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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.

February 7, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

The £120million question: Did Britain’s biggest windfarm contaminate water?

Contamination caused by building Britain’s biggest windfarm has forced water bosses to construct a new £120million pipeline, according to a campaigning doctor. Scottish Water announced the major works between Ayrshire and Glasgow last month. They said 29 miles of new water mains would give 200,000 customers “greater security of supply”. The utility firm added that organic material in the reservoirs near the windfarm pre-dates building work. They said the need to pipe water from treatment works in Milngavie has nothing . . .

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February 7, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Activist seeks relief from AG probe

An attorney for environmental advocate Annette Smith has asked the Vermont attorney general’s office to cease the criminal investigation it has launched against her. “The very investigation into Annette’s work violates her First Amendment rights,” David Sleigh wrote in letter on Friday. Smith, who founded and heads the nonprofit Vermonters for a Clean Environment, advocates for changes to proposed utility projects that threaten homes, quality of life or the environment. On Jan. 19, Assistant Attorney General Zachary Chen sent Smith . . .

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February 7, 2016 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Arcadia Power pitches Bozeman on wind power: but how does it work?

Fliers from a Washington, D.C., based energy company started appearing in Bozeman mailboxes late last year, urging people to switch to “100% Clean Wind Energy,” a claim many have been dubious of. Kyla Maki, the clean energy program director for the Montana Environmental Information Center, has been getting a lot of questions about whether a home’s power source changes if they sign up with this company. “It doesn’t change,” Maki said. “You’re not actually switching.” The company behind the ads, . . .

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February 7, 2016 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company’s desperation showed at Somerset hearing

Hungry for recycled taxpayer money funneled into the so-called “green” energy agenda by state and federal subsidies, Apex (not so) Clean Energy LLC apparently brought in an invasion of union workers to chastise the Somerset Town Board at its own hearing on Feb. 1. The reason? Somerset is trying to amend its own local zoning law. As a Somerset resident and farm owner, I resent the intrusion of union workers who do not live in Somerset. It would appear that . . .

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February 7, 2016 • Editorials, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy tax incentives must be reined in

While the budget crisis is forcing state leaders to reconsider tax deals, we hope they’ll take a long, hard, jaundice look at wind energy incentives. We aren’t against wind energy. It’s clean, renewable and definitely should be a big part of our future electrical generation infrastructure. We love wind energy. But the incentives the state has given big wind generators are outrageous. They go far beyond creating incentive for generating clean energy to creating a windmill-driven jackpot at the expense . . .

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February 7, 2016 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

White bids to end row with Kelly on turbines

Energy minister Alex White has suggested keeping large wind turbines farther away from large towns, in an effort to settle a row with environment minister Alan Kelly. Kelly had been seeking to increase the mandatory distance between a wind turbine and a home from 500 to 600 metres. But White and the wind industry have warned that this could rule out the construction of any more wind farms because there are so many one-off houses scattered around the country.

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February 7, 2016 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed zoning ordinance has many in Tazewell County concerned

TAZEWELL, Va. — Talk of a proposed zoning ordinance has alarmed Bill Osborne, and many of his neighbors living in farming communities across Tazewell County. “My personal house where I live right now will not meet the present zoning requirement,” Osborne, a former sheriff who now serves as the president of the Tazewell Farm Bureau, said. “It would be classified as a non-complier.” Osborne said the Tazewell Farm Bureau is opposed to the zoning ordinance. The ordinance in question would . . .

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February 7, 2016 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Elm Springs voters to decide annexation; Proposed wind farm site may not remain part of town

ELM SPRINGS — Voters in the coming weeks will decide if the proposed site for a controversial wind farm will remain part of this small town. An election is set for March 1, the same day as the partisan primaries, on whether to repeal the annexation of about 312 acres on the west end of Elm Springs. The City Council approved the annexation in October, but a petition drive that ended in December put the question on the ballot. Early . . .

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February 7, 2016 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns over traffic on Shropshire and Mid Wales roads for wind farms

Concerns have been raised over traffic which will be passing through the region as a result of two wind farms being build in Mid Wales. Work is due to begin soon on the Tirgwynt and Garreg Llwyd wind farms in south Powys, with lorries carrying parts for the giant turbines expected to pass along the A483 between Welshpool and Oswestry. Dilys Gaskill, chairwoman of Llanymynech & Pant Parish Council, said the construction raises many questions and concerns for villagers. “The . . .

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February 6, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Energy critic Smith threatens suit to stop state probe of her work

An attorney for Annette Smith has threatened to sue the state attorney general’s office if it doesn’t drop a criminal investigation of the prominent critic of renewable energy projects. Assistant Attorney General Zachary Chen notified Smith last month in a letter that his office was investigating her on suspicion of unauthorized practice of law in connection with five cases before the Public Service Board. Smith’s attorney David Sleigh said in a written response Friday that Vermont has no enforceable grounds . . .

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