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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.

April 17, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarm plans ‘grounded’

Aviation chiefs have grounded plans for a new windfarm close to Glasgow over safety fears. Proposals to build six turbines 76.5m in height in Newton Mearns were presented to East Renfrewshire Council’s planning committee last week. But councillors rejected the plans after National Air Traffic Service (NATS) bosses raised concerns about losing track of planes. NATS claim the turbines could interfere with their radars in Glasgow and Cumbernauld, with the potential for air traffic controllers to mistake them for planes. . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Jupiter Wind Farm application withdrawn after 400-plus objections to Department of Planning and Environment

Locals say they are “surprised and relieved” the proponent of a wind farm between Canberra and Goulburn has withdrawn its application. Renewable energy company EPYC said its proposed 54-turbine Jupiter Wind Farm five kilometres south-east of Tarago will not be going ahead. The long-running controversial project has been widely opposed by local residents and the Queanbeyan-Palerang and Goulburn Mulwaree councils. More than 400 people submitted objections to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE). Earlier this month, the department . . . Complete story »

March 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Jupiter Wind Farm withdrawn

In a major win for the Residents Against Jupiter Wind Farm, the proposal for the development near Tarago has been entirely withdrawn by the proponent. The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) – already rejected the Jupiter Wind Farm ealrier this year. The department then referred the Jupiter Wind Farm proposal to the Independent Planning Commission (IPC) for determination on February 23. The department had concluded the state significant development should not proceed in its present form. A spokesperson for . . . Complete story »

March 17, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Locals win Supreme Court battle against wind farm

A Supreme Court decision quashing planning permission for a ten-turbine windfarm in the Finuge area has been hailed this week as a ‘David vs Goliath’ moment for a group of locals protesting against the development since it was first mooted over four years ago. However, the protestors believe that the Supreme Court order does not mark the end of the saga. “We might have won the battle, but the war is still on,” one of the group told The Kerryman . . . Complete story »

March 8, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Operator loses High Court challenge to north Meath wind turbines refusal

A wind farm operator has lost a High Court challenge to a refusal of permission for 25 turbines – which would be among the tallest in the country – in north Meath. North Meath Wind Farm (NWF), and its shareholder, Element Power Ireland (EPI), brought the challenge against An Bord Pleanála over a refusal for the wind turbines at Castletownmoor, about 2.9km north of Kells. A central feature of NWF/EPI’s challenge was over an alleged error and another admitted error . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Kidder Hill opponents applaud decision

Opponents of wind projects like Kidder Hill reacted immediately Wednesday to the news that it was being suspended. In Irasburg, which was originally the site for the two Kidder Hill turbines, Ron Holland said the suspension of the Kidder Hill project “is a step forward for Irasburg and Vermont.” Holland was one of the six original protesters found guilty of trespassing at the Green Mountain Power wind turbine site on Lowell Mountain and has represented the town in opposing it. . . . Complete story »

March 1, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for Irasburg wind project scuttled

Vermont renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf has officially scuttled plans to build industrial wind turbines in the town of Irasburg. In a letter to the Public Utility Commission Wednesday, The AllEarth Renewables CEO’s lawyer said they are withdrawing their petition for the so called Kidder Hill Community Wind project. The commission last summer issued a ruling that the project’s application was incomplete. The two proposed 500-foot turbines would have been placed on land owned by Blittersdorf, but the project was . . . Complete story »

February 28, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Glenluce wind farm appeal rejected

A Scottish government reporter has rejected an appeal over a wind farm in Galloway concluding it is not the “right development in the right place”. RES was refused permission for the 14-turbine Annabaglish project near Glenluce last year. The company appealed against that decision saying it was “confident” it had got the location right. However, a reporter concluded it would have a “significant” impact on the landscape and turned it down. He added that the scale of the development’s contribution . . . Complete story »

February 27, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Jupiter Wind Farm rejected by Department of Planning and Environment

In a major ‘blow’ for the proponents but a win for many in the community, the Jupiter Wind Farm has been rejected by the Department of Planning and Environment. It still has to go to the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) for the final say, but the department has recommended that approval of the project should be refused. Director of Resource and Energy Assessments Mike Young said the department thoroughly assessed EPYC’s application to build a wind farm with 54 turbines . . . Complete story »

February 24, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals court affirms tearing down turbines; Court case prompts addition of new wind turbine ordinance

A zoning administrator acted illegally when she granted applications to a company to build turbines on agricultural land north and east of Fairbank. That’s what the Iowa Court of Appeals said in a Feb. 21 ruling. The Fayette County zoning administrator and the county attorney on whose legal advice she acted, erred when issuing a permit to the company that built turbines, the court concluded. Optimum, the turbine company, was granted easements by Thomas and Kimberly Rourke to build the . . . Complete story »

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