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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.


December 15, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds march against Terra-Gen wind project

For weeks, environmentalists, tribal members and some local city officials have been speaking out against a contentious wind energy project being proposed on Monument and Bear River ridges. More than 300 of those individuals marched today from the nearby city of Rio Dell to the Winema Theater in Scotia as part of what Rio Dell City Manager Kyle Knopp called “the largest pro-environment and pro-tribal rights march in the history of Rio Dell.” Among those present were Rio Dell Mayor . . . Complete story »


December 15, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Two-year panel to guide state energy policy

INDIANAPOLIS – Earlier this year, the Northern Indiana Public Service Co. electric utility giant received the state’s go-ahead to set up a 300-megawatt wind turbine farm as part of plans to phase-out coal-fueled facilities. The state also approved NIPSCO’s plans to recover the costs of the project from its customers. The Roaming Bison Wind turbine farm was planned for northern Montgomery County and was to be constructed by Apex Clean Energy Holding LLC. The project, estimated to have 107 wind turbines, . . . Complete story »


December 15, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Tuscola Airport Zoning Board of Appeals continuing lawsuit

Although Tuscola County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday not to fund legal action to fight wind farm development, legal action is still going to continue. Even though the Tuscola County Airport Zoning Board of Appeals (AZBA) does not have a budget, they voted Friday to appeal the issue to a higher court. The cost to continue the legal fight is estimated to cost at least $15,000 too $20,000. The Concerned Friends of the Tuscola Area Airport agreed to cover legal . . . Complete story »


December 15, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Decision not to fund wind lawsuit – might not be the end on wind battle

Even though Tuscola County Commissioners decided to say “no to financing more legal action” regarding a wind farm lawsuit during a special board meeting Wednesday, that may not be the final word. The Tuscola County Airport Zoning Board of Appeals, will conduct a special meeting noon today at the Purdy Building, 125 W. Lincoln St., Caro. The meeting will include a closed session to discuss a written legal memorandum from their attorney, according to the meeting notice posted by Tuscola . . . Complete story »


December 15, 2019 • IdahoPrint storyE-mail story

County P&Z gives project’s final phase OK

BLACKFOOT – A Salt Lake City company that began a renewable energy project east of Goshen nearly nine years ago was given the go-ahead by the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night to complete the final phase of the project. Following a public hearing, the commission approved Conditional Use Permits for rPlus Energy to erect 19 commercial wind turbines at the Cedar Creek Wind Project and install up to 40 PV panels for the adjoining Cedar Creek Solar . . . Complete story »


December 15, 2019 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

NRDs overreach in considering wind farm

From the beginning, NCORPE has not done anything that natural resource districts were organized to do. They have overpumped the aquifer, washed out creeks and drained wet hay meadows. Now they want to make this property an eyesore with solar panels and wind turbines. They try to take advantage of government farm payments, spending more taxpayer money. Lincoln County has helped them with their problem of being greedy and overpumping water. How much more do they want from this county – . . . Complete story »


December 14, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Concerned Bourbon County resident speaks out against proposed wind farm

BOURBON COUNTY, Kan. – Kimberly Simons spends her days tending to cows and horses on her quite Bourbon County farm. “This is the life we love,” says Simons. But it’s a life she’s afraid could change forever if a wind farm project in the county moves forward. “If I wanted something that was going to make noise, or blinking lights or shadows, I wouldn’t live in the country,” says Simons. Apex Clean Energy is currently in talks with Bourbon County . . . Complete story »


December 14, 2019 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Industrial wind turbines should avoid raptor areas

ORWIGSBURG – A director from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, which is known for its research on raptor migration, sent a letter to Hegins Township while the township is considering a zoning variance for a wind turbine developer. “We support alternative energy production, but suggest industrial wind development should avoid areas of raptor concentration, particularly migration pathways,” said Laurie Goodrich, Ph.D., director of conservation science at the Acopian Center for Conservation Learning for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Goodrich’s letter addresses concerns about height, setback . . . Complete story »


December 14, 2019 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City offshore wind projects: Commission to review turbine size changes

he Maryland Public Service Commission will review the turbine schematics for two wind projects planned off the shore of Ocean City in a public hearing. Commission members ruled Friday that plans to increase the size of the turbines used in both projects are significant changes to the plans originally approved in 2017 and ordered a hearing on the impacts that may result from the larger, more powerful turbines the U.S. Wind and Skipjack farms plan to build. The public will . . . Complete story »


December 14, 2019 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Dane, Iowa counties challenge power line approval, says regulators abused discretion

Four local governments are asking state courts to block a proposed high-voltage power line through southwestern Wisconsin, saying regulators abused their discretion and violated their own rules when they approved the $492 million project. Dane and Iowa counties each filed petitions Thursday in their respective circuit courts seeking to overturn the Public Service Commission’s September order approving construction of the line known as Cardinal-Hickory Creek. The three-member PSC unanimously authorized the line, finding it would improve reliability of the electric . . . Complete story »


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