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Wind Power News: March 2017

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.

March 31, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

ScottishPower Renewables pulls plug on current wind farm application for Perthshire

ScottishPower Renewables has withdrawn an application to add more turbines to its existing Greenknowes wind farm south east of Auchterarder following a spate of objections. The proposed extension would have comprised five new turbines with tip heights of 111m, taking the total amount of turbines at Greenknowes to 23. Five community councils, the Friends of the Ochils and the Kinross-shire Civic Trust all objected to the application, which was lodged in December 2015, stating the development would have a detrimental . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • Editorials, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Minnesota should be careful about setting higher renewable energy standards

Clearly, there’s lots to talk about. And hurrying a new standard into place while there’s still nearly a decade left before the existing standard expires leaves little time for the careful and critical considerations that are necessary. Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Port Angeles wind turbine spires turning; design, not power, main point

PORT ANGELES – After six months of standing motionless, the city’s $107,517 wind turbine spires are finally spinning. They are ready to generate an estimated $1.85 a day in electricity but, more importantly, are actively adding a pleasing visual ingredient to West End Park, a city official said. City Manager Dan McKeen said the curved blades on the three vertical turbines began turning Wednesday as the city ended a safety-inspection dispute with the spires’ manufacturer, Urban Green Energy Inc. of New . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

County wind farms revisited: Longtime friends, neighbors still disagree 8 years later

For Shabbona farmette owner Steve Rosene, the windmills near his home are not only a reminder of the divisions among longtime neighbors and friends who disagree over their presence, they also are a huge nuisance. “The aesthetic stinks; they’re noisy,” he said. “It sounds like Paul Bunyan grounding ice.” Rosene said he does not have windmills on his property, but there are two close by and more visible from all directions. “This is not quite what I signed up for . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Divisions within small rural NSW community surface as Rye Park wind farm goes under microscope

A planning panel has heard divided opinion on whether 109 wind turbines should be built in southern New South Wales, with supporters arguing they could revitalise the local economy. More than 50 people packed out a Planning Assessment Commission meeting in Boorowa on Thursday which examined the proposed Rye Park Wind Farm. The project was recommended for approval earlier this month by the Department of Planning and Environment, with 68 stringent conditions. The company Tilt Renewables wants to build 109 . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

First reading of Walworth County wind turbine ordinance attracts more than 100 people

More than 100 people attended a public hearing Wednesday at the Walworth County Courthouse in Selby for first reading of revamped planning and zoning ordinances, including a setback ordinance for wind turbines. One ordinance change would require 2-mile setbacks for wind turbines, which officials say would prevent Tradewind Energy from building a 200-megawatt wind farm in northeast Walworth County. Walworth County State’s Attorney James Hare said Wednesday’s was the first of two public hearings. “It went very well. Everyone was . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City mayor concerned about wind project’s view impact

OCEAN CITY, Md. – Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says he may have underestimated how big a “thumbnail” would be when it comes to gauging the visual impact of a proposed wind project off the coast. “They always talked about thumbnails, said Meehan. “Well, they’re a little bigger than a thumbnail.” Meehan says he started having second thoughts about the project when he saw artist renderings of proposals that would place wind turbines 10 miles off the coast, seven miles . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Northeast needs more land for wind, solar to flourish — study

Clean energy goals in more than a half-dozen Northeastern states may flounder unless regulators, elected officials and developers do more to mollify political opposition and build rural public support for wind and solar farms, a new analysis has found. The study, co-authored by a former New York administrative law judge and an energy policy expert, makes clear that more public and private land in the Northeast will have to allocated for utility-scale renewables if states from Connecticut to Maine are . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • Letters, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

“Wind Turbines: Unsafe at any distance”

Last December, one of the turbines at the Stoney Corners wind facility burst into flames and was completely destroyed. Black smoke darkened the sky and heavy winds spread ash and burning particles on fields and properties nearby. For days the acrid odor of smoldering composites lingered in the air and seeped into my home along with several other homes in the area of the fire. By the next day, what was left of the turbine was hauled off and some . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Wind project review to be revised

A court order will lead to further environmental analysis of the moribund Cape Wind project. But a key opponent to the proposed 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound says the original analysis is outdated and needs to be scuttled―not supplemented. “The environmental impact statement is obsolete,” said Audra Parker, president of Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. “It’s over eight years old. The project no longer has state permits. It no longer has a valid permit from the Federal Aviation Administration. . . . Complete story »

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