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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 28, 2016 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Fire breaks out at Wind Turbine near Derrykeighan

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service were called at around 8:30am this morning to reports of a fire at a wind turbine on the Castlecatt Road near Derrykeighan. While Firefighters did attend the scene, there was no action taken. NIE Networks engineers were also on scene and isolated the turbine’s electricity supply. There is no further information at this time.

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April 28, 2016 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans submitted for 465-foot-tall wind turbine in No. Smithfield

NORTH SMITHFIELD – It’s a project that’s been discussed for years – creation of a wind turbine on land near Dowling Village along Eddie Dowling Highway. This week, the idea edged much closer to reality as Wind Energy Development LLC sought a special use permit for creation of a 465-foot-high structure on property owned by Ruth Pacheco. The Planning Board gave its blessing to the proposal at an April 7 meeting, unanimously voting to recommend that the Zoning Board issue . . .

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April 28, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Apex eyes Barre for new wind project site

BARRE – Apex Clean Energy has announced it’s seeking to discuss the feasibility of a wind project in the town of Barre. The project, called Heritage Wind, will be the second project proposed by Apex in Orleans County. The first is Lighthouse Wind, a highly-contested project in Yates and Somerset. “Apex has spent the last few years working in Orleans County, and we’ve talked to hundreds of local people who are interested in bringing more wind energy to their county,” said . . .

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April 28, 2016 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for major wind farm project for Lincolnshire withdrawn

A renewables firm has announced that its plans for eight wind turbines on farmland near Gainsborough in Lincolnshire have been shelved. Two different wind farm developers have brought forward schemes for the proposed Brown’s Holt project between Corringham and Yawthorpe villages inn the past five years. But now RES has announced the withdrawal of its planning application to West Lindsey District Council – claiming it would have invested £9 million into the local community over its 25-year lifetime. RES has . . .

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April 28, 2016 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Wind appeals state board’s denial of transmission approvals

Cape Wind, the offshore wind project planned for Nantucket Sound, has not given up despite some serious setbacks, and this week appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court a state board decision denying the project’s request for extensions of critical subsea and on-shore transmission facility approvals. In an appeal dated Tuesday, Charles Dougherty of the Boston-based Cape Wind Associates asked the state’s highest court to reverse the April 6 decision of the Energy Facilities Siting Board and remand the case to . . .

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April 28, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Milder weather and less wind hit profits at ScottishPower owner Iberdrola

Less wind fuelled a 25 per cent fall in underlying profits to £84 million at ScottishPower’s renewables business in the first three months of the year. Milder weather also contributed to a 3 per cent fall in underlying profits to £174m at the company’s retail and generation business – which includes the supply of power to domestic and business customers. And scheduled infrastructure investment knocked 6.8 per cent off earnings at ScottishPower’s distribution and transmission business, which manages the company’s . . .

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April 28, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

House takes surprising change of direction in renewable siting legislation

When the Senate passed an energy siting bill earlier this year, a vocal group of wind-turbine opponents walked away disappointed. Their hopes that the bill would require continuous sound monitoring of wind projects were dashed. History suggested their chances of doing better in the more renewable-energy-friendly House were nil. “Over the past few years I’ve been here, nothing has ever gotten better in the House energy committee until now,” said Mark Whitworth, president of Energize Vermont, an organization that has . . .

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April 28, 2016 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine debate goes round and round

Concerns from two community groups have council revisiting language in its proposed Renewable Energy Framework. Both the Cochrane Settlement Community Association and the Cochrane High School Sustainability Group spoke to council at the public hearing regarding the proposed bylaw on Monday. While the high school wanted clarification on whether it could build its own turbine project, the community association worried the bylaw would allow projects in sensitive ecological areas. “The purpose of the bylaw is to amend the Land Use . . .

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April 28, 2016 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wilson’s motion to cancel turbines falls on deaf ears

Jim Wilson and a busload of more than 60 wind turbine opponents went to Queen’s Park In Toronto with guns blazing but were again stonewalled by the Minister of the Environment. Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson presented a private members resolution to the house in hopes that the government would scrap the approval for wpd Canada’s project of erecting eight 500-foot-high industrial wind turbines within two kilometres of the Collingwood Regional Airport. “This is a very busy regional airport with . . .

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April 28, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Cianbro says CMP fees threaten solar, offshore wind projects

PORTLAND, Maine – Cianbro Development Corp. has told state regulators that a $26 million Pittsfield solar project and the offshore wind farm it is developing with the University of Maine are at “serious financial risk” because of charges Central Maine Power Co. proposed to connect the projects to the grid. Cianbro and biomass plant developer Georges River Energy LLC want the Maine Public Utilities Commission to step in and decide how CMP should bill the power generators. Georges River on April . . .

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