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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.


August 21, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy wind turbine project concedes defeat

SAVOY – The town that said yes to wind power, then no, can now say goodbye to Minuteman Wind. The developer said Monday it will not go to court to fight the town’s decision to deny it a building permit. “With the passing of today’s deadline without the filing of a Notice of Appeal, Minuteman regrettably acknowledges the end of the Savoy Project,” Larry Plitch, a Minuteman principal, said in a statement on behalf of the company. Minuteman had been working . . . Complete story »


August 21, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind turbine rejected by council

Plans for a wind turbine near Pen y Fan Pond have been rejected by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s (CCBC) Planning Committee. The application to erect a wind turbine with a maximum overall height of 93 meters on Pen y Fan Industrial Estate was submitted by Sirius Renewable Energy, and recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers. However, CCBC’s planning committee voted against the application on Wednesday, August 15. The plans have caused controversy since their initial application, with local . . . Complete story »


August 21, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

County lawmakers to vote on limiting wind project P.I.L.O.T.s

LITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County lawmakers will vote Wednesday on a resolution urging the Industrial Development Agency not to grant a payment in lieu of taxes (P.I.L.O.T.) agreement for projects like the Alle-Catt Wind Farm. If last Wednesday’s County Legislature committee meetings are any judge, there will be a standing room only crowd of Farmersville-area residents in support of the resolution. The resolution is advisory in nature, urging the IDA not to grant a P.I.L.O.T. for wind energy projects larger than . . . Complete story »


August 21, 2018 • Editorials, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Meetings, hearing nearby on wind projects

The company behind one of two wind projects planned for Seneca County is to host a trio of informational sessions about the proposed development in Attica beginning today. The entity behind the wind project, sPower, plans to have representatives there to give a presentation and answer questions. The open houses are set for 5-7 p.m. today, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Attica Fairgrounds Social Hall. Seneca Wind is a proposed 200 megawatt wind farm to be . . . Complete story »


August 21, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Program launched to aid landowners with wind energy development

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is launching a new program to help landowners resolve concerns related to wind energy development. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring announced Monday the creation of a wind energy restoration and reclamation oversight program, similar to an initiative developed in 2015 related to pipeline construction. The program will allow a landowner or tenant who is dissatisfied by the response of a wind energy company related to reclamation of their property to work with a Department of . . . Complete story »


August 21, 2018 • ArizonaPrint storyE-mail story

Trial begins over renewable energy proposal in Arizona

Hundreds of witnesses came to court Monday in downtown Phoenix for a trial over whether a proposal requiring the use of more renewable energy in Arizona should be barred from appearing on the November ballot. Most of the witnesses at the five-day trial had gathered signatures from voters on behalf of the campaign to put the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona proposal on the ballot. The trial began with an unknown number of signature petitions being thrown out because . . . Complete story »


August 20, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Time ticking down on Savoy wind project’s appeal period

SAVOY – It will be known within days whether Savoy’s official “no” to a commercial wind power project is the last word. Odds are, it isn’t. As reported by The Eagle in July, the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals rejected a request from Minuteman Wind LLC to let the company move forward with a plan to erect five turbines on West Hill. The project, more than a decade in the making, needed the ZBA to overturn a building inspector’s April decision . . . Complete story »


August 20, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Five weeks of disruption as turbine parts transported for controversial Highland windfarm

Motorists are facing five weeks of major disruption on busy Highland roads as huge turbine parts begin making their way to a hugely controversial windfarm site. A convoy of three lorries carrying abnormal wide loads will travel twice a day from the port of Inverness to the Tom nan Clach site, about five miles east of Tomatin on the Dava Moor. Lorries under police escort will travel south down the A9 Inverness-Perth road, turning off at the A95 Granish junction . . . Complete story »


August 20, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

SunZia controversy flares up again

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project’s long, winding road to commercial operation is facing a new round of controversy, this time from an array of community groups that fear the huge transmission line will inflict irreparable environmental damage, fundamentally disrupting wildlife and the livelihood of residents along the central Rio Grande. The $2 billion project aims to build two 1,500-megawatt high-voltage lines running 520 miles from central New Mexico to Arizona to carry wind-generated electricity to Western markets, but it’s been . . . Complete story »


August 20, 2018 • TaiwanPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine in Taiwan’s Penghu relocated due to bad feng shui

Just before Ghost Month, it was announced that a wind turbine in Taiwan’s Penghu County is to be relocated because it is considered to have bad for feng shui (風水) for a nearby cemetery, reported the Taiwan Environmental Information Center (TEIA). Wind Turbine A-01 at Longmen is to be relocated 180 meters south-southwest of its current location on a beach because residents say it negatively affects the feng shui of a nearby cemetery. Chen Yi-Cheng (陳一成), Head of Taipower’s Renewable . . . Complete story »


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