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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.

April 10, 2017 • U.K.Print storyE-mail story

National Grid: Wind operators will be paid to switch off this summer

Wind farm operators will be paid to stop producing power to prevent too much energy entering the ageing electricity network this summer, says the National Grid. The UK has seen a huge growth in wind farm installations, with the cumulative offshore and onshore wind installed capacity in the UK in 2016 recorded at 12.1GW, according to Wind Europe’s Wind in Power: 2016 statistics report. However, because of a lack of energy storage, the UK electricity grid is unable to handle . . .

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April 4, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm tax feud leads to financial crisis in Toole County

On March 23 the USA division of the wind energy company, NaturEner, announced it had donated $50,000 to the Sunburst School District to help the small Montana town avoid having to lay off one or more of its 21 school teachers. “Our employees live here, they send their kids to school here, and it’s become part of our corporate mission to give back through service days and direct donations,” said NaturEner President and CEO, Jose Maria Sanchez Seara, in announcing . . .

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April 3, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine neighbors are fed up

COVENTRY – Residents in Greene say they are becoming increasingly concerned and frustrated over the effects of the turbines installed in Western Coventry by Wind Energy Development, LLC. A number of neighbors attended the Town Council meeting Monday to speak out about their issues with the turbines, as well as a proposal by CEO Mark DePasquale to to build a solar energy system off of Carrs Trail. Wind Energy Development was originally on the agenda that evening for a proposal by . . .

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April 1, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm concerns resurface at county

The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners has new information to consider about the Golden West Wind Energy Center in Calhan, Colorado, following their regular meeting March 23. The wind energy center is owned by NextEra Energy Resources, who presented information on the project, including data about shadow flicker, infrasound and electromagnetic fields. The wind energy center, which has been fully operational since October 2015, consists of 145 453-foot tall industrial wind turbines, connected to an electrical substation in . . .

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March 30, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Another township goes to court over wind energy in Tuscola County

CARO – A second lawsuit in as many months has been filed against another township in connection with a NextEra Energy Resources LLC plan to build a $200 million wind farm in central Tuscola County. This time it is Ellington Township officials being sued in Tuscola County Circuit Court. In February, a lawsuit was filed against Almer Charter Township officials by NextEra Energy in U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan, Bay City. A quo warranto lawsuit injunction was . . .

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March 29, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Raids, arrests in €8 million wind energy fraud case

Three people were arrested and various homes and office buildings were raided on Tuesday in an investigation into 8 million euros worth of fraud committed by Dutch investment company Hollandsche Wind. The Public Prosecutor and tax investigative service FIOD also seized several cars, Tubantia reports. According to FIOD, the now bankrupt Hollandsche Wind was used to commit Ponsi fraud – an illegal pyramid scheme. Investors paid a minimum of 5 thousand euros and were promised high returns on wind energy . . .

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March 28, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Anger over Ararat Wind Farm payments

A Ballarat contractor has been left thousands of dollars out of pocket after Ararat Wind Farm concreting company SMB Civil went into administration in January. Engineering company Downer employed SMB Civil for concreting work at the Ararat Wind Farm project. Kirby Concrete Company’s Travis Kirby said he was still owed more than $10,000 for work. Mr Kirby, who runs a concrete pumping business in Ballarat, said smaller sub-contractors were too often left unpaid when companies went into administration. “The thing . . .

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March 26, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ayrshire pensioner says wind turbines have turned her life into “torture chamber”

When she arrived 30 years ago, the area was untouched and as close to wilderness as you get in Ayrshire. A 19th century hill farm which once boasted 3000 acres of grazing for hardy sheep was paradise to flautist Pat Spence and her husband John. They were drawn to the wide open upland, the silence, the peace – and the fact they could get an awful lot for their money. She found one outbuilding perfect for her work as a . . .

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March 24, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Residents complain of issues with turbines

COVENTRY – Citing increasing concerns from constituents in her ward regarding Wind Energy Development’s newly-installed wind turbines, Councilwoman Karen Carlson made a public plea this week with town officials to “take notice and listen.” The District 1 councilwoman read excerpts of correspondence she had received from residents surrounding the turbines. “Our dream of sitting outside behind our house enjoying some peace and quiet no longer exists,” said a resident of Flat River Road. “We sit on the deck at night and . . .

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March 23, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Second lawsuit filed with connections to Tuscola III wind project

A second lawsuit has been filed with connections to the proposed $200 million Tuscola III Wind Energy Center in Tuscola County. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Tuscola County Circuit Court against Ellington Township and newly appointed township planning commissioners Eric Zbytowski and Ed Talaski. Former Ellington Township Supervisor Duane Lockwood, along with David Vollmar and Ronald Cybulski – all leaseholders for Tuscola III – filed the suit. They are represented by Caro-based attorney George Holmes. Known as a “Quo Warranto” proceeding, . . .

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