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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.

September 1, 2014 • California, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

U.S. Fish & Wildlife whistleblowers denounce agency for turning blind eye to birds killed by wind and solar facilities

Two former investigators with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are speaking out to say that the federal government is ignoring harm to wildlife caused by industrial scale wind and solar facilities. While the government is prosecuting oil companies for violating laws protecting birds of prey, it is hypocritically giving permits that allow renewable energy companies to kill the same species, including federally protected eagles, without any consequences. The National Review published an article featuring interviews with the whistleblowers. Tim . . .

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September 1, 2014 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine still up in the air

The Trustees of Reservations group still hasn’t decided whether to go ahead with a plan to build a 410-foot-tall wind turbine on its property at the top of Turkey Hill near the Hingham border, a spokesman said last week. Jim Younger, director of structural resources and technology for the nonprofit, said his group has two years to make the decision. The Trustees first proposed the approximately $6 million wind project in 2010, won town approval in 2011, and won a . . .

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September 1, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Inverness-shire windfarm gathers 1,200 comments

More than 1,200 people have lodged comments about a controversial Inverness-shire windfarm application, with the majority objecting to the scheme. Edinburgh-based developer wpd Scotland wants to build seven 392ft turbines on the slopes of Beinn Mhor near Tomich. The windfarm has prompted a raft of objections, including from outdoor groups, such as the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the John Muir Trust and the Scottish Rights of Way and Access Society have all objected to the plans. The community has also . . .

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September 1, 2014 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Community fabric

After months of ordinance meetings and town hearings, residents voted in the Frankfort wind ordinance in 2011. This process tore at the fabric of the community, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Three years later­, despite the town winning a lawsuit confirming the veracity of the town ordinance, Eolian Wind Energy is back, toting an incentive goody bag. Mount Waldo at 1,060 feet is the centerpiece of Frankfort, if not all of Waldo County. The granite geology makes gauging the effects of . . .

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September 1, 2014 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farm boss apologises after saying Stephen Gately ‘had it coming’

A renewable energy company boss has been forced to apologise after posting a series of homophobic comments on social media. Matt Braund, the project development manager of ABO Wind UK, wrote that gay sportsmen were “homsexual [sic] retarded”, said lesbians should not look like men, and said Boyzone’s Stephen Gately “had it coming”. in June 2010, he wrote on Facebook: “I suppose i should be shouting my support for the homsexual [sic], retarded ‘sportsmen’ that are just about to represent . . .

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September 1, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council considers Aikengall wind farm opposition

Councillors in the Scottish Borders are being advised to oppose plans for a wind farm straddling the boundary with East Lothian. Community Windpower wants to construct 27 turbines in the Aikengall IIa scheme near Cockburnspath. Officials have advised Scottish Borders Council to make an objection to the Scottish government over the plans. The company behind the scheme said it could provide enough energy to meet the needs of more than 70,000 homes. The plans also include access roads, control room . . .

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September 1, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Key public spots may host huge turbines

Public parks, leisure centres and schools could become homes for giant wind turbines under controversial new proposals unveiled by Fife Council. The ambitious plans, to be detailed to councillors this week, have identified five initial sites that could accommodate turbines measuring up to 77 metres high. Inverkeithing High School, Dalgety Bay Leisure Centre, Halbeath park and ride, Cotlands Park in Kennoway and Pitreavie playing fields in Dunfermline have all been recommended as candidate sites, with local authority officers keen to . . .

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September 1, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council’s turbines plans

A school, leisure centre and park and ride scheme could all be used to power public buildings in Fife. Fife Council has revealed plans for five wind turbines constructed on local authority-owned sites. The measures are to be detailed to councillors this week and are being advertised as a means of dramatically cutting the council’s energy bills. Inverkeithing High School, Dalgety Bay Leisure Centre, Halbeath Park and Ride, Cotlands Park in Kennoway and Pitreavie playing fields in Dunfermline have all . . .

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August 31, 2014 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Greenwich residents unite: ‘We are awake now’

The fight is not over. Residents know they have a battle on their hands, but they haven’t given up in their opposition to a windpark in their community. On Monday, the Ohio Power Siting Board approved the Greenwich Windpark, LLC. Kevin Ledet, of rural Greenwich, spoke at Tuesday’s Huron County Commissioners meeting and said now that the windfarm is approved, it’s important the commissioners do not approve an alternative energy zone or any other type of tax abatement for the . . .

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August 31, 2014 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine protest winds up Liberal Party lunch

Anti-wind farm protesters greeted NSW Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Pru Goward as they arrived for a Liberal Party lunch in Goulburn last Friday. The group of Southern Tablelands residents were protesting against the proposed Jupiter Wind Farm at Tarago, and were joined by landholders affected by the Collector and Gullen Range wind farms. Protest co-organiser and Tarago district resident Jenny Hajek, of the Residents Against Jupiter Wind Turbines, said about 35 protesters greeted Mr Baird and Ms Goward . . .

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