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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort 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 15, 2024 • U.S., Print storyE-mail story

Link between offshore wind survey activity and spike in whale deaths

For the best part of half a century, a 41-foot humpback whale named Luna swam up and down the East Coast. Then on Jan. 30, 2023, Luna washed up dead on Long Island, New York. He was the tenth whale to strand on beaches in New York and New Jersey in nine weeks. Environmentalists, politicians and ordinary citizens loudly wondered if the construction of offshore wind turbines was killing them. Apostolos Gerasoulis, a Rutgers professor emeritus of computer science who . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2024 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Chris Bowen leaving Illawarra fishermen in the dark over ‘real risks’ surrounding Labor’s plan for 200 offshore wind turbines, industry leaders say

Commercial fishermen on the New South Wales South Coast fear a wind farm in waters off the Illawarra could “decimate” their business. Commercial fishermen in regional NSW fear a proposed offshore wind farm will harm their businesses and are pleading for more information. Mark Horne has been a commercial fisherman in the Illawarra region for almost 25 years. His business, Lobfish, farms and provides eastern rock lobsters to Sydney restaurants as well as local businesses. Mr Horne held back tears . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2024 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Labour paves way for new Norfolk onshore wind farms

Rachel Reeves, the incoming chancellor, introduced new measures to give the sites an easier ride through the planning system, as part of a range of reforms intended to boost economic growth. The change could have a significant impact in the region, which experts say contains huge areas which are suitable for such sites. At least half a dozen renewables companies have started to identify sites for full-scale windfarms across the country. Green campaigners and the energy sector have welcomed the . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2024 • Germany, Print storyE-mail story

Tod am Windrad: Seeadler stürzt zu Boden und stirbt

[Sea eagle killed by wind turbine] Karl-Heinz Seedorf kann den traurigen Anblick kaum noch ertragen. Nachdem er vor ein paar Wochen einen toten Rotmilan vom Feld weggetragen hatte, trug der Uckermärker in dieser Woche erneut einen stolzen Seeadler bei Seite. Der riesige Vogel starb in der Nähe seines Heimatortes Blankenburg auf einem großen Windfeld. “Gekillt von den Rotorblättern”, ist der Vorsitzende des Jagdverbandes überzeugt: Der Flügel ist zerschmettert.” Auch über diesen Fund hat er die zuständigen Behörden informiert. “Ein Mitarbeiter . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2024 • Finland, Print storyE-mail story

Espoon tuulivoimalalle täystyrmäys KHO:lta

[The wind turbine planned for Espoo’s Ämmässuo landfill was rejected in the Supreme Administrative Court. It could be life-threatening to seagulls living in the landfill, a significant habitat for them.] Espoon Ämmässuon kaatopaikalle kaavailema tuulivoimala sai kielteisen päätöksen Korkeimmalta hallinto-oikeudelta. Tuulivoimala voisi olla hengenvaarallinen kaatopaikalla eläville lokeille, oikeus toteaa. Lokkien törmäyksiä tuulivoimalan roottoriin ei voida nykyisten selvitysten perusteella sulkea pois. Lisäksi kaatopaikka ja siellä elävien lintujen lentokäyttäytyminen lisäävät itsessään törmäysriskiä. Oikeus arvioi ratkaisussaan, että asiaan liittyvät arviot eivät tältä osin . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2024 • Brazil, Print storyE-mail story

Wind power expansion meets grassroots resistance in Brazil’s northeast

Cousins Nilson José dos Santos and Geremias da Cruz dos Anjos grew up together in neighboring rural communities in Brazil’s impoverished Northeast. The ruggedness of the land here and recurring drought make it unsuitable for the commercial farming that has transformed so much of the country. Yet energy companies have found something here to harvest: the wind. The changes to the land have been dramatic. Enel Green Power, an Italian energy company, has put up one of Latin America’s largest . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2024 • Germany, Print storyE-mail story

Vier Storchenjunge verlieren durch Unfall ihren Vater

[The blades of a wind turbine in Seelze-Dedensen have proved fatal for a stork father. One of the blades caught the legs of the stork flying past, who then died in agony. Because the stork mother is unable to raise four chicks on her own, two of them were taken to the wildlife and species protection station in Sachsenhagen.] Die Flügel eines Windrades in Seelze-Dedensen sind für einen Storchenvater zum Verhängnis geworden. Einer der Flügel erwischte die Beine des vorbeifliegenden . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2024 • Scotland, Print storyE-mail story

Could wind farm survey or navy sonar have caused whale deaths?

Last summer another smaller pod of long-finned pilot whales washed up on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles. At that time it was suggested that seismic surveys, carried out to locate potential locations for offshore wind farms, were potentially responsible. There was fresh speculation that similar acoustic activity had been carried out along the seabed west of Orkney. Complete story »

July 13, 2024 • England, Print storyE-mail story

Wind turbine workers at Hull’s Siemens Gamesa blade plant balloted for strike action over pay

Around 300 Siemens Gamesa wind turbine workers in Hull are being balloted for strike action over pay, the Unite union said today (Friday, July 12). The workers, who construct 108m-long wind turbine blades by hand, are angry at a 4.5 per cent pay offer plus an opaque incentive scheme, according to Unite. Since 2018, wages at the factory on the banks of the Humber estuary have dropped by 11.9 per cent in real terms, it said. Unite general secretary Sharon . . . Complete story »

July 13, 2024 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Copper thieves target wind turbines near Saskatchewan border

RCMP are looking for thieves who stole copper from wind turbines in eastern Alberta. Provost RCMP reported three “incidents of mischief” in which thieves damaged the turbines while removing copper over the last three days from the structures north of Hayter, Alta., a hamlet close to the Saskatchewan border located 262 kilometres southeast of Edmonton. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Provost RCMP at 780-753-2215, local police or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). Complete story »

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