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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 2, 2014 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Delaware County drove a wind farm out

Randolph County is luring agricultural industry that faced opposition in Delaware County: an ethanol refinery, industrialized hog farms and now a utility-scale wind farm. In 2006, opponents buried spikes in an unharvested corn field, damaging a combine; hid fencing in corn stalks in another attempt to damage farm equipment; and drove cars through farm fields to protest Delaware County’s proposed Ag Biovision Park, which was trying to attract an ethanol refinery and which opponents feared would also become home to . . .

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September 2, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Mountaineers claim referendum debate ignoring wild land

Mountaineers say debate about the fate of the country has so far shed little light on what is in store for the Scottish landscape They have therefore called on both sides for answers about the future of the threatened wild lands and mountains. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) believes that this needs to be at the forefront of discussions, and has set out five questions for both sides. It says it has done this because neither the Scottish Government’s . . .

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September 2, 2014 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Islamic debt seen funding U.K. wind farms to rail tracks

Islamic debt could become a source of funding for wind turbines and high-speed trains as Britain cements its position as the first sukuk market in a non-Muslim nation. Investors including DAR Capital see scope for the U.K. to issue Shariah-compliant bonds with varying maturities after the Debt Management Office attracted bids for more than 10 times the 200 million pounds ($331 million) of securities offered at its debut sale through banks in June. Prime Minister David Cameron has pushed for . . .

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September 2, 2014 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines ‘are not wanted’

Concerns have been raised over the proposals to build wind turbines on the Council Road and Carginagh Road areas of Kilkeel. Work has already begun on the Council Road site but residents claim that they were not informed of where the 150ft high turbine would be erected despite the approval of planning permission. Councillor Henry Reilly, along with Councillor Brian Quinn, proposed a notice of motion at last night’s (Monday) Newry and Mourne Council meeting stating: “That this council opposes . . .

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September 2, 2014 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Residents post signs against proposed wind turbine farms in Logan County

LOGAN COUNTY – The wind farm controversy is blowing up again in Logan County. Signs are posted all over parts of Russell’s Point by those opposed to the wind farms being proposed. The plan apparently calls for 176 wind turbines in Logan and Hardin counties by the year 2015. Those turbines could power up to 600 homes a year. Wind farm companies are said to be moving fast to meet a deadline set for 2025 that says 25% of all . . .

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September 2, 2014 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Australia’s wind turbines may stop spinning as banks foreclose

Australian analysts have warned that some of the country’s wind farms could be forced to close down under proposals made by the Abbott government’s RET Review panel. Insiders are aghast at the assumptions made by the panel about the possibility of closing the scheme to new entrants and providing “grandfathering” arrangements for existing assets. They say the proposals – and the assumption that LGCs, the certificates that are the currency of the scheme – will hold value are flawed, and . . .

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September 2, 2014 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine plan talks for Llanaelhaearn on hold

Plans for a 220 ft wind turbine in a Gwynedd village are on hold after councillors voted to postpone discussing the matter at the request of the applicants. They want more time to review new Welsh government directives. Four farmers and the Antur Aelhaearn co-operative have proposed the controversial 67 metre turbine for Llanaelhaearn, on the Llŷn peninsula. But it had been recommended for refusal. Previously, supporters claim the turbine could generate nearly £3m profit over twenty years for a . . .

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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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