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Solar sprawl set to erase Vermont’s no-billboards tourism appeal

But an insidious new form of visual pollution is overtaking the state. Solar sprawl tied to Act 56 could wipe out thousands of acres of undisturbed land and transform Vermont from The Green Mountain State to The Solar Panel State. With Vermont set to become the nation’s first all green-energy economy, solar projects popping up from Bennington to Barton dwarf the billboard blight of the 1960s, and could erase tourism’s marketing message. 
4 Sep 2015

The sound of the rural wind

Scott Holmes, manager of the environmental health division of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, cited research showing that the nature of wind turbine noise makes it more annoying than noise from aircraft, trains or traffic on roads. The rotation of the big blades produces a swoosh, thump and silence. The uneven, pulsating sounds repeatedly capture attention and are difficult to ignore, one researcher wrote. The circumstances call for the Lancaster County Board to give considerable weight to the pleas of rural homeowners as it enacts regulations on wind turbines.
1 Sep 2015

Destruction of a mountain: Bingham Wind site work

Bingham_wind-road_thumb These images demonstrate the size and scale of land preparation required to construct turbine projects using machines standing nearly 500-feet in height. First Wind is constructing its 57-turbine wind facility in Somerset County, Maine. The project, at 185 MW, will be the largest in Maine and in New England. The turbines will have a tower height of 94 Meters and rotor diameter for the three blades of 112 or 113 meters placing the total height with the blade fully extended at 150 meters (492 feet) or more. SunEdison will be using 47 Vestas’ V112-3.3 MW turbine for the project together with components previously ordered from Vestas. Reporting on the actual number and capacity of the turbines has varied due to First Wind changing turbine models but it appears that ten of the turbines will be Vestas V112-3.0 MW.
31 Aug 2015

Black Hawk County's first wind towers rejected

 Jane Albright Lee, whose family farms near the proposed site, said wind farms that have been cropping up across the state are a threat to agriculture. "It's going to come at a steep price for the neighboring farmland, if wind turbines continue to sprout up across America's best agriculture land," she said. "I hope you consider that agriculture is what Iowa is."
26 Aug 2015

Construction begins on Block Island wind farm but debate continues

“The opposition participated at every opportunity that was available, but the public process was a charade,” Rosemarie Ives said. “Every aspect of the state dealing with this project has been corrupted.” Less than a half mile to the east of the Ives’ home sits Southeast Light, one of the most popular destinations on the island. Now, visitors to the historic brick lighthouse get a clear view of the wind farm under construction from the front lawn.
23 Aug 2015

War over wind energy far from over

On Wednesday night, the nine members of the Lincoln/Lancaster County Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposed rules on a 5-4 vote, after rolling back sound limits and doing away with a daily limit on the amount of time flickering shadows cast by turbine blades can pass over neighboring houses. ...The move disappointed Hallam and Cortland area property owners. They had wanted the noise limits to remain at 40 decibels in the day and 37 at night, numbers that were recommended by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department.
21 Aug 2015

After coal, Appalachia to wind farm proposal: ‘It’s insulting, really.’

 “We’re losing our foothold in the coal industry and now they’re proposing ... ‘Oh by the way, we’re going to take your beautiful land for renewable energy?’” opponent Charles Stacy said. “It is insulting, really.” A deep mistrust of the federal government is ingrained in parts of this region, as are a fiercely guarded independence and pride in the heritage of coal mining. Yet Stacy and others insist that this battle is about more than any of that.
20 Aug 2015

Bellmont wind farm project expected to have different look

The eight to 10 towers planned for the town of Bellmont will be in excess of 500 feet tall, Bellmont Supervisor H. Bruce Russell said Monday, although New York state law limits such structures to 400 feet. Representatives of EDP Renewables, the company that has taken over the Jericho Rise proposal, have said they plan to seek a variance from state law in order to build the taller towers.
19 Aug 2015

Your tax dollars blowing in the wind

In summary, we have a foreign corporation that stands to receive Billions of dollars of subsidies, paid for with your tax dollars that will build a wind farm, which will provide marginal, if any, benefit to anyone in our counties. In the process they will cause devastating destruction of the scenic Hill Country while destroying the tourism and hunting industry in our counties. Perhaps, all citizens of both Mason and Menard counties would be well served to do everything possible to halt the construction of this proposed wind farm.
14 Aug 2015

Some disturbing facts behind those ‘renewable’ wind turbines

Vast acreages of land are being earmarked for the development of wind and solar projects. These aren’t mom & pop proposals to build rooftop panels or small windmills; instead, they are being planned and constructed on a scale that should stagger the sensibilities of anyone with an environmental conscience.  It represents the wholesale destruction of vast areas of the West. ...the subsequent environmental damage  cannot be understated. And yet suddenly, environmentalists don’t seem to notice...or care.
29 Jul 2015
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