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March 23, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Second lawsuit filed with connections to Tuscola III wind project

A second lawsuit has been filed with connections to the proposed $200 million Tuscola III Wind Energy Center in Tuscola County. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Tuscola County Circuit Court against Ellington Township and newly appointed township planning commissioners Eric Zbytowski and Ed Talaski. Former Ellington Township Supervisor Duane Lockwood, along with David Vollmar and Ronald Cybulski – all leaseholders for Tuscola III – filed the suit. They are represented by Caro-based attorney George Holmes. Known as a “Quo Warranto” proceeding, . . .

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March 23, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh refuse to pay more for wind power

Two of India’s high wind energy potential states have refused to buy wind power at a rate higher than the one arrived at the country’s first ever wind power auction, putting in jeopardy about 500 MW of projects in these states. The auction, completed in February, had brought wind power tariff down steeply to Rs 3.46 per kwH. But before the auction, power regulators in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat had set the tariff for 2016-17 at Rs 4.84 per kwH . . .

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March 23, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms trying to come to Big Timber

Two separate wind farm developers are both trying to build in Big Timber. Ranch owner Jan Engwis has battled four different wind farm developers in court over construction adjacent to his ranch over the last ten years. He says building wind farms in this spot would take away one of the last untouched landscapes attracting tourists to Montana. “This pristine nature. They come to float the river, they come to do fly fishing. It is a world class fly fishing . . .

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March 23, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Lack of wind, low electricity prices hit wind turbine owners

A lack of wind and low electricity prices hit wind turbine owners hard last year, according to new figures from wind power cooperative Windunie. In total, the amount of electricity generated by wind power fell by 20% last year, Windunie said. ‘It’s a risk,’ director Axel Posthumus, told the Volkskrant. ‘You have bad years. However, the low energy prices (down to 2004 levels) have delivered a second blow.’ Some of the 400 turbine owners in the cooperative actually made a . . .

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March 23, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Sugaring operation files suit against Swanton Wind

SWANTON – A Swanton sugaring business is suing Swanton Wind, alleging trespassing and illegal road construction as well as a host of complaints related to the project itself, despite the fact the project is still undergoing a Public Service Board review. Mark and Marianne Dubie own M&M VT Maple, LLC, the company suing Swanton Wind, LLC and its manager, Travis Belisle. The Dubies’ attorney, Hans Huessy, filed the lawsuit with the Franklin County Superior Court, Civil Division, on March 3. M&M . . .

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March 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Barrhill residents point finger at windfarm workers for disruption

Windfarm workers in the Barrhill area are being blamed for causing disruption with poor driving standards resulting in overturned vehicles. The issue has been prominent for some time and was discussed at a recent public meeting. It has become clear to villagers that it is not just the workers that are a problem but other drivers passing by. Chairman Dave Russell, of the Barrhill Community Council was minuted putting forward concerns over poor driving standards particularly, but not exclusively, by . . .

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March 19, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Labor warned wind farms would destabilise energy grid in 2009

The State Government was warned eight years ago that generating more than 20 per cent of South Australia’s electricity using wind farms would destabilise the grid, documents reveal. Senator Nick Xenophon said it proved the state’s power crisis – which prompted Premier Jay Weatherill to announce a $550 million taxpayer-funded energy plan – was “completely avoidable”. Two reports prepared for the Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2009 when the Labor Government was setting a new state-based renewable energy target state that . . .

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March 16, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Noise from Jericho Rise wind farm meets legal limits, Chateaugay officials say

CHATEAUGAY –– The turbine towers erected for the Jericho Rise wind farm project comply with town restrictions on the amount of noise they can generate –– but that doesn’t mean they aren’t noisy, town officials said Monday. Supervisor Don Bilow said the town had the level of noise created by the towers checked after receiving half a dozen formal complaints and one informal complaint about the sound being generated over the past several weeks. The investigation found that none of . . .

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March 10, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Complaints over flicker and noise problems from wind turbines

Complaints have been made about the impact of shadow flicker and noise from wind turbines. At East Chevington Parish Council on Monday night, Coun Fred Thurgood said that the windfarms along the A1068, close to Widdrington, have been causing issues. He said: “There have been quite a lot of problems and the turbines have had to be shut down for an hour or so each day because of shadow flicker. “There has also been lots of complaints about noise and . . .

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March 10, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Stewartry restaurant boss claims windturbine lorries are ruining her business by blocking Shawhead layby

A restaurant boss is being driven to despair by lorries transporting wind turbines along the A75. Joanne Banks, who runs Diner 75 in a layby near Shawhead, claims she is losing out on business because the trucks have been blocking her access road. Lorries transporting the turbines have been parking up “for hours at a time”. And that prevents Diner 75 staff and customers from using the access. Miss Banks told the News: “I’ve had these lorries blocking the layby . . .

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