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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.

November 17, 2017 • Iowa, MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project in southern Minnesota gets pushback

GLENVILLE, Minn. – The vista from Dorenne Hansen’s kitchen window features corn and soybean fields specked with barns and tree groves. It may also one day include three wind turbine towers and a power line – not if she can help it, though. Hansen and other residents are fighting to stop the Freeborn Wind project in Freeborn County south of Albert Lea. “I want quiet and dark nights, not the noise and red flashing lights on top of wind towers,” she . . .

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November 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

‘A first for Scotland’: Sneddon’s Law windfarm blocked over safe water fears

A multi-million pound windfarm development has been halted in its tracks by Law Lords after people living nearby complained the work was polluting the water supplies to their homes. Scotland’s top civil court has rejected an appeal by England-based developer Community Windpower to push ahead with a 15-turbine development on Sneddon Law, East Ayrshire, after it was blocked by council planning officials. In what is thought to be a first for Scotland, the local authority ordered the company to stop . . .

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November 17, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine turmoil at public meeting; Residents continue to seek answers over damaged wells in wind farm area

A meeting to update residents about the progress of the North Kent Wind farm on Thursday night didn’t take long to become heated. The majority of residents in attendance wanted answers about what will be done regarding complaints about 16 water wells that have gone bad during the construction phase of the project. The mood quickly went from angry to hostile when Matthew Alexander, a hydrologist with AECOM, the consulting firm hired to do investigate well complaints, stated water samples . . .

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November 17, 2017 • Australia, FrancePrint storyE-mail story

South-west woman’s battle to protect history goes international

Port Fairy’s Maria Cameron has taken the fight to stop a wind farm being built on the final resting place of thousands of Australian Diggers in France to the heart of the battlefields. An outspoken critic of the project, the military researcher has been in demand by French media, notching up six interviews since arriving on the World War I Bullecourt battlefields this week. Her visit follows an on-site meeting last Friday by Australia’s Ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, with . . .

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November 17, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Lowville officials: portion of wind transmission line must be buried

LOWVILLE – Lowville town officials will allow the Number Three Wind project to have part of its transmission line overhead – just not the roughly two-mile portion in a residential area. Councilmen by a 5-0 vote Thursday granted a zoning waiver allowing an overhead line from the proposed wind farm’s switchyard down to Route 26; however, they required that the section between Route 26 and Route 812 be buried to address visual concerns raised by East Road residents at hearings held both . . .

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November 17, 2017 • NebraskaPrint storyE-mail story

Are wind turbines good for Nebraska?

Nebraska ranks as high as third for wind-energy potential, but it lags compared to its surrounding states in wind-energy output. There’s a seemingly increasing divide in the state on the pros and cons of wind energy. Some think adding wind turbines is a clean renewable energy source, while others say it’s an eyesore that is actually bad for the environment. Currently, Nebraska has 744 wind turbines producing electricity but according to the American Wind Energy Association, the state trails neighboring . . .

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November 17, 2017 • New York, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Fishermen worry wind farms could damage business

Fishermen are worried about an offshore wind farm proposed 30 miles out in the Atlantic from Montauk, NY, the largest fishing port in the state. They say those wind turbines – and many others that have been proposed – will impact the livelihood of fishermen in New York and New England. Scallop fisherman Chris Scola fishes in an area 14 miles off of Montauk. He and his two-man crew spend 2 ½ hours motoring there, then 10 more dredging the . . .

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November 17, 2017 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

New Philadelphia stops construction of wind turbine at Schoenbrunn Inn

NEW PHILADELPHIA Police have issued a cease-and-desist order to the management of Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center to make them stop work on a wind turbine for which they had not obtained a building permit. The Police Department also blocked parts of Garland Drive NW on Tuesday to keep traffic away from the structure, which city officials said is unsound. “Our duty is to protect the public,” said Police Chief Michael Goodwin said. “It could go down and take out . . .

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November 17, 2017 • British Columbia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Better to stick with what works in B.C.

Re: “Europe makes strides in renewable energy,” letter, Nov. 16. Yes, the Netherlands has an electric railway run by offshore wind turbines. But five years after it started, the Dutch government said offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour – about 4.5 billion euros last year. (That’s more than $6.5 billion of our dollars.) Then look at Germany, which reportedly spent $1.4 trillion on turbines. The . . .

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November 17, 2017 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Panel hears wind farm issues

A Ministerial Panel of three independent experts sat in Camperdown this week to consider amendments to the proposed Berrybank wind farm development. Originally approved in 2009 for a total of 95 turbines measuring 130 metres in height, the amendment now seeks to reduce the number of turbines to 79, but with an increased height of 180 metres. Developer Global Power Generation Australia Pty Ltd (previously known at Union Fenosa Wind Australia Pty Ltd), also sought permission for the future ‘micro-siting’ . . .

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