Wind Power News: Letters
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Several years ago I wrote to the gamekeeper associations and warned them that their members were going to get the blame for raptor deaths by wind turbines. My concerns were dismissed then. Not so now. The shoddy monitoring of turbines by the wind industry is truly pathetic. Anyone with any sense would know that all birds that are struck will not all fall within 50m of the towers. If injured they will crawl into undergrowth to die, never to be . . .
Credit is due to East Ayrshire Council for taking legal action against Community Windpower for failing to meet the planning conditions imposed on its Sneddon Law wind farm (“Judges halt work on wind farm over water pollution complaints”, The Herald, December 17). The same council has also recently issued an abatement notice on an unauthorised noisy wind turbine. Investigating complaints is resource intensive for a council and if obliged to take action against the wrongdoer it is exposed to the . . .
Dear fellow residents of Fulton County, On Monday, November 20th at 6 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, our county Commissioners will host a public hearing and possibly vote on “wind setbacks” proposed to them by the Fulton County Planning Board. The commissioners have been tirelessly researching and listening to advice and comments from wind developers, concerned citizens and other counties with Industrial Wind Turbine projects. This decision is one that could change the landscape and the culture of our . . .
Last week I went to the Fulton County Commissioners meeting at Fulton. It was standing room only. The meeting was very civil and well ordered. What I found interesting was that a large share of those in attendance were my friends and neighbors and most, not all, are against the wind turbines. Of those in favor, most were from the construction side. They wanted jobs. I understand that, but this is a project that will affect lives for at least . . .
Re: “Europe makes strides in renewable energy,” letter, Nov. 16. Yes, the Netherlands has an electric railway run by offshore wind turbines. But five years after it started, the Dutch government said offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour – about 4.5 billion euros last year. (That’s more than $6.5 billion of our dollars.) Then look at Germany, which reportedly spent $1.4 trillion on turbines. The . . .
I am skeptical of the proposition that the Tehachapi area’s old, small and obsolete wind turbines can be repurposed to other properties to any economic benefit. (“Smaller wind turbines could be reused, reader explains,” Nov. 15) • Point one: Many are inoperative. It costs more to make them work than any benefit to be gained from them. That’s why they stand idle now. The tax benefit having expired, maintenance no longer is justified. For those that still work, why would . . .
What more does APEX need to know?!? They are not wanted in our town and if they are as community conscious as they say, they should leave. But they haven’t left. What does that tell you about APEX? I can let you know what it tells me. It tells me that after: • all of APEX’s exhortations that they will not stay where they’re not wanted, • all of the surveys, statements of opposition and multiple election cycles reinforcing opposition . . .
Oh, if only the Orangeville Town Board would have listened to Clear Skies over Orangeville, the neighbors’ preservation group formed to save Orangeville from subsidy-driven corporate wind wolves. We tried to tell them that Invenergy’s ever changing LLCs would run roughshod over their promises to Orangeville after their industrial wind factory was up and running. Oh, what a tangled web they wove. After tons of diesel-spewing equipment had to be called in to fix “clean green” turbines that had only . . .
Industrial wind has a strong foothold in our region and wind boosters like to use our fair state as an example of “wind succeeding.” Nothing could be further from the truth. We all want a better world and cleaner energy but wind is not the answer. Let’s evaluate the claims of Big Wind. Part of opposing Industrial Wind is having the knowledge to back up your views. Wind Turbines avoid CO₂ In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association claims that . . .
I have heard many times, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” Frequently, offers are made to us that seem attractive. Often, the cost to us is not made known or is not easily understood. Recently, the DeKalb County sheriff warned the public to be cautious about various scammers contacting residents of the area. A large energy company has offered land owners attractive annual payments for the right to erect wind turbines on their property. There is little . . .