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Wind turbine manufacturer to create 106 jobs

A wind turbine manufacturer moving to Kent is to create 106 jobs.X-Wind Power, manufacturer of the world’s most advanced vertical axis wind turbines, is relocating its operations from the Isle of Wight to Discovery Park, Sandwich.Dong Energy described X-Wind as a “potentially game changing technology”.The move was assisted by Kent County Council, Locate in Kent and South Thanet MP Laura Sandys.

She said: “I’m delighted that X-Wind will shortly be based in East Kent, their innovative approach to wind energy generation is truly enlightened, demonstrating how existing roads, railways and sea defences can be used to generate significant amounts of energy.”

X-Wind Power aims to 16 people in 2013 and a further 90 within the next five years.The company is seeking engineers and technicians to become key members of the design team to develop and bring to market the next generation of wind turbines.Apprenticeships are also on offer for candidates with the right attitude and motivation.

“Kent offers X-Wind highly talented people living close to our future base at Discovery Park,” said Michael Blaize, X-Wind Power chief executive officer.“The communication infrastructure and the quality of people locally were some of the deciding factors in choosing Kent for our business.”

X-Wind prides itself on the quiet operation of its turbines which make suitable for sensitive locations.It is also playing a leading role in renewable energy technology. The company sees strong growth potential for the medium scale wind market, and intends to combine innovative design with robust manufacturing processes.After two years of development, it is currently testing its technology at a smaller 6kW scale before moving to a larger 80kW prototype in 2014.

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Jamieson Laser’s current product

With high precision and quicker production time, laser machines and systems have turned into an industrial manufacturing equipment staple and now have a greater presence in small business and personal applications. Throughout the field of laser systems, Jamieson Laser has become synonymous with high quality and low prices and now offers the latest laser cutters, engravers, and markers. The Litchfield, Conn.-based company began carrying such systems in 1988 and, for 2013, has been celebrating its 25th year as a seller of laser machines.

Jamieson Laser’s history of offering these systems dates back to when a customer requested the company add a laser to one of its multi-station, high-precision machines. Since that point, two-axis laser cutting machines followed and eventually led up to the company’s existing extensive line.

Jamieson Laser’s current product line covers small- and large-format machines designed for cutting, marking, and engraving. Lasers are constructed in China through the country’s most innovative, high-quality producers out of key components made in Germany and Japan. Without additional costs, each system includes all the essentials, such as a cutting bed, red dot pointer, air assist compressor, exhaust fan, and water cooler, as well as training and operating software.

Several sizes and types of machines and systems compose Jamieson Laser’s product line. Table top systems offer a size well-suited to small companies or businesses with limited production, while LG machines handle unlimited length materials. Other systems include large-format laser machines, the CMA model for sheet work, and CMA-F for roll materials. The newer YAG laser systems, or Direct Metal Marking Machines, provide the strength for low and high production amounts of metal and plastics.

The company aims to match businesses of all kinds with laser systems suited to their specific needs. This ranges from large-scale engraving to marking trophies to cutting fabric, metal, wood, or plastic. When aligning a business with the right machine, Jamieson Laser takes into account the company’s nature or objective, materials, and workload.

Throughout its history as a laser machine provider, Jamieson Laser has become known for competitive pricing. Two-year parts and one-year laser tube and optics warranties support all products, and pricing begins under $7,000. Customers further have the option of free training for all machines. Without a limit on the number of classes, this feature allows owners and operators to feel comfortable with and to understand how to operate and maintain Jamieson Laser’s products.

Along with competitive prices and quality products, Jamieson Laser strives to offer every customer personal yet still professional service, and provides monthly specials and leasing options. Press release services and search engine optimization provided by Keyword Performance.

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Wind compromise pleases no one

The Howard County Commissioners learned last week that a compromise means little to people who are set in their ways. A slate of changes to the county’s wind farm economic development agreement was met with total disdain from protestors who want the proposed Wildcat Wind Farm killed off completely.

The commissioners had endured a prolonged protest from the anti-wind crowd that began in April, and it appeared that the remonstration finally had eroded the officials’ resolve.

“We’ve heard testimony and comments and concerns for a number of months now,” said Commissioner Tyler Moore. “After the visits and letters and emails and phone calls, I think we’re in a position to bring some closure to the discussion and move forward.”

Moore said the proposed changes are designed to best serve the Howard County community as a whole.

“We do not take this decision lightly,” said Moore. “We know the concerns and know there are arguments on both sides of the issues. In conversations with leaseholders and residents in favor and opposed to the project as well as with officials from (wind developer) E.On, I think we have come to what we feel is a position we can move forward.”

The amendment changes setbacks for the windmills to 1,500 feet from a non-participating resident’s property. The existing setback of 1,250 feet will continue to be in place for participating residents. Sound level limits will be reduced to 50 decibels, down from 55 decibels, for non-participating residents.

E.On also will be required to install FAA-approved light shields atop the windmills to reduce visibility from the ground. Shadow flicker limits will be extended to include any time that the windmills are in operation. And the county will commit to establish appropriate wetlands setbacks as determined by the county surveyor and the county drainage board.

The wind turbine project will be required to make additional payments to Howard County equal to 10 percent of the granted 2012 abatement — approximately $750,000 — and the commissioners have committed to investigating ways to use that money to guarantee property values for affected properties.

“Today, there is no county in the U.S. that has structured such a deal,” said Commissioner Paul Wyman. “That will take some legal work, but we believe that if the project goes forward, we will be able to find a way to target these dollars toward the wind farm area.”

The proposal was rejected in its entirety by the protestors,

with not a single point conceded as an improvement or resolution. Various speakers argued that the windmill setbacks should be determined by the distance to the property line, not the living structure. They also insisted that the light shields would not be sufficient, and the decibel levels are nowhere near the 25-30 decibel limit they prefer.

The commissioners passed the amendment despite the protests and then went into recess so that a public hearing could be held for the Howard County Drainage Board. When the commissioners reconvened, however, they had a parting gift for the crowd — a moratorium on all future wind farm projects in Howard County. More information about the program is available on the web site at scfwindturbine.com.

Wind turbine opponents testify

Three years after the first wind turbine went up at Falmouth’s wastewater treatment facility, town residents had a message Tuesday for state legislators: A thorough, scientific study of how the devices affect the human body is long overdue.

More than two dozen people brought that sentiment to Beacon Hill at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Public Health, which had a full day of testimony on scores of bills relating to environmental health hazards. Four of the bills before the committee, including one by state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, call for an investigation and study into the health effects from wind turbines.

Fairhaven resident Louise Barteau said she testified that she experienced health problems — pressure in her head, dizziness and nausea — when she rented an art studio on Arsene Street last year. Barteau said she no longer rents that property.

“What I experienced was very small in comparison to the people who live there,” she said, adding there are 701 Fairhaven homes within 3,000 feet of the turbines.

For Barry Funfar, the investigation can’t come soon enough. A Falmouth resident and neighbor of one of the town’s two turbines, Funfar said the local and state government’s inaction on what he believes are the turbines’ harmful effects is negligence. “Our government is knowingly hurting people,” he said, calling the area around the turbines “a toxic zone.”

Funfar said he is a Vietnam veteran and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home from the conflict. After struggling to regain a sense of normalcy, the turbine issue has taken much of that away from him, he said.

“I spent 10 years in therapy to get my life back, only to have it taken away by these turbines,” Funfar said.

Peake said her bill was spurred, in part, by the May 21 defeat of a Falmouth ballot measure that would have authorized spending millions of dollars to remove the town’s two turbines, dubbed Wind 1 and Wind 2. Without funding to dismantle the 1.65-megawatt devices, selectmen and other town leaders are going back to the drawing board to determine how to balance residents’ health concerns with the town’s multimillion-dollar financial investment.

“They are betwixt and between in what to do,” Peake said Tuesday.

Many people described devastating health effects caused by the turbines. Frequent complaints from those who live near wind power generators Products include physical effects from the noise, flickering shadows of the turbine operation and changes in air pressure. Headaches, persistent trouble sleeping and anxiety were among the physical effects reported by the residents who testified Tuesday.

Lilli-Ann Green, a Wellfleet resident who has researched turbine operations all over the world, said the Massachusetts residents claiming ill effects aren’t alone. Even in allegedly wind-friendly countries in Europe, the same effects have been noted, she said.

“There are clusters of people all over the world who are living too close to wind turbines and getting sick,” she said.

A state-commissioned report, released in early 2012, found no link between turbine operation and the health effects reported by residents. But Green and others faulted the report for only reviewing other published works and for conducting no on-site reconnaissance of homes near Massachusetts turbines.

We need to have actual scientific work done

, not another literature review,” said Virginia Irvine with Wind Wise Massachusetts, a statewide wind turbine advocacy group.

Although the legislators on the joint committee offered no indication of when, or if, the turbine bills would move out of committee, they seemed to be a receptive audience. Malcolm Donald, a turbine abutter and critic, said he hopes this latest push to get action from the commonwealth will be a success.

“I was impressed. … Sometimes you testify at these things and they look like they’re going to fall asleep,” he said. “I think they were moved by what they heard. They realized it’s a real issue and something needs to be done.” Read the full story at scfwindturbine web.

Better policies would allow hydropower to back up wind power

The issue of wind turbine downtime can be compensated by hydropower but only with the correct policy and regulations, found researchers at Pennsylvania State University.

At present, wind is the fastest growing renewable energy source in the United States. The United States Department of Energy recently found that the country could produce 20 percent of its electricity from wind by 2030.

But because Americans want low-cost electricity and expect things to continue working without blackouts, full reliance on wind is impossible as there are times when the winds suddenly cease blowing or blows to hard causing operators to shut down the turbines. Researchers at Penn State said that viable options that can back wind energy up are natural gas and hydropower, but because natural gas is not carbon neutral, hydropower is the clear and greener choice.

As part of their case study, the researchers studied the Kerr Dam in North Caroline and found that the power produced from the dam goes into the PJM segment of the electrical grid. The PJM segment includes Pennsylvania through Virginia in the East Coast, west to Indiana and the Chicago area. Due to agreements made before the establishment of the PJM market. The Kerr Dam also supplies other local outlets.

The researchers noted that the Kerr Dam can accommodate the unexpected variations in wind power generators, but the problem is that hydroelectric dams cannot simply release water to meet the demand for electricity when wind energy suffers a downtime. This is because water dams operate using guide curves that are based on a one-week weather forecast and consider factors such as electric production, drinking water needs, irrigation, fish, and wildlife requirements.

To allow hydropower to come in when wind energy falls, the researchers suggest that instead of a guide curve requirement of one week, it should be two weeks. The researchers also determined that if the price of the electricity was changed in such a way that backing up wind is more lucrative, hydropower plants can pledge their electricity to make up for wind energy, instead of selling the excess on the spot market.

The president’s emphasis on renewable energy is “a big winner for Iowa,” said Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center in Chicago. In addition to being a major wind energy producer, Iowa also has become a hub for turbine manufacturing, from spinning blades to nuts and bolts. Opening more public land to wind generation should keep those plants running strong, he said.

“To the extent that the president’s climate action plan moves forward, that’s good for more wind power developments in Iowa, that’s good for job creation, that’s good for economic growth and it’s good for the environment,” Learner said.

Neila Seaman, director of the Sierra Club’s Iowa Chapter, echoed the president’s argument that the plan moves the country as a whole closer to a “clean energy economy,” in which new technologies create new jobs that more than offset those lost in the transition.

“We’re not trying to put anybody out of business,” Seaman said. “We think there will be enough green jobs resulting from this plan today that I’m not sure the critics would have good argument against it.”

Anger at wind turbine plan on land that inspired David Hockney

PLANS for a 45m wind turbine in the heart of Wolds – which has inspired artist David Hockney – are being opposed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The owner of Tuft Hill Farm in Woldgate, near Bridlington, has already installed a 34m turbine in the same area after it was granted on appeal.

East Riding Council had rejected the original turbine due to the impact it would have on the Wolds countryside.

Now, there is further opposition and concern raised by the MoD, English Heritage and the Humber Archeology Partnership.

An MoD spokesman said: “The turbine will cause unacceptable interference to the radar at Staxton Wolds.

“The probability of the radar detecting aircraft flying over or in the vicinity of the turbines would be reduced and the RAF would be unable to provide a full air surveillance service in the area of the proposed wind turbine.”

English Heritage is concerned the turbine is close to a number of important sites and could have a detrimental visual impact.

In submitting comments, the organisation said: “The application site is adjacent to a number of scheduled monuments and listed buildings and the Kilham Village Conservation Area.”

English Heritage is calling for the application to be deferred as it does not feel there is enough information.

Humber Archeology Partnership has echoed English Heritage’s concerns and is asking for a geological survey to be carried out to provide more information about the impact of the proposed turbine.

Rudstone and Burton Agnes parish councils have also opposed the application, believing the turbine would spoil the view along the ridge of the Wolds and are concerned because there is already a turbine on site.

But there has been support for the application with more than 20 neighbours backing the plans, claiming that there is an vital need for renewable energy.

In the design statement, landowner Harrison Farms said: “The second turbine would ensure that the energy needs of the farm are met in the long-term, as well as the aspirations of the Harrison Farm business be carbon neutral overall.

“The turbine would provide a number of economic and environmental benefits, enabling the business to absorb the energy demands resulting from its recent expansion.

“The business is also under pressure to introduce sustainable sources of energy linked to an agreement it has with a local growers’ co-operative.”

The first turbine was rejected by East Riding Council planners, who feared it would intrude on views across the countryside.

But, following a public inquiry, planning inspector David Pinner said the turbine’s impact on the area would be “slight”. Read the full story at scfwindturbine web.

Wind farm seeks permit to avoid fines in case of eagle deaths

A wind farm being developed in Osage County has applied for federal bald eagle “take” permits for the deaths of up to three of the protected birds each year for at least five years.

Opponents of the permit, including conservationists and tribes in the area, say they aren’t against “green” energy investments. However, they are firmly against the placement of the planned 94-turbine wind farm, which is surrounded within five miles by several active bald eagle nests.

Wind Capital Group, a St. Louis-based energy organization, battled the Osage Nation – which has local interests in oil and gas – until late 2011 over the right to build the wind farm on land the tribe said was former hunting grounds and would be damaged by the project.

Tom Green, senior manager of project development for Wind Capital Group’s Osage Wind farm, said he’s eager to get the project built and confident that turbine construction will begin soon and finish next year.

“When I started in this business, I never imagined that people would think that wind was the environmental problem,” Green said.

Steve Sherrod, executive director of the Sutton Avian Research Center in Bartlesville, said wind farms can lead to a multitude of environmental problems for eagles and ground animals.

Animals can mistake the moving shadows of wind turbines for predators, said Sherrod, whose organization helped rehabilitate the bald eagle population by raising eagles from hatchlings and releasing them into the wild.

Eagles may travel up to 50 miles between feeding area and nest, according to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, and Sherrod said he’s opposed to the wind farm’s being so close to the eagles’ hunting grounds.

“If you look at one site, it’s not that big of a deal, but you look at all the sites … collectively, you’re looking at a huge impact,” he said.

According to the Department of Wildlife Conservation, 800 to 2,000 eagles inhabit Oklahoma each year, with peak numbers in January and February.

Sherrod said wind farms across the nation are being built in previously untouched areas and upset the ecosystem not just for eagles but for all wildlife.

The permit for Osage Wind – filed late last year – has not been approved, but Green said the government agency has been positive about its outcome and that the construction of turbines is still planned to start as soon as this summer.

Green said the company is working to protect eagles alongside the project as much as possible and that in the permit process it included plans to help the eagle population.

“The eagle permit is something that has been developed over the last several years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, environmental groups and outside agencies,” he said.

The killing of bald eagles – even incidentally as part of some other action – violates federal law. The acquisition of permits to kill them is voluntary and is taken as a precaution to avoid steep fines of up to $500,000 per offense under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Scott BigHorse, assistant principal chief of the Osage Nation, said that during the ongoing battle between the tribe and Wind Capital, it has wanted the business to compromise on the land use and project scope. He said the plans for the property began in 2007 but that little to no interaction took place with the tribe.

“These were our hunting grounds. It was our domain,” BigHorse said. “I don’t know why they didn’t come to the tribe. … We could have sat down at the table, … and we could have strategically placed these wind generator to where they are not so much in the path.”

BigHorse said the issue is also of high cultural significance to the tribe because of the importance of eagle feathers. The feathers are used in rituals “from when their (Indian children’s) little feet hit the ground to the time of their passing, when we put them in the ground.”