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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.


May 30, 2019 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra Energy cancels plans for two wind power projects

NextEra Energy Resources has withdrawn plans to construct two wind farms in western Oklahoma. The decision follows Governor Kevin Stitt signing a law that ensures wind turbine construction doesn’t interfere with low-level military training routes. Full Transcript Katelyn Howard: This is the Business Intelligence Report, a weekly conversation about business news in Oklahoma. I’m Katelyn Howard, and with me is Russell Ray, editor of The Journal Record. Thanks for joining me today, Russell. Russell Ray: It’s good to be here, . . . Complete story »


May 24, 2019 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind turbine taken down

A huge wind turbine near Castlewellan which was at the centre of a recent Planning Appeals Commission hearing has been taken down. The decision to remove for the 225kw turbine located on an elevated site in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at Dundrinne Road was confirmed at the end of last month. Planning permission was originally granted in January 2009 for a 15-metre high domestic turbine on land 350 metres south west of 63 Dundrinne Road. The permission . . . Complete story »


May 23, 2019 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Southern Burleigh County wind farm project officially dead

The battle over a proposed wind farm in Southern Burleigh and Northern Emmons County – Is over. Chicago Based PNE Wind wanted to build over 70 wind turbines in that area but faced stiff opposition of area residents. PNE’s application for a special use permit was eventually denied by the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission. Last month they sold the project to Next-Era Energy subsidiary, Burke Wind. Last night NextEra officials met with leaseholders in Linton to tell them they . . . Complete story »


May 21, 2019 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra Energy pulls plug on two wind power projects

NextEra Energy Resources dropped plans Friday for construction of two wind farms in western Oklahoma, following the passage of a law protecting low-level military training routes in planning of wind farms. The scrapped projects were Minco V, a 220-megawatt, 90-turbine wind farm planned for Caddo County, and Crowder, a 250-megawatt, 100-turbine wind farm planned for Washita County. The $270 million Minco V project would have employed 200 during construction and 12 operators permanently, and the $300 million Crowder project would . . . Complete story »


May 15, 2019 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Ring of steel’ wind farm at Carsphairn refused

A wind farm which Mountaineering Scotland claimed would form a “ring of steel” around a Galloway hill has been rejected. Dumfries and Galloway Council refused the 10-turbine project in August 2017. Developers then appealed to the Scottish government over the Longburn scheme near Cairnsmore of Carsphairn. A reporter has now concluded that while it would have economic benefits they did not outweigh the adverse effect on the landscape. Mountaineering Scotland – formerly known as the Mountaineering Council of Scotland – . . . Complete story »


May 11, 2019 • EstoniaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Saaremaa wind turbine blocked

The municipal government on the island of Saaremaa has blocked the building of a wind turbine, BNS reports. A company called OÜ Energialevi had planned to erect a 142.5 meter-high turbing at Uudibe, near the village of Salme, but was turned down by local authorites, according to regional daily Saarte Hääl. The reason given was planning issues related to the region’s land use, as well as opposition from local residents, and the environment board, it is reported. “It’s fine for . . . Complete story »


April 26, 2019 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

No wind farm for DeWitt County: Board rejects $300 million plan

CLINTON – A $300 million wind farm will not be coming to DeWitt County. The DeWitt County Board voted 6-5 with one abstention Thursday night against a special-use permit from Tradewind Energy. The vote was taken after a two-hour meeting before a crowd of about 300 people at Clinton High School. Previously, the county’s Zoning Board of Appeals and Regional Planning Commission also rejected the plan. “We’re elated,” said Andrea Rhoades, one of several residents living within the footprint of the . . . Complete story »


April 23, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Company cancels plans for wind farm with 49 turbines in Michigan’s UP

Plans calling for a wind farm featuring 49 turbines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have been called off due to multiple delays in the planning stages, among other reasons. The Associated Press reports that Renewable Energy Systems will not pursue its wind farm it had planned for L’Anse Township in Baraga County. The company stated that the project didn’t make sense financially or logistically anymore, according to A,P. Originally, the company planned a facility featuring at least 49 turbines standing about . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm shuttered: Facing May 7 referendum, process delays cited as reason

The Summit Lake Wind Farm is no longer being pursued, according to a press release from Renewable Energy Systems issued Friday. “After a careful review of several factors, RES has decided to discontinue the development of the Summit Lake Wind project,” Sean Stocker, RES Project Manager, said in the release. “We have enjoyed working with the local community and want to thank all the landowners and supporters of the Summit Lake Wind project.” The release cited “continued delays in the . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2019 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Developer to discontinue L’Anse Township wind farm development

The developer behind a proposed wind farm in L’Anse Township says it is no longer pursuing the project. In a press release Friday morning, Renewable Energy Systems said “continued delays in the planning process have ceased to make the project financially and logistically viable.” The Summit Lake Wind Project is a proposed 130 MW wind farm near the Huron Mountains on Weyerhaeuser Land. “After a careful review of several factors, RES has decided to discontinue the development of the Summit . . . Complete story »


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