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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 2, 2019 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Three lawsuits filed against New Creek Wind for negative health effects

ELKINS – Three complaints were filed against New Creek Wind in federal court alleging negative effects on the health and well-being of several residents. New Creek Mountain Sportsman’s Club; Helen Evans Swiger, Holly Evans Mick and Jill M. Evans; and Glendora Woods filed their lawsuits against New Creek Wind, Everpower Wind Holdings, Enbridge Holdings and Enbridge Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia at Elkins. Beginning in November 2016, the defendants’ wind turbines have generated . . . Complete story »

December 26, 2018 • ArkansasPrint storyE-mail story

Court documents: Elm Springs wind farm was fraud scheme

ELM SPRINGS, Ark. – A Springdale businessman involved with a failed proposal to build a wind farm in Elm Springs, pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the plan last week. From 2014-2016, Cody Fell and Dragonfly Industries collected money for a proposed wind farm in Elm Springs. 40/29 News reported when industry experts strongly criticized the plan, saying it wouldn’t work and calling it “physically impossible.” City voters rejected the wind farm in March 2016. Court documents filed in Cody . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines at Barnafaddock ‘not within permission conditions’

After a long battle, residents in the Ballyduff area were pleased to hear An Bord Pleanala state that the wind farm at Barnafaddock was operating illegally as the diameter of the blades which are in use, exceed the diameter agreed in the planning permission. According to reports, Waterford City and County Council intend to commence enforcement action immediately against Blackrock Assets, the owners of the Barnafaddock wind farm. Full story in this week’s Print & Digital Edition Complete story »

December 15, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Officials hear complaints about sound, flickering

ARKWRIGHT – A large number of Arkwright residents attended this week’s town board meeting, as the entire room seemed to be waiting anxiously to hear the results of the wind turbine sound test. Residents have been demanding further testing, some vehemently opposed to the very existence of the turbines. One resident noted, “the interference of rustling leaves or insects” in the fall season may have distorted the results, as he found them unsatisfactory. In response to the demand for more tests, . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer to pay a $60,000 fine for violations of a setback agreement with the PSC

The developer of a wind farm in McHenry County near Velva has been fined $60,000 because a handful of its wind turbines do not comply with a setback provision negotiated between the company and the North Dakota Public Service Commission. It concerns the Meadowlark wind farm. The settlement required a 1400 foot setback from occupied homes, as well as roads and power lines. Two of the turbines were too close to homes, two were too close to a state highway, . . . Complete story »

December 8, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind hoover’ wind turbines to be made bigger – despite ‘making residents lives a misery’

A councillor says approval for plans to increase the size of turbine blades at an East Riding wind farm could encourage other operators to follow suit. German company Energiekontor UK Limited secured permission to extend blade lengths at its nine-turbine site at Withernwick near Aldbrough this week. The company says the longer 43.5 metres blades will increase energy generation at the site by around seven per cent. The plans were approved by East Riding Council’s planning committee despite objections from . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine trouble in Scotland

Applications for wind turbines may have nose dived but that still leaves existing turbines hitting legal problems, finds Lis Stedman. The Scottish government’s keenness on renewable energy is well documented and, many would say, commendable. One inevitable result, however, has been a proliferation of wind turbines and, with them, localised spikes in complaints – for example, Aberdeen has seen a 40% drop in noise complaints year-on-year, whereas rural Aberdeenshire has seen a 170% increase. A hefty 17 of the total . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • Blogs, ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Nuisance case of Andrew and Rosemary Milne against Stuartfield Windpower

February 8, 2018: Next week sees the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case against Stuartfield Windpower Ltd in Aberdeen Sheriff Court. SAS members will be attending and posting updates on the Website, Facebook and Twitter whenever possible along with any press coverage. We wish these two very special people all the luck in the world. February 13, 2018: Aberdeen Sheriff Court – Sheriff Andrew Miller Today saw the start of the Milne’s long awaited noise nuisance case . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Twisting in the wind: As rural residents complain of wind energy impacts, Campo tribe proposes towering new project: Scoping meeting Dec. 6

December 6, 2018 (Campo) –Tonight, the Bureau of Indian Affairs will hold a scoping meeting on a notice to prepare an environmental impact statement for a proposal to build 60 wind turbines up to 586 feet tall (taller than the highest skyscraper in San Diego) on the Campo Indian reservation. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Campo Tribal Hall, 36190 Church Road (BIA 10) at highway 94 in Campo. Written comments can also be submitted by . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines pose problems for aerial applicators

As wind turbines become a more common sight in North Dakota, Aerial applicators have had to figure out ways to work around them. Steve Iglehart, an applicator based out of Bismarck says his main issue is with the blades. “Generators turning, or they could be hiding a MET tower where they’re hard to see,” said Steve Iglehart, Aerial Applicator. Iglehart says he also has to watch out for crews working on the towers. He dodges some of these problems by . . . Complete story »

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