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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


June 21, 2021 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Australia rejects $36 billion wind, solar, hydrogen project

The Australian government has rejected plans for a $36 billion wind, solar and hydrogen project in a remote area of Western Australia, leaving what would have been one of the world’s largest green energy projects in limbo for now. In a decision dated June 15, published on the environment department’s website, Environment Minister Sussan Ley ruled that the project, the Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), “will have clearly unacceptable impacts” on internationally recognised wetlands and migratory bird species. The AREH . . . Complete story »


June 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

High Court quashes permission for Co Longford windfarm

The High Court has quashed An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant planning permission to a subsidiary of Bord Na Mona to build a windfarm in the Midlands. The proposed windfarm was located in bogland known as Mountdillon Peat Production Bog near Lanesborough, in Co Longford. In his judgement Mr Justice Richard Humphreys said he was satisfied to uphold a challenge brought by Environmentalist Peter Sweetman against the proposed windfarm. The judge agreed with Mr Sweetman’s argument that the decision should . . . Complete story »


June 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Court overturns permission for Bord na Móna windfarm in Longford

The High Court has overturned planning permission granted to a subsidiary of Bord Na Móna for a windfarm development in Co Longford. The proposed windfarm site is located in bogland known as Mountdillon Peat Production Bog, near Lanesborough. In his judgment on Wednesday, Mr Justice Richard Humphreys upheld a challenge by environmentalist Peter Sweetman over An Bord Pleanála’s permission granted to Bord na Móna PowerGen Ltd. The judge agreed with Mr Sweetman the planning application did not contain the level . . . Complete story »


June 16, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council turns down planning for West Clare windfarm

A second wind farm application for the development of eight large wind turbines about 6.5 kilometres from Miltown Malbay, which was previously involved in High Court proceedings, has been refused by Clare County Council. Clare County Council has turned down plans by Slieveacurry Limited for permission for a ten-year planning permission for the construction of a renewable energy development, which would have had a 30-year operational life from the time of full commissioning, if it had secured the necessary planning . . . Complete story »


June 14, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Strathrory wind farm bid near Ardross is rejected as Ross-shire councillors overturn recommendation of officials

Dozens of objections by locals and a community council have seen a proposed £44 million wind farm at Ardross rejected by Highland Council, overturning the recommendation of officials. The north planning applications committee was swayed by more than 50 objections to the proposed Strathrory Wind Farm by German firm EnergieKontor UK Ltd. The plan was to build seven turbines with a blade tip height of almost 150 metres that would operate for a period of 35 years. Alongside that there . . . Complete story »


June 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Councillors turn down Strathrory Wind Farm plan

Highland Council has rejected a proposal for a £44 million wind farm at Ardross. Members of the north planning applications committee today turned down German firm EnergieKontor UK Ltd application for planning consent to erect the seven-turbine Strathrory Wind Farm. Seven turbines measuring 250m to blade tip were proposed at Strathrory. The location pinpointed for the development was north of Strathy Burn and east of the B9178, around 4km north east of Ardross and 8km north west of Alness. The . . . Complete story »


June 9, 2021 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

No appeal for Hill of Forss wind farm refusal

A Caithness wind farm campaigner has welcomed the news that there will be no appeal for the Cairnmore Hill Wind Farm after Highland Council knocked back the plans. Brenda Herrick’s comments come following the announcement from the company behind the proposals that they will not try to get the decision overturned. However, RES said it still believed the Hill of Forss is a good site for a wind farm. RES, the world’s largest independent renewable energy company, was refused planning . . . Complete story »


June 8, 2021 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm opponents win battle in Huron County

GREENWICH TWP. – A years-long battle over a proposed wind power project in Greenwich Township in southern Huron County apparently has ended with a victory for the project’s opponents. Crossroads Wind Power LLC, as the project is currently known, has filed a notice at the Ohio Power Siting Board declaring that it has relinquished its Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, the state document which had apparently allowed the project to move forward. Michael J. Settineri, the Columbus attorney who . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Shutting down wind power in Kingston

KINGSTON – The shadow flicker and noise concerns of the past won’t be revisited upon Kingston residents. The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted 5-0 Tuesday night against supporting Green Development LLC of Rhode Island’s proposal to replace Kingston’s controversial Independence wind turbine with a new one. Selectmen Chairman Kim Emberg read portions of emails from Kingston residents and some nonresidents who live near Green Development’s turbine in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, before proceeding without hesitation to oppose replacing the Independence. Instead, . . . Complete story »


May 6, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Decision made on wind farm planned in Laois

A windfarm planned for Laois has been refused permission by Laois County Council today. Statkraft had applied to build eight wind turbines 185 metres tall, in the Forest Upper, Forest Lower and Dernacart rural area outside Mountmellick, off the N80 Tullamore road. Their plans received many local objections from residents. Minister Sean Fleming had sent a submission against the development saying it was against World Health Organisation guidelines, it would make large tracts of land uninhabitable for housing, and could . . . Complete story »


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