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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.


October 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

University urged to call time on “ill-fated” wind farm plan

The University of St Andrews has been urged to ditch plans for a wind farm following another setback for the decade-old project. Campaigners against Kenly wind farm claim the “major industrial installation” in countryside near St Andrews would blight surrounding communities. A Scottish Government-appointed reporter asked to grant planning permission for underground cabling declined to deal with a university appeal due to an invalid certificate. The obstacle is the latest for the scheme to erect six turbines, a key element . . .

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October 20, 2017 • Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t be fooled by all that talk of ‘Green Energy’

In the rural village of Greene, R.I., residents have been fighting what seems like endless political town battles in opposition to Green Energy projects. We were targeted by developers and many of our town politicians to become the first residential wind and solar city of Rhode Island. Ten wind turbines have already cost the residents acres of forested space, and two major solar energy projects may be imminent – resulting in more destruction of our surrounding woodlands. Since installation of the . . .

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October 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

New guidelines considered

South Lanarkshire Council is looking at changing its planning guidelines to cope with “repowering”. It is going to consult renewable energy operators and developers, associated community councils and other interested third parties on Tall Wind Turbines, those above 150 metres high, to look at new guidelines. Councillors on the planning committee were told South Lanarkshire already has a number of wind energy developments, which restricted its capacity for development. In a report executive director Michael McGlynn said: “Repowering of existing . . .

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October 20, 2017 • Letters, Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental destruction of our land and sea by wind turbine farms should not be allowed to go on

Your correspondent Stephen Trew (Write Back, October 17) is clearly an enthusiastic supporter of allegedly ‘renewable’ energy, in particular offshore wind generation. He clearly has no regard for the environmental destruction being wrought by both onshore and offshore wind turbine mega-farms. Wind farm operators are heavily subsidised by taxpayers’ money to generate electricity at inflated prices. They are also paid for keeping their turbines idle when their contribution to the grid is not required and when the wind does not . . .

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October 20, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind ordinance review a slow process; Changes likely for local ‘wind farm’ law

The Henry County Commissioners, along with two representatives in favor of and two representatives with concerns about “wind farm” development, spent more than four hours Wednesday reviewing the county’s current Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) ordinance. The WECS review process involved commissioners Butch Baker, Kim Cronk and Ed Yanos. They were joined by concerned citizens Rosalind Richey and Gary Rodgers, as well as local resident David Chambers and Amy Cornell, an attorney with Calpine, who are both in favor of . . .

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October 20, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth residents plan to oppose turbine decision in court

A dozen Falmouth citizens and The Green Center Inc. of Hatchville plan to file a legal motion to intervene with the Barnstable County Superior Court decision that caused shutdown of the town’s second wind turbine in June. On June 20, Barnstable County Superior Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II upheld a zoning board of appeals decision deeming Wind 1 and Wind 2 a nuisance to neighbors Barry A. and Diane C. Funfar, and ordered that the turbines be shut down. The . . .

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October 20, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Lowville residents sound off about power lines

The Number Three Wind Farm, a proposed project by a wind developer called Invenergy, brought dozens of landowners to a town of Lowville public hearing Thursday morning. The developer is planning to build more than 30 wind turbines on both sides of Number Three Road and Route 12 between the villages of Lowville and Copenhagen. But right now local laws stand in the way. Invenergy is asking the town board for a number of waivers of the laws. “Our law . . .

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October 20, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy continues to be a hot topic

The proposed Palo Alto Wind Energy Project was still a hot topic of discussion during the regular meeting of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Oct. 17. “I was going to come in here and I have all kinds of documentation and things to show you, but I’m not,” Bertha Mathis, resident began. “You’ve already made your decision it seems to me. And if I talk to you about private property rights, you’re going to tell me . . .

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October 20, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

More calls for cancellation of wind projects

A community group opposed to a wind farm on Amherst Island says that project and one proposed for Prince Edward County, are part of the reason hydro costs are so high. The Association to Protect Amherst Island says both projects need to be factored into the costs that are being hidden by the Ontario Government and both need to be cancelled if the province “genuinely want to cut costs for consumers”. A release issued by the group Thursday says “Ontario’s . . .

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October 20, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm says protestors ‘miss the mark’ with lawsuit; Reiterate motion to dismiss judicial review request

Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC has volleyed the ball back to Henry County residents who claim there is no legal right for wind turbines to be set up around these parts. Specifically, Big Blue River Wind Farm, LLC (”Blue River) responded in court this week to a petition from local residents who are arguing that Henry County’s rules on industrial wind turbines never should have been passed in the first place and are, therefore, invalid. Petitioners from Middletown, Straughn, . . .

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