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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.

January 31, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish Government refuse windfarm for north of New Cumnock

Scottish Ministers have refused planning permission for a windfarm just north of New Cumnock. The application for six turbines on land at Garleffan had previously been knocked back by East Ayrshire Council in 2016. Following an appeal by the developers, Peel Windfarms, the matter was referred to the Scottish Government who have made their ruling. In the report by Lorna McCallum, an explanation is given on how and why the proposal was refused, referring to what economic benefits the windfarm . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Risk to geese scuppers wind turbine

A wind turbine with a blade tip height of 58 metres sited close to designated areas of sensitive ecology for wildfowl in Lincolnshire was rejected by an inspector. The farmland appeal site lay just over 2km from an estuary designated a special area for conservation, a special protection area and RAMSAR site of international importance as a habitat for waterbirds and pink-footed geese. Natural England disputed the appellant’s assessment of the risk of birds colliding with the turbine being limited . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Court blow for turbine backers

A community energy group is considering its next move after appeal court judges rejected its scheme for an 87m-high wind turbine beside the Severn Estuary. Forest planners had given permission for the turbine at Severndale Farm in Tidenham before it was overturned by the High Court last year, after around 100 local people pledged £15,000 to a Crowd Justice campaign to fight the plan. Now the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the Forest council’s ruling, which took into account . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Application for wind turbine to be built in Watergrasshill declared invalid

Those concerned about the planning sought by Kepak to build a wind turbine in Watergrasshill can breathe a sigh of relief as the planning application has been deemed invalid by Cork County Council Planning Authority. In accordance with Article 26 of the Planning and Development Regulations, 2006, the application cannot be considered. According to a letter from Pio Treacy Administrative Officer of the Planning Authority to Kepak Cork Unlimited Company, the main breach was in relation to site notices. “On . . . Complete story »

January 20, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wild reindeer foil wind farm plan in southern Norway

Norway rejected construction of a wind farm on Friday over concerns it could harm wild reindeer in southern mountains that are home to the last remaining viable populations in Europe. The 120 megawatt(MW) project in Bygland municipality aimed to boost business in the sparsely-populated region, but it would be within a designated reindeer-rich national reserve, according to the energy ministry. Norway has almost 35,000 reindeer in its southern mountains, the last redoubt of sustainable populations of the animals in Europe, . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2018 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Court orders halt to Juchitán wind farm

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a wind farm project in Oaxaca must be halted because the process to approve it violated the rights of the local indigenous community. Judges from Mexico’s highest court unanimously decided to grant an amparo, or injunction, to members of the Zapotec community in Juchitán on the grounds that they hadn’t been consulted or given their permission or authorization for the project to go ahead on their land. A district court in Salinas Cruz, Oaxaca . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peel appeal falls short in Ayrshire; 21.6MW Garleffan project refused on landscape, visual grounds

Peel Energy has been refused permission on appeal for the 21.6MW Garleffan wind farm in East Ayrshire, Scotland. Scottish government officials agreed with an original local authority ruling in 2016 that the project near New Cumnock would have unacceptable visual and landscape impacts. “I consider that the proposed turbines have not been sited and designed to minimise visual impact,” said the government reporter. Peel had argued that other nearby wind farms, including Hare Hill, would make the project acceptable in . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

With bankruptcy, Black Oak Wind Farm officially dead

The years-long saga surrounding the construction of the Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield has finally come to a definitive close, after the company sent a letter last week to Enfield Town Board members announcing its dissolution. While the project’s vocal opposition may be glad to see them go, it appears Enfield may still be left holding the bag for the failed alternative energy proposal to the tune of over $8,000. In the letter, Black Oak said they are not . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy residents rescind wind power bylaw

A form of renewable energy residents of Savoy heartily backed in January 2008 got the heave-ho Thursday night. By a vote of 101-22, residents who crowded into the town fire station deleted Section 9 of Savoy’s zoning bylaw, which allows commercial wind power generation, and added language specifically prohibiting it. The vote does not apply to one pending commercial wind project. If the five turbines planned by Minuteman Wind are erected, they will be the only ones allowed under bylaws . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Tiny Berkshire County town of Savoy bans wind turbines 101-22

Voters in this tiny Berkshire County hilltown, population around 800, overwhelmingly banned all new wind turbine development at a special town meeting. Thursday night’s vote was 101-22, far more than the two-thirds majority needed to amend the town’s zoning code. The vote overturns a 2008 ordinance that allowed and encouraged the turbines. Since then, many residents have been fighting a five-turbine proposal by Minuteman Wind, LLC, based in Newton, and by co-developer Palmer Capital Corp., based in Cohasset. The new . . . Complete story »

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