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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 6, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Energy critic Smith threatens suit to stop state probe of her work

An attorney for Annette Smith has threatened to sue the state attorney general’s office if it doesn’t drop a criminal investigation of the prominent critic of renewable energy projects. Assistant Attorney General Zachary Chen notified Smith last month in a letter that his office was investigating her on suspicion of unauthorized practice of law in connection with five cases before the Public Service Board. Smith’s attorney David Sleigh said in a written response Friday that Vermont has no enforceable grounds . . .

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February 6, 2016 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines: more residents cite nuisances

When J.T. bought his property in Calhan 16 years ago, he considered it a permanent move. In 2013, J.T. had his property appraised, so he could refinance it. The house appraised for $235,000, he said. The house today is appraised at $194,000, with no viable reasons for the decrease, except for one: the wind farm. The Golden West Wind Farm Project began full operations in October 2015, and J.T. had issues with the project from its inception. “I have a . . .

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February 6, 2016 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Henry County may expand its wind farm footprint

Given Rush County’s reluctance to participate in the proposed Flat Rock Wind Farm, Apex Clean Energy is looking into the possibility of placing all of the wind turbines involved in Henry County. Brenna Gunderson, an Apex senior development manager, appeared before the Henry County Commissioners recently and said the company is investigating the idea of erecting 60 to 90 turbines in an expanded area of Henry County. The company’s original plan was to place 25 to 30 turbines in southeast . . .

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February 6, 2016 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Moneyed interests just made Annette Smith a Vermont hero

When the moneyed interests encounter an opposing force, they do what they have always done, which is to silence that opposing force. In Vermont, and in this particular case, the moneyed interests are the renewable energy folks and the opposing force is Annette Smith. They want her silenced. In an Associated Press story it was reported she is now the target of a criminal investigation. The renewable energy folks contend she is practicing law without a license before the Public . . .

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February 6, 2016 • Colorado, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Respect the farmers, cherish the farmland

As a landowner in Palo Alto County, I would like to reiterate some of the concerns voiced in the Supervisor Meeting, January 19, 2016, reference windmills in Palo Alto County. I have recently received information from two companies that have expressed interest in securing land for a wind project in Palo Alto County. I urge you to consider the concerns of farmers and respect the farmers that do not wish to participate in these windmill leases. My father taught me . . .

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February 6, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

150 more turbines scheduled to go up this year

BAD AXE — Developers have their eyes set on spring, when they plan to plant another 150 wind turbines in Huron County soil. Traverse City-based Heritage Energy says it has finalized 14 sites for Gamesa 2.1 megawatt turbines, which will join 10 others built in Rubicon Township in late 2014. Heritage Vice President of Operations Rick Wilson says the developer has made siting adjustments to minimize impacts to agricultural land and farming operations. He said there are only five or . . .

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February 6, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental activist threatens civil lawsuit against Vt. AG

MONTPELIER, Vt. – An environmental activist is threatening a civil rights lawsuit against Vermont’s attorney general if the office does not drop an investigation of her work. A complaint from an energy developer led the attorney general to investigate whether Annette Smith is practicing law without a license when she helps neighbors challenge industrial-scale wind projects. Her lawyer David Sleigh wrote a letter to the AG saying Smith’s work is lawful advocacy and the investigation violates her free speech rights.

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February 6, 2016 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm cable installation begins; National Grid commences work at Town Beach

National Grid’s installation of more than 20 miles of transmission cable from Scarborough Beach through state and federal waters to its connection point at the Fred Benson Town Beach is underway. That’s according to National Grid spokesman David Graves, who told The Block Island Times on Tuesday that the first phase of installing the power company’s Block Island Wind Farm cable transmission system is progressing at Scarborough Beach and has begun on Block Island. “We’re pleased to have started construction, . . .

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February 6, 2016 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

A lopsided and losing battle

Instead of condemning and accusing Annette Smith, the AG should recommend she be appointed to the proposed Division of Telecommunications and Connectivity’s Advisory Board.

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February 6, 2016 • Letters, Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind viability

Re: Nova Scotia Power defends tariffs for new renewable market, but wind developer says costs will likely be excessive (Jan 19). Dan Roscoe stated he is “not expecting the market to be viable.” But is the wind energy product he wants to sell viable? Mr. Roscoe says “aging coal-fired generation assets are no longer needed.” That is incorrect. There are four major thermal steam plants using coal, pet-coke and heavy oil: Trenton, 307 MW; Point Tupper, 152 MW; Lingan, 617 . . .

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