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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.

June 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

National tourism agency pleads for caution about Speyside wind farm

National tourism bosses have spoken out about the impact large numbers of wind turbines could be having on visitors to Speyside. Visit Scotland has called for caution when future developments are considered by Scottish Government planners. The agency has responded to proposals from energy giant Fred Olson Renewables to extend its Paul’s Hill wind farm near Knockando. The firm has proposed seven turbines which could stretch up to 500ft into the air. However, Visit Scotland has stressed that the effect . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm threat to iconic Aussie bird

A well-known species of Australian bird could stand in the way of a massive wind farm planned for a site near Geelong. WestWind Energy is proposing to build a 228-wind turbine facility on land at Rokewood, about 60km north-west of Geelong. The company estimates 25 brolgas could be lost over the 25-year life of the wind farm, and is planning to restore three wetlands used by the birds near the farm. However it is not saying how much it will . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Bixby residents raise resistance to Wind Catcher power line route

Planning for the last few miles of the 380-mile Wind Catcher Connection power line is proving to be the most contentious. Bixby residents have organized and, as a result, on Monday at 5 p.m. the Bixby City Council is holding a special meeting to explore further options in how it might approach the Oklahoma Corporation Commission about dismissing Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s application for pre-approval of the Wind Catcher project, including an agenda item that proposes hiring attorneys Gable . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

County could host new wind projects; Three companies investigate Ward’s wind

Ward County is on the radar of wind energy companies seeking new areas for expansion. The Ward County Planning Office has had contacts with three companies interested in potential projects, including one that is considering reviving a portion of the large Hartland project that had been proposed 10 years ago. NextEra Energy Resources acquired the Hartland project and is initiating wind monitoring in townships in and near the gooseneck of Ward County as well as in Mountrail and Renville counties. . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Arkwright wind turbine project almost complete

ARKWRIGHT – More than half of the wind turbines are up and cleanup is commencing at most sites, Arkwright town officials learned last week. “Twenty-two turbines up and 14 to go,” Rod Clossman from EDP Renewables said. “We have to start renewing the wetlands and all the areas that we have to straighten back up – put them back the way they were. Brainard and Miller Road we’ve been watering every day, and we’ve been grading Meadows Road regularly due to deliveries . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Disruption as Moray windfarm convoy rumbles on

There was fresh disruption on a northern roads at the weekend as wind farm bosses return massive – and incorrectly sized – turbine parts to Inverness. Motorists using the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road experienced weeks of delays as components of the Moray Dorenell Wind Farm were delivered. But at the start of June it emerged that six huge parts would have to be sent back as they will not connect into the ground. Engineers discovered the huge base parts . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Can Doug Ford keep his promise to axe green energy projects? Many rural voters hope so

The election of a Progressive Conservative government in Ontario has raised the hopes of rural voters who opposed projects pushed through using the provincial Green Energy Act.despite local objections. John Kordas has been rallying local residents and lobbying the government against a 500-kilowatt solar project next door to his farm on 6330 Ganaraska Rd. in Port Hope. Now, he says, he’s been told by members of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party that the new government will pull the plug on . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

How many bald eagle deaths from a ND wind farm can wildlife officials accept?

FARGO – Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2018 • Editorials, KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Editorial: Oppose Westar rate increases

Advocacy groups are right to oppose rate hikes sought by Westar Energy. The Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, or CURB, a state agency that represents consumers in utility rate cases, and staff members from the Kansas Corporation Commission filed testimony last week asking the KCC to reject Westar’s request for a $17.2 million rate increase. Instead, the groups believe Westar should cut rates for Kansas customers by anywhere from $69 million to $125 million. “CURB’s evidence strongly supports the need to . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Alliance watchful on cable-laying proposal

Both supporters and opponents of Vineyard Wind’s plan to bring its offshore wind farm cable to land on Cape Cod have emerged in two state decision-making arenas. But at least one well-known advocacy group is remaining noncommittal but watchful. “We’re not taking a position against the project,” Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound President Audra Parker said. “We’re preserving our right to participate.” The alliance, which worked to defeat the never-built Cape Wind project in the Sound, is one of five . . . Complete story »

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