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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.


September 20, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers hear clashing views on offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie

There is no formal proposal to install wind turbines in Lake Erie waters off Western New York. But nearly 100 people showed up at an Erie County Legislature meeting on Thursday anticipating or fearing that day is coming soon. Clean energy advocates pressed legislators to be open-minded about wind energy use. Though there are currently no freshwater wind farms in the United States, a six-turbine project is expected to be installed eight miles off the Lake Erie shores of Cleveland. . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

New York lawmaker wants moratorium on fresh water wind turbines

New York is moving ahead with plans to build a massive offshore wind turbine installation in the Atlantic waters off Long Island. As those plans move forward, though, a western New York lawmaker is calling for a moratorium on wind plants in fresh water, such as lakes or rivers. The focus is Lake Erie, which provides drinking water for residents of the Buffalo area, but a moratorium, if passed, would apply across the state. Fears that wind turbine construction would . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind turbine farm in Lake Erie draws debate during legislative hearing

There has been lot of discussion generated about the state’s proposed plan to build a wind turbine farm in Lake Erie – a plan many agree hasn’t been fully investigated at this time and are waiting for more information. Members of the Sierra Club led a rally on the steps of the Rath Building in downtown Buffalo Thursday afternoon in favor of the project. Diamond Generating Corporation, a California-based company, is looking to put 50 turbines in Lake Erie, 450 feet . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Blow for Stornoway Wind Farm following energy contract announcement

The UK Government’s mechanism for supporting low-carbon electricity generation is the Contracts for Difference (CfD), which have been awarded to two developers in the Outer Hebrides – Muaitheabhal Wind Farm and Druim Leathann Windfarm. However, a large development Stornoway Wind Farm, has not achieved the vital CfD. Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Councillor Roddie MacKay said of the annuoncement: “It is good news that two out of three local developers have achieved a CfD. “It is hugely disappointing, however, . . . Complete story »


September 20, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Vote deferred on plans to extend life of South Cumbrian wind farm

Plans to extend the life of a ‘noisy’ South Cumbrian wind farm by another decade have been temporarily blocked. An application for the continued operation of the Askam and Ireleth wind farm was deferred after Barrow Borough Council planners decided they wanted more independent evidence about the noise it makes. The turbines have been branded the ‘worst in the country’ for complaints. Marton resident Gillian Haythornthwaite told councillors it accounted for 152 of 206 complaints about turbines. She blamed the . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Sparks fly as Germany’s climate plan hits rural landscapes

German farmer Edgar Thomas already has two towering pylons spoiling the view of the picturesque rolling hills around his land, and he’s exasperated that his area is being asked to find room for more. But in the country’s bid to ditch fossil fuels and switch to renewables as it marches towards a carbon-neutral future, such power highways are essential to transport green energy mostly harnessed in the north to the industry-intensive south. Thomas’ reluctance to see yet more power lines . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

In the Balance: Local enviro groups ‘insist’ on changes to wind farm project

Seven local environmental groups have signed onto a letter to the Humboldt County Planning Department demanding changes to a proposed wind farm project that would place dozens of large turbines on two ridgelines south of Rio Dell. The letter – signed by some of the North Coast’s environmental heavyweights – comes as the the large, San Diego-based renewable energy company Terra-Gen’s wind project is in the final throes of the Environmental Impact Report process. Humboldt County Planning Director John Ford said the . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • GreecePrint storyE-mail story

Rare birds killed by wind turbines in Evros, Greece

The National Forest and Park Management Authority of Dadia, Lefkimi, and Soufli announced on Wednesday that two rare raptors were found killed recently next to wind turbines in south Evros, in northeastern Greece. On August 19, a lesser spotted eagle was found dead by a resident of Ferres in Evros, at the wind turbine park of Melia. Just two days later, the body of a rare cinereous vulture was spotted next to another wind turbine located near the village of . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Truck carrying turbine blade rolls in Tas

A truck driver has had a lucky escape after his vehicle rolled on a rural Tasmanian road while carrying a giant wind turbine blade. Highland Lakes Road, at Apsley in the state’s Central Highlands region, isn’t expected to be cleared until late on Thursday night. Inspector Philippa Burk told reporters it’s extremely lucky the driver wasn’t hurt. “He managed to get free of the truck as it was falling over,” she said. The loaded truck weighing 60 tonnes toppled around . . . Complete story »


September 19, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Plans to halt creation of wind turbine farm on Lake Erie

New York State Senator Chris Jacobs is proposing a moratorium on offshore wind turbines along any freshwater body in New York State. The moratorium comes after the proposed wind turbine farm that would border Hamburg, Evans, Brant, and Angola. Diamond Generating Corporation, a California-based, proposed building as many as 50 turbines along Lake Erie in an effort to bring a renewable energy source to New Yorkers. “The Great Lakes account for 84 percent of North America’s surface freshwater including the . . . Complete story »


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