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High School Could Have 50-Meter Anemometer By Spring

HARWICH — There could be a 50-meter anemometer tower measuring wind speed on the grounds of Harwich High School as early as this spring. But Barry Worth, chairman of the town’s utilities and energy conservation commission, told selectmen they will need to sign off on a property loan agreement for the tower beforehand.
5 Jan 2006

SCC sets wind plan hearings

MONTEREY— It’s been nearly four tumultuous years since the idea of industrial wind energy first surfaced in Highland County. As state-level reviews and court decisions move along, 2006 might bring closure to the issue here. Given the amount of time it’s taken to get this far, however, few would bet on that. Those opposed to the project continue to fight vigorously at every level to prevent construction.
5 Jan 2006

Douglas opposes wind farm on Little Equinox

MANCHESTER - During his visit for the Northshire Day School ribbon cutting ceremony, Governor James Douglas said he does not support construction of the five-turbine commercial wind farm proposed at Little Equinox Mountain here in Manchester.
5 Jan 2006

In March, push comes to shove

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.
5 Jan 2006

Attend wind turbine hearing Jan. 10

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.
5 Jan 2006

Energy will be burning issue

Bill Griffith, chairman of the Sierra Club in Kansas, said conservation was the least costly form of new energy and held the most realistic potential for moderating short-term natural gas and electricity prices.
5 Jan 2006

Douglas touting cell towers?

Maybe you also found it a tad incongruous that Gov. Douglas, who has bravely gone on the record as being against the development of wind farms on Vermont's mountain ridges, should appear at a photo op with a top official of one of the cellular phone companies and enthusiastically tout (essentially) removing all regulations for the emplacement of cell phone towers because said officials are whining about a six-month regulatory process.
5 Jan 2006

One in the eye for French developers

"The original battle took two hours and thousands of people died. The second battle took two years and no blood was spilt. And it was all the better because the French and the British worked together to achieve this victory."
4 Jan 2006

Wind towers vs. birds and bats – information is controversial

My viewpoint was, and still is, that the huge towers (260 feet high), gigantic blades (add another 150 feet), blinking strobe lights, permanent removal of wind-hindering vegetation, and highly visible road and transmission infrastructures are totally inappropriate for wild, undeveloped, scenic and highly visible settings. And I said I thought that opponents should focus on those issues, as well as the small return in electricity for the massive public price paid, aesthetically and otherwise, and should perhaps stay away from the issue of bird mortality caused by the rapidly spinning blades. The jury is still out on that, I said, and conventional wisdom is that vastly more birds are killed by high-rise windows and free-running cats......Well, so much for conventional wisdom. Editor's Note This opinion piece was written in response to a letter received from Lisa Linowes that is available via the link below.
4 Jan 2006

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