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We Won!!!!!!!!!!!!

BREAKING NEWS…. Lenox passes Conservation Restriction on the Watershed!!!   A total of 350 votes were cast. A two-thirds majority was needed for the Article to pass –  a minimum of 231 votes. The final tally: 238 voted YES and 112 voted NO. … Read entire article »

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The Conservation Restriction for Lenox Mountain Watershed

Lenox will vote on the Conservation Restriction (CR) that will permanently protect the central portion of Lenox Mountain from commercial, industrial, and residential development.   It will take a two-thirds vote by town residents at the annual town meeting to pass the CR.   The meeting begins at 7pm, Thursday, May 2nd at the Lenox Memorial Middle High School (197 East Street) If you are a Lenox town resident, attend the town meeting and vote! Hang in there, don’t leave early, because the CR Article will be at the very end of the meeting.   THIS IS OUR CHANCE! Please make every effort to support the passage of Article 22 on the Lenox Town Warrant — there is nothing more important you can do this week.   CALL all your friends, family and neighbors in Lenox … Read entire article »

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Gibson and Lane Victory

Lenox elected Channing Gibson and Ed Lane to the Board of Selectman yesterday.  Congratulations!! Here is the tally sheet: … Read entire article »

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Shelburne Saved!

Shelburne residents out in force to repel industrial scale wind This in from WindWise Massachusetts Springfield’s WWLP Channel 22 News captured the scene at Shelburne’s annual town meeting where a moratorium was unanimously approved along with zoning bylaws limiting turbines to small scale use. Reporters Yoojin Cho, Matt Caron and Joyce Ogirri reported on the issue leading up to a midnight vote. The Friends of Mt. Massaemet had held an information series over the winter months, bringing the film Windfall as well as speakers on health impacts, property value decline, and environmental concerns.   Congratulations!! … Read entire article »

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Happy Earth Day. Kill a turbine. Plant a tree.

Today on Wind Wise Radio: Saving Massachusetts from IWT — Louise Barteau, Ann DeNardis, Viriginia Irvine, Andrew Wells — Sun. April 22 7pm ET We will be talking with leaders in the efforts to save Massachusetts from the onslaught of the Patrick administration and the wind developers who are attempting to put their political ambitions and their greed ahead of the interests of the citizens of Massachusetts Louise Barteau is an environmental artist living and working in Fairhaven, MA. Her studio is located approximately 1200′ from Fairhaven’s two 400′ Industrial Wind Turbines which were installed this winter and are about to be turned on this month. A reluctant activist, she was drawn into a troubling tale of covert actions between the developers, Fairhaven Wind, and the town government that … Read entire article »

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Direct Impact: Talking with victims of IWT. Neil Anderson, Barb Ashbee, Richard Braithwaite, and Gerry Meyer — Sun. April 8th, 7pm ET

Attend our Weekly Meeting at Jonas and Betsy’s Friday, 4/13, 9am. All are welcome. Come celebrate our success celebration of PLM on Sunday, April 15th, from 4 to 6PM at the home of Betsy and Jonas Dovydenas. Please RSVP by Friday afternoon.     WWR will be talked with the victims of industrial wind from different areas.     Barbara Ashbee was forced out of her Amaranth, Ontario home by the siting of industrial turbines too close.  Barbara could easily count 15 turbines from her yard. Her experiences with the local and provincial government is scary and disturbing. “The Ontario government did not help, in fact they mislead us on the number of complaints they had received and were claiming all was running in compliance when it wasn’t. The Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) released … Read entire article »

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Schizophrenic Falmouth

Last night, Falmouth voted for shutting turbines off then against shutting turbines off…   … Read entire article »

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A question of values.

    Wind turbines on our mountains carry too high a price Reposted from VTDigger. Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Charles W. Johnson, the retired Vermont State Naturalist and author of “The Nature of Vermont” and other books on natural history. Huge wind turbines vs. the mountains. Environmentalists vs. environmentalists. An unfamiliar, uncomfortable fight is on. I have been involved in conservation in Vermont for over 40 years, and this is the first time in my memory that two great environmental issues have collided head-on: growing concern about nonrenewable resources and climate change against growing concern about losing what we’ve worked so hard to save in Vermont’s landscape. Why is this happening? I think because we have run into a serious ethical issue we have not taken time to consider … Read entire article »

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Federal PTC on WWR, Trump and Turbines, Nantucket Wins

TONIGHT! Wind Wise Radio Talks about the Takedown of the Federal PTC Lisa Linowes and Julie Johnson will be the guests on tonight’s program.  7-8pm ET.  April 1st, 2012 These two courageous and dedicated women have led the fight which has defeated the efforts of the Wind Developers to reinstate the expiring Production Tax Credits four times in as many weeks. Lisa Linowes is the founder and Executive Director of the Industrial Wind Action (IWA) Group, a national advocacy group  focused on the impact/benefits analysis and policy issues associated with industrial wind energy development. She is an expert on the impacts of industrial-scale wind energy development on the natural environment, communities, and the regional grid systems Lisa has presented and debated wind energy issues at numerous venues across the United States. She … Read entire article »

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Federal Production Tax Credit KIA

  Hi Folks — Here’s the roll call for the vote taken by the Senate today involving S.2204: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00063 . We expect Senator Reid to pull S.2204 from the floor and for the Senate to move on to the next bill.  There is NO CHANCE S.2204 will come back. I will keep you informed of any new efforts to extend the wind subsidies. But for now there is no need to worry further about S.2204. I want to again extend my very special thanks to all of you for a job well done! All the best, –Lisa Linowes http://www.wind-action.org PS: Press release from the US Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works – http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=5f4a892d-802a-23ad-4510-dbb26de28a29 Lisa will be one of the guests this Sunday on Wind Wise Radio and they will be discussing the … Read entire article »

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Just in from Wind Wise Mass STOP State Bill S2200

Today at 1:00 p.m. the state senate votes on a bill that will give the governor unprecedented control over the electricity market in our state, force more wind turbines and transmission lines into our communities, and increase our electricity rates for the next 20 to 30 years. The bill, S.2200, is being rushed through the legislature by the Patrick administration, the senate leadership, and the wind industry, and your opposition is urgently needed right now to stop it. Please contact your state senator Ben Downing and the senate president Therese Murray this morning – ideally before 11:00 a.m. – using information provided at the end of this email.   S.2200 is an energy bill that will increase subsidies to the wind industry, raise costs for consumers, strip revenue from … Read entire article »

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STOP S2204 Federal Production Tax Credit

From Lisa at Wind Action Hi Everyone — As expected, the vote to consider S2204 passed by a wide margin.  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74499.html The debate on S2204 is expected to begin around 11:00am eastern today (Tuesday). We expect this debate to be energetic and revealing. It will be limited to 30 hours; no amendments will be permitted. Following debate we expect an up/down vote on S2204. There is still time to have your voices heard by calling-emailing your Senators. Stopping S2204 from achieving even 50 votes will prove a significant victory. Thanks so much! –Lisa PS: Timing for Sen. Alexander’s speech on the floor of the senate is not confirmed but could be around 6pm eastern.   From Wind Wise Massachusetts: Your Senators need to hear from you again. Senator Scott Brown, Washington: (202) 224-4543; Boston: (617) 565-3170; Springfield: (413) 788-2693   Brown
Chief of … Read entire article »

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Industrial Wind in the Wilds of Maine — From Wind Wise Radio

   WWR talked with Dr. Monique Aniel, Steve Thurston  and David Corrigan, about their struggle against the ongoing destruction of Maine’s precious natural areas by industrial wind developers. Listen here:   jwplayer('jwplayer-1').setup({"flashplayer":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/player\/player.swf","width":"400","height":"40","controlbar":"bottom","skin":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/plugins\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/skins\/simplicity.zip","dock":"false","autostart":"false","mediaid":"2438","image":"","playerReady":"function(obj) { document.getElementById(obj['id']).parentNode.style.height = document.getElementById(obj['id']).getPluginConfig('controlbar')['height'] + 'px'; }","icons":"","file":"http:\/\/www.windwiseradio.org\/wp-content\/uploads\/2012\/02\/IndustrialWindintheWildsofMaine.mp3","modes":[{"type":"flash","src":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/jw-player-plugin-for-wordpress\/player\/player.swf"},{"type":"html5","config":{"streamer":"","provider":""}},{"type":"download","config":{"streamer":"","provider":""}}]}); Dr. Monique Aniel and Steve Thurston are from the Citizens’ Task Force on Wind Power – a coalition of citizens from around Maine drawn together in the common purpose of advocating for responsible, science based, economically and environmentally sound approaches to Maine’s energy policy. Steve and Monique began working together on the fight against IWT in Maine about 3 years ago.  In early 2009, after former governor Angus King proposed 22 turbines for the ridge behind Steve Thurston’s family’s ancestral home in Roxbury, Maine,  Steve started a website as a repository for information about the Roxbury project and wind power … Read entire article »

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PTC Stabenow is DEAD NOW.

At 3:06 PM, March 13th. in the well of the United States Senate, the vote to add the Senator Debbie Stabenow amendment (To the transportation Bill) that would extend PTCs to the industrial wind industry was not agreed upon. There were forty-nine yes votes and sixty were required. Eleven votes shy of bilking the American Taxpayers one more time for a failed energy technology. Today’s failed vote delivered a big blow for industrial wind welfare. Jeffersons Leaning Left From Lisa Linowes of Wind Action Group: Hi Everyone — Thank you all VERY much for sticking with this effort. It was a tough several weeks but we’re now 3 for 3 in pushing back the PTC/1603. Our communications to Congress paid off! Despite … Read entire article »

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ON LEAP YEAR DAY

From the PLM gang!! The Lenox Select Board voted tonight against pursuing wind on Lenox Mountain. The vote was unanimous with four votes since Dia T. was not there… They will now look at how to protect the mountain permanently. Jo Anne agreed to be part of that committee! Congratulations to everyone. Great work!!! -Eleanor What a great group of passionate, smart and committed people. Thanks to all who worked tirelessly and SUCKED THE WIND OUT Of LENOX!!!! -Lauren Lenox did NOT PASS WIND! – Thanks so much to everyone who worked so very hard for this victory for the people of Richmond, Lenox, Stockbridge, and all of Berkshire County and especially for the mountain, the forest, and all its creatures. … Read entire article »

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UP or DOWN?

The Lenox Board of Selectman meet tonight and will vote to accept or reject the proposal for two 430 foot tall wind turbines on the ridge of Lenox Mountain. 7pm. Lenox Town Hall. Please be there to witness the vote. Dead on arrival. That’s the likely fate of the long-debated municipal wind turbine proposal following an informational forum attended by nearly 100 Lenox and Richmond residents. -Clarence Fanto And from the Beacon (click to enlarge): Last night’s Lee DEP/DPH Smackdown Ken Kimmel and Alicia McDevitt both squirmed in their seats from time to time as they heard time and time again about the shortcomings of the report they commissioned to push forward Deval Patrick’s goal of 2000MW of Wind Energy by 2020.  Ken Kimmel and other DEP folks tried to spin … Read entire article »

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WERP: Abandon the Lenox Wind Energy Proposal

UPDATE: The meeting at the Lenox Town Hall auditorium last nigtht was very well attended.  No one had much good to say about the proposed wind turbine project or about the Weston Report.  At the most, a couple of panel members called for shelving it for now, and perhaps picking it up again at some future date.  The rest of the panel and the public comments (almost without exception) called on the Lenox Selectman to vote to kill the project.  The only exception was Scott Laugenour who spoke at great length about the project and process and was advocating dragging this out for a few more months and readdressing it at the town’s meeting.  The other unanimous sentiment was praise for the hard work of … Read entire article »

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Disappointing Denmark

By Andrew Gilligan 8:00AM BST 12 Sep 2010 To green campaigners, it is windfarm heaven, generating a claimed fifth of its power from wind and praised by British ministers as the model to follow. But amid a growing public backlash, Denmark, the world’s most windfarm-intensive country, is turning against the turbines. Last month, unnoticed in the UK, Denmark’s giant state-owned power company, Dong Energy, announced that it would abandon future onshore wind farms in the country. “Every time we were building onshore, the public reacts in a negative way and we had a lot of criticism from neighbours,” said a spokesman for the company. “Now we are putting all our … Read entire article »

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ON the Federal PTC and on Setbacks

Although you will find yourself sometimes disagreeing with some of the authors and viewpoints on MasterResource, we always enjoy the excellent writing and intriguing ideas.  We’ve copied two recent posts below.  Please visit MasterResource to find more and to join in the discussion… Wind Power Panic: AWEA’s Last Stand (death spiral looms for taxpayer-dependent industry) by Lisa Linowes February 13, 2012 If you haven’t heard from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), you probably will. Ominous, scary ads are running nationwide warning of the crushing blow to American jobs if Congress fails to extend the Production Tax Credit (‘PTC’), the 20-year ‘temporary’ subsidy most credited for market growth in the wind sector. The PTC is due to expire at the end of this year. Most of the ads target particular House … Read entire article »

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Vermont’s Energy Options Updated

This updated short feature from a larger documentary entitled Vermont’s Energy Options examines several of the paths towards a renewable energy future for the state of Vermont. In this feature, utility-scale renewable energy is compared to community-oriented, small-scale renewable energy solutions.  Energize Vermont advocates for renewable energy solutions that are in harmony with the irreplaceable character of Vermont and contribute to the people’s well-being. … Read entire article »

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