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March 22, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms have been effectively banned by Laois councillors

Councillors have effectively banned windfarms from Laois, but Laois County Council warns that it could be overturned by the Minister Simon Coveney. Laois councillors already had put a 1.5km setback from roads and buildings, in the existing Laois County Development Plan, effectively ruling out new windfarms in Laois. They went further when drafting the 2017-2023 County plan, at a special meeting on Monday March 20, which was also attended by members of the public concerned about turbines. The council’s CEO . . .

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March 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Perthshire wind farm rejected

A Perthshire councillor who has played a leading role in bringing walkers to the area surprised his colleagues by speaking out in favour of a controversial wind farm development. Councillor Bob Ellis threw his weight behind the Green Burn wind farm project which would involve 11 turbines near to the existing Drumderg wind farm, Alyth. Addressing the development management committee on Wednesday Mr Ellis, who co-founded the Cateran Trail which attracts 8,000 people a year, conceded that local people were . . .

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March 15, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

High Court upholds council’s right to restrict windfarms in development plan

The High Court has quashed a Ministerial decision against the variations of the County Development Plan for Donegal which had been approved by Councillors in June 2014. The variations were intended to impose restrictions on the development of windfarms in the county. The Ministerial Order was issued last year and was the second of its kind to be rejected by the court. Glenties Wind Farm Information Group has welcomed the decision. Spokesperson Ernan O’Donnell says serious questions now need to . . .

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March 9, 2017 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Company won’t build test tower in Alexandria

The Portuguese windpower developer planning a project on the ridgelines of the Newfound Lake area has withdrawn a plan to build a test tower in town. Whether that means that EDP Renewables – formally known as Energias de Portugal – has abandoned long-term plans for its proposed Spruce Wind project was not known Wednesday as company officials could not be reached for comment. But a statewide group opposed to “industrial wind” projects that played a role in the decision by a Spanish . . .

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March 8, 2017 • DenmarkPrint storyE-mail story

Danish municipality cancels plans for all onshore wind turbines; Resistance from residents behind ban

The planning and environmental committee for Esbjerg Municipality has brought a halt to any more onshore wind farms being built inside its borders. This kills plans for wind farms in Vilslev North, Kærbøl Mark and Lundmark. The three locations would have included a total of 34 wind turbines. John Snedker, the head of the planning and environmental committee, said that resistance against wind farms has been exploding. “Opponents, among other things, are uncertain whether the low-frequency noise affects health,” Sneaker . . .

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March 8, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Norton wind turbine plan thrown out by Doncaster Council planning committee

A plan to build a wind turbine near Norton has been refused by Doncaster Council’s planning committee. Inappropriate development in the borough’s green belt, visual impact and excess noise were some of the concerns the committee took into account when knocking back the Origin Energy project. Four parish councils in the area raised objections to the turbine near Greengate Road at Norton. Norton Parish Council, Askern Town Council, Burghwallis Parish Council and Kirk Smeaton Parish Council objected. There were 136 . . .

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March 3, 2017 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

SN board nixes wind turbine proposal

SANTA NELLA – A proposal from a Netherlands-based company to construct an energy-producing wind turbine on property owned by the Santa Nella County Water District generated little enthusiasm from the district’s governing board. Directors recently decided against moving forward in contract negotiations with EWT, the firm interested in building a tower on wastewater treatment plant property to the west of Highway 33 south of Interstate 5. Renting property for the turbine tower could generate an estimated $50,000 annually in revenue . . .

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February 20, 2017 • Nova ScotiaPrint storyE-mail story

Federal government abandons wind energy project on Nova Scotia’s Sable Island

HALIFAX—The harsh conditions and extreme isolation of Sable Island has forced Ottawa to abandon a wind project on the iconic crescent-shaped sandbar – more than 15 years after it launched the initiative. Parks Canada said wind turbines do not meet the needs of the windswept Nova Scotia island, famous for the wild horses that have roamed there since the 18th century. “The wind turbines were part of a … project to reduce Sable Island’s dependence on fossil fuels, and were chosen . . .

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February 8, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind turbine at Auchenblae rejected

Plans to build a 261ft wind turbine near Auchenblae have been rejected – despite winning the support of 40 local residents. Denside Renwalbles, of Turriff, wanted to build the mast at Denside, Auchenblae. The proposals were first tabled last year, but were deferred for further discussion on noise impact before going to the Kincardine and Mearns area committee yesterday. Planning officers recommended members refuse the project on the basis that “clear information” was not provided on noise criteria. However, 40 . . .

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February 4, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

North-east councillor’s turbine plan rejected after long-running legal battle

Contentious plans to build a wind turbine, which sparked a political “cronyism” row, have finally been rejected, nearly six years after the idea was first floated. Turriff councillor, Sandy Duncan, and his family have been embroiled in a long-running row with local residents over their proposals to erect the 150ft structure on land at Beechwood near Forglen. Planning permission for the scheme, which Mr Duncan’s son Colin claimed would diversify their business, had already been withdrawn twice. Mr Duncan and . . .

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