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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.

March 21, 2018 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Province likely to lose $2M in failed energy-storage project

The province will likely lose about $2 million it invested in an energy-storage project that had ties to Nova Scotia but ultimately never came to fruition. Through Innovacorp, the province put the money into LightSail Energy with the intention the company would use three wind turbines in Queens County to test its energy-storage technology, as well as employ 10 people full time. LightSail Energy is based in Berkeley, Calif., but the company’s co-founder and chief scientist is Danielle Fong, who . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2018 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Time and money running out on sale of idle wind turbine plant

After two years and no takers, Nova Scotia is poised to end its efforts to sell an idle wind turbine manufacturing plant in Pictou County, bringing to a close another failed government-backed industrial enterprise. “At $150,000 per month to keep the operation at status quo, we want this to happen, we want to find a viable operator. But the clock is ticking,” Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said Thursday, after touring the mothballed DSME Trenton plant. That money goes toward keeping . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2018 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wentworth residents to rally against clear-cutting

AMHERST – Bob MacLean is tired of what he calls the destruction of the Wentworth Valley by forestry interests. The president of the Wentworth Firemen’s Recreation Committee, MacLean and others have organized a public meeting at the Wentworth Recreation Centre on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. to gather input from residents on how to fight continued clear-cutting in the valley. “From the ski hill you can see a big clear-cut on the side of Higgins Mountain and . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2017 • Nova Scotia, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Dismissed rural Nova Scotians petition legislature for health objectives and credible province-wide noise monitoring at wind power plants

In approving wind power plants, the Nova Scotia government ignored credible evidence of eminent harm to residents that would live in proximity to the proposed facilities. As a result, some rural Nova Scotians now suffer chronic sleep disruption that in turn hinders daily functioning and effects health adversely. On Tuesday, October 17th, 1:00 pm at Province House in Halifax, Alan McMaster, PC MLA Inverness County, will be presenting two petitions that request the legislature to establish health objectives for residents . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Agricultural land, wind energy main concerns at New Minas session on proposed Kings MPS, LUB

NEW MINAS, NS – It’s a common thread of concern woven throughout the history of municipal politics and land use planning in Kings County. Agricultural land use was the top area of concern as the County of Kings planning advisory committee hosted a facilitated town hall session on the municipality’s proposed new Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) at the Louis Millett Community Complex in New Minas on Sept. 13. The documents have been developed as part . . . Complete story »

September 15, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Yarmouth wind energy project on backburner

St. John’s-based Beothuk Energy’s proposed $4-billion offshore wind energy development for the southern tip of Nova Scotia is on the backburner two years after it was unveiled. It was supposed to be a boon for Yarmouth’s economy. A 200-km undersea high-voltage transmission line, dubbed the Can-Am Link, was to connect the 1,000-megawatt energy project to the Boston area. Wind turbines on gravity bases were to sit in water no deeper than 30 metres. The first phase, expected to produce 300-400 . . . Complete story »

September 6, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposal aims to guide ‘appropriate’ large-scale wind turbine development for Kings County

He isn’t a proponent of wind energy but a concerned Kings County citizen hopes a proposal he wrote will be used to help guide “appropriate” large-scale wind turbine development. With public participation meetings scheduled on the proposed new Municipal Planning Strategy (MPS) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB) for the County of Kings, Warren Peck of Black River Road hopes council will consider the proposal before approving the draft documents. Peck said there was a “watershed moment” at a community meeting . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2017 • New Brunswick, Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

No more room for wind power, energy minister says in wake of export proposal

Nova Scotia’s grid can’t absorb any more wind power, the province’s energy minister says, even if it had access to electricity that under a major new proposal would be generated here and exported to the United States. Last week, Emera Inc. revealed a formal proposal for the Atlantic Link project, a 1,000-megawatt subsea cable that would send green energy from Atlantic Canada to the Boston area with connection points at Coleson Cove, N.B., and Plymouth, Mass. Seventy per cent of . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Failed wind turbine plant needed ‘special support’ from the start

The Nova Scotia government knew from the beginning that a partnership with a South Korean company in a Trenton plant to manufacture wind turbine towers was going to involve major government support. “Without special support from the Nova Scotia government, the project may not be economically feasible,” Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Ltd. said during a slide presentation to provincial government officials on Aug. 5, 2009. CBC received a copy of the business proposal, which included the August presentation and . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Water Wells First holds sit-in at MOE office in Windsor

Water Wells First says groundwater and pile driving monitoring promised by the Ministry of Environment is not good enough. The Chatham-Kent group held a two and a half hour sit-in at the MOE office in Windsor late Wednesday afternoon, because it says monitoring stations are too far from the North Kent wind towers. Spokesperson Kevin Jakubec insists the aquifer is being contaminated by wind farm vibrations and he is demanding a public inquiry to either get a proper analysis of . . . Complete story »

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