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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.


August 4, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Montcalm County sheriff clarifies wind support comment

STANTON – The Montcalm County sheriff has clarified that his office is neutral on the subject of wind energy. During the July 26 budget talks meeting of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview spoke in support of Apex Clean Energy’s proposed wind turbine project for Montcalm County. In response to Carr’s comments, Undersheriff Andy Doezema spoke up during public comment to say, “Also, we support wind.” This comment did not go over well with the . . . Complete story »


August 4, 2021 • North Carolina, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Brunswick County commissioners unanimously opppose offshore wind turbines

The Brunswick Commissioners extended the usual “not-in-my-backyard” thinking to “not-within-27-miles” Monday, voting to oppose construction of wind turbines within 24 nautical miles (about 27 miles) of the county’s shoreline. Although no wind-energy projects are planned for the area, the federal government has identified three Wind Energy Areas (WEA) off the North Carolina coast as potential sites for turbines, which would harness offshore wind to produce electricity. Two are off the coast of Brunswick County and one is off Kitty Hawk, . . . Complete story »


August 4, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bord na Mona moves forward with plans for controversial wind farm planned for Offaly

Bord na Mona Powergen has has moved forward with plans for a controversial wind farm planned for Offaly as it has lodged a Pre-Application Consultation with An Bord Pleanala . The wind farm is planned for Lemanaghan and surrounding townlands with between 3 and 17 turbines planned for the site. The Pre-Application Consultation was lodged with the national planning authority on July 15. Pre-Application Consultations are a step in strategic infrastructure developments. According to the An Bord Pleanala website, the . . . Complete story »


August 3, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

EGLE denies permit for wind turbine project

HOUGHTON – Permits for the proposed wind turbine project in Adams and Stanton townships have been denied by the state over concerns of harm to wildlife, including bat and eagle populations, and wetlands. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Water Resources Division (WRD) determined the Scotia Wind project did not benefit the public enough to outweigh potential impact to wildlife and wetlands at the site. “Due to the applicant’s lack of a feasible and prudent alternative analysis . . . Complete story »


August 2, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind noise and light complaints not yet settled

Recent recommendations from a subcommittee of New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) disappointed some neighbors to the Antrim Wind turbine project who wanted more precise sound measuring standards than what the committee appears poised to adopt, but the conversation is far from over. Nearby residents have lodged multiple noise and lighting-related complaints since the nine turbines went online in December 2019. Earlier this year, the SEC embarked on an overhaul of their complaint handling process after complainants said they felt . . . Complete story »


August 2, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Community remains fully opposed to wind farm

A planning application for a wind farm in South Roscommon could be submitted to An Bord Pleanála (ABP) within the next two months. However, the local community remains completely opposed to the development, which is expected to cost approximately €100m Recently ABP granted the planned Seven Hill Windfarm from Energia and Galetech Energy Developments strategic infrastructure status, meaning that it, rather than the local authority, will decide on the proposal. The plan for the now up to 20 turbine farm . . . Complete story »


August 2, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm operator appeals court order restraining its operation

The developers of a wind farm in west Waterford have successfully appealed a High Court order restraining its operations while they seek to regularise the planning status of wind turbines whose design had been altered from the original grant of planning permission. In the latest chapter in a long-running legal battle between the wind farm operator and local residents, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Barranafaddock Sustainable Electricity (BSE), against a High Court ruling restricting the operation of . . . Complete story »


August 2, 2021 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Brunswick board to stake out position on offshore turbines

Offshore wind turbines are back on the radar for southeastern North Carolina local governments. Brunswick County’s board of commissioners will consider a resolution opposing offshore wind turbines sited fewer than 24 nautical miles of the shoreline, following the lead of a handful of its oceanfront towns, including Bald Head Island, Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Caswell Beach. The board is set to meet at 3 p.m. Monday in the commissioners’ chambers, Sandifer Administration Building, 30 Government Center Drive, Bolivia. . . . Complete story »


August 2, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Call to ban onshore windfarm developments in Clare

Councillor Ian Lynch has described the West Clare Municipal District (WCMD) as “saturated with windfarms”. Addressing the July meeting of the district, he warned that the landscape and the viability of rural communities could be destroyed unless such a ban is imposed. The Independent member also said that with the future development of offshore wind energy infrastructure at the Moneypoint site, the need for more onshore facilities no longer exists. “West Clare is saturated with windfarms already and allowing planning . . . Complete story »


August 2, 2021 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

New 14-turbine wind farm proposal near Carnlough ‘at an early stage of design’

A new 14-turbine wind farm has been proposed for a site two miles from Carnlough on the Antrim coast. The project is being developed by Larne-based company Renewable Energy Systems based at Millbrook. A proposal of application notice has been submitted to the Department of Infrastructure ahead of a planning application expected to be submitted later this year. This is the same company that is behind a proposal for Ballygilbert Wind Farm outside Ballygally. In May, Mid and East Antrim’s . . . Complete story »


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