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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 9, 2016 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy ordinance takes over Board of Supervisors’ meeting

Several landowners and representatives from two separate wind energy companies met with the Palo Alto Zoning Commission to begin reviewing and discussing a proposed Wind Energy Device Ordinance for Palo Alto County on Monday, January 25. According to Zoning Administrator Joe Neary, ordinances from other counties in the state have been collected and a rough draft has been written for review and considerations. The original ordinance that Palo Alto County had established consisted of a few sentences and was not . . .

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February 9, 2016 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm denied in Davison County, could go to public vote

A 9- to 11-turbine wind farm in Davison County that would be located about 5 to 10 miles west of Mitchell was denied Tuesday morning. The Davison County Commission denied the wind farm in a 4-1 vote before an attendance of about 50 people both in support and opposition of the $40 million project to construct 446-foot turbines. Commission Chairwoman Brenda Bode was the only vote in support of the project. The motion was made by Commissioner John Claggett and . . .

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February 9, 2016 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines slated for Somerset

After several years of slow growth for Pennsylvania’s renewable-energy sector, a New Jersey company is planning to erect wind turbines in Somerset County. The Ringer Hill Wind Farm will feature 14 wind turbines and generate nearly 40 megawatts of electricity, according to the project’s developer, NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources. The wind farm, near the Maryland border about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, will cost about $84 million to build and is expected to start . . .

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February 9, 2016 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Lightning strikes Irish turbine

A “severe” lightning strike has destroyed a blade on an Enercon E-48 turbine at the 3.2MW Meenanilta 3 wind farm in Ireland’s north west. Enercon and the project’s operators, the Limerick-based Windsource, have launched investigations into the incident which occurred at the Donegal site last weekend. A source told reNEWS that a “severe lighting strike” was to blame with the 800kW turbine now out of commission until replacement rotor blades are delivered. The Irish Wind Energy Association said it was . . .

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February 9, 2016 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Donegal General Election hopeful says wind farm regulation delays puts lives on hold

Donegal General Election candidate, Gary Doherty (SF), has said that wind farm regulation delays has put lives on hold in Finn Valley. Cllr Doherty has hit out at the government for what he calls its “failure” to introduce updated planning regulations for all future wind farm developments. He also stated that the delays have resulted in hundreds of communities have had to put their lives on hold while planning authorities determine applications from developers for controversial wind turbine projects. His . . .

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February 9, 2016 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Nothing to clap about

Perhaps you missed it over the holidays, a TV ad showing wild but photogenic animals clapping in appreciation for the “protection” received by the provincial government. But what exactly has the government done for Ontario’s threatened or endangered species? The government attempted to include amendments to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act in the 2012 omnibus budget bill, Bill 55, which would have avoided the public comment and scrutiny otherwise required by Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights. The 2012 budget passed, but . . .

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February 9, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines should not be problem for airport

BAD AXE — A developer with plans to build wind turbines standing almost 500 feet tall near Huron County Memorial Airport won’t need a special permit to do it. Twenty-three of DTE Energy’s 30 turbines planned for its Pinnebog Wind Park in Oliver, Chandler and Colfax townships are within a 10-mile radius of the public airport. The townships have OK’d the plan, but it needed approval from the county in accordance with an airport zoning ordinance approved in 2014, which . . .

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February 9, 2016 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Rhoscrowther windfarm appeal dismissed

An appeal against a Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) refusal of plans to site five 100 metre high wind turbines near Rhoscrowther was dismissed late last week. On February 4, Planning Inspector Alwyn Nixon dismissed the Appeal by Rhoscrowther Windfarm Ltd against the January 2015 refusal by PCC for the turbines on land between the Valero Oil Refinery and the National Park boundary. PCC had refused consent for the turbines and associated works because of the adverse impact on the National . . .

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February 9, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Attorney: Vt. AG will not press charges against environmental activist

Vermont’s Attorney General Bill Sorrell will not press charges against one of Vermont’s most outspoken critics of industrial wind and solar projects. But that critic says the fight isn’t over. Known for her persistence, Annette Smith threatened a civil rights lawsuit against the attorney general’s office if they did not drop the investigation. She claims she’s a lawful advocate for Vermonters and simply exercising free speech. Smith believes she’s a voice for the powerless, she helps Vermonters without lawyers protect . . .

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February 9, 2016 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Independent candidate slams Energy Minister over comments on wind energy

Independent General Election candidate, Cllr Niamh Kennedy, has slammed comments made by the Energy Minister, Alex White, about wind energy. White spoke with the Irish Independent and said that “onshore wind has worked really well – are we going to close that down?” Cllr Kennedy has responded and said, “Quite clearly all the evidence shows that wind energy is ineffective and a recently tweeted picture of Mr Brendan Halligan, a director of Mainstream Renewable Power with huge wind farm projects, . . .

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