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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 21, 2018 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for wind turbine rejected by council

Plans for a wind turbine near Pen y Fan Pond have been rejected by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s (CCBC) Planning Committee. The application to erect a wind turbine with a maximum overall height of 93 meters on Pen y Fan Industrial Estate was submitted by Sirius Renewable Energy, and recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers. However, CCBC’s planning committee voted against the application on Wednesday, August 15. The plans have caused controversy since their initial application, with local . . . Complete story »


August 15, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm killed by new government following legal battle

A few days after the new Conservative government introduced legislation last month to kill a major wind turbine project in Prince Edward County, a lawyer for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change was in court to defend the initial approval process. The Divisional Court panel dismissed the application by a residents group for an injunction to halt construction and ruled in favour of the respondents – the province and WPD White Pines Wind Incorporated. That decision and other court . . . Complete story »


August 15, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Coleraine wind farm plan in jeopardy on conservation and health grounds

Planners have shot down a bid to erect five large wind turbines on the outskirts of Coleraine. North Power Croaghan Ltd has been attempting to build the wind farm in Macosquin since 2011. However, officials at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council rejected the latest bid. The decision, due to go before councillors on August 22, was revealed in a report released ahead of next week’s planning committee meeting. The company behind the proposal had originally applied to build five . . . Complete story »


August 9, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Knockendurrick windfarm near Twynholm recommended for refusal by Dumfries and Galloway Council

A controversial windfarm development looks set to be rejected next week. More than 1,500 people have objected to Banks Renewables’ proposals for seven turbines at Knockendurrick, near Twynholm. And council officials are recommending the plans are rejected because they “would have significant adverse impacts on the landscape character, scenic interest and visual amenity of the site and wider area”. Banks first went public with their idea at the end of 2011 and originally planned 10 turbines on the site. However, . . . Complete story »


August 8, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

PSO files to withdraw Wind Catcher application with OCC

OKLAHOMA CITY – Public Service Co. of Oklahoma on Tuesday filed to withdraw its application for the Wind Catcher Energy Connection project with Oklahoma Corporation Commission. On July 26, Texas Public Utility Commission voted to reject the certificate of convenience and necessity sought by Southwestern Electric Power Co. and based on that rejection, American Electric Co. – parent company to PSO SWEPCO – decided to not pursue the Wind Catcher project, according to the application for withdrawal filed Tuesday. “Therefore, PSO is withdrawing . . . Complete story »


July 30, 2018 • Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

‘It feels good to breathe again’: Local opponents respond to news of Wind Catcher project cancellation after failed Texas vote

Wind Catcher has no more power in its sails. On Friday, American Electric Power and its subsidiary Public Service Company of Oklahoma announced that they have cancelled the Wind Catcher wind power project after a failed vote in Texas delivered a fatal blow. The Texas Public Utility Commission on Thursday unanimously rejected the project as proposed, saying it didn’t offer enough benefits for Texas ratepayers as structured. “We are disappointed with the decision in Texas that resulted in the cancellation . . . Complete story »


July 28, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents and PSO react to cancellation of Wind Catcher energy project

Lonni St. John was feeling accomplished as she pulled up the “No Wind Catcher” signs from her front yard. Once planted in protest, now removed in relief. “When I got the news, I cried,” she said. “I cried ugly tears, I was so happy.” A joy shared across multiple cities. “Everybody’s just pumped, I mean just beyond belief happy,” said Maurice Storm. He and St. John became the face of resistance in Bixby, which ultimately led PSO to change their . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2018 • Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

PSO pulls plug on massive Wind Catcher energy project

The landscape of future electrical power production in Oklahoma may have shifted somewhat Friday. Public Service Co. of Oklahoma announced it won’t pursue further efforts to gain approval from state regulators for its proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project. Its announcement came a day after regulators in Texas rejected the proposal, which Southwestern Electric Power, Public Service Co.’s sister utility, had submitted to them. If it had ultimately been approved in Texas and Oklahoma (approvals already had been given by . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind projects are dead

The Progressive Conservatives’ first bill will have a huge effect on the Quinte region. Dubbed the Urgent Priorities Act, the Tories called back the legislature for a summer sitting and passed the bill officially spelling the end of wpd Canada’s White Pines Wind Project as well as ending an almost six-month long labour strike at Toronto’s York University. APPEC president Orville Walsh said the bill ends a battle that’s lasted almost a decade. “Finally, it’s final,” he said. “It’s been . . . Complete story »


July 26, 2018 • Oklahoma, TexasPrint storyE-mail story

Largest U.S. wind farm dealt potentially fatal blow in Texas

Texas dealt a potential death blow to what would be the largest-ever U.S. wind farm: American Electric Power Co.’s $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project. The Texas Public Utility Commission on Thursday unanimously rejected the project as proposed, saying it doesn’t offer enough benefits for ratepayers as currently structured. American Electric said it was evaluating its options. “Looks like curtains to me,” said Paul Patterson, an analyst at Glenrock Associates LLC. “Almost everyone was opposed to this. Barring any big concessions . . . Complete story »


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