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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.

August 4, 2021 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Brunswick County commissioners unanimously opppose offshore wind turbines

The Brunswick Commissioners extended the usual “not-in-my-backyard” thinking to “not-within-27-miles” Monday, voting to oppose construction of wind turbines within 24 nautical miles (about 27 miles) of the county’s shoreline. Although no wind-energy projects are planned for the area, the federal government has identified three Wind Energy Areas (WEA) off the North Carolina coast as potential sites for turbines, which would harness offshore wind to produce electricity. Two are off the coast of Brunswick County and one is off Kitty Hawk, . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2021 • Maine, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lobstering under attack

A few weeks ago, Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham (R-Winter Harbor) met with several dozen concerned citizens in Ellsworth for updates on Maine’s offshore wind proposals. The man facing that audience was grim-faced, fatigued and struggling for the proper words to express his apparent anxiety. A husband, a father of three and a longtime lobsterman out of Winter Harbor, Faulkingham, who also serves on the Joint Standing Committee for Marine Resources, has been a strong voice of reason in our Legislature . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2021 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

President Biden, look at Bayonne wind turbine for what NOT to do with infrastructure bill

Near New York Harbor stands a 400-foot-high monument, a tall alloy structure fixed against the skyline and recognizable from miles away. If you think this reference is to the Statue of Liberty, you’re wrong. The broken Bayonne wind turbine has become a local icon to a failed national infrastructure program. In 2009, the nation had seen better days. Deep amid an economic recession, President Obama needed to invigorate the economy. The approach was complex but worthy – to create a stimulus . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2021 • Opinions, Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

The truth behind the polls that show support for windfarms

As Benjamin Disraeli said, ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’ RenewableUK, the voice of the wind and solar power industry, and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are keen to demonstrate that there is overwhelming public support for the development of onshore and offshore windfarms, despite increasingly vocal protests from host communities and from environmentalists concerned for the damage caused to peat lands, birds and other wildlife. So how can Renewable UK justify . . . Complete story »

July 29, 2021 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Like wind project, critiques flawed

As a new but fast-growing organization seeking only to preserve the natural beauty of our seascape from the sight of offshore wind turbines, the LBI Coalition for Wind Without Impact was very surprised to see the vehement attacks on us in two critical pieces in the July 14 SandPaper (“Lost Tourism Claims – Hysteria, Not Fact” and “Economic Studies Differ on Offshore Wind Power”). The first piece, an opinion column, speaks to the need for a balanced discussion based on . . . Complete story »

July 21, 2021 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Giving our community a voice on wind and solar projects

Northwest Ohio is truly a wonderful place to live. Our part of the state is home to some of the best small businesses, great school districts, and dedicated communities. Each and every day, I am honored to serve as the 82nd Ohio House District State Representative. Our region is also home to the most wind development in the state. While some communities may embrace the development of renewable energy projects, other communities do not want these types of projects in . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The rejection of the Fountain Wind Project, and who appealed the decision

One month ago, on May 19, I sat in the Shasta County Resources Building with Director Paul Hellman to discuss being allowed more time to speak at the Public Land Planning Hearing on the Fountain Wind Project. An hour into the half-hour meeting, I stood up to leave. Director Hellman encouraged me to sit down and continue to discuss concerns that were new to him. Four hours later, as we left the building after 7 p.m., he extended an invitation . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2021 • Michigan, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Exclusionary zoning in Michigan

Over the past several months, officials in more than half the townships in Montcalm County have been working to put in place either new or amended wind energy ordinances. This is in response to Apex Clean Energy’s proposed construction of 75 or more 600-foot or taller wind turbines across these townships. Quite often township officials have claimed they can regulate but not prohibit Apex’s wind development plans for their township. “If we don’t give Apex what it wants,” those officials . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2021 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy projects threaten the last refuges of the endangered great Indian bustard

As you approach Pokhran, the skyline is taken over by giants. They are wind turbines and lofty steel towers that stand tall against the yellow sand dunes, making the landscape look like a dystopian Lego town. The tops of the towers are painted a menacing red; they stand tall as if holding hands with the power lines. Close to Pokhran, where India once flexed its nuclear muscle, a new power struggle is emerging in the sand dunes of Rajasthan. This . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2021 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Seneca County case sets Ohio’s wind energy debate on new path

The longstanding debate over how much society is willing to sacrifice private property rights in order to erect mammoth, commercial-scale wind turbines has been energized – perhaps even electrified, if you will – by the Ohio Power Siting Board. In a surprise move, the OPSB unanimously agreed on June 24 that it will not allow the proposed 47-turbine Republic Wind Farm to be built in Seneca County. It’s a surprise move not because there was fierce opposition – which there was – but because . . . Complete story »

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