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January 20, 2018 • NorwayPrint storyE-mail story

Wild reindeer foil wind farm plan in southern Norway

Norway rejected construction of a wind farm on Friday over concerns it could harm wild reindeer in southern mountains that are home to the last remaining viable populations in Europe. The 120 megawatt(MW) project in Bygland municipality aimed to boost business in the sparsely-populated region, but it would be within a designated reindeer-rich national reserve, according to the energy ministry. Norway has almost 35,000 reindeer in its southern mountains, the last redoubt of sustainable populations of the animals in Europe, . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2018 • MexicoPrint storyE-mail story

Court orders halt to Juchitán wind farm

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a wind farm project in Oaxaca must be halted because the process to approve it violated the rights of the local indigenous community. Judges from Mexico’s highest court unanimously decided to grant an amparo, or injunction, to members of the Zapotec community in Juchitán on the grounds that they hadn’t been consulted or given their permission or authorization for the project to go ahead on their land. A district court in Salinas Cruz, Oaxaca . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Peel appeal falls short in Ayrshire; 21.6MW Garleffan project refused on landscape, visual grounds

Peel Energy has been refused permission on appeal for the 21.6MW Garleffan wind farm in East Ayrshire, Scotland. Scottish government officials agreed with an original local authority ruling in 2016 that the project near New Cumnock would have unacceptable visual and landscape impacts. “I consider that the proposed turbines have not been sited and designed to minimise visual impact,” said the government reporter. Peel had argued that other nearby wind farms, including Hare Hill, would make the project acceptable in . . . Complete story »

December 27, 2017 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

With bankruptcy, Black Oak Wind Farm officially dead

The years-long saga surrounding the construction of the Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield has finally come to a definitive close, after the company sent a letter last week to Enfield Town Board members announcing its dissolution. While the project’s vocal opposition may be glad to see them go, it appears Enfield may still be left holding the bag for the failed alternative energy proposal to the tune of over $8,000. In the letter, Black Oak said they are not . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy residents rescind wind power bylaw

A form of renewable energy residents of Savoy heartily backed in January 2008 got the heave-ho Thursday night. By a vote of 101-22, residents who crowded into the town fire station deleted Section 9 of Savoy’s zoning bylaw, which allows commercial wind power generation, and added language specifically prohibiting it. The vote does not apply to one pending commercial wind project. If the five turbines planned by Minuteman Wind are erected, they will be the only ones allowed under bylaws . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Tiny Berkshire County town of Savoy bans wind turbines 101-22

Voters in this tiny Berkshire County hilltown, population around 800, overwhelmingly banned all new wind turbine development at a special town meeting. Thursday night’s vote was 101-22, far more than the two-thirds majority needed to amend the town’s zoning code. The vote overturns a 2008 ordinance that allowed and encouraged the turbines. Since then, many residents have been fighting a five-turbine proposal by Minuteman Wind, LLC, based in Newton, and by co-developer Palmer Capital Corp., based in Cohasset. The new . . . Complete story »

December 17, 2017 • MinnesotaPrint storyE-mail story

Pelican Lake wind turbine canceled by power co-op

DUNN TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Lake Region Electric Cooperative has axed a proposed wind turbine-solar power array in Dunn Township, near Pelican Lake. “We have cancelled the community based renewable project, which was a wind/solar hybrid project,” Lake Region CEO Tim Thompson said in an email. “The project was being developed by Juhl Energy and we would purchase the energy from the project. Based on the feedback from our members, our board of directors decided it was best to not proceed.” In . . . Complete story »

December 16, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

No more turbines for Loch Leven?

A council official has denied a farm near Kinross planning permission to erect two turbines to supply its energy out of concerns about their visual impact on the Loch Leven basin. Gloucestershire-based energy company Ecotricity had applied for permission to erect two turbines with a height to blade tip of 20.2m at Wharlawhill Farm south of Carnbo. In a supporting statement turbine designers and manufacturers Britwind said the structures could supply the farm with a “significant proportion” of its annual . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • MontanaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer scraps Montana wind farm over power price

A Calgary-based energy company said Wednesday it won’t build a 21-megawatt wind farm in Montana because it won’t be paid enough for the power it generates. The Public Service Commission approved a price of $23.30 per megawatt hour. TransAlta wanted $43.63 per megawatt hour for the power; Northwestern Energy, which would have purchased it, proposed paying $13.96. The price discrepancy had gone to the PSC for mediation. Stacey Hatcher, TransAlta communications manager, said Wednesday the company can’t accept the terms . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Cumbrian council rules Kirkby Moor windfarm must be dismantled as planned

Planners in Cumbria have ruled a windfarm near the boundary of the Lake District national park must be dismantled when its current consent runs out. Zephyr Investments applied to extend the life of the Kirkby Moor operation to March 2027, but South Lakeland District Council turned down the application. Conservation groups welcomed the decision, and pointed out the original permission was granted by the Westminster Government, which overruled a planning inspector when consent was granted in 1992. The existing windfarm . . . Complete story »

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