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Those bringing the appeal argue that the modified renewable energy law, passed by the General Assembly this summer in reaction to the Public Utilities Commission's unanimous rejection of the first wind farm contract in March, was unconstitutional.
"If we can restrict eminent domain in any way I think our landowners support that because we believe these issues should be addressed through private negotiations and agreement, not through holding a gun to somebody's head and threatening eminent domain."
Several people rose to ask the subcommittee to carefully consider the issue, using independent consultants if necessary, particularly since so many parents had fears that the sound might be audible from Bournedale Elementary School.
Unless a new law handing oversight of such projects to the state is passed, First Wind would need town meeting approval for a zoning change to build the towers. Residents who spoke out Wednesday said they would also work to defeat changes to local bylaws that would clear the way for the project.
Inspection confirmed that the site was in compliance, according to MDE spokesman Jay Apperson. But Apperson declined to comment on the possibility of fines or other punitive measures against Synergics, saying the situation is "still an active case."
The Friends group wrote, fears Rollins will have the same alleged violations of state noise regulations found at the three-turbine wind site on the midcoast island of Vinalhaven. "Given the recent findings regarding noise production by the same make and model of turbines that will be used at Rollins, we believe there is a credible basis for the BEP to revoke or suspend Evergreen's license."
The results of a yearlong study persuaded the Braintree Electric Light Department to rule out the construction of a wind turbine of its own. ..."We try to invest as much as we can in renewable energy without negatively impacting rates," he said.
"So basically, you're looking at about two-and-a-half times market rates and about double other green projects like land-based wind. This is basically a transfer of wealth from Massachusetts ratepayers to a private developer," Parker said. Robert Rio agrees. He's a senior vice president with Associated Industries of Massachusetts, which represents about 6,000 companies across the state - many of which, he says, would be crippled by higher electric rates if the Cape Wind contract is approved.
"Investors have long memories," said Brad Alford, who runs Alpha Capital Management LLC in Atlanta, which selects hedge funds for clients. "D.E. Shaw was one of the poster children for treating investors poorly in 2008."
The City Council voted unanimously to extend the moratorium's expiration date from Oct. 18 to March 2011. Mayor Jim Ford said the six-month extension was designed to give the city time to hold a public hearing on the matter and carefully craft the language of a new zoning ordinance for small wind energy systems.
D.E. Shaw & Co. fired 10 percent of its work force, or 150 people, to deal with a 46 percent plunge in the value of its assets, Bloomberg News and other outlets reported Tuesday. The fund's holdings fell to $21 billion as of Sept. 1, Bloomberg said. D.E. Shaw is also conducting a strategic review of its investments.
Despite the construction, residents from the neighborhood and surrounding communities are calling for the construction to halt, as well as for more study about the effects on wildlife, human health and property values. As of Sept. 20, Union Beach residents Bart and Susan Sutton over a two-week period had collected 300 signatures of people opposed to the erection of the turbine.
The question asks whether residents favor zoning the Colonel Holman Mountain ridge and Sugarloaf Mountain starting at 1,000 feet elevation so no commercial or industrial development, except for logging and communication towers, can take place.
The bylaw gives Dartmouth the right to erect turbines in any zoning district when they are built on town lands. But the attorney for the neighbors said Monday night they will continue to oppose the project. He said that it is not a suitable location for the turbines.
Support from the coalition is contingent on the developers obtaining approval from regulatory agencies that include the Federal Aviation Administration and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Some residents of Poor Mountain have voiced concerns.
The agency has repeatedly refused to release any information about the proposals - including denying request from a state senator. Most recently, authority general counsel Terryl Brown denied an appeal of a Democrat and Chronicle request for the proposals under the state Freedom of Information law. Brown said disclosing any information would impair the authority's ability to negotiate with the developers.
The proposed 750-kilowatt wind turbine would be 335 feet tall and would be located west of the school parking lot. "Unfortunately, the village made the decision not to give us a variance to build it," Spencerville Superintendent Joel Hatfield said. "I just shared the info with the board of education and they will provide me with some direction as to where to go from here."
But with more than two dozen new Oregon or Washington wind farms under construction or in the permitting stage, the BPA may soon be compromising the reliability of its hydropower facilities, said Doug Johnson, a spokesman for the agency. The BPA expects that by 2012 its capacity will fall short of the required reserve amount. "The more wind that comes onto the grid, the harder it becomes to balance those resources with our hydropower."
While Ecogen alleges the town of Italy has no legal right to deny them building permits last fall, the situation in Prattsburgh is more complicated. After two pro-wind Prattsburgh board members were defeated in their bid for re-election in November, Ecogen threatened it would sue the town if issues were not resolved before the new board was seated.
Even though bidding has closed and the authority is on its way to picking a developer (or developers), there is still very little solid information on this Great Lakes Offshore Wind project. What little information has been made available is still very concerning to me and to many others. It also contradicts what some people think are the benefits. Below I have compiled my list of "myths versus facts".