Wind Power News: Victories
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.
Laois County Council has refused permission for a proposed wind farm situated across Laois and Kilkenny following huge opposition from residents of both counties. Pinewood Wind Limited had applied to build 11 wind turbines, each with a maximum height of up to 136.5 metres, and all associated site development and ancillary works, including a 110kV electricity substation. The development would have spanned Knockardugar, Boleybawn, Garrintaggart, Ironmills and Graiguenahown, County Laois. The proposed development was part of a larger development which . . .
A renewable energy developer is pulling the plug on a Nevada wind project championed by former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada that would have been the Silver State’s largest wind farm. Charlottesville, Va.–based Apex Clean Energy is walking away from the 200-megawatt Searchlight Wind Energy Project after environmental groups and some neighbors of the wind farm site filed a lawsuit challenging the venture that was approved in March 2013 by then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The Bureau of Land . . .
A renewable energy developer is moving on from a Nevada wind project after years of legal wrangling, its dreams of a 200-megawatt wind farm killed by environmentalists who successfully argued the power plant could harm golden eagles and desert tortoises. Federal officials approved the Searchlight wind farm – which would have included 87 wind turbines on public land sixty miles south of Las Vegas, near the California border – four years ago. But conservationists took the federal Bureau of Land Management and . . .
Voter opposition to the project was between 65 and 95 percent in all five towns where the turbines would have been built, Lerner said. At 2015 Town Meetings, Orange voters expressed their overwhelming opposition to Spruce Ridge in a 117-7 vote. Dorchester voters expressed their opposition in a 36-3 vote. Canaan also voted in general opposition to the development of industrial wind turbine projects — though not to Spruce Ridge specifically — in a 413-225 vote last year.
BEND, Ore. – Two conservation groups are cheering a federal court ruling that they say seals the fate of a proposed wind-energy project in a place deemed very special and protected: Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon. Here’s the full text of a news release issued Wednesday by the Bend-based Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Audubon Society of Portland: The long-running case over the impacts of proposed industrial-scale wind energy development on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon was put to . . .
A federal court has killed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon over concerns about a declining sage grouse population that needs the area to breed. The U.S. District Court in Portland vacated plans for the project Tuesday, bringing an end to lengthy litigation over the proposal by Columbia Energy Partners. The project proposal was for wind energy development on roughly 10,500 acres of private land in Harney County near Steens Mountain. The project called for 40 to 69 . . .
Proposals for a ten-turbine wind farm on a former airfield have been rejected because of the potential impact on the landscape and nearby heritage. South Kesteven District Council has turned down plans by Energie Kontor for a wind farm on the former Fulbeck Airfield. The proposal would have seen ten 110m turbines constructed on the former airfield two miles away from Temple Hill where a similar application for five turbines was refused permission in 2015. Mr Paul Miley, of campaign . . .
Environmental activists have successfully challenged the regulations around wind turbines in Inishowen and wider Donegal. Speaking to the Inish Times, Mary Crumlish, chairperson of the Inishowen Wind Energy Action Group (IWEAG) said March 27 had been a “remarkable day” She explained: “As an environmentalist, March 27 past was a remarkable day in relation to wind turbines in Inishowen and greater Donegal. “That was a long-campaigned for day, when Donegal County Council re-instated Variation Number Two to Donegal’s County Development Plan. . . .
A windfarm which would have been seen from Scotland’s best-preserved Roman fort has been rejected. The application for nine turbines near Greenacres by Braco angered councillors as a smaller development in the same area had been refused by them in the past, a decision upheld on appeal. “I am appalled that another application has been brought forward for this site,” said Councillor Tom Gray, convener of the council’s development management committee. Seconding his move for refusal Councillor Murray Lyle said . . .
A new wind farm proposed near Braco would have looked like a “bike crash” when viewed alongside others if it had been approved, according to one councillor. Council officers had already recommended the scheme, most recently known as Strathallan Wind Farm, be refused ahead of local councillor Tom Gray expressing his opinion about the proposal at a meeting on Wednesday this week. Perth and Kinross Council’s development management committee heard that planners had received 419 letters objecting to the nine . . .