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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.

March 17, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Locals win Supreme Court battle against wind farm

A Supreme Court decision quashing planning permission for a ten-turbine windfarm in the Finuge area has been hailed this week as a ‘David vs Goliath’ moment for a group of locals protesting against the development since it was first mooted over four years ago. However, the protestors believe that the Supreme Court order does not mark the end of the saga. “We might have won the battle, but the war is still on,” one of the group told The Kerryman . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Operator loses High Court challenge to north Meath wind turbines refusal

A wind farm operator has lost a High Court challenge to a refusal of permission for 25 turbines – which would be among the tallest in the country – in north Meath. North Meath Wind Farm (NWF), and its shareholder, Element Power Ireland (EPI), brought the challenge against An Bord Pleanála over a refusal for the wind turbines at Castletownmoor, about 2.9km north of Kells. A central feature of NWF/EPI’s challenge was over an alleged error and another admitted error . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Kidder Hill opponents applaud decision

Opponents of wind projects like Kidder Hill reacted immediately Wednesday to the news that it was being suspended. In Irasburg, which was originally the site for the two Kidder Hill turbines, Ron Holland said the suspension of the Kidder Hill project “is a step forward for Irasburg and Vermont.” Holland was one of the six original protesters found guilty of trespassing at the Green Mountain Power wind turbine site on Lowell Mountain and has represented the town in opposing it. . . . Complete story »

March 1, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for Irasburg wind project scuttled

Vermont renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf has officially scuttled plans to build industrial wind turbines in the town of Irasburg. In a letter to the Public Utility Commission Wednesday, The AllEarth Renewables CEO’s lawyer said they are withdrawing their petition for the so called Kidder Hill Community Wind project. The commission last summer issued a ruling that the project’s application was incomplete. The two proposed 500-foot turbines would have been placed on land owned by Blittersdorf, but the project was . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Glenluce wind farm appeal rejected

A Scottish government reporter has rejected an appeal over a wind farm in Galloway concluding it is not the “right development in the right place”. RES was refused permission for the 14-turbine Annabaglish project near Glenluce last year. The company appealed against that decision saying it was “confident” it had got the location right. However, a reporter concluded it would have a “significant” impact on the landscape and turned it down. He added that the scale of the development’s contribution . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Jupiter Wind Farm rejected by Department of Planning and Environment

In a major ‘blow’ for the proponents but a win for many in the community, the Jupiter Wind Farm has been rejected by the Department of Planning and Environment. It still has to go to the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) for the final say, but the department has recommended that approval of the project should be refused. Director of Resource and Energy Assessments Mike Young said the department thoroughly assessed EPYC’s application to build a wind farm with 54 turbines . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals court affirms tearing down turbines; Court case prompts addition of new wind turbine ordinance

A zoning administrator acted illegally when she granted applications to a company to build turbines on agricultural land north and east of Fairbank. That’s what the Iowa Court of Appeals said in a Feb. 21 ruling. The Fayette County zoning administrator and the county attorney on whose legal advice she acted, erred when issuing a permit to the company that built turbines, the court concluded. Optimum, the turbine company, was granted easements by Thomas and Kimberly Rourke to build the . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals Court rules against Fairbank wind farm

FAIRBANK – The Iowa Court of Appeals dealt a blow Wednesday to three wind turbines built just east of Fairbank. The appeals court upheld a Fayette County District Court ruling that Mason Wind and Optimum Renewables built the wind energy towers in violation of the county zoning ordinance. The turbine developers, which completed the three 445-foot wind towers with an estimated cost of $11 million while the appeals were still pending, now face a court ruling to remove them. Surrounding property . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Bird risks block Himmelreich; German wind farm would pose threat to species, court rules

A regional court in Arnsberg has suspended the construction licence for the 34.8MW Himmmelreich project in Marsberg near Paderborn in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The wind farm would pose a threat to red kite and Montagu’s harrier populations, among other species, the court said. Construction of the project started in 2016 but was stopped by an earlier court decision in August 2016. The project plans foresee the installation of 11 Enercon turbines, including seven E-115 machines. A written court decision will . . . Complete story »

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 »

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