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Wind Power News: Letters


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

July 12, 2020 • Illinois, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Proof supports a denial of wind farm permit

As a landowner in DeWitt County, I have been deeply invested in the issues surrounding the special use permit submitted by Tradewind Energy for an industrial wind complex. It is vital for county board members to be informed about several key issues, among a plethora of concerns, before voting. FACT: DeWitt County has demonstrated overwhelming opposition to this project, and elected leaders should listen to the voice of their constituents. At the November 2019 RPC hearing, only three speakers presented . . . Complete story »

July 10, 2020 • Letters, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm not the solution for energy needs

I am delighted that the Pembroke Dock Marine Project £60 million investment has been given the green light regarding marine power generation – it beggars belief that we have not developed predictable tidal and ocean current energy for the generation of electricity – it makes fundamental sense as the UK is an island that has the second highest tidal range on the planet in the Bristol Channel – I have been writing about marine energy for over 10 years and . . . Complete story »

July 7, 2020 • Iowa, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Do you want control over your land?

Letter to the editor, farmers, ranchers, landowners and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making harmful decisions. The Iowa Utilities Board is proposing the use of eminent domain with wind and solar energy. Eminent domain is the right of a government to expropriate private property for public use. This means even if you do not give a wind developer or utility company access to your land, the IUB could (according to this proposal) still run transmission lines through . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Commissioners should reject wind development in county

The city and county commissioners are enamored by the proposed wind turbine project. We could solve all of these wind turbine issues by building the turbines in the city and/or within a two-mile range. We can put them along the river walk trail, in city parks, university property, Ninth Street, etc. It’s a win for everyone. I just read in the editorial the other day, people in the city don’t expect to have a view and are happy without one . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

It’s time for Albany County to update wind energy regs

Several letters to this paper regarding industrial wind regulations recently have mentioned that no one is entitled to preserve “the view” at another’s expense. This is generally true (some states require wind farms to avoid despoiling the view, using setbacks and other tools). Since “the view” is a way of expressing how beautiful a community is, the “view” is something we all should have an interest in protecting. But although the degradation of the “view” is a problem it is . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

County should be careful in considering wind energy development

Like all counties in Wyoming, Albany County has a comprehensive plan which guides policymakers where growth and various land uses should take place, consistent with the vision and values defined with extensive input from the public and stakeholders. The overarching theme that emerged from this process is that county residents want to keep the county rural, conserving its traditions and character, supporting agriculture, wildlife, habitat, and scenic vistas. The plan mentions over and over the importance of assuring agricultural and . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • Letters, OntarioPrint storyE-mail story

We do not consent

An open letter to: Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey, Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek. In September 2019, residents of North Stormont Township and abutting townships sent Eastern Ontario Health Unit medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, as well as the premier, the attorney general, the ministers of health, environment, and energy a notice of non-consent. It was signed by people of all ages— children and adults. The people do not consent to any . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2020 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Proponents of the Lake Erie Wind Turbine Project avoid downside realities

Today, wind provides less than 1 percent of the global energy demand. Electricity, less than 20 percent of what is termed “final energy.” To consider the financial viability of wind turbines, studies have shown that large turbines require 16 mph average wind speed; small wind turbines an average wind speed of 12 mph. These metrics are not possible on Lake Erie. It is also reported that wind power is not reliable, producing only approximately 30 percent of planned wind turbine . . . Complete story »

June 21, 2020 • Letters, WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy project could harm what we value most

Houston firm ConnectGen’s proposed Rail Tie Wind Project (hereafter RTWP) would consume 26,000 acres of private and state land south of Laramie for 35 years. To my knowledge, the following points have yet to be raised: 1) Eagle habitat intrusion: RTWP interrupts golden and bald eagle summer and year-round distribution areas, BLM’s West-Wide Mapping Project indicates. 2) Tanking tourism: Suggesting RTWP won’t damage tourism, ConnectGen uses Ocean City, New Jersey, as evidence—apparently oblivious that no one visits Ocean City for . . . Complete story »

June 19, 2020 • Letters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

A few things for landowners to consider

It has been reported recently that large out of state wind energy developers are soliciting Seneca County landowners for leases to place large industrial wind turbines on local property. Let me first state that what any property owner does legally with their property is an American right. But hopefully every landowner will consider the wishes of their neighbors since local zoning laws do not apply to industrial wind turbines. Hopefully, every landowner will also consider their community since the County . . . Complete story »

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