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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.

May 26, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

State bill to block turbines near military bases like Fort Drum moves forward

A bill blocking wind turbines around military bases is pushing forward through the state Senate. The bill, introduced in January by Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, prohibits the placement of wind turbines within 40 miles of an airfield or airbase under jurisdiction of any federal military department. The legislation, S1755, cleared committee this week, and is headed for the Senate floor. “It’s vital we protect the future of bases from massive wind turbines and other wind generation structures, rather . . .

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May 26, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines ‘are an ill-wind’ to family homes

Irish people are broadly supportive of renewable energy technologies including wind, solar and biomass – as long as projects are not located near family homes. New research from the Economic and Social Research Institute says that while 77pc of people are “generally positive” towards wind generation, just 36pc would live within 5km of a wind farm. Opposition was not due to Nimbyism (Not In My Back Yard-ism), but due to perceived health concerns including noise, or impact on air or . . .

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May 26, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Chateaugay to review Jericho Rise host community agreement in dispute over outside noise testing of wind towers

Construction on the wind towers began in the fall of 2016, after EDP signed a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement with the county, Chateaugay Central School District, and both towns. As part of the agreement, both towns also signed a “host community agreement” with the company. When another round of noise complaints was filed, Bilow said that EDP referred to the host community agreement. Company officials claimed that the agreement allows them to refuse outside testing and that the agreement “overrides” town law, Bilow said.

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May 26, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind mast to assess ‘potential’ of Woodhill Forest

A new wind monitoring mast in an Auckland forest may be the forerunner for a wind farm. Nga Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Ngahere has approved the installation of a Meridian Energy wind mast in its privately-owned Woodhill Forest, a media release said. The 80-metre tall mast would collect data to assess the location’s “potential” to be a future wind farm site. Meridian Energy’s Chris More said the mast would capture data on wind speed, and direction, at different heights above . . .

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May 26, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind farm work could ignite ‘creel wars’ in Moray Firth

A fisherman has warned “creel wars” could be sparked in the Moray Firth amid claims a massive wind farm will dramatically reduce catching grounds. Buckie-based Lee Brown has been landing mackerel, squid and shellfish from off the coast of Spey Bay and Kingston for 20 years. But now he faces losing up to £40,000 over the next three years unless he moves into other areas, which he worries will cause conflict among other trawlermen. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) are . . .

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May 26, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Rep. Hunter aids passage of military base protection bill

A bill to prohibit tax abatements for wind farm developments within 25 nautical miles of a military installation with an aviation mission has been approved by both the Texas House and Senate. Senate Bill 277 was expected back before the House for approval of an amendment before the legislature adjourns on Memorial Day. The bill, which does not affect wind farms already in operation, was amended to also grandfather in pending projects as well. Known as the Military Base Protection . . .

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May 26, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind backers turn in petitions for vote on Lincoln County turbines

Backers of a wind farm in Lincoln County say they’ve collected enough signatures to put the issue of setbacks from homes to a vote. Dakota Power Community Wind turned in 2,100 signatures to Lincoln County Auditor Marlene Sweeter Thursday morning. The petition needed 1,732 to pass. Sweeter hopes to verify the signatures by the end of the day, at which point a special election would be set. “My staff and I are franticly going through them as we speak,” Sweeter . . .

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May 26, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Independent commissioners hear pros and cons of Taranaki’s first wind farm plan

A decision on whether Taranaki’s on again, off again, multi-million dollar wind farm project can go ahead may be out by the end of June. Three independent commissioners have spent this week hearing submissions on the project from the applicant, Tararua Wind Power Ltd (formerly Trustpower), from an independent planner, a landscape architect, South Taranaki District Council, lawyers, experts and some of the submitters who oppose the project. Tararua Wind Power Ltd is asking for a resource consent that will . . .

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May 26, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developers accept Maryland’s terms to move forward with projects off Ocean City

The developers of two wind farms planned off the coast of Ocean City are moving forward with their projects, accepting terms Maryland regulators laid out earlier this month in allowing them to collect subsidies from the state’s electricity customers. Deepwater Wind and U.S. Wind have both notified the Public Service Commission that they have agreed to invest a collective $115 million in manufacturing facilities and port upgrades around Sparrows Point in southeastern Baltimore County, and to contribute $6 million to . . .

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May 26, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

In North Dakota, worry and hope blow in the wind

North Dakota policymakers aren't convinced. They liken the wind power boom in their state to the government-mandated surge of renewable energy in Germany since 2010, a transformation that triggered an oversupply of electricity, grid reliability problems and other disruptions to the country's power system. "We've all seen that story, and we don't want to retell it in North Dakota," said state Sen. Rich Wardner (R), the president of the state Senate. He co-signed a letter sent to Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) last March excoriating the federal PTC for wind power as a program that is "subsidizing out-of-state companies to use North Dakota as a staging area to mine federal taxpayer funds."

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