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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.

July 30, 2014 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Report links Cape Bridgewater wind turbines to noise, ‘sensation’ levels

The operator of the Cape Bridgewater wind farm and local residents angry about noise levels are hoping to strike a peace deal. A number of neighbours have reported sleep disturbance, health problems and noise issues since the wind farm came into operation in 2008. Both residents and Pacific Hydro have held regular meetings in the past 12 months with mediators. But Pacific Hydro has agreed to a key request from residents to allow acoustician Steven Cooper to investigate whether noise . . .

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July 30, 2014 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Protesters speak out against wind turbines

MONTPELIER — A group of protesters who believe noise from industrial wind turbines is damaging to human health brought their message to the capital Tuesday. The group made their stance against wind projects in Vermont loud and clear with signs, songs and testimony from one family, the Therriens of Sheffield, about what it’s like to live near the towering turbines. Inside the Pavilion Building on State Street, in the auditorium, a workshop was held Tuesday by the Vermont Public Service . . .

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July 30, 2014 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Owners of Scituate wind turbine have lost more than $45,000 so far beacuse of software glitch

SCITUATE – As the 131-foot-long blades of the wind turbine on the Driftway sit motionless, an executive of Scituate Wind LLC said the company has lost more than $45,000 since the machine stopped working on June 26. The 390-foot-tall turbine owned by Scituate Wind LLC – a partnership between Palmer Capital Corp. and Solaya Energy – has been offline for 34 consecutive days due to a software problem. Gordon Deane, president of Palmer Capital Corp., said the down time comes . . .

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July 30, 2014 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

State explores changes in threshold for noise from wind projects

Steve Therrien has been a resident of Sheffield for 18 years. But since the Sheffield Wind project was built less than a mile from his home in 2011, he said the noise has pressured him to leave. “My quality of life has really gone to hell,” Therrien said. “There really is no quality of life.” He said the 16-turbine wind farm in Sheffield creates a range of noises – grinding, scratching, throbbing and vibrating – all of which he said . . .

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July 30, 2014 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean environmentalists wary of wind energy leases

Local environmental advocates say plans to auction leases for 344,000 acres off the Jersey Shore for development of commercial wind energy systems should consider impacts on marine life and maritime resources. The proposed lease areas announced July 21 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) are divided into a South Lease Area of 160,480 acres and a North Lease Area of 183,353 acres, together known as the New Jersey Wind Energy Area. Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean . . .

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July 30, 2014 • Arizona, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Arizona official backs bill to streamline Western state land exchanges

The bill could unlock thousands of surface and subsurface acres that, once available, could be used for mining or for commercial, solar and wind development, she said. Her department already manages four solar leases, three wind farms and has long-term leases with shopping centers in the Phoenix area, she noted.

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July 30, 2014 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Local graphic artist creates images depicting massive wind farm scenario

LUCERNE VALLEY – What would the southern hills of Lucerne Valley and Apple Valley look like with more than 70 500-foot-tall windmill towers dotting the landscape? Lucerne Valley resident Bill Lembright and graphic artist Debbie Schultz decided to find out. First, Lembright went on a “tootle” to areas that would be affected if the North Peak Wind project becomes a reality. Lembright shot numerous photos of Coyote Flats, just north of Coxey Meadows, and to other areas whose vistas would . . .

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July 30, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm chiefs fail to pay the benefits

Wind farm developers are paying well-below the going rate in compensation to North Ayrshire communities, council figures have revealed. Though the council’s planning department has the final say on whether a wind farm can go ahead, developers of wind power installations often provide some form of payment to local communities in the form of funding of local projects or groups. Now, analysis by council officers has revealed that North Ayrshire is missing out on around £376,000 a year thanks to . . .

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July 30, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Carthage anti-wind power advocate appeals Canton wind project approval

CANTON — A Carthage woman has filed an administrative appeal with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection of the eight-turbine wind project on Canton Mountain. Alice McKay Barnett, an anti-wind power advocate, submitted seven documents of supplemental evidence on July 17 that mostly concerns turbine noise adversely affecting health. The DEP approved the nearly $50 million, eight-turbine Canton Mountain wind project in May. Canton Mountain Wind LLC is owned by Patriots Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass. The Canton project is . . .

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July 30, 2014 • TaiwanPrint storyE-mail story

EPA asks wind power firm to move turbine

The Environmental Protection Administration’s (EPA) Environmental Impact Assessment Committee yesterday accepted a motion that German wind power company InfraVest Wind Power Group should change the proposed site of its A1 wind turbine, to be built in Miaoli County’s Houlong Township (後龍), on the basis that it poses a potential threat to the habitat of the threatened Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. The company planned to set up four wind turbines in the township, of which the A1 turbine’s proposed site falls in . . .

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