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.
Background Depending on their location, wind turbines can cause noise, visual interference and light reflections. These issues are governed by public and private law, including neighbour law. The main rules regarding noise from wind turbines can be found in Executive Order 1284 of December 15 2011 on wind turbine noise, issued pursuant to the Environmental Protection Act. To some extent, the order safeguards neighbours from noise inconvenience by establishing maximum noise levels from wind turbines in outdoor areas. The noise . . .
GARDEN – The Delta County Planning Commission will address a petition calling for the amendment of the county’s zoning ordinance for wind turbines at a meeting Tuesday. A wind farm has been running on the Garden Peninsula for about two years, and Fred Bates, Concerned Citizens of Garden and Cooks, LLC Chairman of the Executive Committee, said that it’s caused problems in the area ever since. The turbines are noisy, kill wildlife, and reduce property values, according to Bates. However, . . .
Anger is intensifying in north Kerry over the last elected council’s designation of the region as an area of little or no scenic value in a move that opens the plain wide for windfarm development. Over 160 Finuge locals who are against a plan by Stacks Mountain Windfarm Ltd to erect the ten tallest turbines in Ireland in the community packed out Dromclough National School at a public meeting on Thursday night. It was the latest meeting to be held . . .
BAD AXE — The county’s wind energy zoning subcommittee has achieved its purpose and will be terminated, Commissioner David Peruski said this week. After choosing to pay $10,500 to a Grand Rapids-based acoustics firm to help revise Huron County’s wind ordinance — specifically areas related to sound and noise levels of wind turbines — Peruski said the ad-hoc committee will likely have a recap meeting and submit final results to planners and commissioners. “We’ll let (Acoustics by Design) do their . . .
The company developing Triton Knoll offshore wind farm has withdrawn an application to access land for survey work. RWE Innogy UK made the decision after a bid to carry out the survey for the project in the Orby area looked set to be refused. The company was seeking compulsory access to private land to assess its suitability for work in connection with the scheme. The development could include installing underground cables, construction of an electrical compound and landscaping to reduce . . .
MEADE TOWNSHIP — Officials in Meade Township voted down a six-month moratorium on wind energy development on Tuesday, following a more than three-hour debate with nearly 50 residents, township and county officials and DTE Energy representatives. Township planners considered delaying wind energy development, in light of DTE Energy’s plan for a 58-turbine wind park in parts of central Huron County that include Meade, scheduled to receive 45 turbines, and Colfax townships. Construction of the as-of-yet-unnamed, 100-megawatt wind park may begin . . .
Campaigners have lost their battle against plans for a windfarm with turbines more 400ft tall. Despite a raft of objections, councillors gave the green light to an energy firm’s proposals to erect nine 413ft turbines – each three times the height of Carlisle Civic Centre – at Beck Burn Peat Works between Longtown and Gretna. It is the latest chapter in a four-year fight to prevent the proposal by EDF Renewables from going ahead. Members of Carlisle City Council’s development . . .
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, has formally dismissed an appeal against East Lindsey District Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for a wind farm near North Thoresby and Tetney. The application to build three 113.5 metre wind turbines on land adjacent to Louth Canal was submitted back in 2012, was refused by ELDC Planning Committee in April last year. The Secretary of State decided in October 2013 that he would determine the outcome of . . .
Plans for a Perthshire windfarm have been scaled back in light of feedback from a public consultation. A planning application will now be submitted to the council by Element Power for turbines at the Binn Eco Park industrial site at Glenfarg. “As a result of the feedback received from our community consultation, including the first round of public exhibitions, and the completion of our environmental and technical studies, we have made a number of significant changes to the proposed design . . .
‘I’m not anti-wind. It’s about the right development in the right place,” says Edel Grace of Kilcommon Upperchurch Wind Awareness Group. It plans to take a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s approval of an €80 million wind farm, to be built by Ecopower Developments, between the two Co Tipperary villages. Grace says one of the turbines will be too close to her house. “From our measurements the nearest turbine will be 363m from our house, which is less than . . .