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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.

March 20, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Email directs wind foes to be excluded

Miami County Commissioner Josh Francis instructed auditor Mary Brown by email on Thursday to exclude wind project opponents from being included on future commission agendas, the Peru Tribune has learned. The email, which was also sent to follow County Commissioners Alan Hunt and Larry West, reads as follows: Subject: Meeting Agenda Mary, I also do not want any anti-wind people on the agenda. I let them rip me apart for 45 minutes last meeting, and we have let them talk . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • KoreaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines destroy local farming village

HONGGGYE-RI, North Gyeongsang Province – Jusan is considered holy by people living in a small farming village in Honggye-ri, North Gyeongsang Province. Rising just a few hundred meters behind the village, the pine tree-clad mountain is where people traditionally pray for a son. “We see beauty in nature every day,” 62-year-old Park Chung-lak, who grows apples in the village, said on a recent afternoon. “And it needs respect and admiration.” The top of the mountain is destined to be destroyed to . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition persists to wind turbines

Bringing wind turbines to Cass County would prevent the community from thriving and be potentially dangerous, opponents of a proposed project told county commissioners Monday. Renewable Energy Systems Americas, or RES, out of Broomfield, Colorado, is pursuing bringing commercial wind turbines to northern Cass and Miami counties. Susan Selim, Logansport, shared a 2016 report on thriving rural and medium-sized Indiana towns at Monday’s commissioners meeting. She said it addressed three qualities thriving rural communities share: quality of relationships among residents, . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Johnson & Johnson unveils plans for second turbine at Limerick facility

Johnson & Johnson has unveiled controversial plans for a second wind turbine, towering up to 100 metres high over Castletroy. The company, which employs hundreds of people through its Vistakon subsidiary in the National Technology Park, has confirmed it has submitted a planning application to Limerick City and County Council for the structure. It’s anticipated it will be at a height of 99 metres high, with a rotor radius of 51.5m wide. In a statement, the firm has insisted it . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council accused of failing to protect ‘Royal Hill’

Campaigners calling for the removal of a wind turbine at Knock Iveagh outside Rathfriland say they are deeply concerned by the failure of planners at Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to take action and halt development. Knock Iveagh is the site of a large scheduled monument, a Neolithic burial cairn, and archaeological experts believe it was the location for ritual ‘Royal’ inaugurations going back thousands of years. It is understood there are currently four council enforcement cases against planning . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Assemblywoman Jenne introduces amended version of bill to protect Fort Drum from wind farm development

Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne, D-Theresa, recently introduced an amended version of her legislation (A9053-A) to prohibit the state from granting subsidies to wind energy projects that could impact the military’s training needs at Fort Drum and is encouraged about the prospects of it passing. The assemblywoman said she introduced an amended version of her initial legislation this week after consultation with state senators representing areas in the North Country that will would be impacted by the legislation. Jenne’s district, called . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Renewables making grid ‘more unstable’, says new report out Tuesday

The electricity grid has become “more unstable” because of the rise of renewables and the loss of coal-fired generators, the Australian Energy Market Commission is warning in a report on the system’s performance released on Tuesday. The report says we have enough power to meet demand in the short-to-medium term but there is a “growing problem” in mixing solar and wind-power – described as “weather-driven generation” – into the grid. “The national grid is becoming more unstable because of this . . . Complete story »

Region’s power grid manager gets OK for renewable-fossil fuel exchange auction

New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It’ll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid. Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, decided this month that ISO can add a new auction to the process for next year. . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Sycamore’s Oaken Acres Wildlife Center gives eagle 2nd chance at life

SYCAMORE – A couple from Lee County called Oaken Acres Wildlife Center in January to report an injured bird of prey on their property, which they thought to be a young bald eagle. When Oaken Acres staff arrived the next day, they discovered a young eagle, which the couple had named Freddie, in a field beneath several wind turbines. The bird lacked the strength to move and had a wing that almost completely was severed from its body. Oaken Acres . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Nebraska wind farm projects cause controversy and heartache

Passions are high and opinions are as strong as the prevailing wind in northwest Nebraska, as some neighbors and family members on both sides of the wind energy issue in and near Cherry County, Neb., are verbally clashing over financial, emotional and health concerns related to current and proposed future wind farms. Recently, Nebraska Sen. Tom Brewer, a Republican who represents legislative district 43, introduced two legislative bills supporting neighbors’ concerns about the proximity of living near a number of . . . Complete story »

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