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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.

December 23, 2020 • Finland, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Another blade damaged and fallen in the Metsälä wind facility (in Finnish)

Metsälän tuulivoimapuistossa on toisesta tuuliturbiinista pudonnut vaurioitunut lapa maahan [Still from video by Kai Ylikoski:] Metsälän tuulivoimapuistossa Kristiinankaupungissa on eilen sattunut toinen siiven rikkoutuminen, mikä on johtanut sen putoamiseen. Vastaava tapaus on käynyt aiemmin 5.9.2020. Kummankaan tapahtuman tarkasta syystä tai tapahtumaketjusta ei ole vielä tarkkaa selvyyttä. Tapahtuneen tutkintaa on hidastanut konehuoneen katolle jääneiden rikkoutuneiden osien muodostama putoamisriski. Lähiviikkoina paikalle saadaan nosturi, jonka avulla voimalan konehuoneen katto voidaan puhdistaa putoamisvaarassa olevista kappaleista. Tämän jälkeen tutkinnassa päästään enteenpäin. Vaurioituneiden voimaloiden lisäksi kaikkien . . . Complete story »

December 18, 2020 • New York, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Over 100 Eagles Could Be Killed By Bluestone Wind Turbines

Over 100 Eagles Could Be Killed By Bluestone Wind Turbines Audubon Society Says These Estimates Too Low Local opposition to the Bluestone Wind Project has included the concern for the number of eagles (Golden and Bald) that will be killed as a result of the wind turbines. Eagles soar high looking down for their prey. As they near the turbines, looking down, they are not aware of the turbine blades that are circling vertically downward and the eagles are chopped . . . Complete story »

October 13, 2020 • Mexico, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Mexico: Civil lawsuit: French energy company EDF must comply with human rights obligations

Berlin/Mexico City/Paris, 13 October 2020 – The energy giant Electricité de France (EDF) plans to build a wind farm on the land of the Mexican indigenous community Unión Hidalgo. The indigenous community has not been appropriately consulted about the use of their land – a clear violation of their rights. Today, representatives of Unión Hidalgo, the Mexican human rights organization ProDESC and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights filed a civil lawsuit in Paris urging EDF to . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2020 • Oklahoma, Press releases, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Lankford, Cramer, Hoeven, Capito, Rep. Marchant Push to Eliminate Wind Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) along with Representative Kenny Marchant (R-TX) today introduced legislation to completely phase out the federal production tax credit (PTC) for renewables. The bill specifies that any new projects would need to begin construction by the end of this year in order to qualify for the credit, as is the case under current law. This affirms that the extension for 2020 is the last extension . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2020 • Australia, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

NSW windfarm fined for breaching environmental conditions

Fines totalling $26,640 have been issued to a NSW windfarm for failing to meet environmental approval conditions. On 14 August 2020, CRWF Nominees Pty Ltd (Crudine Ridge Windfarm) was issued two infringement notices by the department for failing to meet conditions 1b and 1c of their approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). The first infringement was issued to the approval holder for not advising the department of modifications made to the NSW state . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2020 • Illinois, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Map: Illinois Prime for Wind Development Done Right

Disclosure: The Nature Conservancy - Midwest Region contributes to [Public News Service's] fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Environment, Sustainable Agriculture, Water. Complete story »

August 15, 2020 • New York, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

NYS DPS Siting Board resignation: Governor’s ad hoc appointee resigns his position amidst controversy

Arthur Christensen, Governor Cuomo’s local ad hoc appointee to the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board) in Case 18-F-0262 (High Bridge Wind Project) has submitted his resignation from the Siting Board in a scathing open letter to NYS-DPS Siting Board Chairman John Rhodes, members of the Siting Board, and Governor Cuomo. In his resignation, Mr. Christensen stated the following: “The decision by NYS to accept an ambiguous definition of public interest is manipulative, . . . Complete story »

July 16, 2020 • Massachusetts, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Former NYSERDA CEO Alicia Barton takes the reins at pumped storage company First Light

FirstLight Power, operator of the Northfield Mountain energy storage facility and other hydroelectric, solar and energy-storage assets in Massachusetts and Connecticut, has named Alicia Barton its new chief executive officer, effective Aug. 3. Barton previously served as President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for three years as well as CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). She also co-chaired the Energy and Cleantech Practice at Boston law firm, Foley Hoag LLP, . . . Complete story »

July 15, 2020 • New York, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Industrial wind turbines pose tremendous risks to Lake Erie, Lake Ontario

New York State is considering allowing massive industrial wind turbines to be installed within just a few miles of the shorelines of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The stunning panoramic views, ecology and economies of the lakes are at risk. Save Ontario Shores calls on Gov. Cuomo to stop the assault on Upstate New York to benefit New York City’s energy needs. Two New York State documents released in June discuss industrial wind turbines in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2020 • Press releases, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Sens. Cruz, Cornyn, Rep. Hurd Highlight National Security Concerns with Chinese Investment in Val Verde Project

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and John Cornyn (R-Texas), along with Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), today sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin detailing their concerns about reports that the primary investor in a wind farm near Laughlin Air Force Base (AFB) in Val Verde County has connections to the Chinese Communist Party, potentially undermining American national security. In the letter, they wrote: “There is concern that a project with ties to the Chinese Communist . . . Complete story »

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