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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 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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December 7, 2016 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Bluestem withdraws application for wind turbine

Plans to build as many as three wind turbines in Gage County to power the city of Beatrice have ended after the company slated to build and operate them withdrew its application. Beatrice has been working with Bluestem Energy Solutions, the company that would have built and maintained up to three turbines, with discussions that all energy would be purchased by the city. Last Wednesday, the Board of Public Works announced it was no longer intending to move forward with . . .

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December 6, 2016 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Mournes wind farm refused

Planning permission for a wind farm on the outskirts of Hilltown has been refused. The application for 12 wind turbines off the Mullaghgarriff Road proved controversial during its 21 months in the planning process. The Department for Infrastructure has decided to refuse the windfarm plan taking into account planning policies, the development plan for the area in the heart of the Mournes and representations from interested parties. The applicant, ABO Wind Ltd, has now requested a hearing before the planning . . .

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December 5, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Developers hit brakes on massive wind project in Aroostook County

PORTLAND, Maine – Developers of one of the largest wind projects ever planned in Maine pulled their request for a state permit, after struggling to connect to the grid and find buyers for their power. In a Nov. 21 email, EDP Renewables notified state regulators that it was withdrawing its application for the 119-turbine Number Nine Wind Project, located about 9 miles west of Bridgewater in Aroostook County. Kellen Ingalls, a project manager with EDP, wrote in the email that the . . .

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December 4, 2016 • MainePrint storyE-mail story

Number Nine wind power application withdrawn

EDP Renewables, which proposed to construct the largest wind power development in Maine, a 119 turbine facility with an installed capacity of 250 megawatts in unorganized townships in Aroostook County, has withdrawn its application to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. EDP had also proposed a 51.6 mile transmission line. However, the company has faced a gauntlet of troubles. In July, EDP’s power purchase agreement with two Connecticut utilities, signed in 2013 to line up customers for the project, was . . .

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November 22, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Ministers reject Patna wind farm proposal

Plans for a 17-turbine wind farm in East Ayrshire have been rejected by the Scottish Government. Ministers ruled that the proposed Keirs Hill development near Patna was not acceptable because of the height of the turbines, its proximity to historic sites such as the Waterside ironworks, and the impact it would have on nearby houses. The plans were submitted around three years ago and said the turbines would have a maximum height of 149 metres to the tip of the . . .

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November 22, 2016 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

MP welcomes rejection of wind farm scheme on Green Belt land

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson welcomed the rejection of plans to build a wind farm on Green Belt land in West Lancashire. Coriolis Energy has applied for planning permission from West Lancashire Borough council to build 12 turbines, as the Lower Alt Wind Farm, to the west of Cabin Lane in Great Altcar. But the plans for the masts, which would have been 36.5 metres in height, were refused by the council’s planning committee. The energy firm said the . . .

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November 18, 2016 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Inch Moor wind turbine plans dropped

Plans to build 16 wind turbines on land near Duns in the Scottish Borders have been withdrawn by developers. Ecotricity was behind the plans at Inch Moor in what it called an “isolated landscape” with “high wind speeds”. The company claimed the project could meet the energy needs of about 36,500 homes. However, it has now written to the Scottish government to confirm its decision to withdraw the application with “immediate effect”. An Ecotricity spokesperson said: “We still think Inch . . .

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November 17, 2016 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Denied: N.C. county rejects plans for massive wind farm

Plans for a second massive wind farm in eastern North Carolina have hit a major snag. Perquimans County, one of two counties the 105-turbine farm was planned to span, has denied the project a conditional-use permit. Commissioners there voted 3-2, while nearby Chowan County gave Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy (ACE) unanimous approval for the project. In total, 57 turbines were proposed for Perquimans County; 48 in Chowan County. Don Giecek, ACE’s project lead, declined to answer questions about the . . .

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November 16, 2016 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm application rejected by Billings County Commission

MEDORA, N.D. – Billings County Commissioners rejected the application for a 114-turbine wind farm on Tuesday. Orion Renewable Energy Group presented its zoning application for Charlie Creek Wind Farm to a crowded courtroom audience and the commissioners. The 383-megawatt project was proposed to be located in northeast Billings County near North Dakota Highway 95 and would have began three miles north of Fairfield and extended the county line one mile south of ND Highway 200. This would have been Orion’s first . . .

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