The news is filled with stories about those opposed to wind turbines and those supporting them. It's a never-ending war of opposing forces in many rural communities. The wars are tearing the rural social fabric to shreds.
At times, it is almost unbearable. They [First Wind] never intended for us to have the peace and quiet they promised.
It's a constant grinding, whining noise. You walk outside the house and it sounds like planes are in the sky all the time. You wake up at two or three in the morning, and it's impossible to get back to sleep.
From now on the Simpsons are living... intermittently.
The current hype surrounding wind energy is just that and is a costly distraction from securing clean energy that is also reliable.
It is indisputable that this project [19, 2.5MW turbines along 3.7 miles of Glebe Mountain's ridgeline] would dramatically change Londonderry’s character, our environment, the quality of our lives and pose a threat to our tourist and second-home owner based economy. It makes no sense to sacrifice these first class assets for a second class energy source [industrial wind energy] that will have a negligible impact on emissions.
...as a Vermonter, I’m for preserving our ridgelines (as Act 250 was designed to do) and our natural landscapes. The integrity of our environment is not only a source of our strength and pride it is also critical to our economic well-being. It makes no sense to sacrifice who and what we are and what we have for no useful purpose.
Huron County Comissioner John Nugent
For every argument in support of siting wind turbines, there is an equally compelling argument against. Ultimately, it comes down to what you personally believe (will be) the impact the turbines will have on Huron County. If approved, I believe the McKinley Overlay District will begin the process of destroying the quality of life for the residents along and near the shoreline, reduce residential property values, discourage tourism and damage migratory bird flyways.
Ian Bowles, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy
Renewable plants have an enormous subsidy under the renewable (energy) portfolio laws. If they still can't compete, they probably shouldn't be built.
It seems we are now subject to a campaign that uses social rejection as a force to make us accept industrial-scale wind energy stations across the UK; to call them windfarms is disingenuous. As part of this campaign, the great and the good are hectoring on the moral need to embrace wind energy.
I wouldn’t be against them [large wind turbines] if they actually worked.
The local pride in our mountains is reflected in the recent naming of the newest high school: “Mountain Ridge”. Should it now become “Wind Farm High?”
It's not pretty when a bird hits a turbine. These [wind] companies need to clean up their act. As long as this situation is not addressed, people are going to associate wind power with killing birds.
Renewable power mandates merely accentuate the inefficiency and cost premiums attached to so-called renewable power sources. If renewable power saved consumers money, created jobs, or carried any of the other economic benefits so frequently claimed by environmental activists, then government would not have to pass a law to force power companies to purchase it or consumers to buy it.
Comparing 425 ft. tall wind turbines to power line poles demonstrates the utter stupidity and arrogance of the speaker. I have never seen a power pole move. They just stand there. The turbines have blades that look like knives slashing at the sky (and at whatever hapless creature that may be in the air space). A video with several in motion in the same scene gives the impression of violent chaos. They are not like serene, graceful ballerinas. At the very least, your eye is naturally drawn to them by their motion that resembles something waving its arms to get your attention. We don't want to see them. We don't want to look at them; but it is impossible to ignore them.
Joe Fergus, councillor for Barnard Castle East
What sort of country are we living in if we don't treasure our countryside?
As the second most forested state in the nation, New Hampshire's renewable energy market is in our forests. ... Before we think about where the next wind project will be built, let's think about what our forests have to offer.
Joel Link, Chicago-based Invenergy
"People have to realize that a 25 percent renewable energy standard by the year 2025 in Illinois amounts to thousands of wind turbines."
John Hines, Chief Supply Officer of NorthWestern Energy
Judith Gap power also is a bargain for NorthWestern, at about 3.2 cents/kWh. However, wind power provides virtually none of NorthWestern's capacity requirements, and the utility needs on-call contracts and other means to ensure it meets load. The relationship between load and wind output is almost zero. That's a real issue for us.
Policies or political platforms that seek to constrain the development of a safe and reliable Australian uranium industry - and which rule out the possibility of climate-friendly nuclear energy - are not really serious about addressing climate change