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September 19, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Company no longer pursuing wind turbines in Cass, Miami counties

An international renewable energy company is no longer considering bringing wind turbines to northern Cass County. Renewable Energy Systems, or RES, which has a U.S. headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado, was behind the Harvest Wind Energy project. It aimed to bring a 600-megawatt wind generation development to Cass and Miami counties. RES stated in a media announcement Tuesday that it is no longer pursuing the project and that it will take action to accomplish the withdrawal immediately. “Technical circumstances for the . . .

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September 13, 2018 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind industry says Minnesota pollution control stance will stifle its growth

The wind energy industry says an opinion filed by Minnesota pollution control regulators defining wind turbine noise will stifle its growth. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) says the state’s limit for wind farm noise applies not only to sounds from turbines but also should include background noise like road traffic, said the filing with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The filing is part of a contentious permitting case for a proposed $300 million project southeast of Albert Lea . . .

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September 12, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine noise breaks up the excitement

ARKWRIGHT– This week saw the powering up of the wind turbines in Arkwright, and the area received its first taste of what a wind farm is like when fully operational. Kellen Ingalls, project manager for EDP Renewables, gave his report to a crowded house at Monday night’s Arkwright town board meeting, stating the obvious, “the turbines are operational. All 36 of them are connected to the grid. We’re waiting to hear back any day now that they accepted power and . . .

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September 11, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine bombshell – Noise ‘detrimental and unreasonable’

The investigation commissioned by the South Gippsland Shire Council, at a cost of $33,600, into Noise Complaint Notifications by residents living near the Bald Hills Wind Farm is complete. And two and a half years after they first made their grievances known, the report has found their complaints were fully justified. Described by the shire as “a highly experienced independent public health consultant”, at his appointment in February this year, James C. Smith and Associates has found that “there is . . .

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September 10, 2018 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Too loud: Hesse to check all wind turbines for noise violations

[Zu laut: Hessen muss alle Windräder überprüfen] Noise makes you sick, even that of otherwise so clean wind turbines. It was hoped that the ground swallows up some of their noise. But it doesn’t. So the state of Hesse now has to put all the wind turbines under the microscope. The Minister of the Environment doesn’t need that which prevents her from advancing in the energy transition. But she cannot ignore people who suffer from noise. So loud are they . . .

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September 7, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

State finds flaws in turbine noise study

Deficiencies have been found in a study done of the four wind turbines sited just over the town line in Plymouth—a study that was meant to determine if noise from the massive turbines is below state-established thresholds and meets Plymouth’s permitting requirements. In reviewing the study, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection found that noise samples were collected at the wrong time of day and that not all the turbines were spinning when the sampling was done. The state also . . .

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September 5, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim man to record sound data on Antrim Wind project

An Antrim resident is installing a device on his property that will allow him to continuously monitor low-frequency sound waves generated at Antrim Wind Energy’s wind turbine installation when it goes live. Richard Block of Loveren Mill Road said Monday that the small device – called a Raspberry Shake and Boom – is a seismic and infrasound monitoring station. The device’s sensor will allow for monitoring of local earthquake, blasting, and extreme storm activity, as well as monitoring noises generated . . .

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September 4, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Zap! Unlucky wind turbine hit by storm, finished off by lightning

Don Henderson drives around taking photographs of Iowa, but this was a first, what he called “a very unlucky windmill” smoldering in the distance on Sunday. He said a wind turbine four miles south of Zearing off U.S. Highway 65 was damaged by the tornadoes that ripped through Iowa earlier this summer, leaving one blade dangling. Then, lightning struck it during the storms this weekend. He was there Sunday to capture the images of the smoking turbine, and thousands of . . .

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August 31, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Florida based energy company violates new law

HINTON, Oklahoma – The actions of a Florida-based energy company are proving to be a test case for a new law intended to protect what many believe is Oklahoma’s most valuable military asset – air space. A News 9 investigation reveals the company, NextEra Energy, is putting up new wind turbines without the needed federal approval, in violation of a recently approved state law. The law, which took effect in May, mandates that wind developers obtain either “no hazard” determinations for . . .

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August 30, 2018 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine spinning out of control in Mitchell County, family of 5 forced out of home

LORAINE, Texas – A Mitchell County family of five is temporarily out of a home because of an out of control wind turbine. Christopher Madrid said he woke up about 2 a.m. Sunday to a loud boom. They live close to I-20, so he first thought a tractor trailer had a blowout. But the house kept shaking, so Madrid went outside and saw sparks falling from a nearby wind turbine. He got everyone out of the house in case the sparks . . .

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