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Neighbors of two proposed wind farms on Rock Hall Road and Flagg Hill Road have formed a nonprofit group that seeks a moratorium on wind turbines in residential areas statewide. Members of the group, called Fairwindct Inc., were expected to appear before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.
Even as energy experts say the Northeast has great potential for the development of wind energy, they acknowledged last week that Connecticut is not a major part of that optimistic picture. The state does not have a high potential for wind-generated electricity off-shore, and that other sources, including solar, make more sense to pursue, at least in the short term.
A draft resolution by a Town Council subcommittee would call for state legislators to place a moratorium on wind energy projects until state minimum standards are created. ...The four-member subcommittee spent nearly three hours Saturday at Town Hall deciding to recommend a resolution.
Several members of the newly-formed Save Prospect group made emotional appeals to the commission to help them prevent BNE Energy from building two wind turbines near their homes. "The intent is to have some town control over the development of wind farms so it's not strictly only up to Siting Council," said Bill Donnavan, land use official.
A bus trip to a wind turbine in Falmouth, Mass., confirmed Prospect residents' concerns that the proposed wind farm in Prospect would be a nuisance to the surrounding neighborhood. The two wind turbines proposed by BNE Energy, Inc. would be installed at 178 New Haven Road in Prospect.
The Connecticut Siting Council, best known for deciding where cell towers are placed, is about to tackle its first wind-power proposal, one that has already generated considerable controversy in Prospect.
A pair of related wind power projects faced scrutiny in an informational meeting Wednesday. BNE Energy, a Delaware company with a presence in Connecticut, sought to inform residents of the details of their project - or, as regulations require, projects.
BNE Energy, a Delaware company based in West Hartford, held an informational meeting Wednesday night to inform residents of the details of their project - or, as regulations require, projects. The windmills will be split over two parcels on opposite sides of Route 44, with one adjacent to Rock Hill Road and another at 29 Flagg Hill Road.
Optiwind first attempted to obtain a site at Woodridge Lake in Goshen to construct one of its turbines, but the concept was turned down following months of meetings with the Goshen Planning and Zoning Commission. In the meantime, Klug approached the company asking that they consider his farm as a possible site, in the hopes that having wind energy would lower his farm's high electricity costs.
As of yet, no alternate source of funding yet exists. However, the committee is scheduled to meet soon, according to Chairman Bob Yamartino, at which time he plans on reviewing other potential funding sources for a wind study. Yamartino's currently looking into the Department of Energy, which he believes may be willing to fund the project.
Jason Ross makes his living installing solar power panels on homes and businesses. His Brookfield-based company, Ross Solar Group, has work lined up for the immediate future. But Ross said the state's Clean Energy Fund has only about $1.5 million to offer homeowners as incentives to add solar panels to their homes.
In the drive for renewable energy, Connecticut is giving up on large-scale wind power, surrendering to poor topography and the limited reach of a shoreline that stops short of the Atlantic Ocean. ...The report said the state's potential to tap into renewable resources is more limited than elsewhere in New England, "due principally to the relatively poor wind resource in Connecticut."
A wind turbine being built on Klug Hill Road in Torrington is scheduled to come online for power this summer, according to Optiwind Vice President of Marketing David N. Hurwitt. The turbine being built by Optiwind, the first the company has built, will provide power to Klug Farm, owned by George "Butch Klug".
Last May, 10 one-kilowatt wind turbines were installed on top of the Becton Engineering and Applied Science Center to remind passing Yalies of the University's sustainability efforts. But almost a year later, the turbines' actual economic and energy savings value is still unclear. ...Two Yale engineering faculty members interviewed said they are skeptical the small turbines can generate enough electricity to be cost-effective.
Although few residents seem to realize it yet, this rural town on the eastern edge of the Litchfield hills could well determine the future of wind energy in Connecticut. For the past year, a 180-foot meteorological tower has bobbed above the tree line along Route 44, measuring the wind's speed and constancy to test the feasibility of erecting the state's first commercial wind farm.
Construction on a 199-foot wind turbine on the Klug Hill Farm property is set to begin within the next two weeks, said property owner George "Butch" Klug. ...residents had opposed its construction on grounds it would be noisy and unsightly.
Suddenly it's not so much how sunny or windy a site is, but rather how much money is available. States generally have guidelines to prevent people from installing a solar panel in a forest: Solar projects require a specific exposure to the south, and wind needs a certain expected average speed. But weather conditions vary wildly, and states often don't require businesses to perform tests to verify estimates. The danger: Government money will be poured into renewable projects that won't produce much energy.
This is the perfect feel-good legislation for lawmakers, and they get double green stamps for this one because it also seems to gin up their environmental credentials. But as a practical matter, no state prisons are in Litchfield County where the U.S. Department of Energy says Connecticut's best breezes blow. To be sure, the wind is fierce at times in Cheshire, but conditions can be deathly still in the dog days of summer, when turbines would be reduced to gigantic lawn ornaments and expensive lightning rods.
The city on Thursday announced it is taking legal action against Southern California Edison in order to prevent tall wind power lines from cutting through the city. The announcement was made at a press conference and rally held by the city and CARE (Citizens for the Alternate Routing of Electricity) ..."Under the existing agreements, the proposed power lines are too large and violate the agreements. Plain and simple - we do not believe that Southern California Edison has the legal right to place 198 foot transmission poles within a 150-foot right-of-way. We are suing Southern California Edison to prove this point."
A local developer has partnered with a former state representative and a self-proclaimed renewable energy expert to tackle an ambitious project that would bring two commercial wind turbines, each about 300 feet tall, to the salt marsh area north of Halls Road. If built, the 3-megawatt wind-turbine project, coined the Huntley Wind Cooperative, would be one of the first in the state used for commercial purposes.