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Wind 1 and Wind 2, the two 1.65-megawatt turbines the Town of Falmouth installed on industrial-zoned land between 2009 and 2010, no longer turn or generate electricity. However, Falmouth residents Neil P. Andersen and Elizabeth L. Andersen said they still feel the aftereffects from the turbines and from their legal fight against them. At risk today is the couple’s house on Blacksmith Shop Road, a home that Mr. Andersen said last Tuesday, August 21, that he built in 1990 and . . .
The first time it happened, Pat Spence thought she was having a heart attack. ‘I woke up in the middle of the night in a panic with my heart hammering and thought, “Oh my God, this is it.” I was terrified.’ Alone in her remote farmhouse in a secluded part of Ayrshire, Pat lay back in bed and breathed deeply as her heartbeat started to slow. A musician, she was accustomed to tuning in to the sounds around her. ‘That’s . . .
ALMER TOWNSHIP – Case closed. The 18-month long lawsuit against Almer Township officials by NextEra Energy Resources LLC was dismissed this week by Judge Thomas Ludington, United State District Court Eastern District, Bay City. The latest court decision is on the last part of a multi-county lawsuit filed in February 2017 by NextEra regarding Tuscola Wind III’s development, when the Almer Township Planning Commission enacted a moratorium for more time to make a decision and review ordinances. Tuscola Wind III is . . .
SAVOY – The town that said yes to wind power, then no, can now say goodbye to Minuteman Wind. The developer said Monday it will not go to court to fight the town’s decision to deny it a building permit. “With the passing of today’s deadline without the filing of a Notice of Appeal, Minuteman regrettably acknowledges the end of the Savoy Project,” Larry Plitch, a Minuteman principal, said in a statement on behalf of the company. Minuteman had been working . . .
ST. CLOUD – The ill-fated, much maligned and profoundly dysfunctional wind turbine at St. Cloud VA Health Care System will finally have its last chapter. “We’re going to take the thing down,” Barry Venable, public affairs officer, said Friday. “After seven and a half years, it’s an item of curiosity.” The VA has “fully explored” its option to repair the turbine and has decided to take it down in 2019, Venable said. “To characterize how we feel here locally, we’re disappointed,” . . .
While the Henry County Planning Commission recently issued a “no recommendation” ruling on a revised ordinance governing wind farms, members of the Sulphur Springs Town Board had an emphatically different reaction Tuesday night. The board unanimously passed on first reading its own wind ordinance, prohibiting any wind energy system within the jurisdiction of Sulphur Springs. The action was just part of an effort to fight wind turbine activity in Henry County. At the suggestion of concerned citizens present during the . . .
A proposed wind project is up against a squall of opposition in Boulevard where county planners are processing the first large-scale wind renewable energy project to be built on private land in San Diego. The San Diego County Planning Commission denied Friday a strongly-worded appeal from the Boulevard Community Planning Group, which opposed construction of temporary meteorological towers to measure wind, ahead of the project. Three temporary masts will be erected to gauge the potential of renewable energy wind turbine . . .
Planners have shot down a bid to erect five large wind turbines on the outskirts of Coleraine. North Power Croaghan Ltd has been attempting to build the wind farm in Macosquin since 2011. However, officials at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council rejected the latest bid. The decision, due to go before councillors on August 22, was revealed in a report released ahead of next week’s planning committee meeting. The company behind the proposal had originally applied to build five . . .
Wind turbines are proving to be more of a menace than expected to opeapea – endangered Hawaiian hoary bats, the islands’ only native land mammal. As a result, three wind energy farms are requesting increases in the amount of bats they are allowed to “take.” “Take,” according to the Endangered Species Act, includes harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing or collecting the animals. In 2012, the farms received federal and state permits that allowed them to take a . . .
Buzzards Bay residents plagued night-and-day by four Future Generation wind turbines operating on Mann cranberry bog in South Plymouth have returned to the Bourne Board of Health seeking intervention and relief. The board, however, says its jurisdiction does not extend across the town line. The board has been legally advised not to consider out-of-town matters already adjudicated by the Barnstable Superior Court. Board Chairman Kathy Peterson on August 8, however, did say she and Health Agent Terri Guarino would contact . . .