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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.

September 15, 2017 • Editorials, New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Tilting at windmills

The long-running saga of a Blueskin Bay wind farm is riven with disappointment. What began with good intentions and hoped-for environmental benefits has turned sour. Turbines on Porteous Hill have been opposed by many, and the Environment Court has agreed the latest proposal, for a single turbine, would be in a “highly memorable” place and would have significant adverse effects on landscape and visual effects and the value of existing amenities. The Environment Court upheld the Dunedin City Council planning . . .

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September 13, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbours at odds over noisy wind farm

Two residents with very different views have described what it’s like to live near a noisy wind farm in Manawatū – one isn’t bothered by it, and the other wonders if “this saga is ever going to end”. Dr Lee Huffman has maintained a detailed log for 10 years, recording “whining”, “mechanical grinding”, a “whoosh” and a “roar” from the Te Rere Hau wind farm on the Tararua Range. Joseph Poff, on the other hand, has slated the Palmerston North . . .

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September 12, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proponents ‘should just let it go’

Opponents of a wind farm near Blueskin Bay say ”common sense has prevailed” with the Environment Court decision on Monday but the ruling comes too late for one former resident who moved away in protest. On Monday, the court rejected an appeal of the Dunedin City Council’s 2016 decision to decline consent for a 110m turbine on Porteous Hill. Former Pryde Rd resident Jamie Pickford said he moved from his former home, which was about 800m from the proposed site, . . .

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September 12, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Te Rere Hau wind farm to cut down the hours it operates

The owner of a Manawatū wind farm that makes “annoying” noise will cut down on the amount of time the turbines operate. Environmental commissioners are re-evaluating noise rules for the Te Rere Hau wind farm on the Tararua Range after a saga that has included court action and the Palmerston North City Council receiving 1700 noise complaints from residents. Neighbours have complained about a “whining” noise, a “whoosh” and a rumble like a train that never arrives. A hearing in . . .

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September 12, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Environment Court rejects Blueskin turbine

The Blueskin Bay skyline is to remain void of wind turbines following an Environment Court decision to decline one on Porteous Hill. However, the group behind the proposal to build a 110m turbine is not ruling out appealing the decision to the High Court. The Environment Court said the proposed turbine was in “considerable tension” with the Dunedin City Council’s proposed district plan for energy resilience which considered matters including values of significant natural landscapes and adverse effects on the . . .

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September 8, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

The roar that never arrives faces volume controls

The solution to nearly a decade of dispute about noise annoyance, whining, swishing and roaring from the Te Rere Hau wind farm could be found in Palmerston North next week. Resource management commissioners will be hearing city council proposals to tighten the noise control conditions on New Zealand Windfarms’ consent. The issues date back to 2008, when the first turbines began operating on the North Range Rd property. Submitters Lee Huffman and Graham Devey, near neighbours on the Pahiatua Track, . . .

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August 3, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Chatham Island wind turbines dismantled

Chatham Island Wind, an Australian-owned business that had promised to slash power bills for islanders dependent on diesel generators, has been put into liquidation three years after its parent went into voluntary administration. The two French-designed 225kW turbines were installed on land leased from Chatham Mayor Alfred Preece in 2010. The contract was terminated in 2014 after the parent of Chatham Island Wind, now known as BlueNRGY Group, got into financial difficulties. While BlueNRGY emerged from administration in 2015, efforts . . .

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July 18, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Judge questions landscape architects about wind turbine

The character and value of the landscape and the likely effects of a single large wind turbine above Blueskin Bay were the focus of a lengthy Environment Court sitting in Dunedin yesterday. Judge Jane Borthwick and two commissioners are hearing an appeal by Blueskin Energy Ltd (BEL) against the Dunedin City Council’s refusal to allow a 110m turbine to be erected on Porteous Hill, on the north side of the bay. Four landscape architects were called as expert witnesses to . . .

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July 17, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Missing zones on council maps cited as residents look to challenge wind farm consents

Residents in a small Taranaki town are gearing up to fight plans to build a line of 14 metre electricity pylons near their homes. Last week an independent commission granted Tararua Wind Power Ltd resource consents to build a 48-turbine wind farm on the coast near Waverley, including the electricity transmission line. The group of residents, which includes retired lawyer Robert Hayes, are not opposed to the wind farm itself, they just want the company to run its transmission line . . .

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July 14, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Waverley residents express dismay over wind farm decision

An electricity transmission line cutting across their view of Mount Taranaki has united a group of Waverley residents in opposition. On Friday commissioners consented to a 48-turbine wind farm on coastal land between Waverley and Patea. They also consented to a 13km transmission line linking generation to a substation in Waverley. The consents are subject to appeal for 15 working days. Mike and Angela Connell want to appeal the transmission line consent, with the help of fellow Waverley resident and . . .

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