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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.


June 25, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Humpback washes ashore at Beavertail

The 32-foot carcass of a humpback whale washed ashore Friday morning after drifting west from Newport’s Brenton Point. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Castle Hill station received reports in the middle of last week about a dead whale floating at the mouth of Narragansett Bay. Rescue workers and two veterinarians from Mystic Aquarium were on-site Friday when it reached land to collect genetic samples. A preliminary report indicates the whale is a male between 2-3 years old. As . . .

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June 24, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Court ruling forces shut down of second turbine

Falmouth Board of Selectmen halted operation of the town’s second wind turbine Tuesday, June 20, after a Barnstable County Superior Court judge deemed the town-owned power source a nuisance. Members met in emergency session around 6 PM after learning Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II affirmed the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals’ position on turbines Wind 1 and Wind 2, said Town Manager Julian M. Suso. They will meet again in executive session, closed to the public, on Monday, June 26, . . .

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June 24, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine collapse under investigation

WICHITA FALLS – An official with the energy company that operates the Shannon Wind Farm south of Windthorst said it will take several weeks to determine what caused a turbine to collapse more than a week ago. Paul Rapp, vice president of development with Alterra Power Corp., told the Times Record News during a telephone interview Friday that engineers from the energy production company and the turbine manufacturer have been to the site about 30 miles south of Wichita Falls. He . . .

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June 24, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Decision on turbine noise rules delayed as PSB bends

Lawmakers put off until October the deadline for adopting new rules governing wind turbines, after the Public Service Board offered a major revision in response to what it said were concerns from legislators and others. A legislative committee Thursday postponed for three months the July 1 deadline for adopting new limits for turbine noise. The move came after the Public Service Board on Monday offered to strip from its proposed rules a requirement that turbines be set back a certain . . .

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June 24, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm subsidies hiking up ESB bills

A motion calling on the government to withdraw its subsidy through the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy for wind energy farms was supported by councillors. Cllr John Fleming said due to the huge amount of applications being granted for solar farms throughout the country and the probability that they will be subsidised through the the PSO levy that councillors should call on the government to withdraw the subsidy for the development of wind farms who, he said, by now should . . .

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June 24, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms spin up debate

The debate over windfarms is being brought up again with conversation on both sides of the issue. This alternative energy source has many people who strongly believe in property rights speaking out. “It is an alternative energy source, but there isn’t much more I know on the matter” said Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Fulwider. Back in 2009 Montgomery County Commissioners signed a windfarm ordinance. This ordinance required that the companies that build these windfarms must have a plan to decommission . . .

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June 24, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

SOS turns up volume on its wind farm protest; Wind farm opposition calls on Cuomo to help protect Niagara air base

Save Ontario Shores, the grassroots organization fighting the possible siting of an industrial-scale wind farm near the Lake Ontario shoreline in the Barker-Lyndonville area, has paid for two billboards near Niagara Falls Boulevard and Walmore Road to support its cause. The billboards call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protect the nearby Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Lockport Road in Niagara Falls. Save Ontario Shores was founded in January of 2015, after word got out about preliminary plans by Apex . . .

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June 24, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company proposes wind farm in Eastern N.M.

A Minnesota-based energy company that provides electricity for much of Eastern New Mexico wants to build a wind farm southeast of Portales that would produce 522 megawatts of power. The proposed Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County is part of an ambitious wind-energy plan by Southwest Public Service Company, a wholly-own subsidiary of Xcel Energy, that also includes a proposed 478-megawatt wind farm in Hale County, Texas, and an agreement to buy 230 megawatts from two existing wind farms in . . .

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June 24, 2017 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Deeper setbacks needed for wind turbines

I wonder if any of you on the editorial board would like to live near a wind turbine which produces noise which can be heard inside your home over a radio or TV, flicker caused by turning blades, loss of property values, health issues, danger from stray voltage, shearing blades or turbines catching fire. Would you like a company to infringe on your property without permission or compensation? Should this change in setbacks occur, it would allow wind companies to . . .

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June 24, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Parishville Town Board passes local wind law establishing wind turbine setbacks and sound output limits

PARISHVILLE – The Parishville Town Board unanimously passed a local wind law at a meeting last night, establishing wind turbine setbacks and sound output limits. The proposed wind farm has divided the Parishville and Hopkinton communities as residents verbally spar over how far wind towers should be placed from homes, allowable sound decibels produced by the towers and environmental and health concerns. “There were no changes to the law” made at the meeting, according to Councilwoman Keri Tremper. The plans . . .

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