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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


September 1, 2021 • WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Input wanted on Douglas County prohibition on large solar and wind farms

Last year, the Douglas County Commission became aware of interest by outside entities in putting large-scale solar and wind energy facilities in unincorporated areas of the County. Douglas County Commissioner Marc Straub: Straub says typically international corporations purchase thousands of acres of land for those solar and wind farms. Last month, the Commission put in place interim control measures, which amends the current code language related to the permitting and siting of those facilities, and is done in advance of . . . Complete story »


May 22, 2021 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Grundy Co. Board opposes Senate Bill 1602

The Grundy County Board last week approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1602. Grundy County Land Use Director Heidi Miller explains. Senate Bill 1602 was filed on February 26th and seeks to mandate specific timelines and other requirements for commercial wind energy facilities. The bill mandates substantive changes including setbacks requirements, blade tip height limitations and several others. In the resolution, the county board said the legislation would undermine local zoning authority. Complete story »


May 19, 2021 • South AfricaPrint storyE-mail story

‘Droning noise from E Cape wind farms – bad news for Addo elephants’

“It’s certain that the noise from the turbines will be heard by the elephants of Addo,” says acoustic engineer Terry McKenzie-Hoy. Visitors to the Eastern Cape will notice wind farms sprouting up all over, particularly around Qheberha (Port Elizabeth). These wind farm turbines emit low-frequency noise, inaudible to humans, but potentially damaging for the elephants of the Addo Elephant Park. Pippa Hudson interviewed acoustic engineer Terry McKenzie-Hoy about his study into the impact of wind turbine noise on elephants and . . . Complete story »


April 18, 2021 • Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The unsettling truth about green energy, with Mark Mills

Bill Walton: Welcome to the Bill Walton Show. I’m Bill Walton. It seems like there’s an ever-increasing number of people who have super strong opinions about science, technology, the environment, energy issues, on and on. Keystone Pipeline, blackout in Texas, artificial intelligence, green energy, trade with China, lost manufacturing jobs. The problem is that most people, including me, don’t have the background or knowledge to reach good answers, and so we’re left with these policy issues pretty much a mess . . . Complete story »


August 18, 2020 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Hughes County Commission approves changes to wind tower siting requirements

The Hughes County Commission, taking pages for Hyde County, has amended siting requirements for wind energy towers in the county. Significant testimony both for and against the requirements was presented to Commissioners Monday night. Property rights and concerns from aerial applicators centered over much of the testimony. Ryan Webb, who lives in Hughes County and is in favor of shorter setbacks, says it’s simple … http://www.todayskccr.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/windord1.mp3 Terry Barber of Onida operates an aerial applicator business and says wind towers make low . . . Complete story »


March 13, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt County Zoning Board of Appeals recommends rejecting Tradewind Alta Farms II wind project application

The DeWitt County Zoning Board of Appeals voted to recommend the DeWitt County Board reject the proposal of Tradewind Energy's Alta Farms II Wind Project in the northwest corner of DeWitt County at a special meeting of the ZBA at Clinton High School Tuesday night. John Griffin started the meeting by motioning to recommend the project. He says the overarching theme from those in opposition was 'do the project somewhere else'. In going through six considerations, the ZBA discussed back . . . Complete story »


May 10, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Twin Creek Wind Farm debate continues

A wind farm proposed for the Lower Mid North of South Australia, around 12km North of Kapunda, continues to be the topic of discussion for local residents and developers, Renewable Energy Systems (RES), alike. The Twin Creek Wind Farm, which is located within three local government areas Flow FM broadcasts to (Light Regional, Goyder and Mid Murray Councils) was recently released on category 2 of public notification, which closed in mid-April. According to RES, the site is: “approximately 5,600ha of . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Safety concerns raised after wind turbine struck by lightning in Inishowen

Safety concerns have been raised after a wind turbine in Inishowen was struck by lightning yesterday evening. At around 6 o’clock, one of the wind turbines on Crockbrack Hill, Meanletterbale, was struck, causing damage to one of the 94* metre long turbine blades with dents and scorch marks also visible on the nacelle of the turbine. This is the second incident of its kind, raising concerns over the safety of the turbines developed in such close proximity to homes. Paula . . . Complete story »


October 16, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

“Wynne mills” not welcome

They are not giving up. About 200 residents of Prince Edward County and elsewhere marched through downtown Picton Sunday and rallied at the Regent Theatre in protest of a yet to be built 9 turbine wind farm in South Marysburgh ward, near the county’s southern Lake Ontario shoreline. Here’s the sound from the start of the march. Although county Mayor Robert Quaiff says wind company WPD has yet to receive final approval from the provincial government to build the turbines, . . . Complete story »


July 25, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Grúpaí i gCo. Dhún na nGall imníoch faoi thuirbíní gaoithe

[Groups in County Donegal concerned about wind turbines] Tá grúpaí i gCo. Dhún na nGall, a bhfuil imní orthu faoi chomh gar is atá tuirbíní gaoithe dá dtithe, ag iarraidh go gcinnteofar sa chéad phlean forbartha eile don chondae, an riail go mbeidh tuirbiní 10 n-oiread a n-airde féin ó thithe. Le roinnt seachtainí anuas tá cainteanna poiblí tugtha ag ollamh ón Phortaingéil go dtéann infreafhuaim nó fuaim a bhfuil minicíocht íseal aici dochar don tsláinte. Is féidir le tuirbíní . . . Complete story »


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