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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 26, 2020 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Install bird diverters on power lines to stop death of Great Indian Bustard: NGT

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre and states to install bird diverters on all existing power lines within four months and under-grounding of the new power lines to prevent fatality of critically endangered species Great Indian Bustard. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel passed the order after considering a report by a six-member expert committee. Since the main reason for mortality of GIBs is the collisions with power lines laid by the . . . Complete story »


December 23, 2020 • Blogs, IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Is the drive for clean energy throwing environmental caution to the wind?

Wind is a green alternative to fossil fuels, but its complex environmental impact may stand in the way of widespread use and acceptance. Many studies around the world have reported high incidence of bird mortality as they crash into windmills. In Gujarat and Karnataka, two of India’s top states for harnessing wind energy, turbine operators have reported carcasses of more than 50 birds over a period of three years1. Despite some ecological downsides, governments are being compelled to embrace wind . . . Complete story »


December 17, 2020 • JapanPrint storyE-mail story

Government to dismantle ¥60 billion wind power project off Fukushima coast

The government said Thursday it will remove the two remaining wind power turbines it installed off Fukushima Prefecture citing lack of profit in the project, which cost ¥60 billion ($580 million). The project was widely seen as a symbol of the reconstruction of the northeastern prefecture following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. The decision came despite Japan’s goal of raising its offshore wind power generation to up to 45 gigawatts in 2040 from a mere 20,000 kilowatts at . . . Complete story »


December 10, 2020 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Ten protesters, four police injured in clashes over Golan Heights wind turbine project

Ten demonstrators and four police officers were injured in clashes Wednesday morning in the northern Golan Heights, as residents protested the building of wind turbines on agricultural land that belongs to Druze villages in the area, police said. Residents reported that police fired sponge-tipped bullets and tear gas at the demonstrators and farmers in the fields, and police said they arrested eight people. Medical sources said that the Majdal Shams hospital and Ziv Medical Center in Safed treated nine people . . . Complete story »


December 10, 2020 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Syrians in Golan Heights wounded and arrested in clashes with Israeli forces

Ten Syrians in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights were wounded during clashes with military police forces on Wednesday in protest against the construction of wind turbines to generate electricity which will benefit Israeli settlements in the area. Syrian Druze have called for a general strike and for shops and schools to close. A clash subsequently erupted in an orchard, where ten Syrians were wounded after Israeli forces shot tear gas and rubber-coated bullets. Israeli military police said that around 300 Syrian . . . Complete story »


December 9, 2020 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Druze protesters clash with police over turbine construction, 8 arrested

Around 300 Druze residents in the Golan Heights, near the Israeli-Syrian border, protested on Wednesday against the construction of wind turbines on agricultural land planned by the Energix Group. According to Israel Police, Energix legally bought the right to use the land from the owners, and the first two days of construction went off without demonstrations. However, following reports of a planned protest, police increased the amount of officers guarding the site, fearing violence. During the demonstrations, clashes broke out . . . Complete story »


November 23, 2020 • TaiwanPrint storyE-mail story

Keelung mayor opposes wind farms off northeastern Taiwan

Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) said Sunday he is against a possible offshore wind farm project in waters off northeastern Taiwan overseen by the city, calling the region an important nature reserve and fishing ground. “Don’t ever think about it. I’m against it,” he said on his Facebook page after local media reported that a foreign energy developer wants to set up a 300-square-kilometer wind farm around the islets of Pengjia, Huaping and Mianhua. Lin said the three volcanic islets . . . Complete story »


October 22, 2020 • KoreaPrint storyE-mail story

Yeosu fishermen protest against offshore wind farm project

A group of fishermen in the southern port of Yeosu are strongly protesting against an offshore wind farm project, claiming that it would devastate the region’s fishing zones, while menacing their right to live. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy recently approved the offshore wind farm project consisting of 36 units of 8-megawatt (MW) power generators that is now underway in the neighborhood of Gwangdo Island in Yeosu. The ministry is known to have given the project the green . . . Complete story »


October 13, 2020 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine plan in northern Israel rejected over environmental impact

A national committee has decided to reject an appeal that the entrepreneurs behind a wind turbine plan in northern Israel filed against a decision not to approve their initiative. The National Planning and Building Council Appeals Committee decided that building turbines in the Ramat Menashe region would have a negative effect on the environment, including damage to the landscape, a risk to several rare birds and possible noise hazards. The plan was promoted by Energix, which planned to build nine . . . Complete story »


September 25, 2020 • KoreaPrint storyE-mail story

Jeju haenyeos call for cancellation of offshore wind power project

A group of “haenyeo,” or female divers in Jeju Island have voiced strong opposition ahead of the Jeju Provincial Council’s deliberations on the motion of the environmental impact assessment for the offshore wind farm in Gujwa-eup. About one hundred haenyeos who are members of the Handong-Pyeongdae fishing village fraternities held a press conference on Thursday in front of the Jeju Provincial Assembly, calling for the cancellation of the offshore wind farm project. They claimed that unlike the Hanlim offshore wind . . . Complete story »


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