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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.


July 23, 2014 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Mikulski pushes to delay Somerset wind turbines

The debate over whether wind turbines proposed for bucolic Somerset County across the Chesapeake is not dead in St. Mary’s, or in Washington. Texas-based wind company Pioneer Green has plans to build 25 turbines, each potentially nearly 700 feet tall, near the bay shoreline. Meanwhile, Navy and industry leaders in St. Mary’s fear those windmills could interfere with sensitive radar tests done, in part, to determine the stealth of jet aircraft. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chair of the Senate Appropriations . . .

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July 23, 2014 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Bats get ‘the bends’ from wind turbines

Bats get ‘the Bends’ when they fly too near wind turbines, experts have claimed. Queen’s University Belfast said pressure from the turbine blades causes a similar condition as that experienced by divers when the surface too quickly. Conservationists have warned that the bodies of bats are frequently seen around the bases of turbines, but it was previously assumed they had flown into the blades. However, Dr Richard Holland claims that bats suffer from ‘barotrauma’ when the approach the structures which . . .

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July 23, 2014 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

Measures to block wind farm voted down

In other business the commissioners: — Voted down four proposals dealing with a proposed wind turbine project on Turkey Heaven Mountain. The first resolution asked that the commissioners promise not to close or re-route Cleburne County Road 852 which is the main road up the mountain. The second asked that the commissioners withdraw support for wind turbines and contact local legislators and the governor to notify them. The third asked the commissioners contact Gov. Robert Bentley to request a statewide one-year moratorium on the construction of wind turbines. The last asked that they promise not to use eminent domain or condemnation of private property to benefit the development of wind power. The first three were defeated 1-3 with Langley voting yes and Commissioners Bobby Brooks, Laura Cobb and Emmett Owen voting no. The fourth died in a 2-3 vote with Langley and Cobb voting yes and Brooks and Owen voting no. Commission Chairman Ryan Robertson broke the tie with a no-vote.

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July 23, 2014 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Feds asked to rethink energy project near Joshua Tree National Park

A desert protection group has formally asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its approval of a large pumped storage project near Joshua Tree National Park. In a formal legal request filed Monday, the Riverside County-based Desert Protection Society charges that FERC’s approval of the controversial Eagle Crest pumped storage project violates several federal laws and should be reconsidered. The group also says the project poses an undue threat to the Chuckwalla Valley’s groundwater, as well as to wildlife . . .

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July 23, 2014 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Feds consider community agreements for local offshore wind developers

NEW BEDFORD — The federal government is preparing for another auction of a wind energy area off the Massachusetts coast. But this time, the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management will take into account how a potential developer might work with local communities. The auction procedure tentatively set up by BOEM in a draft document allows the bureau to consider whether potential developers have entered into any “community benefit agreements.” According to BOEM, the agreements would be legal contracts between an . . .

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July 23, 2014 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Lincoln County Commission hears argument against wind farms

CANTON, SD – A proposed wind farm in Lincoln County has led to controversy over the last few months. A Minnesota lawyer, representing an anti-commercial wind farm group know as WE-CARE South Dakota, went in front of the Lincoln County Commission Tuesday to talk about some concerns. The potential wind farm could have as many as 500 wind turbines built in Lincoln County. According to Dakota Plains Energy Principle Rob Johnson, the energy created here would generate electricity in up . . .

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

Threat posed by wind farms to be topic of Oct. 10-12 International Bald Eagle Days

APPLE RIVER, Ill. — The Eagle Nature Foundation (ENF) has announced the banquet speaker for the 2014 International Bald Eagle Days (IBED) in Kansas City Oct. 10-12 will be George Fenwick, president of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in Plains, Va. Fenwick has served as president and CEO since ABC’s founding in 1994. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of capacities during 15 years with the Nature Conservancy, including director of science, and chairman of the Last Great . . .

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July 23, 2014 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proponent decries calls for road damage bond

A company proposing to build a 70-turbine wind farm in far north Queensland says it rejects calls to make it pay a bond to cover road damage. The State Government is assessing RATCH Australia’s development application and public submissions closed earlier this month on the project’s draft environmental impact statement. The Tablelands Regional Council wants assurances it will be compensated for any road damage during construction, with one councillor calling for a bond to protect the council should the developer . . .

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July 23, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New turbine battle for Kilncadzow residents

Plans for a new eight turbine windfarm at Kilncadzow have been officially lodged with South Lanarkshire Council. The proposals for the Hill Rig Windfarm could potentially see the erection of eight turbines with a maximum height of 130 metres being constructed in the Clydesdale countryside. Applicants Community Windpower Ltd have said that the windfarm would generate 28 megawatts of energy each year powering over 17,000 homes. The company, based in Motherwell, has also stated in its submissions to the council . . .

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July 23, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Navitus Bay wind farm ‘bad For Bournemouth’

A council report’s found the proposed Navitus Bay wind farm would be bad for Bournemouth. It’s the conclusion of a detailed local impact report commissioned by Bournemouth Borough Council into the likely effects of the 194 wind turbines, each up to 200 metres in height. Due to be considered at today’s Cabinet meeting (23 July 2014), the report lists how hundreds of thousands of potential visitors are expected to be put off visiting the resort during the construction and operational . . .

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