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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 . . .
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 Last month, approval for the wind turbines was revoked, but the company had until September 16th to file an appeal.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 . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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,” . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
SKOWHEGAN – Somerset County commissioners on Wednesday issued a resolution strongly opposing additional wind turbines in the county, as officials make ready for a CMP public meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in Bingham on its plans for a wide power transmission corridor through and across tourist destinations. “Please be advised that the purpose of this letter is to express the Somerset County Commissioners’ opposition to additional industrial scale wind development and its associated facilities in Somerset County or the Moosehead Lake . . .
IRASBURG/LOWELL – The impact of two new large wind turbines on the northern Vermont electric grid has to be evaluated before state utility regulators say they will reconsider the Kidder Hill Wind Project petition. On Thursday, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission also said it’s not fair to communities and citizens to leave major details unresolved – in this case leaving up in the air whether the turbines would be in Irasburg, Lowell or one in each town on Kidder Hill. . . .