XHM7TKfMyikwind2019
02/19/19NELancaster CountyCounty BoardWind energy developers in Lancaster County will be required to place turbines at least 1 mile from any home that is not being paid to participate in the project. The mile rule, the strictest in the state, will give homeowners some comfort and protect the quality of life in rural areas, said County Commissioner Deb Schorr.https://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/lancaster-county-board-approves-strictest-distance-rule-in-state-for/article_62a6cc79-a0f5-578a-89b3-761044df57ba.htmlwind2019
02/19/19OHHuron CountyCounty CommissionThe commission withdrew its support for the developmnent of Emerson Creek Wind Energy Project in the county.http://www.windaction.org/posts/49484-huron-county-resolution-withdrawing-support-for-emerson-creek-wind-energy-project#.XHM5P6fMyikwind2019
02/28/19CASan Bernadino CountyCounty Board of SupervisorsCalifornia's largest county has banned the construction of large solar and wind farms on more than 1 million acres of private land, bending to the will of residents who say they don’t want renewable energy projects industrializing their rural desert communities northeast of Los Angeles.https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-san-bernardino-solar-renewable-energy-20190228-story.htmlwind2019
03/13/19ILDewitt CountyZoning Board of AppealsMembers of the DeWitt County Board will be in the hot seat next month after the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) voted Tuesday to recommend the county deny a special use permit for the Alta Farms wind energy project. The ZBA voted 5-1 to send the matter to the full board for final consideration with a recommendation to not grant the permit.https://theclintonjournal.com/article/zba-says-nowind2019
03/28/19MIMonitor TownshipTownship BoardBay County’s Monitor Township has an updated zoning ordinance that further restricts wind farms, should one be developed there in the future. Monitor Township Supervisor Ken Malkin said zoning ordinance No. 67 was adopted Monday, March 25, after the township board unanimously approved its second reading. It goes into effect April 29. Malkin said many Monitor Township residents favored stronger restrictions on wind farms. Some of the concerns the new ordinance addresses include setbacks from property lines, shadow flicker and noise. “We increased the setbacks to 2,000 feet (from 750 feet) from property lines. We indicate there should be zero shadow flicker on peoples’ property, unless they want to participate...and we also lowered the sound level,” he said.https://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw-bay-city/2019/03/wind-farms-restricted-under-new-monitor-township-zoning-ordinance.htmlwind2019
04/24/19KSReno CountyPlanning CommissionThe Reno County Planning Commission voted 4-3 Tuesday night to recommend the County Commission deny a conditional use permit sought by NextEra Energy. The permit would allow the development of commercial wind farm in southeastern Reno County….In their votes recommending denial, the majority cited concerns that the project did not benefit the health and welfare of the county and there remained unanswered questions about the project and its potential impact.https://www.hutchnews.com/news/20190423/planning-board-recommends-denial-of-nextera-permit-for-reno-county-wind-farmwind2019
04/25/19ILDeWitt CountyCounty BoardA $300 million wind farm will not be coming to DeWitt County. The DeWitt County Board voted 6-5 with one abstention Thursday night against a special-use permit from Tradewind Energy. The vote was taken after a two-hour meeting before a crowd of about 300 people at Clinton High School.https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/dewitt-county-board-rejects-m-wind-farm/article_b928bbef-c64e-56cf-91c6-ffe0332ffdfa.htmlwind2019
05/06/19INTippecanoe CountyCounty CommissionTippecanoe County commissioners – arguing that a growing county couldn’t afford to hamstring other kinds of development with long-term leases tying up tens of thousands of acres around Lafayette and West Lafayette – voted 3-0 for a zoning ordinance that prohibits wind turbines taller 140 feet.https://www.jconline.com/story/news/2019/05/06/wind-farms-banned-rural-tippecanoe-county-environmentalists-grumble/3660870002/wind2019
05/08/19OKGovernorGov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed House Bill 2118, which clarifies approval processes developers for wind farms in Oklahoma must follow to ensure needed federal approvals to protect low-level military training areas are obtained before construction on future wind projects can begin. About two weeks after the bill was signed two proposed wind projects in the state -- Minco V and Crowder -- were cancelled by Nextera Energy. https://oklahoman.com/article/5630785/governor-approves-bill-that-clarifies-approval-process-for-future-wind-development-in-oklahoma Se also: https://www.kgou.org/post/nextera-energy-cancels-plans-two-wind-power-projectswind2019
06/12/19NDState regulatorsPublic Service CommissionIn what one commissioner called a "historic" decision, North Dakota utility regulators denied a siting permit for a wind farm in the state's northwest corner following opposition from state and federal wildlife agencies. A report from North Dakota Game and Fish in March details concerns from the department over the projects “potential negative impacts to prairie and wetland wildlife species.”https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/government-and-politics/article2517879.ece See also: https://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Siting-permit-for-proposed-Burke-County-wind-farm-denied-by-PSC-511202482.htmlwind2019
06/13/19KSReno CountyCounty commissionReno County commissioners Thursday did not unanimously agree to move plans for a proposed wind farm forward. That vote had to be unanimous to keep Next Era Energy's plans to put more than 80 turbines at a site in southeast Reno County north of Cheney Lake and south of Haven.https://www.kwch.com/content/news/-Vote-falls-short-for-Reno-County-wind-farm-to-move-forward--511278811.htmlwind2019
07/10/19RINorth SmithfieldZoning Board of ReviewThree years of fighting against a wind power proposal paid off for neighbors Tuesday night when the Zoning Board of Review voted unanimously to reject a 462.5-foot wind turbine off Old Smithfield Road. The project, first submitted in late 2015 and brought back for review in March, involved installing a 1.5-megawatt wind turbine on land owned by Ruth Pacheco at 810 Old Smithfield Road. The proposal has drawn heavy criticism from neighbors who cite concerns about noise and the “shadow flicker” effect caused by the spinning blades, along with the impact on property values and quality of life.http://www.valleybreeze.com/2019-07-10/woonsocket-north-smithfield/wind-turbine-rejected-unanimous-decision#.XUrVXqfMyikwind2019
07/23/19INHenry CountyPlanning CommissionThe Henry County Planning Commission voted Tuesday night on the controversial proposal that would have added a Big Blue Ribbon Wind Farm to the area. The vote was 4-4 with one member of the commission abstaining. The proposal did not pass because a clear majority was needed.https://fox59.com/2019/07/23/commission-rejects-proposal-to-build-controversial-wind-farm-in-henry-county/wind2019
07/25/19NYChatauqua CountyCounty LegislatureThe Chautauqua County Legislature approved two motions unanimously that go against policies being passed by state officials. On Wednesday, one of the motions was in opposition to construct wind turbine farms on Lake Erie. During last month’s legislature meeting, Robert Bankoski, D-Dunkirk, and Kevin Muldowney, R-Dunkirk, spoke about their opposition to the possibility of wind turbine farms on Lake Erie. Following the meeting, Bankoski said several other legislators who represent communities along Lake Erie followed up their comments by creating a motion to to oppose wind turbines on Lake Erie. “We’re not interested and you’re not welcome here,” Bankoski said to any company who would like to build a wind turbine farm on Lake Erie.https://www.observertoday.com/news/page-one/2019/07/legislature-opposes-wind-turbine-farms-on-lake-erie/wind2019
08/01/19OROR Supreme CtSupreme CourtOn Aug. 1, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled in favor of a coalition of nine conservation organizations, led by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, invalidating rules adopted in 2017 by the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. The decision is expected to invalidate two, among others, controversial power projects — the Perennial Wind Chaser Station in Umatilla County and the Summit Ridge Wind Farm in Wasco County.https://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/summit-ridge-supreme-court-ruling-terminates-two-windfarm-project-expansions/article_0a002a62-b866-11e9-9759-b39bb38c9338.htmlwind2019
08/15/19NYSanfordTown boardAn angry crowd hurled a range of criticism at a plan to build a 123-megawatt wind turbine project in eastern Broome County, leading the Town of Sanford Board to enact a moratorium while the town’s planning board reviews the project's impact. In an often contentious confrontation between pro and con forces Tuesday night, the five-member board heard nearly 90 minutes of comments from more than a dozen speakers, with each side making often emotional appeals to sway the board. At the end, the opposition won, with the town board voting 4-0, with one abstention, to enact a stay on wind turbine development pending a town study to measure the potential impacts on "public health, safety and welfare, as well as other resources of the Town of Sanford."https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/2019/08/14/deposit-sanford-wind-turbine-project-stalled/2006740001/wind2019
08/15/19OHSeneca CountyCounty CommissionBy a 2-1 vote on Thursday, the Seneca County Commissioners went on record against two wind farms proposed locally and came out in support of stronger setback requirements. The resolution states that the county will "withdraw all previous support of the Seneca Wind, Republic Wind or any proposed wind turbine projects to the maximum extent allowed by law."https://www.toledoblade.com/local/environment/2019/08/15/seneca-county-commissioners-come-out-against-pair-of-wind-farms/stories/20190815176wind2019
08/22/19KSSedgwick CountyCounty CommissionCounty commissioners voted Wednesday to update the county’s comprehensive plan and zoning code with specific policies for renewable energy systems. The new regulations prohibit wind facilities and allow solar array systems.https://www.kmuw.org/post/sedgwick-county-bans-large-scale-commercial-wind-farmswind2019
08/23/19IAMadison CountyBoard of HealthPassed a resolution asking for 1.5 mile setback from non-participating residences. The board says current commercial wind turbine distances are "inadequate to protect public health."https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2019/08/27/midamerican-proposed-turbine-setbacks-would-wipe-out-wind-development/2132245001/wind2019
08/25/19MOMonroe CountyCounty Board of Commissioners Monroe County officials have repealed an ordinance that would enable the construction of wind farms, stalling a proposal to build 50 turbines along the Mississippi River.https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/monroe-county-slows-wind-farm-plan-along-mississippi-river/article_994b3e3a-df83-5ca4-b739-c2e98030298d.htmlwind2019
09/05/19KSParsonsPlanning CommissionThe Parsons Planning Commission voted 5-1 in a special meeting Thursday evening to recommend the city commission approve an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would limit the height of wind turbines to 200 feet, including blade length, in the extraterritorial area. The planners didn’t want an outright ban of all turbines because some residents outside the city may want to install their own residential units, which are much smaller than those for commercial use.https://www.parsonssun.com/news/article_8813dcee-d050-11e9-85f2-bb77b60c273c.htmlwind2019
09/11/19NYChatauqua CountyCounty Planning BoardOn Tuesday, the planning board voted to disapprove the town of Villenova’s zoning referral for the Ball Hill Wind Energy project. In July 2018, the planning board also disapproved of the town’s zoning referral.https://www.observertoday.com/news/page-one/2019/09/planning-board-votes-down-wind-project-referral/wind2019
09/11/19IAMadison CountyCounty Board of SupervisorsRather than a two-year, or a 28-month cooling off period, which county officials would give themselves to come up with a formal policy on wind turbines, the three-member Madison County Board of Supervisors opted to shorten a moratorium to just one year.https://www.wintersetmadisonian.com/news/local_news/change-of-heart-one-year-moratorium-for-proposed-new-wind/article_b0173cb2-d826-11e9-88d8-270630b9f785.htmlwind2019
09/13/19MISherwood TownshipPlanning CommissionAfter 22 months of work, the Sherwood Township Planning Commission has recommended the first Wind Turbine control ordinance to its township board. After an 8-0 vote, it will go to the township for its Nov. 4 meeting. The ordinance has a 330-foot height limit.https://www.thedailyreporter.com/news/20190913/sherwood-planning-passes-wind-turbine-ordinancewind2019
09/13/19INClinton CountyCounty CommissionA 3-0 vote Monday morning will keep a moratorium in place. First placed in 2017, it bans wind farms from being built in Clinton County.https://www.wlfi.com/content/news/Clinton-County-Commissioners-uphold-moratorium-on-wind-farms-560511441.htmlwind2019
10/08/19IAMadison CountyBoard of SupervisorsOn a 2-1 vote, passed a one-year moratorium on new wind projects. Confirmed the vote with Diane Fitch and Mary Jobst.http://www.iptv.org/mtom/story/34965/wind-industry-tackles-trouble-two-frontswind2019
10/29/19IAPage County Board of SupervisorsBy unanimous vote Tuesday morning, the county's board of supervisors approved an ordinance designed to--quote--"promote the public health, safety, comfort and general welfare" regarding turbines, while facilitating--quote--"economic opportunities for rural residents and promoting a goal of increased production from renewable energy sources."http://www.kmaland.com/news/supervisors-hear-concerns-over-wind-turbines/article_c626b3ba-fa8c-11e9-b572-e747f1bec75c.htmlwind2019
11/09/19INHenry CountyBoard of Zoning AppealsThe Henry County courtroom filled with cheers and applause Thursday evening after the Board of Zoning Appeals voted down an appeal from Big Blue River Wind Farm LLC.https://www.thecouriertimes.com/common/story.php?ID=13446&hl=Wind-farm-application-is-still-deniedwind2019
11/20/19IAAdair CountyBoard of SupervisorsThe amendment caps the number of commercial wind turbines or wind farms erected within the boundaries of Adair County at a total of no more than 535. Adair County currently has 532 turbines completed or under construction. https://www.radioiowa.com/2019/11/20/adair-county-supervisors-put-limits-on-wind-farms/wind2019
11/21/19CAHumboldt CountyPlanning CommissionThe Terra-Gen wind energy project received a denial from the Humboldt County Planning Commission on Thursday, concluding an emotional series of meetings in which the commission appeared to be veering toward approval before swinging the other way.https://www.times-standard.com/2019/11/21/terra-gen-wind-project-denied-by-planning-commission-in-surprise-vote/wind2019
11/22/19NYChautauqua CountyBoard of HealthCounty "health officials will recommend that all cities, towns and villages within the county pass a proper wind law that restricts industrial wind towers, or IWTs, from being constructed within a mile and a half of any residence and generate 35 or fewer decibels in sound frequency." https://www.observertoday.com/news/local-region/2019/11/county-health-board-backs-1-5-mile-setback-for-turbines/wind2019
11/24/19MITuscola CountyZoning Board of AppealsA $10 million cash settlement meant to end litigation between alternative energy corporation NextEra Energy Resources and Tuscola County was not accepted by a pair of county entities this week. On July 25, the Tuscola County Airport Zoning Board of Appeals denied variances on 33 wind turbines associated with NextEra’s Pegasus Wind Project, which would place about 60 turbines in Juniata, Fairgrove and Gilford townships. The 33 turbines in question would be close enough to the Tuscola Area Airport that a variance must be obtained in order to continue construction.http://www.windaction.org/posts/50648-boards-snub-10-million-nextera-settlement-offerwind2019
12/06/19MISherwood TownshipTown boardThe Sherwood Township Board voted 3-0 Thursday night in favor of an ordinance which was being backed by a local citizens group that is against to the siting of wind turbines in northwest Branch County….the ordinance establishes the maximum height of an industrial turbine at 330 feet. It also requires a setback from a non-participating parcel be 500 percent of the height of the tower and the required setback from a body of water is half a mile.https://wtvbam.com/news/articles/2019/dec/06/group-wins-victory-in-slowing-down-turbines/964242/wind2019
12/11/19NYSanfordTown boardIn a Town of Sanford board meeting, new restrictions were introduced to limit the distance turbines can be placed from personal property, and noise frequencies. Those restrictions passed, giving residents a new hope for the future.https://wbng.com/2019/12/10/new-restrictions-passed-on-controversial-wind-turbine-project/wind2019
12/12/19IAHardin CountyBoard of SupervisorsHardin County supervisors unanimously passed an indefinite moratorium on wind turbine building permits at its meeting Wednesday. In a 3-0 vote, supervisors passed a resolution placing a moratorium "effective immediately and indefinitely," on wind turbine permits.https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Hardin-County-supervisors-approve-moratorium-on-wind-turbine-permits-566135591.htmlwind2019
12/12/19NEHamilton CountyBoard of Commissioners By a unanimous vote Monday, the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners rejected a plan for a wind power generation facility in the county.https://www.theindependent.com/news/local/hamilton-county-rejects-wind-project/article_f82a1490-2059-11ea-bf33-9f99143337f9.htmlwind2019
12/18/19CAHumboldt CountyBoard of Supervisors The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 4-1 to deny the Terra-Gen wind energy project, rejecting a widely controversial plan to build wind turbines on the Bear River and Monument ridges above Scotia.https://www.times-standard.com/2019/12/17/supervisors-deny-terra-gens-appeal-for-wind-energy-project/wind2019
01/07/20NYFarmersvilleTown BoardThe new majority on the Farmersville Town Board voted Monday to declare a 2019 town wind law void and introduced a more restrictive local law. The proposed local law limits turbine blade ground-to-tip height to 455 feet and seeks a 42-45 dBA noise limit and 3,000-foot setback from turbines to property lines, said Supervisor Francis “Pete” Lounsbury.http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/new-farmersville-town-board-voids-wind-law-offers-replacement/article_30d296cf-5471-5d51-abc6-719673d63417.htmlwind2020
01/08/20WYCarbon CountyCounty CommissionThe saga of the two planned wind farm projects will continue into the spring, according to Carbon County Planning and Zoning Director Sid Fox. He said as much on Tuesday morning at the first Carbon County Commissioners’ meeting of 2020, when the board rejected the conditional use permit applications for the Lucky Star and Two Rivers wind farms.https://www.rawlinstimes.com/news/local/commission-rejects-wind-farm-applications-at-first-meeting/article_89806586-a2bd-59db-9ce4-aed8304d9a28.htmlwind2020
01/15/20VTGraftonTown-wide voteVoters in this small town, which in 2016 rejected a large industrial wind project, have endorsed a new town plan that prohibits industrial and commercial wind. On a 95-66 vote during an all-day ballot Monday, residents approved the new town plan, which bans any large wind facility, and includes other planning updates...Kissel, who was one of the leaders of the group that fought the proposed Iberdrola Renewables wind facility, noted that in 2016, the town voted 235-158 against the industrial wind project.https://www.reformer.com/stories/grafton-voters-again-reject-industrial-wind,594674wind2020
02/07/20ILDewitt CountyZoning Board of AppealsOn Thursday night, the ZBA rejected the special-use permit by a 5-1 vote after 17 nights of testimony from Tradewind Energy and opponents of the proposed Alta Winds Farm project for the 12,000-acre project in Barnett, Wapella and Clintonia townships. https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/wind-farm-gets-second-rejection-from-dewitt-county-zoning-board/article_399ac448-29c7-5f60-97ba-828571fbd9f4.htmlwind2020
02/12/20NYFarmersvilleTown BoardBoard members voted 3-2 Monday to approve the new wind law.  Restrictions include: A 2,000 foot setback of wind turbine generators from any public road — seasonal, regular or limited use as measured from the center point of the road.http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/farmersville-wind-law-amended-soon-after-it-is-passed/article_906dc869-7037-5294-acbf-c6ee06a87da5.htmlwind2020
02/14/20MAPlymouthBoard of HealthAfter years of running into roadblocks, residents who live near Future Generation Wind made some headway Wednesday night when the Plymouth Board of Health unanimously voted to declare the four turbines along Route 25 a nuisance.https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20200213/plymouth-board-declares-wind-turbines-nuisance?utm_content=GTDT_CCT&utm_term=021420wind2020
02/19/20MOBuchanan CountyPlanning and Zoning CommissionThe Buchanan County Planning and Zoning Commission proposed a total commercial ban for wind turbines in a meeting Wednesday night. Steven Reardon of Marion Township proposed a motion for a total ban on wind turbines in the county. After further discussion, the proposal was put to a vote. The commissioners voted in favor, 8-4....Reardon said that he represents the township that was targeted by NextEra (the Florida company that wanted to install turbines), and that he did not hear from one person in past public hearings that was in favor of the wind turbines.https://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/planning-and-zoning-propose-commercial-wind-turbine-ban/article_d220990e-5321-11ea-ad1a-8fd1f7c5d734.htmlwind2020
02/27/20MIMatteson Township Planning CommissionThe Matteson Township Planning Commission Wednesday approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance “to permit wind energy conversion systems, and to establish regulations and standards for them.” The ordinance requires a setback of 1.25 miles from the property line of a non-leased parcel, which among other setbacks DTE finds excessive.https://www.thedailyreporter.com/news/20200227/planning-board-approves-wind-turbine-ordinancewind2020
03/04/20NEHamilton CountyCounty BoardCounty board members voted Monday to approve zoning regulation amendments designed to further protect Hamilton County and its residents from potential health and financial risks that some fear could be caused by allowing large commercial wind energy developments. wo months after the county voted to reject a four-turbine wind energy project south and west of Interstate 80, the board approved several specific amendments requested by citizens who had vehemently opposed the Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions project.https://www.auroranewsregister.com/articles/2020/03/04/county-board-tightens-zoning-regulations-wind-energywind2020
03/05/20NDPublic Service CommissionPublic Service CommissionOn a 2 to 1 vote, the North Dakota Public Service Commission failed to approve the siting application for a wind farm in Ward and McLean Counties.https://news.prairiepublic.org/post/psc-rejects-siting-permit-ruso-wind-projectwind2020
03/09/20HIZoning CommitteeHonolulu City Council Zoning CommitteeThe Honolulu City Council Zoning Committee approved the resolution last week banning installation of the windmills within 5 miles of neighboring properties, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. City officials warned the change would essentially eliminate future development of wind farms anywhere on Oahu. The resolution must be passed by the full city council before going into effect. Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi introduced the resolution in response to an outcry from residents in Kahuku over the development of the Na Pua Makani wind-power project.https://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2020/03/09/hawaii-news/zoning-proposal-could-restrict-oahu-wind-farm-installations/wind2020
03/16/20MOBuchanan CountyCounty CommissionMembers of the Buchanan County Commission say their vote to ban wind farms in the county is based on information received by the Planning and Zoning Commission during several meetings and public hearings. Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer says no one testified on behalf of wind energy at the public hearings. Opponents were worried about property values.http://www.kmaland.com/news/regional/missouri-news-headlines-monday/article_8576aa06-6773-11ea-835c-33d1a4d2a581.htmlwind2020
03/24/20VTPub Utils ComUtilities CommissionState utility regulators have thrown out the application for permission to raise a single industrial-grade wind turbine on a farm field in Holland — ending the last active petition for a major wind project in Vermont.https://www.caledonianrecord.com/news/local/commission-dismisses-last-wind-project-in-vermont/article_1ad7555f-ecf1-5456-a73b-b3179506ca34.htmlwind2020
03/31/20CASanta Barbara CountyCounty Board of SupervisorsAn appeal of the design for a wind energy project in the hills south of Lompoc was denied Tuesday by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, which previously denied an appeal of the land use permit granted by the County Planning Commission.https://syvnews.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/santa-barbara-county-supervisors-deny-appeal-of-lompoc-area-wind-project-design/article_989f95c3-0ca4-59ba-b40f-d410c78040ab.htmlwind2020
04/14/20NYFarmersvilleTown BoardThe Farmersville Town Board passed a Wind Energy Facilities Law Monday night after nearly an hour of comments during a “virtual public hearing.”...The local law was similar to the one approved on a similar 3-2 vote in January, doubling the setbacks of turbines to 3,000 feet, decreasing the height of turbines to 450 feet from 600 feet and limiting noise from wind energy projects like the proposed 340 megawatt Alle-Catt Wind Farm....Aaron Saykin of Hodson Russ, a law firm representing Invenergy, the parent company of Alle-Catt Wind Farm, said the public hearing was not properly advertised and suggested that Deputy Supervisor Mark Heberling had a conflict of interest in that his wife, Ginger Schroder, an attorney, was representing opponents to the wind farm. The 3-2 vote on the local law was not unexpected. It is the same vote as on the similar local law passed in January.http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/farmersvile-wind-law-approved-on-3-2-vote-after-virtual-public-hearing/article_6ceb4cc9-66b3-5018-9263-cb8121741eba.htmlwind2020
04/22/20COLogan CountyPlanning and Zoning CommissionAfter hearing a constant barrage of complaints from Logan County residents in the Fleming area about NextEra Energy’s Niyol Wind Farm, the planning commission voted 4-2 to table conditional use permit applications for up to 82 wind turbines in the area west and south of Fleming. The commission did, however, approve a permit for a meteorological tower to measure wind in the area.https://www.journal-advocate.com/2020/04/22/planning-board-tables-controversial-wind-turbine-permit-requests/wind2020
06/03/20PACarbon CountyCourt of Common PleasCarbon County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven R. Serfass has denied a land use appeal filed by Atlantic Wind LLC and the Bethlehem Authority, seeking to erect a wind turbine project in Penn Forest Township.https://www.tnonline.com/20200602/atlantic-winds-turbine-appeal-denied/wind2020
06/19/20KSReno CountyCounty Planning CommissionThe Reno County Planning Commission agreed after about a 90-minute public hearing on Thursday to amend county zoning regulations on commercial wind developments. The submitted regulations call for a minimum setback of 10 ½ times the overall height of the turbine from the property line of a nonparticipating landowner that contains a residence, though a property owner can give written permission to build within 1.5 times the height of the turbine. The turbines in the NextEra proposal were just under 300 feet tall, though the blades make the overall height almost 500 feet, so that would make the proposed distance 5,250 feet or just under a mile. The group’s proposal would require setbacks of 2 miles from incorporated cities and schools and 5 miles from airports.https://www.hutchnews.com/news/20200619/planning-board-agrees-to-amend-wind-farm-regulationswind2020
07/13/20NDMercer CountyCounty CommissionA moratorium on wind-related projects in Mercer County has blocked the construction of a wind farm, making Mercer the second county in central North Dakota to enact anti-wind ordinances. The county's two-year moratorium, designed to block the construction of a proposed Garrison Butte Wind Farm by Alberta-based company Capital Power, was announced at a packed Mercer County Commission meeting July 1 in which both coal industry workers and wind advocates gave passionate pleas for the future of energy in the county.https://www.inforum.com/business/energy-and-mining/6569493-A-ban-on-wind-farms-These-two-North-Dakota-counties-did-itwind2020
07/14/20WABenton PUDBenton PUD"We do not support further development of wind power in the PNW...While development of wind farms may be politically fashionable and appeal to many in the general public as a harmonization of nature with electricity production, the science and economics indicate powering modern civilization with intermittent generation resources like wind and solar power comes at a high financial and environmental cost.”https://www.bentonpud.org/getattachment/Safety-Education/Safety/Wind/Wind-Power-and-Clean-Energy-Policy-Perspectives-Report-Benton-PUD-FINAL-July-14-2020-(1).PDF.aspx?lang=en-USwind2020
07/15/20NEGage CountyBoard of SupervisorsPermits for wind energy will not be accepted by Gage County after the Board of Supervisors approved a moratorium on turbine meetings during Wednesday’s meeting. The moratorium, initially proposed two weeks ago for a period of four months, was amended before approval this week and will now last for the next three months....Prairie Wind Watchers, the group spearheading the requested amendments, is focusing on specific changes it would like to see made by the county. A primary concern is increasing current setback requirements that stipulate turbines must be 3/8 miles from residences. The group is asking that figure to be increased to one mile. The group is also asking officials to make changes to how decibel levels are calculated.https://beatricedailysun.com/news/local/gage-county-will-not-accept-turbine-permits-for-next-three-months/article_9d210e14-debf-5bb2-b24b-2c3477e8edfc.htmlwind2020
07/28/20KSGovernorGov. KellyToday, on World Nature Conservation Day, Governor Laura Kelly announced a proclamation reaffirming the Tallgrass Heartland wind moratorium region of the Flint Hills. The area encompasses portions of 12 Kansas counties containing two thirds of the world’s remaining tallgrass prairie.https://governor.kansas.gov/governor-kelly-reaffirms-tallgrass-heartland-wind-moratorium/wind2020
08/10/20KSLinn CountyCounty CommissionLinn County Commissioners on Monday extended a moratorium on the development of wind farms in the county until December 2021, saying the additional time would allow the county time to collect public opinion on wind development via an advisory vote or survey. The move followed the county’s adoption in June of a previous moratorium on the development of wind farms December 1, 2020. Commissioners said that delay would give the county time to update its comprehensive plan and get the views of county residents and landowners on the wind energy issue.http://www.windaction.org/posts/51577-linn-county-extends-wind-turbine-moratorium#.Xzqyky05Sikwind2020
08/19/20ILPiatt CountyCounty BoardThe Piatt County board has extended its moratorium on wind farm applications for another six months, keeping it in effect until about mid-March. A six-month moratorium was scheduled to expire in September, but the county has yet to finalize changes to its wind energy conversion ordinance, most notably the portion that covers large-scale wind farms.https://www.journal-republican.com/news/county-moratorium-on-wind-farm-applications-extended/article_6a8760d8-e184-11ea-8aab-afeaedb4ec99.htmlwind2020
08/21/20NYWesterloTown Board The Westerlo Town Board voted, 3 to 2, to extend the town’s moratorium on commercial wind and solar energy systems after a lengthy public hearing where the co-founders of Stella Solar argued against the extension, saying that it threatened plans for a two-megawatt array it had hoped to build on a farm at 300 Johnny Cake Hill Road. https://altamontenterprise.com/08212020/westerlo-extends-solar-and-wind-moratorium-threatening-new-projectwind2020
08/25/20NESaline County Planning and Zoning BoardA four-month moratorium for wind farm applications was approved by the Saline County Planning and Zoning Board. The moratorium, defined as “the temporary prohibition of activity,” was requested by Wilber resident Jeff Koll during its Aug. 18 meeting. Koll said the board needs to update specific wind project regulations before any projects may move forward within the county.https://www.sewardindependent.com/crete/wind-farm-moratorium-approved-by-zoning-board/article_2aea7954-e703-11ea-b716-bb18f472230d.htmlwind2020
09/09/20NE Gage CountyCounty BoardNorthern Gage County residents won a long battle today, as the Gage County Board approved an amendment increasing the setback between wind turbines and non-participating rural homes, to one mile. Applause broke out in the hallway outside the supervisor’s room, as an overflow of interested citizens reacted to the board’s vote.https://rivercountry.newschannelnebraska.com/story/42609244/gage-county-board-approves-onemile-setback-limit-on-wind-turbineswind2020
09/17/20ILChristian County County BoardThe Christian County Board voted “Yes” on Tuesday to keep the Christian County Zoning Board of Appeals recommendations for setbacks and shadow flicker for wind turbines 10-6 effectively ending any chance of wind turbines being built in Christian County.https://taylorvilledailynews.com/local-news/529768wind2020
11/06/20WYState Wyoming State Board of Land CommissionersAfter heated deliberation, Wyoming regulators voted to deny a renewable energy company a lease to build a wind farm on state land in Albany County on Thursday, after members of the public expressed concern the development would compromise scenic viewsheds.https://trib.com/business/energy/state-of-wyoming-declines-to-grant-land-lease-for-wind-energy-project/article_acab840f-d197-51ec-97dc-04131dad5d70.htmlwind2020
12/12/20NEWheeler CountyCounty CommissionWheeler County Commissioners that they had unanimously passed a county zoning regulation that entirely bans industrial wind energy projects in that county.https://starherald.com/opinion/columnists/representatives/tom-brewer-steps-taken-to-regulate-wind-energy-projects/article_3d5e6279-ccbd-531c-9465-0940576d93c5.htmlwind2020
12/22/20IAMadison CountyBoard of SupervisorsPassed ordinance prohibiting wind turbines within 1.5 miles of non-participating landownerswind2020
01/05/21INPosey CountyCounty CommissionOfficials put one more nail in the windmill coffin in Posey County. The County Commission voted to prohibit wind turbines within 10 miles of the Doppler Radar sight in Owensville.https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/top-stories/posey-county-commission-approves-wind-turbine-restriction/wind2021
01/05/21IADelaware CountyCounty Board of SupervisorsThe Delaware County Board of Supervisors recently denied a request from Con Edison for variances on a proposed wind turbine project. The project calls for three wind turbines along driveways from 230th Street in Prairie Township. The turbines would be connected with an underground collection line that follows east along 230th Street to 167th Avenue.https://www.telegraphherald.com/news/tri-state/article_618e8a64-5f96-5a25-bd23-906c1ecbeb2f.htmlwind2021
01/19/21ILMonroe CountyCounty Board Changes to the wind energy code include increasing the setback required from nearby structures, forbidding shadow flicker on neighboring properties and public roadways, requiring developers to conduct seismic testing before and after construction of a site within 10 miles of known cave systems in karst areas and limiting the noise that can emitted by turbines.https://www.republictimes.net/county-updates-wind-solar-energy/wind2021
03/02/21ILPiatt CountyZoning Board of AppealsThe Piatt County zoning board of appeals is recommending 15-hour wind turbine shadow flicker limit on adjacent homes. That is the same amount that the county board sent back tot he ZBA in January.https://www.journal-republican.com/news/zoning-board-once-again-recommends-limit-of-15-hours-of-shadow-flicker-per-year/article_be749ee8-7b73-11eb-8c42-037d936ee01e.htmlwind2021
03/10/21MIMaple Valley townshipTownship BoardThe township board voted 4-0 on Monday night to rescind Ordinance 24, which it had approved last November; to rescind approval of a ballot question on the ordinance (making a planned voter referendum on the ordinance later this year now unnecessary); and to place a six-month moratorium on any wind activity in the township.https://thedailynews.cc/articles/maple-valley-township-board-rescinds-controversial-wind-ordinance/wind2021
03/12/21MATown of Scituate Select BoardResponding to years of complaints from neighbors that they can’t sleep at night because of the noise from the Scituate Wind turbine, the Scituate Select Board ordered the operation shut down at night — from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. — from mid-May to mid-October....Scituate Wind had previously shut off the turbine at night during the summer under specific wind conditions, but neighbors said the noise was still robbing them of sleep and health.https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/03/12/metro/scituate-wind-turbine-stop-spinning-night-this-summer/wind2021
04/07/21RITown of FosterPlanning BoardWind turbines appear headed for a townwide ban in Foster after the Planning Board voted 5-1 to change the green energy ordinance to no longer allow the alternate energy sources in town last Wednesday.https://www.valleybreeze.com/2021-04-14/observer-smithfield-west/foster-planning-board-votes-prohibit-wind-turbines#.YHsRSS1h3ygwind2021
04/12/21IAWorth CountyBoard of SupervisorsThe Worth County Board of Supervisors passed a "temporary moratorium" on commercial wind projects in the county on Monday, though it's unclear what effect it will have on an ongoing project.https://globegazette.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/worth-county-passes-commercial-wind-moratorium/article_736d9ad5-9ca1-5741-8427-8066185da943.htmlwind2021
05/10/21WITown of LincolnA renewable energy company is once again proposing new wind turbines in Eau Claire County. This time, the proposal is in the Town of Lincoln, but the town passed a six month moratorium on wind farm development Monday. The moratorium is in response to a proposal by RWE Renewables Americas to create a windfarm in the town, just south of Highway 12. A couple dozen residents voiced their support of the moratorium at Monday's meeting, some citing concerns about the negative impact turbines could have on the community.https://wqow.com/2021/05/10/eau-claire-co-town-passes-wind-farm-moratorium/wind2021
05/12/21IAGrundy CountyBoard of SupervisorsAt a packed meeting conducted inside the third floor courtroom to accommodate the overflow crowd, the Grundy County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to implement a moratorium on wind farm construction in response to an Invenergy proposal to construct a project in the northeast part of the county.http://thegrundyregister.com/content/supervisors-pass-indefinite-wind-farm-moratoriumwind2021
05/25/21MAKingstonBoard of SelectmenThe shadow flicker and noise concerns of the past won’t be revisited upon Kingston residents. The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted 5-0 Tuesday night against supporting Green Development LLC of Rhode Island’s proposal to replace Kingston’s controversial Independence wind turbine with a new one.https://www.wickedlocal.com/story/kingston-reporter/2021/05/26/kingston-rejects-new-wind-turbine-proposal/7439276002/wind2021
06/12/21MIMontcalmTownship BoardMembers of the Montcalm Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to implement a six-month moratorium (through the establishment of a new, temporary ordinance) on the issuance of any zoning approvals, rezonings, permits, licenses or approvals for wind energy systemshttps://thedailynews.cc/articles/montcalm-twp-board-oks-moratorium-on-wind-projects/wind2021
06/22/21CAShasta CountyPlanning CommissionBucking a staff recommendation, the Shasta County Planning Commission late Tuesday night unanimously rejected the use permit for a controversial wind farm project planned for the Intermountain area just west of Burney. Commissioners sided with opponents who said the Fountain Wind project's impact on the environment, the scenery and the potential long-term harm it would do to the area's economy outweighed the benefits of the massive wind farm.https://www.redding.com/story/news/2021/06/23/fountain-wind-project-shasta-county-denied-use-permit/5311655001/wind2021
06/24/21OHState of OhioSiting BoardIn a rare move, the Ohio Power Siting Board unanimously rejected plans for a large, commercial-scale wind farm in northwest Ohio on Thursday. Citing well-organized public opposition from Seneca County residents and a long list of their elected officials, the OPSB said it will not allow the proposed Republic Wind Farm project to proceed. Once touted by its developer as a $92 million investment, Republic Wind was proposed primarily for Seneca County as well as one township in neighboring Sandusky County.https://news.yahoo.com/republic-wind-project-seneca-county-040100508.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90LmNvL0RMMGxZdEhwVEg&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJdj3qI9QWoiXLMBVZ5Qhlshuyd4jsaZg5JYoFDBxVNhEUi7kAJSD-YSWLv9OtEj2kp7lDPSwupmShqEak2N0952lCZWiItsJHeKBWncDGv2F9RdZtMywU5oHGG7AullVMgeryoEhzzaZYY0XCov9_YDPr2i9xU0Wakzi9rAQhYVwind2021
06/29/21IAWoodbury CountyBoard of SupervisorsWoodbury County is one step closer to tighter wind energy restrictions for commercial wind farms. The board of supervisors held a second public hearing Tuesday night on a wind energy ordinance. After the hearing, the board voted 4-1, with Board chair Rocky De Witt opposed, to approve the second reading of the ordinance.https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/woodbury-county-supervisors-approve-second-reading-of-wind-farm-ordinance/article_1b1eb6a0-f5b4-57f8-8468-b23c6869b504.htmlwind2021
07/08/21MISidney TownshipTownship BoardDozens of Sidney Township residents and out-of-town visitors filed into the Sidney Township Hall on Monday night, anxious to see how the vote on the township’s proposed wind ordinance would play out. The 4-1 vote to approve the restrictive wind ordinance resulted in applause, cheers and a horn being blasted from the back of the room and the vocal majority of the attendees leaving satisfied; however, not everyone was happy with the outcome....The vote caused an almost immediate reaction from the majority of those in attendance, as many stood to applaud, high-five one another and thank township officials for passing a restrictive wind ordinance.https://www.thedailynews.cc/articles/sidney-township-approves-restrictive-wind-ordinance/wind2021
07/11/21MEState of MaineState legislatureAfter pressure from Maine lobstermen, Gov. Janet Mills has signed a law that permanently bans the development of offshore wind energy projects in Maine state waters, but it did not come without give-and-take. Under the law, new wind projects are now confined to federal waters. https://www.themainewire.com/2021/07/mills-signs-offshore-wind-ban-amid-lingering-skepticism-from-fishermen/wind2021
07/19/21ILDeWitt CountyCounty Boardhe DeWitt County Board approved a controversial motion that is likely to receive pushback from Enel Green Power to cease issuing building permits until proof is shown the wind turbines can be curtailed during severe weather events.https://dewittdailynews.com/local-news/582587wind2021
08/03/21MIState of MichiganMichigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and EnergyPermits for the proposed wind turbine project in Adams and Stanton townships have been denied by the state over concerns of harm to wildlife, including bat and eagle populations, and wetlands.https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2021/08/egle-denies-permit-for-wind-turbine-project/wind2021
08/03/21NCBrunswick CountyCounty commissionersThe Brunswick Commissioners extended the usual “not-in-my-backyard” thinking to “not-within-27-miles” Monday, voting to oppose construction of wind turbines within 24 nautical miles (about 27 miles) of the county’s shoreline....The unanimous vote at Monday’s commissioners' meeting is a change of direction for the board, which declined to support a similar resolution brought forth by Caswell Beach in 2015. The issue re-emerged recently when, following the lead of Bald Head Island, several other Brunswick beach towns passed resolutions opposing turbines within the 24-nautical-mile range.https://www.whqr.org/local/2021-08-03/brunswick-county-commissioners-unanimously-opppose-offshore-wind-turbineswind2021
08/04/21MNState of MinnesotaPublic Service CommissionMinnesota Power has been ordered to dismantle a wind turbine tower in its Bison 4 wind farm in Oliver County, because it is too close to an occupied residence. The turbine in question is 1100 feet from a farmstead owned by Keith and Deanna Kessler. The company had agreed to have a 1400 foot setback from occupied residences. The company asserted that the farmstead was unoccupied. The Kesslers said the farmstead was occupied part of the time, and that they were paying utility bills and taxes on the property.https://news.prairiepublic.org/local-news/2021-08-04/wind-power-company-must-remove-wind-turbinewind2021
08/04/21OHState of OhioState legislaturePolicy support for renewables has been eroding in Ohio for a decade — the most recent example being a project-siting bill signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine last month — and is raising doubts about the long-term future of the wind and solar industries there. Renewable developers say the policies don’t bode well for Ohio in the long run. Among large energy consuming states, only California imports a larger share of its electricity. And that trend is poised to continue... S.B. 52 — signed by DeWine last month — could similarly hurt the solar energy’s future in Ohio, or at least parts of the state. The legislation, which passed without a single Democratic vote, gives Ohio counties the power to veto specific projects or make themselves off-limits to renewable energy development altogether. Renewable energy developers must also go to the Ohio Power Siting Board for approval, giving opponents a second chance to kill projects.https://www.eenews.net/articles/volatile-place-new-laws-thwart-ohio-renewables/wind2021
08/04/21MIStanton TownshipTownship BoardThe Stanton Township Board imposed a nine-month moratorium on construction for a proposed wind turbine project at its meeting Wednesday. Stanton Township Supervisor Marty Rajala said the moratorium would buy time until the township could complete a resident survey gauging their opinion of the Scotia Wind project, which would include 12 575-foot turbines in Adams and Stanton townships near Whealkate Bluff. The board approved sending the survey to every registered voter in the township... Preliminary results from surveys handed out at the previous meeting showed 82% opposition, Rajala said.https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2021/08/stanton-township-passes-moratorium-on-wind/wind2021
08/11/21ILVermilion CountyCounty BoardThe Vermilion County Board approved wind energy structure ordinance amendments at its Tuesday meeting o ensure the safety of surrounding buildings and owners, all WECS (Wind Energy Conversion System) Towers shall be set back at least 1,200 feet or three times the height of the WECS tower, whichever is greater, from any primary structure; and upon complaint of any resident as to noise levels the applicant at its own expense shall conduct a sound study using qualified professionals acceptable to the county to examine and resolve such complaints. The county shall have full access to all data and reports or findings of any such studies. The setback had been at least 1.10 times the wind turbine height.https://news.yahoo.com/county-board-amends-wind-ordinance-194400261.htmlwind2021
09/15/21NEJefferson County County CommissionersJefferson County is closer to finalizing changes to regulations governing wind farms. At meeting of the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Committee held the evening of January 13 and decided on regulations regarding noise levels, shadow flicker and decommissioning.On September 15, 2021, Jefferson County Commissioners voted unanimously to institute a six-month moratorium on winhttps://fairburyjournalnews.com/county-closer-to-finalizing-wind-farm-regulations/wind2021
08/20/21MIAdams TownshipTownship BoardThe Adams Township Board voted unanimously to impose a six-month moratorium on approving applications for commercial wind and solar projects Wednesday. The township is one of the proposed locations for 12 575-foot wind turbines being constructed by Circle Power near Whealkate Bluff — four in Adams Township, eight in Stanton Township. Earlier this month, the Stanton Township Board passed a nine-month moratorium. The six months in Adams Township was recommended by township attorney Kevin Mackey, who said it was the longest moratorium he could find that had held up in court.https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2021/08/hitting-pause-adams-township-adopts-six-month-wind-solar-moratorium/wind2021
08/30/21KSCherokee CountyCounty CommissionCherokee County Commission members on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution that establishes a one-year moratorium on wind energy development inside of county limits, saying they want additional information on such operations.https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/cherokee-county-panel-adopts-1-year-wind-farm-moratorium/article_7fe52544-09d5-11ec-b915-df6ff5d9b640.htmlwind2021
09/13/21NDStark CountyCounty CommissionStark County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a moratorium halting energy development in the county for 9 months, taking effect Monday. While the new moratorium places a large hurdle in the path forward for Marathon and One Energy’s proposed wind turbine project, the City of Dickinson is considering steps that would see the city assume legal jurisdiction over development at the Marathon Refinery — a by-product of the 2020 Census.https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/government-and-politics/7193411-Stark-County-development-moratorium-begins-Dickinson-poised-to-expand-zoning-dominion-by-2-mileswind2021
10/24/21KSReno CountyPlanning CommissionImposed a 90-day moratorium on new wind projects in the county. https://www.hutchnews.com/story/news/2021/10/24/public-hearing-set-proposed-regulations-banning-wind-zoned-portions-reno-county/6130439001/wind2021
10/26/21CAShasta CountyBoard of SupervisorsAfter more than 10 hours of public comments, Shasta County supervisors voted 4-1 to deny an appeal by a company that wants to build a controversial wind farm in the Intermountain area just west of Burney. Tuesday night’s denial upholds the June 22 unanimous decision by the Shasta County Planning Commission to reject the use permit for the Fountain Wind project. Commissioners heard nearly 10 hours of public testimony before their vote.https://www.redding.com/story/news/local/2021/10/27/shasta-supervisors-agree-commission-and-deny-use-permit-controversial-wind-farm/8555976002/wind2021
11/04/21MOBoone CountyCounty CommissionExecutive Director of Renew Missouri James Owen said the proposed regulations act more as a ban on wind development and generation. For example, Owen said the regulations limit the height of wind turbines to under 375 feet. Owen noted there are no wind turbines in the country that are that short and said wind turbines should be at least 400 feet tall. He also took issue with the setback rule. “When you look at a provision of it that says you cannot have a wind turbine sited within 1,750 feet away from a property line, not a house, not a residence but from a property line. If you look at a map of Boone County, there is nowhere where more than one turbine can be [built] anywhere," Owen said.https://krcgtv.com/news/local/boone-county-commissioners-approve-wind-farm-regulationswind2021
11/17/21NEGage CountyCounty Board The Gage County Board Wednesday approved final amended regulations on wind energy companies that some officials say prevents any further wind development in the county...The new regulations establish setbacks from non-participating property owners as great as three miles. Previously, the board had approved a setback of one mile, at the request of rural homeowners.https://rivercountry.newschannelnebraska.com/story/45225929/gage-county-finalizes-tougher-set-of-wind-energy-development-regulationswind2021
11/23/21OHSeneca CountyCounty CommissionOn Tuesday morning, the Seneca County Commissioners passed a motion to restrict all unincorporated areas of the county from the development of any economically significant wind farms, large wind farms or large solar facilities.https://advertiser-tribune.com/news/355495/comms-restrict-county-from-future-wind-and-solar-projects/wind2021
01/13/22NEJefferson CountyPlanning and Zoning CommissionJefferson County is closer to finalizing changes to regulations governing wind farms. At meeting of the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Committee held the evening of January 13 and decided on regulations regarding noise levels, shadow flicker and decommissioning.https://fairburyjournalnews.com/county-closer-to-finalizing-wind-farm-regulations/wind2022
02/26/22CABureau of Land ManagementFederalThe federal government has rejected a wind energy project that would have installed dozens of giant turbines in the Walker Ridge area. On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management said it has denied the application for the Walker Ridge Wind Energy Project. The agency said the denial was based on potential resource conflicts and the inadequacy of the information provided to the BLM to address these conflicts and to move forward with the environmental review.https://lakeconews.com/news/71836-blm-denies-permit-for-walker-ridge-wind-energy-projectwind2022
03/15/22OHAuglaize CountyCounty CommissionAuglaize County commissioners have started the hearing process for wind and solar exclusion zone maps, covering all of Auglaize County after a final resolution was received in support of such a zone from German Township...All 14 townships support exclusion zones. https://www.pressreader.com/article/281483574861993wind2022
03/17/22OHOhio Siting BoardOhio Siting BoardThe Ohio Power Siting Board denied two separate applications for rehearing regarding the board’s decision to deny an application filed by Republic Wind to construct a 200 MW wind-powered electric generating facility in Seneca and Sandusky County.https://www.farmanddairy.com/news/ohio-power-siting-board-denies-rehearing-for-republic-wind/708236.htmlwind2022
04/26/22NEOtoe CountyOtoe County CommissionOtoe County commissioners appeased an overflowing crowd Tuesday with passage of a one-year moratorium on accepting applications for wind turbine permits.https://www.newschannelnebraska.com/story/46373806/opposition-rising-against-gigantic-windmill-turbineswind2022
04/27/22MIFulton TownshipTownship BoardThere are many wind turbines throughout Gratiot County. Last Thursday, however, the Fulton Township Board put the brakes on a proposal to put a dozen of them in their collective backyard. Culimninating a nearly four-hour meeting, the board voted unanimously (4-0) to turn down the previous recommendation from the township's planning commission to move forward with the Heartland Wind Project.https://gcherald.com/fulton-board-nixes-proposed-turbines/2022/04/27/wind2022
05/05/22OHCrawford CountyCounty CommissionA 20-second ovation followed Crawford County commissioners' vote to restrict industrial wind farm development in all unincorporated areas of the county, with members of Crawford Anti-Wind rising to their feet. The resolution, passed 2-1 at a regular meeting Thursday, effectively bars construction of Honey Creek Wind, Apex Clean Energy's planned 300-megawatt industrial wind farm — at least for now. The resolution, passed 2-1 at a regular meeting Thursday, effectively bars construction of Honey Creek Wind, Apex Clean Energy's planned 300-megawatt industrial wind farm — at least for now. Commissioners Tim Ley and Larry Schmidt voted in favor of the resolution; Doug Wisenauer voted against it. Senate Bill 52, which became law in July, significantly changed Ohio's laws governing siting requirements for industrial solar and wind projects, giving county commissioners the ability to prevent Ohio Power Siting Board certification of certain wind and solar facilities.https://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/story/news/2022/05/05/crawford-county-commissioners-block-honey-creek-wind-development/9656152002/wind2022
05/12/22NYMiddleburghTown BoardAfter 10 months of debate and public hearings, the Middleburgh Town Board approved changes to its zoning ordinance on May 12 that will prohibit large-scale wind and solar utility projects.https://sports.yahoo.com/middleburgh-blocks-plan-wind-turbines-135200957.htmlwind2022
01/25/22OHMedina CountyCounty CommissionThe Medina County Commission passed a resolution Jan. 25 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas of the countyhttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/wind2022
04/19/22OHHancock CountyCounty CommissionThe Hancock County Commission passed a resolution April 19 banning large wind and solar projects in most the countyhttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/wind2022
04/24/22OHAllen CountyCounty CommissionThe Allen County Commission unanimously passed a resolution April 24 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areashttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/wind2022
08/09/22IAPage CountyBoard of SupervisorsPage County officials have extended the timeframe restricting the submission of future wind energy permit applications to the county. Meeting in regular session Tuesday morning, by a 2-1 vote, the Page County Board of Supervisors approved to extend the current moratorium on wind energy conversion system construction permits for another 180 days. The current moratorium was set to end on September 24 and is now March 29, 2023.https://www.kmaland.com/news/page-county-board-extends-wind-ordinance-moratorium/article_e3941142-17f6-11ed-856f-c76659be9f6c.htmlwind2022
08/11/22OHKnox CountyCounty Commissionpassed a resolution Aug. 11 banning large wind projects (not solar) in unincorporated areas of the countyhttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/wind2022
08/23/22OHLogan CountyCounty CommissionThe Logan County Commission passed a resolution Aug. 11 banning large wind and solar projects in 16 townships and unincorporated areas of the county. The commissioners also voted to prohibit wind and solar projects in all unincorporated parts of the county. https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/wind2022
08/23/22OHBloomfield TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-518wind2022
08/23/22OHBokescreek TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-519wind2022
08/23/22OHHarrison TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-520wind2022
08/23/22OHJefferson TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-521wind2022
08/23/22OHLake TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-522wind2022
08/23/22OHLiberty TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-523wind2022
08/23/22OHMcArthur TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-524wind2022
08/23/22OHMonroe TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-525wind2022
08/23/22OHPerry TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-526wind2022
08/23/22OHPleasant TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-527wind2022
08/23/22OHRichland TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-528wind2022
08/23/22OHRushcreek TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-529wind2022
08/23/22OHStokes TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-530wind2022
08/23/22OHUnion TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-531wind2022
08/23/22OHWashington TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-532wind2022
08/23/22OHZane TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-533wind2022
08/23/22OHReily TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/wind2022
08/23/22OHFairfield TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHHanover TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHLiberty TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHMadison TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHMilford TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHMorgan TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHOxford TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHRoss TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHSt Clair TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHWayne TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/23/22OHWest Chester TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truewind2022
08/31/22OHBig IslandMarion County CommissionThe list of townships in Marion County that are restricting the development of solar and wind energy projects is growing. During their Aug. 18 meeting, the Marion County Commissioners voted to approve resolutions submitted by trustees from Big Island, Claridon, Richland, and Salt Rock townships that will limit such development. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/marion-co-commissioners-approve-solar-094545728.htmlwind2022
08/31/22OHClaridonMarion County CommissionThe list of townships in Marion County that are restricting the development of solar and wind energy projects is growing. During their Aug. 18 meeting, the Marion County Commissioners voted to approve resolutions submitted by trustees from Big Island, Claridon, Richland, and Salt Rock townships that will limit such developmenhttps://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/marion-co-commissioners-approve-solar-094545728.htmlwind2022
08/31/22OHRichlandMarion County CommissionThe list of townships in Marion County that are restricting the development of solar and wind energy projects is growing. During their Aug. 18 meeting, the Marion County Commissioners voted to approve resolutions submitted by trustees from Big Island, Claridon, Richland, and Salt Rock townships that will limit such developmenhttps://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/marion-co-commissioners-approve-solar-094545728.htmlwind2022
08/31/22OHSalt RockMarion County CommissionThe list of townships in Marion County that are restricting the development of solar and wind energy projects is growing. During their Aug. 18 meeting, the Marion County Commissioners voted to approve resolutions submitted by trustees from Big Island, Claridon, Richland, and Salt Rock townships that will limit such developmenhttps://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/marion-co-commissioners-approve-solar-094545728.htmlwind2022
08/31/22OHPleasantMarion County CommissionThe commissioners voted to approve a similar resolution put forth by the Pleasant Township Trustees at the conclusion of a public hearing held June 7.https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/marion-co-commissioners-approve-solar-094545728.htmlwind2022
10/24/22KSOsage CountyOsage County CommissionA proposed wind farm in Osage County has been halted as well as any alternative energy development plans for the foreseeable future....On Monday night, October 24, the Osage County Commission unanimously accepted a recommendation that will not allow wind fars or solar energy developments within the county's borders. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/osage-co-wind-farm-alternate-energy-development-plans-halted/ar-AA13oJMS?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=13a4d5fffc9c422e93b9cc030487e7e6wind2022
11/01/22IAButler CountyBoard of SupervisorsOn November 1, the county board of supervisors approved a new zoning ordinance that effectively bans large wind and solar projects. The new ordinance limits wind turbines to no more than 262 feet high. (see page 35.) It also places a myriad of restrictions on large solar facilities, which it identifies as being 50 kW or larger. (See page 42). The minutes of the meeting are here: https://butlercounty.iowa.gov/images/minutes_11012022.pdfhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1ujKX7U2ELwuvOUrdlZ-r4N1w7WypcI_N/viewwind2022
11/08/22OHCrawford CountyCounty referendumA referendum vote had upheld a 10-year ban on industrial wind development in Crawford County. In final, unofficial results, Issue 4 had 10,964 "Yes" votes, or 74.54%, and 3.744 "No" votes, or 25.46%, according to the Crawford County Board of Elections. The "Yes" vote on Issue 4 supports the 10-year ban on industrial wind development passed by Crawford County commissioners in May.https://www.bucyrustelegraphforum.com/story/news/2022/10/17/wind-farm-referendum-crawford-county-voters-will-decide-on-nov-8/69558389007/wind2022
11/08/22MIMaple Valley TownshipLocal referendumOn Tuesday, Nov. 8, midterm voters resoundingly rejected ordinances enabling the Montcalm Wind project by Apex Clean Energy, a developer attempting to erect 75 turbines on farmland in Montcalm County northeast of Grand Rapids.https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2022/11/voters-defeat-michigan-wind-energy-project-toss-supportive-officials.html?outputType=ampwind2022
11/08/22MIDouglass TownshipLocal referendumOn Tuesday, Nov. 8, midterm voters resoundingly rejected ordinances enabling the Montcalm Wind project by Apex Clean Energy, a developer attempting to erect 75 turbines on farmland in Montcalm County northeast of Grand Rapids.https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2022/11/voters-defeat-michigan-wind-energy-project-toss-supportive-officials.html?outputType=ampwind2022
11/08/22MIWinfield TownshipLocal referendumOn Tuesday, Nov. 8, midterm voters resoundingly rejected ordinances enabling the Montcalm Wind project by Apex Clean Energy, a developer attempting to erect 75 turbines on farmland in Montcalm County northeast of Grand Rapids.https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2022/11/voters-defeat-michigan-wind-energy-project-toss-supportive-officials.html?outputType=ampwind2022
12/05/22OHGreen Camp TownshipMarion County CommissionSix townships in Marion County have now instituted restrictions on the development of solar and wind energy projects. On Thursday, the Marion County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to restrict solar and wind farm development in Green Camp Township. The Green Camp Township Trustees' resolution designates all unincorporated areas of the township as a "restricted area prohibiting the construction of an 'economically significant wind farm,' 'a large wind farm,' or a 'large solar facility,' as defined by the Ohio Revised Code.https://www.marionstar.com/story/news/politics/2022/12/05/marion-co-commissioners-pass-green-camp-twp-solar-wind-restrictions/69692218007/wind2022
12/21/22MAFalmouthFalmouth Select BoardThe Falmouth Select Board voted 4-1 on Monday, December 19, to deny Mayflower Wind Energy LLC access to town property to study landfall sites for electric cables connecting its proposed offshore windfarm to the electrical grid.https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/news/falmouth-select-board-denies-mayflower-wind-access/article_dd0e31b0-fcb7-5014-add1-59b308f98c4d.htmlwind2022
01/11/17MDKent CountyMD Public Service CommissionKent County News dated 01/11/17, announced that a utility law judge for the Public Service Commission has proposed denying the application for the Mills Branch Solar project in Kent County for a Certificate of public Convenience and Necessity. The proposed order would effectively halt 60 megawatt/370-acre project, which has generated local controversy. Kent argued that the project went against its zoning, which does include sites for utility scale solar projects. The project’s developer Apex Clean Energy, argued the PSC could preempt local zoning.https://conduitstreet.mdcounties.org/2017/01/13/psc-utility-law-judge-denies-controversial-solar-project-in-kent/solar2017
05/01/19NYCambriaIn May 2019, "Cambria in upstate New York rejected a proposed 100-megawatt solar project because it violated the town’s zoning laws, and another upstate town, Duanesburg, recently imposed a six-month moratorium on new solar projects."https://nypost.com/2020/03/07/angry-us-landowners-are-killing-off-renewable-energy-projects/solar2019
05/01/19NYDuanesburgIn May 2019, "Cambria in upstate New York rejected a proposed 100-megawatt solar project because it violated the town’s zoning laws, and another upstate town, Duanesburg, recently imposed a six-month moratorium on new solar projects."https://nypost.com/2020/03/07/angry-us-landowners-are-killing-off-renewable-energy-projects/solar2019
07/16/19NCLincoln CountyCountyLincoln Cty loses appeals court litigation filed by citizens opposing Strata Solar's proposed solar plant. Application originally filed in 2013https://lincolnherald.net/Main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=30697solar2019
08/08/19VAMadison CountyCountyMadison Cty BOS approves a zoning ordinance restricting utility-scale solar to industrial-zoned landhttps://starexponent.com/cse/madison-requires-industrial-zoning-for-utility-scale-solar-plants/article_4fe81847-89c6-5acf-85f8-499389e03f58.html#:~:text=Madison%20County%20will%20now%20limit,Ridge%20Independent%20website%20reported%20Thursday.&text=That%20change%20in%20land%2Duse,in%20Madison%2C%20the%20Independent%20reported.solar2019
08/26/19VACulpeper CountyCountyCricket Solar withdrew its application to develop 1800 acres of historic, agricultural land after intense opposition led by Citizens for Responsible Solarhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/a-company-suggested-installing-solar-panels-on-virginia-civil-war-battlefields-locals-raged--and-what-happened-next-will-happen-again-experts-say/2019/09/10/d1b08428-d0c4-11e9-8c1c-7c8ee785b855_story.htmlsolar2019
10/04/20VACulpeper CountyCountyGreenwood Solar's CUP approved in 2018 expires after citizens successfully delay approval of site plan. Opposition led by Citizens for Responsible Solarhttps://starexponent.com/news/permit-expires-for-culpeper-solar-power-plant/article_82ff8ef0-48d6-5715-965a-5dbb1c3973fe.htmlsolar2020
11/20/20VACulpeper CountyCountyMaroon Solar (Strata Solar) withdraws its permit to develop 1700 acres of timberland. Opposition led by Citizens for Responsible Solarhttps://starexponent.com/business/strata-solar-pulls-application-for-utility-scale-project-in-culpeper/article_6e5935ce-0d9c-5c49-a178-e11df39bf9c9.htmlsolar2020
04/21/21VAFauquier CountyCountyFauquier County planning officials rejected an application for a 40-acre solar farm in Bealeton last Thursday, signaling disapproval for projects that shrink the county’s supply of agricultural land. If the project were to make it to final approval, it would be the first to be built in the county since Dominion Energy opened a 125-acre facility near Remington in 2017. The decision may not bode well for another solar project designed for 20 acres off Meetze Road that is further back in the approval pipeline.https://www.fauquier.com/news/planners-object-to-proposed-bealeton-solar-project-s-effect-on-farmland/article_bd5b9e02-a20c-11eb-8399-2be2563d3b5f.html?fbclid=IwAR1c6FWXH0Rws6Us0G_uTXivt8z19zbfOuBx03FxAOUu8L4-lxmANsoaXP4solar2021
05/04/21VACulpeper CountyCountyMaroon Solar (Strata Solar) submitted a revised application and phased its original project to three 300-acre parcels to try to accommodate the county's limit of 300 acres for solar on ag land. Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to deny. Opposition led by Citizens for Responsible Solarhttps://starexponent.com/news/update-culpeper-county-board-denies-maroon-solar-project-request/article_6e0bd308-7309-5459-9d38-184a9493a422.htmlsolar2021
05/20/21VAPage CountyCountyCitizen opposition successfully prevented BOS from passing a pro-developer ordinance and have also kept a project from proceeding; CfRS supported their efforthttps://pagevalleynews.com/supervisors-ease-citizens-concerns-over-future-solar-farms/solar2021
05/28/21NYBedfordTownBedford Town Board voted to reject a petition for proposed solar plant zoning amendmenthttps://www.citizensforresponsiblesolar.org/bedord-solar?fbclid=IwAR1M6kmPjhHatC6fkkwNFScBSYtLwjMZ2PL3rJxkmqsYIgx5OPxZo9ELQ_Msolar2021
06/05/21PAMt. Joy TownshipTownshpMt. Joy Township supervisors deny permit for 75 MW solar plant. https://whyy.org/articles/planned-solar-project-near-gettysburg-denied-key-permit/solar2021
06/20/21NYNiagara CountyCountyNiagra County passed a new law requiring solar developers to submit a detailed recycling plan for solar planels hoping it will discourage developers from pushing large solar projects in the county.https://buffalonews.com/news/local/niagara-county-hopes-new-recycling-law-will-discourage-solar-developers/article_0f6fd0a6-d047-11eb-818d-5f01f54bc7c3.html?fbclid=IwAR2OHAjahc5wLdNEbeBYSsM0hS0swhqEEPBdtY-JXjqkywihjif98MBIDEAsolar2021
07/08/21MIHazelton TownshipTownship boardOfficials in one Shiawassee County township have imposed a year-long solar moratorium to prevent any new solar farms from beginning work following a campaign by a local businessman. Hazelton Township officials - along with the township attorney - voted at June’s board meeting to place a moratorium on any developments despite Shiawassee County currently having authority over the township’s zoning and planning.https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2021/07/mid-michigan-township-enacts-moratorium-on-solar-development-leaders-to-form-planning-and-zoning-commission.htmlsolar2021
07/15/21MTButteZoning BoardThe Butte-Silver Bow Zoning Board on Thursday made the decisive call, voting down a special use permit to build a gigantic 1,600-acre solar array in south Butte 5-0. In their justification, Zoning Board members cited the pure size of the array, saying it would undeniably change the landscape of those who live in the Little Basin Creek area. They said the public’s strong opposition carried weight.https://mtstandard.com/news/local/massive-solar-project-proposed-for-butte-denied-permit/article_f8512228-5924-5b07-9185-8db8c77620d0.htmlsolar2021
07/22/21NVBLMPlans for what would have been the largest solar installation in Nevada — a 9,200-acre facility on public land roughly 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas — have been withdrawn by the sponsor, the Bureau of Land Management confirmed Thursday. In an undated letter sent this week to the field manager of BLM’s Las Vegas office, which the agency provided Thursday, the project’s sponsors, Oakland-based Solar Partners VII LLC, said it would withdraw the application “in response to recent communication” with the agency.https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/plans-scrapped-for-huge-solar-array-north-of-las-vegas-2405042/solar2021
07/28/21VAAugusta CountyCountyAugusta votes to limit solar to 200 acres.https://www.nbc29.com/2021/07/29/augusta-county-supervisors-pass-solar-restrictions-despite-pleas-farmland-owners/solar2021
08/20/21MIAdams TownshipTownship boardThe Adams Township Board voted unanimously to impose a six-month moratorium on approving applications for commercial wind and solar projects Wednesday.https://www.mininggazette.com/news/2021/08/hitting-pause-adams-township-adopts-six-month-wind-solar-moratorium/solar2021
08/26/21KYClark CountyCountyClark County is pulling the plug on a major solar farm project. At least, for now. It’s been a divisive issue.https://www.wkyt.com/2021/08/27/clark-co-tables-massive-solar-farm-project-now/solar2021
09/08/21INHoward CountyCounty BZAHoward County boad of zoning appeals voted to deny Engie's special exception permit to build 2,000-acre solar planthttp://kokomoperspective.com/kp/news/bza-denies-special-exception-for-solar-farm/article_7b3e3718-0ff4-11ec-9f86-07b402421ddd.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR2OHAjahc5wLdNEbeBYSsM0hS0swhqEEPBdtY-JXjqkywihjif98MBIDEAsolar2021
10/06/21VAMecklenburg CountyPlanning CommissionThe Mecklenburg County Planning Commission rejected Longroad Energy’s request to build an 800-acre utility-scale solar project on farmland near Chase City Friday.https://www.thenewsprogress.com/news/article_a4ae1e12-2a37-11ec-96a0-ffb4878929ec.htmlsolar2021
11/23/21OHSeneca CountyCounty CommissionThe Seneca County Commission passed a resolution on November 23 banning large wind and solar projects in Seneca Countyhttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/solar2021
11/29/21VAHenry CountyBoard of Zoning AppealsMore than 70 people attended a four-hour marathon public hearing by the Henry County Board of Zoning Appeals on Thanksgiving Eve, and when it was over, requests from two solar energy companies to transform hundreds of acres of land in Axton into solar farms had been turned down.https://martinsvillebulletin.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/board-of-zoning-appeals-denies-two-solar-farm-requests-in-axton/article_764ee4c0-4e31-11ec-a948-3fa623acb601.htmlsolar2021
12/12/21NYTown of WindhamTown supervisorsThe town of Windham is placing a six-month moratorium on commercial solar and wind projects as the town works to craft legislation for renewable energy farms.https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/news/greenecounty/town-pauses-commercial-green-projects-for-6-months/article_fc2e4dc1-d736-55f3-8a2d-99e89ad90988.htmlsolar2021
12/21/21IAJohnson CountyBoard of Zoning AppealsOn December 21, 2021, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors enacted a temporary moratorium on issuance of conditional use permits for utility-scale solar energy systems with a cumulative nameplate alternating current (AC) capacity greater than 10 megawatts (MW) in unincorporated Johnson County. The moratorium will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. CT, June 5, 2022.   Moratorium -- Utility-Scale Solar - Johnson County, Iowa (johnsoncountyiowa.gov)solar2021
12/30/21MELovellSelectmenAlthough the Lovell Planning Board had voted earlier this month not to explore a moratorium on large-scale solar projects in town, at a well-attended meeting on Tuesday, Lovell selectmen voted 2-0 to draft such an ordinance. Voting in favor of the 180-day moratorium were selectmen’s chair Stephen Goldsmith and Selectman Robert G. Drew. Selectman Janice Arsenault was absent.https://www.conwaydailysun.com/news/local/lovell-selectmen-approve-solar-moratorium/article_b032f2d4-68cc-11ec-a6ae-1795f753e53f.htmlsolar2021
01/28/22NYGlen Town SupervisorsGlen renewed a six-month moratorium on new solar projectshttps://dailygazette.com/2022/01/28/glen-to-renew-six-month-solar-moratorium/solar2022
02/11/22NYRootTown SupervisorsThe neighboring towns of Root and Canajoharie both passed moratoriums on solar farms this week, making them some of the latest Montgomery County towns to pump the brakes on large scale solar development. The moratoriums come as SunEast Development is in the very early stages of a 200-megawatt facility that would potentially sit on land in both towns, according to project manager Chet McLaughlin.https://dailygazette.com/2022/02/11/towns-of-root-and-canajoharie-issue-solar-moratoriums-as-developer-in-early-stages-of-large-project/solar2022
02/11/22NYCanajoharie Town SupervisorsThe neighboring towns of Root and Canajoharie both passed moratoriums on solar farms this week, making them some of the latest Montgomery County towns to pump the brakes on large scale solar development. The moratoriums come as SunEast Development is in the very early stages of a 200-megawatt facility that would potentially sit on land in both towns, according to project manager Chet McLaughlin.https://dailygazette.com/2022/02/11/towns-of-root-and-canajoharie-issue-solar-moratoriums-as-developer-in-early-stages-of-large-project/solar2022
02/22/22INDelaware CountyCounty CommissionAfter an onslaught of local opposition to the Meadow Forge solar project, aimed at the farm fields between Gaston and Matthews, Delaware County commissioners on Tuesday ordered a one-year moratorium on solar farm development...The crowd in the courtroom and the hallway for Tuesday morning's meeting broke into applause after the commissioners' unanimous vote in favor of the moratorium.https://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/2022/02/22/delaware-county-adopts-year-long-moratorium-creation-solar-farms/6884982001/solar2022
03/15/22MESmithfieldTown MeetingVoters at the annual Town Meeting approved a 180-day moratorium on commercial solar projects, a municipal budget totaling $952,023 and amendments that include one for shoreland zoning.https://www.centralmaine.com/2022/03/15/smithfield-voters-approve-solar-moratorium-municipal-budget-at-annual-town-meeting/solar2022
03/21/22MEEllsworthCity CouncilAt the City Council meeting on March 21, the council voted to extend the moratorium on medium- and large-scale solar projects by another 180 days. The vote was 6-1, with Councilor Steve O’Halloran the only opposition.https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/maine-news/council-renews-solar-moratorium-for-180-days/solar2022
04/15/22MNScandiaCity CouncilSolar farms are “off” again.The Scandia City Council last week placed a moratorium on its solar farm ordinance, limiting any new installations within city limits for up to a year.https://www.countrymessenger.com/news/city-enacts-second-solar-farm-moratorium/article_93dd1202-bb6c-11ec-9d7e-0fe6729af2db.htmlsolar2022
04/19/22MIMontrose TownshipTownship Board Anticipating a larger attendance than usual, the Montrose Township Board held its Tuesday, April 19 meeting in the Kuehn-Haven Middle School auditorium. During the meeting the board voted unanimously to place a six-month moratorium on solar farm development, to further study new concerns brought forward by citizens who spoke at the meeting.https://tricountycitizen.mihomepaper.com/articles/montrose-twp-sets-six-month-solar-and-wind-moratorium/solar2022
04/21/22NYGlenvilleGlenville Town BoardThe town of Glenville has enacted a two-year moratorium on solar projects in its agricultural residential district.https://dailygazette.com/2022/04/21/glenville-approves-solar-moratorium/solar2022
04/26/22NYNiagara CountyCounty LegislatureA New England renewable energy company's plans to place solar energy projects in the Town of Newfane hit a snag after Niagara County legislators placed a moratorium on tax deals within its jurisdictions.https://news.yahoo.com/moratorium-puts-brakes-newfane-solar-121700163.htmlsolar2022
04/27/22MOC'ity of BloomfieldThe City of New Bloomfield, Missouri, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, has voted 5 to 0 to set new rules regulating utility scale solar.power projects. The rules appear to speifically target the Guthrie Solar Project being developed by NextEra. These rules deine the project, in its current form, as a nuisance to the town.https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2022/04/27/missouri-town-declares-solar-farm-a-nuisance/solar2022
04/28/22RIJohnstonZoning BoardCranston-based Green Development's five new solar farm project defeated after nearly 8-hour hearing...A proposal for five new solar farms in has been defeated in Johnston. On Thursday, April 28, hundreds of Johnston residents gathered at the Johnston Senior Center to participate in a public hearing over Cranston-based Green Development’s proposal to build five solar fields on more than 324 acres of mostly wooded land in a residential zone of the town’s western end.https://johnstonsunrise.net/stories/johnston-solar-project-proposal-stumbles-at-marathon-zoning-board-meeting-finish-line,173348solar2022
05/11/22WAKittitas CountyCounty CommisionersKittitas County commissioners’ decision to place a moratorium on large-scale solar panel projects felt justified given rumored projects in the works and lack of consensus on placing these facilities in the rural countryside.https://www.dailyrecordnews.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-tackling-reasons-behind-solar-moratorium/article_3d42b2db-eaff-5581-bc23-fe20d33c0534.htmlsolar2022
05/12/22NYMiddleburghTown BoardAfter 10 months of debate and public hearings, the Middleburgh Town Board approved changes to its zoning ordinance on May 12 that will prohibit large-scale wind and solar utility projects.https://sports.yahoo.com/middleburgh-blocks-plan-wind-turbines-135200957.htmlsolar2022
05/21/22ILLee CountyCounty BoardThe Lee County Board extended its moratorium on solar, wind and battery storage projects for another three months while a review to regulate such developments continues.https://www.shawlocal.com/sauk-valley/news/government/2022/05/23/lee-county-extends-moratorium-on-wind-solar-projects/solar2022
05/25/22NYCattaraugus County Industrial Development AgencyThe Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency voted Tuesday for a six-month moratorium on new applications for solar projects. The Lee County Board extended its moratorium on solar, wind and battery storage projects for another three months while a review to regulate such developments continues.https://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/cattaraugus-county-ida-votes-6-month-solar-moratorium/article_16fdc32f-d16d-562e-8852-4b3abd4b0c13.htmlsolar2022
08/23/22OHAllen CountyCounty Commissionhe Allen County Commission unanimously passed a resolution April 24 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areashttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/solar2022
08/23/22OHAuglaize CountyCounty CommissionThe Auglaize County Commission unanimously passed a resolution April 26 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areashttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/solar2022
08/23/22OHReily TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/solar2022
08/23/22OHFairfield TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHHanover TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHLiberty TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHMadison TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHMilford TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHMorgan TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHOxford TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHRoss TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHSt Clair TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHWayne TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHWest Chester TownshipCounty CommissionThe Butler County Commission passed a resolution June 23 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas in 12 townships in the county.http://butlercountyoh.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=15&ID=1747&Inline=Truesolar2022
08/23/22OHHancock CountyCounty CommissionThe Hancock County Commission passed a resolution April 19 banning large wind and solar projects in most the countyhttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/solar2022
08/23/22OHLogan CountyCounty CommissionThe Logan County Commission passed a resolution Aug. 11 banning large wind and solar projects in 16 townships and unincorporated areas of the county. The commissioners also voted to prohibit wind and solar projects in all unincorporated parts of the county. https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/solar2022
08/23/22OHBloomfield TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-518solar2022
08/23/22OHBokescreek TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-519solar2022
08/23/22OHHarrison TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-520solar2022
08/23/22OHJefferson TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-521solar2022
08/23/22OHLake TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-522solar2022
08/23/22OHLiberty TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-523solar2022
08/23/22OHMcArthur TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-524solar2022
08/23/22OHMonroe TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-525solar2022
08/23/22OHPerry TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-526solar2022
08/23/22OHPleasant TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-527solar2022
08/23/22OHRichland TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-528solar2022
08/23/22OHRushcreek TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-529solar2022
08/23/22OHStokes TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-530solar2022
08/23/22OHUnion TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-531solar2022
08/23/22OHWashington TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-532solar2022
08/23/22OHZane TownshipLogan County CommissionLogan County has 17 townships. On November 22, 2022, I spoke to Logan County Administrator David Henry, . He said that the only township in the county that was not included in the August 11 resolution was Miami Township. https://www.co.logan.oh.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_08082022-533solar2022
08/23/22OHMedina CountyCounty CommissionThe Medina County Commission passed a resolution Jan. 25 banning large wind and solar projects in unincorporated areas of the countyhttps://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/solar2022
08/23/22OHAllen TownshipCounty CommissionThe Union County Commission passed a resolution June 15 that bans large solar projects (not wind) within eight townships that requested the prohibition. https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2022/08/23/nine-ohio-counties-ban-wind-solar-projects-under-new-state-law/solar2022
08/23/22OHClaibourne TownshipCounty CommissionThe Union County Commission passed a resolution June 15 that bans large solar projects (not wind) within eight townships that requested the prohibition. https://www.unioncountyohio.gov/informationsolar2022
08/23/22OHDarby TownshipCounty CommissionThe Union County Commission passed a resolution June 15 that bans large solar projects (not wind) within eight townships that requested the prohibition. https://www.unioncountyohio.gov/informationsolar2022
08/23/22OHJackson TownshipCounty CommissionThe Union County Commission passed a resolution June 15 that bans large solar projects (not wind) within eight townships that requested the prohibition. https://www.unioncountyohio.gov/informationsolar2022
08/23/22OHLeesburg TownshipCounty CommissionThe Union County Commission passed a resolution June 15 that bans large solar projects (not wind) within eight townships that requested the prohibition. https://www.unioncountyohio.gov/informationsolar2022
08/23/22OHLiberty TownshipCounty CommissionThe Union County Commission passed a resolution June 15 that bans large solar projects (not wind) within eight townships that requested the prohibition. https://www.unioncountyohio.gov/informationsolar2022
08/23/22OHTaylor TownshipCounty CommissionThe Union County Commission passed a resolution June 15 that bans large solar projects (not wind) within eight townships that requested the prohibition. https://www.unioncountyohio.gov/informationsolar2022
08/23/22OHWashington TownshipCounty CommissionThe Union County Commission passed a resolution June 15 that bans large solar projects (not wind) within eight townships that requested the prohibition. https://www.unioncountyohio.gov/informationsolar2022
07/24/22NYGlen Town BoardThe Glen Town Board affirmed their support for measures in a proposed local law tightening regulations over utility-scale solar projects and made only minor changes to the draft law during a special meeting on Thursday.https://www.recordernews.com/news/203402solar2022
08/03/22MIWinfield TownshipTownship referendumWinfield Township voters overwhelmingly shot down a recently approved solar ordinance, 457 “no” votes to 185 “yes” votes, or 71% to 29%...Tuesday’s referendum result means the township does not have a solar ordinance; nor has the township board enacted a solar moratorium while the issue remains in dispute. Some residents who voted Tuesday believed that shooting down the solar ordinance was the same thing as shooting down solar development in the township altogether, even though the solar ordinance regulates solar development in the township.https://www.thedailynews.cc/articles/big-win-for-fair-representation/solar2022
08/08/22VAGreensville CountyBoard of SupervisorsThe proposed Monarch solar project suffered a major setback Monday afternoon, as the Greensville County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to deny Urban Grid’s “2232 application” at its monthly board meeting. According to 3rd District Supervisor William Cain, the project “is not in substantial alignment with the county’s Comprehensive Plan.”https://www.emporiaindependentmessenger.com/news/article_63a5fd42-1413-11ed-949f-c79cf9166f59.html?fbclid=IwAR258p8NKFBPh3TjKE70wG379Q8S3-ab4iRpCEfwWAUrjqSK4uz7B481TUssolar2022
08/08/22NYSiting boardState Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment The New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) today denied approval to North Side Energy Center, LLC (North Side) to build and operate a 180-megawatt solar farm in the towns of Brasher, Massena, and Norfolk in St. Lawrence County. The Siting Board’s decision follows a detailed review of the environmental impact the project would have had on the siting area.https://www3.dps.ny.gov/pscweb/WebFileRoom.nsf/ArticlesByCategory/8166D1B2DA4FCBDB8525889900524360/$File/pr22074.pdf?OpenElementsolar2022
08/15/22VAGreensville County Planning CommissionFor the second week in a row, the Greensville County government has killed off a solar farm project before it could get off the ground. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Greensville County Planning Commission voted 6-1 to deny the 2232 application for the Purdy Solar project, on the grounds that it does not fall in line with the county’s Comprehensive Plan. Kim Wiley was the only dissenting vote.https://www.emporiaindependentmessenger.com/news/article_870c8342-199e-11ed-9409-b7075d60b1a3.htmlsolar2022
09/15/22NJFreehold TownshipPlanning BoardThe Planning Board rejected a request to install more than 9,000 solar panels on portions of a local farm after dozens of residents protested the move, officials said. The board voted, 6-2, against the plan at its regular meeting on Sept. 15. The proposal was submitted by NJ Solar 2000, according to Board Administrative Officer Donna Butch.https://www.app.com/story/news/local/monmouth-county/2022/09/20/freehold-township-nj-solar-energy-farm-rejected/69503225007/solar2022
09/15/22NYTown of AmsterdamZoning Board of AppealsThe Zoning Board of Appeals has denied a use variance for a community solar project proposed in a residential area in the town of Amsterdam. The board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to deny the application from Amp Solar Development after finding the request failed to meet any of the standards required to issue a variance. https://www.recordernews.com/news/local-news/205112solar2022
09/21/22PAAdams County CourtAdams County Court of Common PleasA Pennsylvania judge has upheld a municipality’s 2021 rejection of a conditional-use permit, the second major setback for what would be the state’s largest solar project on nearly 1,000 acres across 18 farms near Gettysburg....Adams County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael George upheld the denial, saying Florida-based NextEra Energy’s application for the $90 million Brookfield Solar Energy Center “lacks a number of critical details specifically required” by the township zoning ordinance.https://www.bayjournal.com/news/energy/judge-deals-new-setback-to-large-solar-proposal-near-gettysburg/article_e43aab2a-399c-11ed-a974-2f04dcbd2769.htmlsolar2022
09/22/22NVNye CountyCounty CommissionAmid public criticism of the Basin Solar project, Nye County commissioners have killed it, voting 5-0 Tuesday o deny the request for the zone change and associated Special Use Permit (SUP) needed to advance the project. The Basin Solar project was planned for the western side of Pahrump...It was proposed as a 20-megawatt, photovoltaic solar array that would have generated enough electricity to power approximately 6,000 homes.https://pvtimes.com/news/100-acre-basin-solar-in-pahrump-project-killed-amid-public-outcry-113099/solar2022
09/23/22INPulaski CountyIN Court of AppealsThe Indiana Court of Appeals rejected Mammoth Solar’s appeal for zoning approval to build, what it states would be the largest commercial solar utility in the United States, in Pulaski Countyhttps://www.pharostribune.com/news/article_04973fc4-3abe-11ed-b99e-07ccd7c0f6cf.htmlsolar2022
09/28/22NCPender CountyCounty CommissionA request to build a solar panel farm on thousands of acres in western Pender County hit a brick wall after county commissioners voted unanimously against it because of environmental concerns.https://www.starnewsonline.com/story/news/2022/09/28/pender-county-leaders-reject-massive-solar-farm-request/69510118007/solar2022
10/05/22WAYakima CountyCounty CommissionA Yakima County moratorium on new solar farms will stay in place as the county devises rules for siting them. Commissioners on Tuesday approved continuing the six-month moratorium on mid- and large-scale solar farms.https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/solar-moratorium-remains-as-yakima-county-works-on-siting-rules-for-farms/article_1c1d01d8-4437-11ed-9544-732ca7f28ace.htmlsolar2022
10/07/22INPulaski CountyPulaski County Superior CourtOn October 7, 2022, The Honorable Greta Stirling Friedman, serving as special judge for the Pulaski Superior Court, issued a decision (the “Decision”) reversing the Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals’ approval of Moss Creek Solar’s application for special exception (the “Application”). The Application sought approval for a large commercial solar development spanning more than 1,620 acres of agricultural farmland in Pulaski County. Several neighboring property owners initiated a judicial review proceeding before Judge Friedman in an effort that successfully reversed the BZA’s approval of the Application.https://www.windaction.org/posts/54092 Judges ruling: https://s3.amazonaws.com/windaction/attachments/3856/Moss%20Creek%20solar%20approval%20overturned-1%20-%20decision.pdfsolar2022
10/12/22IALinn CountyBoard of SupervisorsIn a unanimous vote, the Linn County Board of Supervisors voted in support of the ordinance that puts a moratorium on accepting rezoning applications for the Renewable Energy Overlay District.https://www.kwwl.com/news/linn-county-board-of-supervisors-vote-in-favor-of-solar-moratorium/article_1b4651da-4a66-11ed-8dbb-13b209a2ce84.htmlsolar2022
10/17/22NCCatawba CountyCounty CommissionCatawba County leaders rejected a rezoning request that would have made way for a 140-acre solar farm and 125 acres of conserved land...the Catawba County Board of Commissioners unanimously denied the request at Monday’s meeting, citing concerns brought by five speakers at the public hearing.https://hickoryrecord.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/catawba-county-board-rejects-rezoning-for-140-acre-solar-farm/article_c382c2d8-bfe3-11ec-9ef6-f3b6a4b5db27.htmlsolar2022
10/20/22OHOH Siting BoardSiting BoardThe Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday denied LightsourceBP’s application to construct a 300-megawatt solar farm in Shawnee and Logan Township, citing local opposition to the project that would have occupied about 1,400 acres of farmland.https://www.sidneydailynews.com/news/230111/birch-solar-deniedsolar2022
10/24/22KSOsage CountyOsage County CommissionA proposed wind farm in Osage County has been halted as well as any alternative energy development plans for the foreseeable future....On Monday night, October 24, the Osage County Commission unanimously accepted a recommendation that will not allow wind fars or solar energy developments within the county's borders. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/osage-co-wind-farm-alternate-energy-development-plans-halted/ar-AA13oJMS?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=13a4d5fffc9c422e93b9cc030487e7e6solar2022
10/26/22TXElgin Independent School DistrictSchool boardThe Elgin ISD board voted unanimously late Monday to reject a Chapter 313 application from an Austin company, Solar Proponent LLC. Company representatives said approval of the application was a key determinant in whether a solar project would get built.https://www.kxan.com/news/local/elgin/669-million-solar-farm-plan-rejected-for-incentives-in-bastrop-county/solar2022
11/01/22IAButler CountyBoard of SupervisorsOn November 1, the county board of supervisors approved a new zoning ordinance that effectively bans large wind and solar projects. The new ordinance limits wind turbines to no more than 262 feet high. (see page 35.) It also places a myriad of restrictions on large solar facilities, which it identifies as being 50 kW or larger. (See page 42). The minutes of the meeting are here: https://butlercounty.iowa.gov/images/minutes_11012022.pdfhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1ujKX7U2ELwuvOUrdlZ-r4N1w7WypcI_N/viewsolar2022
11/08/22MIBelvedere Townshipcounty referendumA Belvidere Township solar energy ordinance also fell amid the wave of referendums.https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2022/11/voters-defeat-michigan-wind-energy-project-toss-supportive-officials.html?outputType=ampsolar2022
12/05/22OHGreen Camp TownshipMarion County CommissionSix townships in Marion County have now instituted restrictions on the development of solar and wind energy projects. On Thursday, the Marion County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to restrict solar and wind farm development in Green Camp Township. The Green Camp Township Trustees' resolution designates all unincorporated areas of the township as a "restricted area prohibiting the construction of an 'economically significant wind farm,' 'a large wind farm,' or a 'large solar facility,' as defined by the Ohio Revised Code.https://www.marionstar.com/story/news/politics/2022/12/05/marion-co-commissioners-pass-green-camp-twp-solar-wind-restrictions/69692218007/solar2022
12/15/22NYRotterdamTown boardTown lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously approved a yearlong moratorium on large-scale solar arrays, making Rotterdam the latest municipality to adopt such a measure as it reassess its laws regulating the energy-producing systems. The Town Board adopted the moratorium in a 5-0 vote following weeks of input from residents, who urged lawmakers to adopt the measure over concerns about the long-term impact solar arrays pose for the town. Many residents expressed worries that allowing the structures without further regulations does not align with the town’s updated comprehensive plan, which lawmakers also approved Wednesday.https://dailygazette.com/2022/12/15/rotterdam-adopts-12-month-moratorium-on-solar-arrays/solar2022
01/19/23OHOH Power Siting BoardOH Power Siting BoardA state board here has denied the proposed Cepheus solar project near Sherwood. The ruling was made Thursday afternoon by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) for a project planned by Lightsource bp in areas generally north and east of Sherwood. For more than a year the company was preparing for a project that would have included the installation of solar panels over approximately 350 acres.https://www.crescent-news.com/news/local_news/sherwood-solar-project-is-denied-by-state-siting-board/article_9621360a-9849-11ed-a497-f7d9e296c96b.htmlsolar2023
01/03/23OHProspect TownshipMarion County Board of CommissionersAdd Prospect Township to the growing list of Marion County townships that are placing restrictions on the development of solar and wind energy facilities. The Marion County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 last Thursday during their final meeting of 2022 to approve a resolution that was submitted by the Prospect Township Trustees. The resolution "designates all unincorporated areas of Prospect Township to be a restricted area prohibiting the construction of an 'economically significantwind farm,' a 'large wind farm,' or a 'large solar facility,' as those terms are defined in the Ohio Revised Code."https://www.marionstar.com/story/news/local/2023/01/03/commissioners-sign-off-on-prospect-township-solar-wind-restrictions/69766772007/solar2023
01/03/23OHProspect TownshipMarion County Board of CommissionersAdd Prospect Township to the growing list of Marion County townships that are placing restrictions on the development of solar and wind energy facilities. The Marion County Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 last Thursday during their final meeting of 2022 to approve a resolution that was submitted by the Prospect Township Trustees. The resolution "designates all unincorporated areas of Prospect Township to be a restricted area prohibiting the construction of an 'economically significantwind farm,' a 'large wind farm,' or a 'large solar facility,' as those terms are defined in the Ohio Revised Code."https://www.marionstar.com/story/news/politics/2022/12/05/marion-co-commissioners-pass-green-camp-twp-solar-wind-restrictions/69692218007/wind2023
01/12/23VACulpeper County Planning CommissionCulpeper County Planning CommissionFor the third time, the Culpeper County Planning Commission, at its meeting Wednesday, recommended denial of the Maroon Solar project.https://starexponent.com/business/culpeper-county-planners-deny-maroon-solar-for-third-time/article_8d3aafb2-929a-11ed-b137-932062d21fa8.htmlsolar2023
01/19/22KYHardin County Planning CommissionHardin CountyA solar farm company looking to build in Hardin County is denied a conditional use permit. The Planning Commission of Hardin County met Tuesday night to discuss a map amendment and conditional use permit for Hardin Solar LLC. Nearly 200 people attended the meeting, many of them part of the Hardin County Citizens for Responsible Solar — a group organized in opposition of industrial solar farms.https://www.wdrb.com/news/permit-denied-for-proposed-solar-farm-in-hardin-county/article_d81a2da0-7996-11ec-af5f-7fd1ff05025a.htmlsolar2022
01/21/23KYMcCracken CountyThe McCracken County Board of AdjustmentThe McCracken County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously to revoke McCracken County Solar, LLC’s conditional use permit Wednesday evening.https://www.paducahsun.com/news/mccracken-county-solar-project-on-hold-permit-revoked/article_213b8ea2-72d2-5d6d-8f68-c52825638d87.htmlsolar2023

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