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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.

November 11, 2021 • New York, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Court says Sanford Town Board failed to support its own local law

The latest setback in the fight by residents against industrial wind turbines on the steep hills of Deposit and Windsor can be laid unequivocally at the doorstep of the Sanford Town Board. That is not our verdict but the words of the New York State Appellate Court in their decision rejecting the case brought by local campaigners. The Court said that the Town Board had failed to follow up on a law which would have forced Bluestone Wind to increase . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2021 • Idaho, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Bureau of Land Management extends public scoping period on proposed wind energy project

SHOSHONE – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on a commercial-scale wind energy facility that is proposed to be constructed on BLM-managed public land in southern Idaho, approximately 25 miles northeast of Twin Falls. Magic Valley Energy LLC, an affiliate of LS Power, is seeking authorization to construct the Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project on 73,000 acres of public land in Jerome, Lincoln and Minidoka counties. The project has the potential to generate 1,000 megawatts of wind energy. . . . Complete story »

August 19, 2021 • Australia, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine night noise

With wind generation one of the fastest-growing renewable energy sectors in the world, Flinders University experts are using machine learning and other signal processing techniques to characterize annoying noise features from wind farms. Two new publications from the ongoing Wind Farm Noise Study take another step towards improving wind turbine noise assessment methods, guidelines and wind turbine design to make wind energy more acceptable to surrounding communities. The new studies find that night-time ‘swoosh’ sound—technical referred to as ‘amplitude modulation’ . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2021 • North Carolina, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Review, public meetings set for Kitty Hawk wind project

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior announced Thursday that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will conduct an environmental review of the proposed Kitty Hawk wind energy project off the North Carolina coast and three online public meetings have been scheduled for August. The project, if approved, would be the first to operate offshore of North Carolina and has the potential to provide considerable economic benefits to the region during construction and throughout the project’s lifetime, officials said. The project . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2021 • Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Study shows that lobsters can detect sound; Raises concern about impact of anthropogenic noise

Woods Hole, MA (July 7, 2021) – A new study demonstrates that lobsters can detect low-frequency sound and suggests that anthropogenic noise could affect lobsters. The study comes out at a time when the construction of more offshore wind farms, with their associated underwater pile driving noise, is being considered in New England. The paper, “Sound detection by the American lobster (Homarus americanus),” found that hairfans – external cuticular hairs that cover much of lobster bodies – likely are responsible . . . Complete story »

July 2, 2021 • England, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns raised over large scale industrial windfarms in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire County Council re-iterates strong concerns to windfarms being included in the newly released Central Lincolnshire Local Plan. Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for environment and planning, explains: “The Local Plan is an important policy document setting the tone for all new development activity and the plan has much to commend it. The public put their trust in councils to make sure developments in Lincolnshire are forward-thinking and environmentally beneficial, but also appropriate to our surroundings. It is important that . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2021 • New York, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Rural municipalities, community and conservation groups sue New York State’s Office of Renewable Energy Siting Over 94-C process for siting of industrial solar and wind facilities

The lawsuit claims the Office of Renewable Energy Siting violated New York’s Environmental Quality Review Act. Legal action threatens to halt renewable energy siting projects currently under ORES consideration in New York State while the case is reviewed. (NEW YORK, NY) – Today, local governments, community organizations and conservation and public interest groups across New York State are set to file a lawsuit against the New York State Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) asserting a violation of New York State . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2021 • Ireland, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Short sighted planning decision

RE: Coillte Development, proposed Croagh Wind Farm, Leitrim planning application no: 20-120 / Sligo no: 20-251 17th June 2021 SHORT SIGHTED PLANNING DECISION Leitrim and Sligo County Councils have GRANTED planning permission to Coillte to build 10 industrial wind turbines, 8 in Leitrim and 2 in Sligo, close to Drumkeerin and Dromahair. These turbines are of huge scale, 70% taller than the existing turbines in the area, (170 m tip height compared to 100 m tip height.) Wind Aware Dromahair, . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2021 • Press releases, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

PacifiCorp proposes expansion of Wyoming wind projects

RAWLINS – Nearly 3,250 megawatts of new, low-cost, clean energy resources including solar, wind, batteries and transmission to interconnect those resources to PacifiCorp’s multi-state grid, could join PacifiCorp’s rapidly decarbonizing system by 2024. Under the proposals, about half of the power could come from Wyoming wind, according to a press release. This is in addition to the plan to replace a retiring coal-powered plant with a nuclear facility. PacifiCorp has identified 19 projects in a final shortlist of bids derived through . . . Complete story »

June 15, 2021 • Ireland, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Councils’ decisions anxiously awaited

RE: Coillte Development, proposed Croagh Wind Farm, Leitrim planning application no 20-120 / Sligo pa 20-251 14th June 2021 Both Sligo and Leitrim County Councils will make a decision on the proposed Coillte Croagh wind farm near Dromahair this week. Nearly 200 submissions were made to the local planning authorities in relation to the construction of these giant wind turbines, which, if built would be over 70% higher than any existing turbines in the area. One submission from Leitrim Wind . . . Complete story »

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