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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.

November 28, 2015 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Luzerne County Court denies appeal for wind farm

An appeal filed by a firm hoping to erect wind turbines in the area was denied recently by Luzerne County Court. EDF Renewable Energy filed the appeal after the Foster Township Zoning Hearing Board rejected its application for a special exception to erect up to 25 windmills in parts of Upper Lehigh, Sandy Valley and Eckley. In his ruling, issued Nov. 18, Judge William H. Amesbury wrote that the court “finds neither an abuse of discretion nor error of law” . . .

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November 27, 2015 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tablelands residents opposed to Mt Emerald Wind Farm consider legal action

A group of Tablelands residents hasn’t ruled out a legal challenge to stop Queensland’s largest wind farm being built near their homes. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt this week gave the $380 million alternative energy project at Mt Emerald near Walkamin the green light, subject to 35 strict conditions to minimise its environmental impact. Tablelands Wind Turbine Action spokesman Steve Lavis said the group, which represents about 60 residents, was considering its options, including a possible legal challenge. “We’re very . . .

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November 27, 2015 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine appeals hearing sparks heated discussion

Emotion drove comments at a Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on an appeal by wind turbine neighbors on Thursday evening. As with the first, the second meeting addressing appeals of the building commissioner’s lack of enforcement against the Wind 2 turbine drew a full audience. Complainants say that the turbine, one of two on Blacksmith Shop Road owned by the town, has negatively impacted their daily lives. A separate appeal over lack of enforcement against Wind 1 was granted . . .

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November 27, 2015 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Blowing in the wind or wilful blindness?

Some readers may remember MSP Mike McKenzie’s eulogising ode to wind energy titled ‘The answer is blowing in the wind.’ So he will be pleased that Loch Aweside is now beleaguered by three huge wind farm applications at various stages of planning – Upper Sonachan (Egotricity); Balliemeanoch (Sgurr Energy) and Blarghour (Coriolis Energy). Each will be determined by the Scottish Government due to their sheer scale & size. E.ON intend to test wind speeds in Inverliever Forest near Dalavich prior . . .

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November 27, 2015 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind proposal continues to fan Monteny residents’ ire

About 130 people crammed into Montney Recreational Hall on Tuesday to voice concerns about a proposed wind energy project that, if approved, would see up to seven turbines built northeast of Charlie Lake. Montney resident Delbert Benterud organized the emotionally-charged public meeting as a platform for neighbours to come together and express opinions on the project, which were by and large voices of opposition. “We’re going to see these things all over the whole valley,” said Lorna Wollen, who lives . . .

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November 27, 2015 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Apex files Lighthouse Wind plans

YATES — After holding its cards close to the vest for more than a year, Apex Clean Energy has put them all on the table. The Virginia-based company, through its subsidiary Lighthouse Wind, on Monday formally filed its preliminary scoping statement to the state’s Public Service Commission for a proposed 201-megawatt wind turbine network in Yates and Somerset. Doing so starts both the clock for public comments on the PSS and the filing of an Article X application for the . . .

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November 27, 2015 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Trust holds off on closure of Wind 2 loan

The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust notified town manager Julian M. Suso Tuesday that the entirety of the town’s loan on Wind 2 is still outstanding, and the town will have to pay interest as well as the principal, if it ceases operation of Wind 2. The town borrowed $4,865,000 from the trust for the construction of Wind 2, the second of the town’s two wind turbines. The town submitted a project completion certificate to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection . . .

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November 27, 2015 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘Concerning’ data on MOE turbine monitoring

SAUGEEN SHORES – Is the Ministry of Environment enforcing its own regulations governing allowable noise levels from the UNIFOR wind turbine in Port Elgin? Several Saugeen Shores councillors don’t think so, and want a meeting with all involved to share data revealed in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request made by STOP (Saugeen Turbine Operation Policy). Saugeen Shores Deputy-Mayor Luke Charbonneau and Coun. Mike Myatt filed a Notice of Motion, to be debated at the Dec. 14 meeting, calling for . . .

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November 27, 2015 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Presidential contenders differ sharply on climate, energy

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls climate change the greatest threat to national security. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton promises to install more than 500 million solar panels across the country. On the Republican side, Jeb Bush would phase out tax credits for solar power. Rival Marco Rubio wants to cut the federal gas tax by 80 percent. They’re among the stark differences between the two parties on energy and environment issues that underscore the sky-high stakes for both sides of . . .

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November 27, 2015 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Monstrous’ South Cumbria windfarm plan rejected

Sighs of relief and a round of applause could be heard after controversial plans to replace a windfarm were refused. The decision was made yesterday at the Coronation Hall in Ulverston by South Lakeland District Council’s planning committee. The meeting, which started at 10am, welcomed a full house. The planning application which drew so much attention was submitted last year by energy giant, RWE. They proposed to replace the 12 turbines at Kirkby Moor Wind Farm, which stands less than . . .

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