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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


February 19, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Plymouth health board reviewing wind turbines on Bourne line

PLYMOUTH – Larry McGrath hasn’t used his patio in two years. The vibrations, noise and pulsating lights, he says, make it impossible to enjoy what should be a serene and peaceful outdoor setting at his home on Lake Drive near the Bourne border. The source of these sensations emanates from a series of large wind turbines that began generating power four years ago. Located in Plymouth on the line with Bourne, the 500-foot structures have been a concern to neighbors . . . Complete story »


February 19, 2020 • Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Permit for ‘cabin’ interferes with proposed wind farm, P.E.I. Energy Corp. argues

The P.E.I. Energy Corporation is appealing a development permit approved by the Rural Municipality of Eastern Kings, saying it interferes with its proposed wind farm expansion. The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission held a public hearing on the issue Tuesday. The municipality granted the permit to an Eastern Kings landowner, who plans to put up a two-bedroom building on his property in the community. Lawyer Gordon MacKay, representing the P.E.I. Energy Corporation, told the hearing that Jeff Klein, who received . . . Complete story »


February 18, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbours take Bald Hills wind farm to court over health complaints

Australia’s first group legal action for noise and health impacts from a wind farm has been lodged in the Victoria Supreme Court against the 106 megawatt Bald Hills project in Gippsland. A judge and jury in the coalmining centre of Morwell will be asked to hear the complaint about health and financial impacts and a failure by the wind farm’s owner to take action to stop it. A group of 12 residents is seeking orders from the court to have . . . Complete story »


February 18, 2020 • Prince Edward IslandPrint storyE-mail story

P.E.I. Energy Corp. says building permit interferes with proposed wind farm

The P.E.I. Energy Corporation is appealing a building permit approved by the Rural Municipality of Eastern Kings, saying the two-bedroom house interferes with its proposed wind farm expansion. The Island Regulatory Appeals Commission is holding a public hearing on the issue at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The municipality granted the permit to an Eastern Kings landowner, who plans to build a two-bedroom house on his property in the community. But the P.E.I. Energy Corporation argues the building permit interferes with its . . . Complete story »


February 18, 2020 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm says massive new rival could cost it “hundreds of millions” in lost energy

An existing wind farm is crying foul after the government last month gave the conditional go-ahead for a massive new wind farm project on an adjoining property on the West Coast Peninsula near Vredenburg. The West Coast One wind farm, that has been operating since 2015, says the huge turbines of the recently approved Boulders Wind Energy Facility will be situated immediately upwind of its own slightly smaller turbines and will deplete its access to the wind resource because of . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2020 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Tally of Turtle Creek Wind Farm Project road damage: $746,152

County Engineer Rich Brumm presented the Mitchell County Board of Supervisors with an estimate of $746,152 for road damage caused by the Turtle Creek Wind Farm Project at the board’s meeting last week. The damages were incurred by heavy traffic on both gravel and hard surface roads during the construction phase of the Turtle Creek Wind Farm Project. The company had asked Brumm for an estimate. “It took a lot of time to develop an estimate, and I wanted to . . . Complete story »


February 16, 2020 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Campo tribal members plead for legal help, allege rights violated in wind project approval; Petition seeks revote on controversial project

“Our reservation is in dire financial condition. We have really nothing to give our youth…All we have are false promises.” —Denis Largo, tribal elder who delivered a petition calling for a vote to overturn wind project approval Whistleblowers in the Campo band of Mission Indians claim that their tribal leadership pushed through approval of a massive wind project during an improperly noticed meeting. They have now collected enough signatures to overturn that approval with a revote. But despite the Feb. . . . Complete story »


February 15, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in Plymouth declared public health nuisance

After years of fighting, Plymouth has declared several massive wind turbines a public health nuisance. “Thank goodness they’re responding,” said Karen McMahon, who has lived for three years in the shadow of several 500-foot tall wind turbines. “It’s horrible and it vibrates. And it vibrates the windows.” She says it is nearly impossible to tune out the sound of the giant blades. “There are three sets of blades that I can see from my living room,” she said. Her neighbor . . . Complete story »


February 14, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Plymouth board declares wind turbines a nuisance

After years of running into roadblocks, residents who live near Future Generation Wind made some headway Wednesday night when the Plymouth Board of Health unanimously voted to declare the four turbines along Route 25 a nuisance. “We want to do justice to this and to all the parties involved,” board Chairwoman Birgitta Kuehn said. The board also unanimously voted to take action on the turbines within a reasonable time. Up to 30 residents from Bourne and Plymouth crowded into the . . . Complete story »


February 11, 2020 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Blades must be removed from turbines at Aidu wind farm

The Consumer Protection and Technical Surveillance Authority (TTJA) on Monday ordered Andres and Oleg Sõnajalg, of Eleon Green OÜ, to remove blades from a wind turbine erected in Aidu Wind Park, which disrupts the operation of the national defense early warning system. Since March 2019, the TTJA has conducted a monitoring procedure of Eleon Green OÜ at Aidu Wind Park. It has analyzed the impact assessments of the wind turbines provided by the developer, considered compromise proposals and repeatedly reviewed . . . Complete story »


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