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Hearing on wind turbine moratorium draws blusterous crowd

A new bill before the General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee would stall wind turbine projects until the Connecticut Siting Council adopts regulations specific to commercial wind turbines. The committee met Jan. 3 to consider the moratorium which state Rep. Vickie Nardello (D-Prospect) and state Sen. Joan Hartley (D-Prospect) introduced in response to concerns over the projects proposed by BNE Energy, Inc. of West Hartford.
7 Feb 2011

Proposed legislation would sideline wind turbine plans in Colebrook

A pair of bills authored by State Rep. Vickie Nardello and State Sen. Joan Hartley are scheduled to be brought before the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee for hearings Thursday, Feb. 3. One bill calls for a moratorium on the siting of wind projects until regulations are adopted, and a second bill would limit the location of generation facilities.
3 Feb 2011

Anti-wind turbine groups meet at State Capitol

Prospect Corp. and FairWindCT's press conference will be held before lawmakers on the state's energy and technology committee are scheduled to hear public comments on a bill that would put a moratorium on wind power development to allow for the creation of state regulations.
3 Feb 2011

More pushback on wind farms

Ms. Somers added that she had visited a wind turbine farm in New Hampshire that was located on 1,400 acres of property (as opposed to the 80 acres on Colebrook's two sites), and found the turbines to be as disruptive as she had thought. "Even at a mile away, you could have a conversation, but it was like being a mile away from LaGuardia or JFK," she said. "It was, of course, dependent on how the wind was that day. On that particular day we could have a conversation, but it was like a steady airplane going by. It's not appropriate for a residential neighborhood."
28 Jan 2011

Wind power wars have arrived in Connecticut

"They're [wind turbines] industrial, they don't belong here," insists Tim Reilly, a high school teacher who helped found the Save Prospect Corporation to block the wind turbines proposed for that Waterbury suburb. "They don't belong in anybody's backyard, they don't belong in any neighborhood."
25 Jan 2011

Wind power: perception vs. reality

Wise people (and politicians) often say perception is more important than reality. Take the case of wind energy in Connecticut. What are the perceptions and what are the realities? With the proposed wind projects in Colebrook and Prospect currently being so hotly debated, perhaps it's timely to consider a few points.
16 Jan 2011

Colebrook residents come out against proposed wind farm

"When [residents] found out about the Rock Hall and Flag Hill applications at a town meeting in November, people were surprised," Hemingson said. "We formed the group to see what we could do to educate ourselves and the town about what is being proposed. We found out that there are no real [state] regulations when it comes to large wind turbines."
14 Jan 2011

Review process for Colebrook wind turbines begins

The Connecticut Siting Council began taking a long, hard look at a proposed pair of wind farms in Colebrook - one day early. As it had been less than 30 days since the council received BNE Energy's petitions for two separate sets of three wind turbines, the Connecticut Siting Council acknowledged that it could do little at the present time.
12 Jan 2011

Colebrook wind power foes say it's not ‘not in my backyard'

Save Prospect's Tim Reilly said at the Connecticut Siting Council meeting that they have been speaking to members of FairWindCT on a regular basis, making the case that the current regulations - which regard just air and water safety - are not enough. Both Save Prospect and FairWindCT support a moratorium on residential wind turbine development until such regulations can be crafted.
9 Jan 2011

Colebrook resident seeks stop to proposed wind farm

BNE Energy's plan to put the state's first wind farm in town met with some degree of opposition. One potential neighbor has taken her case to the Connecticut Siting Council, seeking the rejection of the plan. According to the petition, BNE Energy has been accessing [Robin] Hirtle's property to reach their parcel of land. There is a mutual easement in place affecting both BNE Energy and Hirtle, stating that it "shall be limited to residential use exclusively."
24 Dec 2010
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