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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 3, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

LEEDCo wind project OK’d, but must show plan it will not harm birds and bats to operate at night

The Ohio Power Siting Board has recommended the state allow the construction of the first-ever wind turbine project in Lake Erie, but developers must have a still-to-be-approved bird monitoring plan in order to operate at night, except during the deep of winter. The Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo, has spent more than five years negotiating with the OPSB in response to its demands for additional information on the impact of the wind farm on the environment. Construction is . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm threat to iconic Aussie bird

A well-known species of Australian bird could stand in the way of a massive wind farm planned for a site near Geelong. WestWind Energy is proposing to build a 228-wind turbine facility on land at Rokewood, about 60km north-west of Geelong. The company estimates 25 brolgas could be lost over the 25-year life of the wind farm, and is planning to restore three wetlands used by the birds near the farm. However it is not saying how much it will . . . Complete story »

June 17, 2018 • North DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

How many bald eagle deaths from a ND wind farm can wildlife officials accept?

FARGO – Wind farms are hailed as a source of clean, renewable energy. But even wind energy supporters acknowledge that those spinning wind turbine blades impose an environmental cost: dead birds. Consequently, federal wildlife officials are mulling a morbid question involving a large North Dakota wind farm: How many bald eagle deaths do they consider acceptable for a bird that is legally protected and hallowed as a national symbol? Their tentative answer: About one per year, or up to five dead . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Fears over tree felling threat to wildcats in Clashindarroch Forest

A wildcat group is concerned about the impact of tree felling on the population of the animals in Clashindarroch Forest in Aberdeenshire. Wildcat Haven, which has footage of a large cat in the forest, claims the Forestry Commission is carrying out “extensive commercial exploitation”. It also fears plans for two large wind farms will threaten the wildcats. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) said the management of forests created a very good environment for wildcats. FES is an agency of the Forestry . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Wildcat conservation group launches campaign to protect Clashindarroch Forest

Fears have been raised that without immediate action from the Scottish Government, the tiny population of wildcats in the region – some of the last in Scotland – could be lost forever to make way for windfarms and toilet paper production. Complete story »

May 10, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Birds, bats, and wind turbines often compete for airspace

It’s human nature, this ongoing collision course that for several decades now has pitted North America’s bird and bat lovers against the still somewhat-fledgling – but rapidly growing – wind industry. Why can’t we all just get along? First, there’s the money. Birding is big business, generating billions of dollars for regional economies across the United States and Canada. Economic development officials in those regions love birding for the simple fact that visitors come from all over the world, spend a lot . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2018 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Rethinking wind energy

The bald tops of the Western Ghats are a pristine ecosystem replete with innumerable animal species and, apparently, an abundance of wind and windmills. As the country tries to achieve an ambitious renewable energy target of 175 GW, windmills have popped up in at least 65 sq km of forested area, with permissions for another 30 or so sq km still pending. This isn’t surprising given that India’s potential wind power map envelops the Western Ghats (from Kerala to Gujarat) . . . Complete story »

April 27, 2018 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

Amherst Island wind turbine opponents say province isn’t protecting endangered turtles

A group working to protect Amherst Island says the Ontario government is not enforcing a tribunal order to protect the Blanding’s turtle. In 2016, the Environmental Review Tribunal dismissed the Association for the Protection of Amherst Island’s application to block the construction of wind turbines on the island. Yet the tribunal put a construction restriction in place to help protect the island’s endangered Blanding’s turtle population. The work was only supposed to take place from November to March. Despite that . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • Scotland, U.K.Print storyE-mail story

Study of wind turbine effects on seabirds ‘very optimistic interpretation’ of data, RSPB says

The Scottish division of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has hit out against a study published today on the risk to seabirds through collision with offshore wind turbines, calling the findings a “very optimistic interpretation of data”. The new collaborative report by the Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) claims that seabirds are at less risk than first thought and that the collision rate is “less than half of what would be expected”. Despite being a . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2018 • IowaPrint storyE-mail story

Conservationists worry federal deregulation could pose threat to migratory birds

A rollback of federal rules on migratory birds has conservationists worried. The federal government has announced it will stop prosecuting companies that accidentally kill species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They fear the changes could pave the way for industrial developments that pose a threat to the species in Iowa. The hundred-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act came about after over-harvesting drove some birds, including the passenger pigeon, to extinction. The law now protects over 1000 species, from the . . . Complete story »

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