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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.

May 28, 2017 • MissouriPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm still causing concern in DeKalb County

Concerns continue to be raised by residents in DeKalb County over the operation of a commercial wind turbine project in Missouri. NextEra Energy Resources based in Florida began operating 97 wind turbines near Osborn, Missouri, in December. The project in DeKalb County was one of the first by NextEra Energy to use wind turbines that were manufactured to be 500 feet tall. Some residents in the county have expressed concern over effects from light flicker, noise levels, vibration of buildings . . .

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May 20, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

VEC, GMP oppose Dairy Air Wind turbine

HOLLAND – Vermont Electric Cooperative is facing a large new cost because there’s too much renewable energy entering the Northeast Kingdom electric grid – and the proposed Dairy Air Wind turbine will only make it worse. That’s why VEC and Green Mountain Power are opposing the 2.2-megawatt turbine proposed for Dairy Air Farm on School Road in Holland, according to filings with the Vermont Public Service Board. Also joining the opposition is a second Quebec town, Barnston-Ouest (Barnston-West). Both VEC and . . .

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May 19, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

NYS Exposed: Residents have little say in fight over wind energy farm

The people of a western New York community are confronting developers, the state, and each other over plans for a major new wind energy project. Just last week, the developer brought in stakeholders for a get together behind closed doors, but a provision of state law may mean local elected leaders, and voters, have no say in what happens in their backyards. “To me, it’s mesmerizing to see the windmills,” says Floyd Koerner, landowner. Floyd Koerner is looking forward to . . .

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May 17, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Case closed on Georgia turbine neighbor’s noise complaint

State regulators have closed the books on a resident’s complaint about noise from wind turbines on Georgia Mountain after further analysis of recordings found no need to investigate any longer. The five turbines have drawn sustained opposition from some neighbors, who have accused Georgia Mountain Community Wind of violating noise conditions in its permit. The Public Service Board’s ruling last week stems from a complaint made in September 2015 by Melodie McLane. She lives with her family about 3,800 feet . . .

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May 16, 2017 • Blogs, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Engineer says MOECC testing shows wind turbines out of compliance, but continue to operate

Ontario engineer William Palmer has proposed a rigorous, but simple and transparent technique to assess wind turbine noise, that could replace the problematic complex computer models and “black box” algorithms currently used in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change newest protocol to assess wind turbine noise compliance. Speaking at the International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise that took place in Rotterdam beginning May 2, Palmer said of his proposed method, The method had to consider that an effective . . .

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May 16, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Public Service Board rules Georgia turbines don’t require additional sound studies

The Public Service Board is siding with the owners of the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project over continued testing of the sound levels near the wind turbines. Scott and Melodie McLane live near the turbines, and the couple wanted the owners to test the sound levels outside and inside their home to verify that the project is operating within the limits set out in its state permit. But the board ruled last week that the testing that has already been . . .

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May 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine boss sentenced for 20,000 child abuse images

A former wind turbine boss caught with more than 20,000 child abuse images has avoided a prison sentence. Company manager John Spink’s computer equipment also contained more than 100 videos of children being abused. Dundee Sheriff Court was told the 45-year-old from Arbroath had been sacked when the offences came to light. Spink was told by a sheriff he would have gone to jail but for the fact he was suffering from undiagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder at the time. The . . .

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May 13, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

John Muir Trust calls for reforms after paying £50,000 costs to SSE over Stronelairg

A conservation charity has called for reform of the planning process after it had to pay £50,000 to an energy company. The John Muir Trust said the final settlement with Scottish and Southern Energy brings to an end its campaign against the Stronelairg windfarm development in the Highlands. The trust was forced to pay the sum in legal costs after it lost a legal appeal. SSE originally pursued the charity for £350,000 but the lesser sum was agreed between the . . .

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May 13, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Charity hit with £50,000 legal bill after opposing proposed windfarm the size of Inverness

A charity has been hit with a £50,000 legal bill after objecting to a proposed windfarm the size of Inverness. Power firm SSE has accepted an out-of-court settlement with conservation charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) for the expense of a Court of Session judicial review into the contentious Stronelairg development planned for an estate six miles from Loch Ness. SSE, which initially sought costs of about £350,000 , said it was a “reasonable conclusion” and will donate all the . . .

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May 12, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns, grievances with state environmental policy and climate change aired at Mashpee forum

Multiple speakers said while they are proponents of alternative energy sourcing, their lives are severely and negatively impacted by wind turbines which they believe are too close to residences. Two commentators reported illness, inability to sleep and other life-changing impacts from nearby turbines. “The biggest problem was a lack of adequate, pre-construction siting studies,” Falmouth resident Glen Roland said. “I’d say for any future turbines, that be carefully looked at.” A resident of Plymouth noted that his wife once had to catch the television monitor as it fell off a dresser due to the vibrations caused by poorly-zoned turbines.

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