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If you say no to turbines, you're 'prejudiced'

Equally undemocratic is the revolution in local government brought about by the rules from Mr Prescott which allow "monitoring officers" to exclude any councillor from debates in which they are deemed to have a "prejudicial interest". This includes any councillor who has previously expressed any view on the issue, or even who can be shown to have discussed it with members of the public before it comes up for debate.
19 Feb 2006

Wind farm forums a success using high tech

In spite of the low turnout for last Saturday's final wind farm forum, the process made for civilized discussion on this controversial project. The town and village planning commissions worked with the Orton Family Foundation to hold a series of meetings at various locations to discuss the proposed five-turbine wind farm.
19 Feb 2006

Slippery Rock, Pine look windward

Slippery Rock University and Pine hope the answer to high energy prices may be blowing in the wind. The state university and the north suburban municipality both have projects in the works to harness wind power to meet some of their electricity needs.
19 Feb 2006

Mackinaw Power pulls out, then retracts

EAGLE HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Miscommunications may have helped to widen a potentially irreparable rift this week between Keweenaw County officials and Lowell, Mich.-based Mackinaw Power, LLC. The county has been in contract negotiations with the power company regarding possible wind turbine use on the north face of Mt. Horace Greeley in Eagle Harbor Township.
18 Feb 2006

And the beat goes on . . .and on and on

They call it the train that never arrives. It's a low, rumbling sound that goes on and on ... and on. Sometimes, in a stiff easterly, the rumbling develops into a roar, like a stormy ocean. But worst of all is the beat. An insidious, low-frequency vibration that's more a sensation than a noise. It defeats double-glazing and ear plugs, coming up through the ground, or through the floors of houses, and manifesting itself as a ripple up the spine, a thump on the chest or a throbbing in the ears. Those who feel it say it's particularly bad at night. It wakes them up or stops them getting to sleep.
18 Feb 2006

Wind Power Developer Makes Offer To Towns

SUTTON -- UPC Vermont Wind Project Manager Tim Caffyn said Friday he has offered $100,000 in annual town tax payments if Sutton officials support the company's proposal for six wind turbines. He said he also has offered $300,000 in yearly town tax payments to neighboring Sheffield, where his company wants to put up 20 wind turbines.
18 Feb 2006

How Northeast Kingdom sees wind

In the last couple of years I have watched Illuzzi do his fence jumping on the wind issues. One day he wants to destroy the ridgelines and if you wait a few weeks he doesn’t. It’s a lot like waiting for the wind to blow — you really never know where it’s coming from.
17 Feb 2006

New offshore calamity for Vestas

Great Yarmouth, England. Vestas faces another offshore calamity with faulty turbines in the British Scroby Sands farm. Defects have been found in a bear­ing of the gearboxes of 18 of the 30 V80 machines, the president of Vestas Northern Europe, Tom Pedersen, has confirmed. This is only a year and a half after Vestas was in the headlines with serious flaws in its machines in the Horns Rev farm off the western coast of Denmark. The transformers and gener­ators of all 80 V80 turbines had to be dis­mantled and repaired on land - at a cost of millions for the world wind industry leader.Pedersen says as a precaution the rele­vant bearings will be exchanged in all 30 of the Scroby Sands turbines installed in 2003. No such problems were to be ex­pected with North Hoyle, the UK's first major offshore wind farm, inaugurated in November 2003, because the V80 ma­chines installed there have different types of gears, says Pedersen. But dam­age to bearings similar to that now found at Scroby Sands had occurred in some turbines in the USA and the cause is still being investigated, he added. In addition to the bearings, five generators have to be replaced in Scroby Sands. Pedersen said they'd be taken apart to find the cause. Vestas is lucky inasmuch as the repairs can be done at sea without the nacelles having to be taken down. Weath­er permitting, the repair campaign is to be completed shortly."This is no new Horns Rev," assures Ves­tas man Pedersen. But it's still a bad time for his company to be in the news again with damaged components. As recently as the end of November, Vestas shocked its investors with yet another profit warn­ing, explained as partially due to quality flaws in the products of suppliers."Our philosophy 'failure is not an option' must also be implemented by our suppli­ers,"' Vestas CEO, Ditlev Engel, empha­sised in an interview with us a few weeks ago (new energy 6/2005). Now the res­olute manager can show sooner than he probably bargained for how he intends to assert that principle.
17 Feb 2006

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