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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.


February 22, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

SOS members bring concerns to state leadership meeting

Members of Save Ontario Shores brought their concerns about wind turbines to New York City on Monday, when they attended the Association of Towns of New York meeting in Manhattan. Representatives of SOS gave a presentation about Apex Wind Energy’s plan to build 70 wind turbines in the towns of Somerset and Yates before town officials from all over the state. In the presentation, SOS president Pam Atwater made a reference to a 90 megawatt offshore wind farm about 30 . . .

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February 22, 2017 • Letters, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power is absolutely a threat to eagles

I read with great interest two recent letters debating the impact of wind energy on eagles and other birds [“Eagles face threat from wind power industry,” Feb. 8] and [“Wind power’s threat to eagles was overstated,” Feb. 15]. Letter-writer Frank Jandrowitz was right to point out the danger to eagles from wind power development and associated power lines and towers. In actuality, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has no idea how many eagles are being killed by these structures. . . .

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February 22, 2017 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

North Dakota Senate committee tweaks wind power moratorium bill

A North Dakota Senate Committee tweaked legislation Tuesday that put a two-year moratorium on new wind energy development, but an opponent argued the amendment did not improve the bill. Senate Bill 2314, as passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week, prevented the Public Service Commission from approving an application for a wind farm that’s submitted in the two years after Aug. 1. The bill was amended Tuesday to allow the PSC to approve an application if . . .

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February 22, 2017 • PortugalPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable producers face repaying €140m

Renewables producers will have to repay any financial support received in addition to the feed-in tariff to the national electricity system, according to a decree published by the industry ministry. The principle of recouping the additional payments, which the government has estimated at around €140 million, was included in the 2017 budget, approved by Portugal’s parliament in December 2016. The measure aims to minimise annual electricity price rises agreed by the previous government with international creditors in order to eliminate . . .

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February 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Highland sour on Limekilns; 72MW wind farm headed for public inquiry

Highland Council has objected to Infinergy plans for the 72MW Limekilns wind farm in the far north of Scotland. Members attending the north planning applications committee raised concerns over impacts on visuals, landscapes and residential amenity in Caithness. Infinergy now faces a public local inquiry into Limekilns. Scottish ministers will make a final decision on the Section 36 application. Officials had recommended no objection be lodged pending removal of three of the 24 planned turbines at a mix of 139-metre . . .

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February 22, 2017 • ChinaPrint storyE-mail story

China to halt some new wind power projects as supply glut builds

China will halt investment for new wind power projects in eight provinces and regions because of increasing cases of wasted wind energy due to capacity excesses, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Wednesday. Many wind farms in China’s western regions are not connected to major transmission grids, effectively wasting the electricity generated through those projects. Because of the wastage, the NEA said it will stop issuing new power generation licenses to wind companies in Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Ningxia and . . .

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February 22, 2017 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Wind farms owner reports soaring profits

Wind farms owner The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) has announced soaring profits a year after being hit by the UK Government decision to end subsidies for onshore projects. The London Stock Exchange-listed investment trust, which owns several wind farms in the north and north-east, said its pre-tax profits had more than trebled to £67.9million in 2016, thanks to an uplift in its portfolio valuation. TRIG, which also owns 28 solar photovoltaics (PV) energy schemes in England and France, suffered a . . .

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February 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company owed $28M by federal government

TORONTO – A wind power company is going to court to try to get $28 million it is owed by the federal government over an Ontario offshore wind moratorium. Windstream Energy had a 300-megawatt project planned for an offshore wind project in eastern Ontario when the provincial government abruptly enacted the moratorium in February 2011. The company took its complaint to a NAFTA tribunal, which partially ruled in Windstream’s favour, awarding it $25 million in damages for unfair and inequitable treatment . . .

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February 22, 2017 • Ireland, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms and noise levels

Sir, – In “Ireland must continue to invest in wind farms” (Opinion & Analysis, February 20th), Gary Healy states that new planning guidelines are being finalised that will determine how future wind farms will be developed, and adds that it is critical that these guidelines do not imperil future investment in the sector or Ireland’s obligations regarding renewables. Publication of fit-for-purpose guidelines has been delayed for over three years because the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has been . . .

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February 21, 2017 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Trespass zoning gives right to infringe on neighbor’s property

Trespass zoning gives one neighbor the right to infringe on their neighbor’s property. Industrial wind energy installations are an example of trespass zoning. In Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties, Supervisors wrote ordinances that allows a landowner to erect a wind turbine as close as 330 feet from their neighbor’s property line and 600 feet from public roadways. GE, a company that manufactures wind turbines, states that the ice throw zone for a wind turbine is 1.5 x (hub height + . . .

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