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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.


May 26, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Court action filed to block Black Hawk County wind farm

WATERLOO – An area farmer is asking the Black Hawk County District Court to stop development of a 35-turbine wind farm southeast of Hudson. Harold Youngblut filed an action Wednesday claiming the county Board of Adjustment acted improperly by approving a special use permit for the planned Washburn Wind Energyproject. Board members voted 3-2 April 24 to approve a special permit for the 70-megawatt industrial wind farm despite heavy opposition from surrounding property owners concerned about potential negative impacts on their . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • LouisianaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in SW Louisiana? Wind company reaches out to Jeff Davis residents

A company by the name of Vestas Wind Systems has approached a number of residents in Jeff Davis parish in regards to possibly installing industrial wind turbines in the parish. A sales agent, for the company has reached out to numerous residents in the community soliciting land owners for site placement of at least 100 wind turbines within the Hathaway area. Kevin Melton, a resident of Hathaway, says he learned of the situation after the company recently reached out to . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Some residents wary of large scale wind farm project in Seneca and Sandusky County

A potential 200 Megawatt Wind Farm with dozens or perhaps hundreds of turbines has been proposed for Eastern Seneca County and Southern Sandusky County. But a group of concerned citizens want more say in where the wind turbines could go. The Republic Wind project by Apex Clean Energy wants to establish a large scale wind farm in the rural areas of Sandusky and Seneca county between Bellevue and Tiffin. While many property owners and elected officials are thrilled at the . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Sandend residents vow to fight windfarm development to the ‘bitter end’

A tiny north-east community has vowed to fight a major windfarm development to “the bitter end”. Local residents in Sandend have been battling since the start of the year to stop offshore windfarm cables landing at the village’s beach. The sands are regarded as a “jewel in the crown” for Scottish surfing and fears have been raised the infrastructure would destroy them. Last night, villagers held private talks with Banffshire and Buchan coast MSP Stewart Stevenson. It is understood Mr . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Update: Investigation of Beaver turbine fire underway Friday

A MidAmerican Energy Co. spokesperson said Friday morning the company is investigating the cause of Thursday night’s fire in a wind turbine north of Beaver in western Boone County. “We’ve got our team working to investigate what caused the turbine fire and then what the next steps are,” said MidAmerican Energy spokesperson Kathy Krafka Harkema. “We really appreciate the support of the local fire departments and first responders. What we do know is all reports indicate that no one was . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

Military review requirement added to wind farm development process in Oklahoma

The director of a group that represents wind farm developers in Oklahoma says its members are going with the flow when it comes to a new requirement to get clearance from the U.S. Department of Defense before building any new or expanding any existing wind farms inside the state. A requirement for wind farm developers to run those plans past the Defense Department’s Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse, via the Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission, formally adds an . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Humboldt supervisors start over on wind turbine ordinance

DAKOTA CITY – Following months of meetings, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors decided to make more revisions to a proposed ordinance governing wind towers at Monday’s meeting. About 20 people attended the third reading of the ordinance and about 10 voiced their opinions in yet another 90 minute period of public input. Some landowners asked the board for greater setback distances and lower noise requirements than the proposed ordinance requires. Under the proposed ordinance, applications would be filed with the . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Farmersville Town Board to meet June 4 on turbine law

FARMERSVILLE – The Farmersville Town Board will meet in a work session June 4 to discuss controversial changes in the town’s local law on wind turbines. The town board held a public meeting May 7 to get input from residents on the proposed Alle-Catt Wind Farm, which wants to site wind turbines in the town. Most speakers opposed the wind farm while others suggested wider setbacks from property lines – up to 3,000 feet. The wind turbines will measure 585 feet from . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Local fears over plans for battery storage plant near Ballydesmond

Residents in Ballydesmond who are still awaiting An Bord Pleanála’s decision on 14 commercial wind turbines in their townland, now have a second battle on their hands as many have lodged objections against a large battery storage compound. Applicant Redfaze Ltd., based in Lissarda, hopes to put in place up to 40 battery storage units, equipment and transformers in Ballynahulla – three kilometres from the village of Ballydesmond. In addition, a planning application has been lodged for 39 battery storage . . . Complete story »


May 26, 2018 • New MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Pattern Development to acquire two wind-energy assets

Officials with Pattern Development, a company pursuing projects in northern Lincoln County, announced last week Pattern is acquiring two pending wind energy assets in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners. The purchase would be Clean Line’s second divestiture of wind energy developments of the Houston-based company, according to reports from James Miller of Placer Mountain Services, a management consultant on energy project development and grant writing. Last year, Clean Line sold the Oklahoma portion of its planned Plains & . . . Complete story »


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