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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.

August 31, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Planning denied for South Wicklow wind farm project

Wicklow County Council has shot down plans to build a large wind farm in south Wicklow. In July, ABO Wind had applied to Wicklow County Council for permission to develop the wind energy project, consisting of up to eleven wind turbines at Roddenagh, Kiladuff, Ballymanus, Preban, Ballinglen and Askakeagh. The turbines were to have a maximum overall height of 150m to blade tip from existing ground level, a transformer at each turbine and a hard stand area adjacent to each . . .

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August 26, 2017 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Plans scrapped for 101-metre high wind turbine near Oswestry

Plans for a 101-metre high turbine in Oswestry have been scrapped over concerns it would scar the landsape. Renewables firm, Engena Limited, originally submitted plans for one wind turbine and 2,588 solar panels near Rhydycroesau. But now company bosses behind Cefn-Y-Maes renewable energy park have removed the wind turbine aspect of the plans after the community claimed it would spoil the countryside. A statement from the company said: “Since the submission of the environmental statement and consideration of consultees responses . . .

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August 25, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Dumfries and Galloway windfarm plan blocked by councillors in narrow vote

Councillors have blocked a 10-turbine windfarm in the Glenkens. Burcote Wind’s hopes for planning permission for the site near Carsphairn were dashed when members voted 7-5 against the project last Thursday. They’d been to see the site just two days earlier after a previous decision on the windfarm had been delayed. Their decision comes just a month after Burcote Wind bosses had criticised council planners. Operations director Fraser Campbell said he had a “number of concerns” about a report that . . .

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August 24, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Community’ wind farm plans abandoned in Waterford

The construction of a controversial “community” wind farm in Co Waterford has been abandoned, on foot of new guidelines for wind energy, issued last June. The proposed development, by a company of local interests, had met major opposition. It had caused divisions in the mid-Waterford area around the villages of Ballylaneen, Stradbally, and Bunmahon. Both sides accused each other of “intimidatory tactics” to win local support. Plans for an 11-turbine farm, reported last month in the Irish Examiner, had been . . .

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August 23, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project pulls out of Perquimans

Apex Clean Energy has shelved plans to build a multi-million dollar wind power project in Perquimans County but will pursue building the Timbermill Wind project in Chowan County where it did win approval. The company made the announcement last Wednesday. In November 2016 the Perquimans County Commission rejected Apex’s application to build more than 50 turbines in the Bear Swamp area. Apex appealed the decision but in June Superior Court Judge Walter Godwin sided with the county. The deadline to . . .

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August 23, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Plan to erect wind turbine farm in Waterford withdrawn

A plan to erect wind turbines in Co. Waterford has been withdrawn by BSB Community Energy Ltd. They were proposing to put them up in the Bonmahon, Stradbally and Ballylaneen areas. BSB released a statement yesterday afternoon they said: Statement from BSB 21-08-2017 In view of the feedback from the consultation process, the local campaign of opposition, the lack of local support, the committee is advising that the current windfarm proposal will not be proceeding any further. The committee has . . .

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August 23, 2017 • Ontario, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Canada: Wind farm approval revoked due to human safety concerns

On August 16, 2017 the Environmental Review Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) released its decision in Wiggins v Ontario (Environment and Climate Change), involving a challenge to the grant of a wind turbine farm approval.1 Seven parties, including the Town of Collingwood, the Region of Simcoe2 and the Township of Clearview appealed the approval on the basis that the turbines were too close to the Collingwood Regional Airport (“CRA”) and the Clearview aerodrome, and would cause loss of life. The Tribunal revoked . . .

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August 21, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm plan rejected over environmental concerns

Residents in East Galway have won their battle to prevent a wind farm in their area after the development was turned down – on environmental grounds and in particular the potential impact it would have on local rivers as well as wildlife in the area. It was claimed that the five-turbine wind farm would be taller than The Spire in O’Connell Street and would have an adverse impact on the Brown Long-eared Bats which roost in the area during the . . .

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August 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Carsphairn wind turbine proposal rejected

Councillors have rejected plans for a wind farm which the Mountaineering Council of Scotland said would form a “ring of steel” around a Galloway hill. They deferred a decision last month on Burcote Wind’s 10-turbine Longburn project near Carsphairn. The company had said the scheme would put about £2.5m into a community benefit fund over its operational life. However, planning officials had advised refusal due to the cumulative impact in the area. Dumfries and Galloway Council had been scheduled to . . .

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August 17, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental Review Tribunal rules against Clearview wind project

The Environmental Review Tribunal has ruled to revoke the approval for a 500-foot-tall wind turbines in an area near the Collingwood Regional Airport. “This is a massive win,” said John Wiggins, who filed the original appeal against the Ministry of Environment’s decision to grant WPD Canada a renewable energy approval for the eight-turbine Fairview Wind project in March, 2016. In a decision released Aug. 16, Dirk Vanderbent and Hugh Wilkins, who oversaw the appeal and subsequent remedy hearing for Fairview . . .

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