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Unclear which way the wind blows

Last Town Meeting Day the people of Moretown and Waitsfield voted to support the closing of the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In Moretown we did this largely because of the threat that toxic and radioactive leaks pose toward public health and the environment.

With this brave decision comes the responsibility of facing our collective energy future with sober senses and making hard choices about where our power will come from in years to come. Do we want to be reliant on the out-of-state open market and all the uncertainty that such a gamble would entail concerning our utility rates? Do we want to buy energy from coal plants that result in acid rain and increased greenhouse gas emissions? Can we continue to rely on offshore oil production and again risk the economic and environmental disaster we are today witnessing in the Gulf of Mexico? To these questions I would venture that most Vermonters would answer with a resounding "No."

It is common sense that Vermont should strive to build the electrical capacity needed by Vermonters squarely within our own borders and under our relatively high standards of public oversight. It... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Last Town Meeting Day the people of Moretown and Waitsfield voted to support the closing of the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In Moretown we did this largely because of the threat that toxic and radioactive leaks pose toward public health and the environment.

With this brave decision comes the responsibility of facing our collective energy future with sober senses and making hard choices about where our power will come from in years to come. Do we want to be reliant on the out-of-state open market and all the uncertainty that such a gamble would entail concerning our utility rates? Do we want to buy energy from coal plants that result in acid rain and increased greenhouse gas emissions? Can we continue to rely on offshore oil production and again risk the economic and environmental disaster we are today witnessing in the Gulf of Mexico? To these questions I would venture that most Vermonters would answer with a resounding "No."

It is common sense that Vermont should strive to build the electrical capacity needed by Vermonters squarely within our own borders and under our relatively high standards of public oversight. It is also common sense to envision such an in-state energy future as one that will utilize renewable, locally available sources that incorporate carbon- neutral technologies whenever possible. Wind power fits this bill and surely has an important role to play.

The New England-based Citizen Wind is interested in exploring the possibility of constructing a wind farm on the ridgeline that runs through Moretown, Waitsfield and possibly Northfield. Such a wind farm, if built to capacity, could provide enough clean electricity for at least 12,000 homes. It would generate "green" power that is carbon neutral, and it would provide over 40 good paying jobs during the construction phase, and five additional long-term jobs upon its completion. It would also generate a projected $375,000 in annual revenue to be split proportionately between the affected towns as part of a host town agreement; revenue that could be used to reduce the property tax burden on local working families. These are the reasons that I am interested in this project, and why, in principle, I am a supporter of wind development projects. However, I have gotten ahead of myself.


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Del.icio.us Facebook Digg Reddit Newsvine Buzz up!Twitter FarkIt Type Size A A A Next Page1| 2Previous PageLast Town Meeting Day the people of Moretown and Waitsfield voted to support the closing of the aging Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In Moretown we did this largely because of the threat that toxic and radioactive leaks pose toward public health and the environment.

 

With this brave decision comes the responsibility of facing our collective energy future with sober senses and making hard choices about where our power will come from in years to come. Do we want to be reliant on the out-of-state open market and all the uncertainty that such a gamble would entail concerning our utility rates? Do we want to buy energy from coal plants that result in acid rain and increased greenhouse gas emissions? Can we continue to rely on offshore oil production and again risk the economic and environmental disaster we are today witnessing in the Gulf of Mexico? To these questions I would venture that most Vermonters would answer with a resounding "No."
It is common sense that Vermont should strive to build the electrical capacity needed by Vermonters squarely within our own borders and under our relatively high standards of public oversight. It is also common sense to envision such an in-state energy future as one that will utilize renewable, locally available sources that incorporate carbon- neutral technologies whenever possible. Wind power fits this bill and surely has an important role to play.
The New England-based Citizen Wind is interested in exploring the possibility of constructing a wind farm on the ridgeline that runs through Moretown, Waitsfield and possibly Northfield. Such a wind farm, if built to capacity, could provide enough clean electricity for at least 12,000 homes. It would generate "green" power that is carbon neutral, and it would provide over 40 good paying jobs during the construction phase, and five additional long-term jobs upon its completion. It would also generate a projected $375,000 in annual revenue to be split proportionately between the affected towns as part of a host town agreement; revenue that could be used to reduce the property tax burden on local working families. These are the reasons that I am interested in this project, and why, in principle, I am a supporter of wind development projects. However, I have gotten ahead of myself.


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AUG 5 2010
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