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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.

November 26, 2014 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

La justice annule le Schéma régional éolien de la région Ile-de-France

[Approved by the prefecture in September 2012, the wind energy plan was annulled by the Administrative Tribunal of Paris, the Fédération Environnement Durable announced Thursday.] Coup dur pour les tenants de l’éolien dans la région capitale. Le Schéma régional éolien d’Ile-de-France, validé par l’arrêté Préfectoral du 28 septembre 2012, a été annulé par le Tribunal administratif de Paris, annonce jeudi la Fédération Environnement Durable (FED). Ce schéma prévoyait que 100 à 180 éoliennes -selon le taille et le lieu d’implantation . . .

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November 26, 2014 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Project terminated

BELLEVILLE – E.ON Climate and Renewables North America, is no longer leasing land in Mifflin and Huntingdon counties for an industrial wind project. The original proposal for the project included 94 turbines on top of Jacks and Stone Mountains. On Nov. 1, residents who had already leased property to E.ON received a letter stating that the company would no longer be pursuing the development of the project, and the agreements were canceled at the Mifflin County Courthouse. According to documents . . .

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November 26, 2014 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Thousands voice concerns over Rock Island Clean Line

More than 1,000 Iowans have joined a group that opposes the $2 billion Rock Island Clean Line wind energy project which aims to build 2,000 wind turbines across Iowa and a 500-mile-long transmission line. Carolyn Sheridan, who lives near Spencer in Clay County, is president of the Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance. Sheridan says they have several concerns with the project and its potential harmful effects. “This project really is taking something and stating that it’s public use,” Sheridan says. . . .

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November 26, 2014 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Obama threatens to veto tax-break bill, deepening rift among Democrats

President Barack Obama’s threatened veto of a $400 billion-plus tax-break bill exposed a widening fault line within the Democratic Party. Negotiators from both parties, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, were preparing to exclude a pair of Obama’s top priorities from a year-end agreement. The plan would lock in permanent extensions of tax breaks for corporations, college students and residents of states without income taxes while not making permanent breaks for low-income families. Obama objected and responded in an unusual . . .

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November 26, 2014 • Canada, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lawrence Solomon: Ill winds blow from wind turbines

A Canadian court will soon decide if wind turbines violate Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms by posing a risk to human health. Charter case decisions can be convoluted but the fundamental question of health at issue here is straightforward. Wind turbines, from all that is today known and by any rational measure, represent a risk to those living in their vicinity. Although the wind industry and its government backers tend to dismiss concerns, the evidence of harm in communities . . .

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November 26, 2014 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Equipment fall will cost trucking company

A large piece of equipment that fell from a truck during an incident Monday on U.S. 59 will lead to a big bill for the trucking company. The wreck closed northbound U.S. 59 for six hours and injured one person. Most of the six hours was spent trying to get the enormous mast, likely for a windmill, off the road. Though the annoyance for drivers isn’t factored into the cost, the expense of having a company lift the mast will . . .

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November 26, 2014 • Opinions, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Why millionaire eco-tosser Dale Vince can’t afford to put up any more wind farms…

Britain’s wealthiest wind farm developer has said he can no longer afford to apply to put up any more turbines because the Conservatives have now stacked the planning process against him. And if that sounds like good news, you haven’t heard the best of it yet. The developer in question is none other than Dale Vince. Yes, that’s Dale Vince as in the dog-on-a-rope-crustie turned eco opportunist who has made an estimated £100 million by despoiling the British countryside, slicing . . .

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November 26, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plans ‘to harm new business’

The operator of an award-winning holiday complex has warned that plans for a wind farm could kill off his new business. Eagle Brae, which offers self-catering accommodation in seven luxury log cabins in Strathglass, to the north of Loch Ness, only opened in August 2013, but it has just won the Highlands and Islands Tourism award for Best Holiday Accommodation. Its owners claim that plans by German developer ABO Wind’s for Allt Carach wind farm are undermining their efforts. They . . .

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November 26, 2014 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Mount Pulaski community hears details of proposed Meridien Wind Farm

LINCOLN – The Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals conducted a hearing on the 20th in Mount Pulaski at the Christian Church Family Life Center. A sizeable crowd of people gathered in the church to learn about and comment on the proposed request for a Conditional Use permit for Relight and Meridian LLC to build a series of wind towers in Logan County. Relight is a wind farm corporation with headquarters in Italy. Relight U.S., the subsidiary working on this . . .

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November 26, 2014 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Victoria election 2014: Labor promises to reintroduce emissions reduction target

Victoria’s Opposition has promised to reintroduce a state-based emissions reduction target if it is elected on Saturday. The pledge is part of of the state Labor’s newly-released environmental platform. The Opposition said it would bring back the target, which was introduced in by Labor in 2006 before being wound back in 2009 after the federal renewable energy target was extended. The Victorian Coalition Government removed the state’s target of 20 per cent by 2020 from the Climate Change Act in . . .

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