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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.

September 19, 2017 • France, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

La transition énergétique allemande jugée ambiguë

[German energy transition deemed ambiguous – Despite the spectacular development of renewable energy in Germany, the end of coal remains very remote.] Malgré le développement spectaculaire des énergies renouvelables en Allemagne, la sortie du charbon demeure très lointaine. Une semaine avant les élections législatives, dimanche 24 septembre, France Stratégie dresse un constat sévère. Après les premières années d’euphorie, place aux dures réalités. « L’horizon s’est obscurci » sur la transition énergétique allemande, souligne France Stratégie, l’organisme de réflexion rattaché au premier ministre, dans . . .

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September 19, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals court reverses judge’s decision allowing wind developers to dig on Osage land

A U.S. appellate court sided with the Osage Nation in a years-long dispute regarding whether the development of a wind farm on tribal land violated federal mineral regulations. The Denver-based 10th District Court of Appeals issued an order Monday reversing a 2015 court ruling that protected the Osage Wind project, which includes 84 turbines spread across about 8,400 acres in Osage County. The Osage Nation has long opposed the development, arguing that wind farming spoils the prairie’s natural beauty and . . .

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September 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy company walks away from Clearview proposal

A wind turbine company is walking away from plans to erect turbines in Clearview Township. WPD Canada has decided not to appeal a decision of the Environmental Review Tribunal to revoke the renewable energy approval (REA) for the Fairview Wind Project. The company had until Sept. 15 to appeal the decision of the ERT, which determined the project would have posed a risk of serious harm to human health because of the proximity of the proposed eight 500-foot-tall turbines to . . .

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September 19, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind petitioners respond to motion to dismiss

A group of Henry County residents who are challenging local wind turbine rules filed a response Friday to a ‘motion to dismiss’ that had been filed by Big Blue River Wind Farm LLC. Petitioners from Middletown, Straughn, New Castle, Shirley, Spiceland, Mooreland, Sulphur Springs and Hagerstown asked the local courts in May to review the Henry County Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance. Attorneys representing the group argue that Big Blue River Wind Farm, a subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, reached . . .

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September 19, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Council debates wind power issues

HOPKINTON – Members of the Town Council said they are reluctant to allow wind turbines to proliferate, but agreed at their Monday meeting to continue to explore ways of permitting some farmers to use wind energy as a means to generate income from their land. The town has already passed an ordinance allowing farmers with larger parcels to devote portions of their land to solar generating stations. Councilor Barbara Capalbo and council President Frank Landolfi said they were willing to consider . . .

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September 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Prince Edward County residents continue turbine fight, as work begins

Despite the fact that WPD has started to move in equipment and begin clearing work on the sites of nine proposed industrial wind turbines, residents in Prince Edward County opposed to the project, aren’t backing down. Another information night was held at the Milford Town Hall Monday evening, where a panel including Mayor Robert Quaiff and senior county staff answered questions from the public and heard suggestions about how to continue the fight against the project. Residents had gathered earlier . . .

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September 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Complaint lodged against North Kent Wind

Eleven Chatham area water well owners have now filed interference complaints with the Ontario government following the start of construction on a 34 turbine wind power project near their farms. The Council of Canadians is demanding work stop on the project following the 11th complaint. The developer, North Kent Wind One, owned by Samsung Energy and Pattern Energy, started pile driving for the first turbine foundation in late June. Some of the 11 wells affected to date have become so . . .

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September 19, 2017 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Eastern Oregon wind power heats up with new project

A Canadian company says it’s ready to pursue a big wind power plant in Umatilla County, not far from where the nation’s largest generator of renewable energy wants to build its own major wind farm. Capital Power Corporation this month filed a notice of intent with the state’s Energy Facility Siting Council to seek a site certificate for the Nolin Hills Wind Power Project, capable of producing up to 350 megawatts of power. It would be located about 10 miles . . .

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September 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

WPD Canada turns off wind turbine project

A big win for opponents of Giant wind turbines in Ontario. The appeal period has run out, and WPD Canada has decided it will NOT proceed with the Fairview Wind Project in Clearview township. Last month, approval for the wind turbines was revoked, but the company had until September 16th to file an appeal. The Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the previous Renewable Energy Approval, saying WPD Canada’s plans for 8 turbines just outside Stayner would pose serious harm to human . . .

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September 19, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Public meeting called over a planned windfarm close to Portarlington

A public meeting is being held in Portarlington this Wednesday night for people who may be concerned at a planning application for a windfarm close to the town, and visible from one of it’s beauty spots. Offaly County Council is considering an application by Moanvane Windfarm Ltd, part of Element Power renewable energy company. The application is for a windfarm of 12 turbines close to the Laois border, visible from Derryounce Lakes. The planned turbines would have a tip height . . .

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