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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.

February 21, 2018 • Minnesota, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects

Wind turbines have become as commonplace in parts of the rural Midwest as tree-sheltered farmhouses, gray-metal grain bins and deeply furrowed fields. The slowly spinning blades are a sign of investment in a region that often has few growth opportunities to brag about. But when a developer sought to put up dozens more of the 400-foot towers in southern Minnesota, hundreds of people in the heart of wind country didn’t celebrate. They fought back, going door-to-door to alert neighbors and . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine talk gets heated at meeting; Opponents make frustrations known

Calls from opponents of a proposed wind turbine project overlapped each other and filled the Cass County Commissioners Hearing Room on Tuesday as leaders ended the meeting. Many of the meeting’s attendees oppose a plan to bring turbines to Adams, Bethlehem, Boone and Harrison townships in northern Cass County. Renewable Energy Systems Americas, or RES, is the company behind the plan and also wants to erect turbines in northern Miami County. Officials and residents who support the project say it . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Those for, against wind farm speak out at forum

Supporters and detractors of the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm discussed their views Tuesday during a public forum at Albert Lea Armory. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission hearing, attended by dozens of community members, was in regards to a planned 200 megawatt wind farm in southeast Freeborn County and north Iowa. Evidentiary hearings for the wind farm are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today and Thursday. Linda Herman, part owner of a third-generation farm in the path of the wind . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Examiner throws cold water on Xcel wind plan

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Xcel Energy’s plans to build two massive wind farms in New Mexico and West Texas have hit a potential project-killing road block at the Public Regulation Commission. PRC hearing examiner Elizabeth Hurst wants commissioners to reject a proposal that would allow the utility to recover lost earnings that accumulate during the time that lags between when the wind farms actually come online and when the commission eventually approves new rates for cost recovery and profits on its project. . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Well water issue comes to Windsor

(WINDSOR, ON) – It could be wind energy’s promise of economical renewable green power has a bit of a dark side. In fact, the water flowing from the wells of residents living near Dresden, in Chatham-Kent, is just that, dark. Samples of the water which is reportedly fit for human consumption was brought to Windsor last Thursday evening by members of Water Wells First. It was their opportunity to connect with the province’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, at an open Town . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

DTE could spend $300M on Lapeer County wind farm; Details revealed during ‘community outreach’

LAPEER – DTE Energy Co. officials say a planned wind farm in northern Lapeer County could carry a price tag of up to $300 million, and that the number of people signing on to be involved has grown “substantially.” Once operational, the project could consist of 50 to 60 wind turbines spread over the northern Lapeer County townships of Burnside, Burlington and North Branch. However, DTE officials urge area residents to consider myriad variables likely to sculpt the final version of . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm issue already decided

I read the article about the wind farms. I notice articles always mention how many houses these will power. They don’t say that this power is not continuous. Wind turbines as I have read are about 30 percent operational due to wind changes. That means we still need coal- and gas-fired power plants and nuclear power plants to provide continuous power. The proposed turbines for the Lexington area are about 100 feet taller than the ones that were originally installed . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hearing opens floor for public commentary

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission opened the floor Tuesday night to hear both sides of the Freeborn Wind Energy Project proposal. “This is a part of building the factual record,” said Invenergy’s Dan Litchfield. “We have a lot of concerns,” Doreen Hansen countered. “The length and depth of the hearing will help get to the bottom of some of these questions,” Dan Litchfield added. The Freeborn Wind Energy project is a proposed 100 turbine wind-farm that would straddle the Iowa . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

SD economy could be helped with a 50-year ban on wind development

Two issues are coming to light in this year’s legislative session: “economic development” and a new one “wind energy” and the problems it is causing. This week I saw a good friend of mine make a choice. He bought a house in Sioux Falls and is selling (hopefully) his beautiful retirement home in rural South Dakota. He had hoped to live in the country another 10 years, but 200 projected wind turbines changed his mind. As the wind developers and . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council hit with expenses over Perthshire wind farm decision

A decision to reject a Perthshire wind farm has been overturned at appeal. Last year, Perth and Kinross Council refused the 11 turbine wind farm near the existing Drumderg wind farm beside Alyth, on landscape and visual impact grounds. The company behind the project which, it claims, could create enough electricity to power 19,000 homes, appealed the decision and the Scottish Government reporter has found in its favour. Andrew Sikes determined the council had “acted in an unreasonable manner” and . . . Complete story »

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