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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

January 20, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

State opposition to wind power spikes as Trump prepares to take office

Amazon’s latest wind farm in coastal North Carolina has completed construction and is weeks from beginning operations—and state legislators have just asked the incoming Trump administration to shut it down. The $400 million, 208-MW, 104-turbine project, built by Apex Renewables near Elizabeth City and backed by financing from Iberdrola Renewables, is supposed to power Amazon’s Virginia data centers. Amazon has purchased the entire output from what would be the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina. But now, on the . . .

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January 19, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Wind’s $88,000 lease payment shows project is still alive

For a couple of years now, Beacon Hill insiders have viewed the once-vaunted Cape Wind Energy Project as dead, a victim of local opposition, persistent lawsuits, financing challenges, and power purchase and permitting setbacks. As recently as this summer, the Massachusetts Legislature wrote language into an offshore wind energy development bill that essentially disqualified the Nantucket Sound project from competing for the long-term energy contracts called for under a law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Cape Wind officials in June . . .

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January 19, 2017 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

A blade of a wind turbine tears and breaks on the ground in Nurlu

Selon un chasseur, un incident majeur se serait produit ce mercredi matin dans le parc éolien de Nurlu : une pale s’est arrachée du rotor et elle a terminé déchiquetée et en plusieurs morceaux au sol. L’homme affirme que l’éolienne tournait le matin et qu’en fin de matinée, il a observé le problème, appelant immédiatement le numéro d’astreinte de l’exploitant, EDF Énergies renouvelables, qui aurait coupé tout le parc en activité (plus aucune éolienne de ce parc ne fonctionne). Aucun blessé . . .

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January 19, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Sandhills senator pushes back against wind energy

It’s been a long-time issue in Nebraska, whether energy from wind turbines is worth the cost. Senator Tom Brewer, who represents the Sandhills and surrounding counties, is introducing a bill to push back against the industry. He says the issue has torn the area apart. “It’s a kind of homogeneous family,” Brewer said. “Everybody knows everybody; generations have lived and worked together, and the one thing that has ripped the fabric of the Sandhills apart is the issue of wind . . .

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January 19, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Barre residents look for more information regarding Heritage Wind

BARRE – “I need more information.” That was the general consensus of residents who gathered in the Barre Town Hall on Wednesday night, looking at informational boards and talking to representatives as they sought to learn more about the Heritage Wind project. The project is the second Apex Clean Energy is looking to put into Orleans County. The company has already proposed Lighthouse Wind in Yates. According to Ben Yazman, Heritage Wind lead developer, the project area would include the entire . . .

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January 19, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Feds OK Chokecherry turbine construction

RAWLINS – The Bureau of Land Management has finally approved the construction of 500 wind turbines, the first phase of a two-phase wind power project that will take shape in the Chokecherry/Sierra Madre region just outside of Rawlins. In a joint release with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the BLM announced its approval of the project, which is expected to bring jobs and revenue to Wyoming and Carbon County. “It’s very gratifying to be at this stage, we appreciate so . . .

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January 19, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm proposal harvesting mixed reactions

Barre, NY – Apex Clean Energy is hoping to make a dent in the skyline in the Town of Barre in Orleans County. The company formally met with taxpayers in the town Wednesday to talk about it’s proposal for the Heritage Wind Farm. The project is in its early stages, but Project Manager Ben Yazman told 13WHAM the goal is to build 40 to 50 wind turbines on farmland in the town. “Ultimately community acceptance is going to be the . . .

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January 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Resident says construction premature

The opening stages of construction of the Amherst Island wind energy project are underway, much to the dismay of the residents who opposed the development. Workers are building footings for a new dock and a marshalling area on the island west of the village of Stella. Michele Le Lay, president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, said the start of construction has come before all of the required permits have been secured and before efforts to stop the project . . .

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January 19, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Challenge to Cork wind farm rejected

A number of local residents have lost their legal challenge over approval of permission for a wind farm development in Ballingeary, Co Cork. The residents’ concerns included about the environmental impact of the development and noise from the turbines. They disputed An Bord Pleanála’s June 2016 permission for a six turbine wind farm, a substation, underground cables and associated development in the town lands of Derragh, Rathgaskiga and Lack Beg. Following an earlier High Court decision, Framore Ltd, the developer, . . .

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January 19, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

State employee turnover, Sandhills wind farms at issue

The head of the largest state employees’ union says Gov. Ricketts should devote more money to stopping massive turnover instead of pushing for tax cuts. A senator who represents the Sandhills is calling for a moratorium on wind projects there. And guerilla warfare continues on the legislative floor reflecting a power struggle. The attack on Gov. Pete Ricketts’ budget proposals comes from Mike Marvin, executive director of the NAPE/AFSCME state employees union. In a statement addressed to the Appropriations Committee, . . .

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