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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.

October 27, 2021 • CaliforniaPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial wind farm rejected after Shasta supervisors back commission, cite fire risks

Another marathon meeting brought the same result. After more than 10 hours of public comments, Shasta County supervisors voted 4-1 to deny an appeal by a company that wants to build a controversial wind farm in the Intermountain area just west of Burney. Tuesday night’s denial upholds the June 22 unanimous decision by the Shasta County Planning Commission to reject the use permit for the Fountain Wind project. Commissioners heard nearly 10 hours of public testimony before their vote. A . . . Complete story »

October 2, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Permission refused for 150m Offaly wind turbines

Offaly County Council has turned down an application for a 150m high wind turbine on land close to the Tullamore bypass. A Dublin-based company, Natural Forces Renewable Energy Ltd said it was working with a local group, Clonminch Sustainable Energy Community (SEC), to install the 4.2MW turbine in a field owned by John McGrath, Ashfield House, Clonminch. The turbine was to be built 400m from the N52 bypass and the company said the project would be 51% community-owned when complete. . . . Complete story »

August 27, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Cherokee County Commissioners reject wind turbine proposal

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kans. – Wind turbines won’t be coming to Cherokee County anytime soon. At least not if county commissioners have a say in the matter. And they do. A company out of Texas has reached out to the county to gauge interest in leasing land, which would house the turbines. A special meeting was held Thursday morning between commissioners, residents and representatives from the company – RWE in America. They were also joined by Labette and Neosho county commissioners, who voiced . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2021 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Reno County wind farm blocked, lawsuit under way

At least one potential wind project in Kansas has been stopped – at least for now. A petition circulated in Reno County last year blocked the issuance of a permit to the company seeking to develop an industrial wind generation facility near Pretty Prairie. The petition required a unanimous vote of the Reno County Commission to move the permit forward, and with a 2-1 vote, effectively killed the permit for the facility. The wind company – Pretty Prairie Wind LLC, a subsidiary . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Circle Power hits standstill with Scotia wind farm

The winds are gone from circle power’s sails. On July 30th EGLE rejected the company’s proposal to build 12 wind turbines in the Stanton and Adams township area. Hugh McDiarmid of EGLE says that the threat to bats and raptors is too great to approve the Scotia wind farm at this time. Due to the severe loss in population to the Northern Long Eared Bat, as a result of White Nose Syndrome, nearly 90% of the bat’s population has been . . . Complete story »

August 5, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Scotia Wind Farm permit denied

Several state and federal agencies are opposed to a wind farm proposed for Adams and Stanton Townships. Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) cited concerns over potential effects on local bat populations as being the main driver in denying a permit to Circle Power. James Mihelcic from the Guardians of the Keweenaw Ridge says the group is preparing for more work ahead. In their application, Circle Power had already talked about possible sites in Gratiot Lake and . . . Complete story »

August 3, 2021 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

EGLE denies permit for wind turbine project

HOUGHTON – Permits for the proposed wind turbine project in Adams and Stanton townships have been denied by the state over concerns of harm to wildlife, including bat and eagle populations, and wetlands. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Water Resources Division (WRD) determined the Scotia Wind project did not benefit the public enough to outweigh potential impact to wildlife and wetlands at the site. “Due to the applicant’s lack of a feasible and prudent alternative analysis . . . Complete story »

July 30, 2021 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Bradford Water Auth says no to wind turbines

The Bradford City Water Authority has turned down a request from an energy company looking to put 15 to 23 wind turbines on the watershed. At Wednesday’s meeting, the authority declined a preliminary agreement that would have allowed AES Energy “to perform a study of the watershed to determine if conditions were suitable for the installation of between 15 to 23 wind turbines,” said Steve Disney, executive director of the water authority. After the meeting, he explained that AES approached . . . Complete story »

July 21, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for Cahermurphy windfarm rejected

Planning permission for a controversial wind farm in Cahermurphy has been rejected by Clare County Council. Mid Clare Renewable Energy (MCRE) Windfarm Ltd lodged the plans in September for the ten wind turbines with Clare County Council on Friday opting against giving the development the green light. Over 100 submissions were received by the local authority from the public, community groups and elected representatives. Among them were Violet Anne Wynne TD (SF), Senator Timmy Dooley (FF), Senator Roisin Garvey (GP), . . . Complete story »

July 17, 2021 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council rejects planning permission application for Cahermurphy wind farm

Plans for a controversial wind farm in West Clare have been rejected by Clare County Council. The proposal for the project near Kilmihil had received significant opposition from a number of local residents. Plans for the 10-turbine wind farm were lodged by Mid Clare Renewable Energy Windfarm Ltd in September 2020. They have now been rejected by the local authority. An environmental impact statement lodged with the application had stated that the proposed project would have created 72 jobs and . . . Complete story »

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