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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 their position last night and … Read entire article »

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Maine and East of Falmouth

Russia’s main gas-company, Gazprom, was unable to meet demand last weekend as blizzards swept across Europe, and over three hundred people died. Did anyone even think of deploying our wind turbines to make good the energy shortfall from Russia? Of course not. We all know that windmills are a self-indulgent and sanctimonious luxury whose purpose is to make us feel good. Had Europe genuinely depended on green energy on Friday, by Sunday thousands would be dead from frostbite and exposure, and the EU would have suffered an economic body blow to match that of Japan’s tsunami a year ago. From a neighbor in Vinalhaven Somewhere East of Falmouth Neil Weston?  Neil Anderson? Huh? And to the North… But everything’s okay in the UK?!? Well maybe not everyone … Read entire article »

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WESRA news hits the Eagle

A couple days later… “Downing’s goal … before the end of the current session…”? I guess we’ve got some more work to do.  And that work will need to start very soon. And other news… And the American Bird Conservancy takes a stand… … Read entire article »

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The perspective of history.

Dr. Carole Owens is a Stockbridge resident and Executive Director of the historic Allen House in Pittsfield, which was built in 1886 and added to the National Historic Register in 1980.  Dr. Owens has taught at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Elderhostel, the Smithsonian Institution and many other places of learning.  She is the author of a dozen books, many of them on the history of the Berkshires and has served as a consultant to many television channels. She is a regular columnist for the Berkshire Eagle on the history of our area but, as you can see, she has chosen to write this for the Berkshire Record which is fast becoming recognized as the best newspaper in Berkshire County.  Click on the image for the full content of … Read entire article »

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Hornet’s nests and Jet Planes

Stirring up the Hornet’s nest. More like a pit full of vipers. Attorney General Martha Coakley is taking incoming flak from the sellout-ex-enviros who routinely shill for the industrial-wind-complex and know-nothing Deval Administration Bureaucrats because she had the audacity to point out that we are unwisely spending massive amounts subsidizing “green” energy alternatives.  Those folks don’t much like reality intruding on their carefully orchestrated march into fake green tokenism — aka industrial-wind-turbines on each hilltop. As the article points out, these same faux-enviros and Deval Patrick admin flacks want to keep big hydro and energy efficiency out of the forefront of the fight against global warming despite efforts by smart folks in the business community who make suggestions like this: Under current law, many renewable power generators are subsidized by ratepayers. They are issued one renewable … Read entire article »

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With Winter comes a Warning

With Winter comes a Warning

Some residents of Ontario spotted this in their mailboxes this week: But ice being thrown from turbines is not exactly “new” news.  Here is a blog entry from the New York Times in 2009. And this from the UK: Some folks have pictures: Scientists and “country people” vs. Snake Oil Wind Turbine Salespeople: … Read entire article »

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Downing announces energy forum and YNN covers WERP

UPDATE: Brandon Walker of YNN filmed and produced this nicely balanced piece on the Lenox proposal to build industrial wind turbines on Lenox Mountain.  You can view the rest of his article here. Senator Ben Downing made some news tonight responding to a question on WESRA from Marsh.  He is “rapidly” coming to a decision and, apparently will let us all know at an energy forum in Great Barrington, December 14th.  Here’s the tape. The best spot of news is that Warren Archey is recovering and will return to work soon — we all wish him a full and speedy recovery. … Read entire article »

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Energy Subsidies, Big Wind, and Benexplotation

WERP Panel Article in the Berkshire Eagle — read and comment. Attorney General Martha Coakley at the Green Community Act (GCA) Oversight hearing last week: The GCA  programs will cost more than $4 billion over the next four years, which will cause the total delivered costs of electricity to rise an estimated seven percent for consumers. Sen. Lamar Alexander last year: “So I ask the question: If wind has all these drawbacks, is a mature technology, and receives subsidies greater than any other form of energy per unit of actual energy produced, why are we subsidizing it with billions of dollars and not including it in [the energy subsidy] debate? Why are we talking about Big Oil and not talking about Big Wind?” So, Madam President, the Republican plan … Read entire article »

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Tonight at 7pm

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In the papers.

Realtors get it. It doesn’t take much convincing for realtors to understand the impact of industrial size wind turbines on the Berkshires in general and their livelihoods in particular. … Read entire article »

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Articles and Letters.

We had quite a bit of reading this to do this Sunday.  Earlier in the week, The Berkshire Record published a front page story on WESRA — the Deval plan to wrest local control of wind turbine siting away from the towns of Berkshire County.  At the PLM meeting with Andrea Nucifero was very supportive of the Berkshires.  Andrea stepped up immediately and pledged his support to help defeat WESRA.  This is in sharp contrast to Ben Downing who, as of our last encounter, reported he is still “doing his homework” on WESRA..  Leading vs. Fence-sitting. In the Sunday Eagle we got two stories on the Lenox initiative and the trials and tribulations of the Wind Energy Research Panel. This weekend, following a pleasant walk in the woods, the WERP had … Read entire article »

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On the subject of health.

CANWEA, the Canadian Wind Energy Association recently changed it’s messaging on the Health effects of Wind Turbines admitting for the first time some may fall ill.  And this study was just published: … Read entire article »

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Ben visits, takes questions and admits he may have made mistake

More than 35 people gathered at a local home to talk with Ben Downing, Berkshire County’s State Senator, about his position on the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act or WESRA.  WESRA would expedite the siting of industrial wind turbines and their infrastructure by overriding local control.  Ben consistently supported the earlier versions of WESRA, in 2009 and 2010. In January of 2011, Ben was appointed co-chair of the legislative committee considering the current WESRA bill, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.   When asked about his position on the bill, Ben uses the same language that he used in 2009 and 2010: he says he wants to listen and hear all the facts first before deciding. The group of citizens gathered to meet with Ben: Asked him to take a leadership position … Read entire article »

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First WERP went well.

The brand new Wind Energy Research Panel (WERP) is an official Lenox Town Committee.  They had their first meeting this morning at Lenox Town Hall. Besides the committee members, the Lenox Town Manager, Greg Federspiel attended as did two members of the press, a camera man from local public access TV, and about 10 citizens from Lenox and the surrounding communities. As the committee began discussions, Greg Federspoel gave an introduction to open meeting law and cautioning committee members to be careful about not meeting or discussing things outside of the official meeting. Following this, Ken Fowler read from a prepared agenda which included a schedule of site visits, a plan to place resources on a shelf in the library with color coded stickers to facts to hierarchically indicate each items … Read entire article »

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The Sunday Papers

Enlightenment on Cape Cod. Lenox heats up despite snowy weather Over 100 intrepid citizens showed up during the first snow storm of the year to Preserve Lenox Mountain’s Industrial Wind in the Berkshire event at the Lenox Community Center.  Our guest speaker, Eleanor Tillinghast, the President of Green Berkshires, had the rapt attention of the crowd. A lively Q&A followed. Please stay tuned for news about our next Industrial Wind in the Berkshires event which will be coming soon. Clarence Fanto who attended the event, published this article in today’s print edition of the Berkshire Eagle. … Read entire article »

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Rare Earth.

Rare Earth.

We often hear from wind proponents putting up a straw man argument about the false tradeoff between coal strip mining in the Appalachians versus “putting up a few turbines.”  Of course, there is no such trade off. Not one coal fired power plant has ever been, or will ever be, turned off no matter how many industrial wind turbines are installed. (The wind does not blow all the time and there is no way to … Read entire article »

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Committee’s Public Hearings on WESRA

Update: Committee’s Public Hearings on WESRA First a look back to the first public hearing at Jiminy Peak. Here’s a shot of some of the destruction on top of Brodie Mountain (click on picture to enlarge).  Yep. Clean and green!: Nettie Hammond, whose property in Hancock Massachusetts abuts the ten industrial wind turbines erected on Brodie Mountain, testified at the first public hearing on the Wind Energy Siting Reform Act (WESRA).  After 28 years, and a 13 year long, costly fight, the peaceful enjoyment of her property was taken from her by the wind developers.  Governor Patrick and Senator Ben Downing celebrated the victory in a public commissioning ceremony in May of 2011. From a “wind developer.” The Joint Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee listened to over 8 hours of testimony about the Wind Energy Siting … Read entire article »

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Is new Pittsfield Rep., Farley-Bouvier, Pro-WESRA?

Is new Pittsfield Rep., Farley-Bouvier, Pro-WESRA?

Perhaps a bit late to take notice of the candidate’s positions on WESRA in the special election in Pittsfield that just past, but here is the info from the Pittsfield Gazette: The only candidate that answered without hedging and dodging was Jester. It seems the other three were not able to commit. … Read entire article »

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“Major Flashpoint”

In today’s Berkshire Eagle there’s an article rounding up some of the information surrounding the Lenox Industrial Turbine Proposal. They got our url and name incorrect. They spewed a bunch of “facts from the Weston report. Many of which need to be corrected: Please take a few minutes to read the article and comment on the story. … Read entire article »

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