"Most people have made up their minds and I don't think people are that easily bribed. It's not an awful lot of money."
Two windfarms planned for Geesala and Bangor Erris lie in the hands of An Bord Pleanála, writes Marian Harrison. Atlanticwest Energy Ltd, the applicant in both cases, has brought the planning proposals before The Planning Appeal’s Board after Mayo County Council refused permission for both developments. The wind farm for Dooyork, Geesala would consist of 24 turbines, while 32 turbines are proposed for the farm at Knocklettercuss, Bangor Erris. Both cases were lodged with the Board on December 5.
In your column, you state bird mortality is a subject that wind energy opponents should stand down from. However, there is good reason for us to continue to shed light on this problem. To our knowledge, no commercial scale wind facility in the United States has been subject to pre-construction avian risk assessments that included remote sensing (radar or acoustical). Editor's Note: Mr. Harrigan's reponse to this letter is available via the link below.
PROPOSED WIND FARM AT ASTON GRANGE FARM, IN THE PARISH, NEAR FRODSHAM - A planning application has been received by Vale Royal Borough Council for a Wind Farm at Aston Grange Farm, by Tegni Cymru Cyf.
The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today said it is seeking public comments on the MPSC staff's recently released 2004-2005 Michigan Renewables Energy Program report (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mrep_annual_2005_143719_7.pdf) by Jan. 31, 2006.
Gil Randell, retired director of planning for Chautauqua County and a member of the group's steering committee, said the location "flies in the face of guidelines established not only by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but also standards established by the wind power industry itself."
Only a massive immediate investment in wind energy and the installation of thousands of wind turbines over the next decade will permit France to reach its target of further reducing carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report by a state agency.
SPEARVILLE Ñ Kansas State Representative Pat George said Saturday he has "heard talk" that the proposed new wind farm to be constructed near Spearville Ð "the City of Windmills" Ñ eventually will double in size.
The ridgelines, once developed, are likely to remain developed as can so well be seen by the justification for the East Mountain and Little Mt. Equinox proposals: because the roads are already there. Roads are the principal harbingers of development. Once put in, and at great cost, it will be argued, even after the turbines are no long needed, that they be used for something else. We are talking about exchanging something priceless that should go to our children and grandchildren for the short term gain of something that can be had by other means. It is a matter of relative value and to me and many others, the ridgelines are priceless. It think most Vermonters, once they open their eyes to what is about to happen and realize the value of what they are about to lose, will agree.
Group organizer Dain Trafton of Phillips said he believes the wind farm's output is not large enough to justify marring one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Northeast. "It would constitute, if it were built, an industrial intrusion into a mountain area," he said.
wind energy faces enormous political challenges here, including the hostility of the conservative press and rural populations against the installation of wind turbines.
The international members of the Bern Convention have called on the Bulgarian Government to stop construction of an electricity-generating windfarm near Balchik and Kaliakra, both on the Black Sea coast.
“They (BRE) make it sound like they are doing this out of the bigness of their heart,” he said. “My feeling is that we have just dug out the rest of the story. They are presenting this as a clean and green project but there is plenty of evidence to show otherwise.”
Scottish Power has been given clearance by the energy regulator to fast-track a £190m upgrade of Scotland's power network due to the flood of renewable energy projects emerging across the country.
The chair of the Yukon's energy corporation says wind energy isn't viable for the Yukon.
Daniel R. Patterson, a desert ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity in Joshua Tree, said it's a "common belief" that bird deaths caused by turbines could lead to rat infestations. But he said he hasn't studied the issue.
MANCHESTER — Three separate articles asking for voter input on wind power may appear on Manchester's warning for the March town meeting.
This is where the Buffalo Harbor Development Commission, the Niagara Greenway Commission and Higgins' waterfront planning come into play. It is essential that the NRIBA designation is understood and addressed by all planning agencies and decisions. It is critical that the threats to the area are understood and addressed. Appropriate development that recognizes both the fragility of the area and the global conservation consequences related to its stewardship and development should become a baseline indicator from which all planning grows. Editor's Note: With at least five test towers already standing, wind developers in concert with local advocates are attempting to install hundreds of industrial wind turbines in the Niagara region. The threat to this fragile area is real. Both of the photos included in the text are available in the NWW photo library as Birdland on the Niagara 1 & 2.