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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

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.

May 29, 2015 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

9th Circuit OKs Southern California wind farm project

The 9th Circuit said the federal government properly granted a right-of-way over federal land for a wind energy project on private land near Tehachapi, Calif. without formal environmental analysis. Plaintiffs’ attorney Jason Rylander said the environmental groups he represented were disappointed by the Wednesday decision. “I think it’s an unfortunate ruling,” he told Courthouse News in an interview. “When private developers seek to use public benefits, in this case land, they should expect to comply with federal environmental laws and . . .

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May 29, 2015 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

‘Clean Jobs Bill’ would pass increases on to customers; Critic says costs of meeting new standards ‘outrageous’

SPRINGFIELD – Everyone with electric power would pay more for wind turbines and other renewable energy sources under proposed legislation at the Illinois General Assembly. Although law makers supporting the measure are not promoting it that way, the bill under consideration would provide for adoption of a plan setting goals and authorizing “all renewable energy credits necessary” to meet them. Utilities would pass the costs to customers, as they do under current energy efficiency law. Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) . . .

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May 29, 2015 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Anti-Cape Wind group blasts company’s extension request

The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound is blasting an attempt by Cape Wind to obtain a a two-year extension from the state for its transmission facilities — a request the opposition group says the state should deny. “This is a clear indication that Cape Wind has not given up its plans to build 130 massive wind turbines in the Sound,” said Audra Parker, president and CEO of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, in a statement on Wednesday. “So long . . .

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May 29, 2015 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider expanding incidental take authorization under Migratory Bird Treaty Act

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a notice in the Federal Register identifying its intent to prepare an environmental impact statement analyzing various approaches for regulating incidental take of the 1,027 bird species in the United States currently protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).  The approaches that the Service will consider include (i) general incidental take authorization for specific types of activities; (ii) individual incidental take permits for specific projects or activities; and (iii) . . .

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May 29, 2015 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Opinion: If wind turbines are taller, more birds will pay the price

When the Department of Energy released its recent report championing the construction of larger, more powerful wind turbines, the wind industry unsurprisingly greeted the news with enthusiasm. By extending the “hub height” of turbines up to 360 feet, the chief executive of the American Wind Energy Association said wind energy could expand to all 50 states. Less ardent was the association’s response to well-documented concerns over the half-million birds that die each year from collisions with existing turbines: Some migrating . . .

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May 29, 2015 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Wind seeks more time to restart stalled wind farm

Cape Wind has asked state regulators for more time to revive its stalled project after the state’s two major utilities backed out of buying power from the proposed offshore wind farm. The wind farm’s developer was supposed to begin construction by May 1, but just before the deadline, it asked the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board for a two-year extension. Cape Wind Associates LLC said it needs additional time to work through the mountains of litigation facing the project, while . . .

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May 29, 2015 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine plans for Almscliffe Crag met with public outrage

Plans for two ‘massive’ wind turbines near the iconic Almscliffe Crag have generated heavy criticism from concerned action groups and residents. Wind turbine specialists DC21 submitted a planning application to Harrogate Borough Council in April for two 48m turbines on agricultural land belonging to High Moor Farm. Despite DC21 classifying the turbines as ‘small scale’, action groups such as Save the Dales have raised concern about their size and the impact of their location on highly elevated ground. Founder of . . .

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May 29, 2015 • Nevada, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Interior proposes added land controls to preserve Nevada sage grouse

WASHINGTON — The Department of Interior on Thursday proposed added controls across 17 million acres in rural Nevada and northeastern California to preserve habitat and avoid an endangered species listing for the imperiled sage grouse. Solar and wind energy development would be excluded or subject to added scrutiny across Northern Nevada, according to a new environmental impact report. Controls would be put in place for geothermal and oil and gas exploration over 15 million acres and restricted outright in 1.5 . . .

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May 29, 2015 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Somerset wind survey vague, unscientific

The Town of Somerset recently sent out a survey to determine whether a multi-billion dollar out-of-state LLC should place an electric factory in and amongst people and wildlife living, playing and investing their livelihoods on the Lake Ontario Seaway Trail. This project may happen in Somerset but the negative impacts will not stay in Somerset. The Lake Ontario shoreline is among the largest migratory pathways for the United States, as millions of birds, waterfowl and raptors have been reported by . . .

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May 29, 2015 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines: ‘Enough is enough’

Parishioners who feel under siege from windfarms have urged objectors to a scheme for nine more turbines to make their voices heard. PNE Wind is proposing the extra 125m high turbines in Eglingham Parish close to East Ditchburn and extending the existing Middlemoor and Wandylaw windfarms. But the parish council feels it is being burdened with a disproportionate number of the modern windmills. Eglingham is a small parish of around 350 people living in 137 households. It represents just two . . .

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