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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.

February 24, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals court affirms tearing down turbines; Court case prompts addition of new wind turbine ordinance

A zoning administrator acted illegally when she granted applications to a company to build turbines on agricultural land north and east of Fairbank. That’s what the Iowa Court of Appeals said in a Feb. 21 ruling. The Fayette County zoning administrator and the county attorney on whose legal advice she acted, erred when issuing a permit to the company that built turbines, the court concluded. Optimum, the turbine company, was granted easements by Thomas and Kimberly Rourke to build the . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Loyalist Township halts work on Amherst Island energy project

The company building a wind energy project on Amherst Island has been issued a stop-work order by Loyalist Township. The order was issued last weekend and was confirmed again in a letter from the township to Windlectric Inc. on Thursday. Heavy construction vehicles had caused significant damage to haul routes, including deep ruts on South Shore Road, Lower Forty Foot Road and sections of Front Road. “The ruts from the previous night’s heavy traffic had in fact not been smoothed . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines temporarily shut down after ice reportedly strikes semi

Alliant Energy shut down some of its turbines in Bent Tree Wind Farm after a report that ice from a turbine struck a semi Thursday on Minnesota Highway 13. The turbines were described by Alliant Energy Spokesman Justin Foss as “select turbines” near Highway 13. The turbines are expected to be inspected this morning as an investigation takes place. Foss, who said such incidents are not common, noted part of the reason why the turbines were temporarily shut down was . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Residents: Roads are impassible; town posts for fix

ARKWRIGHT – Both Miller and Brainard roads are blocked off from heavy vehicles as the Arkwright Town Highway Department is mitigating the problematic terrain. Arkwright Town Highway Superintendent James Ziemba noted that the roads are mostly dirt and are not accustomed to heavy-truck traffic. The wind farm project construction requires those vehicles, however, they will need to find a new temporary path. The stoppage is expected to last until Tuesday. “It’s not blocking local traffic,” Ziemba said of the roads. “It’s . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • Letters, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Questions for Hopkinton wind farm developer before vote

The stakeholders in the North Ridge Wind Farm have many questions we need and deserve to have answered. With the upcoming vote, our board needs more information to accurately determine what are proper wind law stipulations. 1. What is this “newest technology” Paul Coleman states? What model, size, individual MW turbine? 2. Will the transmissions lines be underground or towers? 3. Will the transmission lines go down the current transmission route that exists in Hopkinton? 4. How many leaseholders are . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind, sun and pipeline projects all discussed for region

MADISON – Energy systems continue to attract attention in Northeast Nebraska, with wind towers, solar farms and pipelines all proposed or being built. That’s OK with the Madison County board of commissioners, which discussed energy projects during a meeting earlier this week. Commissioners said they are receptive to all types of energy proposals, pointing out that they would weigh the additional economic benefits along with any environmental concerns or others before making a decision on a project. Commissioner Ron Schmidt said . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Blazing Star holds public meeting on new wind farm project

HENDRICKS – About 200 Lincoln County area residents attended the public hearing for Blazing Star Wind Farm 2 in Hendricks Tuesday evening. Many of them offered pros and cons on establishing more turbines in the county. Katrina Nelsen was one of the first to get up to speak against the additional turbines. Flicker and sound affects that create health hazards were just some of the features of which she was opposed. The possibility of falling market values on her property was . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Customer empowerment upheaval forces California into hold on renewables

California is conducting what may be the most ambitious electricity customer empowerment experiment ever done anywhere; whether it will work remains very much in doubt. The state is the national leader in both utility-scale solar and distributed solar capacities and fourth in the nation in wind capacity. Yet California’s dominant investor-owned utilities (IOUs) procured zero new MW of renewable energy capacity in 2017. And a preliminary plan released in January by state regulators proposes almost no 2018 procurement. But the . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals Court rules against Fairbank wind farm

FAIRBANK – The Iowa Court of Appeals dealt a blow Wednesday to three wind turbines built just east of Fairbank. The appeals court upheld a Fayette County District Court ruling that Mason Wind and Optimum Renewables built the wind energy towers in violation of the county zoning ordinance. The turbine developers, which completed the three 445-foot wind towers with an estimated cost of $11 million while the appeals were still pending, now face a court ruling to remove them. Surrounding property . . . Complete story »

February 23, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm has made our lives a ‘living hell’

A local grandmother claims that her family’s life has been a “living hell” since the Meenwaun Windfarm near Banagher became operational early last month. Olive Cunningham’s home in Garbally is just over 500m from one of the 169 metre high turbines in the windfarm, owned by Belgian company Storm and managed by Element Power. Speaking to the Offaly Independent this week, Mrs Cunningham says that the noise pollution from the turbines, one of the highest in Ireland, has made life . . . Complete story »

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