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WINDHAM >> A national bird-protection organization says the proposed Stiles Brook Wind Project “poses an unacceptably high risk” to some species, including a rare thrush that has been considered for endangered species status. In an Oct. 20 letter to the chairmen of the Windham and Grafton select boards, the American Bird Conservancy argues that the planned construction of 24 turbines in the 5,000-acre forest “is a potential threat to migratory and resident birds and bats” that frequent the area. If . . .
LOWVILLE – While Number Three Wind project officials don’t plan to file a preliminary scoping statement for another month, a draft version is already available online for review by local officials and other interested residents. “I want it to reflect reality,” Invenergy representative Marguerite Wells told the Lowville Town Council on Thursday. “That’s sort of the point.” The wind developer plans to file the statement Nov. 21 as part of the state Article 10 review process, Ms. Wells said. However, a . . .
HOPKINTON – The town Wind Advisory Board meets Monday, Oct. 24 to discuss changes in local law regarding wind power development. They will meet at 7 p.m. in the town office, 7 Church St. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The topic that night that is expected to draw the most comment will be “setbacks,” or how far wind power towers will have to be from houses and roads, for example. The volunteer board has been charged by . . .
Wind energy drew further distinctions between Minter and Scott. Scott said the issue “has become so divisive here in Vermont” and “is literally tearing our communities apart.” He decried a proposal by Iberdrola in Windham and Grafton counties to provide payment to voters if its proposed plan is approved. Such a system could be seen as a “bribe,” Scott said. “They might be lured into voting a certain way just so they can receive the pay. Really, I don’t believe this is appropriate here in Vermont,” he said. Scott said he believes all large-scale wind projects in Vermont should stop immediately.
The fight to keep industrial wind turbines out of Lake Erie has become an international effort. Environmental groups from Spain, France and the United Kingdom have now joined North American organizations in opposing a plan to build a pilot wind farm in western Lake Erie, near the Ohio shore, along the U.S. side of the border. “I really feel there is a good chance of stopping it. Public outrage can do this,” said Sherri Lange, chief executive of North American . . .
The American Bird Conservancy appreciates the opportunity to comment on Iberdrola’s proposed Stiles Brook Wind Energy Project in Windham and Grafton. This project, involving the construction of 24 500-foot tall industrial wind turbines on high mountain ridges, is a potential threat to migratory and resident birds and bats. The area surrounding the site is one of the last undeveloped areas in Vermont and is a significant wildlife habitat. Vast numbers of migratory raptors move through this area and it is . . .
Eight associations have filed an appeal against a 450 MW offshore wind park project which EDF (EPA:EDF) plans to build off the cost of Normandy, northern France. The associations are appealing the “installation and operation” permit issued by the local authorities at Calvados in June. The Courseulles-sur-Mer project is being developed by EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), the renewables arm of EDF, in cooperation with Canadian energy company Enbridge Inc (TSE:ENB). The investment is valued at about EUR 1.8 billion . . .
MONTPELIER – Both major candidates for Vermont governor have places they don’t want to go for energy. For Republican Phil Scott, it’s putting more wind power turbines on the state’s mountaintops. For Democrat Sue Minter, it’s additional natural gas pipelines. The two candidates share the state’s goal of getting Vermont to meet 90 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2050. But recent debates, other public statements and interviews this past week show they differ sharply on how to . . .
It is beyond disgusting that a foreign conglomerate, Iberdrola Renewables, is attempting to buy the election referendum on its 24-tower big wind development along the ridgelines in Windham and Grafton. In addition to taxpayer incentives, the company is offering individual payments of $1,125 per year to the residents of Windham, and $427 per year to the residents of Grafton. Incredibly, these amounts are based on “the feedback of community members” as to what would persuade them to vote yes on . . .
REDFIELD – Wind energy facility developer Avangrid Renewables installed two temporary meteorological towers on a property encompassing the towns of Redfield and Worth and intends to submit a Public Involvement Program Plan for its new project, Mad River Wind Farm, potentially making it the first wind energy facility in Oswego County. Paul N. Copleman, a communications manager for Avangrid Renewables, said the developers were looking to install six 190-foot temporary meteorological towers, including one in Worth and three more at undetermined . . .