Supervisors in the Wisconsin towns of Sherman and Holland unanimously voted that EEW Services' wind power proposal was incomplete because it fell short of meeting local and state requirements. EEW could resubmit an amended plan or file an appeal with the state Public Service Commission if it believes that the towns overstepped their authority in rejecting the application.
Gestamp Wind Energy has closed the transaction to sell and lease back a wind farm in Puerto Rico to Sovereign Bank for $88 million, according to CohnReznick and Reznick Capital Markets Securities. The 23.4-megawatt wind facility has an agreement with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, which buys 100% of the farm's generated energy.
The Department of the Interior announced the approval of one utility-scale wind project and two solar projects that when completed will have a combined capacity to power 340,000 homes. The projects are Duke Energy's 200-megawatt Searchlight Wind Energy Project in Searchlight, Nev., NextEra Energy's 750-MW McCoy Solar Energy Project near Blythe, Calif., and EDF Renewable Energy's 150-MW Desert Harvest Solar Farm near Desert Center, Calif.
The Wisconsin Towns Association approved a resolution urging the state to impose a temporary freeze on utility-scale wind projects "until further studies are done, solutions are found and the state's wind siting rule is modified." The association cited a report by four consulting firms recommending more testing on the health risks of wind turbine sounds.
Wisconsin state Sen. Frank Lasee withdrew a bill that would have upheld the suspension of wind siting rules developed by the state Public Service Commission. The state Legislature's rules committee suspended the PSC's rules last year over concerns that its minimum setback distance was not far enough.