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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permission for the scheme, which Mr Duncan’s son Colin claimed would diversify their business, had already been withdrawn twice.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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February 2, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

PRRD shoots down wind development near Dawson Creek

Peace River Regional District directors have shot down a renewable energy company’s proposal to build a small wind farm north of Dawson Creek. At a meeting Jan. 26, the board nixed a proposal from Renewable Energy Systems Canada to construct a five-turbine wind power operation on 4.5 hectares of farmland off Sweetwater Road and 225 Road. The company requested a exemption for a non-farm use within the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve. However, without sign-off from the PRRD, the project is . . .

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February 2, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Kirkcowan wind turbine visual harm ‘significant’

A Scottish government reporter has refused planning permission for a 12-turbine wind farm in Galloway. He ruled the Shennanton project north of Kirkcowan would have a “significant adverse impact” on the landscape. Brookfield Renewable had appealed over Dumfries and Galloway Council’s failure to determine its application. The reporter said the significant local support and boost for renewable energy targets did not outweigh the harm to the character of the area. Last year the project generated 149 separate representations to the . . .

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February 2, 2017 • ThailandPrint storyE-mail story

Court revokes wind farm’s lease of Alro land

The Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the Administrative Court’s revocation of a decision by the land reform committee of Chaiyaphum province to rent land in Thep Sathit district to a private company to build a wind farm. The land is located in a Grade 1B area and originally intended for distribution to farmers under the agricultural land reform scheme, or Sor Por Kor land. On Sept 23, 2009, the land reform office of Chaiyaphum province passed a resolution to rent . . .

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February 1, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wolverhampton wind turbine plan pulled after opposition

The plug has been pulled on plans to build a 126-metre wind turbine the height of 29 double-deck buses. UTC Aerospace Systems held a public consultation in October last year about building it at the firm’s site in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, to save cash and reduce its carbon footprint. But residents turned out in force to voice their opposition to the turbine, which would have been taller than the UK’s highest cathedral spire and would have dwarfed the city’s highest . . .

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February 1, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Relief’ as wind farm refused planning permission again

Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a wind farm in east Cork for the second time in two years. A community spokesman in the Ardglass area, near Midleton, said the Bord Pleanála decision was “one of relief”. Prior to the appeal Cork County Council had modified the proposals by Ardglass Windfarm Ltd to construct seven 110KV turbines, 140m high at Hogan’s Wood, Ardglass. The location is between the villages of Dungourney, Castlelyons, Lisgoold and Ballynoe on the outskirts of . . .

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January 23, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine plan for beauty spot finally thrown out

Campaigners have won a three-year battle to stop a 112ft wind turbine being erected next to a quiet Devon creek. The secretary of state has refused plans for a single turbine to be installed at Winslade Farm, which overlooks Frogmore Creek, near Kingsbirdge. Friends of South Hams was formed by local residents who contested the application and feared the turbine would spoil the creek, which sits within an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (ANOB). After the application was approved by . . .

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January 22, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Almer Township board denies application for 19 wind turbines

The Almer Township board of trustees denied an application for special land use permit that would have cleared the way for a Florida-based energy company to erect 19 wind turbines in the community. The board voted 5-1 after the Almer Township planning commission approved a motion on Jan. 4 to deny the application submitted by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. The company needs special land use permit (often referred to as a “SLUP”) approval to construct the 19 . . .

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