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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


December 1, 2019 • Blogs, Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

Isle Of Man seabird populations plummet as wind farms overwhelm the Irish Sea

Herring Gulls are down 82%, European Shag down 51%, Razorbills down 55%. The list goes on … The world’s biggest offshore wind farm is just a few miles away. Isn’t there a conspicuous connection? The Isle Of Man wildlife charity Manx Birdlife has reported a shocking 40% decline in the populations of many species of sea birds around the island’s coast. The worrying figures emerged following a comprehensive census that took place over two years. Whatever the reason for the sharp . . . Complete story »


December 1, 2019 • Blogs, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Gordonbush wind farm extension: environmental and economic downsides

The Scottish Government has recently approved increases in turbine heights – now set to reach 150 metres (490 feet) to blade tip – at the extension to the Gordonbush wind farm in the far north of Scotland, near Brora in Sutherland. The approval brings many significant public interest questions into the spotlight. The Gordonbush wind farm is notorious for its impact on wildife in the area, particularly Golden Plover. A study by the RSPB found that “numbers of the plover, . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s municipal boondoggle begins its opening farewell

$2.3 million has been appropriated for turbine dismantling, removal and storage purposes.  Subsequent phases, all requiring more funding from Town Meeting, remain.  Option 1 – relocating both turbines for use at a site outside of Falmouth Nine companies / organizations responded to the town’s request for letters of interest regarding the wind turbine relocation project this past summer.  Four others expressed a general interest in the town’s turbines.  In the case of the nine companies / organizations cited above, a ‘Request . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • Blogs, IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Ford County State’s Attorney confirms board members cannot be compelled to complete the Wind Energy Conflict of Interest Survey

On November 8, 2019, Andrew Killian, the Ford County State’s Attorney, penned a lengthy letter to Ford County board members who received legal advice from an outside attorney in regards to a conflict of interest survey composed by Killian. The board members subject to Killian’s letter included Deb Smith, Tim Nuss, Ann Ihrke, Tom McQuinn, and Cindy Ihrke.  Apparently, the board members considered the “conflict of interest survey” as a fishing expedition which included baited questions that had more than . . . Complete story »


November 11, 2019 • Blogs, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Les éoliennes : Une escroquerie verte organisée – Témoignage d’une agricultrice bio

[Wind turbines: an organized green scam – testimony of an organic farmer ( Complete story »


November 11, 2019 • Blogs, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

State blows smoke to hide wind costs

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy agency issued a stern correction to an October 24 blog post in this space that said subsidies for offshore wind developers could cost ratepayers more than $6 billion. NYSERDA, the state Energy Research and Development Authority, said my calculations (which were based on NYSERDA’s own data) were “incorrect and misleading.” So I went back and double-checked. In one respect, I did make a mistake, explained below—but not in reaching the $6 billion estimate. In fact, the . . . Complete story »


November 9, 2019 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Michigan’s not good for wind power, so Consumers Energy customers will pay more

The Michigan Public Service Commission recently approved an application from Consumers Energy to buy an industrial wind farm development in Hillsdale County that is projected to begin operations by December 2020. The Crescent Wind Project is said to have a levelized cost of electricity, a common industry metric, of about $48 per megawatt hour over a 31-year period. That’s above the average national cost, and the rate will hold only if the big utility company is allowed to use federal . . . Complete story »


November 6, 2019 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Conflict of interest: Officials with turbine tower leases approve wind development

An industrial wind facility is set to launch in Hillsdale County next year, despite significant opposition from local residents and questions. The opposition stems in part from a series of approvals granted by Wheatland Township officials who stand to benefit financially from the construction and operation of wind turbine towers and related facilities. Opponents of the Crescent Wind Energy Center, organized as Concerned Citizen of Wheatland Township, claim the township’s planning commission and board rammed through ordinance modifications and use . . . Complete story »


October 3, 2019 • Blogs, U.S., West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Social media proves too real for invasive projects

Big, invasive infrastructure projects have lost the social media battle.  This isn’t new, it happened before the war even started.  There’s no way these projects can ever win the social media battle.  However, that doesn’t stop them from trying.  But, they’re only fooling themselves! Take a look at this silly article in a “renewables” publication.  Oooh… use of NIMBY in the headline and throughout the article.  Name-calling is one of the seven common propaganda devices named decades ago by a . . . Complete story »


August 12, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

A year later — still haunted

There’s no real reparations that will erase what has been done. The facts are pretty clear in the re-visited article (see link – https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/news/falmouth-resident-shares-lasting-turbine-troubles/article_7211f529-fd23-5dbb-87ab-d6cbdaf3fd47.html. And while the dust has settled over another year, the aftermath continues to leave many of us unsettled. Unable to “get back on track,” angry that justice should come only through debt. Debt beyond money. The debt affecting reputations and community acceptance. If there’s a lesson (a warning) to others out there, from a life lived . . . Complete story »


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