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January 30, 2020 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm leases filed at county

ALTAMONT – As a Labette County committee studying wind energy continues its work, the first four wind farm lease and easement agreements have been filed. Four of five committee members – Sandy Krider, Kevin King, Mel Hass and Rod Landrum – and facilitator Charlie Morse met Tuesday evening in the Labette County Public Works building in Altamont. Committee member Lori Whitworth wasn’t able to attend. Eleven members of the public attended and discussed various issues with the committee. The Labette County Commission formed . . . Complete story »


October 3, 2019 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Israel’s Golan Druze see a blow in wind energy plan

The Druze say the turbines present a slew of concerns. They contend that the giant, soaring poles and the infrastructure needed to construct them will impede their ability to work their plots, exacerbating their already tenuous economic situation, which has grown dire since the war in Syria halted their exports to a key market. They also say the turbines will disturb the almost sacred bond they feel to their land, which is passed down by generation and where families flee their cramped villages for fresh air and green space. Landowners who signed lease agreements with Energix, the company behind the project, say they weren’t made aware of the potential implications of having a turbine on their plot. They say they were tempted by hefty sums into signing what they describe as draconian leases that, coupled with a boycott on the company imposed by influential religious leaders, has prompted many to want to withdraw. Complete story »


August 22, 2019 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Israeli wind farm project unites Jewish settlers, Golan Druze

Emil Masud is an Arab Druze who identifies as “forever Syrian,” and Ofer Megged is an Israeli settler in the contested Golan Heights. They might seem unlikely partners, but a fight to save the environment against Israeli big business has thrust Masud, a local farmer, and Megged, a physics professor, into a burgeoning alliance that is shifting mutual perceptions between the Golan’s Druze and Jews. “Our lands will be destroyed,” Masud told Al-Monitor at his family home in Majdal Shams. . . . Complete story »


July 12, 2019 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents of Sandhills projects file lawsuits

Two lawsuits filed last week have launched fresh legal assaults by foes of further wind-energy development in the Nebraska Sandhills. A state district judge Monday will hear Preserve the Sandhills’ request for an injunction effectively blocking Cherry County commissioners from voting Tuesday on a 19-turbine wind farm west of Kilgore. That request was made July 5, the same day opponents of the Nebraska Public Power District’s “R-Project” transmission line filed a federal lawsuit to vacate the U.S. Fish and Wildlife . . . Complete story »


April 6, 2019 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Syrian farmers in Golan Heights fear loss of livelihoods, ‘cultural life’ from Israeli wind farm plans

MARJ YAAFOURI, Israeli-occupied Golan Heights: Just downhill from the occupied Syrian villages of Majdal Shams and Masaada, there is a small valley filled with plots of cherry and apple trees. A handful of the orchards reach upwards along the terraced hills that outline the Marj Yaafouri valley, overlooking the trees and a Druze shrine down below. They are owned by local Syrian farmers. Some of the farmers have been tending to these fields, in a spot known locally as Marj . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project would block private runway, end man’s lifelong hobby

GALESBURG – Flying ranks next to breathing in Joe Fisher’s life, though worry over losing that ability overwhelms him now. Growing up, Fisher built model airplanes. His father enlisted in the Navy in 1939 and became an airplane mechanic – a plane captain. “I had his books. I used to study those books and when I was in the eighth grade, in shop class, we got to do a project we chose,” Fisher said. “There was a practical in this book, so . . . Complete story »


January 25, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

IDA approves PILOT for wind farm project

A payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) application for a 126 megawatt Cassadaga wind farm project has been approved by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency. The final resolution regarding the PILOT for the project was approved unanimously by the board of directors on Tuesday morning. Richard Dixon, CCIDA chief financial officer and interim chief executive officer, said the project will include the installation of up to 48 wind turbine generators in Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Arkwright and Stockton. “It’s a . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wyoming lawmakers want a share of federal wind fees

A handful of Wyoming lawmakers say the state should receive a share of federal fees on wind and solar projects. A joint resolution sponsored by Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower, and five other lawmakers would urge the U.S. Congress to pass legislation granting states 50 percent for any rent or right-of-way fees for such projects on federal land. For proponents there is no downside to the change. It would not increase the tax and fee burden on wind developers but . . . Complete story »


October 29, 2016 • AlabamaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM sprints to cement Obama’s green legacy

The Interior Department is moving toward finalizing rules, policies and projects that it says should ensure renewable energy’s unprecedented growth spurt continues on federal land after President Obama leaves office. Building a clean energy program from scratch, the Bureau of Land Management has approved 60 commercial-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects that would power millions of homes and businesses. “We are incredibly proud of what the agency, with so many partners and so many private developers, has been able to . . . Complete story »


June 8, 2016 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind resistance: Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind farm project faces levels of opposition

Two recent meetings about the proposed Chokecherry/Sierra Madre wind farm highlighted some of the issues that may be an impediment to getting the project off the ground. On Monday, a public comment session held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Platte Valley Community Center in Saratoga brought local residents’ passions to the floor as the agency discussed the issue of eagle take permits that would allow for the killing or disturbance of eagles. Another meeting May 18 . . . Complete story »


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