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Wind Power News: June 2014

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.


June 30, 2014 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

The wind industry’s relative youth means fewer traditional barriers for women in Maine

Tourists visiting the Portland waterfront stop to watch the screeching seagulls coasting in the gentle wind. To them, the drifting birds are a bit of local atmosphere. But what Katherine Joyce sees in the onshore breeze is a multibillion-dollar industry. Joyce is an attorney at Bernstein Shur in Portland who specializes in the complex permitting process needed to harness wind for power, a cause to which she’s clearly devoted. “Think of the resources here,” she says, gesturing seaward from a . . . Complete story »


June 30, 2014 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Supreme Court: Criticism for Coos officials but tiny Millsfield still unsure about huge tax hike

Despite a Supreme Court ruling in their case about a dozen households in tiny Millsfield in the North Country still don’t know whether they’ll be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. But they do know that the state’s highest court wasn’t impressed by how Coos County Commissioners settled on a value for the Granite Reliable wind farm, which was the subject of the court case… In 2008 the three Coos County commissioners – Tom Brady, . . . Complete story »


June 30, 2014 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Fire at Cappaboy windfarm

Three units of Bantry Fire Service fought a blaze when one of ten turbines at Cappaboy Beg windfarm caught fire last week. Bantry Fire Station officer Ian Vickery said they were alerted to the fire – at the Pass of Keimaneigh. ‘The blades on one of the turbines went on fire. One blade sheared off and landed 200m away, setting fire to forestry and another landed 50m away, setting fire to hill and gorse,’ Mr Vickery said. A substantial area . . . Complete story »


June 30, 2014 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Woman vehemently opposes wind park

Valerie Malicki sat with her hands clasped, tears streaming down her eyes, which she closed during a Greenwich Township trustee meeting Tuesday. Earlier in the tense meeting, she shouted as she frantically rummaged through two piles of material she’d gathered about wind farms – and what she felt were their negative effects. The trustees had asked the crowd of about 40 to keep their comments to five minutes, due to the amount of people in attendance. They were there to speak . . . Complete story »


June 30, 2014 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

40 turbines to be built north of Grand Bend

Dozens of wind turbines are coming to a stretch of Lake Huron shoreline boasting some of the most beautiful sunsets in the province. The Ontario Environment Ministry is giving the green light to a $380-million wind farm that will add 40 turbines in a 16-kilometre corridor along Lake Huron starting near Grand Bend and running north. Most of the turbines will be about a kilometre inland from the beaches. The wind farm is opposed by some local residents who say . . . Complete story »


June 30, 2014 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Talks continue for The Balsams redevelopment

DIXVILLE – Information about the redevelopment of The Balsams is still in short supply, but spokesmen for both Les Otten and Brookfield Power confirmed that they are talking about reducing setbacks from wind turbines that Otten says he needs to eventually quadruple the size of the Wilderness ski area. That said, however, it’s been more than a month since the May 22 annual meeting of the North Country Chamber of Commerce in West Stewartstown where Otten announced the “spectacular rebirth” of . . . Complete story »


June 30, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine proposal close to Hadrian’s Wall set to get the green light

Plan for two wind turbines close to Hadrian’s Wall look set to be given the green light, despite opposition based on their proximity to the World Heritage Site. A farmer at Bardon Mill in Northumberland is seeking planning permission for two turbines up to 21.6m high at a site 1.3km from the Hadrian’s Wall Heritage site. The proposal is facing opposition from the local parish council and 27 residents, with concerns voiced over the proximity of the proposed site to . . . Complete story »


June 30, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines plan withdrawn

Plans for three large wind turbines near Cumbria’s Killington Reservoir have been scrapped by Banks Renewables. The plan was approved by South Lakeland District Council last year, and called in by secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles last March. Many groups have objected to the new turbines, including the Open Spaces Society, Friends of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales Society. A public enquiry was set to take place in September, but the planning application . . . Complete story »


June 29, 2014 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turtle goes back to court

The fight to defend Ostrander Point and the endangered species that reside in this rare habitat will go on. The construction of nine industrial wind turbines on CrownLand will have to wait. For at least another few months, the Blanding’s turtle, the whippoorwill, and the myriad migrating birds that travel through and rest along the south shore of Prince Edward County will be spared the incursion of giant 50-storey machines into their domain. On Friday, the Ontario Court of Appeal . . . Complete story »


June 29, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Campaigners’ ‘delight’ as controversial Cumbria turbines plan withdrawn

Campaigners have welcomed the news that plans to build three massive wind turbines close to a national park have been dropped. The Open Spaces Society said it was delighted that the proposals for the turbines near Killington Reservoir had been shelved. The site, west of Sedbergh, is only 3km (2 miles) from the western boundary of the Yorkshire Dales national park and is near the gateway to the Lake District from the M6 motorway. Banks Renewables applied for permission to . . . Complete story »


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