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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.

May 30, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill fire burns near I-10

A windmilll caught fire while the evening’s Memorial Day traffic snaked its way through Interstate 10 on Friday. Witnesses reported seeing the fire just east of the Whitewater exit off I-10 just before 7 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol’s website, a traffic hazard was reported in that area for multiple vehicles stopping to take pictures of the fire. The fire was on “the motor of a high windmill,” and burning debris was falling to the ground, according to . . .

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May 30, 2016 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

CWLP shells out $100M-plus for wind power

For Springfield aldermen opposed to the 10-year-old Sierra Club deal that required the city to buy power from two wind farms, December 2018 can’t come fast enough. By then, both contracts will have expired, at which point City Water, Light and Power estimates it will have spent up to $150 million. So far, the utility has spent about $101 million. Ward 10 Ald. Ralph Hanauer, who wasn’t on the city council when the deals were approved, calls the wind-power contracts . . .

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May 30, 2016 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Protest against expansion of Scout Moor wind farm

Rochdale Ramblers were joined by members of other walking groups, bridleway associations, cyclists, horse riders, local residents, and lovers of the great outdoors on Sunday (29 May) to show their opposition to the plans by Peel Energy to expand the Scout Moor wind farm. Well over a hundred people of all ages from babes in arms to those into their 80s assembled at Waugh’s Well high up on Scout Moor. Waugh’s Well is a popular beauty spot on the Rossendale . . .

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May 30, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Auldgirth turbines turned down

Councillors rejected plans for a five turbine windfarm near Auldgirth this week. The Blackwood windfarm scheme was turned down at Tuesday’s meeting of the planning application committee in Dumfries. A total of 88 formal objections to the project were received. And a lengthy presentation on the proposal was shown to councillors before objector Guy Willoughbly, of Thornhill, took the floor. He said: “These windfarms will be 140 m high, the Red Road Flats were 89 m high, that just puts . . .

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May 29, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Nebraska wind farm project on hold over local opposition, legal review

LINCOLN – A second Nebraska wind farm has been put on hold, in part because of local opposition to the project. Last week the Cherry County Planning Commission put off consideration of a 50-megawatt farm planned in the Sand Hills near Kilgore pending a review of public notice requirements. The commission held a public hearing on the project Tuesday but decided to delay a vote on a conditional use permit until it could be determined whether the Nebraska Game and Parks . . .

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May 29, 2016 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental commissioner speaks at Lake Huron coastal conservation conference

Ontario’s environmental commissioner made a stop in Port Elgin to open the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation’s biennial conference. Dianne Saxe delivered the keynote address, outlining her role as the provincial environmental watchdog, including tips for making public comments stand out to government decision makers. Saxe says provincial ministries have improved their compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights since she was appointed to her post late last year, adding there were obsolete notices on the books dating back . . .

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May 29, 2016 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Work continues at Ferndale turbine

Engineers continue to work at a leaning turbine near Ferndale. Aaron Boles, vice-president of communications and investor relations with Capstone Infrastructure, which owns the three-turbine development at Ferndale, said beginning next week, engineers will start to take core samples of the foundation to determine what caused it to tip and to decide what steps can be taken to remedy it. In early April, it was discovered that the turbine was leaning after electronic communications with it were interrupted and members . . .

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May 28, 2016 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill on fire near Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – A wind turbine south of I-10 near the entrance ramp to Highway 62 caught fire Friday afternoon. Witnesses say the windmill is located near Pipeline Road and Kellogg Road near Palm Springs. Crews say the turbine was still smoking as of 7:40 p.m. We have a crew on scene and will bring more details as they come. Stay tuned to News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 for the latest details.

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May 28, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine failure in Sebewaing Township

Contractors for DTE Energy Co. dismantled a wind turbine in Sebewaing Township this week after a gearbox failure. The GE brand turbine located near the intersection of Sebewaing and Gettel roads is one of 44 in Brookfield Wind Park, located in Brookfield, Fairhaven, Grant, Oliver, Sebewaing and Winsor townships. DTE bought Brookfield, which was previously called Pheasant Run II, from NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. in 2014. Jennifer Wilt, lead communications specialist, DTE, told The Advertiser that the blades had to . . .

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May 28, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Grafton residents upset private meeting held with Iberdrola

GRAFTON >> Some members of the Select Board and meeting attendees snapped at each other Thursday night. The main discussion was around who would fill the vacant Select Board chair seat and suspicion that Vice Chairman Al Sands had a private meeting with Iberdrola Renewables, the company that is interested in building a wind-turbine project in Grafton and Athens. At the beginning of the meeting David Muelrath read aloud the Unilateral Communications-Public Body guidelines that’s listed in the Town of . . .

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