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So maybe there won't be a rush to windmill-generated energy. Otsego County's ordinance has attracted the attention of law- makers in Lansing who think the state should get involved with regulating their use.
Tonight, a public hearing in Altona invites comment on a proposed wind-energy law there, which would regulate such projects as one Noble Environmental Power wants to build.
Wind farms, wind parks or wind conversion -- no matter what it's called, Sweetwater County has to learn how to deal with it.
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.
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
DECISION day is looming over a wind farm on picturesque moorland.
"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."
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.
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.
Ryszard Borys is an Illinois realtor who owns 200 acres that neighbors the Wallerman dairy operation. The Denmark native said he is very familiar with wind farm technology from that country. He shared Fries’ concern over lost land values and the negative impact for agri-tourism. “You have to make the choice between a wind farm or tourism and recreation,” Borys said.
"The truth is, they're giving themselves carte blanche at that site," said Eagle Harbor Township Supervisor Ed Kisiel.
As a result of an appeal by a group of citizens, EnXco has not been able to meet the test of proving substantial progress in their work, and so sought an extension to their special permit.
As soon as a few papers are filed and the ground thaws, it looks like Harwich will be getting back into the alternative energy business. Selectmen last week took another step toward the eventual construction of a wind turbine behind the high school on Oak Street.
A nine-member central steering committee is being formed to explore all of the available options. The county is seeking people who either have knowledge or expertise in wind, hydro or biomass production.
Roger Weaver, owner of three RE/MAX Community Realty offices in Kittitas County, said he testified and challenged the consultant’s study. He said there was “no way a wind farm won’t have a significant impact on residential development in the Kittitas Valley.”
SWAMPSCOTT - Studies will get under way to determine whether four sites in town would be suitable for wind turbines.
A small request turned into a big deal at Monday's Potter County Commissioners Court meeting.
"In the legal and planning tradition of this country, powers of compulsory purchase are rarely granted, and this growing precedent for automatic award of such powers to enable businesses to further their commercial ends is deeply disturbing."[Campbell Dunford, chief executive, Renewable Energy Foundation]
The regulations also have guidelines to follow. Among the guidelines is limiting location. Wind turbines cannot be placed in the following: areas that have potential for biological and/or environmental conflicts, where there are large and intact areas of native vegetation, in places that would interfere with important wildlife movement corridors and staging areas, sites that are readily visible from state-designated scenic byways or popular vistas, sites that require construction activities on steep slopes and sites with potentially sensitive cultural or historical resources.
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.