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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 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Scituate Wind turbine noise still a problem for some

Residents living near the Scituate Wind turbine are asking town officials to agree to an independent noise compliance investigation of the turbine in an effort to collect the evidence necessary to take protective action under both the Nuisance Law and under the state’s Noise Pollution Regulation. “Nothing has changed,” said David Dardi, who lives near the turbine. “Scituate Wind’s turbine continues to disrupt the sleep and adversely impact the lives and health of both my neighbors and myself.” The 400-foot . . .

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September 22, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Selectboard discourages wind power purchase

“Please do not buy the power from this poorly planned project that we believe is fraught with procedural, technical, systematic and environmental shortcomings, and thus lend support to its harmful and unwelcome outcomes,” the letter says. “Our community is committed to fighting this project."

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September 22, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Company wanting to build 190 homes in Cornish town slammed for its High Court challenge after permission rejected

Writing to Juliet Davenport, the CEO of Good Energy Group plc, which owns the Delabole wind farm, Mr Mann said: “The proposed wind farm was opposed by a number of parish and town councils during the original planning process and it also received widespread opposition from local residents. “I would like to register my dismay on behalf of local communities that Good Energy is pursuing this proposal through the High Court, even though it has received a high level of objection from local people and official rejection by planning officials. “This proposal has also been rejected by the communities and local government secretary himself. I therefore find it astonishing and alarming that Good Energy is ignoring this – particularly the will of local people – and is pursuing the matter in the High Court.”

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September 22, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Meeting held to discuss wind farm project

The Freeborn Wind Energy Project remains controversial locally, as the state gathers information about the planned wind farm. Dozens of community members on Wednesday – a majority expressing opposition to the proposed project – packed a lecture hall at Riverland Community College. Public comments were gathered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce during the nearly six-hour meeting that was part of contested case proceedings regarding the planned project. Wendell Nelson, chief engineer and operations manager for KAAL, expressed concern about the possible . . .

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September 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Exclusive: Scottish onshore wind farms costing millions in constraint payments

Many of Scotland’s biggest onshore wind farms are being paid tens of millions of pounds for producing virtually no energy at certain times. According to figures received by Energy Voice, the cost of paying wind farm operators to power down in order to prevent the generation of excess energy is stacking up with more than £300million paid out since 2010. In 2016 alone, Scottish onshore wind farms received £69million in constraint payments for limiting 1,048,890MWh worth of energy. By August . . .

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September 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine project put to rest; Wpd Canada decides not to appeal Environmental Review Tribunal ruling

CLEARVIEW TWP. – Bats and aircrafts can fly without the threat of a collision with a wind turbine now that wpd Canada will not be building eight wind turbines near the Collingwood Regional Airport. Wpd Canada decided not to appeal the Environmental Review Tribunal ( ERT) ruling that it’s provincial renewable energy application ( REA) permit be revoked. “Wpd’s board of directors has decided not to proceed with the Fairview project. Wpd won’t be making additional comments regarding its decision,” stated . . .

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September 22, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines dominate discussion at commissioners public hearing

Wind turbines were the main topic of discussion at the Antelope County Board of Commissioners public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Antelope County Courthouse. The board meeting room in the Courthouse annex was packed with people wanting to voice opinions to the board. The board met to update zoning regulations, draft a zoning map and subdivision regulations. There are 84 pages of current regulations and the new proposed regulations are 144 pages including a cover page and the . . .

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September 22, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Portarlington windfarm on Laois Offaly border faces raft of objections

A windfarm planned near Portarlington is due for approval within weeks, and townspeople are urged to object. Portarlington residents are being urged to make themselves aware that a windfarm with huge turbines may go up close to the town, if approved by Offaly County Council. An application for Moanvane Windfarm lodged by renewable energy company Element Power, is due for a decision on November 1. Any objections to it must be made by October 11. Last Wednesday night an information . . .

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September 22, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

How Merkel’s green energy policy has fueled demand for coal

Consumers bristle at the cost as Germany has the European Union’s second-highest rates for electricity after Denmark. A green surcharge raises German power bills by some 25 percent, to an average of about 29 euro cents (34.6 U.S. cents) per KW-h this year—more than triple the level in the U.S.

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September 22, 2017 • Ontario, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wynne government still approving wind projects

The war of residents against industrial wind turbines is being fought by rural communities in many countries. Their common enemy is the financially-powerful wind industry, which is failing miserably in its efforts to deliver affordable and reliable electricity. It survives because its revenues are government-contracted. In Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government won’t let local residents win this war. While I’m not comparing the two in scale, Ontario’s wind war does have some things in common with World War II. Both . . .

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