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September 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Scituate Wind turbine noise still a problem for some

Residents living near the Scituate Wind turbine are asking town officials to agree to an independent noise compliance investigation of the turbine in an effort to collect the evidence necessary to take protective action under both the Nuisance Law and under the state’s Noise Pollution Regulation. “Nothing has changed,” said David Dardi, who lives near the turbine. “Scituate Wind’s turbine continues to disrupt the sleep and adversely impact the lives and health of both my neighbors and myself.” The 400-foot . . .

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September 22, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Selectboard discourages wind power purchase

“Please do not buy the power from this poorly planned project that we believe is fraught with procedural, technical, systematic and environmental shortcomings, and thus lend support to its harmful and unwelcome outcomes,” the letter says. “Our community is committed to fighting this project.”

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September 20, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Panel recommends giving Duke Energy 90 days to fix Shirley Wind problems, or risk permit

GLENMORE – Glenmore’s Plan Commission is recommending a strong message to the owners of the Shirley Wind Farm: Stop annoying nearby residents, or risk losing your permit to operate in the town. By a 6-0 vote, the commission recommended Tuesday that the Town Board direct Duke Energy Renewables to work to eliminate a phenomenon, called “shadow flicker,” that has prompted complaints from some people living near the turbines at Shirley Wind. Under the recommendation, Duke would have 90 days to . . .

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September 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

WPD Canada turns off wind turbine project

A big win for opponents of Giant wind turbines in Ontario. The appeal period has run out, and WPD Canada has decided it will NOT proceed with the Fairview Wind Project in Clearview township. Last month, approval for the wind turbines was revoked, but the company had until September 16th to file an appeal. The Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the previous Renewable Energy Approval, saying WPD Canada’s plans for 8 turbines just outside Stayner would pose serious harm to human . . .

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September 18, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Rights of people are being squashed. It is impossible to take on wind farm firms’

Some nights, Sean Harris is sitting watching the TV and he thinks he hears the fridge humming. On other occasions, he has been out on the road around his home in Ballyduff in West Waterford, and the engine sounds as if it’s a car approaching him from behind. Those are the more benign effects of the Barnafaddock Wind Farm, as he sees it. He is not alone, but neither are his problems shared with huge numbers in his rural community. . . .

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September 14, 2017 • IsraelPrint storyE-mail story

Israeli environment ministry recommends scaling down wind turbine plans in Galilee

Three companies have been told either to curb their plans to build wind turbines in the Upper Galilee or build them somewhere else, after the Environmental Protection Ministry decided that wind farms not only create noise and mar the landscape, but put birds’ and bats’ lives in danger. The ministry delivered its opinion to the Northern District Planning and Building Committee ahead of a debate on the wind-turbine plan next week. If the committee adopts the plan despite the ministry’s . . .

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September 12, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms emerge as key election issue at state and federal level

Energy policy has been locked in as a key battleground for country MPs at a state and federal level. Victorian Liberal MPs say they fear for the rural landscape as they estimate up to five times the current number of wind turbines could be installed if the State Government is to meet the Victorian Renewable Energy Target. At a federal level, Nationals are calling for the removal of any subsidies for renewable energy providers and to reject a proposed national . . .

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September 12, 2017 • North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

New wind farms cause friction in the sky over military flight routes

The hulking C-17 is the pack mule of the United States military, designed to lift and transport troops, tanks and even helicopters. Every American C-17 pilot is trained at the Altus Air Force Base in southwestern Oklahoma, where flight instructor Adam Bergoo says a key lesson is how to fly close to the ground. “That’s one of our military missions, is to fly low-level, because that basically reduces the risk of detection, and getting shot at by the bad guys,” . . .

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September 11, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Cowboy Fire sparked by wind turbine burning on 1,592 acres near Evanston

EVANSTON, Wyo. – The Cowboy Fire is burning on an estimated 1,592 acres northeast of Evanston, and as of Sunday the blaze is 50% contained. Fire and ambulance personnel in Uinta County, Wyoming say the fire began Saturday afternoon after a wind turbine caught fire and the flames spread to the sage brush. County Fire Warden Eric Quinney said crews made progress Sunday as they worked to get around 18 miles of fire line. Air crews made retardant drops Saturday, but . . .

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September 8, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

DTE discusses turbine troubles

BAD AXE – DTE Energy presented a root-cause analysis of needed wind turbine upgrades to the Huron County Planning Commission on Wednesday. Gearboxes, pitch motors and blade bearings have been switched out in recent months on various turbines in DTE’s Thumb Wind Parks, said Dennis Buda, operations manager. He called it a “proactive approach” to prevent malfunctions in the future at the wind parks. Buda said turbine blades run the gearboxes, which are located in a turbine’s nacelle. The nacelle houses . . .

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