Wind Power News: Letters
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I hope someday the Register will provide us with an article about how much of Iowa’s precious soil is lost to have renewable energy systems installed on the land. How much land is lost when a hole is dug and filled with tons of steel and concrete to provide a base for a windmill, and then this land loss is multiplied hundreds or thousands of times as more windmills are installed and new wind farms are established? In addition to . . .
I was alarmed by an announcement last week by Xcel Energy of plans for a huge industrial wind zone in east central SD near Watertown, Clark and Clear Lake. The announcement was crafted so as to make us believe it will be good for citizens in that area. In fact, a growing number of us believe that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It was interesting to learn today that the MN legislature this year is considering a law (HB2170) . . .
In response to “Respect Opinions Over Proposed Wind Towers” which appeared in the March 15-21 issue of North Country This Week: I’d like to say that the writer would do well to follow his own advice regarding civility. I am the business woman from Parishville whom he referred to as “acting like a spoiled child” in a recent Hopkinton town meeting. This grave insult was hurled at me because I simply stated the fact that I planned to move my . . .
If wind turbines are subject to wildlife areas, what happens if an eagle is hit and killed or wounded by a wind turbine? Eagles are an endangered bird and are protected by the Federal Gov. law. I read on the internet, the first offense is a $5000 fine and or one year in jail. Second time it is $10000 fine and two years in jail. Third time, if that is a felony, the fine is $250000 and jail time. Now, . . .
In response to the March 15-22 North Country This Week Letter to the Editor: “Proposed Wind Farms: Change Is Never Easy: apparently Iberdrola Renewables is feeling a need to ramp up their messaging operation in St. Lawrence County. Bill starts out making essentially the same tired old argument that wind developers have been making to hesitant community members for a long time. They try to tell us that we are stubborn fuddy-duddies resistant to change and progress. Often that point . . .
I, for one, am hoping that the State of Rhode Island does not replace the collapsed wind turbine at Salty Brine State Beach (“Fierce wind topples turbine,” news, March 15). It was a horrible addition to the area – very ugly and extremely noisy. People go to the beach to rest, relax and listen to the waves breaking on the shore or to the horn from the Block Island Ferry. They do not go to hear the constant annoying whine from . . .
The proposed industrial wind turbine “farm” is not welcomed by the majority of the people. It will inhibit our view of the sky, cause health problems for people and animals, and cost this community, and surrounding communities a fortune in lost property values and revenue. At a recent town hall meeting in Hopkinton, one of the contract holders stated, “Where is National Grid based?” This was in response to the issue of Iberdrola being out of Spain. Well, this was . . .
As chair of the Select Board of the Town of Windham, I was recently vilified in a letter sent to various Vermont news outlets. Besides the peculiar accusation that I am “classless,” the letter criticizes a challenge at this year’s Town Meeting to another sitting Select Board member, who was up for re-election. Although the letter suggests that such a challenge was unprecedented, it wasn’t: two years ago as an incumbent, I was challenged unsuccessfully and nobody thought much of . . .
I finally did it. I went to a meeting on wind power in Parishville-Hopkinton. The format was a poster presentation by the company, Avangrid and its consultants. I went to get some specific questions answered. I had heard the concerns of the protestors and wanted to hear Avangrid’s side. The representatives were very pleasant, but they didn’t help me much. There was no one there to field questions on the PILOT versus taxes even though I tried three different reps. . . .
What the companies building wind-power projects south of Martha’s Vineyard don’t tell the public about is the destruction of fish habitat. These wind farms are huge in area, at least five times the size of the Vineyard. That doesn’t even include the cables that carry the power to shore. We don’t even know how many cables there will be, or where they are going! These cables are jetted six feet into the ocean bottom. The destruction to the bottom and . . .