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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.


January 19, 2018 • IndianaPrint storyE-mail story

Pledge to stop turbines signed by commissioners

A local citizens group opposing a proposed commercial wind farm chalked up another win in Fulton County on Monday. Two of three Fulton County Commissioners, Bryan Lewis and Rick Ranstead, signed a pledge stating that as long as they hold public office they will not allow commercial wind turbines in the county. Commissioner Steve Metzger refused to sign, saying he wasn’t interested. “I mean, we’ve already voted to take it out,” he said, questioning, “What else do you want?” Lewis . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • IrelandPrint storyE-mail story

Ecopower loses appeal to build windfarm in Hollyford, Co. Tipperary

An appeal to overturn a decision by Tipperary Co. Council blocking development of a windfarm in Hollyford, west Co. Tipperary, has been rejected by An Bord Pleanála. On December 18, 2015, Ecopower Developments Ltd applied for permission to build two wind turbines with an overall height of up to 150 meters, crane hardstands, access roads, electrical cabling, an electrical control building, borrow pit, ancillary drainage system and ancillary site works, all at Glenpaudeen, Moheragh, Hollyford. The application was accompanied by . . . Complete story »


ISO study warns of precarious energy future; Most scenarios envision emergency actions, including rolling blackouts

A new study by the operator of the region’s power grid warns that without additional natural gas pipeline capacity New England will face a precarious energy future, where emergency actions such as rolling blackouts are likely to become a reality on several days a year. The fuel security study by ISO-New England examined 23 different scenarios for electricity generation during the winter of 2024-2025 and found that in all but the most optimistic case some sort of emergency action would . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

Group opposes planned wind farm in Branch Co.

There’s a battle brewing about how Michigan will produce energy in the future. Much of the debate is focused on whether wind-powered turbines are the answer. “This industry is marked by a history of litigation, referendum, recall, political action and social turmoil,” said Kevon Martis, the director of the Interstate Informed Citizen’s Coalition. Martis formed the coalition in 2011 to oppose wind projects that were proposed where he lived in southeast Michigan. Now his focus is in Branch County. DTE . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • OklahomaPrint storyE-mail story

‘This is some deviants trying to do something,’ legislator tells Moore police officer after discovering tracker on pickup

MOORE – The discovery of a tracker on a legislator’s pickup came after a source warned him the wind industry was digging into his life, a newly released video reveals. Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, found the GPS tracker on his pickup the night of Dec. 4 and called police. The officer who came to his home activated a bodycam before taking down the information. In the video, McBride can be heard using profanity to describe the discovery of the tracker as . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • MichiganPrint storyE-mail story

NextEra Energy gets Juniata Township’s approval for 63-turbine wind farm

CARO, MI – NextEra Energy is one step closer to building its third wind farm in Tuscola County and its fourth in the state. The Juniata Township Planning Commission on Saturday, Jan. 13, approved the special land use permit for NextEra’s proposed Pegasus Wind Energy Center, a 156-megawatt project consisting of 63 GE turbines to be located in Juniata and Fairgrove townships. Clerk Heidi Stark confirmed that was the only approval the developer needed from Juniata Township officials. Fairgrove Township officials . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • FrancePrint storyE-mail story

France sets out ten-point plan to double wind power capacity by 2023

The French government on Thursday announced a ten-point plan which will simplify administrative procedures and accelerate the development of wind power projects in order to double its installed generation capacity by 2023. The government said the proposed reforms will cut in half the average time it takes for wind power projects to be completed and connected to the French electricity grid. If successful, it could counter long-running opposition from activists who have frustrated the country’s attempts to reach renewable energy . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • KansasPrint storyE-mail story

Planning and Zoning Board approve NextEra windfarm application

The Pratt County Planning and Zoning Board approved NextEra Energy’s application for the Pratt Energy Wind Farm. The Pratt County Commissioners will have a public hearing on the matter at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5 in the Commission room before taking a final vote on the wind farm. A second wind farm in Pratt County is one step closer to reality after the Pratt County Planning and Zoning Board approved the NextEra Special Use Application at their meeting Jan. . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

A new law in Lansing will regulate the development of wind and solar energy

After what’s likely one more revision, the solar and wind energy law will be put to a vote in Lansing. This law will regulate the development of wind farms and solar panels, with the goals of minimizing impacts on neighboring properties, protecting public health, preserving natural areas and maintaining the aesthetics of the town. The “Solar and Wind Energy Systems and Facilities Law,” now on its fifth and final revision, was drafted by Lansing’s Planning Board and is a part . . . Complete story »


January 19, 2018 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway wind farm plans unveiled

Plans for a major wind farm straddling the boundary between the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have been unveiled. Community Windpower wants to construct 49 turbines in its Faw Side project. The company said it would bring an investment of about £256m into the community and wider area. However, concerns have been raised about the cumulative landscape impact and the effect on radar at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria. The proposed wind farm would be located about six miles (10km) . . . Complete story »


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