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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.

July 16, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tories zap 200+ Southwestern Ontario green energy contracts

More than 200 Southwestern Ontario projects, including one of the most controversial wind farms in Ontario, are among the death toll of the new Tory government’s mass cancellation of contracts with renewable energy producers. The doomed projects, announced by Doug Ford’s government as it underlined its vow to cut electricity bills by 12 per cent, number 758 provincewide including proposed wind farms with highrise-sized turbines and several hydro-electric projects. Solar energy contracts, large and small, dominate the list of deals . . . Complete story »

July 14, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Tories kill controversial Dutton Dunwich wind project

TORONTO – Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government is cancelling 758 renewable energy contracts, including one for a massive wind farm near London where area residents voted overwhelmingly against wind turbines but had them imposed on them by the former Liberal government. The Tory government says the cancellations are part of its effort to reduce Ontarians electricity bills. Energy Minister Greg Rickford said the move will save provincial ratepayers $790 million – a figure industry officials dispute, saying the cancellations will . . . Complete story »

July 3, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Miami Co. wind farm project put ‘on hold’

PERU – A controversial proposed wind project in Miami County is on hold and could be dead after county commissioners Monday said a new wind ordinance requiring a 2,000-foot setback of turbines from property lines would take effect next week. The Miami County Planning and Building Commission in April approved the revised ordinance in response to a proposed wind project by RES, an international renewable energy company, which would bring around 75 turbines to the northern part of the county. . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Hopkinton loses Avangrid for good

HOPKINTON – What was rumored is official: Avangrid’s North Ridge Wind Project is dead. On June 22, a notice of closure was submitted by the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment. It stated it had received a letter on June 18 from Avangrid saying it would not pursue an Article 10 application. Avangrid spokesman Paul Copleman wrote an email on Thursday to the Times expressing disappointment over decisions made by the Town Board and certain residents. . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Druim Ba wind farm scheme rejected – once again

Plans for 10 turbines at Druim Ba between Kiltarlity and Abriachan have been rejected today by the Scottish Government after a second public inquiry. General wind farm campaigner Lyndsey Ward was “delighted.” She said: “The community has had seven years of wind farm developers trying to get a wind farm in that area. This is the second time it has been kicked out. Let that be an end to it and give the community some peace.” The scheme was massively . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Avangrid pulls the plug on wind farm in Hopkinton

Wind developers say new local zoning laws convinced them to walk away from a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm in rural St. Lawrence County. In a letter to Hopkinton’s town board, an attorney for Atlantic Wind – the parent company of Avangrid Renewables – said executives “will cease all development efforts” after nearly a decade working on the proposed North Ridge Wind Farm. (Click here to read the letter.) Attorney Robert Panasci said the decision comes after Hopkinton approved a restrictive new zoning . . . Complete story »

June 14, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Court finds board, turbine companies in contempt

Fayette county zoning officials who allowed four wind turbine companies to illegally erect and operate three turbines outside of Fairbank have been found in contempt of court, along with the wind turbine companies. The Fayette County Zoning Board of Adjustment and Zoning Administrator Catherine Miller did not follow the court’s order requiring the companies to tear down the turbines, nor did the companies take action to follow the order, Judge John Bauercamper concluded in a June 11 ruling. 
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June 7, 2018 • Northern IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Council rejects plan for new wind turbines

The Derry City and Strabane District Council area is over capacity for wind farms and carrying an unfair burden compared to other council areas, says Sinn Fein councillor Dan Kelly. He was speaking as the council’s planning committee voted to overturn a recommendation by council officers to agree an expansion to Monnaboy Wind Farm just outside Greysteel in Co Londonderry. The application was for two new turbines, adding to four existing turbines which were installed in 2009 – before local . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

Dismissal of plans for Big Field Wind Farm ‘will be a huge sigh of relief’ for local people, says MP

The Conservative MP Scott Mann said he is ‘delighted’ the High Court has dismissed proposals to build a wind farm near Week St Mary. The MP for North Cornwall said Good Energy’s appeal with the High Court was ‘dismissed by judges’ on May 25. Good Energy first submitted plans for 11 wind turbines, also known as the ‘Big Field Wind Farm’, at Creddacott Farm to Cornwall Council in 2014. The plans were refused by the local authority with the developer . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2018 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

£30m wind farm plan ditched because judge doesn’t believe developer’s promise to reduce energy bills

Controversial plans for a wind farm near a picturesque north Cornish village have been scotched by a High Court judge. Good Energy Generation Limited said its offer to cut local residents’ electricity bills by at least 20% had been wrongly ignored by planners. The company wanted to erect 11 giant turbines on land at Credacott Farm near Week St Mary and had also offered to put cash into a community investment scheme. Cornwall Council had refused planning permission for the . . . Complete story »

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