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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 25, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Call to end wind farms until power solution found

South Australia’s power crisis was a “wake-up call” for other states on the impact on consumers of subsidised renewable energy, particularly wind power, a Liberal senator has warned. Chris Back called for a morat­orium on new wind farms, and no more subsidies for wind energy generators until the Productivity Commission conducted a cost-­benefit analysis of the effect the industry was having on the ­National Electricity Market and retail electricity costs. “There should be no further subsidies paid for an intermittent . . .

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July 25, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

It’s official: town passes wind farm law

Members of the Newfield Town Board unanimously voted to pass a local law tightening wind power restrictions following a public hearing on the issue at the beginning of the board’s regular meeting July 14. Several people spoke in favor of passing the law, which is a revised version of a local law originally passed in 2009 to “promote the effective use of the town’s wind energy resources through wind energy facilities and wind turbine generators, and to regulate the design . . .

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July 25, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Achiltibuie turbine group defends its stance after court rebuke

A Ross-shire community development company has this week given a robust response to a scolding by the Scottish Land Court for trying to stifle crofters’ objections to its plans to erect a wind turbine on a corner of their common grazings. Solicitors for Coigach Wind Power (CWP) wrote to the crofters warning them their objections had triggered a formal court process in which the company expected to be successful, and it would be seeking to claim all its legal expenses . . .

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July 24, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Lyme Town Board questions wind developers at monthly board meeting

CHAUMONT – The Lyme Town Council discussed potential zoning issues and intervenor funding with wind developer representatives during its monthly board meeting last Wednesday. Town Council members asked Jeff Reinkemeyer and Dan Murdie of Atlantic Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables, and Neil T. Habig, of developer Apex Clean Energy, to hold presentations on the progress of their proposed Horse Creek Wind Farm and Galloo Island wind projects. Councilman Daniel J. Villa asked Mr. Reinkemeyer and Mr. Murdie whether Atlantic . . .

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July 24, 2016 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable power ‘just raises Eskom’s costs’

Public opinion may back an increasing proportion of renewable energy being plugged into South Africa’s power grid, but Eskom CEO Brian Molefe says further independent renewable power production will be impractical and what he really needs is nuclear energy. Molefe on Friday was defending a decision by Eskom this week to stop signing new agreements with independent power producers. According to Molefe, the push for renewables from the industry was based on the integrated resource plan of 2011 which was . . .

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July 24, 2016 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Confusion after LIPA wind farm meeting postponed

New York State’s decision to postpone LIPA’s consideration of an offshore wind farm that is popular with environmentalists prompted confusion and rancor in its aftermath, as the Cuomo administration works on a wind-energy blueprint that could include other areas directly off Long Island. A presentation prepared by the Long Island Power Authority this month – before the state stepped in recently and nixed a LIPA trustee vote – included a map of up to six “potential” New York wind-energy areas, including a . . .

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July 24, 2016 • Australia, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Power cuts and high bills have made South Australia a laughing stock – and there’s no relief in sight

Yep, South Australia is leading the nation all right – but not in a good way. The power supply and pricing crisis has sparked national debate as other states begin to realise that what has unfolded in SA will happen to the rest of the country if they don’t learn the lessons. So leading the nation is not really the right expression – SA is the canary in the coalmine. Or, more to the point, the canary without a coalmine. . . .

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July 24, 2016 • Alabama, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

There’s no comfort in loss of power option

There’s no comfort in loss of power I was surprised by your June 28 “Our View” on “Less dependence on nuclear power a comforting trend.” The implication was that wind and solar power can eventually replace it. This sentiment suggests that there is a lack of understanding of what it takes for utilities to provide reliable electrical power to customers. Utilities absolutely depend on what is termed “dispatchable power,” i.e. a power source that is under the control of human . . .

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July 24, 2016 • North Dakota, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power is destabilizing our power grid

MINOT—Wind power is making our energy grid less reliable. That’s not a political statement. It’s a factual statement. Thanks to policies ranging from heavy federal subsidies for wind power production to state mandates for renewable energy, we have seen a boom in wind power development. “In the past decade, there have been more than 400 wind turbines placed on the western side of the state with an additional 550 proposed to be constructed by 2018,” Dickinson Press reporter Kalsey Stults . . .

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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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