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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.

May 30, 2015 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

County may enhance wind regulations

Lancaster County is expected to adopt new wind farm regulations restrictive enough they may prevent future developments, and Gage County will likely follow suit. The County Board of Supervisors discussed regulations at its regular meeting this week. The proposed changes are the result of joint meetings with Lancaster County officials first held in March. County board member Matt Bauman said setback requirements will likely be changed for nonparticipating residences, those homes that are near a wind turbine but whose property . . .

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May 30, 2015 • Oklahoma, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Robson: Good winds blowing

I applaud the Oklahoma Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin for implementing much-needed reform of the wind industry, addressing both excessive subsidies and lack of regulation for protection of property owners. The progress made this year is important in establishing a regulatory framework. Yet there is still work to do. Senate Bill 808 by state Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, and Rep. Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, signed by Fallin on April 17, established a 1.5-nautical-mile setback of wind turbines from schools, airports and . . .

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May 30, 2015 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Orleans County Planning Board defends meeting’s windmill silence

ALBION — A month after sidelining comments by opponents of a major wind energy project, members of the Orleans County Planning Board defended their decision as one based on the narrow scope of the body’s role in planning and the project before them. Residents and groups concerned over Apex Clean Energy’s proposed Lighthouse Wind farm attended the board’s April meeting, the first to have a relation to the project. A special use permit for a meteorological tower on Lakeshore Road . . .

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May 30, 2015 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm shot down again by New Jersey

New Jersey has taken the winds out these “fishermen’s” sails again. Fishermen’s Energy, a Cape May-based alternative energy developer, lost in its latest attempt for approval to build a wind farm off the coast New Jersey. The state courts have sided with the Board of Public Utility noting the board did not believe the benefits outweighed “the risks and costs of using an unproven technology to produce electricity,” according to the Press of Atlantic City. The state regulatory board has . . .

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May 30, 2015 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘We’re not done yet’ say wind turbine opponents

A group of mothers is not done fighting the onslaught of 77 wind turbines in their community despite a ruling against them by the Environmental Review Tribunal. The ERT dismissed the case against the Niagara Region Wind Corp. project brought forward by Mothers Against Turbines Inc. in a decision issued in May. “The Tribunal finds that the Appellant has not established that engaging in the Project in accordance with the REA will cause serious harm to human health,” ERT vice-chair . . .

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May 30, 2015 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine fight loses latest court battle

Four Huron County families have lost the latest court round in the battle against industrial wind turbines. The Court of Appeal for Ontario has denied leave to appeal for the Drennans, Dixons, Ryans and Kroeplins, in respect of their Charter Challenge to the current legislation for the approval of wind turbine projects. The four farm families had been seeking the opportunity to argue that the Environmental Protection Act provisions approving renewable energy projects exposes them to a reasonable prospect of . . .

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May 30, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish Government to have say on windfarm subsidy reforms

The Scottish Government will be consulted before any changes are made to plans to end the onshore windfarm subsidy regime. The announcement in the Queen’s speech earlier this week is a good result for First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who demanded a veto during the general election campaign. It appears to be a partial climb down on the part of the Conservatives who vowed to take tough action to address public concerns about the number of turbines being erected across the . . .

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May 30, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Bute wind turbines: online opinion is 60-40 against

The number of online public comments made on Bute Community Power’s planning application for two 47-metre wind turbines on the island has reached the two hundred mark. At the time this article was written the split was exactly 60-40 against the Auchintirrie farm proposals, with 120 of the published comments opposing the application and 80 supporting it. The official closing date for public comments on the application is Friday, June 5, although a spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council has . . .

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May 29, 2015 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

9th Circuit OKs Southern California wind farm project

The 9th Circuit said the federal government properly granted a right-of-way over federal land for a wind energy project on private land near Tehachapi, Calif. without formal environmental analysis. Plaintiffs’ attorney Jason Rylander said the environmental groups he represented were disappointed by the Wednesday decision. “I think it’s an unfortunate ruling,” he told Courthouse News in an interview. “When private developers seek to use public benefits, in this case land, they should expect to comply with federal environmental laws and . . .

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May 29, 2015 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

‘Clean Jobs Bill’ would pass increases on to customers; Critic says costs of meeting new standards ‘outrageous’

SPRINGFIELD – Everyone with electric power would pay more for wind turbines and other renewable energy sources under proposed legislation at the Illinois General Assembly. Although law makers supporting the measure are not promoting it that way, the bill under consideration would provide for adoption of a plan setting goals and authorizing “all renewable energy credits necessary” to meet them. Utilities would pass the costs to customers, as they do under current energy efficiency law. Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) . . .

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