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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.

September 24, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Something doesn’t quite measure up about Waterford wind farm’s turbines

For two years, Sean Harris was of the opinion that a wind-farm developer had given him the runaround. He and his family were experiencing problems with the neighbouring wind farm in Ballyduff, Co Waterford. There was the noise, incessant at times. There was the siting of at least one of the 11 turbines, which he was convinced was closer to his boundary than stipulated in the planning permission. And there was something about the size of the damn things. The . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind companies in horse race for ratepayer subsidy

The three offshore wind companies with the ability to build turbines off New Jersey and connect them to the state’s grid are keeping details of their projects under wraps for now. They are in a competition for a ratepayer subsidy to build and run their facilities for 20 years, and that makes them cautious about describing the size and cost of their planned projects, where they will connect with New Jersey’s grid, and how they will minimize cost and maximize . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm plan before council

Plans for a massive offshore windfarm could be poised to take a step forward. The Moray West Offshore Windfarm will be discussed at the Aberdeenshire Council pre-determination meeting today. The scheme aims to deploy 90 turbines off the coast of the Moray Firth, which could provide power for more than 900,000 homes. The firm behind the scheme, EDF, has said around 150 jobs could be generated by the project. A number of public meetings were held with the wind farm . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Building Commissioner says Wind 2 not abandoned

In his response to Barry A. Funfar’s complaint regarding Wind 2, Falmouth Building Commissioner Rodman L. Palmer said the wind turbine has not been abandoned. In his letter, Mr. Funfar alleged Wind 2 violated Chapter 240 Section 3B of the zoning bylaws, and since it has failed to operate for more than 12 consecutive months, it should be considered abandoned. Wind 2 was shut down in June 2017, after Barnstable County Superior Court Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II upheld a . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2018 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Devils River landowners say wind farms threaten wild character of Texas’ last untamed river

Conflicts between energy producers and conservationists are nothing new in Texas, but a recent fight in Val Verde County centers around wind farms and whether they belong in one of the wildest natural areas left in the state. Members of the Devils River Conservancy, whose group includes landowners with property on the Devils River, have launched a campaign called “Don’t Blow It,” to advocate against wind development along the Devils and Pecos rivers north of the Texas-Mexico border. They fear . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Nundle wind farm delayed by extra visual and noise studies

The government is yet to receive any paper work from the developer of the $600m Nundle wind farm, despite the company declaring it was ready to do so six months ago. Wind Energy Partners say the delay is the result of extra studies on the project’s visual and noise impacts, which have been undertaken in response to community concerns. Meanwhile, the Hills of Gold Preservation group met in Nundle on Thursday night, to highlight a number of concerns regarding the . . . Complete story »

September 23, 2018 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Appraisal district files lawsuit over wind farm property

Val Verde County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser Cherry Sheedy has filed a lawsuit asking a state district judge to set aside a decision by the Val Verde County Appraisal Review Board to lower the appraisal of a Val Verde County wind farm. As directed by the Val Verde County Appraisal District board of directors, Sheedy filed the suit through the appraisal district’s attorneys, McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen of Round Rock, Texas. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 13 against Rocksprings . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Commission receives plenty of contrasting views on wind energy

John Dittrich of rural Meadow Grove knows a little bit about wind energy. Dittrich farms with his brother, Keith, and they have a turbine on their land in Antelope County in the Prairie Breeze wind farm, as well as a mile of transmission line that serves that project. They also have taken the time to read up about and study wind energy. They have been among the numerous individuals giving suggestions to the Madison County board of commissioners as they . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2018 • France, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Le gouvernement ment aux Français, l’énergie éolienne pollue et nous coûte trop cher!

Il n’est plus possible de voir la France défigurée de la sorte par des éoliennes coûteuses qui aggravent nos problèmes écologiques sans offrir la moindre solution! [The government lies to the French people: wind energy pollutes and is too expensive. It is no longer possible to see France disfigured in this way by such costly wind turbines that aggravate our environmental problems without offering the least solution!] Complete story »

September 22, 2018 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Southern Arizona wind farm investigated after death of bat, eagle

COCHISE COUNTY – In the mountains 20 miles west of Willcox, 15 wind turbines stand 450 feet tall, spinning with the wind. This is the Red Horse II Wind Farm, the only wind farm operating in southern Arizona. The wind farm is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division in connection with the death of a federally protected golden eagle and a lesser long-nosed bat. The bat was listed as endangered in 1988, and in . . . Complete story »

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