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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.

June 19, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

APCC seeks more environmental studies for Vineyard Wind proposal

DENNIS – The Association to Preserve Cape Cod is seeking additional study on potential environmental impacts of the proposed Vineyard Wind project. The 800-megawatt wind farm proposal south of Martha’s Vineyard, which could generate enough electricity to power 400,000 homes, was chosen last month as the state’s first offshore wind development. The proposal was selected by the Commonwealth’s Electric Distribution Companies to move forward into contract negotiations. In 2016, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan energy bill that authorized . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2018 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Future of Freeborn Wind Farm uncertain

FREEBORN COUNTY, Minn. – The Freeborn Wind Farm project has the possibility of being taken off the table after a judge ruled against it due to turbine noise. It’s a project that would put a proposed 100 wind turbines in both Freeborn County in Minnesota and Worth County in Iowa. Now, it’s in limbo. Doreene Hansen lives in Glenville and is the main organizer of the Association of Freeborn County Landowners. “Well just south of me there would be a . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plans criticised

Westmeath Councillor Sorca Clarke (Sinn Féin) has launched a scathing attack on the ongoing efforts by Element Power to erect an industrial wind farm on cutaway bog in Coole. The Mullingar-based councillor was speaking at her party’s Ard Fheis at the weekend, in favour of a motion that would prevent industrial wind turbines from being located close to people’s homes. Motion 75, which was tabled by the Barnes McCormack cumann in Mullingar, supported a Sinn Féin Bill tabled in the . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Ovid twp. first to make wind turbine ordinance

OVID TOWNSHIP – Ovid Township trustees last week became the first township in Branch County to approve an ordinance regulating wind turbine construction. The change was part of a zoning ordinance rewrite presented by consultants MeKenna and Associates and approved by the township zoning commission. It allows for individual land owners to have a small turbine just to serve one property and limits its height to 40 feet for less than an acre up to 120 feet for three or more . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developer lawyers officially acknowledge ending efforts for Hopkinton wind farm

HOPKINTON – Lawyers for Avangrid officially acknowledged that they have ceased all development efforts on the North Wind Ridge Farm. The letter from Young/Sommer LLC, dated June 15, 2018, states: “I am writing on behalf of Atlantic Wind LLC (“Atlantic Wind”) regarding the proposed North Ridge Wind Farm located in the Town. As a result of the Town’s “revote” of the Local Law No. 2 on April 26, 2018, Atlantic Wind will cease all development efforts on the North Ridge Wind . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wrong wind turbines create traffic chaos in the north

Major tailbacks were experienced by motorists in the north of Scotland after giant wind turbine parts had to be sent back – because they were the wrong size. Motorists using the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road had already experienced weeks of delays as components of the Moray Dorenell Wind Farm were delivered from Inverness. But at the start of June it emerged that six huge parts would have to be sent back as they will not connect into the ground. . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Bixby City Council joins fight against PSO Wind Catcher project

It’s not often the Bixby City Council gets a standing ovation, but Monday night was a big night for the people who packed the room during a special council meeting. “We can’t ask for anymore than what they’ve done,” said resident Becky Fugett. “They’ve just been awesome.” The city council voted to join in the fight against the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), and their Wind Catcher project that would run power lines from a wind farm in the . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

National tourism agency pleads for caution about Speyside wind farm

National tourism bosses have spoken out about the impact large numbers of wind turbines could be having on visitors to Speyside. Visit Scotland has called for caution when future developments are considered by Scottish Government planners. The agency has responded to proposals from energy giant Fred Olson Renewables to extend its Paul’s Hill wind farm near Knockando. The firm has proposed seven turbines which could stretch up to 500ft into the air. However, Visit Scotland has stressed that the effect . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm threat to iconic Aussie bird

A well-known species of Australian bird could stand in the way of a massive wind farm planned for a site near Geelong. WestWind Energy is proposing to build a 228-wind turbine facility on land at Rokewood, about 60km north-west of Geelong. The company estimates 25 brolgas could be lost over the 25-year life of the wind farm, and is planning to restore three wetlands used by the birds near the farm. However it is not saying how much it will . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Bixby residents raise resistance to Wind Catcher power line route

Planning for the last few miles of the 380-mile Wind Catcher Connection power line is proving to be the most contentious. Bixby residents have organized and, as a result, on Monday at 5 p.m. the Bixby City Council is holding a special meeting to explore further options in how it might approach the Oklahoma Corporation Commission about dismissing Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s application for pre-approval of the Wind Catcher project, including an agenda item that proposes hiring attorneys Gable . . . Complete story »

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