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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.

February 21, 2017 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Trespass zoning gives right to infringe on neighbor’s property

Trespass zoning gives one neighbor the right to infringe on their neighbor’s property. Industrial wind energy installations are an example of trespass zoning. In Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties, Supervisors wrote ordinances that allows a landowner to erect a wind turbine as close as 330 feet from their neighbor’s property line and 600 feet from public roadways. GE, a company that manufactures wind turbines, states that the ice throw zone for a wind turbine is 1.5 x (hub height + . . .

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February 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Carrick pensioner forced to give up dog and move to caravan after wind farm hell

A pensioner claims he has been forced to give up his dog and relocate to a caravan just to get a decent night’s sleep because he is tormented by the noise from a wind farm opposite his home. Clifton Lockhart, 83, has lived in Tralodden Cottage near Old Dailly for the past 35 years, but says his golden years have been robbed from him since the turbines arrived 14 years ago and he has since been kept wide awake most . . .

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February 21, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Members of group fighting wind turbines speak at state conference

Representatives of Save Ontario Shores met with town leaders from across New York state on Monday to continue their fight against industrial wind turbines. During a presentation Monday afternoon at the Association of Towns of New York meeting in mid-town Manhattan, Pam Atwater, SOS president, spoke to attendees about a statement made by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during a recent State of the State address. In discussing a proposed industrial wind project 30 miles off the coast of Long Island, . . .

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February 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Quarry proposal stirs up access fears about Moray wind farm proposal

Opposing sides of a controversial wind farm development in Moray have clashed at a heated public exhibition. EDF Energy Renewables was in the Cabrach yesterday to update residents on proposals to construct a massive borrow pit to create access roads to the turbines. But voices were raised when questions were asked about roaming rights through the Glenfiddich Estate site of the wind farm by a protestor opposed to the development for 10 years. Armed with a folder, packed with correspondence . . .

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February 21, 2017 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Bill to protect Monhegan’s iconic scenery would effectively ‘kill’ offshore wind pilot project

Legislation proposed by Maine Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, to prohibit The New England Aqua Ventus 1 project from building two 6-megawatt wind turbines two-and-a-half miles off Monhegan Island could kill the University of Maine-led effort. For now, it is now one of only two projects still in the running for Department of Energy funding. Dow’s bill, LR 1613, “An Act To Protect Monhegan Island,” would prohibit the placement of a wind energy test area – with turbines roughly 585 feet tall – . . .

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February 21, 2017 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Expansion of renewable energies in Mexico has victims, too

The growing number of wind and solar power projects in the southern Mexican state of Yucatán are part of a positive change in Mexico’s energy mix. But affected communities do not see it in the same way, due to the fact that they are not informed or consulted, and because of how the phenomenon changes their lives. “We have no information. We have some doubts, some people say it’s good and some say it’s bad. We have heard what is . . .

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February 21, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Last stand for Community Renewable Energy Projects?

A state program that requires utilities to buy from small-scale, locally owned renewable energy projects in Montana is facing a do-or-die moment in Helena Sen. Keith Regier, R-Kalispell, is pushing Senate Bill 78, which would eliminate the Community Renewable Energy Projects program. The bill passed a final vote last week in the Senate 30-19 and now moves into the House of Representatives. If there’s one thing people on both sides agree on, it’s that the program isn’t working. Begun in . . .

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February 21, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Lask Edge wind turbine taken down following long legal battle

A wind turbine has been dismantled after a planning inspector dismissed an enforcement appeal. In February 2014 planning permission was refused for a 5kW wind turbine at Lask Edge Farm, Lask Edge, near Leek. However, the decision was successfully appealed against and the wind turbine was erected. But the appeal decision was challenged on several grounds. The Secretary of State conceded on the ground that the Inspector failed to give adequate reasons for a conclusion that harm to the Green . . .

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February 21, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The South has been slow to harness its wind, but that’s changing

Wind power is the largest source of renewable energy in the United States. But a broad swath of the country has had no large, commercial wind farms – until now. A new one with 104 towers is up and running near Elizabeth City, N.C., where it spans 22,000 acres. Horace Pritchard is one of about 60 landowners who are leasing property to the project known as the Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East. Developers say it will generate enough power for 61,000 . . .

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February 20, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Plymouth and Bourne residents unite in effort to monitor wind turbines

PLYMOUTH – Lake Road resident Larry McGrath wants out from under the 500-foot wind turbines that began spinning last summer in South Plymouth and he believes the Board of Health is the key. McGrath and residents of Plymouth and Bourne (the turbines are in Plymouth on the Bourne town line), organized through the Buzzards Bay Citizens Action Coalition, have visited municipal boards over the last several months, testifying to the negative effects they have experienced living in the vicinity of . . .

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