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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

June 8, 2023 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Project includes installing up to 285 wind turbines in Stutsman, LaMoure counties – estimated cost around $400 million

Jamestown – NextEra Energy Resources has located at least two to three potential locations for a hydrogen facility that makes fertilizer in the area around the Spiritwood Energy Park Association’s industrial park, according to Thomas Vonbische, project director of development for NextEra. As part of that, the company is looking to install up to 285 wind turbines in Stutsman and LaMoure counties, he said. Vonbische told the Stutsman County Commission on Tuesday, June 6, the project is in the preliminary stages. . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2023 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors pass temporary moratorium on wind turbines

At their June 6 meeting, the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors discussed a temporary moratorium on commercial wind energy system construction. “I’m not comfortable approving something like this until I have a little more research,” said Supervisor Mike Mayer. “Personally I don’t think we need a moratorium for windmills,” said Supervisor Mark Hendrickson. “It sends a bad signal to other companies that may want to come to Mitchell County. I don’t think we need one at this time.” “My point . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2023 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition to Riplinger wind farm remains after project changes

Recent changes to a proposed wind farm in Cardston County have been met with renewed skepticism by a group of local residents who oppose the project. The changes include fewer proposed wind turbines, smaller project boundaries and significantly more public outreach, according to Keith Yasinski, director of renewable energy projects at the Calgary-based electrical utility, TransAlta Corp. TransAlta hopes to build a 300-megawatt wind farm, dubbed the Riplinger Wind Power Project, over roughly 14,000 hectares of private land between the . . . Complete story »

June 5, 2023 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Rural communities are pushing back against large wind turbine developments

Toward the tip of Michigan’s Thumb, dozens of wind turbines dot the rural landscape – their blades catching the eye of passers-by as they slowly spin. The region has some of the highest power generation potential based on megawatt hours in the state, and over the last several years, the sight has grown more common above M-46 as a host of energy companies sweep in with large commercial developments. But turbines could make their way farther south in a matter of . . . Complete story »

June 3, 2023 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine erupts into flames north of Goderich, Ont.

Todd Edginton could hardly believe his eyes when he looked out his back door to find a wind turbine on fire. He wasn’t alone, as people stopped just north of Goderich to see the spectacle unfold. “I was going back to the cottage along Highway 21 from Goderich, and saw this. I said to myself, ‘Something odd is going on here,’ so I came looking to see what was happening,” said Listowel native, Warren Howard. Salman Hossain was heading to . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2023 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

MWRA recommends damaged wind turbine be taken down after piece of blade appeared to fly off

The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority has recommended a damaged wind turbine on Deer Island be taken down, one day after a piece of a turbine blade appeared to fly off the structure on Monday. The out-of-service turbine suddenly started spinning on Monday and continued spinning until officials said a contractor was able to insert a braking mechanism. In an update on Tuesday, the MWRA said the turbine suffered “significant damage.” “MWRA believes that the best course of action is to . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2023 • VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Dem senator purchased luxury condo from green energy lawyer pushing wind farm in home state

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia recently purchased a luxury waterfront condominium from a senior lawyer at Dominion Energy, a multibillion-dollar energy company developing a massive offshore wind farm in his home state. According to his 2022 financial disclosures filed this month, Kaine reported purchasing a residential property worth up to $1 million in March 2022. A Fox News Digital review of local real estate filings showed that Kaine and his wife Anne Holton paid $895,000 for a multi-unit condominium . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2023 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine spins out of control on Deer Island

Emergency crews responded to Boston’s Deer Island on Memorial Day after they received reports that an out-of-service windmill had broken free and was spinning out of control. Responders were able to halt the windmill’s uncontrolled spin just before 3:30 p.m., hours after the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority said a hiker “noticed one of the two wind turbines had something hanging from one of the blades.” “They called 911 and MWRA staff and emergency personnel responded,” a MWRA spokesperson said in . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2023 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Object flies off of ‘out of service’ wind turbine on Deer Island, prompting closure to public accessway

Officials believe an object that was seen hanging from then flying off of a wind turbine on Deer Island may have been the result of strong winds and a broken braking mechanism. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority said emergency crews and staff were on-site Monday morning after a passerby noticed that one of the two wind turbines at the Deer Island Treatment Plan had “something hanging from one of the blades.” A witness told 7NEWS it was around 10:15 a.m. . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2023 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Part of Boston’s Deer Island closed after piece of wind turbine blade flies off

Witnesses watched as a wind turbine on Deer Island suddenly started spinning out of control and then a piece of a blade came flying off the 110 foot tower. Emergency crews responded to Boston’s Deer Island on Monday after someone called to say there appeared to be something hanging from a blade on one of the two wind turbines in the area, according to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). The MWRA said the person was walking around the public . . . Complete story »

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