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Wind-energy firm Trillium Power sues Ontario

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A company that planned to build a series of huge wind farms in Lake Ontario is suing the provincial government for $2.25-billion, claiming it unfairly cancelled all offshore wind projects earlier this year.

Trillium Power Wind Corp. spent millions of dollars over many years planning its projects, and had dutifully followed the government’s application processes, the suit claims, but the rug was pulled from under its feet when the province said it would not consider any offshore development until more scientific studies were done.  more...



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Offshore wind factory meeting draws large crowd

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Around 100 residents of Charlotte and neighboring areas gathered at the Roger Robach Community Center at Ontario Beach Park on Monday night for a meeting on concerns about the Great Lakes Offshore Wind (GLOW) project proposed by the New York Power Authority.

Five speakers, including Monroe County Legislator Rick Antelli, R-Greece, discussed different economic, social, environmental and visual concerns about the possibility of wind turbines on Lake Ontario.

Topics addressed by all speakers included the unreliable efficiency of wind energy, the requirement of back-up power from conventional power sources, and debunking the notion that wind energy is clean and reliable.  more...



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Proposal For Wind Farm On Lake Is Shelved

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An ambitious plan for what was to be the nation's first freshwater wind farm with as many as 150 large turbines in Lake Erie off Buffalo's shoreline is being halted, a state lawmaker with firsthand knowledge said Thursday.  more...


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U. of Mich. getting $1M to help spur wind energy

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The U.S. Department of Energy says the University of Michigan is expected to get more than $1 million to help spur offshore wind energy development.  more...


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COMMENTARY: Build Cleveland's wind farm: Frank Jackson

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In a public letter, Mayor of Cleveland Frank Jackson, announces that Greater Cleveland has the potential to become the national leader in the growing renewable energy economy because of local efforts to develop the first freshwater wind farm in the country and that The city of Cleveland fully supports the creation of this offshore wind farm. more...


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Port of import: Muskegon seen as key link in wind energy development

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West Michigan faces a huge opportunity in establishing itself as a manufacturing, transportation, and service base for the wind energy industry.  more...


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Build Cleveland's wind farm: Frank Jackson

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In a public letter, Mayor of Cleveland Frank Jackson, announces that Greater Cleveland has the potential to become the national leader in the growing renewable energy economy because of local efforts to develop the first freshwater wind farm in the country and that The city of Cleveland fully supports the creation of this offshore wind farm. more...


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Michigan's largest wind farm starting to take shape

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About 150 construction workers will begin building the first of 133 wind turbines at the new Invenergy wind farm in the northeast corner of Gratiot County, west of Saginaw. more...


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Wind-power backers say criticism keeps many quiet

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Some local wind-energy supporters say the more they speak out, the more verbal abuse and threats they receive, despite evidence of widespread backing for turbines in Ontario.  more...


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Group recommends stricter noise levels for Michigan wind farms

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As the call for alternative energy grows louder in Michigan and more communities consider wind farms, a group led by a pair of Michigan State University professors has issued a report calling for stricter regulations on noise levels and providing zoning guidelines for local municipalities.  more...


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Lorain County to get money from Lake Erie wind turbines

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Lorain County commissioners on Wednesday approved a deal with three other counties to divide the revenue generated by leases that will be paid out by companies to build wind turbines in the waters of Lake Erie.  more...


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Windmills draw eyes along Lake St. Clair

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The first signs of Ontario's venture into wind farms that feature massive electricity-producing windmills have cropped up on the Lake St. Clair horizon, with residents and boaters in the Grosse Pointes area able to view several turbines on a clear day.  more...


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Lawmakers want to take the wind out of off-shore turbine sails

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Proposed legislation could keep wind turbines out of the Great Lakes, and that's good - or bad - depending on perspective. more...


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Muskegon city commissioners support Lake Michigan research buoy for offshore wind turbine development

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When the head of the Grand Valley State University alternative energy center asked for the city of Muskegon's help in establishing an offshore wind research buoy in Lake Michigan, there was no controversy.  more...


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Ontario's wind power ‘flip-flop' draws ire

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Ontario's decision to put the brakes on all offshore wind power is drawing criticism from businesses behind several major wind projects in the province.  more...


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