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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.

July 21, 2021 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Giving our community a voice on wind and solar projects

Northwest Ohio is truly a wonderful place to live. Our part of the state is home to some of the best small businesses, great school districts, and dedicated communities. Each and every day, I am honored to serve as the 82nd Ohio House District State Representative. Our region is also home to the most wind development in the state. While some communities may embrace the development of renewable energy projects, other communities do not want these types of projects in . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The rejection of the Fountain Wind Project, and who appealed the decision

One month ago, on May 19, I sat in the Shasta County Resources Building with Director Paul Hellman to discuss being allowed more time to speak at the Public Land Planning Hearing on the Fountain Wind Project. An hour into the half-hour meeting, I stood up to leave. Director Hellman encouraged me to sit down and continue to discuss concerns that were new to him. Four hours later, as we left the building after 7 p.m., he extended an invitation . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2021 • Michigan, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Exclusionary zoning in Michigan

Over the past several months, officials in more than half the townships in Montcalm County have been working to put in place either new or amended wind energy ordinances. This is in response to Apex Clean Energy’s proposed construction of 75 or more 600-foot or taller wind turbines across these townships. Quite often township officials have claimed they can regulate but not prohibit Apex’s wind development plans for their township. “If we don’t give Apex what it wants,” those officials . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2021 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Green energy projects threaten the last refuges of the endangered great Indian bustard

As you approach Pokhran, the skyline is taken over by giants. They are wind turbines and lofty steel towers that stand tall against the yellow sand dunes, making the landscape look like a dystopian Lego town. The tops of the towers are painted a menacing red; they stand tall as if holding hands with the power lines. Close to Pokhran, where India once flexed its nuclear muscle, a new power struggle is emerging in the sand dunes of Rajasthan. This . . . Complete story »

July 11, 2021 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Seneca County case sets Ohio’s wind energy debate on new path

The longstanding debate over how much society is willing to sacrifice private property rights in order to erect mammoth, commercial-scale wind turbines has been energized – perhaps even electrified, if you will – by the Ohio Power Siting Board. In a surprise move, the OPSB unanimously agreed on June 24 that it will not allow the proposed 47-turbine Republic Wind Farm to be built in Seneca County. It’s a surprise move not because there was fierce opposition – which there was – but because . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2021 • Illinois, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Column: Why I’m concerned about wind energy project

If you’ve watched horror movies, chances are you’ve been unnerved by inaudible frequencies below 20 hertz: infrasound. Filmmakers exploit infrasound – a force that can trigger insomnia, panic, visual disturbance (including seeing ghosts) – to increase audience emotion (fear, tension, chills, anxiety, sorrow, powerlessness). Infrasound occurs when large masses move; its measurers monitor earthquakes, eruptions, tornadoes. Whales and elephants use infrasound to communicate through water or ground across miles. And industrial turbines generate infrasound whenever their blades rotate. Unheard but . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2021 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Windmills aren’t the answer to increasing energy needs

Fact: What was the book George Washington bought immediately after signing the Constitution? The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote. I had no idea Washington had such a great sense of humor. I feel a kindred spirit with the great man as I begin this letter to try to kill the windmills that could be forming on our horizons in a few years. In 2019, Michael Moore produced a movie called “Planet of the Humans,” exposing the alternative . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2021 • Netherlands, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

New wind parks in the Netherlands frustrated by court ruling

On 30 June 2021, the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State (Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State) issued its judgment in a case regarding the provincial executive (Gedeputeerde Staten) of Groningen’s permit issuance for the expansion of a wind park close to Delfzijl. According to the Administrative Jurisdiction Division, the general wind turbine standards currently used to license the realization of the majority of wind farms do not comply with European rules. The current Dutch standards are included in . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2021 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Leases of vacant land for solar farms pose great risks to owners

Today’s story will be of special interest to anyone who owns acreage – typically agricultural – in areas of the country which receive plentiful sunlight or wind, ideal for the construction of a solar or wind farm. Unless you are careful, some smooth-talking representative of an energy farm developer could have you walking into quicksand. Never, never, never trust the nice people from these companies to have your best interest in mind. They do not, as “Dr. Jim” discovered. The Baltimore surgeon . . . Complete story »

July 5, 2021 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Editor’s Log: #NJFORSALE

New Jersey is a “Home Rule” state. Very much like the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gives states the constitutional authority to decide what’s best for their constituents, Home Rule is written into some state constitutions to allow towns and municipalities to govern themselves, so long as they don’t disobey existing constitutional provisions. In fast-tracking industrial windfarms off the Jersey Coast, the Murphy and Biden administrations have run into a constitutional snag at both the state and federal . . . Complete story »

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