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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


February 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Carrick pensioner forced to give up dog and move to caravan after wind farm hell

A pensioner claims he has been forced to give up his dog and relocate to a caravan just to get a decent night’s sleep because he is tormented by the noise from a wind farm opposite his home. Clifton Lockhart, 83, has lived in Tralodden Cottage near Old Dailly for the past 35 years, but says his golden years have been robbed from him since the turbines arrived 14 years ago and he has since been kept wide awake most . . .

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February 21, 2017 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Expansion of renewable energies in Mexico has victims, too

The growing number of wind and solar power projects in the southern Mexican state of Yucatán are part of a positive change in Mexico’s energy mix. But affected communities do not see it in the same way, due to the fact that they are not informed or consulted, and because of how the phenomenon changes their lives. “We have no information. We have some doubts, some people say it’s good and some say it’s bad. We have heard what is . . .

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February 20, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Plymouth and Bourne residents unite in effort to monitor wind turbines

PLYMOUTH – Lake Road resident Larry McGrath wants out from under the 500-foot wind turbines that began spinning last summer in South Plymouth and he believes the Board of Health is the key. McGrath and residents of Plymouth and Bourne (the turbines are in Plymouth on the Bourne town line), organized through the Buzzards Bay Citizens Action Coalition, have visited municipal boards over the last several months, testifying to the negative effects they have experienced living in the vicinity of . . .

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February 19, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Rural residents blow woes against wind turbines

IDA GROVE, Iowa | Mason and Diane Fleenor’s log home in rural Ida County features a wraparound porch that leads to a spacious patio overlooking a pond. “We built this to entertain when it’s nice out,” Mason Fleenor said of the patio. “But it’s hard when we have 40 (wind turbines) to the east and six to the west.” Part of a 134-turbine wind farm that MidAmerican Energy Co. completed in December, Fleenor said the whirling blades and flashing air . . .

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February 18, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Noisy turbine annoy Fairlie residents

Noise issues during the night are continuing to plague residents in Fairlie from a test turbine site. The matter was raised on a Fairlie facebook page on Wednesday 1 February at 11.32pm when a resident asked if anyone ‘Can anyone else hear that noise like low rumbling machinery or a very big engine?’ Residents on the facebook site suggested that the noise was emanating from the Mitsubishi wind turbine at Hunterston, with one saying it was ‘driving me mad’. SSE . . .

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February 17, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

An earful over turbine noise

The company that brought a four-turbine wind farm to Port Ryerse last year got an earful about noise levels at a community meeting this week. Boralex officials were on the hot seat Wednesday as 40 people from the Port Ryerse area had at them in a committee room at the Simcoe Recreation Centre. The occasion was a bi-annual meeting Boralex has agreed to have with its neighbours. Also attending were members of the Port Ryerse Community Liaison Committee. “It’s very . . .

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February 16, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents say new wind turbines have a ‘devastating’ impact on the landscape

Three turbines were recently erected at Dunsland Cross, Brandis Corner and local residents have not met them with open arms, writes Zoë Uglow. The original application, for three wind turbines of heights ranging between 95m to 100m to the tip, was made by ‘Bolsterstone Innovative Energy (Holsworthy) Ltd’. Planning permission was also sought for the associated infrastructure, which includes an access track, one switchgear and control building with transformers and grid connection infrastructure, underground cabling, turbine foundations, crane hardstandings, one . . .

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February 15, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Almost impossible to find a mountain without windfarm view’

It is now “almost impossible” to find a mountain from which a wind farm cannot be seen, according to a senior mountaineering figure. David Gibson, chief executive of Mountaineering Scotland, revealed his fears about the “onslaught” of onshore wind developments on the world-famous landscape of the Highlands. He said the representative body was supportive of renewable energy – but said forms of development are needed which protect the mountain landscape. Mr Gibson said: “Our members’ primary interest is in mountains . . .

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February 14, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm opponent warns St. Lawrence County legislators of potential problems

CANTON – A Massachusetts resident warned St. Lawrence County legislators Monday night they’ll be sorry if an industrial wind farm comes to fruition in the towns of Hopkinton and Parishville. Larry P. Lorusso, a professional nature photographer from Clarksburg, Mass., gave a 30-minute slide presentation during the Legislature’s Services Committee meeting. On Sunday night about 60 people braved winter weather to hear Mr. Lorusso speak at the Parishville Town Hall. Noting that he lives about a mile from Hoosac Wind Farm, . . .

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February 14, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Roads take hammering due to Slieve Callan works

‘Roads have taken a hammering’ due to the development of a windfarm in West Clare. A 110KV cable laying contract from Slieve Callan to the power station on the Tulla Rd is garnering negative attention from elected members of the county who feel the works are affecting the trade of local businesses while the state of the road is impacting on motorists. Speaking at the February meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, Kilmaley Cllr Tom McNamara called on Clare County . . .

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