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"The truth is, they're giving themselves carte blanche at that site," said Eagle Harbor Township Supervisor Ed Kisiel.
As a result of an appeal by a group of citizens, EnXco has not been able to meet the test of proving substantial progress in their work, and so sought an extension to their special permit.
Ryszard Borys is an Illinois realtor who owns 200 acres that neighbors the Wallerman dairy operation. The Denmark native said he is very familiar with wind farm technology from that country. He shared Fries’ concern over lost land values and the negative impact for agri-tourism. “You have to make the choice between a wind farm or tourism and recreation,” Borys said.
A nine-member central steering committee is being formed to explore all of the available options. The county is seeking people who either have knowledge or expertise in wind, hydro or biomass production.
SWAMPSCOTT - Studies will get under way to determine whether four sites in town would be suitable for wind turbines.
As soon as a few papers are filed and the ground thaws, it looks like Harwich will be getting back into the alternative energy business. Selectmen last week took another step toward the eventual construction of a wind turbine behind the high school on Oak Street.
Roger Weaver, owner of three RE/MAX Community Realty offices in Kittitas County, said he testified and challenged the consultant’s study. He said there was “no way a wind farm won’t have a significant impact on residential development in the Kittitas Valley.”
A small request turned into a big deal at Monday's Potter County Commissioners Court meeting.
The regulations also have guidelines to follow. Among the guidelines is limiting location. Wind turbines cannot be placed in the following: areas that have potential for biological and/or environmental conflicts, where there are large and intact areas of native vegetation, in places that would interfere with important wildlife movement corridors and staging areas, sites that are readily visible from state-designated scenic byways or popular vistas, sites that require construction activities on steep slopes and sites with potentially sensitive cultural or historical resources.
Currently this is an area known for agriculture, rural residential and recreational. Following the guidelines in the ordinance, commercial wind farms will change the character of the ridge and of the county. Is this acceptable? Will land values be affected? Do economic advantages outweigh any problems that may develop? Monroe County residents need to be involved. Come to the public hearing to share your thoughts.
We hope other Virginia localities watching these proceedings will profit from learning that currently unreliable wind power is green only for those who are allowed to siphon off government money at taxpayers’ expense and that as this high-cost energy is fed back into the grid, it will result in higher, not lower, electric bills for users. And we hope the cumulative anguish of Highlanders expressed during the hearings will give other decision-makers pause when they consider the real costs of wrongly-sited wind power.
A tally made in early December indicated more than 90 percent of the comments at that time were opposed to the wind farm.
MATTAPOISETT -- Although the tower anchors were hammered into the ground weeks ago, the town will hold a public hearing about its proposed met tower Monday.
Senator Kevin Parker's (et al) bill calls for a siting process for wind production facilities and seeks a report with recommendations for an overall sitings plan. The bill was introduced on 1/27/05 and is currently (1/4/06) before the Energy & Telecommunications Committee.
That the towns have accepted applications doesn't mean the wind farms will be built, Spitzer emphasized. "This is just the very first step. The towns won't make decisions for many, many months. "In no way is this indication of approval of the project."
By Dec. 22, the county board approved an ordinance that lifts the county moratorium on small wind systems. A moratorium on large wind systems, however, remains in effect until May 17, 2006.
Yet they think they are hearing from the Bedford County Planning Commission that turbines may not be such a good idea, said Robert Stanton, a West Providence Township supervisor.
Monroe County residents are invited to attend a public hearing for discussion on an ordinance to regulate commercial wind farms.
For now, towns like Falmouth and Orleans are taking their projects one step at a time and considering all their options.