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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 15, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth wind project finally finished

Falmouth Massachusetts – The town that once was host to Governor Deval Patrick’s flagship wind energy project on Cape Cod and the Islands pronounced the Falmouth turbines dead. Four Falmouth Selectmen chose not to relocate either of its two V82 wind turbines to any other site within town. &Only one board member abstained from voting … due likely to his term soon ending and re-election strategy requiring schmoozing the predominate “green-minded” voter precincts in Woods Hole. Since March 2010, when . . . Complete story »

January 14, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth selectmen to weigh relocation option

TIMELINE OF FOLLY October 15, 2018 During Public Comment to the Falmouth Board of Selectmen, a warning was given by a resident to the board  that Wind 2 required the certainty of an official zoning classification (declaring a structure non-conforming with local zoning bylaw or a structure non-complying with zoning bylaw).  It was explained to the board that the zoning enforcement request submitted for Wind 1 (December 2017) resulted in Falmouth Building Commissioner Palmer’s determination that Wind 1’s zoning classification, without . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2019 • Blogs, IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

More wind

The Jasper County Commissioners met on Monday with a short agenda and a huge audience. The meeting could not be moved to a court room because the courts were in session. First on the agenda was a brief report from Stephen Eastridge, Director of the Jasper County Economic Development Organization (JCEDO). He announced that there would be a series of meetings of the task force to prepare the County for the 2023 closing of the Schahfer Plant. The first will . . . Complete story »

December 26, 2018 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s wind debacle: 2018 ups & downs recap

The year began with a collective Community sigh of relief – Falmouth’s Board of Selectmen planned to hire a consultant to help determine how to comply with the building commissioner’s December 2017 dismantling and removal order for Wind 1 (Jan. 8).  That good news was quickly followed by the Selectmen announcing that Falmouth received a break on the $1.5 million debt owed the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MCEC).  The debt was negotiated down to the sum of $178,000 (Jan. 12). Selectmen . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan: The Sound of Silence

Yesterday, The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released its Comprehensive Energy Plan. (https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/12/11/CEP%20Report-12122018_0.pdf) I opened the above link to the background harmonies of Simon & Garfunkle’s The Sound of Silence. I should have perhaps been listening to Christmas music given the season, but with the unpredictability of the Holiday Music Police patrolling for naughty & nice candidates – I chose not to entertain anything remotely associated with that craziness. At about the time the lyrics came to “And the people bowed and prayed… . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • Blogs, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Nuisance case of Andrew and Rosemary Milne against Stuartfield Windpower

February 8, 2018: Next week sees the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case against Stuartfield Windpower Ltd in Aberdeen Sheriff Court. SAS members will be attending and posting updates on the Website, Facebook and Twitter whenever possible along with any press coverage. We wish these two very special people all the luck in the world. February 13, 2018: Aberdeen Sheriff Court – Sheriff Andrew Miller Today saw the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2018 • Blogs, IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

CAFOs, wind farms, and solar parks

The City Council meeting ran unusually long and the Jasper County BZA meeting started earlier than usual, so I missed it completely. There was only one item on the agenda, a special exception from Union Township from someone who wants to rent a loft on a nightly basis, perhaps via Airbnb. It passed. The Plan Commission meeting followed and I missed the first item on the agenda, the amendment to the UDO for confined feeding set-back requirements. This issue had . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2018 • Blogs, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

The rotors of sickness… Wind energy proponents refuse to acknowledge proven wind turbine health hazards

A report on infrasound (low frequency sound below 20 Hz) by German public television ZDF here further reveals how infrasound from wind turbines causes widespread health issues, despite claims by “experts” that these illnesses are “in peoples’ heads” and not really real. The dubious argument that “if you can’t hear it, then it can’t hurt you” is often used. It turns out that in the case of infrasound from wind turbines, this is not true at all. Hat-tip: Agnes Doolan . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • Blogs, General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in 2018

In October 1986, I presented a keynote address to the Community Noise Conference held in Toowoomba, co-sponsored by the Queensland Division of Noise Abatement and Air Pollution and the Australian Acoustical Society. The title of my talk was “Health Hazards of Noise.” In my talk, I spoke of noise as not just an urban phenomenon and gave examples of how residents in quieter communities can find themselves exposed to intrusive noises. One example I gave was the following: Imagine how . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2018 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s costly turbine ‘flip-flop’ persists

mjoecool.wordpress.com Re: https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/news/building-commissioner-says-wind-not-abandoned/article_93d0f8b2-027d-5daa-a2f9-79833b8c1040.html A resident filed an enforcement action request (June 2018) alleging Wind 2 violates Chapter 240 Section 3B of the Falmouth Zoning Bylaw (the local provision copied from M.G.L. c. 40A, s. 7). In his response Building Commissioner Palmer said “The building permit (Mar. 2010) and the date of initial operation (Feb. 2012) are both beyond the six year enforcement provision of M.G.L. c. 40A, s. 7 for structures erected in reliance upon a building permit”. In effect, . . . Complete story »

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