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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, 2017 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines still an issue in Carbon

Wind turbines dotting the hills above Penn Forest Township are still a real possibility. Last week Carbon County Judge Steven Serfass issued an order on the Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board to respond to a request by Atlantic Wind to enter additional testimony on the record. Atlantic Wind LLC filed an application on April 1, 2016, seeking to build up to 37 wind turbines ranging in height from 400 to 525 feet on property belonging to the Bethlehem Water Authority. . . .

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July 26, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hughes County zoning panel gets earful on new wind turbine requirements

After about 40 minutes of a sometimes-heated discussion involving about 20 people, the Hughes County Planning and Zoning Commission decided on Monday to go ahead with a revision of its ordinances, increasing the minimum setbacks on large wind turbines from neighboring homes. The planning-and-zoning panel first held a public forum to take questions and discussion about the proposed revision of county ordinances; it then went into a regular meeting to take action, which included some more input from supporters and . . .

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July 26, 2017 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Botetourt wind farm developer to start work in winter; still lacks buyer for electricity

DALEVILLE – A clean energy developer hopes to start construction of a wind farm in Botetourt County by year’s end, even as it continues to search for a power company to purchase electricity generated by the giant turbines. Apex Clean Energy is “working diligently” to begin work on the site by November or December, development manager Charlie Johnson told the county board of supervisors Tuesday. Johnson said the company is confident of meeting its deadline “if all the pieces fall into . . .

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July 26, 2017 • Editorials, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Is wind power right for Hughes County?

Modern society runs on one thing – electricity. It is the form of energy that powers almost all of the tools that makes 21st-Century human life so much more comfortable than it was as few as six decades ago. Nearly everyone of us now can carry in our pockets a device more powerful than possibly could be imagined just 30 years ago, thanks to electricity. Without it, we’d still be cranking our car engines by hand and watching our children die . . .

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July 26, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines may well blow an ill wind over locals, expert claims

People in West Tyrone faced a greater risk of suffering health complaints caused by the low-frequency noise (LFN) generated by wind farms, a leading expert on the human impacts of wind turbine noise has claimed. Dr Mariana Alves-Pereira, of the Lusofona University in Portugal, told a public meeting in Broughderg, near Greencastle, on Monday night that people should actually consider leaving the area – at least on a temporary basis – to avoid the potential long-term impacts wind farms could . . .

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July 26, 2017 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Government of the people?

Nebraska Public Power District has proposed construction of a 345-kilovolt transmission line (R-Project) extending from Sutherland in southwest Nebraska to eastern Holt County in north-central Nebraska. This 225-mile high-voltage transmission line will traverse the heart of the Nebraska Sandhills. The Nebraska Sandhills covers 19,600 square miles of north-central Nebraska and contains 1.3 million acres of wetlands. It is the largest and most intricate wetland ecosystem in the United States. It is also the largest stabilized sand dune region in the . . .

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July 26, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns over wind turbine extension

An energy firm’s bid to operate a Neilston wind turbine for an extra two years has highlighted concerns over noise. London & Cambridge Energy Limited had previously been given the green light to operate its Nether Carswell turbine until October 2036. However, the company has now applied to increase the duration of the temporary planning permission to October 2038. The matter was discussed at a recent meeting of Neilston Community Council, where it was suggested that no extensions for windfarm . . .

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July 26, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

One year in

A year ago, Alan Blum of Estherville and Jeff Hammond of Tradewinds Energy announced the approximately $700 million project for wind turbines in Emmet and Dickinson counties. Project manager Hammond provides an update on the project It’s hard to miss the landscape of Iowa’s wind turbines that line the corn and bean fields in rural parts of the state. Wind energy is now defining Iowa in a similar way to pigs, corn, and soybeans. On July 26, 2016, Alan Blum . . .

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July 26, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Pike County Board approves wind farm

PITTSFIELD, Ill. – The Pike County Board narrowly voted in favor of a new wind farm outside Pittsfield Monday night. Illinois Winds LLC’s application for its 50 MW Panther Creek Wind Project – 25 wind turbines to be installed at various privately owned sites west Pittsfield – passed by on a 4-3 vote. Before the vote, Pike County Board Chairman Andy Borrowman alluded to an email sent to each board member objecting to the project, but when he asked for audience input, no . . .

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July 26, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

LIPA rejects small green energy projects

The Long Island Power Authority has rejected proposals for New York’s largest solar farm and a wind farm off the coast of Montauk Point. LIPA reviewed more than a dozen green energy projects, and found that the rejected plans weren’t necessary to meet the state’s goal to have 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. Sid Nathan, communications director for LIPA, says the authority wants renewable energy to grow sensibly. “What we’re trying to do is work with the state of . . .

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