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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.


May 24, 2015 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to ease development on public lands

A bipartisan quartet yesterday reintroduced legislation that aims to speed development of wind, solar and geothermal projects on public lands while splitting the proceeds of those activities among state, local and federal governments. Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) offered the bill, which they said would streamline siting and permitting of renewable energy projects on public lands. “Renewable energy is one of Nevada’s greatest assets, but it is difficult to harness our . . .

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May 24, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Second Hill Rig windfarm fight begins

The ‘Battle of Hill Rig’ has re-started with a new bid to build eight wind turbines as high as the Forth Bridge on land between Lanark and Carluke. Last year the Gazette reported on the long-running campaign by residents in the area opposed to the £36m. windfarm at Hill Rig on Greenbank Farm, Kilncadzow, a fight they thought they had won when developers Community Windpower Ltd. had their planning application refused by South Lanarkshire Council. However, this has proved to . . .

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May 24, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Planners bid to stop controversial turbines going up near tiny King Edward

Local authority planners will next week urge councillors to block proposals three massive wind turbines near a Banffshire village. Farming company Inicio-Fresco Ltd wants to erect the devices on land east of Cairnandrew at King Edward, but is facing opposition from residents. Seventy-eight objections from members of public have been lodged with the council. Members of the local authority’s Banff and Buchan area committee are due to discuss plans for the trio of 252ft turbines on Tuesday. Residents are concerned . . .

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May 23, 2015 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals court puts Richfield wind farm back on track

A proposed 18.4-megawatt wind farm project in the town of Richfield is back on track after a state appeals court dismissed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a special-use permit granted to the developers by the town planning board. The decision, which was unanimous, is unlikely to be appealed because there would be only a remote chance that the Court of Appeals would agree to take the case, project opponents said. The Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, reversed a January 2014 . . .

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May 23, 2015 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Public Utilities Commission must give OK to Bon Homme area wind farm

AVON — A proposed wind farm in southeast South Dakota would require Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval because of its larger generation capacity, a state official says. Prevailing Winds project manager Roland Jurgens has provided the Bon Homme County Commission with an update on the proposed project. The wind farm would be located in the general vicinity of the current Beethoven wind farm operating in Charles Mix, Hutchinson and Bon Homme counties. Jurgens indicated the proposed wind farm would generate . . .

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May 23, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

RSPB confident over legal challenge to massive windfarm projects

A legal challenge that could scupper four major windfarms in the firths of Tay and Forth will begin next week. The judicial review lodged by RSPB Scotland into the Scottish Ministers decision to grant consent for windfarms at Seagreen Alpha, Seagreen Bravo, Neart na Gaoithe and Inch Cape is expected to last up to eight days. RSPB Scotland said it was “confident that our case is sound” and was hopeful that it would be successful, but declined to comment further. . . .

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May 23, 2015 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Kolhapur forest officials seal windmills in Koyna

KOLHAPUR: The wildlife section of the forest department has started sealing of several windmills and resorts in Patan tehsil of Satara district after the owners failed to pay the fine imposed by the state government for installing structures in protected forest areas. In January, the Supreme Court had given three month’s time to these windmill operators and resort owners for payment of the Rs 35 crore fine. As many as 205 windmills and nine resorts have come up in the . . .

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May 23, 2015 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy opponents continue fight

Lawyers battling wind energy projects in Ontario are set to speak at a town hall event Tuesday evening at the Camlachie Community Centre. The citizens’ group We’re Against Industrial Turbines, Plympton-Wyoming (WAIT-PW) has arranged for Julian Falconer and Asha James to speak at the public information meeting arranged as construction of Suncor and NextEra’s 46-turbine Cedar Point wind energy project has begun in Lambton. The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. “There are a lot of outstanding questions, . . .

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May 23, 2015 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

West Warwick voters OK purchase 3 wind turbines that will offset all utilities costs

West Warwick is on the path to becoming the first community in Rhode Island that uses renewable energy to offset all of the electricity used by its municipal and school facilities. Town voters at an all-day referendum on Thursday approved issuing $18 million in bonds to pay for three large wind turbines that would be installed on private land in rural Coventry. The 1.5-megawatt turbines would sell all the energy they generate to the regional power grid, an amount projected . . .

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May 23, 2015 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

‘Road chaos’ as turbine plans passed

Fears that thousands of lorries will bring “traffic chaos” to Newtown have been expressed after 17 wind turbines were approved. Outraged local councillors fear it could bring more than 10,000 extra lorries and set a precedent for further developments. Last week Carl Sargeant, Welsh Assembly Member and Minister for Natural Resources, approved the turbine application and the access track at Garreg Lwyd Hill, between Felindre and Llanbadarn Fynydd, which could see thousands of lorries travelling through Newtown on route to . . .

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