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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.


November 16, 2018 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Two new wind towers further divide community in northwest Missouri

DEKALB COUNTY, Mo. – Another dramatic chapter is unfolding in a nearly two-year fight over wind turbines in northwest Missouri. NextEra Energy has constructed two meteorological evaluation towers, or met towers, to measure wind speed on properties in Washington Township in DeKalb County. However, the township’s board president and other neighbors believe NextEra constructed those towers illegally. “I’m not sure what their intention is,” said Board President Martin Zimmerman. “They know we’re zoned.” Zimmerman said no special use permit has been . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Men speak about wind farm negatives

ST. PAUL – From Burk Peterson’s back door in Anderson County, he can see the turbines stretched across his sight line from horizon to horizon in Coffey County 26 miles away. At night he said, it is like he is being invaded by aliens, because the turbines’ red lights are synced to blink in unison. Looking at Kansas wind maps and the marginal to poor winds in Southeast Kansas, some might wonder why wind energy companies would come here to harvest . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Fire forces wind farm halt; Investigation into blaze at Ravenshoe project

A far North Queensland wind farm has been temporarily shut down while investigations into what sparked a turbine to catch fire at the site this week are carried out. Fire crews were called to the Windy Hill wind farm near Ravenshoe at about 3pm on Tuesday, with emergency services quickly establishing an excludion zone. It is understood the fire was contained within a turbine nacelle, the cover housing the generating components. No injuries to Ratch Australia Corporation staff, TWPS personnel . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds say no to more turbines in Dumfriesshire

Hundreds of people have signed a petition against plans for a major windfarm near Penpont. Sanquhar II Community Windfarm would see 50 turbines built on the site, designed to extend the existing development to the north. The decision will lie with Scottish Government planners. The petition urging them to throw out the plans has already hit 276 signatures since being published online on Friday. The page, run by Penpont’s Susan Hall, claims the development would have an “unacceptable landscape and . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Signatures could force wind turbines to ballot

ROGERS CITY – Stefanie and Mike Schulte managed to collect enough signatures to petition the Presque Isle County Zoning Ordinance 2 pertaining to the installation of wind turbines. If the signatures are validated, their petition will put the ordinance on the ballot during the next election. The Schultes are Moltke Township residents who found out about the potential installation of wind turbines after a neighbor alerted them to a township meeting. Stefani Schulte said that, when she went to the township . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Strong beliefs blow in with proposed wind farm

More than 150 citizens filled three rooms of Bismarck’s City/County Building Wednesday night, aiming to make their voices heard in regard to a wind farm being proposed for portions of Burleigh and Emmons counties. Due to lack of space at the venue and technical issues, those voices remain unheard, as the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission’s public hearing on the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm couldn’t move forward, according to the board, without full participation by all citizens. As of . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Cassadaga wind farm gets state approval

A wind farm that will bring 48 high-capacity turbines to Cassadaga was approved Thursday by the state Public Service Commission. The Cassadaga wind farm will have the capacity to generate up to 126 megawatts of electricity and will include substations and other interconnection facilities and transmission lines that will be located in the Chautauqua County towns of Cherry Creek, Charlotte and Arkwright. The PSC said the project is financially viable and has received all of the required municipal approvals. A . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind: A dead issue?

Wind, the dominant four-letter word of 2018 in Henry County – one that has packed public meetings and swept incumbents out of office – swirled anew at Wednesday’s Henry County Commissioners meeting. Commissioners received numerous documents from Derek Reiman on behalf of the Big Blue River Wind Farm, perhaps laying the groundwork for a renewed effort by Calpine to erect between 80 and 100 wind turbines in northwestern Henry County. “Upon review of the revised wind energy ordinance, there are . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Water Wells First losing patience waiting for investigation

Water Wells First has lost its patience waiting for a promised health hazard investigation to begin into private water well problems experienced by landowners in the North Kent wind project area. During the election campaign, earlier this year, the Progressive Conservatives promised to order a health hazard investigation into the impact the North Kent Wind project is having on water wells, if elected. Kevin Jakubec, spokesperson for the citizen group, said samples of sediments found in the water wells of . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2018 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Misconceptions

As residents of Eden Township who are either in or very near the foot print of the proposed Seneca Wind project, we are once again writing to help inform and educate the public on misconceptions with this proposed industrial wind project. We would like to share our perspectives as concerned residents who will be directly impacted by these industrial wind projects. Below are a few of the many misconceptions that we have heard and would like to address. Misconception #1: . . . Complete story »


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