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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.

March 14, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s Governor: Deal Breaker Baker

A story of a town’s hope – hung out to dry … Wind energy is an industry that develops in rural settings. Falmouth Massachusetts was one of these places in 2005. The wind industry’s surrogate state wind energy agency came in, found a location with good wind yield and recommended industrial wind turbines be located at the town’s waste water treatment plant. You see, the remote-ness, the rural-ness, the small town country bumpkin-ness of Falmouth lead the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Stuartfield couple win battle against ‘jet-like’ turbines

A couple who claim the “jet-like” noise from three turbines ruined their life in the countryside have won a court battle to quieten them. Andrew and Rosemary Milne’s home lies in the shadow of three 262ft turbines at West Knock, near Stuartfield. They moved to the area from Aberdeen in 2001 to be closer to their parents, and to allow keen horsewoman Mrs Milne to spend more time preparing for competitions. But they claim their peaceful lives were ruined when . . . Complete story »

March 6, 2019 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Blue Hill man sues NextEra over wind turbines

A Blue Hill resident has filed a class-action lawsuit against NextEra, alleging that its wind turbines are a nuisance to nearby homeowners. The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of Kevin Kohmetscher. According to court documents, Kohmetscher lives on an 11-acre plot that is surrounded on three sides by wind turbines from NextEra’s Cottonwood Wind Energy Center, a 40-turbine, 89-megawatt farm that began operation in the fall of 2017. Kohmetscher . . . Complete story »

March 5, 2019 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Consumer class action alleges NextEra Energy’s wind turbines near residential communities are a ‘nuisance’

NextEra Energy is on the receiving end of a proposed class action lawsuit in which a Nebraska homeowner alleges the electricity provider’s wind turbines placed near residential communities are a “nuisance” and effectively deprive homeowners of the use and enjoyment of their property. The defendant’s wind farms, the suit explains, generally consist of dozens of turbines that stretch for miles across acres of open land. The plaintiff argues that while wind farms supply renewable energy, they can pose a number . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine water activists frustrated by lack of government support

Officials with a local group that advocates for clean water in the Chatham-Kent community say their cause is at a standstill right now. Water Wells First began speaking out about the correlation between wind turbines and groundwater contamination in 2016. According to the group’s spokesperson, Jessica Brooks, the concern started when black water started appearing in local water wells after a wind farm was built in Dover Township. When a wind farm was proposed in North Kent, the group further . . . Complete story »

February 7, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Add declining property values to water wells problems

At a Water Wells First community meeting recently, the members continued to express their frustration with the government’s lack of action to make good on a Doug Ford promise to hold a full health hazard investigation into well contamination in the area of the North Kent Wind Farm in Chatham and Dover townships and dropping property values. WWF spokesperson Jessica Brooks said frustration with the situation continues to rise. “After our community meeting, Water Wells First members continue to be . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2019 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines hurt property prices, study finds

German homeowners could see the value of their property fall if wind turbines are built in their vicinity, according to a study by research institute RWI. The value of a one-family house falls by an average of 7 percent when a wind turbine begins operation within 1 kilometre of the property, RWI estimates, based on a review of close to 3 million offers on an online real estate website. The effect disappears at a distance of 8 to 9 kilometres, RWI says, . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2019 • FinlandPrint storyE-mail story

Pilot study shows no significant reduction in damage caused by infrasound until more than 15 kilometers from wind farms

The pilot study carried out in Satakunta and Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland shows that the damage caused by infrasound from wind power plants will only decrease significantly more than 15 kilometers away from wind turbines. The study was carried out by the Finnish Association for Environmental Health (SYTe) in the spring 2016. – It has been noticed from experience that after the construction of wind power plants, usually within a few months, people in the surrounding area have begun to . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2019 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Well water issues not being forgotten

Lambton Kent Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton is defending his government in the face of accusations of feet dragging regarding a water wells health hazard investigation. Well water from the Pumfrey property on Bush Line, submitted by Water Wells First. Local residents affected by contaminated wells have grown impatient with the “promise made, promise kept” mantra from the Ford Government on other issues, since a health hazard investigation was a key plank in the local Conservative campaign. McNaughton says the government . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2019 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Hendy Wind Farm: Powys County Council is investigating claims of planning breaches at the site near Llandrindod Wells

“Technical breaches” of planning conditions are allegedly taking place at the Hendy Wind Farm development at Llandegley, near Llandrindod Wells, but nothing is being done about it yet. Powys County Council (PCC) has admitted it is aware of the claims as it said that a “live investigation is open” on the development. Protesters have been picketing the site this week as the final “concrete pour” has been taking place to build the base for a 110m wind turbine. They claim . . . Complete story »

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