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"We are disappointed with the council's vote and hope they reconsider all the facts before the final vote," said Joyce Hemingson of FairwindCT, a group opposed to the turbines. ...The council rejected a similar proposal in Prospect by a 5-2 vote, much along the lines of a previous straw poll.
The opponents of a wind power project in town are feeling optimistic that the Connecticut Siting Council will not approve its construction, after a similar project proposed by the same company in the New Haven County town of Prospect was rejected.
The findings do not reflect the final result of the Connecticut Siting Council's vote. Positive findings in the Prospect proposal did not lead to an approval, as the council voted 6-2 to reject the plan.
In a whistleblower complaint filed with the attorney general's office, the group said BNE was ineligible for the $500,000 grant because the Prospect property did not meet the requirement of having the capacity to produce at least 5 megawatts of power.
The Joint Appropriations Committee voted 40-10 to approve House Bill 6249. Six committee members did not vote - they abstained or were absent. The vote makes the Appropriations Committee the third to approve of the bill.
Mr. Corey was one of several parties to appear before the Connecticut Siting Council for cross-examination on the two parts of a proposed six-turbine wind farm. The projects are expected to generate four times the amount of energy consumed in Colebrook, but have been controversial because of their location in residential areas.
BNE Energy, the West Hartford-based company seeking to build the turbines, submitted the application for the Prospect plan first. Consequently, the proceedings in Prospect are approximately one month ahead of the progress in Colebrook's hearings.
A decision by the Connecticut Siting Council on a proposed wind turbine project in Prospect is not expected until May 12, but findings on the project all but guarantee approval.
Lawmakers who want stricter regulations - including both leaders of the legislature's energy and technology committee - on Wednesday offered a compromise that would allow the developer to skirt the regulations as long as it adhered to a new set of overall guidelines.
Rep. Vickie Nardello, the House chairwoman of the legislature's Energy and Technology Committee, said she doesn't necessarily oppose the project in Prospect, but worries the turbines would be too close to homes. "If we're going to do wind, we're going to do it well," Nardello said.
The experts have offered their opinion, the advisors have advised, questions have been asked, and each side has made its case. Now all that’s left for those on both sides of debate over the site of two commercial wind turbines in Prospect is to wait for the Connecticut Siting Council to render a decision.
However, more potential wind farms sites could produce more local opposition. BNE has proposed relatively small projects in Colebrook and Prospect; both have encountered resistance from neighbors. The state has yet to approve its first large-scale wind generation project.
According to the motion, if the petitions aren't thrown out, FairWindCT wants a continuance in all three matters so the siting council can reconsider the rulings that involved former Chairman Daniel F. Caruso.
William Riiska, chairman of the Norfolk Planning and Zoning Commission and chairman of the government relations committee of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, also testified as a private citizen. "Both of these organizations involve planning and I am stunned by the lack of planning for a proposal like this," he said.
While Caruso apparently limited his remarks on how the Siting Council works and did not get into specifics of the wind power projects, Tinley said he felt uncomfortable. "He said we are going to do what we have to do," Tinley quoted Caruso, adding that if Nardello is opposed to it, "too bad."
In order to get a better handle on BNE Energy's proposed wind turbines in town, Connecticut Siting Council went out to see the area in person. Eight of the nine council members walked through the two parcels Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking at Tuesday's hearing, resident Alan White said that the "monstrous" industrial wind turbines do not belong in the area, and that the council should not be "pressured by the fact that federal funding for these products expires this year."
The crowd was drawn by a grassroots group, FairWindCT, that has formed in opposition to the proposal by BNE Energy, Inc. to build six wind turbines in town ... "What I am trying to do today is balance out what is in the (BNE Energy) application," Linowes said.
Lisa Linowes presenting in Colebrook, CT on March 12, 2011, to a "crowd of more than 100 on Saturday who listened in rapt attention as Executive Director Lisa Linowes of Industrial Wind Action detailed the costs, both environmental and financial, of wind turbines."
Reilly said people feel like the turbines are an imposition on their rights and came out to make their voices heard. "I think the Siting Council got a clear message from the town," Reilly said. Reilly said his group has 29 witnesses to provide testimony to the council and 2,000 pages of documents to support their case. He felt when the process is over the council will conclude the application needs to be denied.