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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.

April 25, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Ida County residents share frustrations with wind turbines

IDA GROVE, IA – When you drive into Ida Grove, you see dozens of wind turbines in the distance. It’s part of a project that the county says by 2024, will generate over two million dollars for them. But there are some people who aren’t happy with these large towers. There are over a hundred Ida County residents crammed into the county courthouse who are worried. “There’s a lot of concern out there,” said Brett Bergman, a resident in Ida County. . . .

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April 25, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine stopped

The company behind a controversial wind turbine in Barnmeen has stopped the turbine until repairs are carried out to help noise levels. The decision to halt the blades for two weeks comes in the wake of a meeting of Barnmeen Residents’ Group last week. Neighbours are concerned about the turbine’s noise and its impact on the nearby community and environment. Ballee & Harryville Community Enterprise from Ballymena, a social economy project and charity, told this paper that the turbine will . . .

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April 22, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Flickers’ and ‘stray voltage’: Why these Iowans really, really hate wind power

Iowa’s wind energy industry is among the most successful in the United States, with plans to add hundreds of turbines in coming years. But the rise of wind power has prompted a backlash among some Iowans who have no desire to live near the massive propellers. A few reasons why they so vehemently oppose wind power: Constant ‘flickers,’ noise are ‘distracting’ Tom Stewart can see about a dozen wind turbines within a mile of the farmhouse he’s lived in since . . .

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April 22, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Nat’l Grid substation cost triples

While Interim President Jeffery Wright of the Block Island Power Company called it “good news” that Block Island’s 2,000 ratepayers will no longer be subjected to the almost daily fluctuating costs of diesel fuel when the island switches over to wind power, he said he was also “disappointed” that unexpectedly revised costs for the new substation and the transmission cable will lessen the hoped-for savings for BIPCo customers. The reason Block Island power rates will stabilize is because the members . . .

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April 19, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario schools address broken wind turbine

ONTARIO – Ontario Local Schools is telling the company that owns the wind turbine at Stingel Elementary to fix the turbine or lose the schools’ business and remove the equipment. The turbine has sat idle since November 2016, when its transformer stopped working. Superintendent Lisa Carmichael said district residents regularly inquire about the turbine. They often suggest that when the turbine isn’t running, the district isn’t saving money. But treasurer Randy Harvey said the opposite is true – the 6 to . . .

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April 15, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Solano County wind farm swept with fraud allegations

A wind farm in the southeastern Solano County community of Birds Landing was subject to $2.2 million in fraud by six defendants, according to an indictment on April 6 by a federal grand jury based on investigations by the FBI and IRS. The men were involved in a “scheme that caused the generation of purchase orders for parts and services not actually needed at the wind farms,” according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Purchase orders were sent . . .

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April 14, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Ontario pays $28-million awarded to wind company over offshore wind moratorium

TORONTO – The Ontario government says it has paid a $28-million award that a NAFTA tribunal ruled was owed to a wind power company over a provincial offshore wind moratorium. Windstream Energy had a 300-megawatt project planned in eastern Ontario when the provincial government abruptly enacted the moratorium in February 2011. The company took its complaint to a NAFTA tribunal that partially ruled in Windstream’s favour, awarding it about $25 million in damages for unfair and inequitable treatment as well . . .

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April 13, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘I just want someone to do something’ says Chatham-Kent man without well water

When Theresa and Lorne Pumfrey bought their home on Bush Line, water was the last thing on their mind. The small home on less than an acre had a well which had worked well for years. But last June, contractors set up about 900 meters from their home and started building a meteorological tower for the North Kent One Wind Farm. That’s when things started changing, according to Lorne. First, he says, the water was cloudy. They had the Ministry . . .

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April 13, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

If neighbor’s wind turbine flings ice chunks in your yard is it trespassing?

Kevon Martis has been the leading activist working to halt the expansion of wind turbine developments in Michigan. The Riga Township man who founded the grass roots Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition has coined a new phrase to describe one of the reasons he cares – “trespass zoning.” The concept is that the industrial wind farms’ towers and spinning turbines require such large safety zones and noise setbacks that these extend onto neighbors’ property. Turbine blades can reach up to 600 feet . . .

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April 12, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County planners hear about wind turbine noise complaints

BAD AXE – Residents and wind energy officials debated wind turbine noise Wednesday before the Huron County Planning Commission. During the meeting’s public comment, some county residents stated their opinion on how far away you can hear a wind turbine. Dennis O’Neil said that Robert Gaffke, who has a complaint against Heritage Sustainable Energy’s Big Turtle II Wind Farm, would not be able to hear a turbine from three-quarters of a mile away. Sally Kain then stood up and said that . . .

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