News Home

[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

News Watch Home

Misleading information presented as fact  

Credit:  Letters to the Editor, March 23, 2013 | The Block Island Times | block-island.villagesoup.com ~~

The many letters to the editor in recent issues of the B.I. Times regarding Deepwater Wind make for interesting reading.

After more than three years of being ‘students’ of Deepwater Wind, many of us who oppose Deepwater do so because of our extensive research and analysis of what is actually proposed and what is in the authorizing legislation, and because of our participation in the many public processes associated with this project both on Block Island and on the mainland.

There could be much written in response to letters from Deepwater supporters. I always read their reasons for support with a genuine desire to gain insight and understanding, and sometimes they would be surprised to know that opponents may actually agree with them in some instances.

However, what is disappointing and causes divisiveness in our island community is when misleading information is presented as fact, such as writing that “a majority of annual electricity will come from the windfarm.” That is just not the case! The island’s greatest electricity demand (the majority) occurs during the summer months. Should Deepwater proceed, the high peak demand will be met from mainland electricity which is not necessarily “green.”

Ratepayers can choose a green option that means they are willing to pay more per kilowatt for renewables (in support of green energy) but that does not mean that what comes through to them is in any way green. Electricity just doesn’t flow that way. The only way anyone gets green is if they generate the power themselves.

Secondly, to suggest that BIPCo will burn diesel for “emergency backup only” is wishful thinking.

To my knowledge, there is no document that limits BIPCo to just emergency circumstances. Perhaps BIPCo can clarify the facts for all of us?

Rosemarie Ives

Mohegan Trail

Redmond, Wash.

Source:  Letters to the Editor, March 23, 2013 | The Block Island Times | block-island.villagesoup.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.