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February 9, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Australian PM slams state for massive power outages

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday slammed authorities of South Australia (SA) state over four massive power outages in five months during a 40 degrees Celsius heatwave. South Australians are expected to experience more blackouts on Thursday following a decision on Wednesday evening to deliberately cut power in almost 40,000 homes by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), which said it was forced to do so due to “a lack of available generation supply in SA”, Xinhua news agency . . .

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February 9, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Why South Australia’s blackouts are a problem for us all

South Australia’s electricity grid has been called a “basket case” after yet another blackout but the same problems could soon spread to the rest of Australia. Residents have been furious over the blackout due to “load shedding” last night, which plunged 40,000 properties into darkness on Wednesday night, at the end of a 42C day. “South Australia has been a basket case when it comes to energy policy and we’ve made the point that (Premier) Jay Weatherill’s big experiment has . . .

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February 9, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

SA power outage: AEMO orders back-up station turned on amid Adelaide heatwave blackouts

Opposition energy spokesman Dan Van Holst Pellekaan said SA's had an over-reliance on wind energy, which led to the power failure. "Yesterday it was not windy, which means that we did not have enough generation online yesterday, and that is actually the responsibility of the Government," he said. "The State Government provides permission for every single wind-farm that is developed in SA, and they've provided too many of those permissions."

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February 9, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Turnbull slams Labor’s power ‘horror show

Malcolm Turnbull has blasted Labor’s renewable energy “horror show” by seizing on blackouts in South Australia to warn of out­ages across the country under the “insanity” of Bill Shorten’s 50 per cent renewables target. As the energy crisis dominated parliamentary debate, the national energy market operator ordered a mothballed Adelaide gas-fired power station to fire up to increase supply and prevent further outages. As Canberra residents were urged to restrict electricity use today by limiting cooking and avoiding using home . . .

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February 8, 2017 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Calhan residents say wind turbines are causing health issues

CALHAN, Colo. – Calhan residents expressed their complaints towards wind turbines at a county meeting on Tuesday. KRDO NewsChannel 13 was at that meeting to hear several passionate pleas from those who say they are fed up. Residents say wind turbines, which became active in 2015, are destroying their livelihood and their lives. “It’s killing me. I have seizures now. If I sleep in the bunker, the seizures go away, but they come back,” explained Sandra Wolfe. Wolfe is just . . .

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February 6, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm being sued by families admits its liability

Seven Cork families could be on course to receive damages after a wind farm operator admitted liability in a High Court action over noise pollution. The case is next listed for hearing on April 25, and will be closely observed by many of the families living in close proximity to wind farms and who claim that there should be a greater distance between homes and turbines. The case against Enercon Windfarm Services Ireland Ltd and Carrigcannon Wind Farm Ltd was . . .

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February 5, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Bill to prop up green power hits $3 billion a year

Taxpayer subsidies to meet state and federal renewable energy ­targets have reached $3 billion a year and include spiralling hidden subsidies paid for by business and household electricity customers which go unreported in government balance sheets. The true cost of subsidising ­renewable energy generation is estimated to have almost doubled since 2011 and is forecast to continue rising as Labor states set even more ambitious targets. The first study to investigate the complex range of renewable energy subsidies across the . . .

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February 1, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Gujarat man shot dead after clash over installing windmills in Surendranagar

A farmer was shot dead and three others were injured as they clashed with a group of persons hired by a private company for installation of windmills in Sadala village of Muli taluka in Surendranagar on Monday. Police said that about five odd farmers of Sadala village objected to digging and blasting done by a private firm for preparing the base of wind turbines in the village. The farmers complained that the rock blasting and digging activity was damaging the . . .

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February 1, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer investigating water well concerns

Officials behind the proposed Otter Creek Wind Farm are assuring members of the public that they’re taking concerns about well water very seriously. Project Manager Mark Weatherill says they’ve spoken to members of the citizen group Water Wells First, but haven’t seen any hard evidence that would prove the wind turbines are threatening local drinking water. He says just to be sure, Otter Creek officials are also working with a third-party consulting firm to investigate the claims. “To try and . . .

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January 21, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Hunterston turbine noise ‘acceptable’

SSE are applying for a two year extension for their test turbine site at Hunterston after a noise level investigation into the current site proved to be compliant. We recently reported that Fairlie Community Council had raised concerns in relation to dizziness in the neighbourhood, with one resident even stating she was aware when the second 7MW Mitsubishi turbine was turning. The first 6MW turbine was erected by Siemens. SSE committed to an independent report on the noise issue emanating . . .

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