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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.

December 17, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Pelican Lake wind turbine canceled by power co-op

DUNN TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Lake Region Electric Cooperative has axed a proposed wind turbine-solar power array in Dunn Township, near Pelican Lake. “We have cancelled the community based renewable project, which was a wind/solar hybrid project,” Lake Region CEO Tim Thompson said in an email. “The project was being developed by Juhl Energy and we would purchase the energy from the project. Based on the feedback from our members, our board of directors decided it was best to not proceed.” In . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

No more turbines for Loch Leven?

A council official has denied a farm near Kinross planning permission to erect two turbines to supply its energy out of concerns about their visual impact on the Loch Leven basin. Gloucestershire-based energy company Ecotricity had applied for permission to erect two turbines with a height to blade tip of 20.2m at Wharlawhill Farm south of Carnbo. In a supporting statement turbine designers and manufacturers Britwind said the structures could supply the farm with a “significant proportion” of its annual . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer scraps Montana wind farm over power price

A Calgary-based energy company said Wednesday it won’t build a 21-megawatt wind farm in Montana because it won’t be paid enough for the power it generates. The Public Service Commission approved a price of $23.30 per megawatt hour. TransAlta wanted $43.63 per megawatt hour for the power; Northwestern Energy, which would have purchased it, proposed paying $13.96. The price discrepancy had gone to the PSC for mediation. Stacey Hatcher, TransAlta communications manager, said Wednesday the company can’t accept the terms . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Cumbrian council rules Kirkby Moor windfarm must be dismantled as planned

Planners in Cumbria have ruled a windfarm near the boundary of the Lake District national park must be dismantled when its current consent runs out. Zephyr Investments applied to extend the life of the Kirkby Moor operation to March 2027, but South Lakeland District Council turned down the application. Conservation groups welcomed the decision, and pointed out the original permission was granted by the Westminster Government, which overruled a planning inspector when consent was granted in 1992. The existing windfarm . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Locals in Kirkby blown away after wind turbine extension plan refused

A rejection of the plan to extend the life span of the wind farm on Kirkby Moor has been hailed as a triumph for local democracy. On Tuesday (5) members of the South Lakeland District Council planning committee turned down a request to keep the turbines turning until 2027. In a packed out Coronation Hall in Ulverston, the vote to refuse was carried by six votes to five. More than 20 residents and local councillors spoke out against the plan, . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Time runs out for Kirkby Moor wind farm

Friends of the Lake District welcome the decision by South Lakeland District Council Planning Committee to refuse the application by Zephyr Investments to retain the turbines on Kirby Moor, on the Furness peninsula, Cumbria, until 31st March 2027. While recognising the importance of renewable energy development in providing clean energy sources, membership charity Friends of the Lake District believes that these turbines have served their purpose and are now at the end of their working life. Throughout their 25 years . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Kirkby Moor Wind Farm plan rejected after impassioned local opposition

A lengthy debate has seen a proposal to keep the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm in operation for another 10 years rejected by members of the South Lakeland District Council planning committee. For more than two hours statements were made by local residents, parish councillors and county councillors on why they felt the extension plan should be refused. Energy company Innogy had applied to keep the site in operation until March 2027. James Airey, Cumbria County Councillor for Ulverston West, said: . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Carrick wind turbine plans blown off course as giants fail in bid

Brookfield Renewables have failed to win permission for eight giant masts at Altercannoch near Barrhill. A power giant’s bid to build more wind turbines in Carrick has been blown off course. Brookfield Renewables have failed to win permission for eight giant masts at Altercannoch near Barrhill. The turbines, which would have towered 430ft high, were thrown out by South Ayrshire councillors. Gemma Hamilton, speaking on behalf of Brookfield, said the project would generate more than £6million of construction spend. And . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

What was once hailed as first U.S. offshore wind farm is no more

Cape Wind, the offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts that drew the ire of the Kennedy and Koch families, is officially dead. Energy Management Inc. has ceased efforts to build what was once expected to become the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., according to an emailed statement from Chief Executive Officer Jim Gordon. The project’s Boston-based developer has already notified the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has terminated the offshore wind development lease . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Cape Wind gives up its federal lease

Cape Wind Associates announced today that it has ceased the development of its proposed offshore wind farm and is surrendering its federal lease for 46 square miles in Nantucket Sound, officially putting an end to a 16-year effort to build the controversial project. “Cape Wind has confirmed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has ceased development of its proposed offshore wind farm project in Nantucket Sound and has filed to terminate its offshore wind development lease that . . . Complete story »

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