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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.

April 18, 2014 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

“Blood money” will divide communities, council warned

There were clear dividing lines drawn in the Mayo County Council on Monday afternoon when a controversial draft policy on ‘Community Benefit Contributions for Certain Major Developments’ was passed, by a vote of 26-6. Excepting Fine Gael where all councillors support the motion, the two other political parties in the council split on the vote, with Sinn Féin’s Rose Conway-Walsh, Fianna Fáil trio of Al McDonnell, Blackie Gavin, and Damien Ryan, and Independent councillors Michael Kilcoyne, Richard Finn, and Michael . . .

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April 18, 2014 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Fourmile Ridge wind project approved, moves forward

FROSTBURG — The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Fourmile Ridge wind project in eastern Garrett County and site preparation started April 7, according to Frank Maisano, a wind industry spokesman. The current notice listed on the FAA website for the project is for a small change in turbine location. The project was hinging on the decommissioning of the Grantsville VOR/DME system, which drew opposition from Ed Kelley, manager of the Garrett County Airport, and the Maryland Aviation Administration. The Grants-ville VOR/DME system . . .

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April 18, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents in East Cleveland react in ‘horror’ to 450ft high wind turbine proposals

Residents in East Cleveland have reacted in “horror” to proposals to install two giant turbines. The villagers of Kirkleatham, Yearby and Wilton have raised concerns about plans to erect two 450ft high turbines – taller than those in the sea at Redcar. They would be located on land just south of the A174 at Wilton, near the foot of the Cleveland Hills. So far, almost 200 separate objections have been submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Council about the proposals. “The . . .

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April 18, 2014 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Sonoma Clean Power opposes ‘opt-in’ bill

Officials with Sonoma County’s startup public power provider said legislation recently introduced in Sacramento poses a major threat to the agency and others like it seeking to launch across the state. The bill would fundamentally change how community-based power providers enroll new customers. Critics of the bill say it could halt those power ventures from getting off ground, stalling local efforts to boost renewable energy use and cut greenhouse gases. Supporters, however, say the change would provide a truer consumer . . .

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April 18, 2014 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Coalition aims to regulate turbine noise

WEST LINCOLN — A town councillor from North Perth will speak at a future committee meeting on the topic of wind turbine noise. At its April 14 meeting, the planning, building and environmental committee voted in favour of inviting Warren Howard to speak at an upcoming administration, finance and fire committee meeting. Because of his position on North Perth council, Howard is unavailable for council or planning meetings. Howard is making the rounds of Ontario’s rural municipalities to drum up . . .

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April 18, 2014 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Future uncertain for wind industry tax credits; Report: ‘declining political appetite for wind PTC’

Expired federal tax credits for the wind industry are in front of Congress again, but the political future for the long-standing subsidies is anything but safe, according to a new report. Experts at Capital Alpha Partners, one of a burgeoning group of research firms that provides political intelligence for investors, wrote last week that the appetite on Capitol Hill for continuing the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) is declining. In a report obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Capital . . .

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April 18, 2014 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Iberdrola has public meeting at L’view

It was billed as an educational meeting by Iberdrola Renewables officials, but the two-hour meeting was more like a grilling administered by eastern Van Wert County residents who believe they would be affected by Iberdrola’s proposed Dog Creek Wind Farm project. The meeting began with a PowerPoint presentation by Eric Thumma, Iberdrola’s director of policy and regulatory affairs. The presentation included information about power plant economics – including the components of a electricity bill and the components of generation costs . . .

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April 18, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Noise fears scupper farm turbine

Noise issues and concerns over protected bat species have prevented a 100-ft wind turbine being built. Proposals to install the structure at Grove Farm in West Town Road, Backwell, were halted by North Somerset Council’s central area committee on Thursday. Backwell Parish Council recommended the plans be refused and many residents also objected via North Somerset’s planning website. Concerned villager Linda Elliot, who lives in Chelvey Road, spoke to the committee about the proposed structure, which would have been sited . . .

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April 18, 2014 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm appeal turned down

An appeal board has dismissed a Heyden man’s attempt to stop a 25-MegaWatt wind farm project north of Sault Ste. Marie, says a group that has lobbied against the the project. The Ministry of Environment approved the project in October and an Environmental Review Tribunal heard the appeal in December. SP Development Limited Partnership’s 11-turbine project is to be built in the unorganized townships of Pennefather and Aweres. Save Ontario’s Algoma Region, one of two local groups opposed to wind . . .

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April 18, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines planned for Glasgow in green energy bid to cut fuel bills

Council chiefs want to build nine new wind turbines across Glasgow to help cut the city’s annual £26million energy bill. The city have already put up a huge turbine at Cathkin Braes. It is run by Scottish Hydro and towers above Castlemilk. But the council want to erect nine turbines to help cut carbon emissions and reduce their annual bills. Locations have yet to be decided for the generators but a “mapping exercise” will be carried out to find the . . .

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