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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.

July 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Powered-down turbines continue to cost Falmouth money

Although no longer spinning, Falmouth’s two wind turbines may continue to draw upon town coffers for years to come. To erect Wind 1, officials borrowed about $5 million and promised the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center what are known as renewable energy certificates. To pay for Wind 2, officials received a $4.865 million loan from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust. Those agreements still stand, even if the turbines—ordered shut down by a Barnstable County Superior Court judge in late June—fail . . .

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July 22, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm runs into opposition in Ocean City, Congress

Ocean City officials are resisting a plan to build a wind farm off Maryland’s coast – among the first of its kind in the nation – and they are taking their fight to Congress. The $1.4 billion project, in the works for seven years, would put as many as 187 wind turbines off the coast of the state’s best-known beach destination. Though the developer has already moved the proposed site farther off shore than originally planned, town officials say the towering structures . . .

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July 22, 2017 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Wind turbines can impact human and animal health’ says noise boffin speaking in NI

A low frequency noise boffin is speaking in Co Tyrone about the possible impact of wind turbines on people’s health. Professor Mariana Alves-Pereira is a specialist in biological responses to infrasound and low frequency noise. Her research in Portugal found that a family living near turbines had impaired brain function, while control of their breathing was also affected. Subsidies for green energy sources have seen Northern Ireland covered in wind turbines in the last decade. Professor Alves-Pereira said: “Our research . . .

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July 22, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Bat, bird deaths focus of wind farm study

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is leading a study of how a NorthWestern Energy-owned wind farm called Spion Kop is affecting bats and birds east of Great Falls. One of the initial findings is that the project has been harder on bats than a pre-construction study predicted, with bats possibly mistaking the turbines for trees. But no raptor carcasses have been discovered, with NorthWestern crediting upfront investigation into the location of raptor nests prior to the siting of giant turbines . . .

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July 22, 2017 • Editorials, OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

The public deserves to know problem

The operators of a wind farm east of Enid continue to work to find out why one turbine suffered a catastrophic failure. Sometimes during the night of May 31-June 1, one blade on the turbine broke off and landed about 100 yards away in a cornfield. The turbine has been fixed and is operating again, said NextEra Energy spokesman Bryan Garner. General Electric, manufacturer of the turbines and turbine blades at the Enid area wind farm, has the damaged blade . . .

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July 22, 2017 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines only enrich billionaires

Help me, please. Explain why Wyoming voted for Trump. We currently are building the Barack Obama Legacy Wind Farm (aka Chokecherry/Sierra Madre) and soon we will have the Barack Obama Legacy Wind Farm #2 (too many names to list here) in Shirley Basin. Eternal shrines to the legacy of Obama saving the Earth. Such love for a savior of the planet, yet Trump was elected? Why? Why not Hillary? That MAGA stuff – China is sponsoring employment education and participating in . . .

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July 22, 2017 • BulgariaPrint storyE-mail story

Better to ask forgiveness than permission: Bulgaria to ban new construction on Cape Kaliakra

Bulgaria’s Environment Minister Neno Dimov said on July 21 that the country has reached a settlement with the European Commission in relation to a conservation lawsuit that Bulgaria lost in the European Court of Justice. In its January 2016 ruling, the court found that Bulgaria failed to protect unique habitats and important species in the Kaliakra special protection area at the Black Sea coast. The settlement, which Dimov presented to mayors of municipalities in the protected area, was described by . . .

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July 22, 2017 • Letters, MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind project still doesn’t add up

As Jeffrey M. Grybowski of Deepwater Wind has a vested interest in an offshore wind project that I criticized, it is not surprising that has chosen to spin the facts to his advantage (“Offshore wind power has a bright future in Md.,” July 18). In contrast, I have no such vested interest – other than a concern over the state spending my money and that of other residents in a wise and efficient manner. In my commentary (“Md. offshore wind projects . . .

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July 21, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Fish and wildlife officials want updated information for Galloo Island wind project review

Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service argue that Apex Clean Energy must secure more updated information to assess the Galloo Island wind project’s potential wildlife impacts. In a letter to the Public Service Commission signed by David A. Stilwell, supervisor for the service’s New York field office, officials encouraged Apex Clean Energy to coordinate with the service and other environmental agencies and include more recent studies in its project application for the state Article 10 law review process. . . .

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July 21, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Late distance amendment could derail offshore wind project

OCEAN CITY – Less than 24 hours after Ocean City officials voted to send another letter to potential offshore wind farm developers over the distance from shore issue, Congressman Andy Harris was successful in getting an amendment passed that could derail the project altogether. Harris, who represents Maryland’s first congressional district, on Tuesday was able to attach an amendment on a Department of the Interior appropriations bill that will prohibit the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessments . . .

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