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Opposition to wind turbine in Goshen

Republican-American|October 1, 2008
ConnecticutZoning/Planning

A proposed wind turbine on the grounds of the Woodridge Lake sewage treatment plant on Brush Hill Road in Goshen drew mostly opposition from residents who spoke during a public hearing on Tuesday before the Planning and Zoning Commission. ...More than 60 residents attended the hearing in the Goshen Center School cafeteria and only two spoke in favor of the proposal.


A proposed wind turbine on the grounds of the Woodridge Lake sewage treatment plant on Brush Hill Road in Goshen drew mostly opposition from residents who spoke during a public hearing on Tuesday before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The turbine is being proposed by Optiwind, a fledgling Torrington company that bills its wind-energy equipment as smaller, cheaper and more aesthetically pleasing than turbines used on large wind farms in states like California and Texas.

Optiwind's proposed turbine would be 200 feet high and up to 93 feet wide. It would power the plant at no cost to the Woodridge Lake Sewer District beginning in early 2009. The company is applying under a new planning and zoning regulation allowing wind-energy structures up to 200 feet in height.

More than 60 residents attended the hearing in the Goshen Center School cafeteria and only two spoke in favor of the proposal. One was Robert Mosca, president of the Woodridge Lake Sewer District. According to Mosca, the turbine would save the sewer district a bundle in energy costs.

"Our electric bill is $6,000 to $7,000 a month, so we've been looking at alternative energy for a while," Mosca said. "We felt this idea would be a benefit to the sewer district because it would support all of our energy needs. We also believe it would be a benefit to the community and would have minimal impact on the site."


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