You’ve probably seen photos of oil rigs in the ocean. Now picture towering wind turbines dotting Michigan’s farmlands and the shallow waters of the Great Lakes, generating clean power to light homes and run factories.
A 150-foot tower on state property off Brandt Island Road in Mattapoisett measures, among other things, which way the wind blows. Politically, that's pretty much known already.
GALESBURG - Before wind turbines swish through the air in Knox County, work remains.
Industrial wind turbines produce significant amounts of audible and low-frequency noise. Dr. Oguz A. Soysal, Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Physics and Engineering at Frostburg State University in Maryland, measured sound levels over half a mile away from the Meyersdale, PA, 20-turbine wind farm. Typical audible (A-weighted) dB (decibel) levels were in the 50-60 range, and audible plus low-frequency (C-weighted) dB were in the 65-70 range. 65-70 dB is the loudness of a washing machine, vacuum cleaner, or hair dryer. A difference of 10 dB between A and C weighting represents a significant amount of low-frequency sound by World Health Organization standards.
In an ambitious $3 billion plan, the nation's largest power generator has proposed building a 550-mile power line stretched atop 13-story towers to bring surplus electricity from coal-fired plants in Appalachia and the Midwest to the power-hungry eastern seaboard.
Let’s hope our elected officials in Richmond and Washington don’t fall for the same untested arguments our supervisors did. Sen. Allen’s response to Mr. Flora’s thoughts is reassuring in this regard. Legislators willing to examine the issue fully are finally starting to smell something rotten about how this [wind] industry operates.
“Basically, they’re taking that semi-wilderness and turning it into an industrial site,” Payne said. “It’s clean energy and it has a place, but I think we can and should site them responsibly.”
NEW HAVEN -- The head of Cape Wind Associates, the company that wants to plant the first offshore wind farm in the United States in Nantucket Sound, hopes his project will get a boost from President Bush's remarks promoting alternative energy in his State of the Union speech this week.
PLYMOUTH (Feb 4) Not one to give up at the first sign of an obstacle, energy committee chairman Jim Sweeney has already revised the wind-turbine bylaw's language to include private land. He plans to have a warrant article ready in time for spring town meeting in May.
TWENTY giant wind turbines CAN now be built at Conisholme Fen, the government has said. The Ecotricity scheme was backed by East Lindsey District Council in a controversial move last October.
MEREDITH — An informal presentation on issues related to the proposed installation of wind turbines will take place at the Meredith Town Planning Board at 7 p.m. Monday.
The November sale of Burke Mountain to the Ginn Company has led to a delay in the state's decision on a request to put a wind measurement tower on East Haven Mountain.
PORTSMOUTH —The wind turbine itself won't arrive at Portsmouth Abbey School until March, but last week its anchor was set. No ordinary anchor, this one should have extraordinary holding power, according to the Abbey's Brother Joseph Byron.
While Bush should be congratulated for his plan to reduce U.S. dependence on oil produced by unstable Middle Eastern regimes, we also should be thankful that he didn't seek to buy green votes by overhyping the benefits of inefficient wind power.
“Like so many others, he [Sen. Allen, VA] has had to reassess his position, but he does remain open to the possibility that the wind industry will eventually find a way to increase its capacity. But at this point, he just doesn’t believe it’s terribly efficient and there are more affordable and reliable energy sources for our economy.”
In a recent fiasco the Highland County Board of Supervisors issued a permit for a wind energy project supported by only 20 percent of 97 speakers at the public hearing. Prior to the hearing more than 1,000 residents and landowners of this county with a population of only 2,500, signed a petition opposed. Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Del. Chris Saxman and shared with The Recorder.
The excitement amongst Danish alternative energy producers was tangible late Wednesday night as US president uttered the words 'America is addicted to oil' and that something must be done about it.
An ad hoc coalition of anti-windpower groups from around New York will meet in Albany, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 6, to lobby against New York's indirect underwriting of wind farms.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A California constitutional amendment taxing oil production to fund a range of alternative energy efforts may go to voters this November, setting up a nine-month battle between environmentalists and oil companies.
FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Residents and landowners long opposed to a wind energy project in Pendleton County have taken their stance to a new level this week.