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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 15, 2020 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds attend wind farm meeting

Around 200 people attended a meeting about the proposed development of a new wind farm at Kilranelagh. The meeting, held at St Peter’s Parish Centre, was organised by West Wicklow Wind Action Group (WWWAG). ABO Wind Ireland Ltd recently announced it was proposing to develop a nine-turbine wind farm on a site at Kilranelagh near Baltinglass. There were a number of speakers on the night including archaelogist Robert Hambridge, Dave Fingleton of Wind Aware, Richard Moore O’Ferrall of South Wicklow . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Residents air concerns about wind farm plan

Fifty concerned landowners showed up at the Albany Fire Station in Whiteside County on Feb. 10, sharing fears of loss of land values and quality of life when a wind farm is built in agricultural neighborhoods. Eric Smith has leased 225 acres between Kennedy, Stone, Archer, and Benson roads to Gipper Wind Farm, a division of Scout Clean Power LLC of Colorado. A tower has been constructed to determine if there is enough velocity to power 75-125 generators (turbines). Elsewhere, . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2020 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Tilt Renewables looks to repower Tararua Wind Farm

Once the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, one of New Zealand’s first wind farms on the Tararua Range is going strong after two decades with turbines expected to wear out within 20 years. The first stage of the 134-turbine Tararua Wind Farm started commercial production on Christmas Eve, 1999, an anniversary marked by owners Tilt Renewables on site on Thursday. Chief executive Deion Campbell said it was a credit to the maintenance crews that the earliest turbines were still turning . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Suzlon Energy Q3 loss widens to Rs 743 crore

Suzlon Energy on Wednesday reported widening of consolidated net loss to Rs 742.91 crore in December quarter mainly on account of lower revenues. The company had reported a net loss of Rs 40.07 crore in the year-ago period. Total income from operations declined to Rs 672.99 crore in the quarter ended on December 31, 2019, from Rs 1,112.34 crore a year ago, the company said in a filing to the BSE. Consolidated net loss for April-December rose to Rs 1,857.62 . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Plymouth board declares wind turbines a nuisance

After years of running into roadblocks, residents who live near Future Generation Wind made some headway Wednesday night when the Plymouth Board of Health unanimously voted to declare the four turbines along Route 25 a nuisance. “We want to do justice to this and to all the parties involved,” board Chairwoman Birgitta Kuehn said. The board also unanimously voted to take action on the turbines within a reasonable time. Up to 30 residents from Bourne and Plymouth crowded into the . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

‘A unique set of circumstances’ surrounds Ruso wind farm compliance with new lighting law

A dispute over North Dakota’s new law requiring light mitigation technology on wind turbines played out before state regulators Thursday as they consider an application for a wind farm in Ward and McLean counties. At a hearing, attorneys for the North Dakota Public Service Commission said regardless of whether the commissioners approve Southern Power’s Ruso wind farm, their decision might be challenged in court by a landowner or the project developer. The dispute stems around a 2017 law requiring the . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind study committee shares updates with group in Mound Valley on Wednesday

MOUND VALLEY – A relatively large crowd attended Wednesday night’s meeting of the Labette County committee studying wind energy. The five committee members – Sandy Krider, Kevin King, Rod Landrum, Mel Hass and Lori Whitworth – gave briefings on their areas of study so far before taking questions from the 39 people in the chairs at the Mound Valley Community Center. Wednesday’s was the second committee meeting broadcast live on the Renewable Energy Awareness—Labette County Facebook page. The Labette County Commission formed the . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • Letters, MainePrint storyE-mail story

Just say no to turbines

Are you aware that in the Planning Report No. 90 prepared for the Maine Critical Areas Programs titled “Maine’s Finest Lakes: The Results of the Maine Lakes Study” an area 10 miles east of Bangor that includes the areas surrounding Pisgah Mountain in Clifton is ranked third in the entire state for especially scenic lakes? Regardless of this prestigious designation, there is currently an alarming proposal. A wind turbine project by Silver Maple Wind Energy’s permit was approved on Nov. . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Number Three Wind gets top issues “re-heard” at Article 10 Siting Board meeting

LOWVILLE – Issues raised by Number Three Wind Farm were addressed individually in an order approved by the Board on Electric Generation, Siting and the Environment in a Thursday morning meeting. When Chicago-based Invenergy’s wind farm project was granted the Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need on Nov. 12 by the Siting Board, the certification placed a number of conditions the company must meet in order to begin construction. In its Dec. 12 document requesting a rehearing on a number . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind projects operate under false equivalence

The Ohio General Assembly is currently considering legislation, Senate Bill 234, allowing local referendums on wind projects. One of the main arguments from Big Business against such a vote is that there is no precedent for referendums on any kind of energy generation projects. To buy into this argument one has to believe that wind projects are equivalent to other forms of generation projects. They are not. No other form of electrical generation project transforms entire communities into heavy industrial . . . Complete story »

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