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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

July 14, 2017 • Iowa, Letters, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Notice to adjoining property owners

A petition for a conditional use has been filed by Upland Prairie LLC c/o Apex Clean Energy and participating landowners within the project area. The request is to construct 47 Wind Energy Conversion Systems and 2 permanent meteorological towers in the A-1 Agricultural District allowed only as a conditional use in sections 07-09, 15-23, 25-35, Westport Township, Dickinson County, Iowa, and in sections 28-32, Okoboji Township, Dickinson County, Iowa. A public hearing will be held by the Dickinson County Board . . .

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July 3, 2017 • Europe, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Regulators call for priority dispatch of existing renewables to be removed

Remove priority dispatch for existing Renewables Avoid non-market approach to redispatch and RES curtailment Avoid net metering and ensure fair cost allocation RES White Paper is the first in a series of Regulatory White Papers Today Energy Regulators (ACER and CEER), in their White Paper on Renewables in the Wholesale Market , called for EU legislators to bring Renewable Energy Sources (RES) fully into the mar ket in the clean energy transition. Regulators recommend 3 changes to the European Commission’s . . .

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June 30, 2017 • Ohio, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Bird conservation groups win fight against great lakes wind project

Camp Perry turbine would have set dangerous precedent. (Washington, D.C., June 29, 2017) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) have won their campaign to stop a planned wind turbine in a major bird migration corridor close to the shores of Lake Erie. In response to a lawsuit by ABC and BSBO, the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG) has announced that it has not approved or authorized plans to install a large turbine at its Camp Perry . . .

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June 15, 2017 • France, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Occitanie, des citoyens bloquent un pont routier pour arrêter un convoi éolien

[Associations of l’Aude, their fundamental rights violated by a wind promoter who is trying to force through a convoy of giant wind turbines destined for St Pierre le Clair, have blocked the Rec bridge for eight days.] Des associations de l’Aude, estimant que leurs droits fondamentaux sont bafoués par un promoteur eolien qui tente de faire passer en force un convoi d’éoliennes géantes, destinées au parc de St Pierre le Clair, bloquent depuis huit jours le pont du Rec. Ils . . .

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June 12, 2017 • Nova Scotia, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Grand Etang wind turbine removal gets underway

Nova Scotia Power is undertaking site cleanup and removal of the Grand Etang wind turbine, which is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. The turbine has not been in operation since early January following an unexpected collapse of the turbine structure. No one was onsite at the time of the incident and there we no injuries. A detailed investigation into the turbine collapse has been underway over the past few months, with further analysis of the data . . .

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May 15, 2017 • Illinois, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Photos more credible, cartoons more persuasive

Urbana, Ill. – If you’re creating a message to educate, inform, or persuade, don’t underestimate the power of a well-executed cartoon. A new study at the University of Illinois suggests if you’re trying to convince the public to change their stance on a topic such as wind energy, you may be more successful if you use a cartoon rather than a photograph. “Photographs were shown to be more credible, but cartoons were more likely to change behavior,” says U of . . .

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May 4, 2017 • California, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbines Affect Behavior of Desert Tortoise Predators

How a wind energy facility is designed can influence the behavior of animal predators and their prey, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Wildlife Management by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Scientists placed motion-activated cameras facing the entrances of 46 active desert tortoise burrows in a wind energy facility near Palm Springs, California. Video recordings showed that visits to burrows from five predators – bobcats, gray foxes, coyotes, black bears . . .

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May 4, 2017 • Oregon, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Research aims to protect eagles from wind turbines

The system will feature a tower-mounted, computer-connected camera able to determine if an approaching bird is an eagle and whether it’s flying toward the blades. If both those answers are yes, the computer triggers a ground-level deterrent: randomly moving, brightly colored facsimiles of people, designed to play into eagles’ apparent aversion to humans. “There’s no research available, but hopefully those will deter the eagles from coming closer to the turbines,” Albertani said. “We want the deterrent to be simple and affordable.” At the root of each turbine blade will be a vibration sensor able to detect the kind of thump produced by a bird hitting a blade. Whenever such a thump is detected, recorded video data from a blade-mounted micro-camera can be examined to tell if the impact was caused by an eagle or something else.

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April 20, 2017 • Illinois, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Livingston County Board approves changes to wind ordinance

After 3 years of hard work, the United Citizens of Livingston County Illinois are grateful to announce the following: GREAT NEWS for RESIDENTS of LIVINGSTON COUNTY (IL): Tonight, 10 years after they first adopted a wind ordinance, the Livingston County Board approved changes to the County’s wind ordinance to protect citizens from the impacts of industrial wind turbines. Based on the recommendation of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the County Board approved the following changes: Increasing setbacks from homes from . . .

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March 28, 2017 • Ohio, Press releases, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Bird groups sue to stop Lake Erie wind project

Camp Perry turbine would set dangerous precedent for the Great Lakes region. Two leading bird conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), have filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Air National Guard (ANG) over its plans to build and operate a wind turbine at its Camp Perry facility. Located in Port Clinton, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, Camp Perry lies in a major bird migration corridor, close to numerous Bald Eagle nests, and . . .

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