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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.

February 21, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Well water issue comes to Windsor

(WINDSOR, ON) – It could be wind energy’s promise of economical renewable green power has a bit of a dark side. In fact, the water flowing from the wells of residents living near Dresden, in Chatham-Kent, is just that, dark. Samples of the water which is reportedly fit for human consumption was brought to Windsor last Thursday evening by members of Water Wells First. It was their opportunity to connect with the province’s premier, Kathleen Wynne, at an open Town . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Council hit with expenses over Perthshire wind farm decision

A decision to reject a Perthshire wind farm has been overturned at appeal. Last year, Perth and Kinross Council refused the 11 turbine wind farm near the existing Drumderg wind farm beside Alyth, on landscape and visual impact grounds. The company behind the project which, it claims, could create enough electricity to power 19,000 homes, appealed the decision and the Scottish Government reporter has found in its favour. Andrew Sikes determined the council had “acted in an unreasonable manner” and . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Company answering to wind farm noise complaints in Faribault County

Dan Moore and some of his neighbors had complained for years about noise from the nearby Big Blue Wind Farm in southern Minnesota. Their grievances went unresolved. So, in an unusual move, Minnesota utility regulators intervened in 2017. They found Big Blue had taken up to three years to address noise problems, including a clunking sound that turned out to be a tool stuck in a wind turbine blade. Regulators found, too, that Big Blue never had its noise protocol . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Property owner alleges New Creek Wind turbines’ noise causes headaches

ELKINS – The owner of property in New Creek alleges wind turbines erected near his property generate noise that has caused him harm. William D. Benton Jr. filed a complaint Jan. 25 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia against New Creek Wind LLC, formerly AES New Creek LLC; Everpower Wind Holdings Inc. (Everpower); and Enbridge Holdings LLC alleging nuisance and negligence. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he experienced negative effects, including being . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Noise of wind turbine is unacceptable, say Cllrs

Councillors during Monday evening’s meeting of Birr Municipal District (Co Offaly) said the noise of a wind turbine in Meenwaun Wind Farm near Banagher is “completely unacceptable.” Councillor John Leahy said he visited the site recently. He pointed out that there are four wind turbines in the wind farm which are 169 metres in height. He said there are three houses in the vicinity, with five residents, which are badly affected by noise pollution from one turbine in particular. Prior . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth residents voice concerns over noise, flicker generated by turbine

PORTSMOUTH – The combination of the noise and shadows generated by the town’s wind turbine has rankled some neighbors who voiced their frustration to the Town Council during its meeting Monday. Mark DePasquale, the founder and chairman of the company that owns the turbine, tried to reassure them with promises to address the bothersome conditions. David Souza, a lifelong town resident who lives on Lowell Drive, showed videos of the repeated, flashing shadows cast on his home by the three blades . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy may be green, but the water in Chatham-Kent is brown

CHATHAM-KENT – Every morning since he lost the use of his well, Dave Lusk wakes up and tries not to let the anger seep in. But when he makes a trip from the water cooler in the kitchen and back to his bathroom vanity to wash up, it’s a reminder of the precariousness of his water supply. Lusk blames that fact on the wind turbines being built nearby, and the companies developing them. The 51-year-old owns a farm near Wallaceburg – in . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Residents pushing back against the wind

ORANGEVILLE, N.Y. – Like many Wyoming County residents, it was the simple beauty of the land that attracted Linda Makson. In 1973, after years of saving, she and her husband Paul bought 24 acres in Orangeville and built the house that they live in to this day. Through all that time, they developed as little of their land as possible, preferring to keep it natural and a haven for wildlife. “We chose to live here. We have a little land; we’re . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms at beauty spots 
linked to slump in visitors

Wind farms erected in scenic landscapes could be a turn-off for tourists, according to a report. The findings contradict previous studies which suggested the green energy schemes had no overall impact on visitors to Scotland The latest analysis, carried out for Mountaineering Scotland, indicates there is a drop in jobs related to tourism when turbines are built in places where visitors go to experience the country’s most prized natural assets. However, the developments could have a positive impact on areas . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Big Blue must submit noise data

BLUE EARTH – The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has voted not to revoke or suspend the permit for Big Blue Wind Farm in Faribault County, but the operation must meet certain conditions. The 36-megawatt wind farm consists of 18 turbines and is located in Jo Daviess Township. In 2017, farmer Dan Moore of Faribault County filed a series of complaints to the PUC, mainly concerning “jet noise” coming from the turbines. On Jan. 10, a letter was sent from the PUC . . . Complete story »

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