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December 5, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Kirkby Moor Wind Farm plan rejected after impassioned local opposition

A lengthy debate has seen a proposal to keep the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm in operation for another 10 years rejected by members of the South Lakeland District Council planning committee. For more than two hours statements were made by local residents, parish councillors and county councillors on why they felt the extension plan should be refused. Energy company Innogy had applied to keep the site in operation until March 2027. James Airey, Cumbria County Councillor for Ulverston West, said: . . .

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December 4, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Energy plan takes a hard stance on big wind

BRATTLEBORO – Citing public opposition and environmental concerns, a proposed energy plan says large-scale wind turbines are unsuitable for the 27-town Windham Region. The draft plan – which is the subject of a series of public meetings that start Monday – touts the benefits of renewable energy and pushes for solar-power expansion as one way to meet the state’s energy goals. But the document takes a hard stance on big wind, which it defines as turbines with hub heights above 75 meters and . . .

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December 2, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

What was once hailed as first U.S. offshore wind farm is no more

Cape Wind, the offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts that drew the ire of the Kennedy and Koch families, is officially dead. Energy Management Inc. has ceased efforts to build what was once expected to become the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., according to an emailed statement from Chief Executive Officer Jim Gordon. The project’s Boston-based developer has already notified the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has terminated the offshore wind development lease . . .

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November 30, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Developers ditch wind power easements in Lincoln County

The company behind a controversial wind farm proposal in Lincoln County has terminated its easements with 122 property owners. Dakota Power Community Wind had initially pitched a project that would have become the state’s largest wind farm, capable of producing up to 1,000 megawatts of power through up to 500 turbines. After three years of controversy and a well-organized, countywide pushback from opponents, commissioners passed a setback ordinance so strict the company dubbed it a ban on wind development. Voters . . .

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November 30, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm seeks to increase allowed number of bat deaths

Decades after the Hawaiian hoary bat was labeled an endangered species, its population remains a mystery to scientists – which is why Maui conservation groups are hesitant over one wind farm’s request to increase the number of bats it’s allowed to incidentally kill. Kaheawa Wind Power II, a 21-megawatt wind energy facility on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains, wants to increase the number of permitted bat fatalities from 11 to 62 adults and nene fatalities from 30 to 48 . . .

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November 27, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Winds of change in Kerry as county turns against turbines

The wind has shifted in Kerry – against wind energy. And such a change in attitude in the Kingdom has rarely been seen. From a stance, some years ago, of fighting to be zoned as suitable for wind energy, communities in Kerry are now campaigning to be de-zoned, a county council meeting was told. New statistics show Kerry is already producing almost 11% of the total wind energy output nationally, and it is set to rise to 25%. But parishes and . . .

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November 23, 2017 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Officials side against wind farm

Fulton County Commissioners on Monday took a bold stance against commercial wind energy development in the county, leaving a company’s plans for a three-county wind farm unclear. Commissioners Bryan Lewis and Rick Ranstead unanimously agreed to strike all language pertaining to commercial wind energy conversion systems from the county’s zoning ordinance. Their decision was met with boisterous applause from a large turnout of citizens opposed to a wind farm proposal by Renewable Energy Systems, or RES. It was assuredly a . . .

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November 23, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

Engie Green abandons six-turbine wind farm earmarked for the former Bullecourt battlefields, following storm of protest

“Our soldiers can rest in peace now.” That was how families welcomed the news that a wind farm proposed for the final resting place of thousands of soldiers on a World War I French battlefield, has been scrapped. French company Engie Green announced on Monday that it would abandon a six-turbine wind farm earmarked for the former Bullecourt battlefields, following a storm of protest. Warrnambool man Bill McKellar, whose uncle Mitchell McKellar is among an estimated 2300 Aussie Diggers whose . . .

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November 22, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy gets some ‘blow back’

Supporters of wind energy in Northeast Nebraska might feel like they are going against the wind after action taken Monday in two counties. The Pierce County board of commissioners delayed action on new wind energy regulations. Instead, commissioners extended an existing moratorium on receiving any wind farm applications that was scheduled to expire in December. The moratorium had been put in place in June. In Stanton County, commissioners held a public hearing on the county’s new comprehensive plan that includes . . .

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November 20, 2017 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Headwinds for massive wind power project

An energy giant wants to bring a massive sweep of renewable power to New Mexico. Hundreds of new wind turbines would deliver emissions-free energy to more than 100,000 homes, the company says. Customers would save a few billion dollars in coming decades. Hundreds of construction jobs would come, and then more than two dozen full-time operational jobs, too. Outside dollars would flow into the eastern part of the state. The appeal of the project – regional economic development layered on top . . .

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