Wind power does not respond to demand. It may or may not be there when needed....
We will therefore need as much other electricity sources with wind as we would without.... It is not just unnecessary but offensive to entertain industrial-scale development of the ridgelines, with strobe lights and noise and ecological degradation that far surpasses anything now on the mountains, for such obvious nonsense.
On wind power
November 20, 2005
in Times Argus, Barre/Montpelier (VT)
I get the feeling that if we focused on integrated power generation that included small back yard wind mills, small hydro where feasible, photo voltaic, geothermal and even manual generation we could generate a lot of electricity right at our own homes.
A truly "bold," environmentally conscious state would go nuclear even more. Burlington will only really be the "best of" Green Places when local postcards show its charming leafy streets, with a view of Lake Champlain -- and a nuclear power plant looming in the background.
Altogether, having read Mr. Janson's report and compared it with your letter, I would prefer to leave decisions about renewable energy in Vermont in the hands of the Public Service Board, rather than the legislature.
We oppose the construction of industrial wind power turbines on Vermont's ridgelines.