NYS and related wind power updates

FirstWind abandons plans for Prattsburgh 50-turbine project. (Stueben Courier, 1/24)

Just Energy, an energy retailer, will be purchasing power from FirstWind’s Steel Winds I wind energy project, in Lackawanna, New York. Under a five-year power purchase agreement, Just Energy will buy all of the electrical output and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from First Wind’s Steel Winds I wind energy project. (CleanTech, 1/27)

Mitsubishi “has pulled off a come-from-behind victory in a wind turbine patent case against [Schenectady’s] General Electric (GE) in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).”  (Green Patent Blog, 1/27)

Michigan Public Service Commission issues Report on the Impact of Setback Requirements and Noise Limitations in Wind Zones in Michigan on January 27, 2010. This report was submitted to the Legislature in accordance with 2008 PA 295, Michigan’s Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act. The Commission

recommends that decisions regarding appropriate setback distances and noise levels should remain under the province of local planning and zoning authorities at this time. However, there is a clear need for the dissemination of current scientific information on this issue to decision-makers. (p.2)

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