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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.

January 20, 2017 • Opinions, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Quality of life not ‘for sale’

In response to the recent letter to the editor by Brian Minish, Lincoln County Commissioners are not stuck in the past. They may have indicated several years ago that a wind farm looked somewhat appealing until they did their homework. When they began to learn about the facts and problems surrounding the industrial wind energy that Minish is proposing, they did exactly what the citizens of the county elected them to do; they put the current and future safety of . . .

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January 20, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Ban on windmills proposed for Sandhills

A bill in the state Legislature would ban development of wind energy generators in the Sandhills for two years, and create a task force to study the ramifications of wind turbines. The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Brewer, who represents north central Nebraska’s district 43, which covers most of the Sandhills. Brewer told Nebraska Educational Television that wind development was the second-largest concern of his constituents during his campaign, next to high property taxes. His bill says wind energy . . .

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January 20, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Company, leaders mull wind turbines for local region; Firm considering Cass, Fulton, Miami and Kosciusko counties, official says

Wind turbines may be coming to Cass, Fulton, Kosciusko and Miami counties, according to a local official. Cass County Commissioners President Jim Sailors said a company has expressed interest in raising the turbines throughout the four-county area. He said it was too early to disclose the name of the firm and did not know how many turbines it’s considering. The company is eyeing the northeastern part of Cass County for the project, he continued, adding lease agreements with landowners in . . .

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January 20, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

LIPA, PSEG conclude talks on wind farm contract with Deepwater

LIPA and PSEG on Thursday completed negotiations with Deepwater Wind for a 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles from Montauk Point, paving the way for LIPA trustees to vote on the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind contract. LIPA spokesman Sid Nathan confirmed contract negotiations “successfully concluded” Thursday night, but declined to comment further. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last week telegraphed the contract’s completion and urged LIPA board members to approve it. Newsday has previously reported the project would produce 90 megawatts . . .

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January 20, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Block Island wind farm, power cable run into snags

NEW SHOREHAM – While renewable advocates continue to celebrate the launch of the nation’s first operational offshore wind farm, its early rollout has come with some mishaps. Deepwater Wind LLC last month officially started selling electricity from its 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm to National Grid PLC, the state’s largest utility. The five-turbine project has received attention and praise both locally and nationally, as it’s the nation’s first operational offshore wind farm in what’s a nascent subsector of the energy . . .

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January 20, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Navy: wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers won’t harm radar

The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security. State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation that scans for aircraft and ships hundreds of miles out over the Atlantic . . .

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January 20, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

State opposition to wind power spikes as Trump prepares to take office

Amazon’s latest wind farm in coastal North Carolina has completed construction and is weeks from beginning operations—and state legislators have just asked the incoming Trump administration to shut it down. The $400 million, 208-MW, 104-turbine project, built by Apex Renewables near Elizabeth City and backed by financing from Iberdrola Renewables, is supposed to power Amazon’s Virginia data centers. Amazon has purchased the entire output from what would be the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina. But now, on the . . .

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January 19, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Wind’s $88,000 lease payment shows project is still alive

For a couple of years now, Beacon Hill insiders have viewed the once-vaunted Cape Wind Energy Project as dead, a victim of local opposition, persistent lawsuits, financing challenges, and power purchase and permitting setbacks. As recently as this summer, the Massachusetts Legislature wrote language into an offshore wind energy development bill that essentially disqualified the Nantucket Sound project from competing for the long-term energy contracts called for under a law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Cape Wind officials in June . . .

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January 19, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Sandhills senator pushes back against wind energy

It’s been a long-time issue in Nebraska, whether energy from wind turbines is worth the cost. Senator Tom Brewer, who represents the Sandhills and surrounding counties, is introducing a bill to push back against the industry. He says the issue has torn the area apart. “It’s a kind of homogeneous family,” Brewer said. “Everybody knows everybody; generations have lived and worked together, and the one thing that has ripped the fabric of the Sandhills apart is the issue of wind . . .

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January 19, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Barre residents look for more information regarding Heritage Wind

BARRE – “I need more information.” That was the general consensus of residents who gathered in the Barre Town Hall on Wednesday night, looking at informational boards and talking to representatives as they sought to learn more about the Heritage Wind project. The project is the second Apex Clean Energy is looking to put into Orleans County. The company has already proposed Lighthouse Wind in Yates. According to Ben Yazman, Heritage Wind lead developer, the project area would include the entire . . .

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