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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 31, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Birneyknowe wind farm rejection is welcomed by locals

The rejection of plans for a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick has been hailed a victory for the communities which fought against the development for almost five years. Banks Renewables appealed to the Scottish Government after Scottish Borders Council threw out plans for the Birneyknowes wind farm development near Bonchester Bridge. The County Durham-based firm’s South Lanarkshire operation had hoped to build the 132m-high turbines on land north, south, east and west of Birneyknowe Cottage, two and a half miles . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Second turbine plan for Limerick manufacturer blown away – for time being

Limerick residents have received something of an early Christmas present after Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has shelved plans for a second wind turbine in the Castletroy area. Residents met with J&J management to discuss the latest plans for the controversial plan, which would have seen a towering turbine built to the south of the contact lens manufacturing facility. Fianna Fail councillor Joe Pond, who organised the meeting at the firm’s factory in Plassey confirmed that J&J had agreed to put . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Natural beauty’ concerns block wind farm near Hawick

A 15-turbine wind farm in the Scottish Borders has been rejected over concerns about its impact on the “natural beauty” of the area. Banks Renewables is behind the proposed Birneyknowe project near Hawick. It said the scheme would create a £2.5m community benefit fund but Scottish Borders Council opposed the plans. The size of the project meant a final decision lay with the Scottish government, which refused the project after a public inquiry. A reporter has now concluded the benefits . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Blown away: Wind project leaves Henry Co.

The Flat Rock Wind Project is dead in Henry County. Flat Rock Wind was a planned industrial wind farm that called for turbines in southern Henry and northern Rush Counties. “It’s with a heavy heart that Apex Clean Energy has made the difficult decision to terminate our project in both counties,” Apex Clean Energy Senior Development Manager Erin Baker announced Tuesday. Baker said it has become increasingly difficult over the last several years to maintain the Flat Rock Wind project . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

State rejects Atlantic City offshore-wind project for third time — too pricey

The state has once again rejected a plan to build a small pilot offshore-wind project off Atlantic City, a decision seemingly at odds with the Murphy administration’s commitment to make New Jersey a national leader in an emerging clean-energy sector. The project, located in state waters 2.8 miles off the resort city, was deemed too costly to ratepayers who would finance the 25-megawatt wind farm and unable to demonstrate it would be a net economic benefit to New Jersey and . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine project denied

PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – It was standing-room-only in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. No more testimony, just dozens of people waiting to hear one response from the zoning board which was that Atlantic Wind’s application had been denied. The unanimous decision brought applause from the crowd. Atlantic Wind proposed building more than 20 wind turbines on 260 acres of land owned by the Bethlehem Authority. The turbines would have been on the ridges above the reservoir and also close . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

State rejects wind project off Atlantic City’s coast

For nearly a decade, Fishermen’s Energy has been on a quest to build three wind energy turbines about 2.8 miles off Atlantic City, but to no avail. The state Board of Public Utilities rejected the 25-megawatt Nautilus Offshore Wind project for the second time Tuesday, 10 years after it was initially conceived. Fishermen’s Energy did not respond to requests for comment. The plan proved too costly and showed little economic benefit, the BPU said in its ruling. It would have . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

NJ utilities board rejects Nautilus’ 3rd bid for offshore wind project

The state rejected a third bid for the 25-megawatt Nautilus offshore wind project nearly 3 miles off the coast of Atlantic City, saying the cost to ratepayers would be too high and the net economic benefit too low. On Tuesday, the Board of Public Utilities voted 5-0 to reject the application Nautilus Offshore Wind LLC, which was jointly managed EDF Renewables and Fishermen’s Energy. “While the exact price is confidential, this cost is much higher than similar facilities in the . . . Complete story »

December 18, 2018 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Penn Forest Township denies wind turbine application

PENN FOREST TWP., Pa. – After months of public hearings on a special exception application for 28 wind turbines in Penn Forest Township, the township’s zoning hearing board voted to deny the application of Atlantic Wind LLC. Residents of Penn Forest Township packed the municipal building to hear the long-awaited decision from the township zoning hearing board. The application was staunchly opposed by residents who believed the turbines would pose environmental and quality-of-life concerns. Residents helped fund a legal challenge . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Permit denied for Burleigh-Emmons wind project

The Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-3 late Wednesday to deny a permit for the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, following a four-hour meeting with passionate testimony from both sides. More than 500 citizens attended the rescheduled public hearing, which was held in the Bismarck Event Center’s main arena, with more than half wearing a shade of red, representing opposition to the project. Chicago-based Pure New Energy USA is proposing to develop the 250-megawatt Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, which would . . . Complete story »

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