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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 29, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Windham, developer clash on turbine talks

WINDHAM—A few weeks ago, a turbine developer requested that Windham town officials create an “independent and balanced committee” to discuss the controversial Stiles Brook Wind proposal. But a war of words has ensued. The town fired first, with two of three Selectboard members on June 20 approving a letter urging developer Iberdrola Renewables to “suspend your involvement with this project immediately” based on environmental and health concerns. Iberdrola responded two days later with a sharply worded statement accusing Windham officials . . .

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June 29, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Peru select board to write LUPC regarding neighboring wind power project

PERU – The Peru Board of Selectmen voted Monday night to send a letter to the state Land Use Planning Commission requesting it remove Milton Township from the state’s list of areas for expedited permitting for wind power projects. The decision followed a request from Peter Fetchko of Woodstock, who asked if selectmen were aware of the proposed project. Two of the five said they had heard rumors or guessed a project was in the works. EverPower Wind Holdings in Pittsburgh, . . .

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June 29, 2016 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Rocky Forge Wind Farm generates comment at Eagle Rock meeting

The opposition against the Rocky Forge Wind Farm in north Botetourt County came out in full force on May 25, dressed in bright green vests. About 20 people strong, there was an equal amount there to give comments on behalf of the wind farm in a two-hour period. The event was held at Eagle Rock Library by Apex Energy, the group proposing the wind farm on property owned by Jerry Fraley in northern Botetourt. Among those questioning the wind farm . . .

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June 29, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

County committee says ‘no’ to wind farm tax breaks

A Jefferson County legislative committee is saying “no” to tax deals for developers of wind- and solar-power projects. All but one county lawmaker on the finance and rules committee voted Tuesday night for a resolution that would deny tax deals to alternative energy projects. It would only affect county taxes. Local towns, villages and school districts could still strike their own deals with developers. “It’s important to know where we stand, we would encourage everybody thats participating in this process . . .

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June 29, 2016 • Letters, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines aren’t good for us

Here are the scientifically proven facts behind Richard and Edie Elvee’s letter (“We already know the answer,” June 23 Times-News). I’m in contact with physicians in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia who have written about the health effects of living within a mile and a half of a wind turbine. I have received stories and have interviewed wind turbine victims. My reading of peer reviewed information reveals the following: The World Health Organization found that residents living within 6,500 . . .

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June 29, 2016 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Public comment on wind farms draws about 150 people

Approximately 150 people attended the wind farm meeting dealing with public participation concerning the current wind farm ordinance Monday night at the Skanta Theatre in the Frankfort Community Public Library. Area Plan Commission President Clark beard felt the meeting was what he had hoped for. “I was determined to make sure that the audience felt like it was their meeting, to talk to us and to direct their concerns about the wind ordinance to us,” said Beard. “I felt like . . .

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June 29, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Flyers Creek wind farm opponents allowed to withdraw

A planning modification to allow three Flyers Creek wind farm opponents to leave the project has had unintended consequences for a fourth landowner cut off from the rest of the project. Infigen Energy flagged its intent to modify its development consent in August last year to remove three properties from the original proposal and Infigen spokesman Jonathan Upson said it would finally lodge the changes within the next two months. “We have legally enforceable contracts, but that’s not attractive for . . .

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June 29, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Put £250million floating wind farm “further out at sea” away from cherished views, say councillors

A £250million floating wind farm off the north-east coast could be located further out at sea to protect coastal views. Councillors yesterday reviewed a marine licence application for the eight turbine development, which would be located nine miles offshore. The Kincardine and Mearns area committee said more information is required on plans for the wind farm and its effects on the coast, wildlife and tourism. Members heard the scheme would be visible from Stonehaven, Muchalls and Newtonhill and called for . . .

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June 29, 2016 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Kingman County agrees to wind farm details

Kingman County commissioners agreed Monday on contracts for a 200-megawatt commercial wind farm. A statement from the county said agreements were signed with Kingman Wind Energy 1 LLC, a branch of Florida’s NextEra Capital Energy Holdings. That company has an agreement to sell power to Westar Energy for 20 years. The company is required to pay Kingman County an up-front fee of $2.2 million by July 27 for permits and other expenses. Most annual permits for operating the wind farm . . .

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June 29, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Jefferson County Board Finance Committee passes tax abatement policy for energy projects

The Jefferson County Board of Legislators Finance Committee Tuesday passed a new tax abatement policy for large-scale alternative energy projects. The policy requires that alternative energy projects with a 25-megawatt output must pay the county an amount equal to full taxation regardless of whether payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement among taxing jurisdictions and the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency is in place. New York State Real Property Tax Law 487 allows for a 15-year exemption from taxation of increases in property value created . . .

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