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Unless Monday’s Public Service Commission’s ruling is reversed on appeal, 124 wind turbines will be erected on 500 acres in the northwestern part of Greenbrier County. Construction of the 40-story behemoths will begin in the spring. Power generated will be sold to an eastern grid that does not include West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The state Public Service Commission has agreed to take a second look at a Pendleton County wind farm application. The agency dismissed Liberty Gap Wind Force's application on July 24th after finding the company refused to allow an opposition group's consultant on its property.
CHARLESTON — In yet another victory for wind energy developers, the state Public Service Commission has reinstated the application for a 50-turbine wind farm to be located on Jack Mountain in Pendleton County.
A Greenbrier County citizens group hasn’t given up its fight to block a 126-turbine wind-energy project. Members of Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy plan to ask state Public Service Commission members to reconsider their decision earlier this week to approve the $300 million wind farm.... During the past year, more than 3,300 people sent letters to the PSC about the wind project. About 80 percent of the letters urged the PSC to turn down a Chicago developer’s plans to build the 186-megawatt project called the Beech Ridge Energy Wind Farm.
...wind power can contribute only so much to energy independence. Its role should be appreciated, but not oversold......A more realistic expectation, some experts say, is that wind could supply 6 percent to 10 percent of the nation's need for electrical power. That would be a helpful contribution, but it will fall short of a panacea.
The PSC’s approval came with 29 stipulations — some before construction starts, and others after the turbines are built. Among them: Beech Ridge and its contractors must use noise buffers on equipment and trucks. The company must conduct studies on the project’s impact on bats and birds for the first three years the wind turbines are up and running. Beech Ridge also must limit lighting at the site and comply with the federal Endangered Species Act.
THE Sierra Club supports renewable energy nationally, and in West Virginia. Recently, the West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club recommended that the application of Beech Ridge Energy LLC for a Certificate of Site Approval from the West Virginia Public Service Commission be approved and that the following conditions be included in the commission’s order granting the certificate for the company’s Greenbrier County wind farm:
Details and a registration form are available at the link below for the Wildlife and Wind Energy Conference to be held on Saturday, December 2, 2006 at Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA USA.
However, any reasonably intelligent, objective person willing to spend some time studying the issue will inevitably conclude that wind power will provide virtually no benefits to West Virginia, and that the costs and negative effects imposed by wind power on our citizens will be enormous. Here are a few facts to consider:
For years, West Virginia’s environmentalists have been united in their battles with the coal industry. But they have become increasingly divided over whether the state should sacrifice its scenic mountain views and open its doors to wind energy developers.
Rep. Alan Mollohan wants the state to call a timeout on proposed wind energy projects, including a Chicago developer’s plans to build 124 wind turbines in Greenbrier County.
The developer of a proposed wind farm project in Pendleton County have appealed the state's rejection of its permit application, saying regulators misunderstood its intentions in limiting opponents' access to the site.
Now, to top it off, a Chicago (the windy city) corporation would like to put up over 100 giant wind turbines (as tall as 40-story buildings) blinking and twirling for all to see, across the highest, grandest mountain ridges of our state.
.....the PSC decision sends a clear message: Builders of controversial projects should be reasonable toward all concerned parties, instead of turning hostile to those who question. West Virginia’s majestic crests may belong to the landowners, but they’re also the spiritual property of all residents. Polite cooperation is needed in deciding the fate of those beloved summits.
Commissioners rejected Liberty Gap Wind Force’s application because the company wouldn’t allow an opposition group’s hydrology consultant on the proposed project site, according to the commission’s order. The decision stunned wind company officials and breathed new life into groups opposing other wind projects in West Virginia.
Gov. Joe Manchin's enlightened proposal to place a moratorium on wind turbine development in the county makes both economic and political sense. I thank him for his courageous stand and encourage him to unilaterally place a moratorium on the construction of wind turbines.
The company behind a controversial wind farm project in Greenbrier County is out with a tourism-related donation.
Peltz sees windmills as “a small piece of the puzzle,” with the major roles in the energy drama occupied by oil and coal.
"When a small community attempts to take on (oppose) a giant corporate project, they are usually worn down, outflanked, and overrun by the relentless parade of expert witnesses paid to endorse the corporation’s application," explained MCRE spokesman Dave Buhrman (Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy).
If there ever was a time to proceed cautiously, it is now with respect to “wind farms” in West Virginia. The potential benefits to the State are so insignificant, while the potential environmental and economic consequences so enormous, that a moratorium on all wind power facilities (not just those near airports) is in order.