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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.

July 23, 2016 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Attorney organizing two-town, tag team turbine fight

Plymouth residents appear ready to join forces with some folks in Buzzards Bay to wage a legal battle against the operation of four wind turbines built at the border of the two towns. “We fought those turbines on Head of the Bay Road back when they tried to shove it down our throats five years ago,” Lawrence W. McGrath said. Mr. McGrath is an attorney with Waterford Consulting Ltd. in Boston. He characterized the decision by the Plymouth Board of . . .

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July 23, 2016 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms battle continues

GREENWICH – The wind turbine battle isn’t over yet. The Greenwich Neighbors United (GNU) has requested a rehearing of the matter that would bring in an entire farm of turbines to the village area. “The Ohio Power Siting Board granted Greenwich Neighbors United’s application for rehearing … to allow the board more time to review the issues in the case,” said GNU chairman Kevin Ledet in a letter. “This case was originally filed by the Windpark developer to amend the certificate . . .

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July 23, 2016 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

New wind tower near Casper airport facing stiff opposition

A proposed 108-turbine wind farm north of Casper is being studied by the Federal Aviation Administration because of possible impacts to aviation by at least one of the project’s towers. The Casper/Natrona County Airport Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to oppose the tower, which is part of the proposed North Forgey Wind Energy project, which would be located near Homa Hills and Antelope Hills – to the north and slightly east of the airport. In a letter to the FAA, . . .

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July 23, 2016 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest board hears more testimony on turbines

The special exception hearing for the proposed wind turbine farm in Penn Forest Township continued Thursday evening with the opposition putting on two witnesses. Iberdrola Renewables is asking the township to grant the special exception to build 37 wind turbines on the property it leases from the Bethlehem Water Authority. Last week the attorneys for the residents put on a witness who addressed the potential environmental impacts of the project and a witness who lives close to a wind turbine . . .

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July 23, 2016 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind opponents warn Chester of impacts on their town

CHESTER—The Grafton Woodlands Group, which is fighting the proposed 90-megawatt wind project proposed for a ridgeline between Windham and Grafton, came calling on the Chester Select Board on Wednesday to warn them of possible impacts that construction of the project would have on their town. Chester Town Manager Dave Pisha said Thursday that members of the anti-wind group addressed the board and warned of possible damage that would be done to the town’s roads. “They presented their side of the . . .

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July 23, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Josh Frydenberg’s new power struggle written on the wind

With electricity prices spiralling as South Australia struggles to digest a world-breaking build of wind farms without firm power backup, federal Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is facing a challenge that defines the conflict and mixed signals of his new super portfolio. The challenge was delivered on a windswept blustery paddock about 200km west of Melbourne where Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced state approval for the $65 million, 96-turbine Dundonnell wind farm. What the Premier did not tell reporters . . .

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July 23, 2016 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest wind turbine hearing blows on

When Charlie Asman retired, he and his wife thought Penn Forest was the perfect place to go. In 2004, they moved to a home near a lake, surrounded by trees, where it’s so quiet they can hear the bats at night, he said. Now Asman said he’s worried that Atlantic Wind’s proposed wind turbine project will destroy his peace and quiet and decrease the value of his home. According to testimony from real estate appraiser Don Paul Shearer at a . . .

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July 23, 2016 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Sheffield couple’s property by wind project up for tax sale

SHEFFIELD – The family most impacted by the wind project in Sheffield now face a tax sale. Luann and Steve Therrien, who own nearly 50 acres as well as a rustic home on the land abutting the wind project, moved about a year-and-a-half ago to a mobile home in Derby, with help from Vermonters for a Clean Environment Executive Director Annette Smith, who put up the funds for the trailer. The couple once begged for help from local and state officials, . . .

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July 23, 2016 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

UCT considers opting out of wind deal

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School has had a contract with a local wind turbine developer since 2013, but the school has yet to see any energy generation from that contract. This past January, Future Generation Wind requested an extension of the contract to June 30. However, that date has now come and gone. Tech school superintendent Robert A. Dutch said that the company now has until the middle of August to begin generating energy. If there is still no . . .

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July 23, 2016 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Fury over board’s ‘off-on’ decision on wind turbines

Scores of objectors to a proposed wind turbine in Causeway have been left ‘reeling’ after An Bord Pleanála informed them it would grant the development permission – just a week after informing the group it had decided to uphold their appeal and refuse the plan. Members of the North Kerry Wind Turbine Awareness Group are up in arms over the turnaround by the appeals board and are now demanding answers as to how two completely different outcomes were issued within . . .

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