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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.


May 15, 2019 • Blogs, North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brown, others say DoD vindicates concerns about wind turbines and military operations

Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, is convinced large wind energy projects, such as the Amazon Wind Farm near Elizabeth City, hinder the military’s ability to conduct low-level flight training missions in North Carolina. He also thinks construction of new wind facilities could hurt the state in a future Base Realignment and Closing process. Brown and others concerned about the compatibility of industrial-scale wind projects and military training say they recently got vindication from the Department of Defense. The director of the . . . Complete story »


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

Falmouth’s Governor: Deal Breaker Baker

A story of a town’s hope – hung out to dry … Wind energy is an industry that develops in rural settings. Falmouth Massachusetts was one of these places in 2005. The wind industry’s surrogate state wind energy agency came in, found a location with good wind yield and recommended industrial wind turbines be located at the town’s waste water treatment plant. You see, the remote-ness, the rural-ness, the small town country bumpkin-ness of Falmouth lead the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to . . . Complete story »


February 18, 2019 • Blogs, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm on the Belvoir Ranch

This month marks the 20th anniversary of my first Bird Banter column for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. I wrote about cool birds seen on the ponds at the Rawhide coal-powered plant 20 miles south of Cheyenne, https://cheyennebirdbanter.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/birding-the-colorado-coast/. This month’s topic is also connected to Rawhide. It’s NextEra’s 120-turbine Roundhouse Wind Energy Center slated partly for the City of Cheyenne’s Belvoir Ranch. Roundhouse will stretch between I-80 south to the Wyoming border and from a couple miles west of I-25 on . . . Complete story »


January 25, 2019 • Blogs, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Backyard wind turbines renew R.I.’s energy debate

CRANSTON, R.I. – Renee Petrone has lived along the Johnston border in Western Cranston for the past 15 years. She had given wind turbines little thought in that time. That changed in November, when Petrone and her husband returned home from a two-week vacation to find 519-foot-tall wind turbines staring at them from across the street. The Petrones, like just about everyone else in Alpine Estates, had no idea the neighborhood would one day be home to such imposing residents. Some . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2019 • Blogs, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Virginia’s first onshore wind farm project is still ‘very much alive’

Offshore wind in Virginia might be making more headlines these days, but a Charlottesville renewable energy company says it is still on track to build the state’s first onshore wind project. Apex Clean Energy continues to seek a partnership with an electrical utility, a cooperative or a corporation to launch its 75- to 80-megawatt project on an Appalachian ridgeline in rural Botetourt County, north of Roanoke. Rocky Forge Wind was introduced in 2015 and initially scheduled to be up and . . . Complete story »


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 »


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