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Wind Power News: August 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.


August 31, 2014 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Greenwich residents unite: ‘We are awake now’

The fight is not over. Residents know they have a battle on their hands, but they haven’t given up in their opposition to a windpark in their community. On Monday, the Ohio Power Siting Board approved the Greenwich Windpark, LLC. Kevin Ledet, of rural Greenwich, spoke at Tuesday’s Huron County Commissioners meeting and said now that the windfarm is approved, it’s important the commissioners do not approve an alternative energy zone or any other type of tax abatement for the . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine protest winds up Liberal Party lunch

Anti-wind farm protesters greeted NSW Premier Mike Baird and Planning Minister Pru Goward as they arrived for a Liberal Party lunch in Goulburn last Friday. The group of Southern Tablelands residents were protesting against the proposed Jupiter Wind Farm at Tarago, and were joined by landholders affected by the Collector and Gullen Range wind farms. Protest co-organiser and Tarago district resident Jenny Hajek, of the Residents Against Jupiter Wind Turbines, said about 35 protesters greeted Mr Baird and Ms Goward . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Geen draagvlak voor windmolens in Gelderse Voorst

[No support for wind turbines in Gelderse Voorst] Het gemeentebestuur van het Gelderse Voorst wil niet dat er windmolens komen binnen de gemeente. Dit antwoordde het college op vragen vanuit de gemeenteraad, zo schrijft De Stentor. Volgens het college zijn er geen geschikte locaties voor windmolens in het gebied, hoewel er ook wordt aangeven “dat binnen het huidige bestuur weinig draagvlak bestaat voor windenergie”. Deze boodschap is ook overgebracht naar de lokale energiecoöperatie die nu onderzoek doet naar plekken voor . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • BelgiumPrint storyE-mail story

Ruim 1500 bezwaarschriften tegen windmolenpark

[More than 1500 letters against wind turbines] Vertegenwoordigers van het actiecomité ‘Geen windmolens E19’ stapten vrijdagmiddag naar de gemeentehuizen in Kontich en Rumst met een pak bezwaarschriften onder hun arm. Eddy Niessen en Luc Van Dijck bezorgden 349 bezwaren tegen de millieuvergunning en 345 tegen de bouwvergunning aan milieuambtenaar Fried Happaerts. Frans Baes en Anne Steenackers namen respectievelijk 340 en 333 bezwaarschriften mee voor het gemeentebestuur van Kontich. Woordvoerder Philippe Hersleven schat het totaal aantal dan ook op meer dan . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Windboeren ‘uitgekotst’ door dorpsgenoten

[Wind developers “vomited out” by fellow villagers] De strijd tegen windmolens in Meeden verhardt. Inwoners en actiegroepen richten hun pijlen niet alleen meer op gedeputeerde William Moorlag. Ook boeren die grond beschikbaar stellen zijn de gebeten hond. Zo bleek dinsdagavond tijdens een emotionele informatiebijeenkomst in het dorpshuis. Sociaal isolement Tijdens de bijeenkomst richtten leden van actiegroep Storm Meeden zich expliciet tot de boeren. ‘Meedenaren die hier aan meewerken kiezen uitsluitend voor hun eigen portemonnee en hebben schijt aan de rest . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Manifestation contre le câble du futur parc éolien

Hier matin, une centaine de personnes, opposées à l’arrivée du câble électrique qui doit raccorder le futur parc éolien de la baie de Saint-Brieuc au réseau terrestre, ont perturbé la dernière permanence du Réseau de transport d’électricité (RTE) à la mairie d’Erquy. Des câbles de 225 000 volts devraient passer par la plage de Caroual, à Erquy. Un collectif s’oppose à ce projet et multiplie les actions de protestation. À ce jour, sa pétition a recueilli plus de 4 300 . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

L’ambitieux projet éolien de l’ouest des Alpes-Maritimes est enterré

[Ambitious wind project in western Alpes-Maritime is buried] Dans le haut-pays grassois, secteur le plus propice des Alpes-Maritimes à l’exploitation du vent, les nombreux opposants aux éoliennes pavoisent. Depuis quatre ans, ils bataillaient contre un ambitieux projet d’EDF Énergies nouvelles visant à installer vingt-trois machines à Valderoure, Saint-Auban et Le Mas. Après avoir subi une sérieuse réduction de voilure, ce projet vient d’être enterré. [In the Grasse highlands, the best region of the Alpes-Maritimes for wind energy development, the many . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, U.S., UtahPrint storyE-mail story

Pricey VA wind turbines around U.S. remain idle

Visions of a national wind energy bonanza have been a costly mirage for the Department of Veterans Affairs, even after five years of work and more than $3.7 million spent. A Times investigation found the department has little to show for its coast-to-coast attempt at wind energy development. Starting in 2009, the VA system studied 14 sites across the U.S. for wind energy projects. Four sites were selected, one of which was the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. Five . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Another lawsuit looms over the Orangeville Wind Farm

Nearly 60 Wyoming County residents have filed multiple lawsuits against the Invenergy wind energy company for lost quality of life and property value in relation to the Orangeville Wind Farm. Papers were filed in early-August with the State Supreme Court in Wyoming County. Attorney Richard Lippes, of Lippes & Lippes in Buffalo, is representing the residents, who primarily come from Orangeville. Two individual lawsuits have been filed against Invenergy, with a third being a mass tort. “They’re all individual homeowners . . . Complete story »


August 31, 2014 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Disgust at wind farm boss’ rant against gays and disabled

The boss of a renewable energy company which is investing millions in the Highlands has apologised for making a series of offensive comments about gays and disabled people on social media. ABO Wind UK manager Matt Braund referred on Facebook to “homsexual [sic] retarded” sportsmen, urged lesbians to stop looking like men, and described singer Cheryl Cole as a “spastic”. He also said the late Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who died at the age of 33, “had it coming”. Gately . . . Complete story »


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