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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.

April 23, 2014 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Bird groups challenging another wind turbine project

The Black Swamp Bird Observatory and American Bird Conservancy are challenging another wind turbine project, contending its location poses considerable risk to migrating songbirds. In an April 4 letter to the Ohio Power Siting Board, Kim Kaufman, executive director of the observatory, and Michael Hutchins, national coordinator of the conservancy’s Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign, say they have many of the same concerns regarding the proposed location of the LEEDCo. wind turbine project in Lake Erie near Cleveland as they . . .

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April 23, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind turbine thrown out by councillors

Councillors have turned down plans for a 34-metre wind turbine in the green belt at Thornton amid fears the number of turbines in the vicinity is turning the area into a wind farm by the back door. Bradford Council planning officers had recommended the scheme at 75 Back Heights Road, which was for a 50kw turbine on a 25 metre mast, be approved. But the majority of councillors at Bradford Planning Panel yesterday disagreed. Four members voted against the plans, . . .

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April 23, 2014 • Connecticut, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

FairWindCT’s multi-year efforts rewarded as wind regulations pass

Final Approved Regulations Contain More Protections Than Other Versions,  But Some Work Remains HARTFORD, CT – April 22, 2014 Following final passage of the first statewide industrial wind turbine regulations for Connecticut, the advocacy group FairWindCT today thanked state legislators on the Regulations Review Committee, especially its co-chairs Representative Selim Noujaim and Senator Andres Ayala, Jr., Ranking Members and others who took a deliberative approach to understanding the issues and concerns voiced by stakeholders and kept the regulations process moving forward. Addressing the concerns of . . .

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April 23, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Corringham: Residents are being urged to speak out about the proposal at Brown’s Holt Wind Farm

Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh has said people should not be afraid to voice their opinion about the proposed Brown’s Holt Wind Farm now that consultation is underway. RES is consulting with local people about its proposal for Brown’s Holt Wind Farm, in Corringham, located approximately six kilometres north east of Gainsborough. The proposal for Brown’s Holt Wind Farm is still in the early stages. The site was previously investigated by SSE Renewables who considered a larger 17 turbine scheme. . . .

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April 23, 2014 • ConnecticutPrint storyE-mail story

Legislators approve wind-power regulations

The General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved regulations that held up the construction of wind turbines in Connecticut since 2011. The vote paves the way for Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy to apply to build a 10-12 megawatt wind farm in Ashford and Union. Melanie Bachman, acting executive director of the Connecticut Siting Council, said Tuesday that she expects the council to receive an application soon. “It certainly has taken a while, but we were very pleased particularly . . .

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April 23, 2014 • ConnecticutPrint storyE-mail story

Wind siting regulations approved, but may be too late

After nearly three years with wind energy development in Connecticut at a standstill – siting regulations for wind turbines have finally been approved. But how quickly or energetically wind will move ahead is still a question. It took five tries before the Regulation Review Committee approved the Connecticut Siting Council proposal that establishes setbacks and heights for turbines, noise and “flicker” from their turning blades, decommissioning and other contentious details. While some tweaks had been made over time, the provisions . . .

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April 23, 2014 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Storm brewing on wind contracts

Contracts signed by more than 1,000 farmers for the collapsed midlands’ wind energy projects should be reviewed as a matter of urgency, a legal expert has warned. While the midlands wind energy plans are in limbo following the failed energy export negotiations between the Irish and British governments, Nora Fagan – a member of the Law Society’s commercial business panel – says the lease options negotiated by energy companies could still have serious long-term consequences for farming families. Ms Fagan, . . .

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April 23, 2014 • SaskatchewanPrint storyE-mail story

Saskatchewan wind project moves forward

In April 2012, the project was deemed a “non-development” by the provincial environmental assessment branch. This allows the project to proceed towards the construction phase without a full environmental assessment.

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April 23, 2014 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce opposes wind farm

The Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce is joining the fight against a proposed wind farm in southern Nueces County, near Chapman Ranch. As we’ve reported, the city council passed a resolution opposing that wind farm, which lies within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The city is also attempting to annex that land. The company trying to build the wind farm is APEX Clean Energy. The Chamber of Commerce, like many city officials, thinks this wind farm will hurt economic growth on . . .

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April 23, 2014 • Editorials, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Wind industry produces little energy, lots of hot air

Failed Policy: The federal government has spent some $100 billion in taxpayer subsidies on green energy since 2006. Now we are seeing the flimsy and declining returns on that investment. The wind industry saw its growth tumble by 92% last year, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), and that’s off of a very low base to begin with. Big Wind blames the decline in output on uncertainty over the future of a federal wind . . .

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