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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 and copyrighted by the organizations or individuals noted. They are reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

June 17, 2019 • Nebraska, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

State should establish guardrails for county government

Local control. It is a sacred philosophy in Nebraska. It’s the best way to handle things that are peculiar and unique to a given place, like a town or a county or a school district. Most of the time, the more local government is, the better it is. This week I had back surgery, so I asked my legislative aide to attend a county planning commission meeting in Valentine. The subject of the meeting was a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2019 • Ohio, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Personal View: Environmental impact statement needed for Icebreaker

It’s becoming rough sledding for Icebreaker, the proposed wind turbine farm in Lake Erie off Cleveland by the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo), as more groups are calling for a full environmental impact statement (EIS) to be undertaken before final construction permits are issued. LEEDCo’s application is now before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB). It has already received a thumbs-up from several federal, state and local agencies. But new information now coming to light has business, sportsmen and . . . Complete story »

June 13, 2019 • Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Reject huge wind turbine

I’ve always been a fan of Ruth Pacheco and her farm on Old Smithfield Road in North Smithfield. The bees, the herbs, the puppy care … all of it. The entire road is beautiful, a throwback to simpler and quieter times, yet only a stone’s throw from shopping and restaurants and other niceties that make modern life enjoyable. I understand the need for Mrs. Pacheco to seek out ways to keep her farm financially sound and in her family’s hands . . . Complete story »

June 12, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Lompoc residents blown away by recycled green energy Proposal

A local businessman and his wife bought a ranch in Miguelito Canyon several years ago so they could enjoy a rural lifestyle, and now they may be getting a bothersome neighbor. Lifetime ranchers in the area will also be pestered by a “green-energy” project proposed for the ridgelines. Since they bought the ranch, Congress and the state of California have been laying out huge sums of cash for “green projects,” and entrepreneurs have rushed in to claim their share of . . . Complete story »

June 9, 2019 • California, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The answer is not blowin’ in the wind

It’s time we take a hard look at the proposed so-called Wind Farm that would place 60 large wind turbines atop Monument and Bear River Ridges. What will it do for us, what will it do to us and is this what we want? This project is being rushed through at a rate that has allowed few to have a solid grasp of the pros and cons. Natalynn DeLapp, who is mentioned in media as being the one-time director of . . . Complete story »

June 6, 2019 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Commentary: Energy report has many flaws

The New York League of Conservation Voters has issued a new policy statement, “Breaking the Barriers to Siting Renewable Energy in New York.” The statement is seriously flawed as a result of its unwillingness to tackle the reasons for rural resistance to siting industrial projects of unprecedented size and adverse impact. The statement assumes this resistance is the principal problem that must be solved. The shortcomings of the League report are numerous. The League fails to disclose that Apex Clean . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2019 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The rush is on: to double offshore wind power, that is

Welcome to the Offshore Gold Rush. Bring your panning kits, ideas for power lines, and any federal tax credits you can find before they disappear. Lobbying muscle would help, too. Governor Charlie Baker’s administration made it official on Friday: The state will continue to solicit bids for offshore wind power for years to come. The goal is to dole out contracts to wind-farm developers that would total 3,200 megawatts of power over time, potentially doubling the capacity of those that . . . Complete story »

June 3, 2019 • New Hampshire, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Intentionally causing traffic during rush hour is unacceptable

Last month, a ship arrived in Portsmouth that contained giant components for a new wind farm being built in Antrim. The pieces of the wind farm were removed from the ship and trucked one by one from Portsmouth to Antrim. These components aren’t an ordinary load you’d see being hauled by a truck. They were gigantic tubes, and I couldn’t even begin to guess their actual size. They were so large, they required a special set of wheels to be . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2019 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

County stays mum on turbine dilemma

They are already too tall to ignore in Arkwright. Villenova’s turbines will someday sky even higher while the towns of Charlotte and Hanover will soon be having additional towers erected for the wind-energy business. Is this what we, as Chautauqua County and Western New York residents, want for our futures? Turbines lined across the elevated areas of our county? Maybe we do. But we also know there has been enough push-back that there needs to be a limit. In the . . . Complete story »

May 31, 2019 • Alberta, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power a concern for Alberta grasslands

Wind power has become an important part of Alberta’s energy network. But wind turbines and transmission lines should not be allowed to destroy what little is remaining of southern Alberta’s undisturbed grasslands. That’s the message from a retired electrical power executive, now living in the foothills near Pincher Creek. Municipal councils and provincial regulators should be acting to preserve the threatened grasslands areas, said Bobbi Lambright. But so far they’ve seemed more interested in the wind projects’ economic benefits. “I . . . Complete story »

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