A Massachusetts developer is studying a 4,000 acre site that spans Windham, Grafton and Townshend for a possible wind farm project.
"If they go ahead it will cause serious devaluation of properties in the area. I understand that wind energy is probably going to be the thing of the future, but they are just too big for this area. I can't see that anyone in the local area is going to benefit from them apart from the greedy landowners."
Environmental advocates and officials are divided about the proposed wind farm, which would be the first of its kind near the Texas Gulf Coast. Many don’t want to speak out against the use of wind energy, which is free of the toxic emissions of traditional electric plants, but they have concerns about the farm’s location and the potential for bird kills along a major migratory flyway.
If newspaper letters pages and protest marches were an accurate reflection of general public feeling, a remarkably large percentage of the population is against wind farms.
Arguments are raging over a proposed wind farm in North Devon. Local residents think the company behind the scheme isn't supplying the necessary information about the plan. But, as John Bevir reports, the company disagrees.
“With renewable energy sources several decades away from providing more than a tiny minority of our energy needs, we urgently need government policy to promote clean coal to save thousands of jobs and avoid blackouts and soaring utility bills over the next five years.”
In my opinion as a realtor and architect, the true asset in Monroe County is to develop a recreational industry. With its location close to Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Wisconsin Dells, and the Mississippi River, and with the beautiful bluffs, ridges, and picturesque valleys inhabited by Amish settlements, this area has the potential to attract weekend tourists and vacationers, bringing business and employment to thousands of county residents and enterprises. This potential will be lost by the construction of wind turbines, which will pollute the landscape with towers and power lines.
Representatives from several environmental advocacy groups are celebrating the fact that Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County recently went on line. But a vocal group of citizens opposed to the use of wind turbines say the state should focus on other energy sources.
No devotee of wind power is veteran industry engineer and consultant Brian Leyland. He thinks the limit of wind power is about 700MW before it causes problems for the transmission system. The variability of wind could cause frequency and voltage problems and need for more reserve power and in the end cost the power system and ultimately consumers who pay the price.
DECISION day is looming over a wind farm on picturesque moorland.
On the third day of the new year, the Winona County Economic Development Authority Rural Development subcommittee took another slow but sure step toward the construction of a $3 million wind turbine.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho Blades on two turbines at the Wolverine Creek wind farm have snapped, forcing crews to shut them down for repairs.
"Most windfarms are near roads, railways, or walking paths, and the dangers are obvious."
MONMOUTH - Warren County is working on a new wind tower ordinance in anticipation that Greenlight Energy, a Charlottesville, Va., company, will invest millions of dollars to build a wind farm near Alexis
Newcastle Airport officials confirmed last night that they were concerned about the Kiln Pit Hill plan because two of the turbines would be visible on their radar.
Where can the project be seen from? Will it be in the viewer's foreground or background? Will the viewer likely to be stationary or moving? Will the project offend the sensibilities of the average person? When viewed as a whole, is the project offensive or shocking, because it is out of character with its surroundings, or will it significantly diminish the scenic qualities of the area? These will be addressed by the Public Service Board.
"We have to protect our rural characteristics," said Blackstone resident Judy Campbell. "Until this summer, I never thought about retiring anywhere but here. I love the rural setting and my home is here. - That all will change."
A citizens group called Residents for Sound Economics and Planning asked the court to rule that Huron County Clerk Peggy Koehler hold a referendum. On Thursday, the judge reportedly denied the complaint and ruled that the clerk acted properly in deciding that the petitions were inadequate.
The bill is designed to give tax refunds and grants for using clean, efficient energy. One of its provisions would award grants of 0.85 cents for each kilowatt of electricity produced by a corporation from certain renewables, including wind utilities.
Cagliari, Jan. 11 - The Constitutional Court disallowed the appeal lodged by the government against a regional law of Sardinia dated November 25, 2004 introducing town-planning and environmental protection measures to safeguard the region's coasts.