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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.


March 31, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Plan director scrutinized; Wind farm opposition: Cowles colluded with RES

Fulton County Plan Director Casi Cowles said she seeks expertise when writing ordinances that pertain to specific land uses. She’s under fire from an anonymous citizen and others opposed to a wind farm proposal. They say she colluded with Renewable Energy Systems, or RES, as it worked to develop Harvest Wind Energy LLC wind farm in Fulton County. The claims against Cowles are that she allowed RES to write part of the county’s ordinance and did not provide county officials . . . Complete story »


March 31, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Metzger under scrutiny; Wind farm opposition: He helped RES

Allegations of collusion have surfaced against two Fulton County officials following requests of public records related to a wind farm proposal. The claims are against Commissioner Steve Metzger and Area Plan Director Casi Cowles and were detailed to The Sentinel by a concerned citizen who wishes to remain anonymous. Cowles and Metzger were at one time in direct contact with representatives of RES, an international renewable energy company interested in developing Harvest Wind Energy LLC wind farm. The project would . . . Complete story »


March 29, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

PUC opens probe into warning lights on Lowell turbines

LOWELL – Vermont utility regulators have opened an investigation into why the Lowell wind turbines have not deployed an aircraft detection lighting system as promised by the developers. Vermonters for a Clean Environment filed a complaint March 16 saying Kingdom Community Wind developers Green Mountain Power (GMP) and its partners Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) and the transmission company Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) failed to meet conditions of the project’s certificate of public good. The wind critics said GMP, VEC and . . . Complete story »


March 26, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Critics complain about lights on Lowell turbines

LOWELL – Wind power critics have complained to state regulators that Green Mountain Power hasn’t put up a radar lighting system on the Lowell wind turbines. In a complaint filed last week, Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE) said that the certificate of public good for the Kingdom Community Wind Project’s 21 turbines included a requirement that GMP install what’s called the Obstacle Collision Avoidance System as soon as it is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. This system would . . . Complete story »


March 24, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Clean energy company drops out of The Wind Coalition because of accusations involving legislator

A clean energy company dropped out of The Wind Coalition this year after a legislator made accusations about a tracking device found on his pickup, The Oklahoman has learned. The Chicago-based company, Invenergy, is building a massive wind farm in Oklahoma’s Panhandle that will be the largest in America and the second largest in the world once operational in 2020. Issues involving the $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project are now before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. “Invenergy terminated its membership in . . . Complete story »


March 21, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine owner responds to noise, shadow criticism

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Responding to criticism aired at two recent Town Council meetings about the noise and shadows generated by the town wind turbine, the chairman of the company that owns it said the machine is operating the same, if not better, than the first turbine that stood there. Mark DePasquale, the founder and chairman of Green Development LLC, submitted written testimony to Town Hall. He could not attend the council meeting March 12 because he had to monitor how the . . . Complete story »


March 20, 2018 • KoreaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines destroy local farming village

HONGGGYE-RI, North Gyeongsang Province – Jusan is considered holy by people living in a small farming village in Honggye-ri, North Gyeongsang Province. Rising just a few hundred meters behind the village, the pine tree-clad mountain is where people traditionally pray for a son. “We see beauty in nature every day,” 62-year-old Park Chung-lak, who grows apples in the village, said on a recent afternoon. “And it needs respect and admiration.” The top of the mountain is destined to be destroyed to . . . Complete story »


March 17, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents say Block Island wind farms are causing problems across prime fishing grounds

NEW BEDFORD – The five enormous turbines that have been generating electricity off Block Island over the past year are considered a model for the future of offshore wind. But the nation’s first ocean-based wind farm also has exposed what fishermen say are serious threats to them caused by scattering massive metal shafts and snaking underwater cables across prime fishing grounds. With state officials poised to announce the winners of bids to develop much larger wind farms south of Martha’s Vineyard, . . . Complete story »


March 14, 2018 • ItalyPrint storyE-mail story

12 arrested in Italian anti-mafia operation

A renowned entrepreneur in the wind power industry in Sicily, Vito Nicastri, was among the 12 people arrested on Tuesday, Ansa reported. The man has long been suspected of providing key support to the run of Messina Denaro -- following accusations by mobster-turned informants -- and his assets have been subjected to preventive seizures in the past. Complete story »


March 14, 2018 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Portsmouth residents say they’re not being heard over turbine noise

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – Residents frustrated by the town turbine’s noises and shadows pleaded with the Town Council on Monday to force its owner and operator to mitigate the problems. Town Council President Keith Hamilton repeatedly advised the aggrieved individuals to deal directly with the company, North Kingstown-based Green Development LLC, and its founder and chairman, Mark DePasquale. “If you haven’t reached out to (the company), please do so,” Hamilton said. “We have leased out the property and it is currently the . . . Complete story »


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