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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.


July 26, 2016 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s ‘Energiewende’ clashes with conservation

It’s a drab morning in Bremerhaven. A construction fence is rattling in the wind. The sign in front of it tells us the site is destined to be the “Offshore-Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB)”. Behind it – a yawning void, and a distinct lack of construction noise. Nothing but the screeching of the seagulls. Construction work on the port to ship turbines for the offshore wind energy industry was stopped by a court order in May. BUND, the German branch of the . . .

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July 26, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Horse Creek wind farm public involvement program plan found inadequate after review

After reviewing Atlantic Wind LLC’s Public Involvement Program Plan for the Horse Creek Wind Farm project, state Department of Public Service staff members recommend that the developer expand its area of study, incorporate more community outreach and clearly establish its project area, stakeholders and turbine height for its final plan. In a letter she sent to Laura K. Bomyea, the lawyer from Young/Sommer LLC representing Atlantic Wind, Lorna Gillings, a consumer advocacy and education representative for the department, said the . . .

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July 26, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Sanilac wind project may spin on August vote

An energy company planning to build wind turbines in Sanilac County is expecting to make some progress in the next few weeks that could allow the project to move forward. Exelon is planning on constructing 68 wind turbines across Bridgehampton, Marion and Washington townships. In addition, Custer Township would have supporting equipment, but no actual turbines. The 499-foot turbines have generated much controversy in the past year, delaying the project from moving forward. Residents have been concerned about setback changes . . .

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July 26, 2016 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Daniel Andrews’ wind farm plan will add to bird deaths

Last week Premier Daniel Andrews made a very big deal of launching a new wind farm near Dundonnell in Victoria’s southwest. It was going to create 300 direct (and, ahem, indirect) jobs in construction and a massive – well, all of – “up to” 16 jobs when operational. Best of all, it was going to generate enough electricity to “power” 140,000 homes. That is, of course, when the wind is blowing. For as South Australians have been – very expensively – discovering of recent . . .

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July 26, 2016 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Board approves first reading of wind energy ordinance

MUSCATINE, Iowa – The first reading of a proposed ordinance involving wind energy was unanimously approved by the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors Monday night. The proposal stemmed from a project being undertaken in West Liberty. City Manager Lawrence McNaul said the city is partnering with West Liberty Foods to find renewable sources of energy. The city is working with Bluestem Energy Solutions, out of Omaha, Nebraska, to design a wind turbine system and find an appropriate location. The city approached . . .

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July 26, 2016 • Letters, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Figures for renewables jobs and investment ignore some unpleasant realities

I never thought that I would ever read again the ridiculous assertion that Scotland is “the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy” (“Protecting success in renewables could makes us global engine room”, Agenda, The Herald, July) 25. There is no comparison with China’s hydro-electric schemes, wind farms and solar, never mind so many other countries with similar massive renewables. Even Germany has surpassed itself with solar and wind after phasing out nuclear, although coal has had to step in at first. . . .

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July 25, 2016 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Study says wind turbines, solar farms could spike energy prices, cause job losses

North Carolina’s renewable energy mandate will cause a spike in electric bills and the loss of more than 43,000 jobs by the end of the decade, a new study contends. Dozens of solar energy projects with thousands of panels glistening by the roadsides have been constructed in northeastern North Carolina in counties such as Pasquotank and Currituck. A 22,000-acre wind turbine farm – the largest in the southeastern United States – is under construction west of Elizabeth City. North Carolina . . .

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July 25, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Call to end wind farms until power solution found

South Australia’s power crisis was a “wake-up call” for other states on the impact on consumers of subsidised renewable energy, particularly wind power, a Liberal senator has warned. Chris Back called for a morat­orium on new wind farms, and no more subsidies for wind energy generators until the Productivity Commission conducted a cost-­benefit analysis of the effect the industry was having on the ­National Electricity Market and retail electricity costs. “There should be no further subsidies paid for an intermittent . . .

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July 25, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

It’s official: town passes wind farm law

Members of the Newfield Town Board unanimously voted to pass a local law tightening wind power restrictions following a public hearing on the issue at the beginning of the board’s regular meeting July 14. Several people spoke in favor of passing the law, which is a revised version of a local law originally passed in 2009 to “promote the effective use of the town’s wind energy resources through wind energy facilities and wind turbine generators, and to regulate the design . . .

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July 25, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Achiltibuie turbine group defends its stance after court rebuke

A Ross-shire community development company has this week given a robust response to a scolding by the Scottish Land Court for trying to stifle crofters’ objections to its plans to erect a wind turbine on a corner of their common grazings. Solicitors for Coigach Wind Power (CWP) wrote to the crofters warning them their objections had triggered a formal court process in which the company expected to be successful, and it would be seeking to claim all its legal expenses . . .

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