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Contrary Legal Winds at Cape Wind - Opponents of Offshore Wind Sue Asserting Preemption
Posted on 13 Mar 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald Would you care to hazard a guess at how long it takes to bring online an offshore wind farm in the United States? At the moment, it is 12+ years and counting. A recent court filing arguing constitutional questions is certain... Read More

Another Anti-Wind Power Appeal Dismissed
Posted on 19 Jun 2014 by Dianne Saxe

Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has dismissed another anti-wind power appeal: May 14, 2014, Pitt v. MOE ERT Registry Number: 13-121. The Wainfleet Wind Energy Project can now proceed, despite objections from a skydiving club. The ERT... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Foreign Investors in U.S. Projects Have Right to Due Process in CFIUS Proceedings
Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Although United States Courts are generally reluctant to interfere in Executive Branch decisions related to national security, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in Ralls Corp. v. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States... Read More

Ruling: Wind Turbine Approvals Comply With The Charter
Posted on 30 Jan 2014 by Dianne Saxe

The Environmental Review Tribunal has approved another wind farm, in Bovaird v. Director, Ministry of the Environment , Case Nos.: 13-070 to 13-075. The Dufferin Wind Power Project , in the Township of Melancthon, County of Dufferin, is now approved to... Read More

Department of the Interior Conducts Second Offshore Wind Auction
Posted on 7 Oct 2013 by Foley & Lardner LLP

On September 4, 2013, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) held its public auction of the first federal lease for an offshore wind energy site off the Mid-Atlantic coast. This was the second federal lease... Read More

Few Complaints Once Wind Farms Start Operating
Posted on 12 Aug 2013 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Two recent studies confirm that complaints about wind turbines are much more frequent in areas where the turbines have not been built, than they are near operating wind farms. Wind farms are particularly... Read More

Chicago To Double Amount of Electricity Obtained From Illinois Wind Farms
Posted on 22 Jul 2013 by Steven M. Siros

On July 9, 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the City of Chicago had taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint by negotiating an agreement pursuant to which the City will obtain at least 5% of its electricity from Illinois wind farms. The... Read More