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Opposition group considers next move

"We are not surprised that the PSC ruled in favor of Beech Ridge. We've been expecting it. We're deciding on whether we're going to file for a motion to reconsider." Michael Rosalina with Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy says they've opposed the project since its inception in 2004. Despite a loud chorus of voices against the 119 giant wind turbines planned for 23 miles of ridge line, and against the advice of their own staff, the PSC went ahead on Friday and gave Beech Ridge the final approve to move forward with the $300 million project.

Opponents of a massive wind turbine project in Greenbrier County say they knew it was just a matter of time before the state Public Service Commission approved the plan.

"We are not surprised that the PSC ruled in favor of Beech Ridge. We've been expecting it. We're deciding on whether we're going to file for a motion to reconsider." Michael Rosalina with Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy says they've opposed the project since its inception in 2004.

Despite a loud chorus of voices against the 119 giant wind turbines planned for 23 miles of ridge line, and against the advice of their own staff, the PSC went ahead on Friday and gave Beech Ridge the final approve to move forward with the $300 million project.

"The PSC seems to think that that's more important to build these things than to protect the public's interest," says Rosalina.

The decision came just two days after Governor Joe Manchin's State of the State Address that called for using more renewable energy sources. Manchin introduced the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act to lawmakers. It would eventually require 25 percent of electricity sold in West Virginia to be generated from wind, solar and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Opponents of a massive wind turbine project in Greenbrier County say they knew it was just a matter of time before the state Public Service Commission approved the plan.

"We are not surprised that the PSC ruled in favor of Beech Ridge. We've been expecting it. We're deciding on whether we're going to file for a motion to reconsider." Michael Rosalina with Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy says they've opposed the project since its inception in 2004.

Despite a loud chorus of voices against the 119 giant wind turbines planned for 23 miles of ridge line, and against the advice of their own staff, the PSC went ahead on Friday and gave Beech Ridge the final approve to move forward with the $300 million project.

"The PSC seems to think that that's more important to build these things than to protect the public's interest," says Rosalina.

The decision came just two days after Governor Joe Manchin's State of the State Address that called for using more renewable energy sources. Manchin introduced the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Act to lawmakers. It would eventually require 25 percent of electricity sold in West Virginia to be generated from wind, solar and hydroelectric facilities.

Rosalina believes it's a great plan in theory with, what he calls, one major flaw.

He says the turbines won't produce enough energy to make them worth ruining the landscape of West Virginia's hills. "They make such little bit of energy that they literally have to have thousands and thousands of them to make any kind of significant electricity." Instead, Rosalina says they're more of a tax write-off for the company, a showy way to prove they're going green.

Rosalina says Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy hasn't given up their fight to stop the turbines from being built. He says they need to get more people to understand the damage they can do to the environment without producing the electricity needed to shut down even one coal-fired power plant.


Source: http://www.wvmetronews.com/...

FEB 17 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/19143-opposition-group-considers-next-move
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