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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.

June 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillor embroiled in turbine “cronyism” row suspended for six months

An Aberdeenshire councillor has been suspended for six months after lobbying colleagues about a proposal to build a controversial wind turbine on his farm. Turriff member Sandy Duncan first submitted plans to build a 150ft turbine at his Beechwood farm, near Forglen, three years ago. But, after a protracted planning and court row, the scheme was finally rejected in February Cllr Duncan, who was accused of “cronyism” by political opponents, appeared before a Standards Commission hearing in Aberdeen yesterday, facing . . .

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June 21, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

DPS criticizes noise monitoring plan for wind project

The state Department of Public Service and a citizen group are both urging significant changes in the proposed wind sound monitoring plan for the Deerfield Wind project under construction along Route 8 in Searsburg and Readsboro. In comments submitted June 15 to the Public Service Board, which is considering the company’s monitoring plan, the DPS questions Deerfield Wind’s role in selecting or supervising the monitoring contractor and the specific methods of monitoring to determine the effects of noise on residences . . .

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June 20, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Objections mount to wind proposal; Intervenors oppose discovery limits

Swanton – Parties filed responses to Swanton Wind’s motion to limit discovery questions for the remainder of the case on Friday. The filings send a clear, and discernably bitter response: No way. And here’s why. Swanton Wind filed the motion on June 7, after “recommending” the limitation of discovery questions in a late May filing concerning a new schedule for the project’s Public Service Board (PSB) review. Christine and Dustin Lang fired back, filing an objection noting what they alleged were . . .

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June 17, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Humming sound of wind turbines hits a bum note with residents

It was the humming sound of a wind turbine at 750 metres which certainly stood out to the hundreds of people who turned up at the information meetings both at Gneeveguilla and Ballydesmond. While Kerry County Council has refused planning to Silverbirch Renewables Ltd for 14 wind turbines which have a height of 150 metres, and which would have extended across 15 individual landholdings, the Sliabh Luachra Awareness Group are not resting on their laurels as they are of the . . .

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June 17, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Public Service Board rejects Deerfield Wind shutdown

SEARSBURG – The Vermont Public Service Board has denied a request for a cease and desist order to halt construction of the Deerfield Wind project along Route 8 in Searsburg and Readsboro. Thomas Shea, who owns property in Searsburg and is an intervenor in the project’s permitting process, filed a motion with the PSB on May 24. He sought an order halting the ongoing construction until all transportation-related permits are obtained by the developer. Shea alleged that the developer, Avangrid Renewables, . . .

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June 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fed-up families hit out over Nielston wind farm

Neilston residents have claimed complaints about noise pollution at the village’s wind farm are being ignored by council chiefs. According to Neilston Community Council (NCC), the concerns of those living in both Neilston and neighbouring Uplawmoor have been “either ignored or cursorily dismissed” for four years. It is claimed that East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) at first failed to investigate fears that excessive wind turbine noise was breaching limits set out in planning consent. Complaints over turbine shadow flicker – caused . . .

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June 15, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council ‘snubbed’ over windfarm benefits

Council chiefs have accused Scottish Government ministers of ignoring their pleas for help to secure Highland a fairer share of massive profits from green energy schemes. A row over the issue reignited yesterday with council leader Margaret Davidson claiming Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse had snubbed the north by refusing to discuss it. She told a resources committee meeting in Inverness that she had written to him twice in recent months hoping to discuss the matter and “got a flat refusal . . .

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June 14, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Saco looking to get rid of wind turbine

SACO – Since 2008, a 100-foot wind turbine has stood tall on York Hill, greeting visitors as they crossed over the Saco River to the city. Now, less than 10 years later, the city is planning to remove the structure which has never lived up to the city’s expectations. The wind turbine was purchased and installed by Entegrity Wind Systems in February 2008 for about $200,000. A contract with Entegrity Wind guaranteed the turbine would produce about 90,000 kilowatt hours a . . .

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June 14, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Counsel washes board’s hands of turbine noise complaint

BAD AXE – After being on the agenda for months, it appears that a local farmer will no longer be taking his 2016 complaint against Heritage Sustainable Energy before the Huron County Planning Commission. “We don’t have the authority to do anything at the planning commission … with respect to the complaint resolution,” said Steve Allen, Huron County Corporate Counsel, at last week’s planning commission meeting. Robert Gaffke, a Bloomfield Township farmer, filed a complaint last fall regarding noise from a . . .

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June 12, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

“A vendre. Cause : éolienne” : le ras-le-bol des habitants de Montagne-Fayel face aux nuisances

[It looks like a small advertisement, but it is a cry of protest: In the Somme, the village of Montagne-Fayel is for sale.] Cela ressemble à une petite annonce, et pourtant, c’est un cri de protestation : dans la Somme, le village de Montagne-Fayel est à vendre. A Montagne-Fayel (Somme), les panonceaux fleurissent sur les façades des maisons : “A vendre. Cause : éoliennes”. Une façon pour les habitants d’afficher leur ras-le-bol. L’extrême proximité des éoliennes, à 600 mètres des riverains, provoque depuis deux . . .

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