Romney Marsh Press Release in response to Npower (Rheinisch-Westfalisches Elecktrizitatswer)
Romney Marsh residents were shocked this week to receive letters from Npower indicating that the developers intended to start work immediately on the very controversial Romney Marsh wind farm.
The scheme was formally opposed at Public Inquiry by the County and District Councils, by RSPB and English Nature and a group of concerned local residents, all of whom value the very special qualities of the Marsh..
Legal advice indicates that the decision to grant permission for this wind farm development is in breach of wildlife legislation. As a result of this a group of concerned local residents have mounted a legal challenge which is at present before the Court of Appeal. The hearing date for this legal challenge is fixed for 20 June.
Davis also said it is important for commissioners to solidify the necessary conditions in the county's zoning regulations before entering a contractual agreement.
"When you buy a house, you don't sign a contract and say 'let's go back and talk about the roof that leaks,' " he said. "At the point you sign the contract, you lose the ability to negotiate."
TROY - The 300 people who came out to see what all the fuss was about concerning a proposed wind farm project for Armenia Mountain had mixed reactions to the proposal.
AES, a global energy company headquartered in Arlington, Va., presented the plan for up to 79 300 to 400-foot wind turbines on 9,000 acres of leased property in both Tioga and Bradford counties to the people of Bradford County Tuesday at the high school here.
Arthur and Pamela Dodds are upset with the West Virginia Public Service Commission's approval of the wind turbine facility along the Laurel Mountain ridgeline in Barbour and Randolph Counties.
"I was very disappointed that the wind turbine complex had been approved. I feel there was an improper balancing of the information that the opposition gave," says Pamela Dodds, a Barbour County resident.
"If you look at the amount of dollars that are being subsidized on wind power compared to things like energy efficiency and conservation, it's more like a silver cannonball."
"If that kind of money were directed at energy efficiency and conservation, it's about $10,000 for every household in the state of Maine," Thurston said.
The reaction to the Monday announcement that Kittitas County commissioners will mount a legal appeal against Gov. Chris Gregoire's approval of the 65-turbine Kittitas Valley Wind Power Project was not surprising: project supporters are disappointed, but those against the location of the 6,000-acre wind farm like the challenge.
Others indicated the legal action is welcome in that the state Supreme Court may answer, once and for all, whether land-use decisions made by local governments and their elected officials have a stronger legal standing than state actions to overrule those decisions.
PSB members David Coen and John Burke rejected Janson's claim that the wind turbines would have a negative impact on the conserved lands, saying that few people venture out there. They also wrote that the benefits of the project outweigh the aesthetic impacts. But they did agree about the bird and bat studies and on that basis denied a permit.
As of Monday, Donald had logged 20 complaints with the town about noise and shadow flicker causing ear ringing and ear pressure.
"I think that people's physiologies are different," Donald said when told of neighbors who have experienced no negative health effects.
In as little as one year, Duane Frederickson's rural home could be ground zero for three, 230 ft.-tall wind turbines. ...According to preliminary turbine siting, Frederickson said, one wind generator could be located as little as 500 to 600 ft. away from his home, with the other two within a quarter-mile of his property.
At Thursday's Orleans Town Council meeting, the town's Wind Committee submitted its second set of recommendations for wind turbine zoning.
The first set had recommendations for noise rules and setbacks to avoid ice throw, turbine failure and flicker.
These recommendations deal with other concerns, including well water disruption and radon exposure because of rock blasting.
The foundations of a new source of electricity are being laid at White Hill, near Mossburn, that by May will transform the landscape into a towering army of marching windmills, each stretching more than 100m into the sky.
The wind turbine project, a first for Southland, is being built for electricity generator Meridian Energy at a projected cost of $110 million and, when all 29 turbines are commissioned – scheduled for late next year – their combined output would be capable of powering most of Southland, including Invercargill City. Meridian expects that the first of the turbines will be running by May.
The opponents of a wind power project in town are feeling optimistic that the Connecticut Siting Council will not approve its construction, after a similar project proposed by the same company in the New Haven County town of Prospect was rejected.
LIVERPOOL — Wind turbines will probably start popping up on Nova Scotia’s South Shore within a couple of years as companies vying for choice locations fine-tune their proposals.
Town Meeting would have to approve the spending of $8.3 million, which includes $4.9 million borrowed to construct Wind 2, $2 million to pay back the renewable energy credits, and $1.4 million to remove both turbines. That is the same amount Town Meeting failed to authorize earlier this month by six votes shy of a two-thirds majority.
"I'm guardedly optimistic" that the ballot question will pass, Mr. Suso said.
Under the terms of a four-year contract, Pepco Energy Services, an unregulated subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., will supply more than 64 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits to both firms as well as the Washington Square office building that Lerner and Tower jointly developed at 1050 Connecticut Ave. NW. Pepco did not disclose the contract's value.
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority honchos and engineers met yesterday to figure out a fix for the $4.7 million wind turbine, which started turning in October, only to power down last month when crews discovered it had settled about 2 inches, agency officials said. Possible causes, they said, include soil conditions and vibrations from a sudden shutdown triggered by high winds.
Some local realtors are expecting significant decreases in land values to homes in the area surrounding local wind turbine projects, but the proponents have said they have no indication that will be the case.
Across the Municipality of Kincardine, the 120-turbine Enbridge Wind Power Project has been a highly-debated topic, while Suncor Energy’s 38-turbine project has been widely supported in the Ripley area of Huron-Kinloss.
Mitch Twolan, Mayor of Huron-Kinloss and broker of Lake Range Realty, said he’s already experienced the pros and cons to real estate which have come along with the turbine proposals. But Twolan believes it will take the completion of the projects to properly determine what widespread impact it will have after that time.
“It’s going to be two to five years before we see the real impact,” Twolan said. “At this point, it’s almost too early to know. A lot of people are afraid of the unknown.”
Community support will be required for all the regulatory approvals necessary before the project gets the go-ahead, Cliche said.
"We need five green lights:" Hydro-Quebec's; the local municipality; the regional municipality; the Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Quebec, because the towers will go on farm land; and the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement.
A wind farm is "a project of consensus and if you don't have consensus, you don't have a project," he said.
At this point, controversy, not consensus, is the rule as word spreads of the various projects being promoted in the region.
Farmers who are involved in the No committees have amassed thick folders replete with media and scientific reports about negative impacts linked to wind farms.
Key among their concerns are the loss of farmland, visual and noise pollution and the impact on property values and tourism, farmer Helene Campbell said.
Artists, town residents, country land holders as well as former Montrealers who recently moved to the area to retire told The Gazette that they are alarmed at the prospect of wind farms.
Among those the Chamber is very concerned about are the Thanet extension, Greater Gabbard and extensions, and three projects in Scotland that threaten to block approaches to the Forth, he says. The map of Round 3 proposals shows the full extent of offshore wind farms: "If that was to be proposed on land, people would be on the streets. But that is the problem - out of sight, out of mind, do what you like."
"Cape Wind's oversized costs do not represent a reasonable return on the public's investment," wrote Joseph P. Kennedy II, the former congressman and president of the Citizens Energy Corporation, a Boston nonprofit group, in a letter to The Cape Cod Times in February. Mr. Kennedy's family owns property that looks out on the proposed wind farm site.