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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.

September 12, 2017 • WisconsinPrint storyE-mail story

Brown County Board hears from both sides on Shirley Wind Farm

Brown County residents hoping for a change, after they say turbines from Shirley Wind Farm have caused serious illnesses for their families. The wind farm went up back in 2010, with eight turbines in the Shirley area. Since then, nearby families have said the turbines cause more harm than good. The Enz family of Denmark, even abandoning their home back in 2011, saying it was too dangerous to live in. Action 2 News spoke with other neighbors who decided to . . .

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September 12, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

Te Rere Hau wind farm to cut down the hours it operates

The owner of a Manawatū wind farm that makes “annoying” noise will cut down on the amount of time the turbines operate. Environmental commissioners are re-evaluating noise rules for the Te Rere Hau wind farm on the Tararua Range after a saga that has included court action and the Palmerston North City Council receiving 1700 noise complaints from residents. Neighbours have complained about a “whining” noise, a “whoosh” and a rumble like a train that never arrives. A hearing in . . .

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September 10, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Planners accused of not listening to community

Highland councillors are being steered by their officials to “raise no objection” to a Caithness wind farm – despite a 500-plus signature petition against the scheme. That number objected to the latest Caithness proposal by Eon for the Golticlay site near Lybster. Members of the north planning committee will be consulted on Tuesday as part of a process that will ultimately be decided by Scottish Government ministers due to the scale of the scheme. “Up to 19” turbines, each up . . .

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September 10, 2017 • GermanyPrint storyE-mail story

Windräder-Gutachten oft mangelhaft [Wind turbine environmental reports often inadequate]

Stuttgart (dpa/lsw) – Die Artenschutzgutachten zur Genehmigung von neuen Windrädern sind nach Auffassung der baden-württembergischen Umweltverbände oft mangelhaft. Im Einzelfall reichten sie nicht aus, um eine fundierte naturschutzfachliche Bewertung möglicher Standorte für neue Anlagen vorzunehmen, sagte BUND-Landeschefin Brigitte Dahlbender am Donnerstag in Stuttgart. Zusammen mit dem Nabu und dem Landesnaturschutzverband (LNV) nahmen die drei Organisationen mehrere Gutachten unter die Lupe. Der Bundesverband Windenergie (BWE) bemängelte die Stichprobe als nicht repräsentativ. 2016 wurden 201 neue Anlagen genehmigt. Hintergrund war eine Änderung . . .

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September 10, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

David v Goliath: UN tells Scotland ‘help citizens fight super-rich developers’

The reprimand follows a series of court cases in which those opposing controversial developments have been faced with massive legal costs. Last year John Muir Trust, which protects wild land, had to give up on appealing against a 67-turbine wind farm at Stronelairg near Fort Augustus to avoid legal bills of up to £500,000.

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September 10, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Wind company hoping to build 40 turbines in Parishville and Hopkinton files motion to have resident removed from state siting board

The wind tower company that wants to build 40 500-foot turbines in Parishville and Hopkinton has filed a motion to have the chairman of a local group opposed to wind towers removed from the state siting board overseeing the proposed project. Gary Snell Sr. was appointed to the New York Siting Board on Electronic Siting and the Environment on Aug. 2, but the wind company, Avangrid, claims he should be determined ineligible due to a conflict of interest. The siting . . .

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September 9, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tree removal done for wind-turbine project brings $10K fines

The financial penalty will be increased to $12,500 for each company due to mandatory surcharges. The investigation that led to the charges by the Ministry of Environment was prompted by members of a local anti-turbine group who reported the woodland damage.

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September 8, 2017 • New ZealandPrint storyE-mail story

The roar that never arrives faces volume controls

The solution to nearly a decade of dispute about noise annoyance, whining, swishing and roaring from the Te Rere Hau wind farm could be found in Palmerston North next week. Resource management commissioners will be hearing city council proposals to tighten the noise control conditions on New Zealand Windfarms’ consent. The issues date back to 2008, when the first turbines began operating on the North Range Rd property. Submitters Lee Huffman and Graham Devey, near neighbours on the Pahiatua Track, . . .

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September 8, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Water Wells First agrees to stop blockades

Water Wells First has agreed to stop setting up blockades at wind turbine sites in North Kent, but will continue to protest peacefully. Spokesperson Kevin Jakubec says the group will not obstruct any of the local Pattern Energy sites and will remove a First Nations ceremonial fire on Bush Line after a court order to keep workers safe. Jakubec says his group wants to keep things from escalating too far. “The elders have agreed to remove the sacred items. The . . .

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September 8, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Court order bans wind-turbine blockades; North Kent Wind agrees to cease construction at turbine site until matter returns to court

Construction will cease at one turbine site for the North Kent Wind project, but a court order is prohibiting anyone from blockading, obstructing or impeding access to any other construction sites for project. However, the matter will return to court at the end of the month, when the grassroots citizen group Water Wells First plans to be ready to make its case for stopping the project, due to the impact vibrations from constructing the turbines have had on area water . . .

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