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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.

December 8, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Farmersville landowners to get wind law survey next week

FARMERSVILLE – A wind law survey will be mailed to Farmersville landowners next week by the Farmersville Town Board’s attorney. The short survey must be filled out and mailed to the Warsaw attorney representing the town in the proposed changes of the current wind law. It must be returned postmarked by Dec. 27. Town Supervisor Robert Karcher said the board will use the survey, along with statements and exhibits from public hearings and letters from residents, to help determine what to . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Gneeveguilla residents to fight wind turbine plan

The community of Gneeveguilla is “under siege” following a decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant planning for 12 turbines, which will be higher than the Spire in Dublin and Killarney Cathedral when completed. The decision last week by the national planning authority has shocked and angered the local community, and almost 150 local residents attended a public meeting at the community hall on Monday night, where they decided to take their battle against the planned windfarm to the High . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Federal agency highlights ‘adverse impacts’ of proposed Wisconsin transmission line in new report

A federal agency has released a draft report outlining the impact the construction and operation of a proposed high-voltage transmission line could have on the environment. Backers of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek project say the benefits it will bring by adding renewable energy to the electric grid outweigh the damage that would be caused by construction, as outlined by the Rural Utility Service in its environmental impact statement. “Renewable energy is the only power source that does not present threats to . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Village again protests proposed changes to wind-farm rules

ROBERTS – For the second time in as many months, the central Ford County village of Roberts has filed a formal protest of proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating wind farms. The village board voted during its Dec. 3 meeting to send a resolution to the county board stating that the village opposes the ordinance changes that were proposed on Nov. 1 by the county’s zoning board of appeals. The proposed changes are now being considered by the 12-member county . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind hoover’ wind turbines to be made bigger – despite ‘making residents lives a misery’

A councillor says approval for plans to increase the size of turbine blades at an East Riding wind farm could encourage other operators to follow suit. German company Energiekontor UK Limited secured permission to extend blade lengths at its nine-turbine site at Withernwick near Aldbrough this week. The company says the longer 43.5 metres blades will increase energy generation at the site by around seven per cent. The plans were approved by East Riding Council’s planning committee despite objections from . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • Editorials, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Sounding off in Arkwright

Expect more noise from the opposition despite a recent study that found the wind turbines in Arkwright are within compliance. While Town Board members may be confident in the findings, those opposed to the turbines are just the opposite. The study, paid for by the town, was done in the middle of October. Wind speeds, according to the documents, did not exceed 13 mph. “The turbine levels of 37 to 44 (decibels) recorded are considerably below the compliance level of . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Sedgwick County officials are looking into wind farm issues

After a wind farm project was allowed to move forward in Reno County, Sedgwick County Commission chairman David Dennis has asked staff to look into issues that may be involved with any future projects. Dennis said he attended a meeting of Reno County commissioners on December 4th, when a decision was made to allow a project to move forward near the Reno-Sedgwick County line. Construction is expected to begin on a wind farm early next year. Dennis said he has . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Borders wind farm developer setting sights higher

The developer behind the controversial Pines Burn wind farm south of Hawick has been accused of gaining permission “by the back door” after submitting an application to raise the agreed height of nearly half of its turbines. Leeds-based developer Energiekontor UK was given the go-ahead for seven 149.9m and five 130m-high turbine scheme on the Harwood Estate, near Bonchester Bridge, on appeal in August after members of Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee rejected the scheme. Now Energiekontor . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine trouble in Scotland

Applications for wind turbines may have nose dived but that still leaves existing turbines hitting legal problems, finds Lis Stedman. The Scottish government’s keenness on renewable energy is well documented and, many would say, commendable. One inevitable result, however, has been a proliferation of wind turbines and, with them, localised spikes in complaints – for example, Aberdeen has seen a 40% drop in noise complaints year-on-year, whereas rural Aberdeenshire has seen a 170% increase. A hefty 17 of the total . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • Blogs, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Nuisance case of Andrew and Rosemary Milne against Stuartfield Windpower

February 8, 2018: Next week sees the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case against Stuartfield Windpower Ltd in Aberdeen Sheriff Court. SAS members will be attending and posting updates on the Website, Facebook and Twitter whenever possible along with any press coverage. We wish these two very special people all the luck in the world. February 13, 2018: Aberdeen Sheriff Court – Sheriff Andrew Miller Today saw the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case . . . Complete story »

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