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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

September 1, 2015 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Sibley Wind Substation, Comfrey Wind Energy permits revoked

Two wind power projects in the region are at an end, at least for now. Both Sibley Wind Substation, planned for southwest of Winthrop, and Comfrey Wind Energy, planned for west of Comfrey, saw their licenses from the Public Utilities Commission revoked. The commission took the action Thursday in St. Paul. Sibley Wind had asked for its construction permit to be withdrawn. Steve Estes, president of Star Distributed Energy, made the request based on ongoing opposition to the project based . . .

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September 1, 2015 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Bourne Board of Health seeks more info on South Plymouth turbines

The Bourne Board of Health has informed Future Generation Wind LLC that its turbine project at the cranberry tract owned by Keith A. Mann in Head of the Bay requires more documentation. Mann has sold his turbine project to ConEdison Solutions of Kansas, and efforts continue to assure delivery of turbine parts from New Bedford to South Plymouth just over the Buzzards Bay line at Head of the Bay Road. The health board on Aug. 26 reviewed delivery developments and . . .

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September 1, 2015 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project could disrupt radar

RALEIGH — Despite initial concerns by the U.S. Navy that a massive wind farm near Elizabeth City will disrupt a sophisticated radar station located near the Virginia-North Carolina border, the $400 million project will proceed, and the Navy will have no recourse even if radar performance is disrupted. After expressing serious concerns for several years about the interference the wind farm turbines might cause, the Department of Defense reversed its position in October 2014 and entered into an agreement citing . . .

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September 1, 2015 • Europe, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

European Bat Night: helping endangered bats matter

With regard to wildlife, green energy is not always green. Migratory birds and resident bats struggle with wind turbines that not only disrupt their normal pathways, but also cause them to die. This happens either directly by collision - or through something called barotrauma. Changes in air pressure caused by massive displacement of air from moving wind turbine blades can severely injure the inner organs of bats - and cause major damage to their complex ears, on which they depend to hear their own echolocation calls for orientation and foraging.

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September 1, 2015 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal launched following Bangor wind farm refusal

A wind arm company has claimed that Mayo County Council and the National Roads Authority were ‘inconsistent’ in the reasons they gave for denying planning permission for eight wind turbines in bogland near Bangor Erris. Ecopower Developments Ltd were refused planning permission by Mayo County Council for the development of eight wind turbines on a 52-hectare site located off the N59, approximately 5.8km south of Bangor Erris. The wind turbines were to be a maximum height of 127 metres, and . . .

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September 1, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy firm claims Scottish mountain wind turbines will not ruin landscape

A green energy firm has launched its battle to build a windfarm on an iconic mountain – by claiming festooning it with 14 turbines would not ruin the landscape. P1 Renewables is bidding to have a Highland Council decision to reject its plans for Ben Wyvis overturned by the Scottish Government. And on the opening day of a public local inquiry yesterday the company drafted in an expert witness to defend its proposals to site 14 masts on the landmark’s . . .

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September 1, 2015 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

DEP commissioner quits LePage Cabinet to work for Susan Collins

Aho has at times been at the center of controversy for actions she took as commissioner that some argue were too in line with her prior role as a lobbyist for Pierce Atwood LLC. For example, a Superior Court judge rejected a ruling by Aho regarding noise complaints about a wind power project on Vinalhaven. Aho ruled that Fox Islands Wind, which is represented by Pierce Atwood, would have to abide by state noise limits only when the weather is the same as it was on two days in July 2010. Maine Superior Court Judge Michaela Murphy overturned Aho’s ruling in 2014.

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September 1, 2015 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

A take on turbines: Planning board endorses new wind energy ordinance

TYNDALL — The Bon Homme County Planning Commission voted Monday to recommend the standards of a draft to the County Commission involving the zoning ordinance covering wind energy systems. The planning commission is a recommendation body appointed by members of the County Commission, which will have final say on the matter. There were more than 50 Bon Homme County residents in attendance Monday morning. The first portion of the meeting was open for community members to give comments or concerns . . .

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September 1, 2015 • Editorials, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

The sound of the rural wind

Rural homeowners in Lancaster County deserve a measure of empathy in their battle for wind turbine regulations that will preserve quiet country living. The homeowners should have been prepared, and probably were, for some of the traditional features of country life, like slow-moving farm machinery on the road, animal odors and the depredations of hungry deer, raccoons and coyotes. But the installation of wind turbines hundreds of feet tall going swoosh-thump day and night is something that probably seemed unlikely, . . .

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September 1, 2015 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Charlie Baker eyes Canada power

Gov. Charlie Baker, at a regional summit in New Foundland, said yesterday he hopes to bring more Canadian hydropower and natural gas to Massachusetts in the coming years to help solve the state’s energy deficit. “They have capacity. We have demand. The key issue for all of us is how do we figure out how to link those two,” Baker said at the annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. “And while I appreciate … that we . . .

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