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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.

June 1, 2018 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

New Zealand push on clean power comes with high political, economic risks

New Zealand has set out to burnish its clean, green image by becoming Asia Pacific’s first developed economy to stop using fossil fuels to generate power, although the pitfalls encountered by a Maori iwi, or tribe, may signal trouble ahead. The 3,000-member Ngaati Kea Ngaati Tuara iwi in Rotorua, when switching to renewables, found local geothermal sources were not hot enough to generate electricity. So, the tribe set up small hydro units for its meeting ground and dairy farm, but . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Palmerston North wind farm puts a decade of complaints behind it

Noise complaints that have dogged Palmerston North’s Te Rere Hau wind farm for a decade may have been silenced. Resource management commissioners have put the final touches on a new suite of noise control conditions largely agreed between the city council, New Zealand Windfarms and neighbours during and after a hearing in September. The Environment Court has not received any valid appeals against their decision. The wind farm on the Tararua Range, visible to most city residents, has attracted more . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Opposition to Waverley Wind Farm dropped

An appeal against the Waverley Wind Farm project has been withdrawn, leaving the project free to go ahead as planned. Consent for the 48-turbine wind farm on coastal Waverley farm land was granted in July. It was then appealed by Mike and Angela Connell, who live in Fookes St where a transmission line would cut across their view. Tilt Renewables owns and operates wind farms in New Zealand and Australia. Its renewable development manager, Clayton Delmarter, said there has been . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

An ill wind

The details of the threat are recorded. If he was not so scared of the repercussions, it could all be laid bare. But he is. He is deeply concerned that family members would be petrified if they knew that less than two months ago his support for the Blueskin Bay wind turbine project resulted in him being threatened with physical violence, and his property threatened with vandalism. He does not want his name or identifying details to be used. He . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Massey academics seek legal advice

Two Massey staff and a Palmerston North consultant are fighting to restore their international reputations after the university’s response to a complaint of dodgy research was released to Australian media. The researchers, specialising in low-frequency sound, say Massey did not give them a chance to give their side of the story before the complainant was told the university might retract the case study they co-authored. Consultant Bruce Rapley, Huub Bakker, from the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, and Rachel . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Researchers under scrutiny after noise experiment prompts ‘violent’ reaction

A New Zealand university is investigating the conduct of researchers who let the subject of a “noise sensitisation” experiment drive a vehicle despite experiencing a “severe” response after visiting a wind farm in NSW. Massey University said it had already undertaken an “educative review” with two researchers – among the four in total – who teach at the institution. “Retraction of the research is an option open to the university,” Giselle Byrnes, an assistant vice-chancellor at Massey, said in a . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

No appeal on wind turbine

The group behind a contentious wind turbine proposal has announced it will not appeal an Environment Court decision to stop it because of death threats and mounting legal bills. Blueskin Energy Limited project manager Scott Willis said opposition to a proposal to build a 110m turbine on Porteous Hill, near Blueskin Bay, had grown “out of hand” and death threats had been made. “Direct threats against members of our team have been made, and that has been distressing. Obviously some . . . Complete story »

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 . . . Complete story »

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 . . . Complete story »

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, . . . Complete story »

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