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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.

January 9, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Norway’s Sami communities battle to maintain traditions

This winter, Sami reindeer herder Risten Aleksandersen and her family are facing a major threat to their age-old way of life. The Aleksandersens have raised, herded and slaughtered reindeer as a central part of their indigenous culture for generations. But now a huge wind farm and property developments are encroaching on the land their reindeer use for grazing on the island of Kvaloya in Norway’s far north. “They are using explosives to carve out a road, and we’ve had to . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2018 • ColoradoPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines linked to increased cortisol levels?

The Golden West Wind Energy Center, located in Calhan, Colorado, has been fully operational since October 2015. The wind farm, owned by NextEra Energy Resource, includes 145, 453-foot tall industrial turbines that have allegedly negatively impacted the health of residents (and their animals) living within the area of the wind farm. Cindy Cobb, a resident who lives near the wind farm, has reported dizziness, nausea and headaches since the turbines became operational. Cobb said her animals are suffering as well . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

With bankruptcy, Black Oak Wind Farm officially dead

The years-long saga surrounding the construction of the Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield has finally come to a definitive close, after the company sent a letter last week to Enfield Town Board members announcing its dissolution. While the project’s vocal opposition may be glad to see them go, it appears Enfield may still be left holding the bag for the failed alternative energy proposal to the tune of over $8,000. In the letter, Black Oak said they are not . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Chatham-area wind turbine fight could end up in court

After months of vigorously fighting a wind farm he and others blame for destroying their water quality, Peter Hensel acknowledges he’s running out of options. “I think the only avenue really left is a class action law suit,” Hensel said in an interview with Farmers Forum. “We’ve tried to settle it peacefully and everything else and nobody listens or cares,” he said. Currently under construction and scheduled to start producing power by February 2018, the North Kent Wind 1 farm . . . Complete story »

December 24, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines blow hot, cold on financial benefits for local towns

Massachusetts and other states are ramping up efforts to better harness wind as a bigger source of renewable, clean energy and the experience here has been generally favorable. Despite the demise of the Cape Wind project, much smaller wind turbine projects have generally proven to be a good investment. However, in Central Massachusetts, Princeton is an exception. Residents there are not benefiting financially from the electricity generated from their $7 million wind turbine project. In addition to not being able . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Worker safety issues plague Newton’s largest employer; Local legislators pledge to investigate

As TPI faces allegations over its handling of worker safety issues, local legislators say they’re looking into the problem, but others in the community are unwilling to comment. TPI Composites, the wind turbine blade manufacturer, was heralded a savior when it first arrived in Newton on the heels of Maytag’s closure, but an investigative report by the Des Moines Register has revealed there may be serious safety issues at the facility. Several former employees are suing TPI, alleging they were . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Palmerston North wind farm puts a decade of complaints behind it

Noise complaints that have dogged Palmerston North’s Te Rere Hau wind farm for a decade may have been silenced. Resource management commissioners have put the final touches on a new suite of noise control conditions largely agreed between the city council, New Zealand Windfarms and neighbours during and after a hearing in September. The Environment Court has not received any valid appeals against their decision. The wind farm on the Tararua Range, visible to most city residents, has attracted more . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Couple lose challenge to Cork windfarm development on basis of noise

A Cork couple who wanted the granting of substitute planning permission for the Kilvinane windfarm quashed have lost their case in the High Court. Ms Justice Caroline Costello in the High Court dismissed the application of Claire O’Brien and Patrick O’Brien who live near the wind farm in the Dunmanway area to legally challenge the granting of the substitute planning permission. Ms Justice Costello said it was an application to quash a March 2017 decision on An Bord Pleanala granting . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine work prompts noise complaints

It appears the developer of the North Kent Wind farm was able to carry out construction activities on Sunday, despite being denied an exemption to Chatham-Kent’s excessive noise bylaw. The Chatham Daily News was contacted by Chatham Coun. Michael Bondy, who said he received calls on Sunday about work taking place at a turbine construction site for the North Kent Wind project, including at night with bright lights being used. The Daily News reported earlier this month that the developer . . . Complete story »

December 18, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Chemical exposure results in injuries, pink slips at Iowa wind blade maker, lawsuits claim

Every day, Zarpka “Patience” Green scratches at the constant, gnawing itch that plagues her entire body. It keeps her up at night. Her skin is so sensitive, she avoids winter coats and layered clothing, she said. For relief, she showers at least twice a day and regularly slathers up with handfuls of lotion. The 36-year-old suffers from contact dermatitis, a condition she says she contracted while crawling inside cavernous wind turbine blades to apply a hazardous resin at TPI Composites’ . . . Complete story »

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