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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.

September 26, 2017 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

W. Penn to advertise for new windmill ordinance

West Penn Township hopes to soon have a new windmill ordinance in place. On a 2-1 vote, with Supervisor Ted Bogosh opposed, the township’s board of supervisors agreed last week to advertise for adopting a new windmill ordinance. The ordinance will be scheduled for adoption sometime in November, supervisors said. Earlier this month, supervisors agreed to have board solicitor Holly Heintzelman request the GIS information from the Audubon Society in the township’s name and use the township’s email address. Heintzelman . . .

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September 26, 2017 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy should get savvy about wind turbines

If the powers that be (state agencies) really wanted to know how people felt about IWTs (industrial wind turbines), don’t you think they should ask the people who are forced to live under these ungodly monsters? Ask me – I’m one of them – and I’ll tell you what it’s like. I have headaches whenever I stay at home and my wife’s ears ring around the clock. It’s like living next to an airport and the planes never land – nor do they . . .

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September 26, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Achlachan Wind Farm given go ahead

Plans to build five turbines on the outskirts of Watten have been given the green light. Whirlwind Renewables has received planning permission to go ahead with construction of Achlachan wind farm. Highland Council approved plans for five turbines, each 115 metres tall. The site is located on moorland south of Mybster to the west of Causewaymire wind farm. According to Whirlwind Renewables’ website, once construction is completed the turbines will provide power to more than 8400 homes and generate up . . .

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September 25, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Locals gone with the wind farm

Paul Lewis just wants a good night’s sleep. More than three years since the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere sprang up on his back fence, the sheep and cattle farmer considers himself lucky if he has a night when he isn’t woken by the sound of turning blades. Now with a slew of new wind farms planned around his town of Hawkesdale, 300km west of Melbourne, and impending changes to Victorian state planning policy, Mr Lewis is seriously . . .

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September 25, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

How more wind power projects could mess up radar at Fort Drum

Last year New York State set an ambitious energy goal: to generate 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. That means building more generation capacity, and right now there are eight proposed wind projects from northern St. Lawrence to northern Oswego counties. But Army officials and community leaders say building more wind turbines in Fort Drum’s airspace will make its aircraft and weather radar systems unreliable – which could impact training and readiness. When wind turbines appear on . . .

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September 25, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Outrage at second wind farm plan

A Donegal community has vowed to fight another large wind farm development 18 months after a similar development was knocked back. Finn Valley Wind Action says it will “vigorously oppose” plans that could see 36 wind turbines built between Castlefin and Barnesmore Gap. Planree Ltd is planning to build between 19 and 36 turbines at Meenbog, Lismullyduff and surrounding townlands, with some of the turbines planned to be situated close to Lough Mourne near Barnesmore Gap in what it says . . .

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September 25, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Maude Barlow joins fight against wind turbine construction in Chatham-Kent

Chatham resident Lucy DeFraeye has been without running water for one week. She lives in one of 13 well-water homes in Chatham-Kent that have black water spewing from their taps. She thought discoloured water was bad enough until last Sunday when nothing came out of the taps at all. Her story and the similar stories of her neighbours prompted Maude Barlow, chairperson of the Council of Canadians, to visit Chatham-Kent and support the residents in their battle for answers and . . .

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September 25, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Hawkesdale community air concerns at meeting with national wind farm commissioner

About 100 people attended a community meeting in Hawkesdale last week to air their concerns about the proliferation of wind farms in the area. Local councillors and politicians joined the crowd at the Hawkesdale Hall to hear from national wind farm commissioner Andrew Dyer and voice their opinions. The meeting was arranged in relation to the proposed amendments to the Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale wind farms, which would see the blade tip height go from 126.3 metres to 180 metres. . . .

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September 25, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Energy firm calls for political support for more onshore windfarms

ScottishPower has called for political support to develop more onshore windfarms after hitting a record high of power from the sector. After the completion of a £650 million infrastructure project, ScottishPower Renewables has passed the 2,000 megawatt (MW) UK milestone. The company has now called for politicians and regulators to back the development of the industry in Scotland in order to keep up with an anticipated increase in demand. Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables, said: “It’s now cheaper, easier . . .

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September 25, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

ABO lodge appeal on 11 Industrial turbines in South Wicklow

Fianna Fáil TD for Wicklow Pat Casey has expressed his disgust at the decision of ABO Windfarm Ltd to lodge an appeal with An Bord Pleanala against the decision of Wicklow County Council to refuse permission for an 11 turbine wind farm in rural South Wicklow. “This is the second application by this company against the wishes of the communities living in South Wicklow. On both occasions the communities were outraged that their rural landscape would be totally transformed by . . .

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