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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.


November 7, 2022 • Blogs, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

What I learned at REV

Much of the conversation focused on loosening the noise rules, with the participants citing them as the biggest issue to wind development in Vermont. Complete story »


August 17, 2022 • Blogs, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

The ad Facebook doesn’t want you to see

Simple ad pointed to a website post on the need for change in wind power approvals Ten days ago, Wind Concerns Ontario filed a formal comment with the Independent Electricity System Operator or IESO in Ontario, asking that changes be made to the wind power contract approval process. Although the Green Energy Act has been revoked, and municipalities now has land-use planning powers returned, the fact is, nothing else about project approvals have changed. We thought people might like to . . . Complete story »


June 8, 2022 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Final farewell to a wind energy debacle

According to the June 6 Cape Cod Times (see timeline for article) a contract award has been given to Atlantic Coast Dismantling LLC to demolish Falmouth’s two municipal wind turbines. It’ll come with a reported cost of nearly $40K with additional funds to be determined for electrical work and site restoration. The other notable town taxpayer cost cited in the article, a minimum payment of $975,000 to resolve the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant used to purchase and construct . . . Complete story »


May 13, 2022 • Blogs, England, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Alarming 99% decline in gulls raises questions over expanding wind farms

* Shocking 99% decline in Lesser Black-backed gulls at Suffolk coastal site * The amber-listed gull is especially vulnerable to collision with offshore wind turbines * Plans to further expand industrial wind projects in the area could prove disastrous for birds A shocking 99% decline in the population of Lesser Black-backed gulls raises serious questions over the impact of industrial wind farm development in the North Sea. Huge wind farms nearby … The alarming reduction in the numbers of breeding birds . . . Complete story »


May 6, 2022 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Whitmer’s support of nuclear power shows how renewable energy has fallen short

Data from the Energy Information Agency show that Michigan is still depending much more on nuclear power than renewables. Complete story »


April 16, 2022 • Blogs, HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Hawaii Supreme Court upholds Oahu wind farm

Big Wind scored a major victory in the Hawaii Supreme Court with the unanimous affirmation of a lower court decision approving the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Incidental Take License (ITL) for the Na Pua Makani wind power project on Oahu’s north shore. Local wildlife activists who have long opposed industrial wind facilities in the Aloha State expressed disappointment at the decision. The Conservation Council of Hawaii, an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, opposes offshore industrial wind facilities and . . . Complete story »


March 10, 2022 • Blogs, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind turbines interfere with ships’ radar, ability to navigate, study finds

Gov. Roy Cooper and the Biden administration want to make North Carolina carbon neutral by 2050, and President Biden’s ambitious plans to combat climate change lean heavily on offshore wind generation. The turbines could be a problem for fishermen. North Carolina’s fishing industry has largely been cautious in criticizing the wind turbines, saying it wants to wait for more information. But a new report on the impact of wind power on fishermen’s ability to navigate and operate radar could throw . . . Complete story »


January 25, 2022 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Fast-tracking offshore wind in Massachusetts – a community’s cost

In November 2020, the state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an Order approving long-term contracts of the 804 MW Mayflower Wind offshore wind farm with the Commonwealth’s Electric Distribution Companies.  In March 2021 a bipartisan bill was signed into law authorizing the Commonwealth to procure 2.4 GW more offshore wind power.   All the while Falmouth residents concerned themselves with essential local services and local sustainability challenges as a result of the continuing pandemic.  They didn’t know it then, but . . . Complete story »


January 18, 2022 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s zoning powers on state’s chopping block

With respect to the siting of Mayflower Wind Energy’s wind energy system (including component parts), none of the MGL chapters and sections cited by Mayflower Wind Energy’s project (see * below) authorize “the state” to override local zoning by-laws in effect on the date when notice of intention was filed with the MA Energy Facility Siting Board or the MA Department of Public Utilities. The zoning relief requested by Mayflower Wind Energy involves exemptions from all local zoning provisions duly . . . Complete story »


January 10, 2022 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth news: intended Mayflower landing

Becoming as Contentious as Project’s 1620 Namesake? Last week’s Falmouth Enterprise editorial “Mayflower Wind’s Power Lines” cited many worries. Falmouth’s social media sites buzzed with concern comments ranging from “greenies” to Falmouth Heights property owners, fishermen to aquaculture farmers.  Should residents be worried? Falmouth’s new Wind Energy Systems Zoning Bylaw is pretty clear. It defines any Wind Energy System’s components in Falmouth to be subject to provisions of this local bylaw. It indeed, captures the Mayflower wind project. Shouldn’t we . . . Complete story »


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