The Great Wind Debate

But I was sitting at my kitchen table in North Buffalo, far from the wind farms of the Southern Tier, and such distance makes for simple, black-and-white comprehension. There are places in Western New York where wind energy isn’t so clear a choice. Places with names like Perry, Sheldon and Arkwright, rural towns perched atop the high glacial ridges to the east and south of the city, whose landscapes might soon be dominated by hundreds of towering, 400-foot windmills. As wind companies eye their windswept fields and make overtures to local town boards, divisions run deeper and deeper between citizens who disagree on the merits of wind farm development in their backyards. In such locales, the gray areas of wind development come into sharp focus.
25 May 2006

Vandal in wind farm case gets probation

Michael J. Elsinger, N10201 Arthur Road, Lomira, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service at the Horicon Marsh Haven Center or with Friends of the Horicon Marsh. He must also pay $490 in restitution, a $150 fine plus court costs and write letters of apology to all of the victims of his crimes within 60 days. Ryan M. Koll, 21, P.O. Box 119, Theresa, and Elsinger's accomplice in the anti-wind farm sign crime spree, pled guilty on Feb. 16 to one count of theft and received a $243 fine plus paid restitution.
25 May 2006

E.ON launches windfarm exhibition in northwest England

E.ON UK - the UK arm of the German utility giant - is to open an exhibition at Penrith, northwest England, detailing its plans for a five-turbine strong windfarm in the local area......Meanwhile, increasingly stringent planning laws, and often-fierce lobbying from local residents, has stymied the construction of onshore farms.
24 May 2006

Wind Power - Answers blowing in the wind, part 2

"The major challenge to using wind as a source of power is that the wind is intermittent and it does not always blow when electricity is needed. Wind energy cannot be stored (unless batteries are used); and not all winds can be harnessed to meet the timing of electricity demands."
24 May 2006
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