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Westside hears wind developer

The new developer of the Grandpa's Knob wind farm said he hopes to apply to put up about 20 turbines later this year, but that he still has some studying to do. Reunion Power of Manchester announced last week it had purchased the project from Noble Environmental Power. Monday, managing director Steve Eisenberg offered the West Rutland Select Board a few more details on what he hopes to do.

WEST RUTLAND - The new developer of the Grandpa's Knob wind farm said he hopes to apply to put up about 20 turbines later this year, but that he still has some studying to do.

Reunion Power of Manchester announced last week it had purchased the project from Noble Environmental Power. Monday, managing director Steve Eisenberg offered the West Rutland Select Board a few more details on what he hopes to do.

"Wind power is a touchy subject in some quarters," he told the audience of about 20 people. "It's something that works in certain locations. In other locations it doesn't. ... It is our goal to take this project forward all the way."

Most of those who asked questions during the meeting were from out of town. The Grandpa's Knob project would touch on West Rutland, Castleton, Pittsford and Hubbardton. Another company is applying to put up towers in and around Ira, and a few people from there attended as well.

Eisenberg said he expects to put up towers with a total capacity of 40 to 50 megawatts and they would operate at about 30 percent of capacity. He said two acres would be cleared for each turbine, which would, depending on the model chosen, be roughly 400 feet high at the tip... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

WEST RUTLAND - The new developer of the Grandpa's Knob wind farm said he hopes to apply to put up about 20 turbines later this year, but that he still has some studying to do.

Reunion Power of Manchester announced last week it had purchased the project from Noble Environmental Power. Monday, managing director Steve Eisenberg offered the West Rutland Select Board a few more details on what he hopes to do.

"Wind power is a touchy subject in some quarters," he told the audience of about 20 people. "It's something that works in certain locations. In other locations it doesn't. ... It is our goal to take this project forward all the way."

Most of those who asked questions during the meeting were from out of town. The Grandpa's Knob project would touch on West Rutland, Castleton, Pittsford and Hubbardton. Another company is applying to put up towers in and around Ira, and a few people from there attended as well.

Eisenberg said he expects to put up towers with a total capacity of 40 to 50 megawatts and they would operate at about 30 percent of capacity. He said two acres would be cleared for each turbine, which would, depending on the model chosen, be roughly 400 feet high at the tip of the blade's arc.

The proposal was approved for an interconnection at a nearby substation, he said, and data from two weather towers showed "undoubtedly a good wind resource," but that natural impacts in the area still required study.

Each tower would also have to be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval, he said, and that agency can veto locations.

"There was a long list of items which were studied," he said. "Additional studies need to be done. ... We're encouraged by the preliminary work that was done."

Eisenberg said he expected to honor whatever agreements Noble had with the Vermont Hang Gliding Association, and that while no towers have been sited yet, he does not expect to place any near where the sport operates in West Rutland.

Reunion would have to place money in a decommissioning fund, Eisenberg said. He also offered to make available a recent study of wind farms' effects on property values, though he did not say what the study found.

Asked about the subpoena New York state brought against his company, along with several other wind power companies operating there, Eisenberg said he unintentionally missed a deadline to sign onto an ethics code and that the subpoena has since been withdrawn.

"It's really quite that simple," he said. "I'd be really happy to stand by the record, which cleared us, because there was nothing there."


Source: http://www.rutlandherald.co...

JAN 12 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/24106-westside-hears-wind-developer
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