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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.


January 23, 2017 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Has wind increased utility rates in Wyoming? The answer is complicated

The start of the legislative season in Cheyenne has prompted a statewide discussion over how lawmakers should address a budget crisis caused by falling industry revenues. A cycle of ups and downs, good years and bad, is expected in Wyoming, where coal, oil and natural gas pay most of the bills. While the state’s residents wait for better economic news, the return of jobs and a rise in commodity prices, some lawmakers are focusing their energies on an industry they . . .

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January 23, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Are wind farms killing bird life?

North of the border there have been claims that wind farms kill more birds of prey than illegal poisoning or shooting. Given North Yorkshire’s reputation as a hot spot for raptor persecution, just what is the impact of wind farms on protected birds of prey in our county? I first became aware of claims about the number of raptor deaths caused by wind farms when I spotted a social media post with a link to a national newspaper article. Keen . . .

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January 23, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents of controversial wind farm say scheme will have to be delayed due to access road ruling

Opponents of a planned wind farm on moorland to the north of Swansea are confident the scheme will have to be delayed after a Welsh Government Minister ruling. Earlier this month RWE Innogy UK said construction of 16 turbines at Mynydd y Gwair in Felindre would start next month. But behind the scenes a row has been simmering over an access road. Campaigners, some of whom have been fighting the development for 25 years, were adamant that there was no . . .

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January 23, 2017 • North CarolinaPrint storyE-mail story

Moore may meet with locals on wind farm

The leader of the N.C. House has been invited to meet with officials from Pasquotank and Perquimans counties this week about his and other top lawmakers’ efforts to have the Trump administration shut down Amazon Wind Farm US East. House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, has been invited to tour the wind farm and attend a closed-door meeting with officials from both counties on Tuesday, state Rep. Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan, said last week. Steinburg, who supports the wind farm and opposes . . .

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January 23, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine plan for beauty spot finally thrown out

Campaigners have won a three-year battle to stop a 112ft wind turbine being erected next to a quiet Devon creek. The secretary of state has refused plans for a single turbine to be installed at Winslade Farm, which overlooks Frogmore Creek, near Kingsbirdge. Friends of South Hams was formed by local residents who contested the application and feared the turbine would spoil the creek, which sits within an Area of Outstanding natural Beauty (ANOB). After the application was approved by . . .

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January 23, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm developer to provide free well water testing prior to future construction

When Water Wells First announced late last week it was asking the Ontario Ombudsman to investigate whether the municipality acted negligently in performing the duties of office, Mayor Randy Hope had no comment when first contacted by The Chatham Daily News. The municipality has since issued a response dispelling some of Water Wells First spokesperson Kevin Jakubec’s assertions. Mayor Hope and the municipality’s chief legal officer, John Norton, say Jakubec reached a settlement with the wind farm developers and Ministry . . .

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January 22, 2017 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Almer Township board denies application for 19 wind turbines

The Almer Township board of trustees denied an application for special land use permit that would have cleared the way for a Florida-based energy company to erect 19 wind turbines in the community. The board voted 5-1 after the Almer Township planning commission approved a motion on Jan. 4 to deny the application submitted by Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources L.L.C. The company needs special land use permit (often referred to as a “SLUP”) approval to construct the 19 . . .

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January 22, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Andrew Cuomo’s wind farm plan needs 280 square miles off Long Island

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambition to develop enough offshore wind energy by 2030 to power 750,000 homes will require 280 square miles of ocean starting 12 to 15 miles from the Long Island shore, state officials said. In a presentation to Long Island fishing groups in Setauket last week, state officials unveiled a map outlining a massive wind-study area south of Long Island that could result in three separate wind farms in the water over the next decade. Greg Matzat, . . .

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January 22, 2017 • Letters, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Is Prairie Winds project legal? Let’s find out

When it became public Prevailing Winds wind farm made a major change to go from one large wind farm to 13, it was very clear they wanted to eliminate three major steps. No. 1: Prairie Winds is not forced to have a public meeting in Avon. They are taking away the opportunity for the public to have a voice. The public seal of South Dakota reads “Under God the People Rule.” Shame on them. No. 2: Prairie Winds would have . . .

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January 22, 2017 • Idaho, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

BLM approves massive project’s path over Idaho protests

The outgoing Obama administration announced today it formally approved routing the final two stages of a massive Wyoming-to-Idaho power line project mostly outside the boundaries of a federal raptor sanctuary and across more private property and greater sage grouse habitat than critics say is necessary. The Bureau of Land Management’s record of decision (ROD) for the final two stages of the nearly 1,000-mile-long Gateway West Transmission Line Project would appear to move the project forward and end years of conflict . . .

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