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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 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 »

March 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Jupiter Wind Farm application withdrawn after 400-plus objections to Department of Planning and Environment

Locals say they are “surprised and relieved” the proponent of a wind farm between Canberra and Goulburn has withdrawn its application. Renewable energy company EPYC said its proposed 54-turbine Jupiter Wind Farm five kilometres south-east of Tarago will not be going ahead. The long-running controversial project has been widely opposed by local residents and the Queanbeyan-Palerang and Goulburn Mulwaree councils. More than 400 people submitted objections to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). Earlier this month, the department . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

By ordering new land-use plan, Trump could spark a fight in California deserts

It looks like a barren no man’s land, but the vast desert outside Indio, Calif., has many suitors. Conservationists see its acres of creosote bush and cholla cactus as a rare habitat for tortoises, pronghorn antelope and an elusive variety of mule deer. Energy companies view its sunbaked plains and windswept ridgelines as prime perches for solar panels and wind turbines. Dirt tracks that wiggle across its sandy washes are testament to its popularity among off-road motorsports enthusiasts. Until last . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Maple Grove Township to discuss wind turbines

MAPLE GROVE TWP. – On Monday, March 19, the Maple Grove Township Board will hold its regular monthly meeting, which is expected to be held at the Maple Grove Township Hall, 17010 Lincoln Road, New Lothrop. Several citizens would like to discuss the potential for wind turbines to be built in the community and would like to know where the township stands on the issue. A group of residents who formed a Facebook group called Informed Citizens of Maple Grove . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • Editorials, VermontPrint storyE-mail story


A news article published this week looking at some of the misconceptions about Vermont’s renewables industry has generated an electrifying debate over how “green” our state actually is – not what it claims to be. In 2016, the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School was asked to do an analysis of renewable energy credits (REC) in Vermont. That report pointed out that Vermonters received almost 0 percent of their energy from solar and wind sources, in part . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

This energy storage is tough on Connecticut River

In April, Massachusetts will take a big step toward meeting its energy responsibilities in the era of climate change. A company will be selected for the first phase of long-term production and delivery of 1,600 megawatts of clean, renewable, wind power. The three bidders all tout environmental benefits from constructing an offshore wind farm and the undersea cable necessary to deliver energy to coastal urban centers. Two bids specifically include state-of-the-art battery storage to be built nearer sites where wind . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Longford wind farm opponents plead with Leo Vardakar to answer their call during Lanesboro St Patrick’s Day parade

During today’s colourful, Lanesboro/Ballyleague St Patrick’s Day parade, ‘No to Derryadd Wind Farm’ campaigners pleaded with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to answer their call as they battle to prevent a proposed Bord na Móna wind farm development from going ahead. Mr Varadkar, of course, while attending a St Patrick’s lunch on Capitol Hill, revealed he had contacted Clare County Council seeking information about planning for a wind farm, which was close to the then businessman Donald Trump’s golf course at . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Minnesota company to build 30-turbine wind farm in central Montana

A proposed central Montana wind farm will provide power to NorthWestern Energy under a contract announced this week. Minnesota-based Allete Clean Energy announced it will build the 80-megawatt South Peak wind farm near Great Falls and deliver power to NorthWestern Energy for 15 years under a power purchase agreement. It’s enough power to electrify about 26,000 homes. The project will be located next to Spion Kop, a 40-megawatt wind farm owned by NorthWestern near Geyser. Allete (pronounced A-leet) will use . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

State requires more information on Number Three Wind project

LOWVILLE – Developers of the Number Three Wind Farm will need to address a laundry list of issues with the application before the project can undergo a state review. “The deficiencies identified must be remedied before the Application can be deemed to comply” with state Public Service Law and a public hearing may be held, wrote John B. Rhodes, who chairs the Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, in a recent letter to Invenergy Wind North America. The letter . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Jupiter Wind Farm withdrawn

In a major win for the Residents Against Jupiter Wind Farm, the proposal for the development near Tarago has been entirely withdrawn by the proponent. The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) – already rejected the Jupiter Wind Farm ealrier this year. The department then referred the Jupiter Wind Farm proposal to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for determination on February 23. The department had concluded the state significant development should not proceed in its present form. A spokesperson for . . . Complete story »

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