Impact on Landscape
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Highland New Wind Development filed a motion Friday, Sept. 18 to exclude any discussion of Camp Allegheny Battlefield from a state hearing originally set for Wednesday.
Attorneys for HNWD, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the State Corporation Commission argued for an hour before SCC hearing examiner Alexander Skirpan in Richmond. Skirpan denied HNWD's motion, and rescheduled the original hearing on DHR's allegations against the developer for Tuesday, Oct. 13.
A failed attempt by one alternative energy company has not stopped efforts to bring wind farms to the Hill Country.
A West Texas-based company has approached landowners in Llano and Gillespie counties, and yet another wind power company has approached a landowner in Mason County.
In November, municipal officials tabled the introduction of a windmill-related ordinance after a member of the Sourland Mountain Planning Council voiced concerns about the impact of the windmills on some endangered species and plants in the region.
While Steve Bales, also a township resident, is a proponent of renewable energy, he asked Township Committee members to amend the language of the ordinance to reflect better ways to preserve the Sourland Mountain region.
Council members did just that and introduced a new version of the ordinance Tuesday. The measure is up for public review and a possible vote Dec. 26. ..."I do have a concern over the setback," said Laura Burshnic, a township resident. "I think 180 feet is just a little too close. I wouldn't want to look out my window and see that. It would be an eyesore."
The Township Committee then changed the ordinance to reflect a windmill having a 250-foot setback from property lines, easements or utility lines.
Television historian Neil Oliver has launched a blistering attack on the Scottish Government and its green energy plans.
Oliver, best known for presenting the BBC's Coast series, spoke out against the increasing numbers of "intrusive and uglifying" wind farms, warning they could ruin every view in Scotland.
The debate over whether to build the country's first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound is no stranger to challenges.
The latest - a bid by the Wampanoag tribes on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard to have the 560-square-mile Sound declared eligible for the National Register of Historic Places - may top the list.
From impacts on fisheries to new requirements for construction along Nantucket Sound, a finding that the Sound is eligible for the register could have wide-ranging effects on development and economic activity, opponents of the move argue.
Their foundations date back more than a thousand years, to the times when the Vikings invaded Scotland's remote islands. But now campaigners fear that dozens of historic shielings – tiny stone dwellings used by crofters and farm tenants – could be damaged or even destroyed on the Isle of Lewis.
Speaking publicly for the first time on the subject, the Massachusetts Historic Preservation Officer told a federal panel today that impacts from the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm on Native American and other historic sites were "unparalleled" in the state's history.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar should not grant permission to the Cape Wind Offshore wind project proposed for Nantucket Sound, off the coast of Massachusetts, a federal agency said on Friday.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation published its formal advice to the Department of the Interior stating that in its opinion, Secretary Salazar should not approve the project.
"That project has been delayed because the turbines were to be constructed there on Wick Avenue, north of Melnick Hall. And since that is actually a historic district, there needs to be an assessment made regarding the impact that the placement of those turbines will have on that area in terms of line of sight" and other factors.
The Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, Katrina Hodgkinson, has welcomed the findings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Rural Wind Farms, which were released recently, and said the report addresses many of the concerns held by local communities.
"The proliferation of Industrial Wind Power Stations in the region of the Burrinjuck electorate is of concern to many local residents," Ms Hodgkinson said.
"As an Association we encourage green development but what is proposed for Montgomeryshire isn't green," he said. "It's the industrialisation of a rural area in the same way that South Wales was industrialised with steel works and coal mines.
The Scottish Parliament's economy, energy and tourism committee this week called for a speedy approval of the Beauly to Denny line despite nearly 20,000 objections. ...Developers say the upgrade is needed to carry renewable energy from schemes in the Highlands and Islands.
A couple who have been forced out of their home by wind turbine noise have found out their house is unsaleable.
Jane and Julian Davis moved out of their Deeping St Nicholas home in Christmas 2006 after months of sleepless nights due to what they believe is noise and vibration from wind turbines, which are around 900m from their property.
They have long believed it has no value, and their fears have now been proved justified, after estate agents Munton and Russell refused to market the property at Grays Farm.
In the Champagne household, there are two opinions on the whirling wind turbines that surround the family's home of 35 years. Gene Champagne is bothered by the thumping, rumbling sound of the blades that loom like giants over the house. The noise disturbs his sleep and destroys his TV reception. Flickering shadows from sun on the blades run around rooms. ...Opponents say tighter restrictions are needed. The wind industry says tougher rules will keep wind farms out of Michigan.
In southeast Wyoming, they've pledged 1 million acres of land in hopes that wind farm developers will choose them, says Scott Zimmerman, a farmer and rancher in Laramie County.
But Susie Lemaster, who is not an owner of vast acreage, built a house with her husband in the country four years ago near Horse Creek Road.
She doesn't want to see the neighboring land filled with 500- foot towers topped with rotating blades, making electricity.
Berne said the amplitude of the noise depends on the strength of the wind and its direction The wildlife has disappeared around his home, he said, and the humming and strobe-light effect of the blades wakes his grandchildren. ..."You just can't get away from them, they're constantly going," said Rosalyn Mullette, 75. "We're concerned about the future and being able to stay in this home."
The rejection at a planning inquiry of a controversial plan to build three massive wind turbines on the edge of Dartmoor has given hope to campaigners fighting against onshore wind turbines that future planning appeals will also fail. Campaigners against onshore wind turbine development were celebrating last night.
They said they hoped the decision rejecting the three 266ft-high turbines because of visual intrusion would pave the way for further refusals at planning inquiries into Westcountry windfarm applications in the next few weeks.
Horspath councillors claim a proposed wind turbine on the edge of the village would tower over homes and blot the landscape.
Partnership for Renewables, (PfR) wants to build the 130-metre tall turbine on the south side of Oxford Road, Horspath, close to the entrance to the village.
Pylons are on the march. Britain's electricity transmission and distribution companies are to announce plans for a £10 billion rewiring of Britain.
A report due this autumn will warn that if Britain is serious about a low-carbon economy then it must string potentially thousands of miles of new high-voltage power cables across the country. The infrastructure is vital, experts say, because most renewable energy will be generated in remote areas such as northern Scotland or the North Sea - whereas most consumers live in southern Britain.
A senior local politician has warned the need for renewable energy cannot be at the expense of the heritage of Yorkshire's most popular seaside resort after a controversial wind turbine scheme earmarked for a 19th century hotel was thrown out.