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Wind Watch: Industrial Wind Energy News

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.


April 20, 2018 • TennesseePrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbine legislation passes

The Cumberland Mountain Preservation Coalition – and Fairfield Glade as a whole – scored a victory last week in Nashville in the fight to keep Wind Turbines from being installed atop Crab Orchard mountains. A Wind Energy bill passed the Tennessee Senate with 32 Ayes on Wednesday and will now go to the next step of the office of the Governor. Led by Rep. Cameron Sexton and Senator Paul Bailey, the bill outlines regulations that would serve to hinder such proposed Turbine . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy rejects wind turbine building permit; developer plans appeal

SAVOY – After a decade of debate, approvals and controversy, the game clock might have run out on a commercial wind power project in the town of Savoy. If so, it’s overtime now for Minuteman Wind LLC, as developers work against the odds to keep the project alive and push back at what they see as missteps by the town. On April 2, nine days before a renewed special permit was to expire, Minuteman Wind filed an application for a building . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2018 • NevadaPrint storyE-mail story

Just say ‘no’ to wind project

NEEDLES – If the second two meetings went like the first two, support for the Crescent Peak Wind project is scarce. A total of four scoping meetings were held April 9-12 in Searchlight, Needles, Las Vegas and Henderson as part of the environmental impact statement process. Crescent Peak Renewables, LLC., submitted an application to the Bureau of Land Management requesting authorization to construct, operate, maintain and terminate an up to 500 megawatt wind energy generation facility in November 2015. Crescent Peak . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Nundle vows to fight wind farm proposal

A 98-tower wind farm proposed by Wind Energy Partners near Nundle is facing growing opposition. The Nundle community is mobilising, having elected an executive committee dubbed the Hills of Gold Preservation Inc to fight the wind farm proposal. Nundle Business Tourism and Marketing Group is also against the industrial wind farm, proposed by Wind Energy Partners on the mountain range south east of Nundle. The groups say the proposal for 98, potentially 220m high wind turbines, on a 20km stretch . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2018 • IllinoisPrint storyE-mail story

DeWitt Co. OKs wind turbine setbacks, not height limits

CLINTON – The DeWitt County Board’s decisions Thursday night to expand the setback around wind farm turbine towers but not limit their height pleased a developer proposing such a project but left some residents unhappy. The board voted 6-5 against implementing a height limit of 499 feet, but it unanimously approved mandating a setback of at least 2,000 feet between a turbine tower and the property of a landowner who is not contracted to host a tower site. That setback is . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2018 • AustraliaPrint storyE-mail story

Residents to form McCullys Gap and Muscle Creek Community Association

Residents from McCullys Gap and Muscle Creek wanted answers, as well as more information, about plans to build a large wind farm in their neighbourhood. And, that’s what they received at a specially-convened meeting at the McCullys Gap Community Hall on Tuesday night. More than 80 concerned locals met with Muswellbrook Shire Council representatives after the Chronicle revealed that one of Australia’s most successful developers, Epuron, was assessing a feasibility study in the region. The renewable energy company is also . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

No wind farm paper trail as Fáilte Ireland deleted emails

Fáilte Ireland says it had deleted all its former CEO’s emails, confirming there is no paper trail to show how he had handled then-tourism minister Leo Varadkar’s controversial query about a wind farm in Clare that has sparked the ire of Donald Trump. Last month, the Taoiseach drew criticism after he told a Washington lunch he had telephoned Clare County Council about a proposed wind farm near Trump’s Doonbeg-owned hotel. Mr Varadkar subsequently said he was mistaken in his recollection . . . Complete story »


April 20, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

More wind farms likely in Indiana’s future, but probably not near Fort Wayne and Allen County

You likely won’t see a wind farm sprouting in Allen County, but you probably will see more arrays of slowly revolving wind turbines springing up elsewhere in the state. Indiana still has a lot of untapped wind energy potential, said both Tristan Vance, director of the Indiana Office of Energy Development, and Jodi Perras, manager of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. “The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that Indiana has the potential to . . . Complete story »


April 19, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Opponents seek suspension of Antrim Wind Energy’s construction certificate

Intervenors to the Antrim Wind Energy project want the Site Evaluation Committee to suspend the construction certificate it approved for the project. In a request for declaratory judgment, 104 petitioners want regulators to address financing issues and if the sale of the project to a Canadian firm would impact the validity of the certificate and its conditions. Intervenors and the Counsel for the Public objected to the protocol used several months ago to determine project developers satisfied financing conditions that . . . Complete story »


April 19, 2018 • OhioPrint storyE-mail story

What’s happening with the long-proposed wind farm in Champaign County?

Opponents of a proposed wind farm in Champaign County recently filed documents with the Ohio Power Siting Board opposing an extension of certificates needed to build the project. Attorneys representing the Buckeye Wind and Champaign Wind LLC projects are seeking approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board to extend the certificates for the project from May 28, 2018 to May 28, 2019, according to documents filed with the agency. If the certificates are not extended, it’s possible the developer would . . . Complete story »


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