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May 4, 2024 • New York, Print storyE-mail story

Schoharie County towns file lawsuit against N.Y. over solar, wind farm tax methods

More than a dozen towns in Schoharie County are suing the state of New York, claiming they’re not only being low-balled by the state’s method of taxing solar and wind projects, but that the new rules are unconstitutional. In 2021, the state established new rules requiring solar and wind farms that generate over one megawatt of electricity be assessed using a model formula. However, the town supervisors, listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, contend that local assessors have the “ultimate . . . Complete story »

April 25, 2024 • Virginia, Print storyE-mail story

Cutting down trees for offshore wind project puts homes at risk, residents say

Dominion Energy is under fire from homeowners in one Virginia Beach neighborhood as residents say all the trees the company has taken down as part of its offshore wind project has put their homes in danger. Right behind John Rooney’s property line in the Pine Ridge neighborhood, Dominion Energy has cleared a 140-foot wide strip of trees to make way for power lines that will carry power from the offshore wind turbines to a substation in Chesapeake. Rooney said that . . . Complete story »

April 24, 2024 • Wales, Print storyE-mail story

Energy company criticised over use of ‘incognito security guards’ at consultation events

An opponent of plans to build a network of pylons across mid Wales has expressed concern that the firm behind the project has hired ex-military personnel to monitor public consultation meetings incognito. Dr Chris Langley has attended meetings in Llandeilo and Llandovery hosted by GreenGen Cymru, which has the same ownership as Bute Energy, which wants to build a parallel network of wind farms. ‘Agitated’ He said: “GreenGen Cymru is holding a series of consultation events about its route of . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2024 • Virginia, Print storyE-mail story

Trees removed for offshore Coastal Virginia Wind project

Construction and tree clearing near Naval Air Station Oceana is catching the attention of drivers and neighbors. Dominion Energy says work along Oceana Boulevard and Harper’s Road is part of the 176-turbine Coastal Virginia Wind project. Carrie Rose Pace, a senior communications specialist with Dominion Energy’s electric transmission department, explained that the tree clearing along Oceana Boulevard, across from the base, is related to this project. She described it as duct bank work to install cables for the power that . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2024 • Oklahoma, Print storyE-mail story

Kay County family frustrated by wind turbine leak

A Kay County family told News 4 a leaking wind turbine near their property has now prompted an investigation. The turbine in question is owned and operated by Deriva Energy. Stephanie Mayer said she hadn’t noticed any problems with it until last month. “We had little specks of brown stuff showing up on our windows of our vehicles, out of nowhere,” said Mayer. “When we went to wash it off, like it just smears, it doesn’t like to wash off. . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2024 • Oklahoma, , Print storyE-mail story

Residents raise concerns about Pontotoc County wind farm

Pontotoc County Commissioners held a meeting in Ada on Friday morning, allowing county taxpayers to voice their concerns with a wind farm that is set to begin construction near Roff this summer. “This will become the county where metal buildings have more rights than the people.” The plans from energy company Avangrid will bring 33, 600-foot tall wind turbines to the Roff, Oklahoma area. Most residents in the area do not want to see these turbines installed. “When I moved . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2024 • Australia, Print storyE-mail story

‘Undermines our sovereignty’: Custodians speak out against wind farm zone

The custodians of an area of sea country marked as an offshore wind farm zone off the south-west coast say the decision has shown “disregard for our voices”. It comes as both the Gunditj Mirring and Eastern Maar Aboriginal corporations expressed their disappointment at the announcement made by Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen on March 6. In a statement, Gunditj Mirring said there’d been a “complete lack of appropriate and meaningful consultation between the commonwealth government and . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2024 • France, Print storyE-mail story

La cour d’appel de Rennes condamne une société éolienne pour dommages causés aux riverains

[The Rennes Court of Appeal ordered the company Fp Lux Wind to compensate thirteen residents for the loss of value of their homes. Following an expert evaluation ordered by the court, the court of appeal “considers that the loss in the market value of the property [of the residents closest to the construction] amounts to 40% of the local real estate market price”. The nuisances recognized by the court are multiple: “recurring noise depending on the direction of the wind, . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2024 • Scotland, Print storyE-mail story

Historic cottage demolished in Wick to make way for turbines

A Victorian cottage near Wick railway station is in the process of being demolished to make way for the transportation of wind turbine parts through the town. Bankhead Cottage is on the corner of Thurso Road and Bankhead Road and is described as a “two-bay rubble-built cottage with a similar three-bay structure abutting the rear elevation and W gable”, according to Canmore, a catalogue of Scottish heritage sites compiled and managed by Historic Environment Scotland. The cottage had, however, been . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2024 • Germany, , Print storyE-mail story

Infrasound from wind turbines could be ‘a huge threat to the entire biodiversity’: doctor

More than 70,000 wind turbines operate across the United States, and the U.S. government continues to approve offshore wind projects as part of its transition toward clean energy. When wind turbines rotate, however, they generate not only electricity but also infrasound. For Dr. Ursula Bellut-Staeck, this development represents “a huge problem for all forms of organisms,” including humans. The medical doctor and scientific author has been studying the health effects of infrasound for several years. She has been looking into . . . Complete story »

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