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"It's massive. It's as large as Manhattan. And it's in the middle of my Senate district," O'Leary said of the Cape Wind project. "There's been no debate within the law-making body about the project and what the state's role should be in terms of the size and scale. I think we need that debate."
It wasn't a selfish case of N.I.M.B.Y. - the "Not In My Back Yard" syndrome -- that inspired Aaron Fisher and a couple of other Spanish Fork residents to rise to the podium at the February 7, 2006 City Council meeting and state their case against wind towers. The concerned property owners just wanted to take pause, investigate what it is that Wasatch Wind, LLC is building in the Spanish Fork Canyon and get community approval to continue with the testing of the 82 meter meteorological tower which Wasatch Wind has installed to verify wind speeds.
It would be foolish to enact any legislation promoting wind power prior to the completion of objective studies of where turbines could be located and what the actual benefits and environmental tradeoffs might be.
MONTEREY— Highland New Wind Development’s attorneys have formally requested the company’s application process to step along in time for construction of its wind turbines to begin this year.
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.
On the flip side, the jury is still out on a number of issues regarding wind power. Local officials have decried the lack of environmental studies done in advance of the test site to determine the impact on local migratory bird populations and other wildlife.
HERKIMER — In what has become a monthly occurrence at Herkimer County Legislature meetings, residents from the towns of Stark and Warren pleaded with the local lawmakers Wednesday to share information regarding the proposed windmill projects in Herkimer County.
It's hard to be in a business where you literally — as well as figuratively — are tilting at windmills. But that business may have just gotten its biggest tail wind yet.
Residents of those towns voiced their displeasure with Airtricity Inc. LLC, as a company representative explained a project in the town as part of Tuesday's Hornellsville town board meeting.
On Feb. 15, Larry Patton testified in opposition to HB 2842 (creating a "wind energy stimulus package"), and in opposition to RPS, eminent domain, and other incentives for wind development in the Flint Hills, before the House Utilities Committee.
Plans for a large windmill farm in Fond du Lac County drew mixed reviews. WE Energies says the $250 million project includes 88 wind turbines, each over 250 feet tall. The windmill farm would span hundreds of acres covering land in both the towns of Calumet and Marshfield, hovering over Highway 41, in the northeast corner of the county.
QUINCY - Sen. John Kerry is offering conditional support for a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on Outer Brewster Island off the tip of Hull.
LYNN - Water and Sewer Commissioners are pushing forward a plan to build a waterfront windmill to reduce electricity costs.
GAYLORD - Wind turbine generators may soon be allowed in Otsego County, after officials spent two years formulating a proposed zoning change. Whether anyone wants to build a turbine is another matter.
HULL The largest commercial wind turbine on the east coast will reside in Hull.
SOMERSET - The Somerset Town Board gave itself six more months to establish guidelines on constructing windmills.
My state representative, Lucy Leriche, got back to me about my concern about her vote at the Northeast Kingdom Caucus meeting last week in favor of industrial development of our ridgelines. She clarified her position, which seems to be "trust the Public Service Board." I wrote back to her and clarified mine.