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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 31, 2015 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farms bring up environmental concerns

Residents in Kahuku could see 10 new wind turbines as early as the end of this year. But, before the plan is put in place, the Department of Land and Natural resources needs to check its environmental impact. “My big concern is that they are going to be close enough at 50 some stories high, they will be larger than life and extremely close to the kids in that school,” said Kahuku resident Ali’i Tasi. Tasi doesn’t like the idea . . .

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March 31, 2015 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Future of wind power uncertain in New York

New York is drawing more and more power from wind and solar, but its renewable energy standard is set to expire at the end of the year. New York’s first wind farm began producing and delivering electric power in 2000. Between 1 and 2 p.m. on March 2nd, wind power set a new record of contributing to the state’s electricity needs: 7 percent. Kit Kennedy is the director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s energy and transportation program. She says . . .

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March 31, 2015 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Senate inquisition blows away the wind farm spin

Evidence of suppression and spin is an ominous start to a senate inquiry into Australia’s renewable energy industry that goes well beyond whether some people living in the shadow of giant windmills report feeling unwell. This is a senate inquiry the renewable industry did not want, but independent senator John Madigan was determined to make it happen. Portland and the Victorian coastal town of Cape Bridgewater provided a fitting backdrop for the inquiry’s first public hearing. It is where acoustics . . .

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March 31, 2015 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Access denied: Reporters say federal officials, data increasingly off limits

When Dina Cappiello, until recently the national environment writer for the Associated Press, asked the Interior Department for federal data about bird deaths on wind-energy farms in 2013, she says, she met a stone wall. The industry-supplied information, the agency told her, was “protected” and couldn’t be released because it would harm a private interest. Cappiello suspected a political motive for the department’s silence: The Obama administration supports the development of wind power, and release of the data might undercut public support if it showed that wind farms kill large numbers of protected species, such as eagles and falcons. She filed a FOIA request for the records. No dice. “I still haven’t gotten an answer,” she said recently.

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March 31, 2015 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm foes get green light to carry on appeal

A Bible Hill-area community group has gotten the go-ahead to continue its appeal of an Energy Department approval of a Colchester County wind project. The province’s Utility and Review Board ruled last week that it will hear the case, which was filed by the Friends of Harmony, Camden, Greenfield and Surrounding Areas. The group launched the appeal in January of a Nov. 24 decision by then-energy minister Andrew Younger to approve a change in the two-turbine venture. The province and . . .

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March 31, 2015 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm near Elm Springs up for debate

The Mayor of Elm Springs is hosting a town hall meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to allow people to talk about any problems they may have with a new wind farm being built near their town. The CEO of Dragonfly wind turbines will be there to also share more information about the farm. A group called Stop Elm Springs Wind Farm said on their Facebook page they are worried that the sound from the wind farm may be hazardous to . . .

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March 31, 2015 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm projects a burden on south-west councils says Senate inquiry

Councils have been unfairly burdened with handling wind farm projects after higher levels of government handballed responsibility, the head of a Senate inquiry has claimed. A panel of some of Australia’s best-known senators took part in a public hearing on wind turbines in Portland yesterday, with dozens of witnesses called. Independent senator John Madigan led the inquiry and said the huge volume of complaints and criticism regarding south-west wind farms was a large burden for local government to carry. He . . .

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March 31, 2015 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Victorian councils set to lose wind farm planning authority as State Government takes control

Victoria’s Energy and Resources Minister says planning changes for new wind farm developments are designed to attract more investment in regional Victoria. Tomorrow, local councils will lose their planning authority over wind farms and the responsibility will be transferred to Planning Minister Richard Wynne. The Bulgana Wind Farm, near Great Western, was the last to be approved before the change, when Northern Grampians councillors voted in favour of it last week. Energy and Resources Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said stakeholders would . . .

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March 31, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Muircleugh wind farm proposals rejected

Plans to build a wind farm between Stow and Lauder have been rejected by Scottish Borders Council. Airvolution’s application for the seven turbine site at Muircleugh was unanimously refused by the Council’s Planning and Building Standards Committee yesterday morning. The council believes it would have an “unacceptable” impact on the landscape and character of the area. But the company behind the plans claims the council has ‘lost out on over £3.9m of investment’ to the region. It says it is . . .

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March 31, 2015 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

‘Secret ruling’ on Mid Wales wind farms a disgrace, says Ukip candidate

Suggestions that controversial plans to build a series of wind farms across Mid Wales have been given the go-ahead in secret are “disgraceful” if true, it has been claimed. Reports suggest that plans for three of the five giant wind farms planned for Mid Wales, along with 30 miles of pylons have been given the go-ahead following a public inquiry. But the decision is being kept under wraps by Lib Dem Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary, until . . .

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