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Wind power - wait, not so fast, says "Windfall," Laura Israel's urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary. An account of rural Meredith, in upstate New York, when wind turbines came to town, the film depicts the perils of a booming industry and the bitter rancor it sowed among a citizenry.
President Obama got bipartisan applause during his State of the Union address when he called for an all-out clean-energy initiative. But a new film serves as a cautionary tale. ..."Windfall" opens Friday in New York City and will be available through Video On Demand. Details of screenings can be found at WindfallTheMovie.com .
The film, which was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival, shows both the pros and cons of living with turbines - from the noise to the positive environmental impact. However, what it highlights most is how the technology bitterly divides a community.
He found that Stony Creek mapped numerous small dwellings in Orangeville to meet setback requirements. But it failed to seek a variance for White's cabin because the company failed to discern its existence and location - not because the structure wasn't a dwelling, as the developer maintained.
Members of the Planning Board said they were surprised at their meeting Monday when they were informed that the town of Richfield had recently issued a building permit to a couple who purchased an 8-acre tract adjacent to the land where the wind farm would go.
The town board is set to approve a new turbine noise limit next month based on an "invalid" sound demonstration, according to the acoustics expert who performed the noise test.
Between the noise issues and the unpleasant lighting effects, some residents have packed up and left town. Salamone's daughter, who formerly lived with her family in another Davis Road residence, is among them. ...An Iberdrola company spokesperson contacted late last week did not respond with a comment prior to press time.
The legal notice the couple received by certified mail last Wednesday detailed 33 additional individual or municipal property owners and companies - including the city of Little Falls and at least two other land owners who have no ties or connections to the wind power company - who have had claims filed against their properties.
"It's like living in an insane discotheque," Consolazio said. "When the sun hits the blades at a certain angle, you get a strobe-light effect. And the blades throw their black shadows across the house, the field, everything, while the strobe light effect is going on."
NeMoyer found that the Town Board did not act unlawfully when it approved the zoning amendments. He also found no ethics violations or conflicts of interest among the voting members. Any tangential or indirect interests CSOO alleged had been fully disclosed as required.
We cannot carry on conversations outside due to the constant noise level. There is a constant droning sound inside my home that was never there before. I can't even begin to imagine the noise when the turbines are going full force and in the summer.
CLIFTON PARK -- A couple's decision to build a massive collection of solar panels in their yard is generating controversy as well as energy.
A recent visit to Iberdrola's 195-turbine Maple Ridge Wind Farm in Lewis County found the biggest source of complaints was local television station reception, according to the Hammond Wind Committee.
Contrary to assertions by St. Lawrence Wind Farm's developer, Acciona Wind Energy USA, in the final environmental impact statement, the report said, "Indications are there will be an overall decrease in property values with the potential for significant negative impact on assessments and related factors such as tax rates and the ability to market property at a fair price." ...The report also finds that tourism likely would be hurt by wind turbines.
After we spent two days driving, and an hour and a half on the ferry, to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York, it was quite ironic to find our rental house located across from the intermittently noisy power plant.
The wind industry will no doubt try to dismiss Windfall as a piece of anti-"green" energy agitprop. But the controversies over wind energy development that Israel exposes in Meredith are not going away. Indeed, as the wind industry continues its breakneck expansion here in the US and around the world, the number of controversies like the one in Meredith, along with the number of mad-as-hell landowners like Charlie Porter, will only increase.
There is a David and Goliath aspect to these battles between heavily funded corporate interests and citizen activists who come out and stand in the rain with home-made signs. Will the NIMBY's - a designation one should wear with pride - really be able to do something, as they did in Meredith, or will the forces of darkness masking as environmental crusaders prevail? Tune in.
Laura Israel's Windfall and Risteard Ό Domnhnaill's The Pipe both take on the hard challenge of chronicling community conflict. They are both compelling narratives, beautifully produced, elegantly structured, edited authoritatively, with unforgettable characters. They both present a persuasive and powerful point of view, without slighting hard realities.
A scene from “Windfall”“Windfall,” a new documentary that premieres Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, could take the sails out of wind power. The film observes the deeply divided residents of Meredith, New York — an Upstate farm community in decline — as they debate the pros and cons of allowing wind turbines on their land.
In a May 14 letter, the two disputed the background noise levels that Mr. Hessler assumed through his regression analysis. Mr. Elliot and Mr. Tocci had measurements that averaged five decibels below the levels Mr. Hessler predicted ...If ambient noise levels have been overstated in the impact statement, it will allow higher levels of noise from turbines.