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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.

September 22, 2018 • Editorials, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Another renewable energy proposal is in the wind

Last month, a Boston-based energy developer announced plans for another wind-power project for rural Hancock County. Under consideration (not for the first time) is a 17-tower, $140-million development next to the existing Hancock Wind and Bull Hill wind projects. The applicant proposes to comply with the community benefit requirement of such projects by providing funds to restore a dam on Lower Lead Mountain Pond. This provision of “tangible benefits” has become familiar. Less familiar were County Commissioner Bill Clark’s questions . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • Editorials, IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Power of people on display

Tuesday morning’s news that a proposed plan to bring wind turbines to Cass County is no longer being considered was applauded by some and castigated by others. Without doubt, the debate that has raged for months over whether Renewable Energy Systems, or RES, should build wind turbines in the county has been among the most divisive in recent history. It pitted friends, family members and neighbors against each other. In a recent Public Forum, one Cass County resident shared how . . . Complete story »

September 16, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Poor assessment: Wind companies don’t believe turbines count as real property

After a dozen years of holding a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with Lewis County, Maple Ridge Wind Farm, operating under the corporate name Flat Rock Co., is filing a tax certiorari lawsuit – an action that challenges assessed valuations – against Lewis County and the towns and school districts that host the facility. Avangrid Renewables and EDP Renewables jointly own Maple Ridge. Avangrid is a subsidiary of Iberdrola S.A., “an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2018 • Editorials, MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Huron is making the right move on wind turbine noise testing

To responsibly to address residents’ complaints regarding wind turbine noise, the Huron County Board of Commissioners needs to hire a third party to do sound testing. And it looks like that is going to happen. It may seem like a long time coming, since one complaint dates back to October 2016. But it’s not necessarily the county’s fault. As the county with more wind turbines than anywhere else in the state, Huron County is in many ways a pioneer when . . . Complete story »

August 22, 2018 • California, EditorialsPrint storyE-mail story

Our View: Deciding the future of energy

It’s been nearly a decade since the Lompoc Wind Energy Project was blown away. It’s back, in a different form. The new proposal would allow Strauss Wind LLC to place up to 30 wind turbine generators – what we once referred to as windmills – on close to 3,000 acres in the hills a couple of miles southwest of Lompoc, which is roughly the same location as the ill-fated Wind Energy Project that was given the county’s OK in 2009. At first . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2018 • Editorials, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Meetings, hearing nearby on wind projects

The company behind one of two wind projects planned for Seneca County is to host a trio of informational sessions about the proposed development in Attica beginning today. The entity behind the wind project, sPower, plans to have representatives there to give a presentation and answer questions. The open houses are set for 5-7 p.m. today, 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Attica Fairgrounds Social Hall. Seneca Wind is a proposed 200 megawatt wind farm to be . . . Complete story »

July 29, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Will winds of change continue in county?

Two town boards face a tall order in the coming weeks. Both Villenova and Hanover have to decide whether to allow windmills that tower up to 500 feet. Last week, the Chautauqua County Planning Board in a 6-3 vote rejected the request for the Ball Hill Wind Energy Project. “Many were concerned about the potential for additional noise impacts, the changed view of the area and potential ice throw,” said Don McCord, county planning director. For the heights to be . . . Complete story »

July 20, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Urgent need: Legislators must protect radar systems from wind turbines

But wind turbines don’t do much of anything for economic development. They provide few local jobs and don’t add significantly to the tax base when benefiting from payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreements...[ ]...Legislators from the north country must join forces to see that the radar systems at Fort Drum and in Montague are shielded from interference caused by wind turbines. Taxpayers should not subsidize industries that wreak havoc on something so critical to our national security and regional economy, and our representatives need to move on this right away. Complete story »

July 2, 2018 • Editorials, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Differing approach to oil and wind raises questions

Claims that politicians vote based solely on who gives them the most campaign cash are typically overblown. But one can understand why some Oklahomans might connect those dots when it comes to the wind industry’s recent activity. American Wind Action, an advocacy group, reported spending $178,693 on radio and digital ads touting 15 legislative candidates. Most of that money was spent defending representatives who opposed efforts to reduce tax breaks and state payments to the wind industry. Of the 15 . . . Complete story »

June 28, 2018 • Editorials, MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Rural residents: Be heard on wind

More than a decade after Northwest Missouri became home to its first wind farms, University of Missouri Extension is proposing to do the difficult: get opponents and supporters to talk. In truth, these folks – many of whom share fence lines across the rural landscape – don’t have to talk to one another and may not want to. But all are invited to offer their views at three public meetings where both sides of the contentious debate about wind farm development will . . . Complete story »

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