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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.


January 12, 2018 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Michigan landowners’ long-shot lawsuit has high stakes for wind industry

An unlikely legal win by neighbors of a Michigan wind farm would have the potential to chill wind energy development in the state, legal experts say. A group of landowners filed suit in state court in August alleging a wind project near Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula is causing adverse health effects. These include sleep interruption and deprivation, stress, “extreme fatigue, anxiety and emotional distress.” Those claims will be difficult to prove, legal experts said, but if the landowners . . . Complete story »


January 3, 2018 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s wind status: some of what you need to know

Falmouth’s Wind Timeline (February 26, 2015 to present) A COMPREHENSIVE PRESIDENCE The Appeals Court of Massachusetts was asked to decide whether the town of Falmouth was required to obtain a special permit from the zoning board of appeals of Falmouth for the installation of a wind turbine on town land. The specific issue before the Court was an examination of whether the building commissioner’s interpretation of the by-law was correct. That interpretation (denial letter dated September 24, 2010) claimed Wind . . . Complete story »


December 27, 2017 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Fully and finally resolving Falmouth’s wind debacle

Closure rides on the Elder et al v. Town of Falmouth Case This pending case appeals the building commissioner and the ZBA’s decision wherein both are claimed to have incorrectly interpreted the by-law to allow the issuance of a building permit (Mar 2010) for Wind 2. The Eilder group’s defense is grounded in a related action by the Court (Drummey v. Falmouth, 87 Mass. App. Ct. 127 (Feb 2015)), wherein Wind 1 required a special permit as part of a comprehensive . . . Complete story »


December 17, 2017 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Anxiously awaiting Father Christmas

The order to cease and desist Wind 1 operations September 2015 by Falmouth’s Zoning Board of Appeals triggered the countdown to the turbine’s removal. At least that’s what the Wind Energy Systems [WES] Bylaw (adopted 2013) establishes. The bylaw reads “Any WES which has been abandoned shall be removed.” And further states “the WES shall be considered abandoned when the facility fails to operate for more than 12 consecutive months.” The 12 consecutive month deadline has come and gone. Wind . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2017 • Blogs, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Secrecy surrounds pro-coal group eyeing Ohio wind cases

A pro-coal group that has appeared in multiple Ohio wind farm cases has not disclosed its members, raising questions about who funds the nonprofit organization and what relationship it might have to other parties. The Campaign for American Affordable and Reliable Energy (CAARE) has been added to the service list in ten wind energy matters at the Ohio Power Siting Board. As a result, its lawyers would formally receive copies of all filings. The group formally sought to become a . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2017 • Blogs, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine Department of Environmental Protection issues draft Wind Energy Act rules

After more than a year of pre-rulemaking process including the issuance of two drafts, the Maine DEP has commenced formal rulemaking and today issued draft rules for wind energy developments in Maine. The formal draft largely tracks the most recent pre-rulemaking version issued in January 2017. The draft rules include standards for evaluating scenic impacts, limits on shadow flicker, provisions related to public safety, and requirements for demonstrating significant tangible benefits. In many respects, the draft rules codify existing DEP . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2017 • Blogs, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

North Carolina ‘wind maps’ process won’t be open to public

In the latest chapter in a years-long controversy, the North Carolina General Assembly has moved a step closer to a controversial suite of maps that could determine the future of wind energy in the state. On Friday, the legislature made public its $110,000 contract with AECOM, a global engineering firm with an office in Morrisville, to chart the areas of the state where wind turbines could interfere with military bases. The study – which must be completed by next May . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2017 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

MSU pulls down windmill safety guidelines after industry complains

The Michigan State University Extension Service pulled from its website a model zoning ordinance for wind energy developments after industry executives and lobbyists complained that its safety standards would impede wind farm development. The ordinance was contained in a pamphlet that was posted in March 2017 and pulled down later in the spring. MSU then posted a revised version on Aug. 24. The recommendations in that version would allow for turbines and their towers to be located closer to property . . . Complete story »


September 27, 2017 • Blogs, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developer’s dispute with Iowa utility reveals a broader schism on clean-energy law

A wind developer’s dispute with an Iowa utility is part of a larger pattern of resistance to small renewable energy projects, according to advocates in the state. Both sides agree, however, that there needs to be more clarity about how a federal renewable energy law should be implemented. Optimum Renewables wants to develop three 8 MW wind farms and sell the output to Interstate Power and Light, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy. This sort of transaction is at the heart . . . Complete story »


September 7, 2017 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

DTE declines participation in township wind farm debate

Michigan’s largest electric utility, DTE Energy, declined to participate in a public forum about wind farm development in Bay County’s Beaver Township this week, citing concerns that the meeting wouldn’t be balanced. An estimated 250 people showed up Tuesday night for a debate on the impact of increasing the number of wind turbines, according to Beaver Township Supervisor Steve Gray. The meeting was called by the township, which in August enacted an 18-month moratorium on erecting wind turbines and towers. . . . Complete story »


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