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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.

September 19, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Company no longer pursuing wind turbines in Cass, Miami counties

An international renewable energy company is no longer considering bringing wind turbines to northern Cass County. Renewable Energy Systems, or RES, which has a U.S. headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado, was behind the Harvest Wind Energy project. It aimed to bring a 600-megawatt wind generation development to Cass and Miami counties. RES stated in a media announcement Tuesday that it is no longer pursuing the project and that it will take action to accomplish the withdrawal immediately. “Technical circumstances for the . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

A case to be heard on wind turbines

SINCLAIRVILLE– In January 2018, the New York Board on Generation Siting and the Environment, granted Cassadaga Wind, LLC, an approval to construct and operate a 126MW wind-powered facility in the towns of Arkwright, Charlotte, Cherry Creek and Stockton in Chautauqua County. In July, Cassadaga filed a petition with the New York State Public Service Commission seeking a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) which is a ruling required by private companies, wishing to provide essential public services before they . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

OCC addresses controversial wind turbine construction

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission heard concerns Tuesday about a wind farm near the town of Hinton. NextEra is building more than 160 turbines, and many neighbors say they are do it illegally. “The law is very clear,” said attorney Kim Spady, who represents some neighbors from Hinton. Spady points to the new law which took effect in May. It states a wind developer must obtain what’s called a “no hazard” determination for each turbine from the Federal Aviation Administration or . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Biased state government disregarding’ communities on wind farms

The “pro-renewable energy state government”has been urged to consider the proposed Mount Fyans wind farm with an unbiased eye. Moyne Shire long-serving councillor and former mayor Jim Doukas said that on environmental and planning grounds the Mount Fyans project would never be built. It’s the fifth proposed wind farm in the Mortlake district as foreign-owned companies scramble to plug into the energy supply grid. Almost 500 people attended a public meeting on Monday night in Mortlake with the overwhelming majority . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • Editorials, IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Power of people on display

Tuesday morning’s news that a proposed plan to bring wind turbines to Cass County is no longer being considered was applauded by some and castigated by others. Without doubt, the debate that has raged for months over whether Renewable Energy Systems, or RES, should build wind turbines in the county has been among the most divisive in recent history. It pitted friends, family members and neighbors against each other. In a recent Public Forum, one Cass County resident shared how . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Carpetbaggers and their turbines

You have read here previously of how sPower refused to cancel my wind lease agreement even after learning their agents had used misrepresentation to get me to sign it. Now comes the story that a great many other people are having problems with them as well. Through the second half of this year, a large number of the leases they hold in Seneca County are expiring from their “preconstruction” phases and should require the landowner to re-sign the agreement if . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany’s renewable energy dreams derailed by cheap Russian gas, electricity grid expansion woes

On a blazing hot August day on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast, a few hundred tourists skip the beach to visit the “Fascination Offshore Wind” exhibition, held in the port of Mukran at the Arkona wind park. They stand facing the sea, gawking at white fiberglass blades, which at 250 feet are longer than the wingspan of a 747 aircraft. Those blades, they’re told, will soon be spinning atop 60 wind-turbine towers bolted to concrete pilings driven deep into the seabed . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Money led county to poor decision

The money and effort that Scout Clean Energy put into persuading landowners to lease their land has finally paid off. Unfortunately, the land lease contracts were mostly signed by landowners that either don’t live in Jay County, or are of retirement age. In either case, they will not have to live with the long-term effects of their choice to sell out. Scout’s attorney said that the resistance they experienced in Jay County is unprecedented, that a tax abatement has never . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • Massachusetts, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

‘You’re impacting the whole resource’

NEW BEDFORD – Fishermen and city officials raised the alarm Tuesday about potential wind turbines in prime fishing and scalloping grounds south of Long Island. About 55 people attended a meeting with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to discuss the agency’s evaluation of possible offshore wind locations within a 2,300-square-mile portion of the New York Bight, between Long Island and New Jersey. Scalloper Eric Hansen said 40 to 50 percent of the scalloping grounds fished by New Bedford scallopers . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

County curious about solar, wind projects

PRINCETON – Coal is king in Gibson County, but wind and solar energy could be coming, according to Gibson County Commissioners, who discussed Tuesday night how they can be prepared. County Commissioner Gerald Bledsoe said “windmills are coming” to the county, and he wants to make sure the county roads can sustain the heavy traffic involved in the construction process. He asked whether the county needs an ordinance requiring bonding on roads used during any construction phase. Neither Bledsoe nor other . . . Complete story »

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