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MANCHESTER - A public Interactive Wind Summit will be held on Feb. 11 from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. at Manchester Elementary-Middle School as the culminating event of a three-month community process over the proposed commercial wind farm on Little Equinox Mountain.
Peter Pagnucco, of the Londonderry Planning Commission, made a passionate plea to the commission. He asked for help in enforcing the town plan, which does not allow for development on Glebe Mountain's ridgeline. "We're standing here alone, defending our plan against a deep-pocketed international corporation," he said, "and we need your help."
It is indisputable that this project would dramatically change Londonderry’s character, our environment, the quality of our lives and pose a threat to our tourist and second-home owner based economy. It makes no sense to sacrifice these first class assets for a second class energy source [industrial wind energy] that will have a negligible impact on emissions. Editor's Note: Hugh Kemper is a Director of NWW.
Still, residents who live around the ridgeline have been sharply divided about the renewable energy project. They'll be weighing in at a public hearing Thursday, at 7 p.m. at Londonderry's Flood Brook Elementary School, sponsored by the Windham Regional Commission.
The "system" needs a major overhaul if small towns with tiny budgets or private citizens wish to have "a seat at the table" when it comes to potential wind development projects.
It is common sense, not the governor alone, that is trying shut the door on such fruitless industrialization of our ridgelines.
We cannot rationally use such nebulous reporting, which, due to insufficient information leads the reader, but does not inform truthfully.
A Massachusetts developer is studying a 4,000 acre site that spans Windham, Grafton and Townshend for a possible wind farm project.
Where can the project be seen from? Will it be in the viewer's foreground or background? Will the viewer likely to be stationary or moving? Will the project offend the sensibilities of the average person? When viewed as a whole, is the project offensive or shocking, because it is out of character with its surroundings, or will it significantly diminish the scenic qualities of the area? These will be addressed by the Public Service Board.
The tract, given away by Rocking Stone Farm LLC, includes part of the ridgeline between Mount Equinox and Little Equinox, where a proposal for five 390-foot wind turbines is being debated locally.
Existing or proposed wind power projects in northern New England. Excludes locations where wind is being measured but no turbines have been proposed yet.
Wind power does not respond to demand. It may or may not be there when needed.... We will therefore need as much other electricity sources with wind as we would without.... It is not just unnecessary but offensive to entertain industrial-scale development of the ridgelines, with strobe lights and noise and ecological degradation that far surpasses anything now on the mountains, for such obvious nonsense.
SHEFFIELD VERMONT After reviewing a written preliminary proposal from UPC Vermont Wind behind closed doors, selectmen rejected it Wednesday night.
MANCHESTER - During his visit for the Northshire Day School ribbon cutting ceremony, Governor James Douglas said he does not support construction of the five-turbine commercial wind farm proposed at Little Equinox Mountain here in Manchester.
My viewpoint was, and still is, that the huge towers (260 feet high), gigantic blades (add another 150 feet), blinking strobe lights, permanent removal of wind-hindering vegetation, and highly visible road and transmission infrastructures are totally inappropriate for wild, undeveloped, scenic and highly visible settings. And I said I thought that opponents should focus on those issues, as well as the small return in electricity for the massive public price paid, aesthetically and otherwise, and should perhaps stay away from the issue of bird mortality caused by the rapidly spinning blades. The jury is still out on that, I said, and conventional wisdom is that vastly more birds are killed by high-rise windows and free-running cats......Well, so much for conventional wisdom. Editor's Note This opinion piece was written in response to a letter received from Lisa Linowes that is available via the link below.
This battle has been fought for decades, first with the billboard campaign, again with the "ridgeline" highway campaign, and now with enormous industrial turbines. In our hearts we believe the Legislature and the governor will protect our state's beauty and our heritage as our forefathers, legislators and governors before us.
In December, Gov. Jim Douglas joined the ranks of those opposed to commercial wind farms on ridge lines, saying the huge structures are not compatible with Vermont's image. Specifically, he said he does not support the proposed UPC Vermont Wind project with 26 398-foot turbines planned for ridges in Sheffield and Sutton.
In this season of hope and reflection, a time to give thanks for our treasures and consider helping those less fortunate - I would urge us all to pause a moment, look around and appreciate the beauty of this community and consider protecting and preserving the natural green space we have left. Resist the temptation for that 'greedier shade of green'!
Londonderry voters approved a new town plan earlier this year that would ban development of mountain ridgelines. But the effect on the Glebe Mountain project is uncertain: The town has no vote on the project, and its fate rests solely with the PSB.
Buried deep in the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 are a handful of provisions with the potential to affect the health of Vermont's rivers for years to come.