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French Court of Audit slams green schemes #FRA

By National Wind Watch Renewable energy support schemes are not effective in driving the country towards its climate objectives, despite their significant costs, according to a new report from France’s Court of Auditors. The report by auditors was to a finance committee meeting at the French senate last week. It noted the spending on mechanisms…

Miami Co. files motion to dismiss wind farm suit #IN

By National Wind Watch PERU – The Miami County Board of Commissioners has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the county’s wind-energy ordinance is unconstitutional and violates residents’ property rights. Charles and Donna Smith, who live in the area of a proposed wind farm project in northern Miami County, filed the lawsuit in…

City Council supports online wind farm petition efforts #MD

By National Wind Watch OCEAN CITY – For the first time in the prolonged battle over the distance of the proposed wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City, resort officials are getting tangible support from residents and visitors characterized this week as the “sleeping giant.” Since the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) about a…

Clarity hearing scheduled for four public officials in Delta County #MI

By National Wind Watch DELTA COUNTY – A clarity hearing has been scheduled for four public officials in Delta County. Kristi Curry and Autumn Moore have filed a recall wording to recall Garden Township Supervisor Morgan Tatrow and Fairbanks Township Supervisor Ron Collins, Clerk Kathryn Denholm and Trustee James Dalgord. The election commission, comprised of…

Largest ever database of U.S. wind turbines released #USA

By National Wind Watch Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with public and private partners, has released the most comprehensive publicly available database yet of U.S. wind turbine locations and characteristics. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) will allow unparalleled ability for government agencies and others to make planning decisions. The USWTDB,…

Concerns, support raised at wind farm hearings #MA

By National Wind Watch Attendees at public hearings in Hyannis and on Nantucket Wednesday for one of three offshore wind energy projects proposed for south of Martha’s Vineyard had questions about the environment, potential jobs and the effects on commercial and recreational fishing. But others fully welcomed the benefit of a renewable energy project that…

Western part of Madison County considered for wind energy #NE

By National Wind Watch MADISON – Once Madison County gets its regulations updated, expect there to be some interest from developers in pursuing wind energy. On Tuesday, the county board met with Ned Porter, a land agent for Invenergy, which has an office in Neligh. Porter said his company built Prairie Breeze I, II and…

BLM gives final green light to major Western power line #ID #WY

By National Wind Watch The Bureau of Land Management has approved the final routes for a 1,000-mile power line that connects Western states. The agency announced that segments of the Gateway West Transmission Line Project on public lands in southwestern Idaho received the green light, hooking up to already authorized routes in southern Wyoming and…

Commissioners view video of loud turbine #MI

By National Wind Watch BAD AXE – A resident showed the Huron County Board of Commissioners video that he feels demonstrates issues with a wind developer’s sound protocol. Robert Gaffke of Bloomfield Township has a long-standing complaint against Heritage Sustainable Energy, which built the two Big Turtle Wind Farms in Huron County. Big Turtle II…

Commissioners asked to reverse course on local wind turbine issue #OH

By National Wind Watch During a marathon meeting of the Seneca County commissioners Tuesday that lasted two hours, several residents from the Republic area gave presentations in opposition to the construction of wind turbines in that area. Those protesting the establishment of wind turbines were hoping to persuade the three commissioners to change course in…

Opposition to wind farm project expressed #NV

By National Wind Watch As part of its review process to determine whether to approve an application to allow construction of wind turbines on 32,000 acres of public land in Nevada adjacent to the California border just west of Searchlight, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) conducted a series of scoping meetings to allow public…

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