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"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.
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.
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.
A tally made in early December indicated more than 90 percent of the comments at that time were opposed to the wind farm.
MATTAPOISETT -- Although the tower anchors were hammered into the ground weeks ago, the town will hold a public hearing about its proposed met tower Monday.
"Because this is rather new technology, most of the information is coming from the developers themselves and they are not going to raise matters that might be detrimental to the industry.... They are trying to rush these developments through for at the moment the system is very attractive with its tax shelters and carbon credit availability. But we need to slow this all down and look long term at the issues."
Senator Kevin Parker's (et al) bill calls for a siting process for wind production facilities and seeks a report with recommendations for an overall sitings plan. The bill was introduced on 1/27/05 and is currently (1/4/06) before the Energy & Telecommunications Committee.
That the towns have accepted applications doesn't mean the wind farms will be built, Spitzer emphasized. "This is just the very first step. The towns won't make decisions for many, many months. "In no way is this indication of approval of the project."
By Dec. 22, the county board approved an ordinance that lifts the county moratorium on small wind systems. A moratorium on large wind systems, however, remains in effect until May 17, 2006.
The construction of a wind farm in Cheshire has been proposed at Aston Grange Farm, located near Acton Bridge in the Weaver Valley, on arable farmland. The planned site, developed by the Welsh firm Tegni Cymru Cyf, will be the first wind farm in Cheshire and will have an expected productive lifespan of 25 years.
Yet they think they are hearing from the Bedford County Planning Commission that turbines may not be such a good idea, said Robert Stanton, a West Providence Township supervisor.
Monroe County residents are invited to attend a public hearing for discussion on an ordinance to regulate commercial wind farms.
For now, towns like Falmouth and Orleans are taking their projects one step at a time and considering all their options.
“The county has to have something to stand on. A wind farm on White Mountain is going to be a very controversial issue,” he said
Because of the temporary nature of the wind assessment tower, and because it will be installed within an 8,000 acre tract of land and hundreds of feet from any property line, planning commissioners granted the international manufacturer of wind turbines a conditional variance Thursday night.
Reunion's announcement comes just ahead of a call for a state-wide moratorium on siting wind turbines from Otsego 2000, an environmental advocacy organization based in Cooperstown.
Meridian Energy has resource consent to build 70 super-sized wind turbines near Makara in Wellington. The contentious $380 million Project West Wind was endorsed by Wellington City Council yesterday.
Guyra Shire Council has approved plans for a new wind farm in the Ben Lomond district.