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One can certainly concur with concerns about how our culture's fossil fuel combustion practices help accelerate the process of global warming—without uncritically agreeing that the intrusive nature of windpower technology is even a partial solution to the problem. Editor's Note: Ted Williams' 'Wind Advisory' is available via the link below.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A 330-mile electric transmission line proposed by Allegheny Energy this week would begin in northern West Virginia and pass through Weirton, Morgantown, Dominion Power's Mount Storm power plant and Berkeley County before ending in Frederick County, Md.
However, because of the intermittent, unpredictable nature of wind, no homes would be powered by the wind industry. Given this limitation and the fact that industrial electricity must be consumed immediately, wind can generate only energy – not capacity – to the electricity grid.
Take a good look at the beautiful skyline that you're proud to take pictures of and put them in your brochures and paper for Garrett County because it's fading, and once it's gone, it will be gone.
County officials in other states have been flat out turning down industrial wind development, mostly because they took the time to understand how huge wind turbines would negatively affect their region–unlike our officials who simply signed on the dotted line, even asking for an expedited approval without having the normal evaluation period.
Spawned, then supported, by government welfare measures at considerable public expense, it[industrial wind energy] produces no meaningful product, yet provides enormous profits to a very few, playing havoc with the environment while claiming to be saving it.
Describing the project as a "proposed transmission superhighway," the nation's largest electric power generating company has unveiled a plan to construct a new 550-mile-long set of the largest above-ground high-tension transmission lines currently used in the industry from southwestern West Virginia to central New Jersey. The proposal could include a section traversing Garrett County from west to east.
CUMBERLAND - Considerable potential for positive economic impact from wind electric generation exists in the region as evidenced in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania.
MCHENRY - Although the mountain tops of Western Maryland are currently “turbineless,” plans for several wind farm projects are in various stages of development.U.S. Windforce, a Pennsylvania-based company, has a number of projects in the works.
Conventional political wisdom is that the state legislative session preceding an election is a lame duck. Politicians shy away from legislation that might raise eyebrows except for a few measures that will make a political statement but have little hope of passing. Not much gets done.
Last week the Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommended that Synergics Energy Services be allowed to construct its proposed Roth Rock wind turbine facility along the ridgeline of Backbone Mountain. The agency made its recommendation to the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), which has the final authority to grant or deny permission for the 40 megawatt project, consisting of between 15 and 20 turbines, to proceed. The PSC's final decision is expected by the end of the year.
OPTIMISM IS healthy for the heart, but it's also why hopeful humans fall so often for notions that sound too good to be true.
After reading about and listening to the debate over giant wind turbines for a number of weeks now, it is the opinion of this writer that they are not a good idea for Garrett County, and we should do what we can to keep them out of here.
Turbines: It would take thousands of these clean-energy, landscape-marring machines to generate only a slice of the region's power needs.