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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.

November 22, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Fulton County leaders vote down wind rules; Residents respond with gratitude

ROCHESTER – Fulton County Commissioners received applause, cheers and a standing ovation from many of those who packed a building at the county’s fairgrounds Monday night after voting down measures that would have paved the way for proposed wind turbines. Commissioners Bryan Lewis and Rick Ranstead voted 2-0 Nov. 20 to remove the county’s commercial wind ordinance from its zoning ordinance. A proposed ordinance had been before the commissioners that would have changed setback rules for commercial wind turbines in the . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy gets some ‘blow back’

Supporters of wind energy in Northeast Nebraska might feel like they are going against the wind after action taken Monday in two counties. The Pierce County board of commissioners delayed action on new wind energy regulations. Instead, commissioners extended an existing moratorium on receiving any wind farm applications that was scheduled to expire in December. The moratorium had been put in place in June. In Stanton County, commissioners held a public hearing on the county’s new comprehensive plan that includes . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Nearly 470 sign wind farm petition

Nearly 470 people have reportedly signed a petition expressing their opposition to the proposed Freeborn Wind Farm project in southeast Freeborn County. Representing the Association of Freeborn County Landowners, Doreen Hanson presented the petition Tuesday to the Freeborn County Board of Commissioners. Hanson said landowners and residents expressed their opposition to the project based on concerns regarding electromagnetic currents, noise, light flicker, possible loss of on-air signals and other possible impacts from the turbines. “Our objective is to see the . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Utility regulators look again at prosecuting wind company

PIERRE – Members of state government’s Public Utilities Commission and several of their lawyers discussed Tuesday whether a wind-energy developer who began work last year and still hasn’t applied for a permit should be referred for criminal prosecution. Scout Clean Energy gained a two-year advantage over competitors that would be worth “tens of millions of dollars” in tax benefits after the Boulder, Colorado-based company moved dirt at several wind-turbine sites in Hand County, commissioner Chris Nelson said. Commissioner Gary Hanson . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm opponents present petition

It’s a proposal that has generated concerns among many residents across a wide swath of Freeborn County. The latest chapter of the story was written on Tuesday morning. “I’m here to present a petition” Shell Rock Township resident Dorenne Hansen told members of the Freeborn county board. “The petition was presented for the association of Freeborn county landowners with 469 signatures” added Shell Rock Township resident Stephanie Richter. The petition put those land-owners on-record as being against the Freeborn wind-energy . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Dirty well water delivered to environment minister

Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton delivered a bottle of turbid water to Environment Minister Chris Ballard in the Ontario legislature Tuesday to emphasize the impact wind turbine construction has had on area water wells. “I want the minister to understand why communities are so troubled by the effect of wind turbines on their water,” said McNaughton. “Wells that have produced clean, clear water for decades have begun producing dirty brown, unpotable water since construction of turbines for the North Kent I . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms will not be making their way to Fulton County anytime soon

New developments in the proposal to bring commercial wind farms to Fulton County. County Commissioner Bryan Lewis says they voted down the proposal Monday night. He says they did what the majority of people in Fulton County appeared to want. The issue now goes back to the County Zoning Board which could amend it and send it back to commissioners. Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Green light for £37m Co Tyrone wind farm a decade after plans first drawn

A proposal for a major £37m wind farm has been given the go-ahead after an appeal decision almost a decade after plans were first drawn up, it can be revealed. The wind farm will see 10 turbines, each 125 metres tall, being built at Curraghamulkin in Co Tyrone. Last year, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council planning committee turned down the plans amid concerns over noise and the impact on the surrounding area. But now, the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) has . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • Australia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Price of power

The Keyneton wind turbine hosts’ plan to ruin this Barossa area with some 20 kilometres of pointless fans has almost expired. In December 2013, Planning Minister John Rau gave their beloved business partner, Pacific Hydro, four years of construction time to effectively wipe out our homes and further destabilise our once reliable electricity grid. I note this development application and approval never included any equally useless storage for these occasional, poor quality sparks. Their cherished company (now a Chinese government . . . Complete story »

November 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario lost up to $1.2 billion selling clean energy: engineers

Ontario lost between $732 million and $1.25 billion over the past two years selling surplus clean electricity outside the province, an analysis by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) estimates. That’s the difference between what Ontario agreed to pay to produce nuclear, water, wind and solar power, and the bargain basement price it sold it for on the international market. Energy expert Paul Acchione, OSPE’s past president and chair, said excess clean electricity should be offered first to Ontario . . . Complete story »

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