Given the nature of our students and their families, the implementation of an industrial wind turbine "farm" surrounding our school would spell our school's death. Our school simply cannot operate surrounded by 400-foot industrial wind towers with flashing red lights at night and steady noise 24 hours a day.
In addition, for more than a year it has devoted tremendous volunteer efforts toward building a biodiesel production facility that will convert used vegetable oil into heating fuel usable in regular oil burning furnaces. It has signed contracts for the purchase of land in Greenfield and for the purchase of recycled vegetable cooking oil.
CHERRY VALLEY — Reunion Power has not set a date for presenting the Cherry Valley Planning Board with its proposal to erect up to 24 wind turbines, a company official said Friday.
"Our recent experience, particularly with solar, has given us the expertise and confidence to develop new products and markets alongside our mainstream business," BP Chief Executive John Browne said in a statement. "We are now at a point where we have sufficient new technologies and sound commercial opportunities within our reach to build a significant and sustainable business in alternative and renewable energy," he added.
Shares in Vestas, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer, plunged almost 14 per cent on Thursday as the Danish company downgraded its full-year forecast because of a severe shortage of key components, a sluggish output rate and budget overshoots in the US market.
Utilities, however, are clear about the futility of wind power. Eon Netz, one of Germany's grid managers, with over 7,000 MW of wind capacity connected, has described in their annual wind reports that they need additional conventional capacity to cover 100 percent of the possible infeed from wind, because even as it peaks it often drops off very quickly.
I walked on my normal walk in the woods one day and looked up to the top of the mountain. Just several months before it had been a picturesque view of wilderness beauty ... the kind that attracts tourists and creates much of the state's income. Now, it was lined with these tall mechanical monsters, towering over the trees of an old forest. I am not talking about the quaint and charming windmills of Holland here, we are talking about metal and flashing lights and a size that miniaturizes the grand forest beneath it.
The facts go on and on, but the real facts are that this country, state and town were built on a theory of democracy. All the people involved both for and against should think about that. No matter who wins, life will go on and we will all still have to live together.
Many Berkshire towns have earned thousands of dollars for a public renewable energy project through the Massachusetts Clean Energy ChoiceSM program. The Clean Energy Choice program has $1.25 million to distribute in matching funds to towns when residents and small businesses choose to “green up” their electricity.
There are no definitive, objective studies of effects of wind energy projects on property values; however, real estate agents recognize and agree that properties with significant natural views have premium value and intrusions on these views erode value. Read all the references to "beautiful view" in real estate ads. People care greatly about view and buy accordingly.
But biologists at the Natural Resources Agency were not convinced. They worry that turning blades on the 328-foot-high turbines will kill migrating birds and bats. The wind developers failed to do studies that would allow the agency to conclude the project will not have an undue harmful impact on wildlife, the agency said.
The latest conflict centers around a lawyer hired to represent the town whose fees will be reimbursed by the wind developer.
Morris expressed to commissioners that she did not agree with giving a company a tax break. "Give the people of the county a tax break," Morris said.
Still, I weep for the industrial erosion of this wondrous region, even as land owners rejoice over this new use of their land.
Much of the opposition to wind farms stems from a lack of understanding, he said. Turbines are not noisy, do not kill birds and are not ugly, Pavlides said.
While the 130-turbine Cape Wind offshore generation project grapples with its new acquaintances in Washington (the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service), several land-based Cape efforts are in various stages of preparation.
As for what Orleans would get out of the deal, although the figure would have to be negotiated between the town and the developer
Some people are willing to pay extra to use electricity generated from wind and other renewable sources. Should everyone pay for "green power," even if they don't want it? No, the state appeals court said.
A petition against the wind turbines, which was available to all who visited the exhibition, was signed by over 90 per cent of everyone who attended.
..a two-year bird study showed that the wind-farm site would be under the flight route of migrating Greenland white-fronted geese and greylag geese which roost in the area. SSE decided that a wind farm would pose a significant risk of collision for the birds and dropped the proposals.