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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.

March 21, 2018 • Arizona, BlogsPrint storyE-mail story

Feds investigate Arizona wind farm for killing protected species

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of a southern Arizona wind farm for the deaths of an endangered bat and a federally protected golden eagle. In the latest clash between renewable energy companies and protectors of wildlife, federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of a southern Arizona wind farm for the deaths of an endangered bat and a federally protected golden eagle. Investigators from the U.S. Justice Department’s Environmental and Natural Resources Division are looking into the death . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2018 • Blogs, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Unifor turbine not compliant: MOECC

Owen Sound District Manager for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Rick Chappell told West Grey Council and a packed room of citizens today that the controversial single wind turbine in Port Elgin owned and operated by Unifor, is not compliant with provincial noise regulations. A noise abatement plan has been ordered by the Ministry and must be in place by March 18. The Unifor turbine has resulted in hundreds of complaints of excessive noise over the . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2018 • Blogs, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Nextera’s astroturf groups

Tax-exempt nonprofits that can engage in unlimited lobbying and do not have to disclose the source of their funding have become a favored vehicle for corporate lobbyists who wish to remain anonymous. They inhabit a “shadowy world,” writes Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish, involving “groups that have vague but high-sounding names” where corporate operatives seek to shape public opinion “without leaving fingerprints and without having to directly associate their name and brand with the attacks made on their behalf.” Last week, . . . Complete story »

March 4, 2018 • Blogs, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Anti-wind bills prompt predictions of lawsuits, bankruptcies and more broken promises

Could some Oklahoma wind farms go down in flames because of the legislature? Lawsuits from the wind industry and school districts. The bankruptcy of wind farms. School bond projects in jeopardy. Higher electricity costs.The banking industry losing money it loaned for wind farms. A black eye for Oklahoma’s ability to recruit industries to the state. They are what Wind Coalition executive Mark Yates is predicting if the Oklahoma legislature passes some of the bills that last week won committee approval . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2018 • Blogs, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

MN wind turbines shut down over safety concerns from ice

Wind turbines at a Freeborn County wind farm were shut down this week, due to safety concerns.  A longtime American Experiment source got wind of an incident on Thursday involving a livestock truck that was struck by “ice throw” that may have come from a wind turbine at Bent Tree Wind Farm. I got a call that a semi-truck had been damaged by ice throw from a wind turbine on Highway 13, south of Hartland.  Law enforcement was on the scene. . . . Complete story »

February 26, 2018 • Blogs, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Ohio bill looks to change wind turbine setback distance to spur development

A bill introduced in the Ohio Senate would change the minimum “setbacks,” or distance, a wind turbine farm can be from a residence to encourage development. Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, introduced the bill and said that a previous amendment that pushed the setback requirements farther back in 2014 went into effect without transparency, hearings, deliberations or notice. Dolan said the current setbacks have stifled the development of wind farm installation in the state. “The setbacks were moved to a . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2018 • Blogs, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Industrial wind farms bring political conflict, recalls and lawsuit to township

A legal battle over a proposed wind farm of 63 turbines is brewing in a small community in the Thumb area of Michigan. Members of the Juniata Township planning commission voted to approve a special land use request by wind turbine supplier NextEra Energy Resources. Subsequently, a group of residents asked the township board to adopt a moratorium on wind farm developments so the community could revise a wind zoning ordinance adopted in 2010. When the board refused, residents gathered . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2018 • Blogs, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Neb. lawmaker says Sandhills wind farm ban still on the table

The author of a Nebraska bill to broaden public comment on wind farm permits in the state says he’s prepared to bring a harsher measure if it doesn’t pass. State Sen. Tom Brewer, a Republican who represents the scenic Sandhills region in northwestern Nebraska, said he’s willing to reintroduce a bill from last year that would have imposed a two-year moratorium on wind development in the region. The lawmaker characterized this year’s bill as an attempt to “make sure we . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2018 • Blogs, CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Trump planning to hand over desert wildlands to industry

The Trump Administration is expected to initiate an administrative process this week likely intended to undo protections for public lands in the California desert and allow more large-scale renewable energy projects and mining. A notice of intent filed by the Department of Interior indicates that its plans to weaken the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) are driven by unspecified “public concerns,” but particularly states that Interior wants to review limitations that the DRECP places on large-scale renewable energy projects, . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2018 • Blogs, EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Prosecution of noisy wind turbine operator

We have successfully prosecuted a wind turbine operator for noise pollution, following ongoing complaints from those living close to a turbine located at Cote Farm, Hade Edge. The investigation has been long and complex We have tried to work with the turbine operator, Windvest Limited and its director Dean Staveley of Thurstonland, to resolve the situation without resorting to formal action. However, even after some repair work had been carried out on the turbine the noise pollution continued. Our officers . . . Complete story »

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