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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.

June 22, 2017 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Supervisors continue investigations of turbine concerns

During Tuesday’s Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting, supervisors indicated that investigation and research is still ongoing related to concerns raised at previous meetings, surrounding a planned wind farm in the northwest portion of Clay County. Both in communication with, and independent of, APEX Clean Energy, supervisors suggested that they were currently working to address or alleviate concerns raised surrounding possible tile and infrastructure damages, decommissioning arrangements and aerial application. “One of the concerns that we have is our drainage . . .

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June 22, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Longford councillors approve ‘phenomenal’ wind turbine development charges

Companies looking to construct industrial wind turbines in Co Longford look set to be hit with a 1000 per cent development charge increase. Councillors approved the measure following a hotly debated notice of motion submitted by Independent Cllr Mark Casey. The Lanesboro based representative had sought members backing to raise current development charges for industrial wind turbines from €7,190 to €70,000 per megawatt produced.e In attempting to explain his rationale for the large-scale increase, Cllr Casey said the changes would . . .

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June 22, 2017 • Editorials, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind noise should be overseen by state, not developer

Several years ago, a company based in Maine wanted to build a biomass/wood pellet manufacturing facility in Pownal at the former Green Mountain Race Track. What followed was more than a year of public hearings, permit applications, and controversy. In order to get a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service Board, which it never did, Beaver Wood Energy LLC had to obtain a number of other state permits, among them a water withdrawal permit. The facility needed . . .

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June 22, 2017 • Opinions, TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Don’t like to brag … but maybe just this one time?

My parents taught me not to brag. Even when it came to athletic endeavors, Dad always said, “Let your game do the talking.” Well, what’s the fun in that? Just kidding. But this is one time – as word came last week that Apex Energy will halt its plans for the Crab Orchard Wind Farm “indefinitely” – I would like to do a bit of bragging. First, I think the Fairfield Glade community as a whole deserves to be bragged upon. Not . . .

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June 22, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

The rise of wind energy raises questions about its reliability

Steven Somsen’s farm got a new addition last year, breaking up fields of wheat and soybeans that span as far as the eye can see from his rural North Dakota home. “We ended up with some towers on our property,” he says, nodding toward the giant, spinning, white wind turbines dotting the farmland around his house. Xcel Energy, a Midwest-based utility, installed three on his land, among the 100 turbines placed near his remote community of Courtenay. “It’s something different . . .

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June 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth powers down second wind turbine following court ruling

Falmouth Board of Selectmen ordered the halt of the operation of a controversial wind turbine after a Barnstable County Superior Court judge Tuesday, June 20, deemed the town-owned power source a nuisance. Members met in emergency session around 6 PM after learning Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II affirmed the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals’ position on turbines Wind 1 and Wind 2, said Town Manager Julian M. Suso. They will meet again in executive session—closed to the public—on Monday, June . . .

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June 22, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind tower pile driving protest to be held in CK

Water Wells First is planning to hold a peaceful demonstration Thursday morning to protest the start of the North Kent 1 wind turbines. Group spokesperson Kevin Jakubec says loud pile driving began Wednesday morning at the site on Darrell Line. Jakubec insists that vibration from the pile driving is disturbing the local aquifer and contaminating well water with heavy metals. He says the area is too sensitive for the pile driving. “Large clangs that sounded like a church bell going . . .

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June 22, 2017 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

A look back at the Wind Farm journey

Starting in March of 2016, The Vista – “Fairfield Glade’s Community Newspaper” – informed its readers about the Apex Wind Farm project and the issues it presented to us and all of Cumberland County through nearly 50 articles and commentaries – not including countless Letters to the Editor allowing residents to speak their mind about the project. Here is a look back, chronologically, at some of the highlights: 2014 Cumberland County leaders met with Apex Energy to hear about a proposed Wind . . .

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June 22, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

County planning board, town councilmen suggest that Hopkinton wind tower setbacks and overlay zone are ‘too restrictive’

HOPKINTON – The St. Lawrence County Planning Board and two town councilmen have suggested that wind turbine setbacks and the wind overlay zone may be too restrictive. The planning board recommended that the Town of Hopkinton board change setbacks, allowing them to be closer to property lines. Avangrid, a subsidiary of Iberdrola, is heading the North Ridge Wind Farm, which calls for about 40 wind towers to be constructed in Hopkinton and Parishville. As it stands now, setbacks would be . . .

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June 22, 2017 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Town discusses possible Antrim Wind construction extension

Antrim select board members continued to hash out a potential construction-extension agreement between the town and an energy company that is looking to build nine wind turbines along Tuttle Hill. Antrim Wind Energy has proposed a one-time payment of $100,000 in exchange for an extension on its commercial operation date. The payment could extend the company’s commercial operation date from Dec. 31, 2018 to the same day the following year. Already the energy company has agreed to pay the town . . .

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