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Development Authority talks wind power

The subject of wind power brought pros and cons to the floor of discussion during the Mineral County Development Authority meeting held Tuesday evening at the Elk District Fire Hall. ...Spiggle stated that he would ask two questions to wind power companies, both dealing with signed contracts by the company, with one a promise of tax revenue, and the other verifying the company would remove the turbines if necessary. "If the company would answer ‘no' to the questions, then I would oppose the wind mill project," Spiggle said.

ELK GARDEN - The subject of wind power brought pros and cons to the floor of discussion during the Mineral County Development Authority meeting held Tuesday evening at the Elk District Fire Hall.

Rick Linthicum, president of the authority, gave a quote from a local newspaper revealing the number in the thousands of lost jobs in the state during the past year.
With that in mind, he stated, "Windmills may be necessary to keep factories going."

Tom Braithwaite, authority member from Elk Garden, voiced his opinion by referring to NewPage by saying, "If wind power helps to save jobs, then we need to support them or any other entity to keep the mill operational."

County Commissioner Wayne Spiggle wanted to make a clarification dealing with the electric produced by the windmills, saying, "The electric produced does not go to the grid for Mineral County."

During the public comment section of the agenda, Elk Garden resident Bill Braithwaite asked the Development Authority to take a stand "either for or against the windmill project" that could be located in the county.

He stated that some talk throughout the meeting was centered on green energy, and "we have the company of... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

ELK GARDEN - The subject of wind power brought pros and cons to the floor of discussion during the Mineral County Development Authority meeting held Tuesday evening at the Elk District Fire Hall.

Rick Linthicum, president of the authority, gave a quote from a local newspaper revealing the number in the thousands of lost jobs in the state during the past year.
With that in mind, he stated, "Windmills may be necessary to keep factories going."

Tom Braithwaite, authority member from Elk Garden, voiced his opinion by referring to NewPage by saying, "If wind power helps to save jobs, then we need to support them or any other entity to keep the mill operational."

County Commissioner Wayne Spiggle wanted to make a clarification dealing with the electric produced by the windmills, saying, "The electric produced does not go to the grid for Mineral County."

During the public comment section of the agenda, Elk Garden resident Bill Braithwaite asked the Development Authority to take a stand "either for or against the windmill project" that could be located in the county.

He stated that some talk throughout the meeting was centered on green energy, and "we have the company of US. WindForce that wants to bring green energy into our area."

Also mentioning the added revenue that could result from the implementation of the Pinnacle Windmill project, Braithwaite cited, "Construction jobs would be available, along with tourism possibilities."

Although in a previous meeting, the Development Authority voted to take no stand for or against the windmill projects, Linthicum said, "This board should be perceived to be progressive,"while investigating different forms of power.

Les Daugherty, of nearby Cross, W.Va., posed a question about what happens after the 25 years given as the life of a wind turbine. "Who will be responsible for the removal of the turbines?" he asked.

Connie Sutton, secretary for the agency, stated that she too has asked that same question at a windmill informational meeting.

"I have never got an answer," Sutton said.

Mona Ridder, executive director of the Development Authority, pointed out that in the contract for a Grant County windmill project, "The company is responsible for removing the turbines."

B. Braithwaite also voiced the need for the County Commission to make a decision about promoting the US WindForce project.

"The Commission has not discussed wind power because we have not been approached by any wind companies," Spiggle said.

Adding to this, Commissioner Janice LaRue announced U.S. WindForce could be present at a commission meeting in late June.

Spiggle stated that he would ask two questions to wind power companies, both dealing with signed contracts by the company, with one a promise of tax revenue, and the other verifying the company would remove the turbines if necessary.

"If the company would answer ‘no' to the questions, then I would oppose the wind mill project," Spiggle said.

Saying that in a recent meeting with other county commissioners throughout the state, LaRue learned that Greenbrier County has much opposition to an 80 turbine windmill project, but gained approval "when the company signed a contract with certain stipulations."

She also added that the decision for wind power to be located within counties "is solely made by the Public Service Commission."

Dave Sowers, representing the City of Keyser, said, "With all the talk about being green this evening, I would like to see the subject of wind power be on the agenda for the next meeting."

The members voted to have wind power options on the agenda for the Tuesday, June 16, meeting. The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. in the second floor conference room of Grand Central Business Center.

Those would like to reach the Development Authority may contact Ridder at (304) 788-2233 or email her at info@wv-mcda.com.


Source: http://www.newstribune.info...

MAY 21 2009
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