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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
In regards to signing a petition for wind turbines, my guess is most signing never attended one meeting in the county on the matter, so lack the ability to sign with an educated idea of what can happen. The commissioners have held numerous public hearings on the wind power plant. At one of those meetings, citizens were told to move if they did noy like it by an individual. A half-mile setback is very small and is still too close . . .
New York Public Interest Research Group has notified the Town of Somerset that it will be coming to town this spring and summer for door-to-door canvassing. NYPIRG issues include consumer protection, the environment and renewable energy. In the past, this group has selected a local issue with a related petition and then solicited money to support NYPIRG’s work. We have heard from some who have worked for NYPIRG that the people who campaign are often college students and that they . . .
Look what happens when County Commissioners and Zoning boards choose to do their job of protecting and speaking for the people who live there and won’t play the fool for Big Wind. In April, the Lincoln County Commissioners voted to establish half mile setbacks from homes. This came after a group of Lincoln County citizens did their research and voiced their opinions for one mile setbacks. But even a half mile did not satisfy Dakota Power Community Wind project. Brian . . .
On page 9 of the March 19, 2017 Courier-Times, there was a half page ad of a little girl and a wind turbine. It looked like a peaceful country scene. Perhaps that was not an industrial wind turbine in the ad. As a parent, I would not want her anywhere near it. A wind turbine manufacturer would not want her anywhere near it as stated in a Vestas safety instruction manual. Additionally, back in 2006, the manual for the V90 . . .
In response to the May 11 editorial “State must capitalize on wind,” I urge anyone who thinks wind farms are a good thing for Nebraska to take a day trip to see the Osborn wind farm in Missouri. It’s on U.S. Highway 36, just east of St. Joseph. Having just gone into production in December 2016, this facility presumably is fairly representative of the latest in wind turbine technology. I’ve had occasion to pass through the area twice recently. I . . .
Nestled above the Iowa border is Freeborn County’s London Township. The residents go about their business, bother nobody, descended from immigrants who fled Europe’s burdensome taxes and government rule, coming to America to live the dream of liberty, and have opportunities according to abilities, not birthright. Settlers were hard-working, self-sufficient and elected church, school, township and county boards who represented their belief in frugality, low taxes, freedom and property rights. Life was good in peaceful London Township. Until now. Today’s . . .
The wind turbine saga continues in Lincoln County. The wind speculators are now trying to override a recent ordinance passed by our county commissioners updating the setbacks from homes for their massive industrial towers. The previous ordinance, required setback of around 1,200 feet from a home (that’s about the distance from the Food Court to JC Penneys at The Empire Mall). It was written more than a decade ago, when towers were not the massive structures they are today. That . . .
Lincoln County has been updating zoning ordinances regarding wind turbines for over more than years. The Planning and Zoning Board, as well as the Commissioners themselves have been looking at the entire picture and not just one-sided perceptions that developers and those who profit from industrial wind want you to believe. Through this process they have passed an ordinance that is designed to help protect all the citizens of Lincoln County and does not ban them as developers, as their . . .
Tuesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. the opponents of APEX/Alliant wind farm will be presenting our side to the board of supervisors. Apparently, according to the Daily Reporter, the “big guns” of APEX et al. presented the “glories” of wind to the supervisors at the May 9 meeting. It is now time to make it crystal clear to the supervisors there is another side to the story because a rather large majority of Clay County property owners do not want . . .
Regarding The Baltimore Sun article “Wind farms OK’d by PSC” (The Capital, May 12): The Public Service Commission has declared open season to build wind farms off Ocean City. Are our backyards and farms next? Probably yes. Wind turbines are like developers. They come in with their big bucks and lawyers, pave you over and disappear. Local citizens must pick up the mess they leave. Wind turbines are a noisy, menacing scar on our horizons. Why do tourists come to . . .