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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

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.

August 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

How SNP overruled planners to give 200 wind farms go ahead

The Scottish Government has been accused of a ‘scandalous misuse of power’ – after giving the green light to hundreds of wind farms that had been rejected by residents and councils. In more than 200 cases, local authority planners refused permission for the building of a wind farm, only to be overruled by Ministers. Since the SNP came to power in 2007, nearly half of the 464 appeals submitted by rejected developers were later given the go-ahead by the Scottish . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2020 • Germany, NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Windpark versus Lebensraum; Bauprojekt bedroht indigene Kultur

Jedes Jahr im Juni veröffentlicht die norwegische Energieregulierungsbehörde NVE Informationen über die einheimische Stromproduktion und den Stromverbrauch des Vorjahres. Es sind auf den ersten Blick äußerst merkwürdige Zahlen. Da wurde in Norwegen zu 98 Prozent Strom aus erneuerbaren Quellen produziert – überwiegend ist das Wasserkraft. Auf der Verbrauchsseite standen die Erneuerbaren in Norwegen aber nur für 9 Prozent, Strom aus fossilen Quellen dagegen für 58 und Atomstrom für 33 Prozent. In einem Land ohne ein einziges AKW und mit nur . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peatland petition says wind farm construction is at odds with council’s recognition of climate emergency

Over 20 people from across the isles have signed a petition expressing concern that Shetland Islands Council’s (SIC) recognition of a global climate emergency has not taken into account current evidence on the carbon value of peatland. The petitioners say that since the original approval was given to the Viking Energy wind farm from the Scottish Government in 2012 “much of the science has fundamentally changed and we now indisputably recognise peatland as a store of carbon equal to or . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2020 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farm grid connection to impact drivers in Kahuku this week

Work to connect the Nā Pua Makani wind energy project to the electric grid may cause a slow-down for drivers in Kahuku on Tuesday. Hawaiian Electric utility work will require the lane closure of Kamehameha Highway. Work is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, with the possibility of work continuing the next day. The work will close the mauka lane of Kamehameha Highway between St. Roch Catholic Church and Malaekahana Valley Road. Crews will be framing and . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2020 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Whalesback view spoiled

The view from the “Whalesback” on Route 9 in Aurora was one of the iconic vistas in eastern Maine, to the extent the Maine Department of Transportation even included a scenic turnout in their highway planning so people could stop and enjoy it. It is noted as a “Unique Natural Feature” in the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer. What a bitter disappointment when a recent trip through the area revealed several large wind turbines dominating the skyline in the near distance, . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Kintore residents face two years of construction work – as controversial plans submitted for new substation

Planning documents, submitted to Aberdeenshire Council state there are “several key drivers” triggering the extension, including large projects such as Moray East and West offshore wind farms and the NorthConnect HDVC Interconnector. Complete story »

August 9, 2020 • AustriaPrint storyE-mail story

Windrad brennt im Pustertal – Video

Einsatz für die Feuerwehr: Die Wehrmänner müssen ein brennendes Windrad löschen. Eine Windkraftanlage hat am Samstag gegen 10.20 Uhr in Rein in Taufers (Gemeinde Sand in Taufers) Feuer gefangen. Die Freiwillige Feuerwehr sperrte den Gefahrenbereich weiträumig ab. Den Wehrmännern gelang es, den Brand zu löschen. Im Einsatz stand die Freiwillige Feuerwehr von Rein in Taufers. Dank der großen Reichweite mit dem Monitor des TLF-Rein konnte das Objekt aus sicherer Entfernung gekühlt und das Feuer gelöscht werden. Da die FF. Rein . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2020 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Energy company looking at potential 50,000 acre wind farm project in 11 Montcalm County townships

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP – Montcalm County residents could see a local wind farm project sooner than they think – and it could encompass up to 50,000 acres throughout 11 townships. Albert Jongewaard, development manager for Apex Clean Energy in Virginia, presented some initial details about his company’s wind farm goals for Montcalm County during Monday evening’s Sidney Township Board meeting. Jongewaard himself is based at the company’s Minnesota office, but he has been spending a lot of time in central Michigan, including at . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2020 • New York, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

‘All renewable’ not viable alternative to fossil fuel

The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act calls for all state electricity to be carbon free by 2040 and for an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Interpreting these targets to mean we must achieve “100% renewable” electricity would be a mistake. Over the last several decades, Germany has shut down nuclear power and made massive investments in solar and wind, which now make up about 20% of the country’s energy mix. Sour grapes or sauerkraut? Germany is . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Jolly summer picnic’ held in protest against Viking Energy wind farm

Around 50 islanders expressed their opposition to the Viking Energy wind farm on Friday when they staged a “jolly summer picnic” next to the construction site at the Upper Kergord valley. The protesters said they were concerned with the amount of peat that was being extracted, as peat is regarded as a valuable carbon sink and should not be disturbed to build a renewable energy project on. Organiser Laurie Goodlad said the protest had been good humoured and there had . . . Complete story »

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