These postings are provided to help publicize the efforts of affiliated groups and individuals related to industrial wind energy development. Most of the notices posted here are not the product of nor are they necessarily endorsed by National Wind Watch.
On 9 June Polish Senate approved the bill providing for mandatory setbacks of new wind farm developments from residential housing, which had already been passed by the Lower House several weeks ago. To become law, the legislation must now be signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda and officially published. The law is expected to come into effect as from 1 July 2016. This new regulation affects rural communities in a number of important ways:
- future wind farms may be sited exclusively on the basis of local “spatial development” plans as adopted by municipality councils. Formerly wind farms could be approved by individual decisions of local authorities (mayors);
- the law provides for mandatory setbacks for industrial wind turbines of 10 times turbine height (total height of a wind turbine, including the blades) from residential housing and “valuable natural areas”, such as Natura 2000 and national parks. Formerly there have been no formal planning requirements in this respect;
- it introduces a new definition of “building structure” into Polish law. The entire wind turbine is now defined as a “building structure”. Formerly the blades and the turbine were not treated as the structure’s components and as such not subject to any technical supervision;
- the law transfers the authority to issue environmental permits from municipal authorities to regional government agencies specialising in environmental protection issues (Regional Environmental Protection Directors).
It needs to be noted that this legislation does not provide for the liquidation of any existing wind farms, does not affect in any way the current operation of these plants or the public subsidy system for industrial wind energy.
A recent report by the Polish National Auditor (NIK) analysed the failure to safeguard the public interest in local planning and approval processes for wind farms. Based on a multiyear inquiry covering 70 local and county level authorities, the report identified massive conflicts of interest (wind farms being sited on lands owned by local officials approving the projects), other widespread violation of local government laws, the lack of proper measurement of sound emissions from wind farms, and failures to properly consult with local communities about the projects.
The Polish Public Health Institute (PIZP-PZH) issued a recommendation that wind farms should be located at least 2 kilometres from people’s residences, citing a comprehensive review of current scientific publications (close to 500 items) and the precautionary principle that is part of the EU law.
10 June 2016 – editors of stopwiatrakom.eu, a national online platform for safe wind turbine setbacks from homes
Mainstream Renewable in violation of noise levels, seeks waiver — request for submissions regarding application
The Alberta Utilities Commission, the independent utilities regulator, will be considering the Oldman 2 wind farm post-construction sound survey at six locations in fulfillment of terms and conditions in Approval U2013-260. [Power Plant Approval U2013-260, Proceeding 2572, Application 1609509, May 15, 2013.]
At one of the six locations evaluated for noise levels near the Oldman 2 wind power plant, as required for compliance with Approval U2013-260, receptor C is in excess of the permissible sound levels.
The operator of the wind farm, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., is requesting, on behalf of Oldman 2 Wind Farm Limited, a waiver to exempt the Oldman 2 wind power plant from having to comply with the permissible sound levels at receptor C.
If you feel you may be affected by this application or if you would like to provide input in this proceeding, you can file a submission with the AUC to review before it makes its decision.
Written submissions are due April 7, 2016.
Additional information about the application
To learn more about the application process contact Jack Davis at 403-592-4467 or email your questions to email@example.com.
The application and any associated documents being reviewed are publicly available on our website.
For further details about the application, please contact the applicant:
Mainstream Renewable Power
Mainstream Renewable Power
Inês Ribeiro Canella
To register your concerns, or your support for the proposed project, please visit the AUC website and log in to the eFiling System to file your submission for Proceeding 21191. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact us at 780-427-4903 for other options for submitting your concerns and participating in this proceeding. If no written submissions are received, the Commission may make its decision without further notice or process.
Those who do not have access to the Internet can send a submission by mail or fax, and the AUC will upload the submission on your behalf. Please send your name, address, phone number, legal land location, description of your land in relation to the proposed development and describe your interest in the land, your business, or your activities which may be affected. Please briefly describe the issues you would like the AUC to consider when making its decision.
To support an open and transparent process, information you send to the AUC will be publicly available through the AUC’s eFiling System. If there is confidential information you would like to file, a request must be made in advance of filing your submission.
Issued on March 15, 2016.
Alberta Utilities Commission
Douglas A. Larder, QC, General Counsel
Announcements, Economics, Environment, Law, Northern Ireland •
Source: Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland
The Department of the Environment has launched ‘Calls for Evidence’ to help inform the scope of forthcoming reviews of strategic planning policy for Development in the Countryside and strategic planning policy for Renewable Energy development.
It is anticipated that the evidence received will improve the Department’s understanding of the operation and impact of the existing policy approaches as set out in the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and provide up-to-date evidence on the social, environmental and economic impacts of both strategic policy areas.
Depending, in part, upon the evidence received following the ‘Calls for Evidence’, the scope of the forthcoming reviews will be refined to focus on the key matters that need to be addressed. The subsequent reviews will be the subject of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
The summary papers detailing the scope and purpose of the ‘Calls for Evidence’ are available to view or download below.
Responses to the Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy ‘Development in the Countryside’ should be e-mailed to the Department no later than 6th May 2016 at the following address:
Type ‘COUNTRYSIDE’ in the subject bar.
Responses to the Call for Evidence for Strategic Planning Policy ‘Renewable Energy’ should be e-mailed to the Department no later than 6th May 2016 at the following address:
Type ‘RENEWABLE’ in the subject bar.
To ask about alternative document formats please contact the Planning Policy Team by telephoning (028) 9082 2302, textphone at (028) 9054 0642, or by writing to:
Planning Policy Division,
1–7 Bedford Street,
Environment, Presentations, Vermont •
Source: Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham
Civil and environmental engineer Geoffry Goll of Princeton Hydro will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the potential impact of industrial wind. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont’s high-elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology.
Grafton (Vermont) Elementary School gymnasium
Goll will highlight the extreme difficulty of controlling stormwater run-off from the high-impact, high-elevation construction sites.
He will describe the risks associated with the permit conditions and subsequent lack of enforcement by Vermont in permitting of the wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain.
He will also discuss the downstream risks imparted by such projects – including increased flooding, stream bank erosion, and sedimentation on culverts, bridges, and communities.
Sponsored by the Grafton Woodlands Group and Friends of Windham. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.
Contact: Lynn Barrett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-258-3992
Snow/weather date: March 19, 2:00 pm
Advertisements, Ireland, Publications •
Source: Irish Community Groups Fighting Wind FarmsIrish Community Groups Fighting Wind Farms
Health, Massachusetts, Noise, Protests •
Source: Falmouth wind turbine victims
Please help us “TAKE A STAND” to help wind turbine victims everywhere.
COME to Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday February 27, 2016, at 8 am.
ASSEMBLE at 59 Falmouth Town Hall Square, Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA
This DEMONSTRATION is intended to send a message to Local, State, Federal and international Governments that it is their duty and responsibility to protect and safeguard the people of the world .
The wind industry and the industrial wind turbine agenda through unrealistic government mandates has been given license to exceed the boundaries of human tolerance of this world wide nuisance.
A final hearing will be held and a vote will be taken to grant a special permit for the illegally built wind turbine known as Wind 1.
Many Falmouth victims, friends and citizens have been suffering physically, emotionally, financially for well over 6 years now .
The wind turbine victims have described this assault on them as infrasonic acoustical trespassing (aka) torture.
This kind of abuse can no longer be tolerated or ignored by such tyrannical governmental agencies.
The purpose of the demonstration is to sound the alarm ; to be the shot heard around the world.
The unregulated intentional harm to all men, woman and children of the world will not go unchallenged anymore.
Only you can help change this assault on humanity all concerned citizens from everywhere are welcome and encouraged to attend.
JUSTICE for the victims in Falmouth will set the standards for people around the world.
For more information contact : David Moriarty 774 521 8474 or email email@example.com
Seasons come and go in provincial Blaashoek, where the town’s superficial harmony is upended by the arrival of a wind park – a blessing for some, a curse for others. The irritating hum of the turbines keeps butcher Herman Bracke, known far and wide for his delicious ‘summer paté’, awake at night. He falls prey to a deadly fatigue and gradually loses control over his work, setting off a series of blood-curdling events, with fatal consequences for the townspeople. Life in Blaashoek will never be the same again.
The author, Bram Dehouck, writes:
A butcher who can’t sleep because of the irritating hum of a wind turbine, a veterinarian obsessed by the shadow flicker on his garden lawn, a dog that keeps on barking to a turbine …
These are just three of the characters in A Sleepless Summer, a novel about a village that subtly goes to ruins after a wind farm is set up nearby. A Sleepless Summer has just appeared in English.
I got inspired for writing the novel when a wind park was installed just outside my own village. The gigantic turbines made me wonder what would happen if several villagers suffered from them.
The novel has won the Best Suspense Novel Award 2012 (The Netherlands) and the Hercule Poirot Public Prize 2012 (Belgium). The film rights were sold within a week after the book was first published, and it has already been translated to German. In 2016, a French edition will follow.
You can find the first chapter and more information via this link: www.worldeditions.org/all-books/book/a-sleepless-summer/
Nederlands: Een zomer zonder slaap – www.degeus.nl/alle-boeken/boek/een-zomer-zonder-slaap/
Deutsch: Sommer ohne Schlaf – www.randomhouse.de/Taschenbuch/Sommer-ohne-Schlaf/Bram-Dehouck/btb-Taschenbuch/e440063.rhd