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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 20, 2019 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Seneca Wind public hearing to be at TU Tuesday

A public hearing regarding Seneca Wind LLC’s application to create a 212- megawatt wind farm in Seneca County is to occur from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Marion Center at Tiffin University, 235 Miami St. The Ohio Power Siting Board is hosting the hearing and representatives from both sides of the issue are to be present Tuesday afternoon. Matt Butler of the OPSB said that the purpose of the hearing is to “give the public an opportunity to provide sworn . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

CK well water to be reviewed

The Ontario government is launching a health hazard investigation on roughly 200 privately-owned water wells across Chatham-Kent. “This is an independent expert panel that’s assembled that’s going to operate outside of government,” said Monte McNaughton, the Ontario Minister of Labour. “These are five scientists who have the background to [conduct the investigation].” The issue of water quality across the region dates back to around 2016 when residents started noticing a foul-smelling black liquid coming out of their wells. It was . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

New draft of Morgan County wind ordinance ready for vote

A draft of a long-awaited, updated wind ordinance for Morgan County is now available ahead of Monday’s meeting, when the county commission is expected to vote on it. Morgan County Board Chairman Brad Zeller expects a lot of discussion on the ordinance Monday. The new draft was posted online Thursday to give the public an opportunity to see and comment on it, he said. The new draft adds 150 feet to the setback for non-participating properties, bringing the total setback . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

As wind turbines loom, Iowa County residents split on their benefits, risks

Construction will soon begin on new wind turbines in Iowa County- but some people say they do not want them, while others are remaining optimistic. A group in Iowa County called “Iowa County Wind Education” has gathered more than 1,000 members on Facebook. The group grew in size after the Iowa County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with Diamond Trail Wind Energy, in which 78 wind turbines will be constructed across Iowa County. The vote passed 3-1 in May, . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Halt sought for all ‘green’ planning approvals until guidelines given

Members of Kerry County Council have put forward a joint motion calling on Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy to put a halt on all future planning applications in relation to renewable energy projects such as wind turbines and battery stations until new guidelines are published. The motion was made at the first meeting of the new Castleisland-Chorca Dhuibne Muncipal District, according to recently elected councillor Jackie Healy-Rae. According to the independent councillor, the current guidelines which . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Alle-Catt Wind Farm Project generates support, opposition

CENTERVILLE – Local sentiment blows both ways as the Alle-Catt Wind Farm project moves through the Article 10 state permitting process. The developer, Invenergy, hosted a town hall in Centerville in northern Allegany County Wednesday, offering a three-hour informational session for local citizens to get more acquainted with the project. The Alle-Catt Wind Farm is a proposed 340-megawatt wind project being developed by Invenergy on private land leased in the towns of Arcade, Centerville, Farmersville, Freedom, Rushford and Machias. Wednesday’s town . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • Letters, OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Summit Ridge wrong site for wind turbines

I would generally be one of the last people to oppose renewable energy, but I am opposed to the Summit Ridge Wind Turbine project. While renewable energy is surely the way to go for many reasons, we must choose sites that don’t harm the environment in other ways. The Summit Ridge project does not meet those requirements. Building this project along the edge of the Wild and Scenic Deschutes River will kill an untold number of birds and bats, including . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill company: Guilford could make $1.2 million a year off the project

GUILFORD – As part of a question and answer meeting in the Town of Guilford Wednesday night, a wind turbine company working to bring turbines to Chenango County said the municipality could see an approximate $1.2 million a year tax revenue increase thanks to the farm. The meeting was held Wednesday at the Guilford town garage, and individuals asked questions relating to health and safety concerns, local benefits, and the length of the farm’s construction. According to Town of Guilford . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2019 • SpainPrint storyE-mail story

Spain struggles to regulate renewable energy gold rush

Spanish authorities fear that a speculative rush threatens to hold back the development of renewable energy, saying coveted rights to connect to the national power grid are being secured with the sole aim of selling them on for a profit. Spain plans to ramp up solar and wind energy and phase out nuclear and coal-fired power stations, creating incentives for speculators to pounce on the rights to a limited number of grid connection points. Speculators are securing permits to pump . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hearing shortened due to heat

Broad Mountain Power Inc. brought its next expert witness from Boulder, Colorado, to speak to the Packer Township Zoning Board on the design of wind farms and current industry standards. Roark Lanning of WSP USA has designed and built wind farms. As the meeting began in a hot Weatherly Middle School Cafeteria, Lanning’s introduction as an expert was challenged by attorney Bruce Anders, who represents a group of opponents to Broad Mountain’s wind farm proposal. His objection was that Lanning . . . Complete story »

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