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June 19, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Avangrid pulls the plug on wind farm in Hopkinton

Wind developers say new local zoning laws convinced them to walk away from a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm in rural St. Lawrence County. In a letter to Hopkinton’s town board, an attorney for Atlantic Wind – the parent company of Avangrid Renewables – said executives “will cease all development efforts” after nearly a decade working on the proposed North Ridge Wind Farm. (Click here to read the letter.) Attorney Robert Panasci said the decision comes after Hopkinton approved a restrictive new zoning . . .

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June 18, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

National tourism agency pleads for caution about Speyside wind farm

National tourism bosses have spoken out about the impact large numbers of wind turbines could be having on visitors to Speyside. Visit Scotland has called for caution when future developments are considered by Scottish Government planners. The agency has responded to proposals from energy giant Fred Olson Renewables to extend its Paul’s Hill wind farm near Knockando. The firm has proposed seven turbines which could stretch up to 500ft into the air. However, Visit Scotland has stressed that the effect . . .

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June 15, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County board finalizes new wind rules; Changes prompt wind firms to say projects are dead

CORUNNA – The Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to finalize the county’s ordinance regulating wind turbines to make it more restrictive toward companies that wish to build in the county – a move three wind companies say will end their plans in the county after a debate that has raged for the past 1 1/2 years. “It is a sense of relief, now that this is over,” Board Chairman Jeff Bartz said after the meeting. “This has been the . . .

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June 14, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Court finds board, turbine companies in contempt

Fayette county zoning officials who allowed four wind turbine companies to illegally erect and operate three turbines outside of Fairbank have been found in contempt of court, along with the wind turbine companies. The Fayette County Zoning Board of Adjustment and Zoning Administrator Catherine Miller did not follow the court’s order requiring the companies to tear down the turbines, nor did the companies take action to follow the order, Judge John Bauercamper concluded in a June 11 ruling. 
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June 13, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Judge’s ruling against Minnesota wind farm causes alarm for advocates

A judge’s recommendation that a proposed Minnesota wind farm be nixed over turbine noise has drawn a flurry of opposition from the wind-power industry, which fears a chilling effect on development. In a rare move, Administrative Law Judge LauraSue Schlatter last month recommended that the Freeborn Wind farm be denied an operating permit, saying the southern Minnesota project failed to show it can meet state noise standards. Freeborn Wind’s developer, Invenergy, has objected, saying Schlatter’s interpretation of state noise rules . . .

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June 10, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developer’s payment to Ducks Unlimited raises questions

A North Dakota wind project that raised concerns with wildlife officials about impacts to habitat is moving forward this summer after the developer made a $557,000 payment to Ducks Unlimited. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department wrote in comments to state utility regulators that a considerable portion of the Foxtail Wind Project in Dickey County would affect native, unbroken prairie that is vital to declining wildlife populations. The agency recommended project developer NextEra Energy Resources develop a mitigation plan . . .

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June 6, 2018 • Minnesota, WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Two homes near Bent Tree Wind Project bought by WPL because of noise complaints

PROCEDURAL HISTORY On October 20, 2009, the Commission issued a large wind energy conversion system (LWECS) site permit to Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL) for the approximately 200-megawatt first phase of the Bent Tree Wind Project (the Project), located in Freeborn County. The Project commenced commercial operation in February 2011. On August 24, 2016, the Commission issued an order requiring noise monitoring and a noise study at the Project site. During the period of September 2016 through February 2018, . . .

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June 4, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra prepares to build wind farm as town officials battle project

Hinton Mayor Shelly Newton is still upset about the planned wind farm construction near her town. NextEra Energy Inc.’s project has pre-construction sites across the street from her beloved hobby: restoring her childhood church,turning it into a wedding venue. Now Newton has new national security concerns, after following the project’s development. She said she was worried about the turbines disrupting a nearby flight training route for European-based NATO pilots. “That affects us and is bigger than this little town,” she . . .

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May 30, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Giant wind turbine on fire after ‘lightning strike’

This is the dramatic site greeting people in one Cambridgeshire village this morning (May 30). An 89m wind turbine is engulfed in flames, with debris falling to the ground, in Benwick Road, Doddington. The fire was reported at 7.50am and firefighters are at the scene. People have been posting their images on social media of the fire, which many have speculated was caused by a lightning strike last night. Their images show flames and plumes of smoke emanating from the . . .

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May 26, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine fire could be seen for miles

BEAVER, Iowa – A massive wind turbine caught fire Thursday night near Beaver in Boone county. An emergency manager told us he could see the flames in Woodward, about 25 miles away. It’s a MidAmerican Energy turbine. The company told The Perry News they are investigating and no one was hurt. They’re not sure yet if the generator will need to be replaced.

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