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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.

August 29, 2016 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

German wind turbine burns for hours as fire fighters’ ladders aren’t long enough

A wind turbine in Germany burned for hours today because fire fighters did not have ladders long enough to tackle the 100 metre high blaze. The flames struck this morning in the town of Isselburg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Emergency services were called at 6am to the turbine near Wolf Lake and smoke was seen by motorists on the nearby A3 road. Fire fighters were not able to tackle the 100m blaze so were forced to let the turbine burn and . . .

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August 29, 2016 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

The nation’s first offshore wind farm is ready to go, despite critics’ blowback

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. – The turbines stand like sentinels off the coast of this tiny island, each rising twice as high as the Statue of Liberty. Workers attached the final 240-foot-long blades just days ago, turning the nation’s first offshore wind farm into a reality. When residents look out at the altered horizon from their gray-shingled houses, some see progress, the birth of a promising industry, a way to ditch the 1 million gallons of diesel fuel that Block Island burns . . .

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August 29, 2016 • Opinions, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms could spark Navy’s ire

You don’t mess around with the Navy. That’s been the guiding principle for Corpus Christi elected officials since Naval Air Station Corpus Christi opened in 1941. The base has just meant too much to the local economy in terms of payrolls, local contracts and employment to ever give Navy decision-makers any reason to consider moving. But the go-ahead for a wind turbine farm south of the city, if base defenders fears pan out, might be the opening for the Navy . . .

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August 29, 2016 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Now, it’s real’: The tumultuous path to state law

BOSTON – Somerset lawmaker Patricia Haddad looked around the room and realized she had to lighten the mood. It was early in the spring of 2015 and the Democratic state representative, a former schoolteacher beginning her eighth term on Beacon Hill, was advocating for offshore wind power in the office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. Haddad had joined a handful of turbine developers and offshore wind industry backers in the meeting at 100 Cambridge St., about a block . . .

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August 28, 2016 • ConnecticutPrint storyE-mail story

Goshen wind farm eyed; 6 turbines proposed for Torrington Water Co. property

GOSHEN – A company that built the state’s first two commercial wind turbines in Colebrook wants to build six more similar turbines on Torrington Water Co. land here. BNE Energy is proposing Wind Goshen, a wind-generation project on a ridgeline up to 1,500 feet above sea level. A map included in BNE Energy’s proposal to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shows nine potential sites for six 19.9 megawatt turbines on wooded land off East Street North. Due . . .

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August 28, 2016 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Moosehead region no place for wind farms

‘You see that view? That’s my business,” says Ruth McLaughlin, co-owner of Blair Hill Inn in Greenville, as she points to the scenery overlooking Moosehead Lake and the Moose Mountain range. She explains how people come from all over the globe to enjoy the sunsets and sunrises, the undeveloped mountains, pristine waters and the unusual wildlife in a natural setting that doesn’t exist where they live. She is among many business and property owners who are worried about how mountaintop . . .

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August 27, 2016 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Witnesses speak against turbines

Witnesses testified Thursday night that proposed turbines could affect people and wildlife in Penn Forest Township. The township zoning hearing board met for the fifth night of hearings on the special exception application of Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Iberdrola. This was the fifth night of hearings into the application to put 37 wind turbines on the ridges of the Bethlehem Water Authority property. Bruce Anders, attorney for the opposition, called Dr. Wayne Spiggel, a retired internist who has studied . . .

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August 27, 2016 • U.S., WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

New rule would give wind farms 30-year permits for eagle deaths

State regulators are monitoring a proposed regulation that would give the wind energy industry permits for incidental eagle deaths for up to 30 years. While the new rule would allow permits that last three decades, they would also require a review every five years, bringing them more in line with existing eagle take permit regulations for all industries. Eagle deaths have become an obstacle for wind developers in recent years, with one North Carolina company receiving a $1 million fine . . .

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August 27, 2016 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest Township wind turbine project hearing continues with testimony from retired medical doctor, bird expert

PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, Zoning Hearing Board was told Thursday evening by a retired medical doctor the wind turbine project proposed by Iberdrole Renewable would adversely affect the health of those who live near the proposed project. The Penn Forest Township Volunteer Fire Co. #1 was again filled with area residents as the zoning hearing continued regarding the project that proposes 40 wind turbines. The hearing began with the testimony of retired medical internist . . .

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August 27, 2016 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Mud tracks for 100-foot blades a nightmare for India wind energy

India’s patchy and incomplete road network is proving a challenge for the nation’s developers of wind farms, threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s targets for green energy. Even under the best conditions, moving the enormous towers and blades found in wind farms requires intricate planning and expense. Individual blades on even modest turbines can exceed more than 100 feet each, while transporting the equipment and cranes needed for assembly can sometimes mean roads must be widened or straightened. The literal roadblock . . .

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