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US Governmental Entities That Moved to Reject or Restrict Wind Projects in 2015
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2/10/15ALCleburne CountyCountyCleburne County Commission passed regulations on setbacks and noise, including 2500 feet from adjacent property and a 40-decibel limit. Regulations were passed after sustained opposition to a proposed wind project on Turkey Heaven Mountain. Project is for up to 30 turbines, therefore, estimated capacity is 60 megawatts.http://www.annistonstar.com/cleburne_news/article_194a2e7e-b0f9-11e4-80d0-1391746d1ff9.html http://www.annistonstar.com/news/group-handing-out-signs-opposing-cleburne-windfarm/article_5e2e6890-e937-11e4-8a26-fbf2b7742c2b.html60
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7/14/15CALA CountyCountyBoard of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban wind turbines in county's unincorporated areastp://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20150714/la-county-supervisors-to-ban-large-wind-turbines-in-unincorporated-areas
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8/2/15IABuchanan CountyCountyBuchanan County Zoning and Planning Commission denied a permit for Optimum Renewables' 3-turbine wind project on a vote of 5-2.http://www.communitynewspapergroup.com/independence_bulletin_journal/news/article_1ad561d2-5342-11e5-a1b4-774f7ca10b50.html
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8/26/15IABlack Hawk CountyCountyCounty Board of Adjustment voted 5-0 to reject a special permit and setback variance for a 3-turbine wind project. The project had previously been turned down in Fayette and Buchanan counties.http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/black-hawk-county-s-first-wind-towers-rejected/article_8112cc4c-b6eb-5d13-a8b8-b4be8be1b18d.html6
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11/25/15IAFayette CountyCountyCounty supervisors imposed a 6-month moratorium on new wind projects http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/government/fayette-county-could-put-a-stop-to-any-new-wind-energy-projects-20151125
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7/17/15ILLivingston CountyCountyLivingston County Board voted 13-9 to deny Invenergy's application for a permit for a wind project. http://www.pontiacdailyleader.com/article/20150717/NEWS/150719656250
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11/18/15ILBoone CountyCountyBoone County Board voted 9-3 to require all wind turbines be a minimum of 2640 feet from a property linehttp://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2015/11/boone-county-votes-for-increased-wind-turbine-setbacks-based-on-property-lines/200
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7/6/15INWells CountyWells County Area Plan CommissionThe Area Plan Commission recommended that no large wind turbines be allowed in Wells County.http://indianaeconomicdigest.com/main.asp?SectionID=31&subsectionID=306&articleID=80312
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9/11/15INRush CountyCountyEnded negotiations with wind developerhttp://www.rushvillerepublican.com/news/county-votes-against-wind-turbines/article_7b8b21ee-f605-5c16-b928-1a3c3f31a39b.html180
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10/22/15KSDouglas CountyCountyCounty commissioners extended a moratorium on new wind projects for an additional six months so the county can develop better regulations.http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2015/oct/21/doco-commissioners/
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12/1/15MABourneTownBourne's Board of Selectmen unanimously approved health officials’ request to seek legal action to stop a four-turbine wind project in South Plymouth due to concerns about adverse health effects.http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20151201/NEWS/151209888/1010618
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11/14/15MDAllegany CountyCountyAllegany County Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously to deny variances for a 17-turbine wind project on Dan's Mountain. http://www.times-news.com/news/zoning-board-denies-wind-farm-developer-requests/article_0d9f435a-8a44-11e5-b94d-4b04424dfef2.html http://www.times-news.com/news/dan-s-mountain-wind-force-requests-a-third-construction-delay/article_f8a445aa-74d6-11e4-b20c-1ba8c0eff543.html47
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3/24/15MDKent CountyCountyCounty commissioners voted unanimously to reject a 49-turbine project being pushed by Apex Clean Energyhttp://elm.washcoll.edu/index.php/2015/04/kent-county-resists-wind-turbines/100
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11/17/15MEFreedomTownVote was 32-6 in favor of numerous regulations on wind turbines including setbacks. Ordinance is 40 pages.http://waldo.villagesoup.com/p/freedom-passes-wind-turbine-ordinance/1445801
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6/9/15MEDixfieldTownTown voters approve a new ordinance on wind turbines that sets limits on noise, setback (4,000 feet from any occupied building), and flicker.http://www.dixfield.org/assets/pdfs/2015/WEF%20Ordinance%20%20June%209%202015%20Vote.pdf https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2015/06/11/dixfield-voters-adopt-original-wind-ordinance/
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6/19/15MEDepartment of Inland Fisheries and WildlifeStateDepartment of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced it would oppose the Weaver Wind project based on its potential impact to birds and bats. Two months later, SunEdison, the developer of the project, withdrew its application for the project, which had been pending at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/19/news/hancock/state-wildlife-officials-oppose-hancock-county-turbine-project/ http://www.pressherald.com/2015/08/28/sunedison-withdraws-application-to-build-wind-farm-in-hancock-county/76
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12/3/15MEMaine Supreme CourtStateThe court ruled that the state environmental appeals board acted within its power in denying SunEdison’s proposed 16-turbine Bowers Mountain wind farm. The court agreed that the project would have "an unreasonable adverse effect on the scenic character" of several lakes that have been deemed scenic resources of the state. http://bangordailynews.com/2015/12/03/business/maines-top-court-upholds-denial-of-bowers-wind-project/ http://www.ppdlw.org/documents/law_court_decision.pdf48
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9/18/15MEFort FairfieldTownPassed restrictive law with a one-mile setback; noise not to exceed background by more than five (5) dBA or dBChttp://bangordailynews.com/2015/09/18/news/aroostook/fort-fairfield-passes-wind-ordinance-with-one-mile-setback/
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11/11/15MIHuron CountyCountyCounty Commissioners approve by 6-1 vote a 16-page ordinance setting stricter rules on setbacks, height, and noise.http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/local/article_57b0edc6-35e5-11e5-a0b7-77ca636cae1d.html http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/21202 http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/article_4dd52ba0-886f-11e5-b3e0-e321dc9c3198.html
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6/26/15MIMason CountyCountyMason County hosts the Lake Winds wind project. Shadow flicker and noise resulted in lawsuits. New ordinance restricts shadow flicker to 0-hours per year and increased setback distances.http://www.shorelinemedia.net/ludington_daily_news/news/local/article_4fad2b8a-0fb6-11e5-81e8-8ff427a550bd.html
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6/23/15MIMoore TownshipWeak ordinance passed by township was challenged by residents and heads to a referendum vote in MI. For now the project is stalled. Moore is one of four townships that will have turbines.http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/2015/11/13/moore-township-revisit-wind-turbine-ordinance/75692584/
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6/19/15MIBengalTownshipPassed restrictive zoning under police powers authority. The courts initially overruled the ordinance (see Essex). Still deciding next steps.http://www.news-gazette.com/news/state/2013-04-09/lawsuit-michigan-townships-seek-block-wind-power.html64
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6/19/15MIDallasTownshipPassed restrictive zoning under police powers authority. The courts initially overruled the ordinance (see Essex). The township has since passed interim zoning that restricts tower height to 380 feet. http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/06/19/clinton-wind-farm-ruling/28942483/
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6/19/15MIEssexTownshipPassed restrictive zoning under police powers authority. The courts initially overruled the ordinance claim only the planning board could pass laws governing land use. The ordinance was revised to focus only on health/safety including noise limits.http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/06/19/clinton-wind-farm-ruling/28942483/
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5/6/15MIMeadeTownshipReferendum vote that voided a decision by the town board to create a wind-overlay district. The overlay district was voted down by the township 222-147.http://www.michigansthumb.com/news/local/article_b6ece158-f3ed-11e4-a1b5-4bc1c5999c14.html100
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3/16/15MIOgdenTownshipTown board passed 6-month moratoriumhttp://www.lenconnect.com/article/20110315/NEWS/303159911
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7/17/15MOClinton CountyCountyClinton County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to deny a request by NextEra Energy to put up meteorological testing towers in the northern part of the countyhttp://www.clintoncountyleader.com/news/article_0155428e-2cb1-11e5-b888-d3a8fdbfea3d.html http://www.newspressnow.com/news/local_news/article_1b58dffc-02e3-5762-acbb-cdfc8f3a68ed.html200
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10/1/15NCBald Head IslandGoverning boardBald Head Island governing board adopted a resolution opposing wind turbines located within 24 nautical miles of shore. The resolution says "wind turbines located within the Bald Head Island viewshed would transform our community’s natural and historic vista of open ocean to a view of massive industrial machinery...Such a change would represent for us the most destructive commitment of ocean resources that we have ever heard proposed in North Carolina – one that could irreversibly damage the natural environment and resources that we cherish and that drive our economy"http://www.islandgazette.net/news-server9/index.php/news/local-news1/item/3199-carolina-beach-to-consider-opposing-wind-turbines-impacting-ocean-views http://www.islandgazette.net/news-server9/index.php/news/local-news1/item/3227-council-decides-to-take-no-stance-on-distance-of-offshore-wind-farms
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10/5/15NCPerquimans CountyCountyCounty commissioners imposed a four-month moratorium on a wind project after a surge in local opposition.http://hamptonroads.com/2015/10/perquimans-county-declares-4month-ban-wind-farms-after-complaints300
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6/30/15NDWilliams CountyCountyWilliams County Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 to deny a permit for a proposed wind project. http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/energy/wind/3779421-company-wants-operate-75-wind-turbines-just-north-tioga-oil-patch150
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5/5/15NDStark CountyCountyCounty commissioners rejected a permit for a NextEra project with 87 turbineshttp://www.kxnet.com/story/28987203/stark-county-commissioners-reject-wind-energy-project150
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12/30/15NDStark CountyCountyStark County Commissioners voted unanimously to impose a two-year moratorium on applications for new wind projects.http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/local/3913799-stark-co-places-moratorium-wind-farm-applications-permits-will-not-be-considered
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9/17/15NELinwoodTownshipTownship residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of regulations restricting high-voltage power lines on township property, as well as noise limits on turbines, and minimum setbacks of 1640 feet from township roads and private property not associated with the wind project.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.html200
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9/8/15NEFranklin TownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.html
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9/8/15NESavannahTownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.html
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9/8/15NESkull CreekTownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.html
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9/16/15NEOak CreekTownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.html
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9/8/15NERichardsonTownshipTownship residents voted against allowing wind-energy development.http://columbustelegram.com/banner-press/news/townships-line-up-against-wind-development/article_8be33e8e-4ecd-5d6b-9049-ab7449f18244.html
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11/10/15NELancaster CountyCountyCounty commissioners approved noise and setback regulations aimed at halting the Hallam Wind project.http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/county-oks-more-stringent-wind-rules-wind-farm-plan-appears/article_4c0f4773-403d-5a3f-bcb2-55a86f7da3e9.html http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/wind-energy-company-says-rules-may-force-it-to-nix/article_78069d33-ee70-5620-a6ac-f60de37eead3.html74
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3/16/15NHAlexandriaTownTown voted against the Spruce Ridge Wind Project in Grafton County. Passed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee. “EDP’s industrial complex spanning five towns has been overwhelmingly rejected by the voters of all towns except Canaan, which has yet to vote,” said Lori Lerner, president of New Hampshire Wind Watch. “The signal is clear. The message is simple. Your 50-story turbines are not wanted here, not now, not ever.”http://www.vnews.com/news/16192544-95/wind-project-in-limbo-for-now http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05 http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05#sthash.QrxQRXDm.jVafcofd.dpuf60
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3/16/15NHDorchesterTownTown voted against the Spruce Ridge Wind Project in Grafton County. Passed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee.http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05
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3/16/15NHGraftonTownTown voted against the Spruce Ridge Wind Project in Grafton County. Passed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee.http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05
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3/16/15NHGrotonTownPassed restrictive law; Local law applies to projects under 30 MW; Restricts tower heights to 400 feet; property line setback of 2000 feet, noise not exceed 33 dBA. Groton already hosts a 48 MW Iberdrola wind project. This ordiance passed overwhelmingly after town has had to deal with the turbines.http://s3.amazonaws.com/windaction/attachments/2380/Groton_Wind_Ordinance_updated_pdf.pdf
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3/16/15NHOrangeTownPassed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee. In a Town Meeting in March, the vote was 117-7 against the EDP project.http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150317/NEWS05/150319215/1028/news05
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3/13/15NHDanburyTownPassed various local laws to restrict wind; Final say for projects at or over 30 MW is determined by a state committee.http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/11113596-95/danbury-voters-block-wind-energy-developments-with-new-ordinances
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12/3/15NHSite Evaluation CommitteeStateThe Site Evaluation Committee passed final rules on the siting of energy projects in the state that include strict rules on wind energy projects including limits on noise and flicker.http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/projects/2014-04/index.htm ; http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/projects/2014-04/documents/2014-04_2015-12-15_ltr_site_205-300_adopted_rules.pdf
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11/6/15NVUS District CoutFederalUS District Court halted an 87-turbine wind project after determining that a BLM environmental study of the project, to be built in the Mojave Desert, had gaps. The project aims to install 87 turbines on 18,949 acres of BLM land. Total capacity: 200 MWhttp://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/nov/06/citing-flawed-environmental-report-judge-sends-sea/ http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/nov/06/citing-flawed-environmental-report-judge-sends-sea/ http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/energy/searchlight_wind_energy.html87
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11/2/15NV
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US Federal CourtU.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du vacated the federal permits for construction of the Searchlight Wind Project in Southern Nevada. Judge Du found that environmental analyses prepared by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) inadequately evaluated the dangers that the industrial-scale wind project would pose to desert wildlife.http://www.basinandrangewatch.org/Searchlight-Wind-Void.html200
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6/9/15NYBurkeTownTown Board voted 4-0 to approve a local law on setbacks from wind turbines. The new report says the "town had been working on wind tower regulations on and off for 15 years."http://www.mymalonetelegram.com/mtg01/burke-approves-wind-tower-regulations-20150610
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7/13/15NYCatlinTownTown officials approved regulations on setbacks, noise, and compensation in case of reduced property values. http://www.twcnews.com/nys/binghamton/news/2015/07/13/town-of-catlin-bans-windmills.html
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8/30/15NYNiagara CountyCountyThe Niagara County Legislature has gone on record as opposing the Lighthouse wind projecthttp://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/wind-opposition-fuels-gop-challenges-in-yates/article_bd96e40e-37bc-5306-bda0-65c8694e3f2c.html
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12/4/15NYNiagara County Board of HealthCountyNiagara County Board of Health voted on Dec 3 to ask Albany for a full environmental review of the Lighthouse wind project.http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/all-niagara-county/niagara-health-board-wants-state-review-of-70-wind-turbines-for-somerset-20151204
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7/8/15NYSomersetTownTown board voted to oppose the proposed Lighthouse wind project http://m.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/somerset-pendleton-residents-speak-out/article_1bf393ee-0918-570b-b461-025d5c0a04a6.html?mode=jqm http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/lockport/opponents-of-wind-power-project-offer-views-to-niagara-county-board-of-health-20151025 http://www.thedailynewsonline.com/bdn01/officials-join-against-wind-project-20151210200
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7/28/15NY HendersonTownTown officials went on record as opposing Hudson Energy's proposed wind project on Galoo Islandhttp://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/henderson-plans-nearly-20000-study-to-have-guns-loaded-against-galloo-island-wind-project-20150728102
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12/16/15NYOrleans CountyCountyOrleans County legislators voted to oppose the Lighthouse Wind project that is proposed near Yates and Somerset. Legislators voted to oppose the project which they said would “place commercial wind turbines within this quaint, beautiful Town of Yates.”http://www.orleanshub.com/news2015/County-Legislature-goes-on-record-as-opposing-Lighthouse-Wind-project.htm http://www.lighthousewind.com/about_lighthouse
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12/17/15NYErie CountyCountyThe legislature of Erie County adopted a resolution opposing the "construction of wind turbines" in the flight path of the Niagara Falls Airforce Reserve Station. The resolution specifically names Apex Energy and is clearly aimed at Lighthouse Wind. http://lakeontarioturbines.com/PDF/Erie-County-Legislature-NFARS.pdf http://www.lockportjournal.com/opinion/mailbag-regional-opposition-to-lighthouse-wind-is-a-reality/article_62823947-fd19-59ea-b428-825f923ff144.html https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0ahUKEwjAhZSGk6_LAhWpsYMKHRVvCKAQFggcMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdocuments.dps.ny.gov%2Fpublic%2FCommon%2FViewDoc.aspx%3FDocRefId%3D%257B6C4B14D4-AADD-4A08-AF18-270AFF2B4BFD%257D&usg=AFQjCNHo2d763ousAp50KRPXVYc8Dr5bTA&sig2=Ffgws9-zMVg0wWyRgp4QSg&bvm=bv.116274245,d.amc
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12/2/15OKOsage TribeTribeThe Osage Tribe has been fighting a wind project pushed by Enel for years. After inaction by the Department of Interior, the tribe is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit that will halt what it calls a "significant invasion" of its property. The project has 84 turbines. Principal Chief Geoffrey StandingBear called the wind project "a harsh form of pollution, and it should go away.”http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/osage-nation-seeks-to-intervene-in-wind-lawsuit/article_fe22b4f0-829d-5cac-9974-2c6b056ef1cf.html http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/osage-nation-prays-for-the-end-of-wind-developments/article_278a9e60-9446-5451-aec3-4610c11fc4fa.html150
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11/28/15PALuzerne CountyCountyLuzerne County Court denied an appeal by EDF Renewables, which wanted to overturn the finding of the Foster Township Zoning Hearing Board, which refused to issue a permit for the company's 15-turbine project.http://citizensvoice.com/news/luzerne-county-court-denies-appeal-for-wind-farm-1.197678150
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7/21/15SDLincoln CountyCountyLincoln County Commissioners denied appeal by a company called Dakota Power Community Wind, which was seeking permission for meteorological towers to study wind energy. The permit for the met towers had previously been denied by the county's zoning board. "The population in south Lincoln County does not support wind energy by a majority of 4 to 1,” said Winnie Peterson, chair of We-Care South Dakota.http://www.kdlt.com/news/local-news/wind-study-tower-appeal-denied-in-lincoln-county/34287068 http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2015/02/24/wind-farm-owners-appeal-county-commission/23959541/
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3/26/15VTNortheastern Vermont Development AssociationEssex, Caledonia and Orleans counties, 55 townsCovers 55 towns and gores. "After discussion, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the Executive Committee’s recommendation for no further industrial – scale wind development in the Northeast Kingdom." The development association covers 21 percent of Vermont’s land area and represents 55 communities. http://vtdigger.org/2015/01/26/nek-development-officials-vote-oppose-large-wind-projects/ http://www.nvda.net/files/Wind%20Study%20-%20Final%20Report%20-3-27-15.pdf http://www.nvda.net/towns.php
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6/16/15VTRutland Regional Planning Commission27 towns in Rutland CtyAdopted the Rutland Regional Plan, which delineates rules on everything from biomass to wind energy. Wind turbines must have setbacks of 1 mile per megawatt of capacity from any habitable structure. https://www.dropbox.com/s/s9u6lv3nzi5gimf/Energy.pdf?dl=0
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10/1/15VTIrasburg TownTown meeting, vote against: 274-9http://watchdog.org/240766/irasburg-rejects-wind-turbines/?roi=echo3-29518627013-30753222-a0b5648c0e1af9d33bcc2ea342bd3882
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11/18/15VTSwantonTownTown voted 731-160 against the Rocky Ridge wind project which aims to put seven 499-foot-high turbines in the town. http://www.wptz.com/news/swanton-voters-deciding-on-wind-turbine-proposals/36504240; http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/2015/11/20/swanton-wind-project-track-despite-vote/76117130/20
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12/15/15VTFairfieldTown Town selectboard voted to oppose Rocky Ridge Wind Project and sent a letter to VT Governor Peter Shumlin, to let their position be known. "We strongly feel that this project would negatively affect the Town of Fairfield and its residents."https://www.wind-watch.org/news/2015/12/16/this-selectboard-unanimously-opposed-to-swanton-wind/; http://www.timesargus.com/article/20151223/OPINION02/151229830
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9/10/15WIForestTownTown announced that its legal fight against the Highland Wind Farm will continue, saying that the St. Croix Circuit Court ordered the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to hold further hearings before approving the construction of the project. The town's press release said "The Town has long fought and will continue to oppose the Highland Wind Farm project, which would place 42 500-foot tall wind turbines close to homes."http://www.townofforest.org/notices/Sep_10_2015/29810 http://www.highlandwindpower.com102
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Results19 of the 21 states are producing wind energy.Some 65 governmental entities in 22 states moved to ban or restrict wind projects in 2015. The entities include 30 towns and 27 counties. Also, planning and development authorities covering 82 additional towns in VT moved to reject wind-energy projects. http://www.awea.org/resources/statefactsheets.aspx?itemnumber=890
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