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Public should know about windmills' effects

The windmills Windforce LLC are proposing to put on Dan's Mountain are over 400 feet tall the blades are 150 feet long. You will be able to see the windmills from almost everywhere in Allegany County. There are currently only two buildings in Baltimore larger, one in Pittsburgh and one in Cleveland. Do you want our Western Maryland Mountain side destroyed only to bring a profit to an out of town company?

I would like to take this opportunity to voice my concern about the proposed windmill farm on Dan's Mountain. The public needs to be aware of the affects the windmills will have on our community including our mountain landscape.

The windmills Windforce LLC are proposing to put on Dan's Mountain are over 400 feet tall the blades are 150 feet long. You will be able to see the windmills from almost everywhere in Allegany County. There are currently only two buildings in Baltimore larger, one in Pittsburgh and one in Cleveland.

Do you want our Western Maryland Mountain side destroyed only to bring a profit to an out of town company?

Also, residents should know that there are very loose regulations against industrial windmills. The Planning and Zoning committee is working on developing some restrictions to protect surrounding residents, but at this time they have not been put in place. If some restrictions are not put in place soon, Windforce LLC will rush to get a permit from planning and zoning and we will have windmills on this mountain before anyone can realize what is happening. The permits for grading and drilling have already been issued.

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I would like to take this opportunity to voice my concern about the proposed windmill farm on Dan's Mountain. The public needs to be aware of the affects the windmills will have on our community including our mountain landscape.

The windmills Windforce LLC are proposing to put on Dan's Mountain are over 400 feet tall the blades are 150 feet long. You will be able to see the windmills from almost everywhere in Allegany County. There are currently only two buildings in Baltimore larger, one in Pittsburgh and one in Cleveland.

Do you want our Western Maryland Mountain side destroyed only to bring a profit to an out of town company?

Also, residents should know that there are very loose regulations against industrial windmills. The Planning and Zoning committee is working on developing some restrictions to protect surrounding residents, but at this time they have not been put in place. If some restrictions are not put in place soon, Windforce LLC will rush to get a permit from planning and zoning and we will have windmills on this mountain before anyone can realize what is happening. The permits for grading and drilling have already been issued.

Industrial wind promoters claim their machines produce on average 30 to 40 percent of their rated capacity. For example a 400-foot, 2-megawatt turbine assembly would produce an average of 600-800 kilowatts over a year.

The actual experience of industrial wind power in the U.S , however, as reported to the federal Energy Information Agency, is that it produces only about 25 percent of its capacity, or 500 kilowatts. It will produce at or above that rate only a third of the time. It will generate nothing at all (yet draw power from the grid ) another third of the time.

Because the output is highly variable and rarely correlates with demand, other sources of energy cannot be taken off line. With the extra burden of balancing the wind energy, those sources may even use more fuel (just as cars use more gas in stop and go city driving ). The industry is unable to show any evidence that wind power on the grid reduces the use of other fuels.

Each turbine assembly requires acres of clearance and dominates the typical rural or wild landscape. Its extreme height, turning rotor blades, unavoidable noise and vibration, and strobe lighting night and day ensure an intrusiveness far out of proportion to its elusive contribution.

Each facility requires new transmission infrastructure and new or upgraded roads further degrading the environment and fragmenting habitats.

Yet wind energy is profitable. Taxpayers cover two-thirds to three-fourths of the cost of erecting giant wind turbines. Governments require utilities to buy the energy, even though it does not effectively displace other sources.

In addition wind companies can sell "renewable energy credits" or "green tags" an invention of Enron. They are thus able to sell the same energy twice (information cited courtesy of wind-watch.org).

I urge concerned citizens to let the Planning and Zoning committee and county commissioners know your concern. They believe that since no one is voicing their opinion everyone in Allegany County is for industrial windfarms on Western Maryland mountain sides. The next meeting will be at the Allegany Office Complex, 701 Kelly Road, Wednesday at 7 p.m.


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SEP 16 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/17117-public-should-know-about-windmills-effects
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