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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.

November 18, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

List of town officials with wind farm interests grows

FARMERSVILLE – Invenergy, the Chicago-based wind energy company and developer of the 380-megawatt Alle-Catt Wind Farm, has revised its list of municipal officials with interests in the project. The Alle-Catt website still shows only one official, Farmersville Town Board member Richard Westfall, who has signed wind leases. In its revised report to the New York State Attorney General’s Office, Invenergy lists 10 officials from four towns in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties on a list titled Financial Interests of Municipal Officials and . . . Complete story »

November 16, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Men speak about wind farm negatives

ST. PAUL – From Burk Peterson’s back door in Anderson County, he can see the turbines stretched across his sight line from horizon to horizon in Coffey County 26 miles away. At night he said, it is like he is being invaded by aliens, because the turbines’ red lights are synced to blink in unison. Looking at Kansas wind maps and the marginal to poor winds in Southeast Kansas, some might wonder why wind energy companies would come here to harvest . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Invenergy sued in 2014 by residents near ‘model’ wind farm

Invenergy, the developer of the proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm in Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties, was sued four years ago for $40 million by 60 Wyoming County residents over quality of life and other issues involving the Orangeville Wind Farm. The lawsuit, filed by Buffalo attorney Richard Lippes, was filed Aug. 5, 2014, in State Supreme Court in Wyoming County. It was later transferred to federal court in Buffalo, where a jury trial could be held as early as this . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Arkwright hears complaints about turbine sounds

ARKWRIGHT – The turbines are turning and with them there has been sound complaints from residents. According to the contract that the town of Arkwright has with manufacturer, EDP Renewables, the town is allowed to do an independent noise test. “We have received nine complaints about noise,” Fred Norton, town supervisor noted at the last Arkwright Town Board meeting. “I have instructed our engineer, who we hired to supervise the construction of the project, to do the noise testing.” Norton went . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2018 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Seller of wind turbines charged in $1 million fraud scheme

The owner of a southern Minnesota wind-power company has been charged with a $1 million fraud, allegedly spending his customers’ money on such personal items as Timberwolves season tickets and a down payment on a lakefront home. Kerry Kisslinger of suburban Houston was CEO of the now-defunct ES Windpower Inc. of Emmons, Minn., which sold wind turbines to farmers, ranchers and others in Minnesota and across the Midwest. From 2012 to 2015, Kisslinger allegedly defrauded customers by taking their money . . . Complete story »

November 4, 2018 • Blogs, GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

The rotors of sickness… Wind energy proponents refuse to acknowledge proven wind turbine health hazards

A report on infrasound (low frequency sound below 20 Hz) by German public television ZDF here further reveals how infrasound from wind turbines causes widespread health issues, despite claims by “experts” that these illnesses are “in peoples’ heads” and not really real. The dubious argument that “if you can’t hear it, then it can’t hurt you” is often used. It turns out that in the case of infrasound from wind turbines, this is not true at all. Hat-tip: Agnes Doolan . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • Blogs, General NewsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in 2018

In October 1986, I presented a keynote address to the Community Noise Conference held in Toowoomba, co-sponsored by the Queensland Division of Noise Abatement and Air Pollution and the Australian Acoustical Society. The title of my talk was “Health Hazards of Noise.” In my talk, I spoke of noise as not just an urban phenomenon and gave examples of how residents in quieter communities can find themselves exposed to intrusive noises. One example I gave was the following: Imagine how . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tories moving on health hazard study into wind turbines

The Ontario government appears to be ready to move ahead with a health hazard study into wind turbines in Chatham-Kent. The issue was highlighted during the provincial election earlier this year, with Premier Doug Ford pledging to undertake an investigation into local wind farms and their issues with neighbouring water wells. Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton on Thursday explained what action has taken place, after Essex MPP Taras Natyshak raised the issue during Question Period at Queen’s Park on Oct. 16. . . . Complete story »

November 1, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

‘You can’t sleep’: Wind turbines fanning farmers’ fury

A retired engineer who moved to the country for peace and quiet has been deprived of a good night’s sleep for three years. Not long after John Zakula moved to his south Gippsland property, a company erected 52 wind turbines on surrounding properties, all of which are about 130 metres tall. Mr Zakula claims the constant humming drives him out of his home in the early hours of the morning to sleep in his car on the side of the . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Contractor for major windfarm forced to deny ‘slave labour’ claims

A contractor for a major Moray Firth windfarm project has been accused of shutting out UK workers in favour of “cheap foreign labour”. Contracts seen by Energy Voice, the Press and Journal’s sister website, indicate a number of non-EU nationals on Seaway Heavy Lifting’s (SHL’s) Stanislav Yudin crane vessel have been earning below the national minimum wage. SHL has denied allegations of underpaying foreign workers on the SSE-operated Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project. But Liam Wilson, an inspector for the . . . Complete story »

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