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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.


November 20, 2019 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Iowa County Board of Supervisors approves, adopts wind ordinance

A long-debated wind ordinance in Iowa County has officially been approved and adopted by the county’s board of supervisors. The agreement sets regulations on where energy companies can place wind turbines across the county. In August, the Iowa County Board of Supervisors voted down a proposed ordinance after representatives from two energy companies argued it was too restrictive, but others argued it was too lenient. “The 2,000-foot setback on the non-participating [residents], would really hinder future development in this county,” . . . Complete story »


November 16, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Police and demonstrators injured in Thursday’s wind farm protest, what happens next?

Videos shared across social media show how Thursday night’s protest of the Na Pua Makani wind farm escalated between demonstrators and police, as equipment was being moved. 26 people were arrested overnight. Honolulu Police Department Assistant Chief, John McCarthy said the police did their best to hold back the crowds of demonstrators so that the equipment could get through. “If the crowd pushes, we have to maintain that line, just for that safety reason,” said McCarthy. “They were asked repeatedly . . . Complete story »


October 29, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Police arrest 16 for trying to block convoy of equipment for wind farm project

Sixteen people were arrested in late Sunday into early Monday in an attempt to block a convoy of heavy equipment for a wind farm project on Oahu’s North Shore, according to Honolulu police records. The arrests – starting around 11:20 p.m. Sunday – were made in Kalaeloa, where the turbine towers and blades are currently stored. The new arrests bring the total to 127 arrests over the past few weeks in Kalaeloa and Kahuku. Police said some protesters attached themselves with PVC . . . Complete story »


October 28, 2019 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms don’t lead to a windfall

Corn and soybeans have long been cash crops for Indiana farmers. Soon mother nature may be a money maker with wind harvested hundreds of feet in the air. There’s a proposed E-on wind farm for Posey and Gibson counties, but in some parts of Indiana where wind farms turn, not everyone sees dollar signs. Blowing through Tipton county, about an hour north of Indy, blades have struck a chord and caused a riff among thousands who’ve planted roots. “I kind . . . Complete story »


October 28, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku wind farm protesters plan to stand their ground during construction

KITV4’s Annalisa Burgos spoke to Sulu’ape Riccy Boy Novera, who was among the nearly 100 people arrested while protesting AES’ Na Pua Makani wind farm planned in Kahuku. The group Ku Kia’i Kahuku have been protesting for more than a week, since construction began. Just this morning, 13 protesters from were arrested outside the construction site, after blocking access to the road. In Kalaeloa, where equipment is stored, 27 were arrested in protests overnight. Novera says they will stand their . . . Complete story »


October 28, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Kahuku students join protest against controversial wind farm project

“A’ole wind turbines! Kapu aloha!” shouted about 100 students of Kahuku High and Intermediate Schools, as the youth staged their own protest against a wind farm planned in their community. “Our main purpose was to visualize that the Kahuku students do have a purpose, have a voice and want it to be heard,” said Tealani Wasson, 16, who organized the event. Students say they wanted to do their part and speak out, so they organized to meet after school, write . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2019 • SwedenPrint storyE-mail story

Här dumpades schaktmassor från vindkraftbygget i Viksjö

[A thousand truckloads of excavation waste were unlawfully dumped in the forest in connection with the construction of the future wind farm in Viksjö, northwest of Härnösand. The company has previously been reported to the police and is now at risk of new police reports. (translate article to English)] SVT:s reporter Peter Nässén i området där vindkraftbolaget ertappats med att ha tippat stora mängder massor utan tillstånd. Tusen lastbilslass med schaktmassor dumpades otillåtet i skogen i samband med bygget av den . . . Complete story »


October 24, 2019 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Adding a wind farm to Marion County still concerns landowners

A fight against a wind farm in Marion County continues after some residents said they were not notified of changes to the zoning or updates on the project. Amy Stutzman built her log cabin in 2016 just feet away from where a potential wind turbine could be installed. At the time of building, she was unaware of zoning changes. Stutzman said a Wind Energy Conversion System (WECS) overlay map was changed to include the entire county. “Had those maps of . . . Complete story »


October 24, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers see a first glimpse of a wind turbine under construction in Kahuku

Since Thursday, there have been at least 107 arrests as protesters try to stop the transport of wind turbine parts for AES Na Pua Makani wind farm in Kahuku. Police say some protesters are attaching themselves with PVC pipe and handcuffs. Company officials say despite the arrests, the project and transport of massive turbine parts from Kalaeloa to Kahuku are still on track. “It’s a delicate balance no doubt. It’s important to recognize that we are a permitted project. We . . . Complete story »


October 23, 2019 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm fight shows conflict over green energy projects

As protests of a planned wind farm in Kahuku continue, opponents are also battling the project in the courts. More than 100 people have been arrested so far at wind farm blockades. The opposition might have appeared to come out of nowhere. But in fact, wind farm projects are no stranger to controversy. In 2008, then–Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann put a stop to a proposed wind farm near Kahe Power plant – mostly because of nearby heiau. “I do believe wind . . . Complete story »


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