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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.

May 7, 2021 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Council hopes noise issue at Batsworthy Cross Wind farm are solved

Councillors are hoping they have found a solution to a noisy wind turbine at Batsworthy Cross. The operator of the wind farm, which stands alongside the North Devon Link Road near Rose Ash, has proposed a strategy to mitigate the noise. Andy Cole, at North Devon Council’s environmental protection team, told councillors at April’s strategy and resources committee: “Noise monitoring has previously confirmed compliance with the noise-related planning conditions at five of the six agreed monitoring locations. “There remains a . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Parteen turbine in situ despite order

Frustration is growing among Parteen residents over the failure to remove a controversial wind turbine located near a local factory, reports Dan Danaher. A few weeks ago, Clare County Council requested a local developer to decommission and remove a controversial wind turbine erected near a Parteen factory on or before Thursday, April 8 following an alleged breach of a planning permission condition. According to a Council enforcement notice, the turbine and base structure as constructed is allegedly not sited at . . . Complete story »

April 15, 2021 • OregonPrint storyE-mail story

Despite troubled past, critics say Oregon Department of Energy is ignoring rules to benefit power plants

Earlier this month, several conservation groups filed for judicial review of the department’s actions on the Summit Ridge Wind Farm in Wasco County. Among other things, they claim the department allowed backers of that project to make improvements to a private road to demonstrate that it had satisfied “phase 1” construction requirement on that facility. “No statute or regulation authorizes ‘phased construction,’” said Nathan Baker, senior staff attorney with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge. Complete story »

April 10, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm company issued ‘misleading’ leaflets locally

A company behind a possible windfarm project in South Westmeath distributed “misleading” leaflets which suggested that wind turbines have no impact on health or property values, the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) has found. The leaflets distributed by Enerco Energy quoted the World Health Organisation as saying there was “no reliable evidence to support adverse effects of wind turbines on health.” However, when contacted by the ASAI on foot of a complaint by a Moyvoughley resident, Enerco admitted this . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Maine counties chafe at lower-than-expected payments from wind farms

For nearly two decades, commercial wind farms have been touted in Maine as a way to generate electricity without pollution, and as a way rural locales in Maine can generate revenue for themselves by hosting turbines worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But several counties and towns are finding out they are getting less revenue out of the wind projects than they had expected when they were wooed in the 2000s and 2010s by developers looking to erect turbines several . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State farms complaints about Antrim Wind to subcommittee

ANTRIM – After fielding numerous concerns from neighbors of the Antrim Wind facility, the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee has voted to establish a subcommittee to vet complaints about the turbines. During a March 25 meeting, members of the SEC, which oversees energy projects throughout the state, voted unanimously to create the three-member subcommittee to review complaints related to the nine-turbine facility, and determine if they require an investigation. Further, the SEC chair has been directed to hire consultants to assist the . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2021 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Worth County to possibly temporarily halt wind energy construction

The Worth County Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday with a discussion on the current state of secondary roads. Richard Brumm, the Worth County Engineer will cover what work has already been done regarding grading, pot hole patching, and possible resurfacing of the roads. He will also cover any future projects this spring. Julie Kuntz and Eliot Evans will hold a discussion with the board beginning at 8:45am regarding a possible moratorium on wind energy construction. Concerns have been . . . Complete story »

April 1, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Nemaha Co. Sheriff’s Office searches for information about shot wind turbine causing $780,000 in damage

A shot was fired into a wind turbine in Nemaha County and caused an estimated $780,000 in damage. The Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office says sometime between 12 p.m. on March 23 and 1 p.m. on March 24, a wind turbine was damaged at 24th and R Rd. causing an estimated $780,000 in damage. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the FAA light on the top of the tower had gone out and an engineer had gone up to replace it. During . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Impasse in Parteen over enforcement notice for wind turbine

An impasse has been reached in Parteen with a decommissioning notice from Clare County Council issued surrounding the development of a wind turbine ignored thus far. Earlier this month, Clare County Council ordered a local developer to decommission and remove a wind turbine and base structure in Parteen before April 8th. Planning permission had initially been granted to the applicant, Seamus Madden to “erect a single 800KW wind turbine, 73 metres high with a rotor diameter of 53 metres, and . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State promises investigation of Antrim Wind complaints

There’s new hope on the horizon for Antrim residents who previously felt their complaints about excessive noise and lights coming from the Antrim Wind installation were going ignored. The state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), which oversees energy facilities throughout the state and enforces any compliance issues, committed to addressing their mechanisms for complaint filing and investigation, public notification of meetings, and wind turbine noise standards at a meeting on Thursday afternoon. The meeting came after a number of residents said . . . Complete story »

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