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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.


January 24, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Towns support move to exclude evidence; Swanton Wind asks PSB for time to respond

SWANTON – Swanton Wind has asked the Public Service Board (PSB) for more time before responding to growing support in favor of a motion that would exclude several pieces of evidence from the project’s PSB application. The PSB must perform an extensive regulatory process before approving, or denying, the project a “Certificate of Public Good,” a document allowing the project’s developers to go forward with construction. Swanton Wind’s developers, Travis and Ashley Belisle, submitted the project’s application to the board on . . .

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January 24, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine coming down for repairs

NEWBURYPORT – For the first time since it went online eight years ago, the 292-foot-high wind turbine on Parker Street is being partly dismantled, but only temporarily. “We’re actually taking down a portion of it for maintenance purposes. It’s the hub (center) at the top where the blades and rotor are. Ball bearings and other parts need to be replaced,” said Pam Fullerton, business development manager for Mark Richey Woodworking, which owns and operates the structure, on Monday. “We originally planned . . .

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January 24, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power projects hit big snag

Two proposed wind power projects in Northwestern Ontario are on hold while the company pursuing the development attempts to cut through red tape. Anemos Energy, a Hamilton-based company, is in the “very early development stages” of wind projects in the municipality of Neebing south of Thunder Bay, and just south of Schreiber. Rob Parsons, president of Anemos Energy, acknowledged the development of large-scale renewable energy projects is “uncertain” after the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario suspended the second . . .

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January 24, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Public Service Board penalty for turbine violation called a ‘slap on the wrist’

The Vermont Public Service Board ruled that Georgia Mountain Community Wind operated its turbine facility under icy conditions in violation of its certificate of public good. But the $2,000 fine, out of a possible $80,000, has some wondering if justice was done. “The PSB has sent us a clear message that we may as well stop filing complaints when GMCW is in violation,” said Melodie McLane, who issued the complaint. “This violation occurred almost 10 months ago, and thousands of . . .

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January 24, 2017 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Energy bills could fall under plans to scrap green subsidies for wind and solar farms

Families could see their energy bills fall after government ministers yesterday revealed plans to cut green subsidies. These climate change subsidies – used for projects such as wind and solar farms – add a significant amount to a household’s annual energy bill, and is the government’s way of making Britain a low-carbon economy. Billions of pounds are handed out by the government each year to wind farm and solar energy firms, but ministers yesterday agreed that the subsidies were too . . .

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January 24, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine Fight goes to next round

The battle over plans for eight wind turbines just west of Stayner isn’t over yet. The Environmental Review Tribunal has granted WPD Canada a remedy hearing which has now been scheduled for February 27, 28 and March 1st in Collingwood Council chambers. Kevin Elwood says Clearview Township, Simcoe County, Collingwood and himself won’t be presenting at this hearing because the ERT has already sided with their case that there would be harm to human health, to pilots, since the turbines . . .

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January 24, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Does Rounds represent state or wind energy?

Recently, I was online tuning into KELO 1320 radio to listen to some talk shows. Before I could get what I wanted, I had to listen to a pro-wind energy commercial with our own Sen. Mike Rounds doing the talking. Apparently, he hasn’t paid any attention to the backlash from his constituents in Lincoln, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Davison, Sanborn and other counties against this taxpayer scam called wind energy. Is Rounds a senator who represents us, or a lobbyist . . .

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January 24, 2017 • Editorials, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

The Winds of Green War: Turbines in North Carolina threaten a crucial military radar

Donald Trump has encouraged his cabinet nominees to take the initiative as soon as they’re on the job, and one area ripe for action is reversing the Obama Administration’s habit of letting its green-energy obsessions interfere with national defense. A good place to start is reviewing a wind farm that could compromise a crucial U.S. defense radar in southern Virginia. That’s the location of one of America’s two Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar (Rothr) sites. Rothr, which is run by the Navy, . . .

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January 24, 2017 • Blogs, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Midwest wind farms follow in the wake of new transmission lines

Wind farms are cropping up close to a network of transmission lines coming to fruition in several Midwestern states, bearing out the wisdom that where there is transmission capacity to spare, wind farms will follow. MidAmerican Energy recently announced the siting of the first two wind farms that are part of its massive $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt wind project known as Wind XI. Both locations are near regional transmission Multi-Value Projects (MVPs) now underway. A 500-megawatt wind farm being developed by . . .

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January 24, 2017 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Energy bills to fall as billions in ‘green crap’ subsidies axed: Ministers unveil plans to reduce money given to wind and solar energy firms

Household energy bills are set to fall after ministers unveiled plans to slash green subsidies, it emerged yesterday. Billions of pounds are handed out by the Government to wind farm and solar energy firms every year, with families and manufacturers picking up the cost. These climate change subsidies add around £110 a year to a household’s average bill. Theresa May’s industrial strategy, published yesterday, suggested that these levies should be dramatically reduced to help steel plants, which pay for emissions, . . .

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