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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.


September 14, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm report a blow to future of the industry

A class-action lawsuit is being planned against a local council, the Victorian government and a wind farm operator after an independent review accepted resident complaints that noise from a Gippsland wind farm was causing them harm. A council-ordered report on the Bald Hills wind farm found there was a nuisance under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act. This was despite the wind farm being compliant with state planning laws. Investigators said they could hear wind turbines in some residents’ homes . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Gippsland wind farm adversely affecting residents, independent report says

Noise from a wind farm in Victoria’s Gippsland is having an adverse impact on the comfort and wellbeing of residents living at surrounding properties, a new report commissioned by a local council has found. According to the South Gippsland Shire Council, this could set a new precedent in how planning decisions are made about where wind turbines are built. The council said the report it commissioned into the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower found two surrounding properties were . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm may be causing health issues, court-ordered independent report finds

Noise from a wind farm in Victoria’s Gippsland may be causing health issues to residents living at surrounding properties, a new report commissioned by an eastern Victorian council has found. According to the local council, this could set a new precedent in how planning decisions are made about where wind turbines are built. The South Gippsland Shire Council said the report it commissioned into the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower found two surrounding properties were experiencing noise levels . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine noise breaks up the excitement

ARKWRIGHT– This week saw the powering up of the wind turbines in Arkwright, and the area received its first taste of what a wind farm is like when fully operational. Kellen Ingalls, project manager for EDP Renewables, gave his report to a crowded house at Monday night’s Arkwright town board meeting, stating the obvious, “the turbines are operational. All 36 of them are connected to the grid. We’re waiting to hear back any day now that they accepted power and . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan: communities like Mortlake unconsulted and ignored

Update, Wednesday, 1.30pm: A community meeting will be held at the Mortlake Hall next Monday from 7.30pm after the State Government sparked further debate about renewable energy. A Mortlake district resident said on Wednesday that wind energy was extremely expensive and impractical with foreign owned companies taking up massive government subsidies. “Our lovely Western District volcanic plains and prime farming country is being destroyed by these massive and environmentally unfriendly, using massive amounts of non-renewables in construction, destroying birdlife, dry . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Donegal councillor filmed in RTÉ sting was ‘negligent’

A councillor who was secretly filmed asking to be paid through a business partner for promised work on behalf of wind farm investors “blurred the lines” between his public duties and his role as a businessman, his barrister has said. The Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) is investigating whether John O’Donnell, an Independent councillor with Donegal County Council since 2014, breached the code that governs local authority members. The investigation is being conducted on foot of interviews carried out . . . Complete story »


September 11, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine bombshell – Noise ‘detrimental and unreasonable’

The investigation commissioned by the South Gippsland Shire Council, at a cost of $33,600, into Noise Complaint Notifications by residents living near the Bald Hills Wind Farm is complete. And two and a half years after they first made their grievances known, the report has found their complaints were fully justified. Described by the shire as “a highly experienced independent public health consultant”, at his appointment in February this year, James C. Smith and Associates has found that “there is . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Too loud: Hesse to check all wind turbines for noise violations

[Zu laut: Hessen muss alle Windräder überprüfen] Noise makes you sick, even that of otherwise so clean wind turbines. It was hoped that the ground swallows up some of their noise. But it doesn’t. So the state of Hesse now has to put all the wind turbines under the microscope. The Minister of the Environment doesn’t need that which prevents her from advancing in the energy transition. But she cannot ignore people who suffer from noise. So loud are they . . . Complete story »


September 9, 2018 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Injunction halts Oaxaca wind farm over indigenous rights violations

A federal judge has granted an injunction halting the construction of a new wind farm in Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca. A group of activists filed the injunction request on the grounds that the rights of local indigenous communities were violated during the planning and development process for the US $600-million project. However, the state Environment and Sustainable Energy Secretary was optimistic about the future of the wind farm, which is being built by the French firm Électricité de France (EDF). José . . . Complete story »


September 8, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine construction continues after cease and desist order

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Florida-based energy company continues to put up wind turbines in western Oklahoma, despite a request from the state to ‘cease and desist.’ The construction would seem to violate state law, and yet it’s not at all clear if the law can be enforced, at least in this particular case. Last Friday, the Chairman of the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, Mike Cooper, and the Director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, Victor Bird, jointly sent a letter . . . Complete story »


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