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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.

October 21, 2016 • Isle of ManPrint storyE-mail story

Petitioners oppose wind turbine plan

A petition signed by 40 residents against a plan for three wind turbines overlooking Port Erin has joined the chorus voicing opposition to the proposal. The application ((14/00632/B) by Cheeseden Investments Ltd) for the turbines is at a home owned by billionaire property magnate John Whittaker at his home at Ballaman in Rushen parish. The petition raised several objections including that three 18.5-metre-high wind turbines would have ‘a significant visual impact’ and that it contravenes five policies in the strategic . . .

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October 21, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Some ask to be left out of wind turbine district

BAD AXE – Huron County officials are tackling another wind overlay district application, for which a public hearing was held Wednesday night at the Huron County Expo Center. The Huron County Planning Commission will revisit the application by Huron Wind LLC (a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources) in November, once a map has been drawn that shows parcels whose owners want to opt out of the district. The commission received several letters from landowners without contracts with NextEra that do not . . .

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October 21, 2016 • Editorials, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

A fatal taint

Will the wind project proposed for Windham and Grafton be too noisy or too unsightly? Will it create problems of erosion on the mountainsides? Will it ruin crucial animal habitats? It almost doesn’t matter any more. The way the developers have chosen to win votes on behalf of their project has turned their project into something worse. It is a corrupting attack on democracy. It wasn’t enough that the towns would have reaped a harvest of tax revenues, lowering property . . .

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October 21, 2016 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Windstream pushes to finish stalled wind farm in Ontario

The U.S. firm awarded $25 million in damages after the province stalled its Lake Ontario wind farm says it’s hoping for an “amicable” solution allowing the $5.2 billion project to go ahead. “We’ve never found ourselves in a situation like this,” David Mars of Windstream Energy said Thursday of the Liberal government’s 2011 moratorium that halted development of offshore wind projects. “We’re willing to reach out to them and find an amicable solution,” he added. “We never thought the Ontario . . .

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October 21, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Planning Commission developing renewal energy site map

At its meeting on Oct. 13, the Planning Commission continued its work developing a map to indicate areas within the town requiring more extensive impact evaluation prior to the establishment of solar or wind energy facilities. This was in response to a request by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission for a map that will be included, perhaps with modifications, in a countywide renewable energy siting plan to be submitted to the Vermont Public Service Board. The Planning Commission added . . .

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October 21, 2016 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Council approves tribal trust land lease

The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved the leasing of more than 4,000 acres of tribal trust land near the former Chilocco Indian School site to wind farm developer PNE Wind, according to a news release. Chilocco Indian School operated from 1884 to 1980 in Kay County near Newkirk. The ground lease agreement means an additional $1 million per year, on average, for tribal programs and services over the life of the lease. The agreement brings Cherokee Nation in line with . . .

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October 21, 2016 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Skeptical residents engage with Zuckerman on wind project

SWANTON, Vt. – He came, he saw, he waffled. David Zuckerman ventured into politically unfriendly territory on Tuesday evening to listen to residents who live near the proposed Swanton Wind project vent their concerns and frustrations. But when it was the Democrat/Progressive candidate for lieutenant governor’s turn to talk, he wasn’t ready to take sides. “There’s no doubt that there’s a group of citizens very concerned about the impacts,” Zuckerman said. “There’s a lot I need to learn. Some I . . .

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October 21, 2016 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy moratorium to continue despite $28M NAFTA ruling against Ontario

Five years after issuing a moratorium on offshore wind projects, the Ontario government says it still doesn’t have enough information to decide if the ban should be lifted. A NAFTA tribunal last week awarded $28-million in damages to Windstream Energy, whose $5.2-billion, 300-megawatt offshore wind contract was put in limbo by the 2011 moratorium. The tribunal decision is not yet publicly available, but Windstream says the ruling found the provincial government “on the whole did relatively little to address the . . .

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October 21, 2016 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

No deep pockets here, but we won’t give up

Many towns across Vermont are beginning to budget for next year. Our town of Windham may have a large new expense, as we continue to fight the threat posed by Iberdrola/Avangrid, the multi-national wind developer that came to town four years ago. Windham is among Vermont’s smallest towns, and Iberdrola/Avangrid is among the largest of the corporations that are currently raking billions of dollars out of the US Treasury into their over-sized trouser pockets. This is truly a David and . . .

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October 21, 2016 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm construction gets underway

Work on a wind farm long caught in controversy has launched under a different developer. The Chapman Ranch property designated for wind farm construction – a project that was recently conveyed to a new energy company— was a construction site Wednesday. The project was acquired Sept. 9, and work on the wind farm began Sept. 12, wrote Michael Barnes, a spokesman for Enbridge, in an email to the Caller-Times. The previous developer was Apex Clean Energy, which had plans to construct . . .

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