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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.

December 13, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm foes speak against project

More than 160 attendees and presenters participated in a town hall on Wednesday during which opposition to a proposed wind turbine farm on Upper Yoder Township’s section of Laurel Ridge was the overriding publicly expressed sentiment. Last month, the Greater Johnstown Water Authority received permission from the Cambria County courts to change the deed for the land and enter into a lease agreement with Competitive Power Ventures to possibly develop the project that could include 12 windmills. State Rep. Frank . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

First major offshore wind project in jeopardy of being blocked

The warming waters south of Cape Cod have decimated the region’s lobster fishery. But it’s an ambitious effort to fight climate change that has lobstermen like Lanny Dillinger concerned for their livelihoods. Dillinger worries that the nation’s first major offshore wind farm, planned for the waters between Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island – a $2 billion project that will set precedents for the future of wind power in the United States – will transform the area into a maze of turbines and . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm’s future in doubt after ruling

A controversial wind farm faces being dismantled after a ruling from An Bord Pleanála that it didn’t have planning permission. A spokesperson for Waterford City and County Council (WCCC) has told the Irish Examiner that it intends to “immediately commence enforcement action” against the owner of Barnafaddock Wind Farm in the west of the county. Last weekend, An Bord Pleanála ruled that the 11-turbine farm was operating illegally with blade diameters of 103m instead of the 90m for which it . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Turbines vs. eagles debate continues amid new science

The sometimes lethal interactions between eagles and wind turbines have given flight to an important technical debate that’s about to press the Fish and Wildlife Service a little harder. Environmentalists worry officials could understate wind turbine dangers. Some want more data. All recognize the real-world implications of adjusting the academic-sounding “collision risk model,” used to predict the number of eagles that may be killed at new wind facilities. “The [model] attempts to incorporate existing knowledge of eagle use around a . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Lack of responses sink study on wind turbine impacts

It wasn’t for lack of trying on the part of the Huron County Health Unit. But the health unit simply didn’t find enough people willing to participate in their study on the health impacts of wind turbines to conduct a valid study. Epidemiologist Erica Clark said they mailed out 5,000 letters to people within five kilometres of a turbine and her hope was to be able to look at environmental variables related to people who claimed to be bothered or . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind navigates travel lane dispute

A dust-up has emerged over vessel travel lanes in the vast offshore wind area south of the Islands, with wind farm development companies at odds and fishermen giving mixed reviews. “We support establishing transit corridors through the wind energy areas,” said Lauren Burm, a spokeswoman for Bay State Wind, which has signed a lease in the area but does not yet have a contract to sell its wind power. Although progress has been made on the corridor layout, a consensus . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Kossuth County holds wind farm hearing ahead of decision

The Kossuth County supervisors were set to make a decision this Tuesday on whether to approve a new wind farm in the Lakota area. The supervisors held a public hearing last Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Kossuth County Courthouse to give residents a chance to provide input on the Golden Plains Wind Farm, which EDF Renewable Energy wants to build in Kossuth and Winnebago Counties. EDF previously got approval in Winnebago County to put up about 30 wind turbines across . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

New wind farm planned for north Kildare

A new planning application for a large wind farm in rural parts of the north of the county is expected in the coming days. A company calling itself North Kildare Wind Farm Limited published a notice in the Leinster Leader of their intention to apply for permission to develop a 12 turbine wind farm, a recreation amenity trail and associated works within the townlands of Ballynamullagh, Coolree, Drehid, Dunfierth, Killyon, Kilmurry and Mulgeeth. The proposed 12 turbines will have a . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Can the ‘Green New Deal’ deliver 100% renewables?

Activists storming Capitol Hill today in the name of a “Green New Deal” are joining progressive Democrats who say the United States must obtain its electricity within a decade from 100 percent renewables. Such an ambitious goal, they argue, is critical to avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change laid out in a string of recent reports from scientists across the globe. But is it possible? That depends, researchers say. How soon? Who’s willing to pay? And what about . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

SFPUC to absorb $25 million in fees to keep CleanPowerSF bills from rising

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is moving ahead with a plan to absorb an estimated $25 million in added fees that would otherwise fall on the agency’s CleanPowerSF energy customers next year. On Tuesday, the commission unanimously approved a proposal to offset the fees with an automatic subsidy, protecting CleanPowerSF’s roughly 115,000 residential and commercial customers from higher energy bills. Since October, SFPUC officials had vowed to shield CleanPowerSF’s customers from potential rate increases. That’s when energy regulators at . . . Complete story »

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