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Wind Power News: July 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.

July 31, 2014 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine going up in Gonzales; 350 feet tall, structure will power vegetable plant

The wind blows steady in Gonzales and it will soon turn the blades of a 350-foot-tall electric wind turbine that will help power a vegetable processing and cooling plant. “It’s something that we’ve been waiting for a year since the Board of Supervisors granted us a permit, so its very exciting,” said Thomas Truszkowski, deputy city manager. The turbine is the latest component of the city’s Community Sustainablity Initiative. It is being constructed on city land and the power it . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Blitz beschädigte wieder Rotorblatt

Söhrewald. Schon wieder ist ein Rotorblatt einer Windkraftanlage in der Söhre beschädigt worden. Wie die Städtischen Werke am Mittwochabend mitteilten, wird der knapp 60 Meter lange Flügel jetzt abgenommen und repariert. Aufgefallen war der Schaden Anfang vergangener Woche, als die Windkraftanlage 1 eine Störungsmeldung sendete. Die Herstellerfirma Vestas nahm die Anlage vom Netz und versetzte sie in den Trudelbetrieb. Eine Arbeitsbühne wurde herangeschafft, um den Rotor zu kontrollieren. Dabei sei am Mittwoch ein Spalt an der Flügelspitze zwischen Ober- und . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Report finds Hoosac turbines out of compliance

Studies done earlier this year show noise levels coming from wind turbines at the Hoosac Wind Project in northwestern Massachusetts were out of compliance with state regulations. People living in the area have complained of adverse health impacts since the turbines began spinning in 2012. Nineteen turbines each with the ability to produce 1.5 megawatts of energy comprise the Hoosac Wind Project in the towns of Monroe and Florida. Following noise complaints in early 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Reports differ on noise caused by turbines in Scituate, Kingston

The boards of health in Scituate and Kingston are grappling this month with studies of noise pollution from large-scale wind turbines in their communities, with Kingston officials dealing with reports of sound exceeding state standards and Scituate officials being told there was no problem. Both studies resulted from neighbors’ complaints that noise from nearby electricity-generating turbines was keeping them awake at night and making them sick. In Scituate, a privately owned, 400-foot-tall turbine, located off the Driftway on leased public . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Disgust’ over windfarm decision

A proposed wind farm that received nearly 5000 objections and was opposed by two Ayrshire councils has been approved in a shock decision by the Scottish Government. This week anti wind-farm campaigners were calling it a betrayal and say they are disgusted by the decision. Last week it was revealed Scottish Ministers consented to Scottish Power’s 23-turbine plans just west of Dalmellington at Dersalloch Hill. They had made the final decision despite objections by planners and councillors from East and . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Tearing turbines down would risk legal action

The Department of Planning’s recommendation to tear down two turbines was partly based on legal advice, says Goulburn MP Pru Goward. If had ordered that all Gullen Range turbines placed in the wrong location be removed, it could be legally challenged. ‘The legal advice to the Department was that if they couldn’t demonstrate that it manifestly altered the impact, then they would lose,” Ms Goward (pictured) told the Post. “…We are caught by the rules of engagement.” The Planning Minister . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

East Lancs windfarm opponents cheers as turbine lorry breaks down

Villagers cheered as the first delivery of an 110-metre turbine to an East Lancashire windfarm was temporarily halted yesterday. But an oversized tow-truck managed to save the day on a track off Red Lees Road, Cliviger resulting in the cylindrical structures being safely delivered to Coal Clough windfarm. Residents in Cliviger have been anticipating the arrival of eight new urban windmills for the ‘repowering’ of the windfarm. The development comes amid concerns huge delivery trucks would shake the foundations of . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Buckeye Wind intervenors respond to certificate extension request

Three intervening parties in the Buckeye Wind Farm project filed documents opposing a motion to extend the date of certificate in the first phase of the project. On July 14, project applicant Buckeye Wind filed a motion to extend the certificate date of the first phase of the project from March 22, 2015, to May 28, 2018. The applicant asked the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to extend this date after dealing with a series of delays caused by ongoing . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Lincoln County Commissioners fire off a red flare on big wind energy project off Coos Bay

The Lincoln County Commission and Oregon Coast commercial and recreation fishers are in “yell mode” over federal plans to approve a giant wind energy farm 16 miles off Coos Bay. They say the Wind Float/Principle Power project would dramatically affect the Whiting fishery along the Oregon Coast – one of the more lucrative fisheries for the Oregon Coast economy. A Lincoln County Commission protest letter was sent out today asking the federal agency in charge of the process to back . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2014 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm opponent alleges CRMC showed bias toward Deepwater Wind at hearings

PROVIDENCE – The head of a Narragansett-based political action committee that opposes Deepwater Wind’s proposed offshore wind farm near Block Island has filed a complaint in Superior Court that seeks to overturn the key state approval for the project. Robert Shields, the chair of Deepwater Resistance, alleges in the complaint that a subcommittee of the state Coastal Resources Management Council showed bias toward Deepwater Wind during hearings in February on the company’s five-turbine wind farm that would be built about three . . . Complete story »

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