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Turbine critics want answers

Neighbors from West Tupelo Drive, the street near where two proposed wind turbines could be installed in North Harwich, sought answers to questions from selectmen Monday but were directed to take their inquiries to Harwich Utility and Energy Conservation Commission. Selectmen Chairman Ed McManus explained that the commission will hold a hearing on the proposed turbines and seek input from neighbors.

HARWICH - Neighbors from West Tupelo Drive, the street near where two proposed wind turbines could be installed in North Harwich, sought answers to questions from selectmen Monday but were directed to take their inquiries to Harwich Utility and Energy Conservation Commission.

Selectmen Chairman Ed McManus explained that the commission will hold a hearing on the proposed turbines and seek input from neighbors.

Special town meeting in November approved an article giving selectmen authority to proceed with preliminary studies and seek permits necessary to place two turbines on town-owned land that would be leased to the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative. The 400-foot turbines are estimated to generate enough power to offset municipal electricity costs, and the cooperative lease would pay $100,000 a year to the town.

But the project concerns abutters, who fear that noise and other impacts from the turbines will affect them. Some neighbors also say the proposed locations for the turbines are too close to houses.

At Monday's meeting, Selectman Larry Cole, who was given a study on the impact from turbines by one of the opponents two weeks ago, wanted to... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

HARWICH - Neighbors from West Tupelo Drive, the street near where two proposed wind turbines could be installed in North Harwich, sought answers to questions from selectmen Monday but were directed to take their inquiries to Harwich Utility and Energy Conservation Commission.

Selectmen Chairman Ed McManus explained that the commission will hold a hearing on the proposed turbines and seek input from neighbors.

Special town meeting in November approved an article giving selectmen authority to proceed with preliminary studies and seek permits necessary to place two turbines on town-owned land that would be leased to the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative. The 400-foot turbines are estimated to generate enough power to offset municipal electricity costs, and the cooperative lease would pay $100,000 a year to the town.

But the project concerns abutters, who fear that noise and other impacts from the turbines will affect them. Some neighbors also say the proposed locations for the turbines are too close to houses.

At Monday's meeting, Selectman Larry Cole, who was given a study on the impact from turbines by one of the opponents two weeks ago, wanted to report back to the half-dozen neighbors in attendance.

"I have read it and passed it along to Larry Ballantine," he said. "My take on it is that there are a couple of citations from other studies that are probably worth taking a look at."

"Thank you," said resident Sheila Bowen who lives at 51 West Tupelo Drive.

Cole asked Board of Health Chairman Stanley L Kocot if he could weigh in on the issue. Kocut noted that he is not an expert in this area, but said, "The evidence coming from other countries that have number of turbines have not reported any effects. I doubt if there is going to be any radical change in the way these are constructed. The (decibels) coming from the (turbines) is less than the noise coming from a radio in the car sitting next to you."

Selectman Angelo LaMantia asked Kocut for his help in studying the turbine issue in the future, and he agreed.

According to the cooperative, commercial-size turbines, like the ones proposed, each generate about 47 decibels. A lawnmower generates about 95 decibels, for comparison.

No public hearing date has been set yet by the utility and energy conservation commission.


Source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/...

DEC 17 2009
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