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Supreme Court next stop for Colebrook wind farm fight

Nicholas J. Harding, a Hartford lawyer representing the group, Fairwindct, along with plaintiffs Michael and Stella Somers and Susan Wagner, said he filed a 60-page statement March 22. The action follows a dismissal of their case by a New Britain Superior Court judge in October, and appeals subsequently filed in Appellate Court.
1 Apr 2013

Dec. 17 court date set in Colebrook wind turbines appeal case

Ms. Hemingson also spoke out against the likely impact of wind energy in Connecticut at the Nov. 26 hearing on Governor Dannel Malloy’s energy plan in Torrington. The plan was criticized fo—as numerous oil company owners stated—tilting the field towards large natural gas companies, but Ms. Hemingson said that the plan itself acknowldges that “Connecticut has limited wind potential.”
14 Dec 2012

Efficiency cutting New England power use, costs

Nationally, demand for electricity is leveling off as residential power use falls, experts say, reversing a long upward trend. More efficient lighting and electric devices are partly credited for the change. New homes also are being built to use less electricity and government subsidies older homes use less power. Rourke said the weak economy also has contributed to reduced electricity use.
13 Dec 2012

Colebrook Wind Farm opponents lose, in a flawed system

Cohn, in New Britain Superior Court, rejected all of those arguments, though he did not deny that the turbines could have a real impact on life in Colebrook, for people and animals. Cohn cited precedents that he said required him to reject opponents' arguments because the siting council has wide leeway in making its rulings.
3 Oct 2012

Connecticut Siting Council tackling regulations for future wind turbines

The lack of any existing regulations was one of the main reasons some Colebrook residents opposed the turbines. But the proposed regulations before the Connecticut Siting Council stoked the fires of further opposition, thanks in large part to the setback requirements in the proposal. According to the proposed regulations, turbines need to be at least 1.1 times the turbine's height from any property lines.
27 Jul 2012

Help save our state from wind turbines

What the Siting Council chose to do in response to the new law was to create wind regulations based upon industry favorable siting requirements. States that have accepted development of wind turbines in populated areas are spending much time and money on the effects on neighbors who are truly suffering day to day.
20 Jul 2012

Lawsuits challenge approval for Colebrook wind turbines

One suit is from FairWindCT and the other was filed by Stella and Michael Somers, the owners of Rock Hall Luxe Lodging, a bed- and-breakfast near one turbine site. They claim the turbines’ impact will hurt their business. Additionally, the litigation claims that that the project is incompatible with Connecticut’s noise statutes.
10 Aug 2011

Wind power bid prompts hearing in Stonington

A local woman is seeking approval of a zoning amendment that would allow property owners to erect small wind power systems on their lots. Julia Roberts of School Street has submitted a regulation text amendment to the Planning and Zoning Commission, which will now schedule a public hearing.
22 Jun 2011

Siting Council makes 2nd CT wind farm official

The Connecticut Siting Council officially approved Connecticut second commercial wind farm, joining a project greenlighted last week in Colebrook. ...Before the 2011 Connecticut General Assembly legislative ended on Wednesday, the legislature approved a bill putting a moratorium on wind projects until wind-specific regulations can be written.
12 Jun 2011

Wind farms far from reality

The company faces a more detailed review of their plans and possible appeals before any construction can begin. Too long of a delay could jeopardize federal funding that BNE hopes will cover up to 30 percent of the project.
12 Jun 2011
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