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The media release from the Minister of Planning, Victoria, denying the permit for the Yaloak Wind Farm because of the unacceptable risk to the Wedge-tailed eagle.
"Today, the task before the Joint Committee (regarding Bill S40) is to hear from the public on what would appear simple
- the giving and taking of “driveway” easements between the Commonwealth’s Wachusett Reservation
(Stagecoach Trail) and the Town of Princeton’s legal “right of way” for its wind power site. As well, the town is offering
the to transfer to the Commonwealth, ownership of, five acres of their 16-acre wind site.
I urge the Joint Committee for Bill S40 to carefully consider the following with regard to your recommendations an for
easement exchange and accession of land from Princeton:
1. The Wachusett Wind Site is a 16 acre parcel wholly surrounded by the Wachusett Reservation and flanked within
few feet, on three sides, by the well traveled Midstate, Harrington and Stagecoach trails. This portion of the state
park is accessible and popular.
2. The present eight windmills are 120-feet high and are proposed to be replaced with two windmills as high as a 35-
story building and with blades that stretch as wide as a football field - windmills whose elevation will come with 150-
feet of the mountain’s elevation.
3. In the wintertime Wachusett experiences unusual ice storms in number and severity
4. In the wintertime, the windmills accumulate ice - then release it when it melts and falls, when it is blown off by wind
or is thrown it off by the rotating blades
5. This ice has put holes in the roofs of utilty buildings on the wind farm and scattters itself across the fully accesssible
wind site, the state reservation and hiking trails, threatening state park viisitors The risk associated with being
struck windmill ice can be quantified and is relative to one’s distance from the windmills and will increase geometrically
with the proposed windmills.
6. Windmills and wind data collection towers at Wachusett have structurally failed five times in twenty years on the
Town of Princeton (PMLD) site. This also threatens the state park visitors as well with collapsing metal structures and
flying blades. Proposed windmills and data towers will not be installed in compliance withthe manufacuturer’s recommendations
and safety warnings."......
Compared with 2004, the emphasis in 2005 will be on industry consolidation, prototype testing, and product optimization – with several new turbine prototypes and turbine upgrades being announced (see Table 1). Meanwhile, according to industry sources, huge growth in the US has increased demand for the machines and along with high steel prices this has increased the cost of wind turbines.The main beneficiaries of this boom are GE and Vestas, but there is speculation that the increased cost of turbines could have a negative impact on the planning of new US windfarms.
In the offshore market, a new 3 MW class of turbines is gradually succeeding the 2–2.3 MW offshore-modified types. Two companies continue to dominate the offshore wind segment – Vestas and Siemens Wind Power (formerly Bonus Energy). In this new offshore arena, Vestas is expected to meet formidable competition, especially from the new Siemens 3.6 MW and GE’s optimized 3.6 MW GE 3.6sl Offshore with an enlarged 111 m rotor.1
Built in 2003, North Hoyle is the UK's first major offshore wind plant.....
The generation of electricity by wind is a growing industry in Pennsylvania. While wind energy is certainly an attractive alternative to the pollution produced by fossil fuel power plants, all potential environmental impacts must be measured if electricity produced this way is to truly qualify as “green energy.” Surprisingly, only minimal environmental studies need to be done to site a wind farm in Pennsylvania. Improper siting of some wind farms in the U.S. has impacted migratory bird, resident bird, and bat populations. We present bird-impaction data from an industrial facility 30 km south of a proposed wind farm in Luzurne County, Pennsylvania, that suggest caution in the blind embrace of this energy technology. Siting decisions are made at the local government levels and are primarily based on economic incentives. We argue (a) that this energy alternative must incorporate robust site-specific impaction studies at each wind farm to demonstrate effects throughout the Commonwealth, and (b) that local government officials be given the guidance necessary to encourage and provide environmental oversight to wind farms in their areas.
In community after community where industrial-scale "wind farms" have been proposed, mundane and sparsely-attended board meetings have been transformed into standing-room-only affairs. Residents and property owners are anxious to know whether rumored plans to construct twenty, fifty or even a hundred of the 400-foot tall wind turbines are "a done deal." Most significantly, the electorate wants to know the extent to which their town has the power to decide whether or not wind farms will dominate their rural landscape. /p
Robert Samuelson writes in the Washington Post:
"Almost a decade ago I suggested that global warming would become a "gushing" source of political hypocrisy. So it has. Politicians and scientists constantly warn of the grim outlook, and the subject is on the agenda of the upcoming Group of Eight summit of world economic leaders. But all this sound and fury is mainly exhibitionism -- politicians pretending they're saving the planet. The truth is that, barring major technological advances, they can't (and won't) do much about global warming. It would be nice if they admitted that, though this seems unlikely."
Londonderry (VT) resident, Hugh Kemper, wrote this paper to alert fellow residents to the probable impact on Londonderry's character and the quality of residents' lives of a proposed 27 turbine wind plant along 3.5 miles of Glebe Mountain's ridgeline. The paper argues that industrial wind energy is, at best, a symbolic gesture to halting climate change and a financial windfall for developers while the costs to Londonderry's environment, economy and quality-of-life are significant.
I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory concerning the recent EIS issued for the Prattsburgh/Italy Wind Farm.....All BBBO Board members are trained ornithologists with extensive knowledge about local breeding and migratory birds. In addition, the Board has considerable expertise in methodologies and techniques used to assess and census breeding and migratory bird use of the local landscape (e.g. radar, breeding and migratory bird surveys, bird banding, population demographic, etc).... BBBO’s Board of Directors was surprised and shocked to see our organization’s data used in Ecogen’s EIS. We were not informed or consulted about the use of our data and, furthermore, we were not sent a copy of the draft EIS to review.
Q. Even considering all of those factors or weaknesses, what is your conclusion regarding the impact on residential property values from the proposed project?
A. Under certain circumstances as described in my report, the negative impact may be similar. Also, in significant view loss situations, as described in my report, I would conclude that, within a reasonable degree of professional certainty, land values may be negatively impacted 17% - 20%.
Editor's Note: Mr. Zarem argues that the appropriate methodology for estimating the 'view' impact of industrial wind turbines on property values is 'paired data analysis'- defined in the The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal as: “A quantitative technique used to identify and measure adjustments to the sale prices or rents of comparable properties; to apply this technique, sales or rental data on nearly identical properties are analyzed to isolate a single characteristic’s effect on value or rent.” In the absence of relevant view/turbine data, he derived an alternative paired data analysis for determining view impacts on property values due to wind turbines from Transmission Line view impacts on the prices of single-family residential lots in subdivisions...as...sufficient paired data isolating the effects of view loss due to Transmission Lines exist in the marketplace to reach reasonable conclusions as to market tendencies. This data isolates impacts due to view loss associated with Transmission Lines.