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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.


October 15, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Wind change takes time: MPP

Several people at the meeting have left their homes because of health effects they say are a result of living too close to wind turbines. Martina Heyward, who lives near two of the wind turbines in the Durham East wind farm, claimed she sold her 50-member goat herd due to effects of living too close to wind turbines. She has now lost her source of income and says she also suffers health effects. “I am on your side. I’ve been on your side since 2011 and I plan to stay on your side,” Walker said, but added, “It’s not going to get turned off in the first month, it’s going to get turned off in the second month. I hope all of you thought it was a good step getting rid of the Green Energy Act which all of you have been asking us to do.” Complete story »


October 12, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Conneaut files suit over broken wind turbine

CONNEAUT – The city of Conneaut has prepared a complaint to be filed in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court aimed at a long-damaged wind turbine at the city’s lakefront. In a copy of the complaint obtained by the Star Beacon, the city is asking that defendants either repair or dismantle the towering turbine, perched next to the municipal sewage treatment plant on the edge of Lake Erie, in the next 60 days. The city is also seeking the right to repair . . . Complete story »


October 12, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

County continues to discuss noise complaints

BAD AXE – The Huron County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday opted not to hire ABD Engineering & Design to help investigate wind turbine noise complaints. Also, the board unanimously voted to expand its contract with the Clark Hill law firm to include a review of the county’s turbine complaint process. Commissioner John A. Nugent brought forth a late motion to expand the contract. Before voting with the rest of the board not to hire ABD, Nugent said he didn’t support . . . Complete story »


October 11, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Sheffield Wind study: turbines too loud

SUTTON – A Sutton homeowner who has continued to press the Vermont’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether the Sheffield Wind project is exceeding permitted noise levels appears justified by a recent report showing the 16-turbine wind tower installations are too loud. The Department of Public Service (DPS) had an independent consultant record noise levels at the wind project during high wind conditions between May and September. The report found that “noise levels are as much as 5 decibels louder than . . . Complete story »


October 9, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Fisherman blocked from entering Grimsby fish docks – ending dream of running own shellfish business

A keen fisherman is angry he has been blocked from mooring up at Grimsby fish docks to keep a family tradition alive. Paul White, 52 and his late father Raymond used to provide boat trips for fishermen. But he said the authorities which operate the dock have blocked him in favour of firms pioneering Grimsby-based wind turbine industries. Paul, a qualified boatman, used to provide trips for anglers and divers in 80ft boats. One of them was “The Impulsive.” He . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2018 • TexasPrint storyE-mail story

An uncertain future for America’s wind energy capital

SWEETWATER, Texas – Rory Barnes used to rush home from work each evening to sit on his front porch and watch the sun set over the copper canyons of the Brazos River Valley. But after 13 years of living in his dream home in central Texas, Barnes decided to move when he learned his neighbors had agreed to have several giant, white metal turbines installed on the edge of his property line, decreasing the value of his land and ruining his . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Regulator rejects wind farms report

The energy regulator has dismissed a report by a group campaigning against the expansion of wind farms, which had questioned the benefits of the country’s growing reliance on wind energy. The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) said a report by Wind Aware Ireland (WAI) contained misunderstandings. The CRU had been asked by the Dáil Public Accounts Committee for its observations on the WAI report, which was published last November. It claimed the Government’s energy policy was unsustainable, as at . . . Complete story »


October 6, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Farmers stage protest against windmill firms at grievance meet

Accusing the wind turbine generator firms of coercing farmers and forming roads via their farms without getting permission, a group of farmers raised slogans during the farmers’ grievance day meet held here on Friday. After raising slogans to highlight their demand of stern action against the wind farm companies, the farmers laid down on the floor in front of Collector Sandeep Nanduri who was chairing the grievance meet. Farmers O. A. Narayanasamy, Veerapandi, Chellasamy and Maharajan of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra . . . Complete story »


October 5, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

New rules governing wind farm noise introduced in Victoria

The Victorian Government has changed the rules around the testing of wind turbine noise at all new wind farm developments. The new regulations follow an unsatisfactory independent audit of wind turbines at the Lal Lal Wind Farm, which is under construction near Ballarat. Now, all new wind farm developments must have noise levels checked by an independent auditor approved by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Noise levels will be audited twice – before and after construction of the turbines. The new . . . Complete story »


October 5, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Planning officials spar over noise complaint

BAD AXE – Things went smoothly at the Huron County Planning Commission meeting Wednesday night – until the final minutes. During final planning commission comment, county Building and Zoning Director Jeff Smith invited wind turbine noise complainant Robert Gaffke to sign a permission slip to conduct noise testing on his property, as part of the complaint resolution effort. On Sept. 25, the Huron County Board of Commissioners suspended action on hiring ABD Engineering & Design to test at three sites that were . . . Complete story »


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