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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.


September 12, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans to extend life of ‘noisy’ wind farm goes before authority

Objectors who have battled a ‘noisy’ wind farm for 20 years have convinced councillors to temporarily halt plans to let it stay another decade. Barrow Borough Council planners voted to defer an application by Cannock Wind Energy Limited to extend the life of the Askam and Ireleth wind farm. Councillors want more independent evidence about the noise it makes. Marton resident Gillian Haythornthwaite told councillors it accounted for 152 of 206 complaints. She blamed the site topography, changes in wind . . . Complete story »


September 12, 2019 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill opponents air their grievances

Opponents of large windmill projects attended a panel discussion in the ECC North auditorium Tuesday sponsored by state Senator Robert Ortt. Those in attendance were told neighbors can’t hear the most damaging sounds from the turbines, inaudible low frequency sounds. “The scale of wind turbine noise in the United States is not unsimilar to what happened when jet aircraft started proliferating,” said noise control engineer Rob Rand. “Although what I’m seeing in the wind turbine deployment is that there’s very . . . Complete story »


September 10, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind farm company’s choppers are scaring my horses’

Walney’s off-shore wind farm operators wants to increase its flights from its Barrow helipad – despite residents’ objections that they are scaring the horses. Renewable energy company Orsted has applied for permission to increase the return flights from its Sandscale Park helipad from six to up to 10 during May and September. Residents, two of which farm close by, have raised three objections. One said: “The helicopter regularly flies extremely low over my property which causes distress to my horses . . . Complete story »


September 3, 2019 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Villagers complain their noisy neighbours are making life ‘unbearable’

Fed-up residents living in the shadows of a windfarm said ‘they don’t want to sit outside’ as their noisy neighbours are ‘a real problem’. Villagers have enlisted the help of Furness MP John Woodcock in a bid to convince planners to reject an application to extend the life of Far Old Park windfarm in Askam until 2029. The windfarm was commissioned in 1999 and planning permission was granted for 20 years. However, residents have monitored the site and claim to . . . Complete story »


August 28, 2019 • Iowa, Minnesota, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Sioux Falls landfill tightens rules after Minnesota dumps dozens of wind turbine blades

Clarification: An earlier version of this story said the turbine blades received at the Sioux Falls landfill were coming from the Albert Lea, Minn. area. The city of Sioux Falls since clarified by saying they came from two wind farms in Iowa, one being about 60 miles from Albert Lea. Iowa wind-farms brought dozens of their old turbine blades to the Sioux Falls dump this summer. But City Hall says it won’t take anymore unless owners take more steps to . . . Complete story »


August 28, 2019 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Sweltering heat, absent wind could trigger increase to Austin Energy bills

Austin Energy customers could see an 8.5% rate hike to a portion of their bills after outages to the utility’s power plants and a lack of production from its wind farms forced officials to buy electricity amid soaring costs during peak energy demand earlier this month. The public utility’s average residential customer would see a 1.5% increase of $1.33 to their monthly bill, according to the utility’s deputy general manager. The Austin City Council will hold a public hearing 6 . . . Complete story »


August 27, 2019 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Australian watchdog sues France’s Engie over 2017 power blackout

An Australian regulator said on Tuesday it was seeking penalties against Engie SA (ENGIE.PA) for allegedly failing to tell the electricity market operator it had power capacity available which could have averted a blackout in South Australia in 2017. The action is the latest by the Australian Energy Regulator to compel power generators to comply with national electricity rules as the market operator tries to keep the lights on with a grid that is increasingly dependent on flexible power sources . . . Complete story »


August 27, 2019 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bord Pleanála rejects ‘substitute consent’ bid over eight wind turbines

An Bord Pleanála has rejected an application by a wind energy company to grant it leave to apply for “substitute consent” to enable eight turbines that have been operating beyond their planning remit in Waterford to remain in operation. Barranafaddock Sustainable Electricity Limited (BSEL) made the application in regard to eight turbines at its windfarm in Ballyduff Upper, close to the Knockmealdown Mountains. The development consists of 11 turbines in total, three of which are located on Coillte land and . . . Complete story »


August 23, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Skipper claims Kirkcudbright scallop boats being displaced from fishing grounds by wind energy schemes

Kirkcudbright scallop boats are being displaced from traditional summer fishing grounds by wind energy developments, according to a skipper. Steven Girgan estimates up to 15 vessels have abandoned seas off Wick and Montrose for waters elsewhere. Underwater cables, turbine towers and buried rock make trailing dredging gear too dangerous, he claims. Huge areas now off-limits include SSE’s 84-turbine Beatrice windfarm, in the outer Moray Firth, which went fully operational in June. Mr Girgan, pictured left, told the News: “We are . . . Complete story »


August 20, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Yard signs opposed to proposed wind farm project are disappearing; authorities investigating

It’s generally a quiet town in Poseyville, but the debate over a wind farm has stirred things up in the rural community. Driving through town, you’ll see that divide through signs for and against the proposed project. Scott Fisher is a member of a group opposed to the wind farm called PoCo Wind. “We caught word that there was a company in the area looking at leasing farm ground,” Fisher said. As of recently, there have been less and less . . . Complete story »


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