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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 8, 2015 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Area residents concerned about wind turbines

WILMINGTON – Five energy companies have voiced interest in putting wind turbines off the North Carolina coast. But not everyone is excited about the idea, including some residents of the Brunswick County towns that will see turbines on the horizon. At a meeting Wednesday in Wilmington, the N.C. Renewable Energy Task Force heard plans to open three areas to wind energy production: two of them off Brunswick County and one near Kitty Hawk. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has . . .

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October 8, 2015 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

JCIDA proposal described as ‘workaround’ to get tax break OK’d for Galloo Island wind project

Under a proposal criticized as a workaround strategy by some county officials, a tax break for the proposed Galloo Island wind project could be approved by the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency without authorization from taxing jurisdictions. The proposed change in policy — adamantly opposed by several county legislators — would allow the agency’s board to approve payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements for all renewable energy projects without approval from taxing jurisdictions. The change is outlined in a draft version of the agency’s . . .

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October 8, 2015 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Donald Trump brings campaign against windfarms to UK Supreme Court

US presidential contender Donald Trump has brought his campaign against windfarms to the UK’s Supreme Court. Mr Trump was furious when the Scottish government approved plans for a renewable energy development within sight of his multi-million pound development on the Menie Estate in the north-east of Scotland, the BBC reports. He said the 11 turbines would be a “monstrous” blight on the coastal landscape. After losing a series of legal challenges in the Scottish courts, he has now taken the . . .

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October 8, 2015 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Brown signs climate law mandating 50% renewable power by 2030

By the end of 2030, half of California’s electricity will come from the wind, the sun and other renewable sources under a new law that sets one of the country’s most ambitious clean-energy targets. The law, signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, accelerates California’s shift away from fossil fuels as its dominant source of energy and marks another milestone in the state’s fight against climate change. “We’ve got to realize that we are here today because of oil — oil . . .

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October 8, 2015 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

The secret life of wind-farm turtles

Wood turtles are known for their sculpted shells, colourful legs and equally colourful personalities. They are highly valued as pets. Formally known as Glyptemys insculpta, the wood turtle is classified as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. It’s similarly listed as endangered under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. Ontario’s wood turtles are at risk from international pet poachers, habitat loss and degradation, skunks, foxes and household pets, to say nothing of the threat . . .

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October 8, 2015 • Press releases, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Best deal for bill payers and investors as subsidies for onshore wind end

The Government is pushing ahead with its commitment to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms, by closing the Renewables Obligation across Great Britain from 1 April 2016. In amendments to the Energy Bill we have set out the grace period criteria, providing further certainty for investors. We estimate that around 2.9GW of onshore wind capacity will be eligible for the grace periods, meaning that bill payers will be protected. The projects that are eligible for the grace period will . . .

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October 8, 2015 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Bill introduced to end wind tax credit

A senator from the windswept state of Oklahoma wants to remove a tax credit for wind energy from the tax code. Republican Sen. James Lankford introduced a bill Wednesday, titled the PTC Elimination Act, that would remove the Production Tax Credit from the tax code entirely. The credit expired at the end of 2014, but a renewal is attached to a tax extenders package making its way through Congress. Lankford, echoing oil industry groups who spoke against the credit last . . .

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October 8, 2015 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Minnesota commission revokes permit for Comfrey wind project

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission issued an Oct. 6 order revoking a site permit, first issued in 2008, for the 31.5 MW Comfrey Wind Energy LLC project. This wind farm was to be located in Brown and Cottonwood counties. The 2008 site permit required Comfrey to either obtain a power purchase agreement—or other legally enforceable mechanism for selling the project’s electricity—within three years of the date the permit was issued. In 2011, Comfrey filed a petition to amend the site . . .

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October 8, 2015 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Joy for campaigners as plans to erect wind turbines at Red Hill Farm in Stretham are refused

Campaigners are jubilant after contentious plans to erect wind turbines on land near Ely were rejected. Members of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee have unanimously refused the proposals to site two turbines at Red Hill Farm on Cambridge Road, Stretham. Local farmer Chris Attle, who was not present at the planning meeting yesterday (Wednesday), submitted his plans last autumn and was proposing to offer five per cent of the turbines’ annual income to Stretham Parish Council. However, the turbines . . .

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October 8, 2015 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds of wind turbines could be off Bald Head Island in 10 years

About 10 years from now, if you’re standing on the beach of Bald Head Island and look out toward the Atlantic horizon, you might be able to see a line of turbines – hundreds of them – spinning from the strong winds flowing over the ocean. Federal officials with the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) expect hundreds of turbines to churn out energy off of the Bald Head Island coastline. On Wednesday, BOEM hosted the North Carolina Renewable Energy Task . . .

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