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Wind power survey begins this week

The whoosh, whoosh, whoosh of clean electricity may one day come to Bristol, but first proponents of wind turbines want to find out what Bristol residents think.

Starting Thursday, May 4, pollsters working with Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island Energy Office will begin calling Bristol residents and asking them to participate in an anonymous survey on wind energy in Bristol. Organizers hope to find 350 Bristolians willing to take the poll; 350 more will be solicited in Portsmouth. Those who take part in the survey will be paid $25 for their efforts.

"For this to be successful, we have to find people who are willing to sign up," said RWU professor Lefteris Pavlides, who has been studying the prospect of wind energy in Bristol since last year.

The survey will identify prospective sites in Bristol that could support wind turbines similar to the one recently erected at the Portsmouth Abbey School. Getting private industry to look at Rhode Island as an attractive place to construct the mills, said Dr. Pavlides, is one of the main goals.

"The way to (construct the mills) economically is to do many of them at a time. If the survey shows that people welcome it, then developers will be willing to come. Otherwise, they may not; developers may not want to come here because there is plenty of demand (for windmills) elsewhere."

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Starting Thursday, May 4, pollsters working with Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island Energy Office will begin calling Bristol residents and asking them to participate in an anonymous survey on wind energy in Bristol. Organizers hope to find 350 Bristolians willing to take the poll; 350 more will be solicited in Portsmouth. Those who take part in the survey will be paid $25 for their efforts.

"For this to be successful, we have to find people who are willing to sign up," said RWU professor Lefteris Pavlides, who has been studying the prospect of wind energy in Bristol since last year.

The survey will identify prospective sites in Bristol that could support wind turbines similar to the one recently erected at the Portsmouth Abbey School. Getting private industry to look at Rhode Island as an attractive place to construct the mills, said Dr. Pavlides, is one of the main goals.

"The way to (construct the mills) economically is to do many of them at a time. If the survey shows that people welcome it, then developers will be willing to come. Otherwise, they may not; developers may not want to come here because there is plenty of demand (for windmills) elsewhere."

Bristol, which has already conducted focus groups on the matter, is a good spot for such alternative energy, said Dr. Pavlides. If mills are built, 15 percent or more of the town's energy needs could be supplied by a free, clean, renewable resource.

Recruiting, via telephone calls starting Thursday, will take place for several days. After that, the surveys will be conducted at several spots around town.

Already, Bristol's most prominent environmental organization supports the prospect of turbines in Bristol.

Members of Save Bristol Harbor, a group originally formed to fight sprawl in Bristol Harbor, toured the Portsmouth Abbey wind turbine last Saturday and came back with good reviews.

"It was extremely impressive," said Save Bristol Harbor President Stephan Brigidi. "It's a beautiful sculpture in itself; aesthetically, it's fascinating. And it produces a lot of electricity. I think it's a win, win, win all the way around."


Source: http://www.eastbayri.com/st...

MAY 6 2006
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