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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

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.


January 23, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Windfarm has ruined my family’s life’

Richard Hobson from Ballycumber is fearful for his children’s future after a huge wind turbine was installed right above his house. Ballycumber Wind Farm consists of six wind turbines near Tinahely in South Wicklow. Richard says the light flicker and noise levels are the “worst possible things” for his two small boys with autism, one of whom has epilepsy and the other hypersensitivity. He says his story is a warning to others that companies can ‘quietly put plans in place . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines shut down amid investigation into collapse

A company in Chatham-Kent, Ont. has shut down all 51 of its wind turbines as a precaution until an investigation reveals what caused one of the turbines to collapse last Friday. The turbine in Raleigh Township, near the corner of Drake Road and the 16th Line, collapsed on itself. Representatives from the company which owns the turbine, TerraForm Power, were at the site Monday inspecting the damage. The area has been blocked off with temporary plastic fencing. “It’s a warning . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Controversy blowing in over wind farm

LEXINGTON, ILL. – McLean County is home to two wind farms, and may soon be home to two more. One of those is coming with lots of controversy. A meeting Monday night stemmed from a state law allowing counties to regulate wind turbine construction near municipalities. In 2016 McLean County passed that ordinance meaning communities like Lexington can decide whether or not turbines can be go up within a mile and a half of the city. Now the proposal in . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

McNaughton calls for moratorium on wind projects

A green energy company based in Maryland is investigating after a wind turbine in Raleigh Township buckled and collapsed late last week. There is extensive damage to the turbine, located near the intersection of Drake Side Road and 16th Line in Chatham-Kent, but no injuries or other property damage was reported. Crews from TerraForm Power have installed metal fencing to cordon off the area around the turbine, as well as placed platforms in advance of the expected heavy machinery to . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Senator wants end to wind power tax breaks

CHARLESTON – For state Sen. Randy Smith, 18 years is long enough for tax breaks on wind power projects. One of the many bills Smith, R-Tucker, has introduced during this year’s legislative session is to repeal the tax break the wind power companies receive. West Virginia has hundreds of windmills dotting the skylines, and, according to Smith, communities are missing out on thousands of tax dollars. “Usually when we grant a tax break, there is a sunset law limiting it for . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

MPP wants other turbine towers inspected

Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Rick Nicholls wants assurances the other turbine towers that are part of a wind farm in south Raleigh won’t topple over like one did overnight Friday. Nicholls knows the company is looking into the cause of the collapse, but added, “I want to call on the ownership of those turbines to do a thorough inspection of all the remaining turbines in that wind farm.” The MPP said he wants to know the results of the investigation, including the . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Lord Iveagh joins call for ‘urgent intervention ’ at Knock Iveagh

The Friends of Knock Iveagh have appealed to the Department of Infrastructure to intervene as they continue their campaign against a wind turbine at Knock Iveagh outside Rathfriland. Experts believe that Knock Iveagh was the place where local ‘kings’ we re inaugurated and was considered a ‘sacred hill’. It is also the setting for a nationally important Neolithic burial cairn more than 5000 years old, which is a scheduled monument. In a letter sent to the Annaclone Historical Society, Lord . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Noise expert provides testimony

A discussion about noise decibels and wind turbines dominated Monday’s Montgomery County Commissioners meeting held in the Crawfordsville City Council Chamber. Several residents, from both sides of the ongoing debate, gathered to hear the much anticipated presentation from an sound levels expert, and in particular the health impact of sound. The guest speaker was commissioners’ first public attempt at gaining more information about a potential change in the county wind farm ordinance as requested by local activist group “No Wind . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Bring in the experts

The Crawfordsville City Building was filled to capacity again as the Windfarms discussion continues at Montgomery County Commissioners meetings. There is great concern among some community members as to how the unheard sound frequency or “decibels” from the wind mills and the affect it can have on people. Commissioner Phil Bane reached out to experts at Purdue University to explain and educate the Commissioners as well as the public as to the affects decibel limits possibly have on health. Bane . . . Complete story »


January 23, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

North Ridge Wind Farm no longer plans to have turbines in Parishville

According to [Rodney Votra, town supervisor], Parishville heard from both pro- and anti-wind residents that they did not want the town to negotiate a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with Avangrid, instead wanting the company to pay the full amount of assessed taxes, something the town stuck to in negotiations. “That probably is a large part of why Avangrid revamped their plan,” Mr. Votra said. Parishville also had a wind law with different requirements than Hopkinton currently has on issues like sound levels and setbacks, although Hopkinton is updating its wind law, and it is unclear what the final law will require. Complete story »


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