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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.


December 11, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Complaint filed over DTE claims in county

LANSING – A complaint filed Thursday with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette alleges DTE Energy representatives have made fraudulent claims in connection with local zoning ordinances in northern Lapeer County. Blissfield-based Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition Inc. filed the complaint on behalf of North Branch Township resident Traci Martin. The complaint cites three examples of DTE representatives mentioning “exclusionary zoning” in discussions related to zoning ordinances as they relate to any potential wind energy developments . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

County OKs 2 MET towers; Residents pack the commissioner meeting to protest windfarms

Emotions ran high at the most recent County Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7. Many community members of Pilot Grove Township and Barber Township were in attendance to express their displeasure of two separate conditional use permit (CUP) requests which were presented to the board. In a roll call vote, the county commissioners approved the resolutions of both CUP requests. District 5 commissioner Tom Warmka abstained from voting on either request citing a possible conflict of interest. EDF Renewable Energy . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks incidental take permit

KAILUA-KONA – The operator of Lalamilo Wind Farm has applied for a federal permit that would allow for the incidental taking of two endangered Hawaiian species during the project’s operation. Lalamilo Wind Co. is applying for an incidental take permit (ITP) that would authorize take of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) and the endangered Hawaiian petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis) as a result of the operation of the Wind Farm Repowering Project in Waimea. The permit, which also includes a . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Whitelaw Brae wind farm approval ‘ignores tourism’

Mountaineering Scotland has criticised the approval of 14 turbines in the Tweedsmuir hills claiming it ignores the impact on tourism in the area. Scottish Borders Council renewed its opposition to the Whitelaw Brae scheme last year. However, the 2020 Renewables project has now been given the go ahead by the Scottish government. Mountaineering Scotland opposed it due to the impact on hill walkers and other “lovers of Scotland’s natural beauty”. Chief executive David Gibson said: “We’re disappointed, but not surprised, . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

New wind turbines meet mixed reviews in Juniata Twp

One Mid-Michigan town held a hearing for special ‘land permits’ regarding a new farm, but things didn’t go according to plan. “But there’s a lot of folks it’s the not in my backyard mentality and I’m in the middle trying to understand both sides,” said Tom Hess, a local farmer. In Juniata Township, the planning commission wanted to hear comments from residents regarding the construction proposal for 31 new wind turbines. The morning hearing outside of the township’s hall adjourned . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Not enough jobs’ from wind power, Ripon MP says

Ripon MP Louise Staley has used the Ararat and Stawell region’s wind power industry to criticise the state government over job creation. Ms Staley told parliament that she had gone back over the announcements of new wind farms in her electorate to tally up the total long-term jobs created, “Wind energy is heavily promoted by this government as being part of the solution to our energy woes, after they caused the closure of Hazelwood and saw power prices skyrocket. “One . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change: France faces challenges as it embraces offshore wind power

France has launched its first offshore turbine to curb reliance on nuclear and reach climate goals – France could become Europe’s second-largest wind energy producer after Germany. But the transition brings problems. Offshore wind energy produces more – and more reliable – energy than previously thought, a new study shows. Offshore wind facilities in the North and Baltic seas generate energy on 363 days of the year – more than the 340 days previously indicated, says the study commissioned by the Bremen-based Fraunhofer Institute . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • Germany, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

See wind power through a child’s eyes in beautiful new Audi campaign

Audi and AvL/SE launch a beautiful and thought-provoking new film that invites us to view wind energy through a child’s eyes. The campaign promotes the new Audi g-tron model – a gas-powered hybrid fuelled by wind energy. By reimagining the natural force with childlike wonder, Audi encourages us to consider the possibilities of alternative drive technologies. Creatively devised by Berlin-based agency, AvL/SE, and produced by Czar, ‘Wind’ is an emotionally honest film told from a child’s perspective. From the backseat . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • Ireland, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Government should do a cost-benefit analysis of the wind farm sector

We were both astonished and upset to read the article printed on December 1st, accusing communities fighting wind turbine developments as being funded by the nuclear and fossil fuel industry. Nothing could be further from the truth! We have seen first hand the struggle these communities face in raising the necessary funds to fight these industrial developments in the courts, through individual donations, taking out loans and organising community fundraisers. It is the wind farm industry itself, which has become . . . Complete story »


December 11, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Possible wind farm sites 17 miles off Hamptons identified

A federal agency has identified a swath of the South Shore 17 miles off the coast of the Hamptons as a potential area for new offshore wind farms. If selected, the site would encompass 211,839 acres of ocean waters 15 nautical miles from land, from Center Moriches to Montauk. After a decade of slow progress in U.S. offshore wind, interest in the waters around Long Island and the Northeast has been heating up in recent years. LIPA has approved a . . . Complete story »


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