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A committee consisting of most Municipality of Bluewater councillors voted Monday to support the notion of a study into the health impacts of wind energy developments.
The decision was made at Bluewater's July 13 planning committee meeting, and was a response to a request from the Huron County Federation of Agriculture (HCFA) that Bluewater and other municipal councils support two resolutions passed June 22 by the HCFA board of directors.
The winds of skepticism gusted through the auditorium of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate last night as about 500 Scarborough residents gathered to learn more about a proposed wind power development off Toronto's eastern shoreline.
Toronto Hydro is considering a plan to install up to 60 wind turbines in Lake Ontario, on a natural reef two to four kilometres offshore.
The proposals by BNE Energy Incorporated would place wind turbines on hilltops in the two towns. Despite the fact that he will be out of office on Wednesday, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal came to their aid Monday.
"These turbines have been proposed without any standards, essentially in a situation of lawlessness," Blumenthal said.
Independence Wind, promised to not only bring Highland 340,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy, but also to pay for 90 percent of the plantation's taxes. Given the opportunity to lift what has become an ever-growing tax burden on Highland's population ...But by now, Highland is split down the middle over whether Independence Wind and its partners, Wagner Forest Management and landowner corporation Bayroot - which have been connected to Yale's investments in the past - will ruin Highland's mountains.
GALESBURG - The Knox County Board unanimously approved a wind energy ordinance Wednesday that will provide zoning regulations for wind farms.
The Walnut Ridge wind turbines won't be blowing in the wind any time soon.
At Tuesday's meeting, the Bureau County Board voted unanimously to table action on granting conditional use permits for the turbines until the road agreement plan with the county is approved. The board also tabled granting conditional use permits to build three substations for the Walnut Ridge project in northwest Bureau County.
County Engineer John Gross said the county ordinance states the road agreement must be approved and adopted prior to the issue of conditional use permits.
The board amended the Mason County Zoning Ordinance at its monthly meeting and eased the regulation on the amount of noise large or industrial wind turbines can produce.
The amendment allowed an increase in noise from 45 to 55 decibels - a level still lower than normal conversation, which the county says and several Web sites concur, falls at about 60 to 70 decibels.
Although there are currently no large industrial wind turbines in Mason County, the county's Zoning and Building Director Mary Reilly said several companies are looking ...
Board chairman Jim Barnes assured the audience of approximately 120 that the subcommittee's recommendations will be carefully considered before they are approved or rejected by the county board.
Three committees will consider the recommendations before the county board votes on them.
Chairman Kathleen M. Peterson made it clear at the outset of this week's meeting, one held at the request of residents, that the board would not be taking any vote on the New Generation Wind LLC proposal to build turbines in Bournedale-a project that is now before the Cape Cod Commission.
BELVIDERE — For the second time in 10 months, the Boone County Board Wednesday voted down a proposal for a 15-turbine wind farm, the county’s first, after nearly two hours of discussion.
The board voted 7-4 against the project in a near repeat of October’s tally, when it voted 8-4 against the proposal.
Claims of ill-health effects stemming from the Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) Turbine were on full display this week during a Board of Health (BOH) meeting that turned into a series of emotional appeals and disturbing revelations.
The Board of Health heard an emotional appeal from Karen Isherwood Monday night about the "adverse health effects" she's suffering from the wind turbines.
"Right now, I'm reaching out to you desperately," she said.
Ms. Isherwood said the turbines have exacerbated an existing health condition.
Board members said there is a lack of scientiﬁc evidence that wind turbines cause any measurable health issues, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence and testimony from neighbors that the turbines in Falmouth affect the quality of life for some.
The Board of Health voted against taking action to shut down the turbines until the study has been completed, he said, and that vote still stands. That decision, he added, was based on the board's concern that such a vote would put the town's contract with the turbine owner at risk without scientific evidence.
"This study will determine whether that turbine is compliant," Casna said.
The Bureau County Board has unanimously approved a $1.7 million decommissioning plan with the Big Sky wind farm developers.
At Tuesday's special board meeting, Bureau County Engineer John Gross gave an overview of the decommission plan, which totals $1,760,800 for the county.
The Big Sky decommissioning plan details what it would cost the county in the event the county became responsible for decommissioning, or dismantling, the Big Sky wind farm. The $1.7 million total breaks down to about $30,891 per turbine for the 57-turbine Big Sky project in northern Bureau County.
The Will County Board has approved rules for devices that convert the power of wind into electrical energy.
Residents in unincorporated Will County have expressed interest in using these devices on their property to reduce energy costs, according to the resolution that the board passed Thursday.
The new ordinance allows small wind devices in some residential areas, with a minimum lot size, and keeps neighbors' well-being in mind, said Jim Bilotta, R-Lockport, chairman of the county board's land use committee.
"We have to protect our rural characteristics," said Blackstone resident Judy Campbell. "Until this summer, I never thought about retiring anywhere but here. I love the rural setting and my home is here. - That all will change."
The Village Board unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that prohibits electric-generating wind devices from being located within the village, said village Trustee Anthony Stepansky. However, residents living within a 1.5-mile radius of the community can. The device cannot be taller than 75 feet and must generate power that is exclusive to the property.
Selectmen decided at Tuesday night's board meeting to wait 60 days from June 23 before rendering their decision on a petition that seeks to rescind previously approved town laws allowing wind power facilities to be built on town ridges.
Responding to lawyer Maura Horodyski's question about the petition and the board's response, Chairman Bob Sutton said they agreed to have lawyer Jennifer Kreckel of Rumford review the petition before they decide whether to follow its intent.
Although the zoning board now has ruled to approve a portion of the proposed wind turbines, recent action by the board of county commissioners would allow a wind power project to start without going before the zoning board.
Earlier this month, Commissioners Vincent Zapotosky and Vincent A. Vicites voted to change the zoning ordinance to allow wind turbines as a permitted use in A-1, M-1 light industrial and M-2 heavy industrial zones. Previously, wind turbines were only permitted after obtaining a special exception from the zoning board.