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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.

July 20, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Alle-Catt Wind Farm hosts Freedom open house display

SANDUSKY – Dozens of Freedom town residents and others attended an open house Tuesday hosted by Invenergy, a Virginia company proposing a wind farm with up to 120 turbines on 21,000 acres in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties. The proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm would generate 380 MW, enough to power 148,000 homes. The cost to purchase and install the wind turbines and related infrastructure was estimated by one company official at between $500 million and $600 million. There was no formal . . .

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July 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Work to begin on £2 billion Fife wind array after court action ends

Work on a £2 billion wind farm off the Fife coast will begin next year after the courts threw out a last ditch attempt to scupper the project. Developers Mainstream Renewable Power said it expected to create 500 construction jobs after the final hurdle to developing out its Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm was overcome. The project – and two other nearby arrays proposed by Inch Cape and Seagreen with a collective development value of circa £10 billion – have . . .

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July 20, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

RSPB refused appeal against £2bn wind farm project off Fife

A £2billion wind farm project is to go ahead after a court appeal by wildlife campaigners was rejected. The Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm was one of four projects given planning approval by Scottish ministers in 2014, but challenged in the courts by RSPB Scotland. The charity won its initial legal bid after arguing the developments – also including the Inch Cape and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo projects – threatened thousands of seabirds. However the ruling was overturned after . . .

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July 20, 2017 • Indiana, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Do no harm

Harm is defined as causing hurt, injury, damage, and moral wrong. That is exactly what is happening with the building of wind turbines in populated areas such as Henry County. The topic is not political. On the contrary, it is basically based on money. The land owners potentially stand to receive a fair amount of money by leasing their land to wind companies. I totally understand. The problem is that their neighbors don’t receive a dime and could suffer health . . .

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July 19, 2017 • BrazilPrint storyE-mail story

Suzlon to exit Brazil

Indian turbine manufacturer Suzlon has filed for voluntary liquidation of its Brazilian operations, after 11 years in the country. The firm said the move was “a consequence of multiple factors that are unique to Brazil”. A company spokesperson said: “We believe that this is a responsible decision for the benefit of long-term sustainability of the company and its shareholders.” Suzlon has around 740MW of wind capacity installed in Brazil, having entered the country in 2006. The manufacturer said the decision . . .

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July 19, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Lincoln County votes down wind backers

Voters upheld rules for wind turbine setbacks on Tuesday that renewable energy boosters say will stop all wind energy development in Lincoln County. The vote was 57-42 percent in favor of a requirement that all turbines be placed at least a half mile from all habitable dwellings in the county. Heavy turnout from southern Lincoln County was the deciding factor, with universal support for the stricter setbacks in every city south of Tea, and the precincts closest to the proposed . . .

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July 19, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms debate turns wild land into battlefield

Some people regard them as an integral, and even soothing, feature of modern Scotland ­– while others view them as a blot on the landscape that threatens to eviscerate the country’s natural beauty. There are few people who sit on the fence when it comes to windfarms. And, as a new YouGov poll has demonstrated, the battle between those who want further investment in renewable energy and those who argue vehemently that turbines are destroying part of the essence of . . .

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July 19, 2017 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Paint Township exploring wind farm ordinance, police coverage

A wind farm ordinance is still in the works for Paint Township as officials draw examples from neighboring municipalities. Supervisor Lewis Clark II said the township’s solicitor is looking at five other wind farm ordinances from municipalities, including Adams Township in Cambria County. Officials will pick pieces of those ordinances and use them to write their own. The interest in a wind farm ordinance first arose at a township meeting July 5. Clark said the supervisors are learning from neighboring . . .

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July 19, 2017 • Editorials, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farms need to be scrutinized

Clean energy generators such as wind power are the wave of the future as the U.S. and other countries wean themselves off pollutant makers such as oil and coal. Wind energy has several benefits. It doesn’t pollute the air or require any destructive chemicals. The wind is also free and it’s a renewable asset that can never be depleted. Landowners who rent area to wind farms can also earn additional cash. But clean energy, as it turns it out, has . . .

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July 19, 2017 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Apple’s Oregon wind farm cleared for super-sized turbines

Regulators have cleared Apple’s Oregon wind power project to use the biggest turbines ever deployed in the Pacific Northwest. Project developer Avangrid Renewables said it hasn’t made a final decision on the machines it will use at the Montague Wind Power Facility, but regulators last week granted a site-certificate amendment that allows for turbines with rotor diameters of 136 meters and generating capacities of 3.6 megawatts. The biggest turbines in the region now top out around 100 to 110 meters . . .

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