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Developing a wider view on wind

We think the Waldo County Commissioners should convene a high-level forum on wind energy and invite people from all over the area. That way, Freedom residents who have experience with turbines and those from other communities that may well decide to welcome them can confer with both experts and each other. The goal could be a countywide approach to wind energy, though that might be getting ahead of ourselves. After the talk is over, at least we'd all be on the same page.

Several Waldo County communities, along with neighboring Dixmont, are being eyed by wind turbine developers and we're sure others will be, too.

It's early in the game, but a disturbing trend is emerging. The developers are approaching each town individually, which requires residents to conjure their own responses to the large and controversial projects. We'd like to suggest a different approach.

Wind turbines are an important part of Maine's - and America's - energy future. The 400-foot structures are so different from coal-burning and nuclear-generating plants that getting one's arms around them, metaphorically, is difficult.

It matters not whether you live in Northport, Freedom, Thorndike or Jackson, the questions about them are similar even as you must make intelligent decisions about them in isolation from the other communities.

We think the Waldo County Commissioners should convene a high-level forum on wind energy and invite people from all over the area. That way, Freedom residents who have experience with turbines and those from other communities that may well decide to welcome them can confer with both experts and each other. The goal could be a countywide approach to wind energy,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Several Waldo County communities, along with neighboring Dixmont, are being eyed by wind turbine developers and we're sure others will be, too.

It's early in the game, but a disturbing trend is emerging. The developers are approaching each town individually, which requires residents to conjure their own responses to the large and controversial projects. We'd like to suggest a different approach.

Wind turbines are an important part of Maine's - and America's - energy future. The 400-foot structures are so different from coal-burning and nuclear-generating plants that getting one's arms around them, metaphorically, is difficult.

It matters not whether you live in Northport, Freedom, Thorndike or Jackson, the questions about them are similar even as you must make intelligent decisions about them in isolation from the other communities.

We think the Waldo County Commissioners should convene a high-level forum on wind energy and invite people from all over the area. That way, Freedom residents who have experience with turbines and those from other communities that may well decide to welcome them can confer with both experts and each other. The goal could be a countywide approach to wind energy, though that might be getting ahead of ourselves. After the talk is over, at least we'd all be on the same page.

We suggest the commissioners as the forum's convener because they seem well-suited to the task. New chairman Don Berry is a retired science teacher who understands the technical issues involved. Commissioner Amy Fowler is a dairy farmer, and the land cultivated by farmers will likely be sites for the towers. Newcomer Bill Shorey is an energy consultant who can ask tough questions.

There's another reason to involve the commissioners. For years, the three-person board has been looking inward at the traditional services offered by the county. Jails and emergency management and courts are important functions, certainly, but hardly cutting-edge.

A similar forum was held recently in Farmington, where the wind power folks are busy selecting potential sites. We suggest the commissioners research that event and plan one for us. Who knows, we might be on the cutting edge of the cutting edge.


Source: http://waldo.villagesoup.co...

FEB 16 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/19111-developing-a-wider-view-on-wind
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