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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.

January 13, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Permission refused for large wind turbine on Gaoth Dobhair Industrial Estate

Donegal County Council has refused an application to erect a wind turbine at the Gaoth Dobhair Industrial estate. The application had led to protest meeting due to the size of the wind turbine proposed for the area. The application had been submitted by Lír Energy, Galway was refused to by Donegal CoCo. However local county councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig said he fears there masy be new applications. “I fear that the campaign is not over yet. Fair play to . . .

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January 4, 2017 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Blown deadline leaves windmill farm off New Jersey coast dead in the water

ATLANTIC CITY – A plan to build windmills off the New Jersey coast that has already burned through nearly $11 million and remains dead in the water is being cut off from further government funding. The U.S. Department of Energy says Fishermen’s Energy failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to have a power purchase agreement in place. The department is revoking most of the $47 million in funding it pledged to the project in 2014; about $10.6 million has been . . .

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December 30, 2016 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Sweden denies permit for $7.4B offshore wind farm because the project would interfere with its military

Sweden denied permission for developers to build the Blekinge offshore wind project, saying it would interfere with the Nordic nation’s army. The project was planned to have 500 to 700 turbines. This would have resulted an installed capacity of about 2.5 gigawatts and investment valued at 50 billion kronor (CAD$7.4 billion), according to an e-mail from majority owner Eolus Vind AB. The project company, Blekinge Offshore AB, is owned by Swedish developers. Hassleholm-based Eolus has 56 per cent, Vingkraft AB . . .

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December 23, 2016 • Illinois, IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Rock Island Clean Line withdraws petition for Iowa wind project

Rock Island Clean Line withdrew its petition Thursday seeking permission from the Iowa Utilities Board to build an electric transmission line across Iowa – a move that the project’s opponents hailed as a victory for state landowners. The $2 billion, 500-mile overhead transmission line would have funneled wind energy across 16 counties from northwest Iowa into Illinois and states further east. But it has garnered significant opposition from landowners and lawmakers who are worried that the company would use eminent domain . . .

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December 20, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Sand Hills wind farm proposal rejected by county board, but developer says idea isn’t dead

LINCOLN – A controversial proposal for a wind farm in Nebraska’s scenic Sand Hills was shot down by the Cherry County Board on Monday. But a developer of the project said there’s a chance his group will reapply to erect a smaller number of wind towers in an area south of Nebraska Highway 20 near Kilgore. “We still think it’s a viable project. There were some technicalities that were the reason” it was rejected, said Eric Johnson, vice president of Bluestem . . .

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December 20, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Cherry County commissioners vote down wind farm

After months of debate over impact on the environment and land, Cherry County commissioners voted down a proposed wind farm Monday. But a developer of the project said that there’s a chance his group will reapply to erect a smaller number of wind towers in an area south of Nebraska Highway 20 near Kilgore. “We still think it’s a viable project. There were some technicalities that were the reason,” said Eric Johnson, vice president of Bluestem Sandhills. With about 80 . . .

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December 16, 2016 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Rush County deals blow to another wind project

RUSHVILLE – It took two meetings, along with lots of discussion, debate and thought, but Rush County Wednesday night finally rendered its decision on a second wind farm project eyeing the county. That decision ended up being if there are to be wind farms in Rush County, it will be done the county’s way – if at all. The Rush County Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday night voted unanimously to deny NextEra Energy Resources special exception permits for construction of approximately . . .

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December 16, 2016 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Another setback for wind farms

Wednesday evening, many people showed up at the Rushville Courthouse at the BZA meeting to see what the end result would be for the West Fork Wind Project. Originally, Zach Melda, NextEra’s project manager, said the project would be spread throughout Fayette, Henry and Rush Counties. Rush County would be looking at about 22 turbines while Henry would have nine and Fayette 56. He stated in a slideshow that this area was ideal for the project due to strong and . . .

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December 14, 2016 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

New wind generators a no-go in the U.P.

Attempts by Heritage Sustainable Energy to build a second wind farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have stalled because the company skipped essential paperwork. That’s why the state Court of Appeals refused to clear the way for the Traverse City-based company to build a controversial 42-turbine wind farm in Schoolcraft County’s Inwood Township. Heritage intended to start with 18 turbines and work up to 42. A former county ordinance didn’t allow wind turbines to be built without a permit from the . . .

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December 7, 2016 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners vote to limit wind farms in county

The Wayne County Commissioners on Wednesday approved a change to local ordinances that will effectively ban the establishment of a wind farm in the county. The commissioners voted unanimously, 3-0, to pass a multi-level change to county laws on wind energy, thereby creating a requirement that those who wish to install industrial turbines on their property must seek a zoning variance to do so. This means future efforts to bring industrial turbines to the area would be determined on a . . .

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