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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.


February 22, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Meadowsend Timberlands buys 600 acres; looks to renewable project down the road

Meadowsend Timberlands has purchased 600 acres of land adjacent to the southern portion of its Stiles Brook Tract, straddling Grafton and Townsend, Jeremy Turner, managing forester for the company, confirmed on Tuesday. He added that a quarter of the tract is in Grafton, with the remaining acreage in Townshend. MTL, based in New London, N.H., is a 23-year-old family-owned company that manages 30,000 acres of forests in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, including the Stiles Brook property. For the past . . .

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February 22, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Could wind turbines taint area aquifer?

The subject of the proposed West Fork Wind Energy Center, which is never far from the minds of local residents and county government, again reared its head this week. This time, however, it wasn’t setback distance, contracts or lawsuits which were discussed, but rather a question of whether the project itself could possibly have a negative impact on an area aquifer. That was the concern raised by three local residents – Joe Schultz, Craig Mosburg and Cecil Bell – Tuesday . . .

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February 22, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

NVDA says Dairy Air wind turbine on farm could be first of many in NEK

HOLLAND – State approval of an industrial- sized wind turbine on a dairy farm in Holland will open the door to more turbines on farms and woodlots across the Northeast Kingdom, warns Northeastern Vermont Development Association. NVDA, acting in its role as the regional planning commissioner for the Northeast Kingdom, filed a comment Thursday in opposition to a 499-foot-tall turbine proposed for Dairy Air Farm. Wind developer David Blittersdorf is seeking to erect the 2.2-megawatt turbine on the dairy farm about . . .

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February 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Caithness windfarm suffers setback as council objects

Plans for a 24-turbine windfarm in Caithness have been dealt a blow after councillors decided to object to the scheme. Members of Highland Council’s north planning committee overturned advice from officials in order to oppose the Limekiln Windfarm. The committee heard there were concerns about the impact on nearby wild land, the village of Reay and the road network – including views from the popular North Coast 500 tourist route. The development by Infinergy would include nine 413ft turbines, and . . .

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February 22, 2017 • Virginia, West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

PSC considers Appalachian Power’s wind energy plan

Appalachian Power is close to obtaining additional wind energy generation for the next 20 years, but customers will be responsible for its costs if the wind energy market goes south, according to recent testimony before the state Public Service Commission. The PSC is mulling over whether or not to approve Appalachian Power’s purchase of 120 megawatts of wind power, which the company announced in June 2016. The source would be energy company NextEra’s planned Bluff Point Wind Energy Center in . . .

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February 22, 2017 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Vermont’s unsung hero: Annette Smith battles entrenched power — and old friends

After years of battling the powers that be in relative anonymity, in January the Burlington Free Press named Annette Smith “Vermonter of the Year.” That’s a much kinder title than some others have applied. The Bennington Banner once labeled her “a one-woman wrecking crew.” Off the record, green energy lobbyists have been even less kind. When multibillion-dollar industries want something done in a small rural town, many people would assume it’s a lost cause for any average resident to fight . . .

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February 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

An ill wind for some in the north

The two tallest wind turbines in Scotland, more than three times the height of Edinburgh’s Scott Monument, could soon be floating four miles off the north coast, if ministers approve the development. But residents in one fragile Highland community fear the giant yellow structures, could make the already difficult task of holding on to their population and attracting new people, even harder by damaging views of Orkney. Hexicon AB, a Swedish design and engineering house developing floating multi-turbine platforms, submitted . . .

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February 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

U.S. company goes to court to enforce $28M damage award for Ontario ban on Great Lakes wind farms

The wind-power company that won a $28-million trade award over the Ontario government’s decision to kill its Lake Ontario wind farm is going to court to collect, it said Tuesday. Windstream Energy hasn’t been paid the damages an international tribunal awarded it at the end of September, the company said. The arbitration panel from The Hague gave Canada 30 days to fork over the compensation for Ontario’s sudden decision to stop wind farms in the Great Lakes in 2011, after . . .

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February 22, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy faces possible moratorium

The North Dakota Senate is considering two bills that could negatively impact the development of wind farms in the state, according to Rep. Mike Brandenburg, R-Edgeley. Senate Bill 2314 was amended to include a two-year moratorium on new wind farm projects before it passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 4-3 vote Friday. Sen. Jessica Unruh, R-Beulah, said another amendment passed the committee Tuesday that would place a moratorium on wind projects until Aug. 1, 2019, “unless . . .

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February 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Bill targets 100 percent renewable energy goal

Every house, building and car in Massachusetts would be powered by renewable energy sources in the coming decades under a new bill in the state legislature. That would make Massachusetts the first state in the country to commit to getting 100 percent of its power from renewable sources, such as wind and solar. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, Rep. Sean Garballey, D-Arlington, and Rep. Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, would require Massachusetts to source all electricity in the state . . .

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