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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.

January 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hunterston turbine noise ‘acceptable’

SSE are applying for a two year extension for their test turbine site at Hunterston after a noise level investigation into the current site proved to be compliant. We recently reported that Fairlie Community Council had raised concerns in relation to dizziness in the neighbourhood, with one resident even stating she was aware when the second 7MW Mitsubishi turbine was turning. The first 6MW turbine was erected by Siemens. SSE committed to an independent report on the noise issue emanating . . .

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January 14, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Hundreds of Tuscola County wind turbine motors being replaced, design flaw blamed

More than 400 “defective” motors are being replaced on 134 wind turbines in Tuscola County due to a design flaw that has neighbors complaining of loud clunking noises. A representative of NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. said Thursday that the replacements on wind turbines within two of Tuscola County’s “wind farms” are well underway, not only to address the loud clunking but also because the motors are likely to fail. He disclosed the information when providing the Gilford Township Board of . . .

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January 13, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Public makes noise on wind regulations; PSB hosts discussion of sound limits

MONTPELIER – The Public Service Board (PSB) held its second workshop to gather information regarding industrial wind sound limits in Montpelier on Jan. 9. This time, members of the public dominated the proceeding. The Vermont legislature has tasked the PSB with creating sound regulations for industrial wind facilities by July 1. The PSB held an initial information-gathering workshop on Dec. 2, at which government agencies, specifically the Department of Public Service, dominated the proceedings. Members of the public in attendance criticized . . .

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January 11, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company admits nuisance damage to neighbours

A Co Cork based wind energy company has accepted in the High Court that its wind farm has caused nuisance damage to seven neighbouring families. The High Court has now set aside ten days in April 2017 to determine what if any damages should be paid by the company to the families. The Farmers Journal understands that the cases taken by the families claim that the wind farm caused them nuisance as a result of excessive noise. The wind company . . .

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January 8, 2017 • Colorado, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Follow up to wind farm health concerns

The Golden West Wind Energy Center, owned by NextEra Energy Resources and located in Calhan, Colorado, has been fully operational since October 2015. More than a year later, some residents living within the wind farm’s footprint are still experiencing negative physical and psychological effects from the 145, 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines, with no solution in sight. According to the September 2015 issue of “The New Falcon Herald,” the wind farm effects ranged from feeling dizzy and nauseous to concerns . . .

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January 3, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbine construction: Resident voices anger at ‘intrusive’ turbine

A newly constructed wind turbine near Monea has been described as “incredibly intrusive” by a man who lives across the Lough at Killadeas. Retiree John Wilson spotted the new turbine last Tuesday on the far side of Lough Erne. He has criticised the structure, stating: “You don’t get consulted on a turbine unless you live near it. I never thought anyone would be so crude to put one just across the lake.” He called for it to be removed, adding: . . .

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December 21, 2016 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Manitowoc County seeks state wind study

MANITOWOC – Manitowoc County will join St. Croix, Brown and Kewaunee counties in requesting the State of Wisconsin fund a study on the impact of wind turbines on human health. “This doesn’t mean you are anti-wind or pro-wind, we are just requesting the State of Wisconsin to do a study, that is all,” Supervisor and County Board Chairman Jim Brey said. The request stems from claims of wind turbines affecting the health of those who live near wind farms, such . . .

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December 19, 2016 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy wind turbine plan sparks Hawley concerns

HAWLEY – After an 11-year process, Minuteman Wind LLC will break ground this month to build five 2.5 megawatt wind turbines on a high ridge in Savoy. The turbines, on a 293-acre privately owned site, will be 425 feet tall and less than 1,000 feet away from the Hawley town border, on West Hill Road. “There are strong opponents of this wind turbine project in Hawley,” said John Sears, Hawley’s Selectmen’s chairman. “The plan is for it to be erected close . . .

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December 15, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

South Australia blackout: renewables don’t cope with rapid change report finds

A new report by a national electricity regulator has found that, as occurred during September’s statewide blackout in South Australia, renewable power sources cannot cope with rapid or large changes in frequency, leading ultimately to a “black system”. The Australian Energy Market Commission today released its interim report on its review of power system security in the national electricity market. The report found the nation’s power system is secure when voltage and frequency are maintained within defined limits, which is . . .

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December 14, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Tuscola depending on wind tax revenue, but that won’t last forever

CARO – Besides preparing the 2017 Tuscola County budget, an analysis of wind revenue and the impact of inflation on the general fund have been studied. The study shows the county is greatly dependent on revenue generated from wind farms, which began in 2013. “Because of a number of factors, we are heavily dependent on revenue from wind development, but the revenue they generate declines quickly. We need to prepare for that,” said county Controller Mike Hoagland. “With the exception of . . .

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