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July 6, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Searing heat is hurting Texas wind power

Temperatures are soaring across Texas, and that’s bad news for the state’s wind power generators. Wind farms – which now account for about a fifth of the state’s power mix – are forecast to generate significantly less electricity this week as the heat builds and keeps turbines from spinning. Wind generation may peak at about 5,900 megawatts on Thursday and 6,900 megawatts Friday, less than two-thirds of what they totaled a week earlier, according to grid manager Electric Reliability Council of Texas, . . .

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July 5, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine syndrome: infrasound and fury

When Janet Hetherington went to a Melbourne hospital for a minor procedure late last year she had an odd experience. She was unable to sleep in the bed she was given and forced to move to escape a disturbing sensation that made it impossible for her to settle. She reported her incident to hospital authorities, who later called in acoustic experts who confirmed a concentration of low-frequency noise in the precise area that she had been settled. The noise has . . .

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July 5, 2017 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms jeopardize military flight training, agency chief says

OKLAHOMA CITY – The head of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission said the proliferation of wind farms in western Oklahoma is having a negative impact on military flight training. A bill that would have required wind farms to seek permits through the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission was put on hold last session in a legislative conference committee, but at least two state lawmakers have requested interim studies on the issue. Victor Bird, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission director, said some wind farms located near Vance . . .

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June 30, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Water Wells First holds sit-in at MOE office in Windsor

Water Wells First says groundwater and pile driving monitoring promised by the Ministry of Environment is not good enough. The Chatham-Kent group held a two and a half hour sit-in at the MOE office in Windsor late Wednesday afternoon, because it says monitoring stations are too far from the North Kent wind towers. Spokesperson Kevin Jakubec insists the aquifer is being contaminated by wind farm vibrations and he is demanding a public inquiry to either get a proper analysis of . . .

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June 29, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut council fed up with disfigured turbine

CONNEAUT – City Council in Conneaut is losing patience with the energy company that owns a wind turbine severely damaged by lightning nearly four months ago. At Monday night’s work session, some members said they believe NexGen Energy of Boulder, Colorado, is in violation of its contract to supply some of the electricity used at the municipal sewage treatment plant. A 400-kilowatt turbine erected next to the plant in January 2010 lost a blade and saw its generator completely fried by . . .

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June 29, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Chatham-Kent farmers take black-water fight to Ministry of Environment doorstep

Police have broken up a protest at the province’s Ministry of Environment offices in Windsor, where several people refused to leave the building until officials promised to investigate water contamination on farms in southwestern Ontario. Fed up with contamination that often turns their water black, farmers from Chatham-Kent showed up at the ministry offices Wednesday afternoon with the promise of staying put, unless they were forcefully removed. “We want the ministry to know there’s serious concern in our community over . . .

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June 28, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Six windfarms investigated for alleged planning irregularity

Six windfarms are under investigation by Cork County Council for alleged planning irregularities, amid calls from councillors for the Government to tighten up the industry. In a report presented to councillors, Paul Murphy, the local authority’s senior planner, said that of the 20 windfarms built so far in the county, six are being investigated on foot of complaints “relating to non-compliance of a specific (planning) condition”. Mr Murphy did not specify the issues, but it is understood they relate to . . .

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June 22, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillor embroiled in turbine “cronyism” row suspended for six months

An Aberdeenshire councillor has been suspended for six months after lobbying colleagues about a proposal to build a controversial wind turbine on his farm. Turriff member Sandy Duncan first submitted plans to build a 150ft turbine at his Beechwood farm, near Forglen, three years ago. But, after a protracted planning and court row, the scheme was finally rejected in February Cllr Duncan, who was accused of “cronyism” by political opponents, appeared before a Standards Commission hearing in Aberdeen yesterday, facing . . .

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June 21, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

DPS criticizes noise monitoring plan for wind project

The state Department of Public Service and a citizen group are both urging significant changes in the proposed wind sound monitoring plan for the Deerfield Wind project under construction along Route 8 in Searsburg and Readsboro. In comments submitted June 15 to the Public Service Board, which is considering the company’s monitoring plan, the DPS questions Deerfield Wind’s role in selecting or supervising the monitoring contractor and the specific methods of monitoring to determine the effects of noise on residences . . .

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June 20, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Objections mount to wind proposal; Intervenors oppose discovery limits

Swanton – Parties filed responses to Swanton Wind’s motion to limit discovery questions for the remainder of the case on Friday. The filings send a clear, and discernably bitter response: No way. And here’s why. Swanton Wind filed the motion on June 7, after “recommending” the limitation of discovery questions in a late May filing concerning a new schedule for the project’s Public Service Board (PSB) review. Christine and Dustin Lang fired back, filing an objection noting what they alleged were . . .

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