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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.

March 28, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Birding groups sue Ohio Air National Guard to block wind-turbine at Camp Perry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – State and national birding groups sued the Ohio Air National Guard on Monday, asking a federal court to block construction of a large wind turbine at Camp Perry near Lake Erie. The Black Swamp Bird Observatory, based in Oak Harbor in Ottawa County, suspects the proposed wind turbine would violate the Endangered Species Act, posing as a lethal bird-killing machine for bald eagles and migrating songbirds and bats. BSBO joined with the American Bird Conservancy to file . . .

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March 28, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Newark wind lawsuit back in court

A wind power-related lawsuit against the town of Newark continues in Caledonia Civil Court next month. Hawk Rock Holdings, LLC, filed its first lawsuit against the town five years ago, not long after Newark citizens overwhelmingly adopted a new town plan in the midst of a controversial bid by an out-of-state developer which had proposed a wind project to span from Newark to Brighton to Ferdinand. The new town plan restricted the height of structures permitted on ridgelines. In 2015, . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

The final report into South Australia’s major blackout has pinned the blame on overly sensitive wind farms

An investigation into a major blackout in South Australia six months ago, which sparked a war of words between the state and federal governments over renewable energy, has found that technical issues led to the network’s breakdown. The 271-page fourth and final report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) made 19 recommendations to improve network stability as the system transitions to include an increased reliability on renewables. But it blamed the blackout on September 28 primarily on overly sensitive . . .

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March 28, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Greens sue military, Interior over Ohio turbine project

Two bird advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration and Ohio Air National Guard, claiming a single wind turbine the Air Force wants to build along the shores of Lake Erie could prove disastrous to sensitive migratory bird species. The lawsuit, filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, targets a planned wind turbine at the Camp Perry facility in northern Ohio. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Oak Harbor, Ohio-based . . .

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March 28, 2017 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Wind, coal bills take opposite paths in Legislature

NASHVILLE – A House subcommittee has killed an attempt to impose state regulations on wind energy developments while approving a renewed effort to have the Tennessee take over regulation of coal mining from the federal government. The actions came during a meeting of the House Agriculture Subcommittee with far more debate on the wind energy regulation bill, an effort inspired mostly by opposition to plans by Apex Energy Solutions to spend $130 million erecting at least 20 electricity-generating turbines on a . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Lal Lal Wind Farm given green light from planning minister

Construction on the Lal Lal Wind Farm could begin by as early as the end of the year after the state planning minister signed off on changes to the permit on Tuesday. The project which will see turbines installed across two locations in Elaine and Yendon was originally proposed in April 2009. The approved amendment, which was lodged in 2015, will see the total number of turbines reduced from 64 to 60, however the tip height will be increased from . . .

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March 28, 2017 • Maine, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Maine’s wind energy zone has shrunk

Congratulations Maine!   Two years ago there were 3.4 million acres of Unorganized Territory (UT) in the Expedited Wind Development Area (EA).  Thanks to grass roots citizen action, a law was passed and a process was established allowing people in the UT one chance to “opt out” of the EA.  Now, assuming that one last appeal (Milton Township) goes our way,  there are only 2.6 million acres in the EA.   Yes, approximately three quarters of a million acres were removed from . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

SA blackouts: wind farm turbines key to power outages, report finds

A key report highlights the problems with South Australia’s high level of renewable generation, finding that control settings on wind farm turbines led to last September’s statewide blackout in South Australia. The fourth and final report by the Australian Energy Market Operator into the September 28 event found wind farm settings “responding to multiple disturbances … led to the Black System”. This is despite South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill repeatedly insisting that renewables had not contributed to any blackouts in . . .

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March 28, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Bill would halt new wind energy development pending study

Sen. Harry Brown, R-Onslow, isn’t giving up on his fight against renewable energy development in North Carolina. Brown and Sens. Louis Pate, R-Wayne, and Norman Sanderson, R-Pamlico, filed a bill in the North Carolina General Assembly last week that would halt permits for new wind facilities while an independent study is done on the effects that building wind turbines could have on the state’s military operations. The bill, the Military Operations Protection Act of 2017, would ensure there are no . . .

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March 28, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Scientist tells St. Lawrence County legislators wind turbines don’t cause health problems

CANTON – A scientist affiliated with the proposed North Ridge Wind Farm project told St. Lawrence County legislators Monday night that numerous studies show wind turbines do not cause adverse health impacts, but opponents dispute his claims. Christopher Ollson, an environmental health scientist from the Toronto area, spoke during a presentation by Avangrid Renewables, the developer of a proposed industrial wind farm in the towns of Parishville and Hopkinton. The controversial project has drawn opposition from some citizens who argue that . . .

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