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Couple WIN Wind Turbine Ruling

This is a true Victory, as a court has upheld property rights violations! Next stop, Ontario

October 2, 2013  – The Connexion – France

A WINDFARM has been ordered to demolish ten turbines and pay compensation and fines after it was successfully sued by a couple.

Speaking to Le Figaro newspaper, the couple’s lawyer, Philippe Bodereau, said: “This decision is very important because it demonstrates to all those who put up with windfarms with a feeling of powerlessness that the battle is not in vain, even against big groups, or authorities who deliver building permits, that legal options are available to everyone, that we have a right to live in peace and that people can do other things than suffer.”

The couple bought their 18th century listed property, the Château de Flers, in 1993.

A tribunal in Montpellier ruled that the couple had suffered due to the “degradation of the environment, resulting from a rupture of a bucolic landscape and countryside”. It also agreed the couple had suffered from the noise of the turbines and from the flashing lights.

“The situation, instantly out of place, permanent and quickly unbearable, created a problem that went beyond the typical inconveniences of neighbours and constituted a violation of property rights,” ruled the judgement.

The value of the property had no bearing on the ruling.

The wind farm owners, Compagnie du Vent, have been given four months to take down the turbines, which were erected in 2007 on two sites next to the property in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. It has appealed the decision.

“Our projects are in the general interest, following the Grenelle de l’environnement and not in the interest of individuals,” said the president of Compagnie du Vent, Thierry Conil. “However, it’s right that democracy should allow people to take action.”

The two sites are a €20m investment and produce enough electricity for 22,000 people according to the company.

In 2010 it was ordered to demolish four turbines near Narbonne after it was taken to court by four farmers who were granted €430,000 in compensation. However after appealing it reached an out of court settlement.

Le Figaro said that lawyers associated with these cases said that they were often resolved amicably out of court. “I don’t know an example in France where a demolition was ordered and followed through,” one lawyer told the paper.

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Windfarm subsidies will be axed, says Cameron

By Robert Merrick, September 29, 2013 – The Northern Echo – UK

Blindfold Green Energy PicSUBSIDIES for wind farms will be axed, David Cameron said – potentially scaling back development in County Durham, a wind power ‘hotspot’.

In an eve-of-conference interview, the prime minister revealed he did not want to keep the subsidies for “a second longer than they’re necessary”.

The move appeared to be in response to Ed Miliband’s eye-catching pledge to freeze energy bills for 20 months, from 2015, to tackle a “cost of living crisis”.

Critics claim the so-called ‘renewables obligation’ – which subsidises wind farms – piles £23 on each household bill.

But scrapping subsidies would be bitterly criticised by environmental campaigners, who argue the expansion of wind farms is crucial to cutting carbon emissions.

That includes in County Durham, which – on one calculation – has the second highest concentration of wind turbines in England, after Cornwall.

More than 20 farms have been built, or have permission, with another 13 in planning – and a controversial 24-turbine development earmarked for The Isles near Newton Aycliffe.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Cameron said: “Recently, I opened the London Array, the biggest offshore wind farm anywhere in the world, and it’s good that Britain is leading the way in this technology.

E.ON recently agreed to reduce the output of The Isles wind farm from 63.5 megawatts (mw) to 48mw, which means it will be decided by local planners, rather than the Government.

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Wind energy biggest loser as Abbott sweeps to power

By Giles Parkinson on 9 September 2013

It appears the reign of the eco-nuts has come to an end in Australia. We should be cautiously hopeful that the new Abbott government will bring an environment of sanity and common sense that seems to have been lost of late. I am so jealous. One day (soon) I hope they’ll be writing similar stories about us crazy canucks.

Clearly, the mood has turned. Three years ago Australians voted to save the planet, make love and then shoot the lights out. Now they want to axe the tax, trash the turbines, did up coal – and then go down with Palmer’s remake of the Titanic.

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And on a more lighter note…..

Lack of Demand Closes Turbine Parts Manufacturer: Wausakee Composites, Cuba City’s largest private employer, closing : Wsj

July 26, 2013 5:15 am  •  

The largest private employer in Cuba City is closing its doors.

Wausaukee Composites, a parts manufacturer for the wind turbine industry, announced Thursday that it will close its more than 40,000-square-foot facility in the city’s industrial park.

The move, effective Friday, will eliminate 36 jobs from the city and comes after the company went into temporary shutdown mode on June 14 with an unknown call-back date.

“You never want to lose a plant, but the silver lining is we saw it coming and we were able to prepare for it,” said Taylor Gronau, economic development director for the city on the eastern edge of Grant County.

“I think Cuba City will fare well coming out of this. That building and site is incredibly useful. We think we can have this building sold within a year.”

In a letter to the state Department of Workforce Development, Edward Trueman, president and CEO of the company, said 33 employees will lose their jobs on Friday, while the remaining three employees have accepted positions at the company headquarters in Wausaukee, located in Marinette County.

“Wausaukee only recently learned that the primary customer served by the Cuba City facility was closing one of its facilities and would no longer be ordering component parts from Cuba City,” Trueman wrote.

He also cited federal tax law changes and decreased investment in the wind energy industry for a lack of new customers to replace the business recently lost.

The Cuba City employees, who are not represented by a union, do not have bumping rights at the company’s Wausaukee and Owosso, Mich., plants but are welcome to apply for any open positions, Trueman said.

Wausaukee Composites is a subsidiary of Sintex Industries, a multinational manufacturer and distributor of structural plastics and textiles.

Wausakee Composites, Cuba City’s largest private employer, closing : Wsj.

Coalition energy document focuses almost entirely on fossil fuels

Only reference to Australia’s $20bn renewable industry is repeat of promise to hold another investigation into the health impacts of wind farms – September 5, 2013 – Giles Parkinson – The Guardian

On wind, the energy document – in an apparent gesture towards the anti-wind members of its constituency – says: “Some members of public have serious concerns over the potential impacts of wind farms on the health of people living in their vicinity.

“The lack of reliable and demonstrably independent evidence on the subject of wind farms both adds to those concerns and allows vested interests on either side of the debate to promulgate questionable information to support their respective cases.

“We will implement a program to establish real-time monitoring of wind farm noise emissions to be made publicly available on the internet.”

The renewables industry has previously said that real-time monitoring would impose unbearable costs on the wind industry, and would be almost useless because of the inability to separate other noise in real-time.

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Czech Government Votes to End Support for Renewables From 2014

By Ladka Bauerova – Jul 26, 2013 10:25 AM ET – The Bloomberg

The Czech government approved a draft law to end support for renewable energy, proposing to stop subsidies for new projects at the end of this year.

The plan was adopted during an extraordinary cabinet session yesterday and is subject to approval by parliament, the government said in a statement on its website.

Subsidies for renewable-power sources, particularly solar plants, have raised prices for Czech energy users in the past three years as the cost is passed on through customer bills.

“The reason for this law amendment is the rising financial burden for electricity consumers,” Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said in the statement. “It threatens the competitiveness of our industry and raises consumers’ uncertainty about power prices.”

Only hydro, wind and biomass power plants that got construction permits this year will be eligible for support if they’re completed before the end of 2014, the statement shows.

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BC Hydro to cancel up to 10 independant power deals and defer delivery on some others.

August 30, 2013  – Derek Penner, The Vancouver Sun

BC Hydro to cancel up to 10 independent power deals and defer delivery on some others

B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett said BC Hydro has jettisoned four independent power contracts already.

Photograph by: NICK PROCAYLO , PNG

Hydro will cancel as many as 10 electricity purchase contracts with independent power producers and defer delivery dates on nine more as part of the province’s mandate to reduce the utility’s cost, Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett said Friday.

Bennett said Hydro has jettisoned four contracts already, adding that the deals the utility is severing are ones where project proponents had failed to meet terms of their purchase deals and agreed to their termination or delay.

“When I said to Hydro ‘find ways to spend less,’ I wasn’t specifically thinking about buying less electricity,” Bennett said “They came back and said these IPP proponents have not performed, we could get out of those contracts, or perhaps defer delivery to a date in time when we need the electricity.”

BC Hydro embarked on an ambitious plan to secure so-called clean energy from IPPs under the energy self-sufficiency policy of former premier Gordon Campbell. The policy obliged the utility to meet B.C.’s electricity needs internally by 2016 and buy a substantial amount of new power from privately developed sources.

The Clean Energy Act of 2010 enshrined the requirement that BC Hydro supply 93 per cent of the province’s electricity needs from clean, renewable sources.

The contracts BC Hydro signed with producers became lightning rods for criticism over the cost of their delivered power.

BC Hydro, in its Integrated Resource Plan released Aug. 23, determined that, between existing power sources and estimated conservation of electricity, it can meet B.C.’s short term needs, but a gap between supply and demand would emerge within 10 years.

Bennett, on Friday, said that this dynamic allowed the utility to contemplate cancelling or putting off non-performing projects to help mitigate potential consumer rate increases. Upon taking office, one of the first things he did as minister was put the public on notice that they should expect some increases, but hasn’t said how much.

In the resource plan, BC Hydro noted that it has deals with independent power producers for 129 different projects with 81 of those already complete and generating about 20 per cent of the province’s electricity needs.

BC Hydro, in the IRP, recommended that it select “the most cost-effective plan to meet customers’ needs within the context of the Clean Energy Act.”

Bennett wouldn’t identify which of the 48 projects under development are due for cancellation or delay, but BC Hydro estimates cancellations will cut back its contractual commitments to buy 1,600 gigawatts of electricity per year by 2021. In 2012, it bought 10,827 gigawatt hours of power from IPPs.

As part of the cancellation, Bennett says the utility has agreed to pay some of the companies’ “sunk costs,’’ such as environmental studies, work with First Nations, engineering drawings and site preparation.

Bennett says paying those costs will be less expensive for BC Hydro in the long run than paying courts costs.

NDP energy critic John Horgan greeted Bennet’s announcement as good news that “sends a message to the IPP community, the so-called clean energy community, that the party is over and that feasting at BC Hydro is coming to an end. I think that’s good news for ratepayers.”

Horgan, long a critic of the government’s drive to Read more: