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July 27, 2017 • West VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Two lawsuits filed against New Creek Wind for wind turbine noise

ELKINS – Two lawsuits have been filed against New Creek Wind after the plaintiffs claim its wind turbines are noisy. Everpower Wind Holdings Inc.; and Enbridge Holdings LLC were also named as defendants in the suits. On Dec. 19, 2008, the predecessor to New Creek applied to the West Virginia Public Service Commission for approval to construct a commercial wind generation facility and, prior to Nov. 1, 2016, the defendants notified WVPSC that they planned to begin commercial operations of . . .

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July 23, 2017 • EnglandPrint storyE-mail story

‘Cheated and very frustrated’ – Organisation of wind farm meeting leaves Necton residents angry

Residents say they have been left feeling frustrated and excluded after a workshop that was intended to give an update on how plans for two of Norfolk’s largest wind farm projects would impact their village. Vattenfall hosted the invite-only workshop in Necton on Wednesday, July 19, to show four potential site options for an electrical substation and on the following day they held an open meeting to show the public the information they had gathered. The meetings took place one . . .

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July 20, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Burning plastic now Jaisalmer desert’s new pollutant

Jaipur: The first windmills of Jaisalmer came up in 2001. Since then, the desert has become among the largest windfarms in the world. The spread of this “sustainable” energy source, however, has not come without a cost. Local people who have lived off tourism are finding it harder to attract foreign visitors. Villagers in Kanoi, near the Desert National Park, complain of the unceasing noise from the windmills. An inspection by a small team that included Devendra Singh Bikundiya of . . .

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July 18, 2017 • OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

‘Bang, everything was locked down’: Hundreds of jobs lost as Siemens closes turbine plant in Tillsonburg

TILLSONBURG, ONT. – The loss of 340 jobs at a Tillsonburg factory that makes blades for wind turbines could be a harbinger of troubles ahead in Ontario’s green energy industry, a leading analyst says. Siemens Canada said Tuesday it’s closing its Tillsonburg plant, one of four Ontario green energy factories set up under a controversial, multi-billion-dollar deal with Korean industrial giant Samsung. The closing of one of the town’s largest employers came after weeks of speculation, the fallout rippling as far . . .

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July 18, 2017 • Minnesota, South DakotaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine noise too much for South Dakota homeowner

TORONTO, S.D. – While the wind power companies tout the economic benefits of planting not one, but two wind farms in Lincoln County, some neighbors are fearing the possible negative impacts. A Deuel County, South Dakota, resident says he found out the hard way there are drawbacks to having a renewable energy source in his backyard. David Janes of rural Toronto, South Dakota, said he and his late wife had built a retirement home on their South Dakota farm site 17 . . .

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July 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Tourists shun areas hit by wind turbine ‘blight’

More than half of tourists to Scotland would rather not visit scenic areas dominated by man-made structures such as wind farms, a YouGov poll suggests. A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries. Just 3% said they were “more likely” to visit such areas, while 26% said such large-scale developments would make “no . . .

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July 17, 2017 • ScotlandPrint storyE-mail story

Windfarms ‘will drive visitors away from Scotland’

New research by a conservation charity has highlighted the potential tourism risks posed by industrial development encroaching on Scotland’s scenic landscapes. The survey, carried out by YouGov on behalf of the John Muir Trust, showed that 55% of the Scottish adults who were asked said they would be less likely to visit the country’s beautiful countryside if it contained large-scale infrastructure, such as electricity transmission towers, quarries and commercial wind farms. Just 3% claimed they would be more likely to . . .

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July 16, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth ruling bolsters cause for neighbors of Plymouth turbines

BOURNE – For neighbors of the Future Generation Wind turbines who have been complaining to town and state officials about the effects of the four 500-foot tall turbines, things have been looking bleak. They have said the turbines have robbed them of their sleep, their health, and the enjoyment of their property, to no avail. They failed in their attempt at a preliminary injunction against the ConEdison Solutions-owned turbines. They tried to get the turbines shut down by town boards in . . .

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July 13, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Two Cape windmills have stopped spinning, but someone still has to pay

The costs of the Wind Turbine Curse keep adding up. A cursed windmill? That’s how I described the Falmouth tower known as “Wind 1” in 2012. And the legal battles were just getting started. Now, the court fights might finally be over. The bills? That’s another story. The Falmouth selectmen decided Monday not to appeal a judge’s determination that Wind 1 and its younger sibling, Wind 2, are a nuisance and must be shut down. This essentially marks the end . . .

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July 7, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth neighbors worried celebration premature in fight against wind turbines

FALMOUTH – Neighbors who have fought for seven years to stop the spinning blades of two municipal wind turbines won a major victory last month in Barnstable Superior Court, but any euphoria they may have felt is dulled by the potential for an appeal. Judge Cornelius Moriarty upheld the local zoning board’s finding that two 1.65-megawatt turbines at the town’s wastewater treatment facility were a nuisance, and he ordered them shut down. The town had filed the lawsuit against its own . . .

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