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Rick Webb's presentation on October 17 at the Energy Virginia conference provides a thought provoking analysis of the costs and benefits of industrial wind energy.
Industrial wind turbine farms are proposed for the towns of Perry, Covington and
Warsaw, NY that will permanently alter the towns. Large turbines create strong noise
levels not only from wind through the blades but largely by the turbine mechanisms
themselves. To capture the wind these turbines are to be installed on hill tops around the
town and thus have significant potential to create a noise nuisance. Wind turbine noise
added to the prevailing ambient background sound is an important environmental
consideration when siting wind turbines since they are a permanent installation and may
significantly impair resident’s enjoyment of neighboring lands or even personal health.
Also, relevant consideration of noise impacts and mitigation measures are a specific
requirement of a NY State Environmental Quality Review procedure, required before
approval of permits.
This is the report submitted by the Planning Inspector appointed by the National Assembly for Wales that dismisses the appeal by the Awe Amman Tawe quango for a wind farm on Mynydd-y-Gwrhyd.
Of particular interest are the Inspector's remarks on Landscape and Visual Impact (paragraphs 16-20 on pages 5-6) with respect to how 'developers photomontages' do not give the true visual impact of actual wind farm sites.
This report focuses on the effects of wind
farms on air defense and missile warning radars and the resulting potential impact on
military readiness. Its scope is limited to these specific subjects and is based on the
current level of understanding regarding interactions between such defense systems and
state-of-the-art wind turbines.........
The results from those flight trials documented that
state-of-the-art utility-class wind turbines can have a significant impact on the operational
capabilities of military air defense radar systems. The results demonstrated that the large
radar cross section of a wind turbine combined with the Doppler frequency shift
produced by its rotating blades can impact the ability of a radar to discriminate the wind
turbine from an aircraft. Those tests also demonstrated that the wind farms have the
potential to degrade target tracking capabilities as a result of shadowing and clutter
An interesting letter from Noble Environmental Power that suggests by implication that there must be some 'downside' to being the neighbor of a wind plant.
The Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Guidelines are reference documents designed to provide project developers, financiers, facility managers, and other decision makers with relevant industry background and technical information. This information supports actions aimed at avoiding, minimizing, and controlling EHS impacts during the construction, operation, and decommissioning phases of a project or facility.
Please note that anything of lighter color or crossed out is the recommendation from the township attorney. The markup reflects the attorney's view that any environmental clauses can be challenged in the courts and the township should not take on the liability of being an "expert" in intrepreting the studies presented to them by the developer or citizen.
The purpose of Mr. Ide’s testimony is to present the Department’s overall
recommendations with respect to the petitioner’s request for a Certificate of
Public Good (“CPG”) under 30 V.S.A. § 248, including specific
recommendations on a number of criteria found in 30 V.S.A. § 248(b). In places,
he will be incorporating or relying on the work and testimony of other Department
Editor's Note: The complete testimony (attached) is a worthwhile read. Selected Q & A's appear below.
WV's Congressman Mollohan submitted a letter on July 26, 2006 to the WV Public Service Commission (PSC) concerning the Beech Ridge wind energy project proposed for Greenbrier County, WV by Chicago-based Invenergy, Inc. This wind energy developer successfully pushed through a windplant in Wisconsin nearby the Horicon Marsh - a globally-significant wildlife area and National Wildlife Refuge - despite the widespread outcry by national and local wildlife groups who opposed such close siting.
Mollohan's letter points out that Invenergy disregarded recommendations by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for multi-year pre-construction studies regarding the project's potential impacts on migratory birds and bats. He also observed that although WV's one operating wind project in Tucker County has been the site of record-setting bat mortality due to collision with turbine blades, the project operator (FPL Energy) has cut off access to the site for scientific study or investigation, even by the National Research Council/National Academies committee charged by the U.S. Congress to study the environmental impacts of wind projects in the Mid-Atlantic Highlands (see footnote #2 in his letter).
Vermont regional commissions are responsible for updating their respective 'plans' every five years. The Windham Regional Commission (WRC), comprised of representatives from the 27 towns in Windham County, submitted a draft of its updated plan for public comment in late June 2006.
Given the prevailing public concerns regarding energy, the energy section of WRC's draft plan was of particular interest. Specifically, the Glebe Mountain Group, an incorporated non-profit organization that has been actively engaged in protecting Glebe Mountain from industrialization, felt is was imperative that industrial wind generation projects not be encouraged or accorded any presumption that they serve the public good.
The Glebe Mountain Group's comments on the plan are attached as is the original 'draft' WRC plan. Some of the specific comments related to wind energy are extracted below as is the conclusion. These comments were fully endorsed by The Friends of Glebe Mountain, an unincorporated 100% volunteer group comprised of residents of and non-resident property owners in the towns of Londonderry and Windham.