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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 25, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Some Parishville and Hopkinton residents fear PILOT agreements with wind companies

Some Parishville and Hopkinton residents are warning taxpayers and governments about the dangers of granting payments in lieu of taxes – PILOTS – to a large-scale wind power project planned in those communities. Atlantic Wind’s proposed North Ridge Wind Project would feature wind generators atop towers 350 to 500 feet tall in fields between State Routes 11B and 72. And the 15 to 20 members of the recently formed ad hoc Concerned Citizens for Rural Preservation are concerned the wind farm . . .

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September 25, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Row blows up over wind farm ‘expert’

A top Scottish economist who has been appointed to advise Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, is embroiled in a conflict of interest row over his support for wind farms. Graeme Blackett, the founder of consultancy firm Biggar Economics, has provided evidence to public inquiries into controversial wind farms such as the 59- turbine Dorenell scheme on the Glenfiddich estate, and Stronelairg, a 67-turbine wind farm in Inverness-shire. Blackett’s reports, submitted as independent evidence, often highlight the economic boost that wind . . .

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September 25, 2016 • Opinions, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

The misguided politics of renewable energy

We have both taught problem-solving approaches to science and engineering students emphasizing that identifying the real problem may be the more difficult task since getting the right answer to the wrong problem is at best misleading and can be counterproductive. Simplistic solutions to complex problems rarely lead to the desired result, but complex problems can often be broken into smaller entities that lead to appropriate solutions provided that each segment recognizes and takes into consideration the other parts of the . . .

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September 25, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Teen spirit over turbines plan

A Scottish schoolgirl has urged ministers to rein in the march of wind turbines amid concern that the government’s drive for onshore wind is “ruining the beautiful scenery”. Jessica McCreadie, 15, is opposing plans by RES, a renewable energy firm, to build 13 turbines on Highlee Hill, a natural beauty spot in the Scottish Borders southeast of Hawick. The turbines, up to 176 metres high, would be visible from her parents’ farm. “I love being able to look at the . . .

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September 25, 2016 • Blogs, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Captured regulators and ruined ridge lines

There is a syndrome behind what is happening to Vermont’s farmlands and ridge lines vis a vis the approval of industrial scale wind and solar development that is ravaging the state. It’s known as Regulatory Capture. “Regulatory Capture is a form of government failure that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns of special interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. When . . .

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September 25, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

South Australia’s enormous July power price spike sounds national electricity alarm: Grattan Institute

An extraordinary spike in South Australia’s wholesale electricity price in July sounded an alarm across the five states that share the National Electricity Market, new data shows. Research on the event by the Grattan Institute has argued that without a single nationwide climate plan, household power bills will rise unnecessarily and Australia will not hit its carbon cutting targets. “So we end up not achieving our emissions targets or, if we do, we do it at even higher costs than . . .

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September 25, 2016 • Letters, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

State health department AWOL on wind turbine impacts

The refusal of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services to even consider testing for health risks associated with industrial wind turbines just goes to show that the hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil monkeys are alive and well at the state level when it comes to the wind industry. Rather than believing those who have testified to their experiences and those who have abandoned their homes, they take the word of the wind developers and a very lopsided . . .

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September 25, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Lewis County Planning Board approves three met towers in Harrisburg

LOWVILLE – The Lewis County Planning Board on Thursday signed off on three meteorological towers in the town of Harrisburg affiliated with two separate wind projects. First up was a permanent 315-foot-tall tower proposed at 8961 Number Three Road as part of the planned Copenhagen Wind Farm. The tower is to be used for “validating the wind source and other attributes of the operating wind farm,” Lewis County Director of Planning Frank J. Pace said in his review. Mr. Pace noted . . .

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September 24, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Massive wind turbine parts arrive at Clifton site

A 14-foot diameter, 60-ton base of a Vestas V90-1.8 megawatt wind turbine is hauled up the access road to the Pisgah Mountain wind farm site in Clifton Friday morning. This is the first of 45 pieces that will be trucked from the port in Searsport to the site in Clifton over three weeks. Developer Paul Fuller said that the five turbines need to be in place before Oct. 15 to meet a deadline required as part of the Public Utility . . .

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September 24, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Sand Beach wind energy ordinance too quiet for developer

SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP – As NextEra Energy Resources attempts to establish a wind park there, Sand Beach Township has taken action to govern wind turbine noise. The Sand Beach Township Planning Commission recently introduced amendments to its 2013 wind ordinance, which would limit sound to 40 decibels (dBA) during the day, and 35 dBA and night for landowners who have wind turbines. For residents without turbines, the limit would be 35 dBA during the day, and 30 dBA at night. “It . . .

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