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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.


October 17, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt Co. wind farm decision delayed to early 2019

CLINTON – A decision on a controversial DeWitt County wind farm proposal will not come until February or March. Lenexa, Kan.-based Tradewind Energy Inc. filed a special-use permit request last month for Alta Farms Wind Project II, but DeWitt County officials want to approve a new comprehensive land-use plan and review the county’s solar-power ordinances first. The DeWitt County Regional Planning Commission met Tuesday night, but did not hear testimony on the proposed $300 million project expected to erect up to . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2018 • Letters, NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm wrong for Gage, Lancaster counties

Once again, we are having to contend with industrial wind turbines in Gage and Lancaster counties. What has changed? Our county commissioners voted and set safe and responsible setbacks and sound limits. Now, NextEra, a multibillion-dollar company, wants to change everything we have all worked so hard for in order to make their project fit. This area is highly populated and is not the place for their project. Their proposal wants these massive turbines 1,475 feet from our nonparticipating dwellings – . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

New site proposed for Wind 2 at wastewater treatment plant

Stephen Wiehe of Weston & Sampson has proposed moving one of the town’s turbines, Wind 2, to another location on the wastewater treatment plant site. “Both Wind 1 and Wind 2 could be relocated out of town, but only Wind 2 could be relocated within town,” Mr. Wiehe said at the board of selectmen’s meeting on Monday, October 15. The proposed relocation of Wind 2 is set back further on the wastewater treatment facility site, approximately 2,400 feet from its . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine substations targeted for copper wire theft in Huron County

HURON COUNTY, ON—A total of nine thefts over two months have police urging the public to take note and be aware of suspicious activity. Thieves have been targeting hydro / wind turbine substations to steal copper wiring in Bluewater and Huron East. Six cases have been investigated in Bluewater and three cases in Huron East. In some instances, the thieves stole about 40 feet of copper wire which has a street value of $100. In other cases thieves made off . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners open sealed snow plowing bids, approve ordinance amendments

KOSCIUSKO – Matt Sandy, assistant planning director for the county, presented two ordinance amendments at the Kosciusko Commissioners meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 16. Sandy informed commissioners that the updated ordinance amendments relate to wind farms and solar power. During the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission earlier this month, the APC recommended approval of amending ordinances in the county governing wind farms, micro wind systems and solar energy systems. The amended ordinances better define permitted uses, and . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Kawkawlin hosts meeting focusing on drafting common wind turbine language

Wind turbines have become increasingly controversial for rural residents in Bay County and elsewhere due to issues like noise, vibration and shadow flicker. Officials from several townships in Bay, Sanilac, Huron and Tuscola Counties joined as many as 500 other people at the Beaver Community Hall in Kawkawlin Tuesday to find ways to draft common wind turbine ordinance language to protect people’s health and safety. One of the meeting organizers, Joy Buchanon of Midland, called it an effective way to . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Invenergy, MidAmerican seek easements in Union, Adams for wind development project

Invenergy LLC, a clean energy company headquartered in Chicago, met with Union County Board of Supervisors Monday to discuss an upcoming wind development project to span areas of Union and Adams counties. During the regularly scheduled meeting, representatives of Invenergy and MidAmerican Energy Company shared plans for the project, which is in its beginning stages, and talked about what residents can expect as they actively seek easements for the project. According to Mark Zaccone of Invenergy, the companies are seeking . . . Complete story »


October 17, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Burleigh commission accepts responsibility on wind farm decision

A wind farm is being proposed for Burleigh and Emmons counties and, on Monday, the Burleigh County Commission agreed to assume Morton Township’s permitting authority for the project, to avoid a conflict of interest at the township level. All three of the Morton Township supervisors – William Nicholson, Brian Dralle and Daymon Mills – are participating landowners in the project, so it would be a conflict of interest for the trio to decide whether or not to issue a special use permit . . . Complete story »


October 16, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Options available for Wind 2’s continued operation

Selectmen were presented with an option Monday that could bring one of the town’s two municipal wind turbines back into operation further from abutters on Blacksmith Shop Road. A Barnstable Superior Court judge ordered both turbines be shut down in June 2017, prompting selectmen to evaluate options for what to do with the two structures, known as Wind 1 and Wind 2. The order to shut down the structures was made on the grounds that they constituted a nuisance to . . . Complete story »


October 16, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Report: Moving disputed Falmouth turbine would cost $3M

FALMOUTH – One of the two wind turbines under a court order never to operate at their current spot may spin again on the wastewater treatment plant property, a little less than a half mile north from where it now stands. Accomplishing the move, however, would cost the town just over $3 million and isn’t likely to appease critics of the turbine’s current location. Weston and Sampson engineers were hired by selectmen to consider the possibility of relocating Wind II on . . . Complete story »


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