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December 6, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Permit denied for Burleigh-Emmons wind project

The Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 5-3 late Wednesday to deny a permit for the proposed Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, following a four-hour meeting with passionate testimony from both sides. More than 500 citizens attended the rescheduled public hearing, which was held in the Bismarck Event Center’s main arena, with more than half wearing a shade of red, representing opposition to the project. Chicago-based Pure New Energy USA is proposing to develop the 250-megawatt Burleigh-Emmons Wind Farm, which would . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2018 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM shoots down massive wind farm proposal in southern Nevada

Searchlight, Nevada – Numbers of renewable energy projects in southwestern desert areas have risen dramatically in the past ten years, therefore it came as a surprise on Friday afternoon, November 30, when the BLM announced the agency’s refusal to allow the Crescent Peak Wind Project (CPW) to be built on 32,351 acres of pristine southern Nevada wild lands. With North American headquarters in Reno, Eolus Vind is a Swedish wind farm developer who had earlier announced to the township of . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2018 • California, NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

BLM rejects massive wind farm along California-Nevada border

Federal regulators have knocked the wind out of another renewable energy project planned for the desert west of Searchlight. The Bureau of Land Management has decided to reject a Sweden-based energy company’s application to build more than 200 turbines, each the height of a skyscraper, along a 22-mile stretch of the Nevada-California border. The project would have covered more than 32,500 acres of public land adjacent to two wilderness areas in Nevada and the Mojave National Preserve and Castle Mountains . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Pincher Creek MPC rejects wind project

In a case which could have implications for the provincial government’s ambitious targets for renewable energy generation, the Municipal Planning Commission for the MD of Pincher Creek, which has one of the largest densities of wind farms in southern Alberta, rejected the proposed Windy Point Wind Project earlier this month after about 80 local landowners said enough was enough. “There’s two issues,” said Bill Trafford, president of the Livingstone Landowners Group which led the charge against Windy Point. “When you . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2018 • QuebecPrint storyE-mail story

François Legault puts the brakes on $600M Apuiat wind-farm project

QUEBEC CITY – Premier François Legault has scuttled the $600-million Apuiat wind farm project near Port Cartier on the North Shore, at least until Hydro-Québec has sold its surplus inventory. Legault made the announcement Thursday night after meeting for nearly two hours with Innu leaders in the offices of the Department of Energy and Natural Resources. The announcement put an end to several months of controversy, with critics having urged the newly elected premier to reconsider his position. “There will be . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

EDF has no immediate wind energy project plans after DeKalb County ordinance passed

SYCAMORE – EDF Renewables representatives said the new DeKalb County wind energy ordinance is “unworkable” by design and the company is pulling its plans to develop wind projects under these circumstances. Shanelle Montana, project development director for EDF Renewables, said the wind energy development company is looking at its options after the county ordinance was adopted during a Nov. 21 board meeting and will get a feel for what the incoming County Board thinks about wind energy. Right now, she . . . Complete story »

November 21, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbors in eastern Iowa fight to bring down turbines — and win

FAIRBANK, Ia. – Developers who invested $11 million to install three wind turbines in eastern Iowa are tearing them down, after losing a legal battle waged by nearby residents. It’s only the second time nationally a judge has ordered wind turbines to be torn down and a first in Iowa. “It’s great. We love it,” said Cheyney Hershey, whose young family lives near the turbines. “You can’t sit outside on the deck and have a conversation without the constant thumping of . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans for new windfarm at Newton Mearns rejected by Scottish Government reporter

A Scottish Government-appointed reporter has kicked out an appeal to create a new windfarm in Newton Mearns. Moorhouse Windfarm Ltd had an application for six turbines, between Shieldhill Farm and Moor Road, rejected for the third time after aviation chiefs claimed they could lose track of planes over the site. East Renfrewshire Council knocked back the plans in March this year when the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) claimed a windfarm could interfere with their radars in Glasgow and Cumbernauld. . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Motion to intervene on turbine appeal denied

The Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected a motion to intervene in the court order to shut down Falmouth’s two wind turbines as a nuisance, upholding Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II’s decision. “We see no reason to disturb the judge’s ruling,” Associate Justices Peter J. Rubin, Gabrielle R. Wolohojian, and Amy L. Blake wrote in their decision, noting the history of the litigation. “Here, [Judge Moriarty] properly considered that intervention would delay and complicate the final resolution that was . . . Complete story »

November 9, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Company scraps plan for county wind farm

ROCKFORD – Apex Clean Energy is scrapping plans for a proposed 450-megawatt wind farm in southern Van Wert and northern Mercer counties, with company officials saying current state policies have created unnecessary barriers. Dahvi Wilson, ACE’s vice president of public affairs, wrote in a statement to the newspaper that the state’s policies have made their continued investment in Ohio a “highly risky proposition.” Amendments made to the state’s budget in 2014 created “one of the nation’s strictest wind-turbine setback laws, . . . Complete story »

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