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Goshen wind turbine generates comments

The Goshen Planning and Zoning Commission heard comments regarding the application by Optiwind, a Torrington based company, to erect the turbine on Brushy Hill Road. Optiwind was turned down previously, with the commission citing the lack of information relating to the impact of the turbine on area home values and the absence of noise data for the proposed structure. Optiwind presented testimony from experts and company officials in support of its application.

GOSHEN - A proposed wind turbine to be erected on the property of the Woodridge Lake Sewer District was the subject of a public hearing attended by more than 80 people Tuesday evening.

The Goshen Planning and Zoning Commission heard comments regarding the application by Optiwind, a Torrington based company, to erect the turbine on Brushy Hill Road. Optiwind was turned down previously, with the commission citing the lack of information relating to the impact of the turbine on area home values and the absence of noise data for the proposed structure.

Optiwind presented testimony from experts and company officials in support of its application. Dave Hurwitt, vice president of Optiwind, spoke of the lack of wind harvesting in Connecticut.

"Connecticut is in last place in wind power, with no commercial wind harvesting." Hurwitt said. "By contrast, Connecticut pays the highest rates for energy."

Ten residents and representatives from organizations spoke in favor of the application.

Clair Hafey, a junior at Wamogo high school, spoke on behalf of her friends.

"My generation can make a difference." Hafey said. "I and my friends will benefit because wind power is... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

GOSHEN - A proposed wind turbine to be erected on the property of the Woodridge Lake Sewer District was the subject of a public hearing attended by more than 80 people Tuesday evening.

The Goshen Planning and Zoning Commission heard comments regarding the application by Optiwind, a Torrington based company, to erect the turbine on Brushy Hill Road. Optiwind was turned down previously, with the commission citing the lack of information relating to the impact of the turbine on area home values and the absence of noise data for the proposed structure.

Optiwind presented testimony from experts and company officials in support of its application. Dave Hurwitt, vice president of Optiwind, spoke of the lack of wind harvesting in Connecticut.

"Connecticut is in last place in wind power, with no commercial wind harvesting." Hurwitt said. "By contrast, Connecticut pays the highest rates for energy."

Ten residents and representatives from organizations spoke in favor of the application.

Clair Hafey, a junior at Wamogo high school, spoke on behalf of her friends.

"My generation can make a difference." Hafey said. "I and my friends will benefit because wind power is clean and efficient."

The changing climate was mentioned in several comments. Chris Craig, a Goshen resident, looks at wind power as a positive step.

"Climate change and its consequences are serious." Craig said. "It is critical that we reduce our carbon footprint now."

Francis Goodhouse, a resident on Bushy Hill Road whose house is alongside the proposed turbine site, had consistently voiced his opposition to the previous application. Goodhouse continues to be concerned about the value of his home, the noise that may be generated and the effect upon wildlife and their habitat from the placement of the tower and equipment.

"I'm not against clean, renewable energy. Everyone is for that. I am, too." Goodhouse said at the hearing. "I don't think that information the about the turbine has changed. They came up with a better presentation."

Andrew and Heidi Koenig, neighbors of Goodhouse also spoke of the lack of reliable information from Optiwind.

"They don't know what they are putting up, how much noise it will make, what impact it might have." Andrew Koenig said. "They have a small prototype, and that's not adequate."


Source: http://www.registercitizen....

JAN 21 2009
http://www.windaction.org/posts/18700-goshen-wind-turbine-generates-comments
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