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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.


November 16, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Tensions escalated in wind farm protest Thursday night, 26 arrested

The first of eight wind turbines was completed on Thursday for the Na Pua Makani wind farm. That same day, Kahuku demonstrators put out a call for people to join in their opposition and hundreds of people showed up to Kalaeloa, where the equipment is stored, and things escalated quickly. The night started peacefully but quickly turned into people screaming, pushing and being arrested. “They start to push on us and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh they’re really going to . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Follow the money

Since June 2019, Xcel Energy has asked Public Utility Commissions for rate hikes in several states to fund wind and transmission line projects: Colorado (Rush Creek Wind Project), Texas (Hale Wind Project), New Mexico (Sagamore Wind Project) and Minnesota (Courtenay ND Wind Farm). How many times have we been told wind energy will decrease rates? Xcel Energy received 8.2 million dollars from South Dakota taxpayers in 2017 for wind energy. It was just reported in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Xcel’s . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • Opinions, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

General election: The real political issue of the week that almost everyone ignored

There was a Scottish story this week full of the real stuff of politics – and correspondingly little coverage. It involved Scottish and Southern Energy’s Seagreen offshore windfarm, off Montrose, which will pour many consumers’ bawbees into SSE dividends. This largesse did not extend to poor sods working out at sea. These Third World labourers were paid a basic £3.40 an hour by SSE’s Dutch contractors, Fugro Marine, which has offices in Aberdeen. On being caught red-handed, SSE conceded some . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Top climate hawk bashes first big offshore wind project

For the past seven years, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has given a weekly address about the dangers of climate change. Increasingly, some greens wonder if he is full of hot air. The Rhode Island Democrat, one of the Senate’s top climate hawks, has emerged as a leading critic of Vineyard Wind, an 84-turbine offshore wind project proposed in federal waters 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. Whitehouse has questioned the federal government’s review of the project, the first large-scale development of . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s municipal boondoggle begins its opening farewell

$2.3 million has been appropriated for turbine dismantling, removal and storage purposes.  Subsequent phases, all requiring more funding from Town Meeting, remain.  Option 1 – relocating both turbines for use at a site outside of Falmouth Nine companies / organizations responded to the town’s request for letters of interest regarding the wind turbine relocation project this past summer.  Four others expressed a general interest in the town’s turbines.  In the case of the nine companies / organizations cited above, a ‘Request . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Dodge County wind farm weighing grid options

ST. PAUL – NextEra Energy has scrapped its plan to connect a proposed wind farm in the southeastern Minnesota counties of Dodge and Steele to the electric grid. In its initial request for a route permit, the company put forward a plan to connect the farm to an electrical substation in Byron, by way of a 21-to-26-mile transmission line. But citing cost concerns, the company later requested that its application for the permit – one of three needed to build the project – . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku nonprofit plans to sue AES

The non-profit group, Keep the North Shore Country, wants to sue AES Corporation for not obtaining all government approvals for the Kahuku Wind Farm project. Keep the North Shore President Gil Riviere said, “As AES keeps saying they have obtained all government approvals, but yet again, we find another corner has been cut and they continue their operations without all the necessary reviews or approvals.” The group has filed a 40-day notice of intent to sue. KNSC attorney Lance D. . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Police and demonstrators injured in Thursday’s wind farm protest, what happens next?

Videos shared across social media show how Thursday night’s protest of the Na Pua Makani wind farm escalated between demonstrators and police, as equipment was being moved. 26 people were arrested overnight. Honolulu Police Department Assistant Chief, John McCarthy said the police did their best to hold back the crowds of demonstrators so that the equipment could get through. “If the crowd pushes, we have to maintain that line, just for that safety reason,” said McCarthy. “They were asked repeatedly . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • Blogs, IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Ford County State’s Attorney confirms board members cannot be compelled to complete the Wind Energy Conflict of Interest Survey

On November 8, 2019, Andrew Killian, the Ford County State’s Attorney, penned a lengthy letter to Ford County board members who received legal advice from an outside attorney in regards to a conflict of interest survey composed by Killian. The board members subject to Killian’s letter included Deb Smith, Tim Nuss, Ann Ihrke, Tom McQuinn, and Cindy Ihrke.  Apparently, the board members considered the “conflict of interest survey” as a fishing expedition which included baited questions that had more than . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Germany faces power shortages if onshore wind grows too slow

Germany’s onshore wind crisis, which is already cutting into company profits and costing jobs, may also begin to weaken defenses against blackouts. That’s the conclusion of analysts who see electricity risks mounting in Europe’s biggest economy, where construction of new onshore wind parks has dropped to a standstill because of a flood of environmental complaints. German industry will need new power sources in coming years to ensure security of supply as coal and nuclear stations are decommissioned. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s . . . Complete story »


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