Categories

View titles only
View by source
Archives

  • November 2018
  • October 2018
  • September 2018
  • April 2018
  • March 2018
  • January 2018
  • ALL
    RSS

    Add NWW Alerts to your site (click here)

    Sign up for daily updates

    Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

    Donate $10

    Donate $5

    News Watch

    Selected Documents

    All Documents

    Research Links

    Press Releases

    FAQs

    Publications & Products

    Photos & Graphics

    Videos

    Allied Groups

    Alerts

    These postings are provided to help publicize and provide examples of 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.


    posted:  January 19, 2018
    France, Impacts, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Fédération Environnement Durable

    Éolien: La révolte des territoires ruraux

    Aujourd’hui, en France, certains promoteurs éoliens tentent d’imposer leurs projets par la force, contraignant les riverains à créer des zones à défendre (ZAD) afin de préserver leur qualité de vie et d’empêcher le saccage industriel d’une nature rurale encore préservée.

    Depuis plus de 6 mois, dans plusieurs régions, des habitants de villages ruraux résistent aux forces de l’ordre envoyées par les autorités pour faire passer des convois acheminant des éoliennes par des petites routes de montagne ou de campagne, des chemins vicinaux, qu’il faut détruire, élargir, goudronner.

    Ces citoyens tentent d’empêcher des bulldozers de détruire des haies, d’arracher des arbres, de saccager des sites naturels. Ils refusent que des pelleteuses creusent de gigantesques cavités où seront déversés des milliers de tonnes de béton armé.

    Depuis plusieurs mois certains de ces résistants sont trainés devant les tribunaux comme des coupables de droit commun, alors que ces initiatives de désespoir sont le résultat de l’immense mépris des responsables du gouvernement et de l’indifférence du Ministre de l’Environnement Nicolas Hulot.

    Deux exemples emblématiques font la une des médias régionaux, deux collectifs anti-éoliens qui luttent jour et nuit depuis des mois :

    Le collectif des riverains de Bouriège qui résistent sur le pont du REC dans l’Aude

    L’Amassada de l’Aveyron qui refuse les 1000 éoliennes programmées, et le méga-transformateur d’EDF à Saint Victor de Melvieu

    La Fédération Environnement Durable regroupe un millier d’associations de toutes les régions de France. Elle n’utilise que des moyens légaux pour lutter contre l’envahissement de l’habitat rural par l’éolien industriel.

    Elle approuve le bien fondé du refus des projets éoliens concernés et lance une alerte : à terme, ces conflits risquent de conduire à des affrontements désespérés de plus en plus violents.

    La Fédération Environnement Durable estime que le gouvernement en portera l’entière responsabilité en voulant imposer le développement de l’éolien industriel par la force, et par des mesures de régression du droit de l’environnement par l’effet de la simplification des procédures juridiques.

    Paris le 18 janvier 2018

    Contact Presse :
    Jean-Louis Butré
    contact@environnementdurable.net
    06 80 99 38 08

    Bookmark and Share


    posted:  January 15, 2018
    Meetings, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  INCE Europe

    Wind Turbine Noise 2019: June 12-14, 2019, Lisbon

    The Eighth International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise will be held in Lisbon, June 12-14, 2019.

    The conference will be held at the Altis Grand Hotel, Rua Castilho, 11, which is within walking distance of the popular areas of Baixa, Chiado and Bairro Alto. Our two main conference spaces are “Europa” and “Londres”.

    Bookmark and Share


    posted:  December 30, 2017
    Environment, Newsletters, Vermont, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Vermonters for a Clean Environment

    Deerfield Wind, Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

    Wind energy development on United States Forest Service land in Readsboro and Searsburg is mountaintop quarrying.

    The Green Mountain National Forest got a new superhighway for trucks carrying loads of more than 200,000 pounds to elevations above 3000 feet. The bears got a new bridge.

    Click here to download VCE’s 2017 End of Year Report.

    Bookmark and Share


    posted:  December 29, 2017
    Action alerts, Impacts, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Gatehouse Media

    In Your Own Words

    Gatehouse Media found more than 450 families who have publicly complained about the impacts of living near wind farms. Have a similar experience? Tell your story.

    Page from Cary Shineldecker’s journal that he and his wife, Karen, kept while living next to the Lake Winds Energy Park

    Tell Gatehouse Media about your experience living near an industrial wind farm.
    All submissions will be considered for publication.
    Questions? Contact them.

    Published stories are at:
    http://gatehousenews.com/windfarms/in-your-own-words/

    Bookmark and Share


    posted:  December 22, 2017
    Information, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Michael Hutchins, American Bird Conservancy

    Wind Energy and Birds: Take Action

    What can our readers do to support bird-smart wind energy solutions?

    First, understand that although climate change is real and must be addressed, we should not be rushing to deploy solutions that damage our continent’s ecologically and economically important birds and bats and their habitats. Beyond their inherent value, these animals perform critical ecological services – such as pest control, pollination, and seed dispersal – that are worth billions of dollars to national economies and enhance the quality of all our lives [9].

    Second, make efforts to keep informed.

    Speak up to wind energy companies and regulators.

    Rally the support of others.

    And finally, forge alliances and educate others.

    Are there ways to address climate change without building thousands of new wind turbines?

    Absolutely. There are a variety of ways that we could be addressing climate change without having to build tens of thousands of new wind turbines and hundreds of miles of new power lines and towers.

    First and foremost, to slow climate change, it’s essential that we stop rampant deforestation and protect our remaining ecosystems, such as tropical rainforest, coastal mangrove forests and wetlands [2,5,6] and their biodiversity [1].

    Second, we should push for improved energy efficiency and conservation [4]. And third, we should probably be eating less meat. This is obviously a personal choice, but it’s a fact that conventionally raised domestic livestock is a major contributor to greenhouse gases [3].

    Finally, perhaps the best alternative to large-scale commercial wind and solar energy – both of which can be bad for birds when poorly placed in the environment [8] – is distributed solar energy on our already-built environment. We have the technology to put solar panels on our roads, in our windows, and on existing structures, such as buildings and parking lots. Keeping energy production local will also reduce the need to use power lines and towers to transport the energy produced across the country.

    The biggest challenge to this approach will be the power and utility companies themselves. As the technology allows for more energy independence, power and utility companies will fight this change as it limits their ability to profit.
    Fully one-third of our native bird species are in need of concerted conservation action in order to ensure their future. Taking action to support bird-smart wind energy solutions can help. Photo by Niek Goossen / Shutterstock

    Final thoughts

    Our irreplaceable birds and bats should not be “collateral damage” in our fight against climate change. Our birds are already in serious trouble, with fully one-third of our native species currently in need of concerted conservation action in order to ensure their future [7]. We could be doing so much better.

    References

    1. Bello, C., Galetti, M., Pizo, M.A., Fernando, L., Magnago, S., Lima, R.A.F., Peres, C.A., Ovaskainen, O., and Jordano, P. 2015. Defaunation affects carbon storage in tropical forests. Science Advances 1 (11): e1501105. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501105, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501105.
    2. Enochs, K. 2017. Study: Restoring wetlands could help fix climate change. Voanews.com.
    3. Gill, M., Smith, P., and Wilkinson, J.N. 2010. Mitigating climate change: The role of domestic livestock. Animal 4 (3): 323–333, doi:10.1017/S1751731109004662.
    4. Huntington, H., and Smith, E. 2011. Mitigating climate change through energy efficiency: An introduction and overview. The Energy Journal 32, DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol33-SI1-1.
    5. IUCN. 2017. Mangroves and marshes key in the climate change battle. Huffington Post.
    6. Martin, T. and Johnson, J. 2016. The best way to protect us from climate change? Save our ecosystems. The Conversation.com.
    7. North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2016. State of the Birds, 2016.
    8. Sahagun, L. 2016. This Mojave Desert solar plant kills 6,000 birds a year. Here’s why that won’t change any time soon. Los Angeles Times.
    9. Sekercioglu, C. H., D. G. Wenny, and C. G. Whelan, editors. 2016. Why birds matter: avian ecological function and ecosystem services. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

    Bookmark and Share


    posted:  December 15, 2017
    Comments, OregonPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley

    Encouragement and hope

    FYI and to encourage and give hope to other communities confronted with a seemingly fruitless battle against wind farms, I offer you an overview of our fight and so far, victory and our new challenge.

    Friends of the Grande Ronde Valley (FGRV) gathered together and began its fight against the 161 wind turbines of the proposed Antelope Ridge Wind Farm sometime in late 2009.

    With the strong leadership of Dennis and Pamela Wilkerson FGRV was able to fully utilize and direct all the ideas, energies and abilities of our group to wage a determined multi pronged attack to stop the proposed wind farm.

    We used yard signs, flyers, bumper stickers, flashing lapel buttons, canvas shopping bags imprinted with our logo, opinion letters, radio interviews, radio ads, a parade float representing the mountain in jeopardy, a full sized billboard on the Columbia Gorge, attendance at city and county meetings, personal meetings with local officials, lobbying State legislators while personally presenting them with boxes of homemade fudge, appeals to any and all officials, contact with regional think tanks, public utility meeting discussions, community meetings, banner waving at local events and businesses, a newsletter and a website. Membership was free but we passed the hat to build our war chest.

    FGRV was able to meet with other groups and work unilaterally to attain important resources and information. We concentrated on our agreements, not on our differences. Our committees were manned with several experts in complex fields along with a legislative analyst that trudged through the bureaucracies and legal documents. No one was left without a useful task.

    Finally we received notice that “EDP withdraws Antelope Ridge Wind Farm application 9-17-13”. Did that homemade fudge turn the tide???

    Is the fight over? No. There will always be another wind project in the wings. We are now in a coalition with StopB2H to prevent a proposed transmission line in our neck of the woods, hills and valleys. This proposed transmission line makes the way for more wind turbines somewhere along its route. The need for the B2H (Boardman to Hemingway) transmission line is not evident in the Idaho Power Company’s stats. So, we continue.

    Bookmark and Share


    posted:  December 5, 2017
    Advertisements, Comments, Minnesota, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Tom Behrends

    800-pound gorilla

    I got back from Iraq in 2007 with two turbines within 1,000′ across the road on a neighbor’s property. Then the noise started, followed by shadow flicker when fall rolled around. I contacted my Jackson County Minnesota planning & zoning director who said everything was done to state specifications. He gave me the contact information to the company that was managing the wind turbines. That started a long battle with are they noisy, how noisy are they, there is no way to accurately test them, etc.

    I have seen some right things and some wrong things in my 56 years in this country and 29-1/2 years in the National Guard. This whole wind power scam is just plain wrong. I feel there should be a national class action lawsuit on this issue, and frankly am surprised there hasn’t been one. The problem is there are those that think this is “green” energy, while the rural residents are tortured every single day by noise pollution and shadow flicker to name a couple. There is a “wind farm” in the planning process and the high pressure salesman talked to my brother three times getting the same answer: no. Then he had the gall to stop at my place.

    I have always wanted this cartoon to be drawn up as I feel they are trampling the little guy and his family out here, making their acreages unlivable as mine is. So I had my sign maker draw it up, changed a few things here and there and had it published. I feel if I can prevent one person or family from going through the torture and hell I have gone through the last ten years, it will be worth it. As citizens we expect our government to take care of us and look out for our best interests. It has failed in the past with arsenic, asbestos, DDT, lead in paint, pipes and gasoline, Agent Orange and who knows how many other things they thought were safe to begin with. I think wind turbines fit right in the same category.

    Tom Behrends, Brewster, MN

    Download PDF

    Bookmark and Share


    « Later PageHomeEarlier Page »

    Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

    Wind Watch on Facebook

    Share

    CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
    © National Wind Watch, Inc.
    Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
    "Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
    Share

     Follow: