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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.


January 23, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Developer to go ahead with wind farm plans

The developer of a proposed wind farm near Baltinglass has confirmed its plans to press ahead with the project. ABO Wind Ireland Ltd said this week it is set to lodge an application with Wicklow County Council for permission to construct five 165m wind turbines at Kilranelagh Hill. The plan has already been the focus of sustained local opposition due to the archaeological features on the site, which is part of the Baltinglass Hillfort Complex. The Save Wicklow’s Ancient East . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peebles: Wind farms ‘would trigger community benefit funds’

Peebles could benefit from a £500,000 community benefit package if two controversial wind farms are given the go-ahead, according to a community council member. Malcolm Bruce entered into talks with development managers regarding the community funding that will be generated from the proposed wind power sites at Scawd Law near Walkerburn and Cloich Forest near Eddleston. In a bid to make sure all communities can benefit from any potential financial windfall, Mr Bruce reached out to six community councils in . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Two Biden priorities, climate and conservation, collide in the California desert

The Trump administration left President Biden a dilemma in the California desert: a plan to remove protections from millions of acres of public lands and open vast areas to solar and wind farms. Biden’s team could easily block the proposed changes, which were slammed by conservationists as a last-gasp effort by the outgoing administration to support private industry at the expense of wildlife habitat and treasured landscapes. But even if Trump’s 11th-hour proposal goes nowhere, it offers a preview of . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears ‘wildcat wonderland’ would be doomed under plans to expand wind farm near Huntly

Nature enthusiasts fear that a “wildcat wonderland” will be lost forever if plans to almost double the size of a wind farm near Huntly are given the go-ahead. Wildcat Haven campaigners appealed for Aberdeenshire Council to oppose plans for a 14-turbine extension to the existing 18-turbine Clashindarroch wind farm as elected members considered plans by Swedish energy firm Vatterfall Wind Power yesterday. Addressing the infrastructure services committee online, campaigner and founder of Living Law, Susan Shaw, said the area was . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine budget recommended, disposition process ongoing

The town administration is still trying to figure out how to navigate state regulations in order to dismantle the town’s wind turbines. Falmouth Finance Committee vice chairman Nicholas S. Lowell asked for an update on the disposition of the town’s two wind turbines at the committee’s meeting on Tuesday, January 19. Town Manager Julian M. Suso said the town hired outside counsel to assist with the procurement process. “What we found was it was not fully clear which portions of . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Province to begin testing water wells in North Kent; COVID-19 prevented previous investigation from getting off the ground

A promise made by Doug Ford in May 2018, shortly before being elected premier, to conduct a health hazard investigation over concerns about private water wells in the North Kent Wind farm area, is about to get underway. “I’m proud to say that testing is going to begin within the next number of days,” Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton told the Chatham Daily News Thursday in announcing the Ontario government has established a panel of five . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

After some blades broke off, MidAmerican Energy says turbines are getting upgrade to improve resiliency

MidAmerican Energy says the manufacturer of roughly 325 of the utility’s Iowa turbines is upgrading equipment to improve the “blades’ resiliency in extreme weather situations.” The move follows MidAmerican Energy’s decision last fall to take 46 turbines offline while employees checked them for safety. The Des Moines-based company said three blades broke from turbines last year and one in 2019 after direct or nearby lightning strikes. No one was injured in the blade failures. The company, owned by Warren Buffet’s . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tree clearing to start for Broome County wind farm project

The company that’s planning to develop a 124-megawatt wind farm in eastern Broome County says crews will start cutting down trees to prepare for construction work. More than two dozen wind turbines are to be installed for the Bluestone Wind project in the towns of Windsor and Sanford. Northland Power of Toronto has announced tree clearing is scheduled to begin around February 8. In addition to 26 wind turbines, the project will include 13 miles of access roads, 36 miles . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • Opinions, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

We must ‘go honest’ to ‘go green’

The Joe Biden administration represents itself as following science with regard to energy policy, yet it presents a simplistic clean/dirty energy narrative with the obvious solution to get rid of fossil fuels and “go green.” Unfortunately, this narrative is naïve, expensive and misleading. And it will harm U.S. energy security, the economy, the environment and the impoverished. To be sure, producing and burning coal and oil have significant environmental impacts. But what goes unmentioned are the extensive benefits of affordable, . . . Complete story »


January 22, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

County wind debate has stuttering start

There didn’t appear to be a lot of agreement Tuesday evening as the Reno County Commission took a first look at proposed wind energy regulations forwarded to it by the county’s planning board – starting with how to proceed in reviewing them. County Commission Chairman Ron Hirst proposed that the board walk through the 14-page document a paragraph at a time and discuss proposed changes – of which he offered several. Commissioner Ron Sellers indicated he wanted to familiarize himself . . . Complete story »


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