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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 1, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine conversation dominates commissioner meeting

The Rush County Commissioners met Monday and conducted business to a nearly packed assembly room at the courthouse. After nearly 30 minutes of handling a variety of issues, the county leaders turned their attention to those in attendance and spent the majority of meeting listening to resident’s voice their opposition to the placement of wind turbines in the county. Arguments against the project moving forward cited a variety of issues from noise, to flickering and a number of points in . . .

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July 1, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

OAP vows to block path of Aberdeen Bay wind farm

A defiant pensioner has vowed to “sit in front of a bulldozer” to prevent a key piece of infrastructure for Aberdeen Bay windfarm from being built on a former landfill site. Edna Booth, 82, said she and other campaigners were concerned that work to erect electricity substations at Blackdog would disturb asbestos under the ground and cause a health hazard. The retired customs official spoke out yesterday after she and another campaigner, Nicola Brown, lost their fight in the Court . . .

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July 1, 2015 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Williams County zoning board says no to wind farm

A wind farm project north of Tioga could be in jeopardy following a decision by the Williams County Planning and Zoning Commission last week. However, county commissioners still have the option of approving the project, if they reject the zoning commission’s recommendation at a permit hearing later this month. Tradewind Energy submitted an application in April for a conditional use permit related to a planned wind energy project about four miles north of Tioga. The company, a national developer of . . .

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July 1, 2015 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm appeal focuses on health issues related to turbines

The East Oxford Community Alliance feels it has the evidence to prove the Gunn’s Hill wind farm will cause serious harm to human health and plant and animal life. The group is planning to make its case at the Environmental Review Tribunal that got underway Monday morning in Oxford Centre with the tribunal hearing the opening statements from the appellant and proponent. Several days have been set aside for the hearing, which was triggered when the Alliance appealed the renewable . . .

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July 1, 2015 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

More than 2,000sq km of British countryside lost to development in six years

More than 2,000sq km of the British countryside has been lost in just six years, with much of it giving way to urban development and resource extraction, according to research which finds the landscape is changing at an alarming rate. Forests, farmland and wetlands are being cleared to make way for new housing, mineral extraction, golf courses and wind farms, according to a new map detailing the make-up of the ground. Comparing the latest survey with the previous one, the . . .

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July 1, 2015 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds PSC’s wind farms ruling

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the state Public Service Commission in a case involving rules the agency wrote to govern construction of wind farms in the state. In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld lower court rulings that determined a housing impact report did not need to be prepared before the PSC submitted its wind tower siting rules to the Legislature. State law requires agencies to prepare reports for any agency rules that “directly or substantially” affect development, . . .

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July 1, 2015 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Somerset town board is obliged to formally oppose Lighthouse Wind

As a result of the Town of Somerset wind survey that was just completed, showing that 64 percent of respondents do not want the Lighthouse Wind project in Somerset, and the supervisor’s letter finally taking a position opposed to the Lighthouse Wind project, the Somerset town board should pass a resolution against the Apex Clean Energy LLC Lighthouse Wind project at their next town board meeting. The Somerset town board should pass a resolution declaring they will not sign a . . .

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July 1, 2015 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power subsidy plan set to cost NI households

Plans to keep onshore wind farm grants going longer in Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK could cost households £16 extra in their bills. Details have been provided to MLAs by the department of enterprise, trade and investment (DETI). The executive is to continue with subsidies next year while a wider UK scheme will be ended early. In Northern Ireland, there would also be an extra year’s grace for projects unable to be completed by 2017. That would . . .

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July 1, 2015 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Pratt County Commission defers to planning and zoning board on turbine height

The Pratt County Planning Board will decide if the height clearance on the proposed wind farm in Pratt County will be changed from 85 feet to 70 feet. Tim Branscom, county emergency manager, said the change had two options. The planning board could pass the change or NextEra, the company that will construct the proposed wind farm, would have to get a variance for each individual wind generator. The Pratt County Commissioners voted Monday at their regular meeting to let . . .

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July 1, 2015 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal for public to oppose Drummau turbine plan

Concerned residents living near to Drummau Mountain are urging people to step up their objections to a wind turbine. A planning application to build the 77-metre high turbine at the top of the Drummau Mountain, the backdrop to Skewen, was submitted to the council last month. But residents in both Skewen and Bryncoch are urging others to support their campaign to stop the turbine from being built there. A spokesman for the Mynydd Drummau Wind Turbine Protest group said: “It’s . . .

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