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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.

August 27, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Dixfield board discusses Wind Energy Facility Ordinance recommendations

DIXFIELD — The Board of Selectmen on Monday continued discussing revisions to the Wind Energy Facility Ordinance, especially whether Sugarloaf Mountain, Webb River Falls and Colonel Holman Ridge should be included as scenic resources. The ordinance was approved in 2012 and the revisions began in January 2013. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing 13 wind turbines on the Colonel Holman Mountain ridge. The corporation has been conducting research on the ridge, including . . .

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August 27, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Local GP speaks up over potential health impact of wind turbines

A GP insists a wind farm cannot be built at Berry Fen because of the impact turbines can have on people’s health. Dr. Pamela Kenny, a GP at Haddenham and Stretham surgeries from 1986 until 2006, and who is currently a trustee of the emergency medical charity, Magpas, has researched and written an article on the health impacts of wind turbines on behalf of the Stop Berry Wind Farm campaign group. The group is ferociously protesting against REG Windpower’s plans . . .

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August 27, 2014 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

White, Balint win Democratic Senate nods

The Windham forum showed differences among the candidates on a hot topic there -- windpower. A developer is studying the potential for a large-scale wind-turbine site in the towns of Windham and Grafton, though Windham's town plan prohibits commercial turbines. Allbee and Bowman both said they would support allowing individual towns to block a commercial energy project, while White and Balint said they could not back such veto power given the importance of regional and statewide energy plans.

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August 27, 2014 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Apex: Wind farm could be built even if land is annexed

CORPUS CHRISTI – Apex could consider moving forward with a full build-out of a proposed wind farm, should city officials and developers not reach a compromise, a representative told the council Tuesday. Jeff Ferguson, the vice president of project development at Apex Clean Energy, was one of about two dozen people who addressed the City Council during the second public hearing of the proposed 16-square-mile annexation of Corpus Christi’s extraterritorial jurisdiction in the Chapman Ranch wind farm area. “The assertion . . .

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August 27, 2014 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Somerset board to review wind turbine project ordinance

The proposed wind turbine farm in Somerset County will be in the spotlight again over the next two weeks as the county planning board will review an ordinance adopted specifically to address wind energy in the county. The proposed 50-turbine system headed by Pioneer Green Energy has been at the center of controversy in recent years, with alternative energy advocates and Eastern Shore representatives butting heads with legislators in Southern Maryland and in the nation’s capital. The Planning Commission will . . .

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August 27, 2014 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Vermont power line project to undergo environmental review

An energy project developer says the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a notice to prepare an environmental review for its proposed underwater and underground power line to bring Canadian power to New England by way of Vermont. The power line proposed by TDI New England would bring hydroelectric and wind power from energy-rich Quebec to the energy-hungry cities of southern New England. In May, TDI filed a presidential permit application with the Energy Department for the $1.2 billion project, . . .

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August 27, 2014 • New Jersey, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

FERC loses court fight on utility payments for transmission upgrades

A federal appeals court today threw out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a regional operator’s decision to require a New Jersey electric utility to pay for grid upgrades that were completed years before it asked to join the operator’s network. At issue in the complicated case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is West Deptford Energy LLC’s application to join the PJM Interconnection. When the West Deptford Township company applied to join . . .

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August 27, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wester Durie turbine plan rejected

Plans to erect a wind turbine close to Wester Durie Farm in Leven has been thrown out by councillors. A planning application for the 119 metre high structure proposed by Ore Valley Housing Association as part of their Fife Community Wind Project, was unanimously rejected when it came before members of the Central Area Planning Committee last Wednesday. In a report by planning officer Sharon Dorwood to councillors she said the proposed turbine would have a “significant detrimental effect on . . .

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August 27, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Aviation authority NATS objects to Hill Rig Windfarm

The proposed Hill Rig windfarm at Kilncadzow has suffered a blow as aviation authority NATS announced it was objecting to the plans. The NATS (formerly known as the National Air Traffic Services) objection is a blow to applicants Community Windpower Ltd but a boost to local residents who are campaigning against the eight turbine development. NATS’ Technical and Operational Report said that the development would have an impact on the nearby Lowther Hill Radar. Objections have also been submitted by . . .

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August 27, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind turbine development goes before Carlisle planners

A controversial windfarm will once again come before Carlisle planners. Members of the city council’s development control committee have been recommended that they approve plans for nine wind turbines at Beck Burn Peat Works, Springfield, Longtown. The application has been submitted by EDF Energy Renewables and would see each turbine at a maximum height of 126m to the tip of a blade – three times the height of Carlisle’s Civic Centre. The plans are an updated version of a previous . . .

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