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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.

May 26, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Energy siting bill disappoints town officials

WINDHAM—Town officials have become familiar faces in the Statehouse, where they’ve argued repeatedly that municipalities like theirs should have a bigger role in deciding where energy projects are built. But now that both chambers of the Legislature have approved a bill addressing that issue, Selectboard Chair Frank Seawright is less than impressed. Seawright and his wife, anti-turbine activist Nancy Tips, say S.230 doesn’t go far enough in ensuring that local concerns are taken seriously. And they aren’t convinced that further . . .

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May 26, 2016 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Zima: Board “stacked against” Shirley Wind critics

GREEN BAY – Critics of the Shirley Wind Farm have a new ally on the Brown County Board of Supervisors: Guy Zima. Zima said in an interview Wednesday he believes the claims of some Glenmore-area residents that the nearby wind farm is causing health problems. He also said he believes the Brown County Board of Health has been “stacked against” those residents and the county has so far “just blown them off.” Zima requested the human services committee dismiss a . . .

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May 26, 2016 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company hears from those for and against wind power project

EAGLE ROCK – At a public library not far from the mountain on which it hopes to build a row of giant wind turbines, Apex Clean Energy took comments pro and con Wednesday evening. The two-hour public comment session was part of the energy company’s application for a permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, which is responsible for evaluating the proposed wind farm’s impact on the natural resources of North Mountain in Botetourt County. About 50 people attended the . . .

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May 26, 2016 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Is Crab Orchard wind project full of hot air?

Kermit the Frog said it best: “It’s not easy being green.” Especially when it comes to Green Energy resources – like Solar Power, GeoThermal Power and Wind Power. The proponents of these types of energy are good people. They care about the environment and they care about using renewable energy to lessen the need for fossil fuels and limit Carbon pollution, etc. I get that. Now, some who do not always support and defend the advancement of so-called clean energy . . .

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May 26, 2016 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Foard County wind farm in the works

Foard County – a county of tiny population located about an hour-and-a-half west of Wichita Falls – could one day be the home of North Texas’ newest wind energy development. Jimmy Horn of Horn Wind LLC said this week that his company has been courting landowners near Crowell, population 905. Though “we’re just getting going” on the project, the prospect of wind turbine installation in Foard County looks promising at the moment, he said. “We have a lot of interest from landowners . . .

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May 26, 2016 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Fewer but taller wind turbines proposed for Kahuku

A developer for a proposed new wind farm in Kahuku has unveiled a plan that calls for fewer turbines, but those turbines could be substantially taller than originally proposed. Na Pua Makani’s proposal last year called for ten turbines. It says because of increased efficiency, it could now produce the same amount of energy with nine, or even eight turbines. But instead of a maximum height of 512 feet, the new turbines could be as tall as 656 feet: “That’s . . .

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May 26, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fear government ruling will “open the floodgates” to turbine developers

Hundreds of farmers could try to have wind turbine deals struck with the council torn up following a landmark ruling by the Scottish Government. A businessman has won his battle to stop making payments towards affordable housing as part of a condition of his planning permission. And the local authority could lose out on hundreds of thousands of pounds a year if other developers manage to overturn similar agreements. James Norrie was given the go-ahead to erect three turbines on . . .

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May 26, 2016 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Alexander takes strong stance against wind farm Orchard Wind

“THESE ARE NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S WINDMILLS!” Those were the words from our Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander last week from the halls of congress. Those words have been echoing though the Cumberland Mountains and Town Hall since. On May 18th, we saw our State Senator tell our Cumberland County Politicians and residents to “Say No” to the Wind Farm project planned for Crab Orchard and save our Cumberland County Mountains. We have finally gotten our message outside of Cumberland County despite . . .

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May 26, 2016 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Scientists and monsters

Back in the ’80s, my kid and I relished a Saturday afternoon TV show featuring creaky, creepy sci-fi horror movies. “Scientists and Monsters” we called it, based on the unfailing plot line: A dreadful inexplicable event (mucus suffocates town, vast foot crushes crowds, aliens assume bodies of regular people, etc.) is analyzed by a venerable male authority figure, clad in tweed or white. The scientist does not necessarily protect; instead, he explains. Occasionally his explanation gives resolute citizens the key . . .

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May 26, 2016 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines north of interstate could hurt airport

Representatives from Apex Clean Energy were supposed to give a presentation Monday to the New Castle-Henry County Board of Aviation Commissioners (BoAC). Instead, board members got to look over a map that seems to indicate the energy company plans to extend the Flat Rock Wind project beyond the boundaries that have already been approved by county officials. New Castle-Henry County Municipal Airport Manager John Marlatt received the map about two weeks ago from a Henry County resident. Marlatt sent a . . .

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