NEW BEDFORD — Amid all of the challenges that could face offshore wind power along the East Coast — legal disputes from commercial fishing advocates, construction plans altered by whale migrations, President Donald Trump’s emphasis on revitalizing fossil fuels and more — some promising news for renewable industry supporters arrived in mid-March.
HB1378 requires that all wind turbines install aircraft detection lighting systems. All wind energy projects approved after June 5, 2016, must have systems in place by Dec. 31, 2019. Projects approved prior to that must have lighting systems in place by Dec. 31, 2021.
When will it end? In doing some checking, I found my property tax has almost doubled in 10 years. We all know the national debt has doubled in eight years. When my license for the car came, the cost had gone from $120 to $193. Has your income kept up with this kind of increase? I know mine has not.
“The Tribunal decision has made it clear that this wind power project was never about protecting the environment,” said Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, the coalition of community groups concerned about wind power projects. “The wind power project was always about money. The citizens of Prince Edward County fought hard to protect the environment and wildlife against our own Ministry of the Environment.”
This is a highly objectionable project and should be dismissed out of hand.
“You don’t destroy the environment in order to save the environment. Pile driving the ocean floor destroys fish with swim bladders” and traumatizes other fish, she said. Jet-plowing the ocean floor kills larvae and creates sedimentation that would cover and kill more. “Then you juice it with low-level electromagnetic frequency, which apparently heats up the ocean floor pretty well,” both repelling fish and attracting sharks, she said. “It’s one thing to talk about climate change in a vacuum, but turn around,” she said, gesturing toward the audience. “Their lives depend on what’s out there.”
Prospective neighbors of wind turbines heard all the promises: “Quiet as a library.” “Like a baby’s breath.” “The same decibel level as a refrigerator.” The more brazen wind developers claimed “you will not hear them.” Then the four hundred and fifty foot wind towers with their bus-size nacelles and three-bladed fans were built. Sixteen in Sheffield, four on Georgia Mountain, twenty-one in Lowell. And neighbors learned the truth. Yes, you can hear them. They sound like “a jet plane that never lands,” or “sneakers in a drier,” or there is a “thump thump thump” or a “whoosh whoosh whoosh” as the blade passes the tower, causing something called amplitude modulation.
On Wednesday, April 26, the Environmental Review Tribunal finally issued their decision on the Remedy phase of the hearing into the WPD 27 turbine project proposed for the south shore of the County. The decision on remedy comes after last year’s finding of serious and irreversible harm to Little Brown Bats and Blanding’s turtles in the main hearing of the Hirsch and APPEC appeals.
Despite the decision, the turbine known as Wind 1 — one of two turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility — must remain shut down as the town battles its own Zoning Board of Appeals in Land Court and faces off with neighbors in a morass of additional legal challenges.
he Jefferson County Planning Board approved a proposed zoning amendment from the Clayton Town Council that would prevent commercial wind development within town boundaries. Amendment 40, which would regulate the application process, height and setbacks for structures taller than 35 feet including wind turbines, telecommunication towers, silos, church steeples and amusement park rides was approved with additional comments in a 7-1 vote.
The wind overlay zone will not expand to south of State Route 72, or spill over into the Adirondack Park boundary, like Avangrid Renewables, the company proposing the North Ridge Wind Farm, had requested.
BAD AXE — It is no surprise that both sides of the community have been vocal when expressing their opinion of the ongoing wind turbine development, but with less than a week until the May 2 referendum elections, the heat has been turned up a notch.
Changes introduced on Wednesday include giving the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs the authority to issue permits to wind-farm proposals if it determines there would be no significant adverse impact on military activities.
HINTON, Oklahoma - Homeowners in Western Oklahoma are divided over wind energy. While many property owners are leasing their land for wind turbines, others are trying to escape their shadow.
A controversial wind turbine project is again on hold after opponents filed motions asking a state committee to rehear and reconsider its approval of the facility last year. The main argument in the three motions, each filed during the past month and a half, is that the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee broke its own rules to approve the nine-turbine installation.
“There were a number of glaring instances during the Antrim proceedings where the committee appeared to set aside its own rules in favor of granting the permit to Antrim Wind,” Lerner said in a news release. “It was especially disappointing to observe several committee members held only a cursory understanding of what the rules required.”
There are over a hundred Ida County residents crammed into the county courthouse who are worried. "There's a lot of concern out there," said Brett Bergman, a resident in Ida County. Nearly all of them are unhappy with the implementation of Wind Turbines in Ida County.
Numerous development concerns, in addition to proposed wind turbine construction, have led the Town Council to consider foregoing a standalone wind law in favor of additional zoning regulations and a state scenic-area designation Wednesday at its next meeting.
FALL RIVER — Bad blade pitch bearings could ruin your day.
There was no time-frame yet for EDP to return to the communities, said Nemeth, who downplayed the significance of what opponents said was Spruce Ridge’s demise when it was taken out of the ISO-NE queue. ...“There is not a community here that wants their 500-foot turbines,” said Goodman, who wondered why EDP Renewables would “voluntarily start over again on a wind plant that has been resoundingly rejected by voters.