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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.

March 27, 2015 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Cllr Shiels – UK windfarm developers targeting Donegal are laughing all the way to the bank

A Donegal Cllr has claimed that UK windfarm developers targeting the county are laughing all the way to the bank. Planree Ltd have applied to An Board Pleanala to develop Irelands biggest onshore windfarm at Carrickduff Hill and Lismullyduff. The proposed windfarm could see up to 49 wind turbines built over 20 townlands from Barnesmore Gap right up to the Castlefin area. The Council is due to consider its proposed submission to An Bord Pleanala on the planned wind farm . . .

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March 27, 2015 • TurkeyPrint storyE-mail story

Turbulent times in Bodrum over wind turbine project

Land owners, local residents and environmentalists have risen in a united protest against the proposed construction of two wind power plants (RES) at Yalıkavak and Akyarlar districts in Bodrum. They are demanding the cancellation of the project, principally because the area in question is an important area for archaeology and nature, as well as being close to residential and tourist zones. Bodrum is the third largest tourist destination in Turkey, generating revenue of 1.7 billion dollars annually. Over the decades . . .

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March 27, 2015 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Pax River advocates cheer suspension of wind turbine plans

St. Mary’s County officials applauded this week the “indefinite suspension” of a wind turbine project planned across the Chesapeake Bay from Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The Great Bay wind energy project with wind turbines nearing 600 feet tall was deemed a threat to national security last fall by the Department of Defense because of possible interference to a specialized radar system at Pax River. Adam Cohen, vice president of Pioneer Green Energy, wrote in a March 20 letter to . . .

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March 27, 2015 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

DTE surveying hundreds for wind energy opinions

HURON COUNTY — DTE Energy is taking to the phones, surveying about 400 residents to inquire their impression of wind energy and renewables in Huron County. “We want people’s honest impressions. That’s why we’re calling,” said Matt Wagner, DTE wind site development manager. “Clearly, wind energy and renewable energy is relevant in Huron County.” Clearly. It’s a time when county leaders expect to decide in the coming week, after a months-long effort, whether to impose a moratorium putting a stop . . .

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March 27, 2015 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County board rejects wind rules change

DANVILLE — Efforts to try and formulate changes for Vermilion County’s wind ordinance fell short Thursday. An ad hoc committee of county board members and local residents formed late last year by the Vermilion County Board passed along six ordinances in January for inspection and possible passage by the county. Members of the county board’s executive committee effectively dismissed each of the ordinances at a meeting Thursday night based on Vermilion County Assistant State’s Attorney Bill Donahue ‘s recommendation. Board . . .

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March 27, 2015 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Clearview lays down rules for energy projects

CLEARVIEW TWP. – Large-scale green energy projects will a clear understanding of the ground rules if they want to deal with the township. On Monday, Clearview Township Council approved a protocol that proponents of a large-scale renewable energy project development will have to follow when dealing with municipal staff. The protocol essentially sets the ground rules for how a developer works with the township, said director of planning Michael Wynia. The provincial government has recently introduced a new ‘priority points’ . . .

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March 27, 2015 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

New bill would create height restrictions on wind turbines near NAS PAXRVR

As wind energy companies try to find their footing in Maryland, state senators proposed a bill that would limit turbines’ heights, as well as their companies’ interests, in southern Maryland. Proposals had placed wind turbines in the Chesapeake Bay near the Patuxent River, and along the Atlantic Coast near Ocean City, but this bill would only limit development near the river’s Naval Air Station. Sponsored by Senator Steve Waugh, R-Calvert and St. Mary’s, the bill would allow wind energy companies . . .

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March 27, 2015 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Rayburn Lake wind farm developers will not appeal council planners’ decision

Controversial plans for a wind farm in the Northumberland countryside have been seen off for the time being, after the developers chose not to appeal its refusal. RES and joint venture partner BT have revealed they will not be challenging Northumberland County Council’s decision to throw out their bid for five turbines at Netherwitton, near Morpeth. They have cited delays in upgrading the area’s electricity distribution network as the main reason for the decision. The application sought 125m turbines at . . .

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March 27, 2015 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

North-Central Oregon wind farm dies

A multinational renewable energy giant has pulled out of a proposed wind-power plant that would have encompassed parts of Sherman and Wasco counties. On Feb. 25, Maxwell Woods of the Oregon Department of Energy sent out an email announcing that E.ON Climate & Renewables North America had withdrawn its application for the 76,000-acre Brush Canyon Wind Power Facility that would have had as many as 223 wind turbines — some reaching within 2 miles of Antelope and Shaniko. The company . . .

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March 27, 2015 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Bulgana wind farm: Residents opposed

Objectors to the Bulgana wind farm haven’t ruled out referring the matter to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). Bulgana land owner Kris McMillan said she was disappointed by Northern Grampians Shire Council’s resolution to issue a permit for construction of the 63 turbine wind farm. “I think we are all a bit gob smacked by this decision,” Mrs McMillan said. “Council hasn’t listened to any of our concerns. “We thought in view of the Environmental Significance Overlay that . . .

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