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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.


May 24, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Low wind ‘tops’ onshore risks; GCube report highlights threat of lack of resources for projects

Low wind speed or resource risk is now the most pressing threat faced by onshore wind farm developers, owners and operators globally, according to a new report by GCube Underwriting. The report – ‘Risky Business: Assessing Future Threats in Onshore Wind Development, Financing and Operations’ – said low wind speeds are negatively affecting the ability of projects to deliver the output forecast prior to construction. “The inability to effectively transfer weather risk has led to numerous, high-profile examples of sub-par . . .

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May 19, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

UN looks to protect birds from green energy threats

The global boom in renewable energy is posing new threats to birds say experts. At the UN climate conference in Bonn, researchers said wind turbines and power lines were a particular problem for migratory soaring birds. Shutting down wind farms on demand is one of the methods being tested to protect these birds from collisions. Other ideas being tried include placing highly visible deflectors every 20m on power lines. The Rift Valley and Red Sea flyways in Egypt are among . . .

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May 4, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Ocean City wants offshore wind farm at least 26 miles offshore; State Public Service Commission could issue decision May 17

OCEAN CITY – With the clock ticking on a Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) decision on one of two offshore wind project proposals off the coast of Ocean City, or perhaps both, resort officials this week decided to fire off another letter expressing their desire to have the turbines far enough beyond the horizon to have zero visual impact on the town. The PSC is currently reviewing two proposals for an offshore wind project off the coast of Ocean City and . . .

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April 27, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

As land conflicts rise, clean energy investors face financial risks

Growing investment in renewable energy projects around the world is sparking more conflicts over land and resources in areas where they are built – a worry investors need to keep in mind, finance and human rights groups said Wednesday. Last year, a planned $150 million Kenyan wind park was cancelled after protests and land disputes, according to a report by the London-based Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and two investor group partners. Another wind farm in the Mexican state . . .

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April 27, 2017 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Cronyism’ row councillor will speak at public hearing over turbine emails

A Turriff councillor implicated in a “cronyism” row over plans to build a 150ft wind turbine will face a standards commission hearing. Sandy Duncan first submitted a proposal to instal the turbine at Beechwood, near Forglen, three years ago. Planning permission has been withdrawn several times and the scheme was stalled at the Court of Session last year. Mr Duncan was then accused of “cronyism” after he called on fellow councillors to back his plans. The SNP member used an . . .

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December 27, 2016 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Oil producers turn to wind power

The Netherlands wants to build the world’s largest offshore wind project, and an unlikely company is helping: Royal Dutch Shell. The oil-and-gas giant is facing shareholder pressure to develop its renewable business. Add in falling construction costs for such projects, and Shell has decided to join a handful of other oil companies aiming to leverage their experience drilling under punishing conditions at sea. Norway’s Statoil is already building its third offshore wind farm, in the Baltic Sea, and is developing . . .

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November 9, 2016 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

World’s biggest wind turbine maker sinks after Trump victory

Shares in Vestas Wind Systems A/S plunged after U.S. voters unexpectedly propelled Republican nominee Donald Trump to the presidency, sparking concern that the renewable- energy industry will face future political headwinds. The world’s biggest maker of wind turbines fell as much as 14 percent and traded 6.6 percent lower at 440.10 kroner as of 12:50 p.m. in Copenhagen. Stock of the Danish company already lost ground last week after U.S. polls tightened, bringing this year’s declines to about 10 percent. . . .

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October 27, 2016 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Buy local: wealthy Vermonters go big on state elections

Though individuals are barred from contributing more than $4,000 to a single statewide candidate, Blittersdorf's giving history is a case study in how creative contributors can donate unlimited sums under Vermont and federal laws. In addition to the $4,000 he's given to Scott's rival, Democratic nominee Sue Minter, Blittersdorf has contributed $20,000 directly to the Vermont Democratic Party — and another $20,000 to the party through two businesses he controls, Aeolus Labs and Georgia Mountain Community Wind. He's helped out traditional political action committees, such as Vermont Conservation Voters PAC and Renewable Energy Vermont PAC, to the tune of $4,000 apiece. And he's also dabbled in super PACs: Two weeks ago, he cut a $25,000 check to Vermont Conservation Voters Action Fund, which has spent more than $166,000 this month on postcards promoting Minter and attacking Scott.

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October 19, 2016 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm failure during SA storm worse than thought

The failure of wind farms in South Australia to deal with network faults on the state’s electricity network during last month’s destructive storms was greater than first thought, according to the latest update from the Australian Energy Market Operator. But AEMO is also critical of two gas-fired power stations that failed to kick into to re-energise the electricity network when SA was cut off from the rest of the NEM and plunged into darkness on the afternoon of September 28. . . .

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October 18, 2016 • NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish windfarm breaches ‘wild land map’

The Scottish Government has given the go-ahead to the first windfarm to breach the boundaries of its own wild land map, it has emerged. Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse has given his blessing to the 22-turbine Creag Riabhach scheme on the Altnaharra Estate near Lairg in Sutherland. Wild land charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) is furious at the decision, branding the development a “Trojan horse” that will be replicated across the north. Towers up to 410ft tall can now . . .

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