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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.

March 26, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ayrshire pensioner says wind turbines have turned her life into “torture chamber”

When she arrived 30 years ago, the area was untouched and as close to wilderness as you get in Ayrshire. A 19th century hill farm which once boasted 3000 acres of grazing for hardy sheep was paradise to flautist Pat Spence and her husband John. They were drawn to the wide open upland, the silence, the peace – and the fact they could get an awful lot for their money. She found one outbuilding perfect for her work as a . . .

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March 26, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

How a wind turbine was defeated by crowdfunding

The annual Frogmore Regatta, with its raft race, tug-of-war and beer tent, is a world away from the striped blazers and corporate hospitality of Henley. But when the locals meet on the banks of the Frogmore Creek in the spirit of friendly competition this summer, there will be further cause for cheer. After a 3½-year battle, controversial plans to erect a 112ft wind turbine on a nearby farm, within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), have been . . .

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March 26, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MPP sounds alarm over wind farm investment

Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Rick Nicholls is sounding the alarm over Chatham-Kent’s plan to invest nearly $8 million into the North Kent 1 Wind Turbine project. “In my opinion, they should not be going ahead with it,” Nicholls told The Chatham Daily News on Saturday, citing the controversy around the project with concerns raised that vibrations from the construction and operation of the turbines will damage area water wells. A majority of council recently voted in favour of taking $7.74 million from . . .

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March 26, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Local residents gather to discuss Ocean City windfarm

BERLIN, Md – The Maryland Public Service Commission heard arguments from both sides Saturday afternoon at Stephen Decatur Middle School concerning a project to build a Wind Farm 10 nautical miles off of Ocean City’s coastline. Advocates for the project said that Maryland could take the lead in wind energy in the region, an industry they argue is a big part of the future. Greg Farley, Director of the Center of Leadership and Environmental Education at Chesapeake College, says the . . .

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March 26, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-farm protestors take fight to Europe

The battleground between the Ballyroan-based anti-wind farm group People Over Wind (POW) and Coillte has now shifted to Europe. For the past four years there has been intense, bitter opposition of Coillte’s plans to erect 18 wind turbines on more than 1,468 acres of lands between Ballyroan and Timahoe and, most recently, a grid connection to the ESB sub-station in Portlaoise. The issue has already come before An Bord Pleanála, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Commercial . . .

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March 26, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

SA electricity crisis: It cost $4.5 million to keep power stable for a day, Australian Energy Regulator report shows

South Australian power consumers have been slugged for a massive $4.5 million price spike for services that stop energy infrastructure from blowing up. The Australian Energy Regulator released a report on Tuesday night into why prices for services which stabilisethe grid exceeded $5000/MWh in SA on October 18 last year. It found that for more than five hours, the cost of the services which regulate frequency soared to more than $11,000/MWh, bringing the total cost for the day to $4.5 . . .

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March 26, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

C-K stands to rake in turbine cash; Not all councillors support investment

The Municipality of Chatham is doling out nearly $8 million in tax dollars for a chance to get a share of the profits generated from wind turbines. Adding this kind money to municipal coffers would normally be welcomed by any politician, but not when it involves wind turbines. Chatham-Kent council this week voted to approve spending $7.74 million to have the electrical utility Entegrus – owned 90 per cent by the municipality – exercise its option to buy a 15 . . .

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March 25, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Dairy Air Wind: PSB officer wants balloon to show turbine height

HOLLAND – State officials and local residents should see just how tall a 500-foot wind turbine will look like sitting on a farm field in rural Vermont. That’s the decision by the hearing officer with the Vermont Public Service Board. Thomas Knauer has ordered the developer of the Dairy Air Wind Project to put up a large red helium balloon in time for Thursday’s site visit or explain why it can’t be done. The site visit is 3 p.m. at Dairy . . .

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March 25, 2017 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim residents strike down acquisition of conservation easement

Antrim residents struck down an article that would have authorized the select board to acquire a 100 acre conservation easement as part of the Antrim Wind Energy agreement. The conservation easement was added to the wind project, which is slated to be erected on Willard Mountain and Tuttle Hill, after the state’s Site Evaluation Committee rejected its proposal in late 2012. After the decision was handed down, the company removed a turbine, lowered one of its towers, and added additional . . .

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March 25, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Ratepayers will likely bear cost of connecting substations

On Monday, March 20, the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (the Division) rebuffed the Block Island Power Company’s request to socialize the cost of connecting two substations on the island. The opinion was sent in a memorandum by the Division to the Public Utilities Commission. Docket 4688 requested that the cost of the interconnection between the new National Grid substation and BIPCo’s existing substation be spread to all of National Grid’s customers in Rhode Island, as opposed to . . .

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