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.
Letter writer David Reich says (“Different spins on wind turbines,” Feb. 12) he “would take his chances with quiet, non-polluting radiation-free wind turbines.” He might have a different view if he walked a mile in a wind neighbor’s shoes. Why? The #1 complaint is sleep disturbance.The pulsing noise was so bad in Falmouth that a judge ordered the town to shut down its turbines at night. Now, Kingston, Scituate, and Fairhaven have nighttime shutdown schemes. Mr. Reich says students and . . .
The following is a response to Jeff Smith’s reported comments at a recent Planning Commission meeting. This information fills in some significant gaps to aid the public’s understanding of wind turbine issues. It’s been reviewed by Richard R. James, INCE, for technical accuracy. Nighttime wind turbine noise is limited to 45 decibels LAeq. 45dB won’t trigger complaints, heated debates or calls for township zoning withdrawal; the elephant in the room is “LAeq.” The “Leq” portion indicates the maximum average noise . . .
I read with great interest two recent letters debating the impact of wind energy on eagles and other birds [“Eagles face threat from wind power industry,” Feb. 8] and [“Wind power’s threat to eagles was overstated,” Feb. 15]. Letter-writer Frank Jandrowitz was right to point out the danger to eagles from wind power development and associated power lines and towers. In actuality, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has no idea how many eagles are being killed by these structures. . . .
Sir, – In “Ireland must continue to invest in wind farms” (Opinion & Analysis, February 20th), Gary Healy states that new planning guidelines are being finalised that will determine how future wind farms will be developed, and adds that it is critical that these guidelines do not imperil future investment in the sector or Ireland’s obligations regarding renewables. Publication of fit-for-purpose guidelines has been delayed for over three years because the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has been . . .
Trespass zoning gives one neighbor the right to infringe on their neighbor’s property. Industrial wind energy installations are an example of trespass zoning. In Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties, Supervisors wrote ordinances that allows a landowner to erect a wind turbine as close as 330 feet from their neighbor’s property line and 600 feet from public roadways. GE, a company that manufactures wind turbines, states that the ice throw zone for a wind turbine is 1.5 x (hub height + . . .
Iowa landowners are being presented with a proposal for signing or not signing a wind turbine leasement (a combination of a lease and an easement). We see different levels of interest – from Royal, Iowa, in Clay County where so few people would sign that the wind companies had to move on, to Palo Alto County where the wind companies have signed 100 easements. We see that half of these easements were signed by absentee landowners and at least one-fourth . . .
By definition, a public servant is one who is elected or appointed into a public office to serve the people. The root of the word “servant” is “serve.” Serve the people of Hopkinton, Parishville and surrounding communities, not Iberdrola. In the past several months or more, Iberdrola Renewables has managed to infiltrate the small rural communities of Hopkinton and Parishville, secretly meeting with individuals who have tracts of land large enough to serve their purpose of constructing 500 foot wind . . .
Missouri legislators are again looking for ways to find additional funds for the Missouri Department of Transportation. Some new taxes already have been proposed, including an additional tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. These taxes you and I would pay, whether we drive a vehicle or not, in the additional cost of everything that moves by truck. Government already is getting the biggest part of the cost of each gallon of fuel sold. I believe a better idea would be . . .
Wendell Berry, an American environmental activist, cultural critic and farmer says it best: “The economy of money has infiltrated and subverted the economies of nature, energy and the human spirit.” Berry is an educated farmer who is the sum of what he believes. Government, he believes, should take its sense of reality from the ground beneath our feet and from our connections with our fellow human beings. Last summer, The Clinton County Planning and Zoning Board held a series of . . .
Re: Proposed wind turbines would be significantly taller (Chatham Daily News, Feb. 6) In this news item, Adam Rosso, Otter Creek Wind Farm’s director of development states the larger turbines were selected to “effectively reduce the use of the number of turbines…. due to public concerns.” But unless the Otter Creek developers cancel the remaining unused land leases, there is the inevitable public perception that this decision has more to do with having unused sites available for future expansion than . . .