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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 14, 2018 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Golan wind turbine project may be shelved over objections of Israel Air Force

The Defense Ministry is threatening to withdraw its support for a plan to generate electricity on the Golan Heights using wind turbines. This is because no budget has yet been found for the technological solutions the Defense Ministry says are necessary to prevent the turbines from interfering with Israeli Air Force operations in the area. Without the support of the Defense Ministry, it is very likely that the turbine plan will not be approved. Four different projects for building wind . . . Complete story »


December 23, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in Israel kill many more birds, bats than expected

Wind turbines cause significant damage to bird and bat life in Israel, beyond the level deemed tolerable by nature authorities. The Parks and Nature Authority is mulling measures it will ask turbine owners to employ in order to reduce the damage. Leaving aside 25—year old wind farm in the Golan Heights, there are two more modern wind turbine installations near Ma’aleh Gilboa and Ramat Sirin in northern Israel, which generate electricity. They are run by the Afcon business group in . . . Complete story »


December 12, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Tech solution mooted for wind turbines’ threat to Golan vultures

The developers of a large wind turbine project for electricity production on the Golan Heights are proposing the use of a system that will identify oncoming birds of prey and silence the turbines as they approach to prevent harming them. This offer is aimed at reducing the concerns of environmentalists about the possibility that birds will be hit by turbine blades. The Israel Nature and Parks Authority, however, is not convinced that this solution will prevent harm and continues to . . . Complete story »


November 26, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Israel cancels wind turbines project to spare a rare falcon

A project to erect nine wind turbines near Kibbutz Ein HaShofet in northern Israel, about 18 miles from the city of Haifa, in an ecologically sensitive area where the rare red falcons live, have been cancelled by the District Committee over the exceptional and disproportionate damage it would cause the environment, Haaretz reported Sunday. Or, in conceptual terms, an environmentally friendly program was killed on account of endangering the environment. The committee heard testimony last week that the rotating blades . . . Complete story »


October 24, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Galilee residents fear wind farms will dwarf landscape

Power plants and renewable energy farms are replacing agriculture throughout Israel. In recent decades, awareness has been growing, including in Israel, of the importance of switching to renewable energy produced from solar radiation, wind, water, and other non-fuel and non-perishable natural resources. Israel stands with the other OECD countries that have made this an important goal. It requires a great deal of area for new facilities, however, most of which are located in the outlying areas, and a wave of . . . Complete story »


September 14, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Israeli environment ministry recommends scaling down wind turbine plans in Galilee

Three companies have been told either to curb their plans to build wind turbines in the Upper Galilee or build them somewhere else, after the Environmental Protection Ministry decided that wind farms not only create noise and mar the landscape, but put birds’ and bats’ lives in danger. The ministry delivered its opinion to the Northern District Planning and Building Committee ahead of a debate on the wind-turbine plan next week. If the committee adopts the plan despite the ministry’s . . . Complete story »


August 10, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Residents in Northern Israel campaign against plan to set up wind turbines

The government’s plans to set up wind turbines to generate electricity in the Galilee were supposed to herald a new environmental era. But residents are campaigning against the enterprise, out of fear of damage to the landscape, noise and other hazards. Galilee residents have been plagued by several environmental hazards in recent years, such as dust-emitting quarries, illegal waste-burning and sewage flowing in streams. But none of these afflictions seem to have evoked such intense protests as the planned wind . . . Complete story »


June 21, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Despite fears of harming birds, plan for Israeli wind farm moves forward

A government committee has given the go-ahead to build a wind farm on the Golan Heights over the objections of environmentalists who warn that the turbines will pose a serious threat to the region’s birds of prey, particularly eagles that are at risk of extinction. The plan, the initiative of an Israeli company, Enlight Renewable Energy, is currently at the stage of receiving input from the public. It was opposed both by environment experts on the National Infrastructure Committee, which . . . Complete story »


August 1, 2016 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Ministry promoting wind turbines in areas slated for nature and preservation

The National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Ministry is acting to enable the installation of wind turbines for producing energy, even in areas designated for nature and landscape preservation. The ministry’s proposal to enable the expansion of the areas where turbines can be built will be discussed on Monday day in the National Planning and Building Council. A few weeks ago the council and the government approved changes in the National Development Master Plan (Tama 35), and decided that a plan . . . Complete story »


November 19, 2015 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in southern Israel would hurt bird migration, environmentalists say

A company producing electricity from wind-power seeks to install giant turbines in the Eilat area, which environmentalists fear endanger the important international bird migration route in the area. Last week Israel joined an international agreement protecting birds of prey in Europe, Asia and Africa. The agreement, signed in Bonn, Germany, recommends not erecting wind turbines on migration routes because the birds fly into the turbines and are injured or killed by the blades. The bird migration route through Israel is . . . Complete story »


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