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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 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 »


January 2, 2019 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Three lawsuits filed against New Creek Wind for negative health effects

ELKINS – Three complaints were filed against New Creek Wind in federal court alleging negative effects on the health and well-being of several residents. New Creek Mountain Sportsman’s Club; Helen Evans Swiger, Holly Evans Mick and Jill M. Evans; and Glendora Woods filed their lawsuits against New Creek Wind, Everpower Wind Holdings, Enbridge Holdings and Enbridge Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia at Elkins. Beginning in November 2016, the defendants’ wind turbines have generated . . . Complete story »


December 26, 2018 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Court documents: Elm Springs wind farm was fraud scheme

ELM SPRINGS, Ark. – A Springdale businessman involved with a failed proposal to build a wind farm in Elm Springs, pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the plan last week. From 2014-2016, Cody Fell and Dragonfly Industries collected money for a proposed wind farm in Elm Springs. 40/29 News reported when industry experts strongly criticized the plan, saying it wouldn’t work and calling it “physically impossible.” City voters rejected the wind farm in March 2016. Court documents filed in Cody . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines at Barnafaddock ‘not within permission conditions’

After a long battle, residents in the Ballyduff area were pleased to hear An Bord Pleanala state that the wind farm at Barnafaddock was operating illegally as the diameter of the blades which are in use, exceed the diameter agreed in the planning permission. According to reports, Waterford City and County Council intend to commence enforcement action immediately against Blackrock Assets, the owners of the Barnafaddock wind farm. Full story in this week’s Print & Digital Edition Complete story »


December 15, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Officials hear complaints about sound, flickering

ARKWRIGHT – A large number of Arkwright residents attended this week’s town board meeting, as the entire room seemed to be waiting anxiously to hear the results of the wind turbine sound test. Residents have been demanding further testing, some vehemently opposed to the very existence of the turbines. One resident noted, “the interference of rustling leaves or insects” in the fall season may have distorted the results, as he found them unsatisfactory. In response to the demand for more tests, . . . Complete story »


December 14, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer to pay a $60,000 fine for violations of a setback agreement with the PSC

The developer of a wind farm in McHenry County near Velva has been fined $60,000 because a handful of its wind turbines do not comply with a setback provision negotiated between the company and the North Dakota Public Service Commission. It concerns the Meadowlark wind farm. The settlement required a 1400 foot setback from occupied homes, as well as roads and power lines. Two of the turbines were too close to homes, two were too close to a state highway, . . . Complete story »


December 8, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind hoover’ wind turbines to be made bigger – despite ‘making residents lives a misery’

A councillor says approval for plans to increase the size of turbine blades at an East Riding wind farm could encourage other operators to follow suit. German company Energiekontor UK Limited secured permission to extend blade lengths at its nine-turbine site at Withernwick near Aldbrough this week. The company says the longer 43.5 metres blades will increase energy generation at the site by around seven per cent. The plans were approved by East Riding Council’s planning committee despite objections from . . . Complete story »


December 7, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine trouble in Scotland

Applications for wind turbines may have nose dived but that still leaves existing turbines hitting legal problems, finds Lis Stedman. The Scottish government’s keenness on renewable energy is well documented and, many would say, commendable. One inevitable result, however, has been a proliferation of wind turbines and, with them, localised spikes in complaints – for example, Aberdeen has seen a 40% drop in noise complaints year-on-year, whereas rural Aberdeenshire has seen a 170% increase. A hefty 17 of the total . . . Complete story »


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