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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

August 13, 2020 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Collapse of weather mast at proposed wind farm site under investigation

A meteorological mast at the site of the proposed Delburn wind farm has collapsed, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. OSMI Australia confirmed that the mast was vandalised and, as a result, collapsed in an uncontrolled manner. OSMI director Peter Marriott said he was “incredibly disappointed” about the damage caused. “We were notified through an internal system that the mast had failed and upon inspection it was clear that it had fallen to the ground, it was very . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

Permit application stalls as recommendation revised

A decision on whether a proposed wind farm in Morgan County will move forward will wait two more weeks as county officials update a draft recommendation with 41 conditions proposed by Patrick Engineering. The Morgan County Board of Appeals received an independent report from Patrick Engineering that provided the board with several conditions that will be added to a recommendation for the county board. The conditions would need to be met prior to project approval from county commissioners. Holly McCoy-Nelson, . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Zoning ordinance moves to Gibson County Commissioners

The decision to implement zoning in Gibson County will move to the county commissioners. The county’s advisory plan commission voted in favor of the issue. Gibson is the only county in Indiana that doesn’t have a county-wide zoning ordinance. To change that has prompted ongoing debate for at least a year. During the advisory plan commission meeting, Wednesday people heard about the process of getting to where they are now and making the decision to move forward with zoning. Many . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm activity questioned at meeting

A letter from a Dickinson County resident questioning the county’s policy regarding the wind farm located south of Abilene in Marion County left commissioners wondering if there are new developments. During the Aug. 6 Dickinson County Commission meeting, Commissioner Craig Chamberlin said the commission had received an email asking questions about the Diamond Vista wind farm, owned by Enel Green Power North America. The wind farm is in Marion County, just south of the Dickinson-Marion County line. Although wind farm . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Ex-defendants want wind farm to pay

Defendants dropped from a suit filed by Expedition Wind are seeking reimbursement of $34,242.50 in legal expenses along with sanctions against the wind-farm company. Tom Britain, Susan Mayo, Brandon Butts, and Michelle Butts, along with Randall Eitzen, who remains a defendant, were sued in April for $35 million. They were accused of tortious interference and abuse of process by Eitzen. Eitzen, lead plaintiff in three suits earlier filed against the county, the wind farm company, and the planning commission, also . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal on refusal of Budweiser logo on Gwent Levels wind turbine

A Budweiser advert could still be displayed at the top of a 150-metre high wind turbine on the Gwent Levels near Newport if a planning appeal is successful. The contentious turbine, recently granted planning permission to be 20-metres taller than originally planned, will be built on a field off Rush Wall Lane near Redwick to provide renewable energy for the Magor brewery. But while the turbine has won approval, a plan to display the logo of the brewery’s flagship brand, . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds

The Trump administration argued the deaths of birds that fly into oil pits, mining sites, telecommunications towers, wind turbines and other hazards should be treated as accidents and not subject to prosecution. Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Plans being drawn up for new wind farm near Walkerburn

Plans are being drawn up for another wind farm in the Borders to add, if approved, a dozen further turbines to the scores already dotted across the region’s skylines. A scoping report for a windpower site comprising 12 turbines up to 180m tall on land north and east of Old Caberston, near Walkerburn, was submitted to Scottish Borders Council planners this week, paving the way for an application at a later date. The wind farm at Scawd Law now being . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind to pay town $34.4 million in mitigation money

Vineyard Wind has agreed to pay the town $34.4 million over the next 45 years as financial mitigation for the 84-turbine offshore wind farm it’s proposed 14 miles southwest of Madaket that some town officials, preservationists, fishermen and environmentalists see as potentially environmentally and visually devastating. The offshore wind-energy company has also agreed to move the first row of turbines back on its 250-square-mile, 800-megawatt-project site, paint the turbines a non-reflective gray color and install an aircraft detection lighting system . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Third petition questions energy security

Shetland Islands Council (SIC) has received a third petition from islanders concerned with the decision making process that led to the approval of the Viking Energy wind farm and associated infrastructure. Petitioners are particularly concerned that a proposal to replace Lerwick power station with a liquid natural gas (LNG) power station to secure long-term energy security for the isles has – as they see it – not been considered fully. Twenty three signatories, led by Colin Fraser from Whiteness, are . . . Complete story »

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