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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.


December 12, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

AEMO’s third report highlights wind power link to South Australia blackout

A new report has shed more light on how the blackout in South Australia occurred and why wind power disconnected from the electricity network. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released its third report today with its preliminary conclusions on the causes of the “Black System” that plunged the entire state into darkness at 4.18pm on September 28. While tornadoes were found to have taken down three transmission lines ahead of the blackout, the report suggests the system could have . . .

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December 12, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

AEMO blames SA wind farms: ‘We don’t know what they are not telling us’

The Australian Energy Market Operator has reprimanded wind farm operators in South Australia for not informing the regulator about the safety settings on their turbines, which led to blackouts in September. While AEMO has been criticised about its role in the lead-up to the September 28 outage, chairman Tony Marxsen said the obligation was on wind farm owners to inform the regulator about the settings of their turbines and how they deal with adverse events. “We are facing a bit . . .

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December 12, 2016 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

After slow-motion failure, Brevini nearly gone

MUNCIE, Ind. – A little more than eight years after Brevini was introduced as Muncie and Delaware County’s gateway to the new world of green energy, the Italian company is doing a slow fade from local view. The announcement in late 2008 that Brevini, a European maker of gearboxes for industries worldwide, would move its North American headquarters from Illinois to Muncie and also open Brevini Wind in the Park One/332 industrial park at Interstate 69 and Ind. 332 was greeted . . .

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December 12, 2016 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy mix played role in SA blackout

South Australia’s renewables-heavy power mix was a factor in the statewide blackout in September, a new report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has confirmed. The report is the third in a series of investigations into the extraordinary loss of power during wild storms. Previous reports confirmed a series of tornadoes severed high-voltage power lines, setting off a catastrophic chain of faults which resulted in the Heywood interconnector being cut off. The interconnector failure left the state islanded from . . .

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December 11, 2016 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Families forced from homes due to wind farm noise win court case

A number of families in Co Cork who were forced to leave their homes because of noise from a nearby wind farm have won a significant case in the High Court this week. The families claim they have been severely impacted by noise since the wind farm began operating in 2011. This is the first action of its kind in Ireland and may now open many wind farm developers to the prospect of legal challenges from families in similar situations. . . .

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December 11, 2016 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Numbers vary on turbine electrical generation; intent not power production, Port Angeles city says

PORT ANGELES – Three wind turbines erected at the city’s Waterfront Park in mid-September that cost $107,516 will generate $1.39 worth of electricity a day and about $42 a month – when they are eventually turned on. Or they will generate an average of $1.85 a day and $55.59 a month, Nathan West, city community economic and development director, said Tuesday. He said Friday that at peak generation, they would provide $168.63 monthly. The truth is, city officials don’t really know because . . .

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December 9, 2016 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Report: Costly wind turbines projected to yield $1.39 in daily savings

A small Washington state city spent more than $100,000 on three “windmill-like turbines” – but any hopes for big savings appear to be blowing in the wind. The Peninsula Daily News reported that the Port Angeles turbines, which haven’t yet been turned on, are expected to generate $1.39 per day in electricity, or roughly $42 per month. The turbines were meant to help illuminate a local park. Now, some city council members are having second thoughts about their unanimous approval . . .

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December 8, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Government’s decision to overturn refusal of 326ft north-east turbine “an affront to democracy”

A farmer has won his battle to build a wind turbine – despite objectors attempting to derail the scheme with an aerial stunt. James Beattie applied to build the 326ft mast on his land at Cornhill earlier this year, and said it could provide thousands of pounds to local groups. But the scheme was thrown out by the Banff and Buchan area committee in June. Their decision was made after visiting the site, where they were met by objectors who . . .

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December 7, 2016 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Atlantic Wind continues court battle; Company amends complaint against Penn Forest Township zoning board

In an ongoing battle over the fate of the Bethlehem Watershed wind turbine proposal, Atlantic Wind filed an amended complaint on Tuesday in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas in response to the preliminary objections of the Penn Forest Zoning Hearing Board. The amended complaint makes the same assertions as the previous complaint, originally filed in late September and amended in early November, calling for a change of hearing location to the Carbon County Courthouse over safety concerns and . . .

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December 7, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Multibillion energy giant targets private emails, texts in Tuscola County

NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. has set sights on private emails, texts, and voice mails as part of an effort to find “potentially impermissible communications” among newly elected officials in Almer and Ellington townships. Jonathan Lauderbach, attorney from the Midland office of Warner, Norcross & Judd L.L.P., sent an email to an attorney representing Almer and Ellington townships just three days after new officials took office in both jurisdictions. The Advertiser obtained a copy of the Nov. 23 email via the . . .

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