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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.

February 25, 2017 • U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Turbine blades pose ‘substantial threat’ to migratory bats — study

The expansion of wind turbines across North America could drive one of the most common migratory bat species to the brink of extinction, according to a new study that calls on regulators and the wind power industry to take immediate steps to address the problem. The study, published this week in the journal Biological Conservation, investigated whether fatalities at wind power sites “could impact population viability of migratory bats, focusing on the hoary bat, the species most frequently killed by . . .

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February 25, 2017 • HawaiiPrint storyE-mail story

State might let wind farm kill more bats

A Maui wind farm wants the government to increase the number of endangered Hawaiian hoary bats it is allowed to kill, after passing the limit 15 years ahead of schedule. SunEdison Inc., owner of the 21-megawatt wind facility called Kaheawa Wind Power II, requested to increase the amount of hoary bats the facility is allowed to kill to 62 from 11 bats over its 20-year project with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. DLNR proposed to approve the increase . . .

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February 25, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Swanton wind project does not meet regional plan

ST. ALBANS, Vt. – A Franklin County wind project is facing new opposition. At a meeting Wednesday night, the Northwest Regional Planning Commission said the Swanton Wind Proposal does not conform to portions of the 2015 regional plan. They found it does not conform in areas including resources, aesthetic and orderly development of the region. Swanton Wind said in a statement it is “confused and disappointed by the Commission’s decision.” A representative tells WCAX News they believe their project meets . . .

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February 25, 2017 • MarylandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind-power developer appealing Dan’s Mountain denial

CUMBERLAND – A wind-power developer hoping to place 17 turbines atop Dan’s Mountain is appealing an administrative judge’s order that effectively killed the project. Dan’s Mountain Wind Force LLC, a subsidiary of U.S. Wind Force, filed the notice of appeal to the Maryland Public Service Commission on Wednesday. Chief Public Utility Law Judge Terry J. Romine issued a proposed order last month that said benefits of the projects “do not justify or offset subjecting the local community to the adverse impacts . . .

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February 25, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Bizarre mass exodus of amphibians

Hundreds of frogs, newts and lizards are on the move in North Kerry in a bizarre plague-like scene playing out in gardens, and on roads where they’re being killed by cars in big numbers. The little creatures began appearing in the community of Beale last week, making their way across farmland and roads and coming to the attention of locals as they invaded gardens and got killed on roads. People initially put the behaviour down to the wet weather as . . .

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February 25, 2017 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

City to consider deannexing Chapman Ranch

A yearslong battle over the wind farm some feared would impact Navy training may have a conclusion in sight. The City Council on Tuesday will discuss a proposed agreement with energy company Enbridge that would restrict development of wind turbines more than 100 feet high within about 16 square miles of the Chapman Ranch area, annexed in 2014. According to a city news release issued late Friday, that agreement – which would be in effect for 25 years – is contingent on . . .

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February 25, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Regional planners oppose Swanton Wind

Regional planning commissioners Wednesday night voted against a seven-turbine wind power project in Swanton. The wind farm would have a combined generating capacity of 20 megawatts and stand at least 400 feet tall. The Northwest Regional Planning Commission made the decision after a long discussion with its attorney, said executive director Catherine Dimitruk. The attorney told commissioners they should not disclose their reasons for turning down the project, Dimitruk said. The discussion was held behind closed doors in an executive . . .

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February 25, 2017 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Cloak and dagger’ approach to wind farm development

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has expressed concern over what he deems a ‘cloak and dagger’ approach to a proposed wind farm development in the Roscommon Town area. Deputy Murphy attended a meeting in Castlecoote Community Centre to discuss a potential windfarm development in the area including Aghagad, Aghagower, Bracklin, Carrowkeel, Cornaveagh, Creemully, Aghagad Beg, Derryhippoo and Leam. “The meeting was called at short notice by my colleagues Orla Leydon and Ivan Connaughton in reaction to the publication . . .

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February 25, 2017 • South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hinges on setback ordinance

Walworth County officials are in the process of reworking their planning and zoning ordinances, including a setback ordinance that could make or break a wind energy project. According to Walworth County State’s Attorney James Hare, the existing zoning ordinances are very old and basically obsolete. Last week, the planning and zoning board approved the revamped ordinances and forwarded them to the county commission for public hearings. “Basically, the main issue was, of course, wind energy setbacks,” Hare said. “At a . . .

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February 25, 2017 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

The wind turbine debate spins on

Letter writer David Reich says (“Different spins on wind turbines,” Feb. 12) he “would take his chances with quiet, non-polluting radiation-free wind turbines.” He might have a different view if he walked a mile in a wind neighbor’s shoes. Why? The #1 complaint is sleep disturbance.The pulsing noise was so bad in Falmouth that a judge ordered the town to shut down its turbines at night. Now, Kingston, Scituate, and Fairhaven have nighttime shutdown schemes. Mr. Reich says students and . . .

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