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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.

March 23, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Second lawsuit filed with connections to Tuscola III wind project

A second lawsuit has been filed with connections to the proposed $200 million Tuscola III Wind Energy Center in Tuscola County. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Tuscola County Circuit Court against Ellington Township and newly appointed township planning commissioners Eric Zbytowski and Ed Talaski. Former Ellington Township Supervisor Duane Lockwood, along with David Vollmar and Ronald Cybulski – all leaseholders for Tuscola III – filed the suit. They are represented by Caro-based attorney George Holmes. Known as a “Quo Warranto” proceeding, . . .

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March 23, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Xcel Energy industrial wind zone is bad for SD citizens

I was alarmed by an announcement last week by Xcel Energy of plans for a huge industrial wind zone in east central SD near Watertown, Clark and Clear Lake. The announcement was crafted so as to make us believe it will be good for citizens in that area. In fact, a growing number of us believe that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It was interesting to learn today that the MN legislature this year is considering a law (HB2170) . . .

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March 23, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh refuse to pay more for wind power

Two of India’s high wind energy potential states have refused to buy wind power at a rate higher than the one arrived at the country’s first ever wind power auction, putting in jeopardy about 500 MW of projects in these states. The auction, completed in February, had brought wind power tariff down steeply to Rs 3.46 per kwH. But before the auction, power regulators in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat had set the tariff for 2016-17 at Rs 4.84 per kwH . . .

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March 23, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms trying to come to Big Timber

Two separate wind farm developers are both trying to build in Big Timber. Ranch owner Jan Engwis has battled four different wind farm developers in court over construction adjacent to his ranch over the last ten years. He says building wind farms in this spot would take away one of the last untouched landscapes attracting tourists to Montana. “This pristine nature. They come to float the river, they come to do fly fishing. It is a world class fly fishing . . .

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March 23, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Barrel Law wind farm plans go back up for discussion

Revived plans for a controversial wind farm development near Roberton will go on show today. ABO Wind UK is resurrecting proposals rejected three years ago to put up wind turbines at Barrel Law, two miles north-west of Roberton and almost six miles west of Hawick. The plans were initially submitted five years ago to Scottish Borders Council. Councillors threw out that application by the company, a Livingston-based subsidiary of German firm ABO Wind, in 2013, and a subsequent appeal was . . .

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March 23, 2017 • NetherlandsPrint storyE-mail story

Lack of wind, low electricity prices hit wind turbine owners

A lack of wind and low electricity prices hit wind turbine owners hard last year, according to new figures from wind power cooperative Windunie. In total, the amount of electricity generated by wind power fell by 20% last year, Windunie said. ‘It’s a risk,’ director Axel Posthumus, told the Volkskrant. ‘You have bad years. However, the low energy prices (down to 2004 levels) have delivered a second blow.’ Some of the 400 turbine owners in the cooperative actually made a . . .

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March 23, 2017 • Letters, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Parishville business owner plans to move if wind power approved

In response to “Respect Opinions Over Proposed Wind Towers” which appeared in the March 15-21 issue of North Country This Week: I’d like to say that the writer would do well to follow his own advice regarding civility. I am the business woman from Parishville whom he referred to as “acting like a spoiled child” in a recent Hopkinton town meeting. This grave insult was hurled at me because I simply stated the fact that I planned to move my . . .

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March 23, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Moor wind farm approval advised near Grantshouse

A council is being advised to approve plans for eight wind turbines on moorland in the Borders. LE20 Ltd is behind the Howpark project near to Grantshouse. A number of objections have been received highlighting that the area was previously said to have no further capacity for turbines. A Scottish Borders Council report said the approval of other wind farms on appeal meant the “prevailing character of the landscape” had changed. It advised approval of the application with a number . . .

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March 23, 2017 • Tennessee, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Sen. Alexander urges TVA not to raise Tennesseans’ electric bills to buy power it doesn’t need

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) urged the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) not to purchase power from the Clean Line Energy Partners’ proposed Plains and Eastern Clean Line wind energy transmission project, which would “carry comparatively more expensive, less reliable electricity to Tennessee and other southeastern states.” In a speech on the Senate floor, Alexander warned that a contract with Clean Line Energy Partners could cost TVA ratepayers more than $1 billion over the next 20 to 30 years – which . . .

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March 23, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

One man’s fight to stop wind farm being built on his doorstep near Llangurig ends in dismay

One man’s fight to stop a wind farm being built on his doorstep has ended in dismay as his final appeal has been rejected. John Doré vowed to block plans for six turbines near Llangurig when planning approval was granted in August 2016. The challenge has taken him to Cardiff Crown Court and the High Court in London, fighting for a statutory review of the planning permission. His application to appeal against the High Court’s decision not to allow the . . .

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