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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.

July 24, 2014 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Deerfield Wind project opponents have their day in court

An effort to stop construction of a 30 megawatt ridge-line wind development in the Green Mountain National Forest got a hearing Wednesday in Federal Court in Brattleboro. The 15-turbine Deerfield Wind project has been authorized by the U.S. Forest Service and permitted by the state. But opponents say the Forest Service approval process was flawed. And they argue that the installation would compromise a federally designated wilderness area near the site. If it survives the legal challenge, Deerfield Wind will . . .

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July 24, 2014 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Gifu police leak data to private company on local opposition to turbine project

Officers with the Gifu Prefectural Police leaked personal information to a Chubu Electric Power Co. subsidiary about residents and others opposed to a plan to construct wind turbines in their neighborhood. Their actions could constitute a violation of the Local Public Service Law that imposes confidentiality obligations on local government employees. Nagoya-based C-Tech Corp. plans to construct 16 wind turbines in the Kamiishizu-cho district of Ogaki and the neighboring town of Sekigahara capable of generating a maximum of 48,000 kilowatts . . .

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July 24, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Community celebrates as windfarm battle is won

Confirmation that all plans for a Perthshire windfarm have been dropped has been welcomed by local people. The Scottish Government recently rejected the controversial proposal that would have seen nine giant wind turbines erected near the Sma’ Glen, not far from Crieff. Now the group behind the Mull Hill plan, Force 9 Energy, has said that it will not be challenging that decision, effectively signalling the end of the plan. The story began in autumn 2003 when plans for a . . .

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July 24, 2014 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farm tax credits warrant deeper look

Wind power companies suing the United States for $226 million in renewable-energy tax credits must allow Uncle Sam to determine rebate amounts through discovery, a federal judge held. Twenty Alta Wind farms owned by nonparty Terra-Gen Power, LLC have sued the United States since last year over unpaid tax credits and cash grants allegedly promised under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The wind farms claims that the Treasury Department rejected their project appraisals in favor of its . . .

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July 24, 2014 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Anti-windmill brochure prompts questions; Fire chief confirms potential fire danger of wind turbines

APPLE VALLEY — A glossy, tri-fold brochure criticizing a wind energy project has been mailed in recent days to residents of Lucerne Valley and Apple Valley, piquing interest as to who produced it. As of Wednesday, the “No On Windmills” mailer mystery remains unsolved. Including a detachable reply card for offering support for the group’s views against a proposed wind farm, the brochure lists an Apple Valley post office box as its mailing address. A U.S. Postal Service supervisor said . . .

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July 24, 2014 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm operator expels Maurice Newman from committee

Prominent businessman Maurice Newman says he has been “disinvited” from a community consultative committee for a proposed wind farm in the state’s southern highlands because of his objections to government support for the project. Thomas Mitchell, legal manager for Union Fenosa, developer of the $100 million project, said Mr Newman had “engaged in activities outside the committee to influence decisions”, in particular contacting then premier Barry O’Farrell to bar Office of Environment and Heritage staff from attending committee meetings. Mr . . .

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July 24, 2014 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Why Oklahoma’s wind energy future could be shaped by Osage County

The males are rowdy, the females are frisky. It’s bison breeding season in Oklahoma. This is the time when horns lock and fur flies. “What that big guy is doing is he’s telling everybody, ‘This is my girl, stay away,’” says Bob Hamilton. He’s the director of the Nature Conservancy’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawkuska in Osage County. This grassland used to span 140 million acres across 14 states, and was one of the continent’s largest ecosystems. “Unfortunately, it’s our . . .

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July 24, 2014 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Deadly wind farms give bats “the bends”, study says

Bats suffer from an airborne version of the diver’s condition known as “the bends” when they fly too near wind turbines, experts have claimed. Concern for the welfare of the creatures has already prompted dozens of challenges to schemes in the Westcountry. The RSPB lodged an objection against Somerset’s first multi-turbine wind farm at West Huntspill – which is was eventually dismissed by the Secretary of State but is now subject to a High Court appeal by developers Ecotricity. The . . .

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July 24, 2014 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Trying to stop wind turbines: Bluewater will go to Environmental Review Tribunal to stop 40 turbine proposal

With one wind farm now shooting the breeze in Bluewater, the municipality is going to the Environmental Review Tribunal trying to halt another. Nextera’s Varna Wind Project has begun generating power in the municipality. Another developer, Northland Power, is proposing the Grand Bend wind farm that will site 40 turbines on Bluewater soil. Eight units would be in neighbouring communities. Bruce Grant, Acting Chief Administrative Officer for Bluewater says councillors are proceeding with their objections to the Environmental Review Tribunal. . . .

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July 24, 2014 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Nucci: Winds of change for Baker may turn off voters

It looks as if opponents of the Cape Wind project are out of luck if they are hoping for some relief from the next governor. Why? Because all of the major gubernatorial candidates aren’t on their side. Democratic front-runner Attorney General Martha Coakley and her opponents, state Treasurer Steve Grossman and Donald Berwick, all favor building the wind turbines in a large swath of Nantucket Sound. No surprise there. It’s to be expected that progressive Democrats like these would support . . .

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