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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 has appeared on CNN, NPR, … 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 in general.  Monique learned through … 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 the panel members and the … Read entire article »

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Move over NPR it’s WWR –Wind Wise Radio!

Internet Wind Energy Talk — Every Sunday Evening THE PREMIERE SHOW Infrasound and Adverse Health Effects. Ambrose and Rand. Sunday, Februrary 12, 2012, 7:00-8:00PM Join us for the first edition of Wind Wise Radio when we will be delighted to welcome Stephen Ambrose and Robert Rand, professional acousticians, members of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and the authors of “The McPherson Infrasound and Low Frequency Noise Study” which investigated the possible relationship between infrasound and adverse health effects experienced by people living near and industrial wind turbine (IWT) in Falmouth, Massachusetts. We will be discussing Stephen and Robert’s findings, their personal experience in the vicinity of IWT, their work on other projects, and their thoughts on the the recently released “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study”.  We will also be asking them about their … Read entire article »

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WESRA Officially DEAD

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Latest WERP News

–via Berkshire Eagle at http://www.berkshireeagle.com/local/ci_19792853.  Please read and add your comments. At Thursday night’s Town Hall meeting, turbine supporter Dr. Michael Kaplan praised the study, while project opponents were highly skeptical. The panel now has a Feb. 15 target date to deliver its conclusions to the Select Board. Three sub-groups have been examining the health, environmental and financial impact of the proposal to build one or two municipal turbines atop the ridge line overlooking Lenox and Richmond. “The science does not tell us we shouldn’t be doing it,” Kaplan asserted. Project opponent Christopher Magee has prepared an alternate summary on health impacts. “We’ll come up with a single report with two different conclusions,” Kaplan predicted. He called the state report by a panel of experts “a higher level of information than we had before, more useful … Read entire article »

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Experts?

Calvin Martin and Eric Bibler respond to the “experts” in “To pee or not to pee on peer review?” May I make the following modest proposal: I suggest we visit Mr. Kimmell at his next press conference — and bring a five pound hammer. I suggest that we insist that Mr. Kimmell allow us to smash the fingers of his right hand against the lectern, where he is speaking in front of the assembled ladies and gentlemen of the press, taking care not to break any bones, which might provide obvious evidence of “harm.” Then I propose that we observe Mr. Kimmell’s reaction to this “mere annoyance.” If Mr. Kimmell protests — even if he howls — we will inform him that although we “sympathize” with his distress, … Read entire article »

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Wind-power: expensive and ineffective

[Wind-power] is expensive and yet it is not effective in cutting CO2 emissions. If it were not for the renewables targets set by the Renewables Directive, wind-power would not even be entertained as a cost-effective way of generating electricity or cutting emissions. The renewables targets should be renegotiated with the EU. [p. 30] The focus on wind-power, driven by the renewables targets, is preventing Britain from effectively reducing CO2 emissions, while crippling energy users with additional costs, according to a new Civitas report. The report finds that wind-power is unreliable and requires back-up power stations to be available in order to maintain a consistent electricity supply to households and businesses. This means that energy users pay twice: once for the window-dressing of renewables, and again for the fossil fuels that the energy … Read entire article »

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Bad mojo from King, cynicism from California

Here is a guy who WON’T be getting our votes: The depth of King’s misunderstanding and ignorance on this issue is monumental.  Click on the image to read more on his position. The expiring federal production tax credit which drives the entire wind industry (hint: gives huge amounts of our money to the wind corporations) is having effects all over. The wind industry lobbying effort is pedal to the metal in its efforts to get it reinstated. Hysterical claims of job losses, etc. Here is a story from California on one small part … … Read entire article »

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Duxbury says NO!

Congratulations to Duxbury! This follows some wild (and laughable) accusations by the co-chairs of the Duxbury Alternative Energy Committee And, of course, Duxbury Windwise is an all volunteer, grassroots organization, just like PLM — scraping by on hard work from its members. And there is this from the excellent site, West Virginia Higlands Voice WIND POWER: IS IT WORTH IT? By Mark Morgan The heavily funded and admittedly effective US industrial wind lobby portrays its product as descending from old-world windmills. Close your eyes and you’ll surely imagine these magnificent machines gently turning in the breeze . each kilowatt arriving at your reading lamp courtesy of a rosy -cheeked Hummel child. Existing solely to save the planet by generating clean, affordable and environmentally friendly electricity, you can be sure that any addition to the plant owner’s … Read entire article »

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Foreign Companies Reap Windfall, Protests Continue, and This Year in Review

WAMC reports on the massive amounts of ratepayer and taxpayer money going to foreign energy giants like Iberdrola — once they rape our National Forests and exploit our precious natural resources In Searsburg, VT, a 15-turbine wind project was recently approved by the Green Mountain National Forest. The plan to build the turbines, known as the Deerfield Wind project, is being undertaken by Iberdrola Renewables, a Spanish Company. Iberdrola will need 80 acres of National Forest land to construct the turbines. The turbines will be reaching a height of 410 feet. 144 acres of habitat will be set aside for native bear populations, but wildlife advocates are concerned. Eleanor Tillinghast of Green Berkshires is one of the voices speaking out. Massachusetts State Representative Gail … Read entire article »

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Notable

From the North East Kingdom The Wind Energy Research Panel met on the 29th This year’s last meeting of Lenox, Massachusett’s Wind Energy Research Panel almost DIDN’T take place.  A quorum was gained by the last minute arrival of Jaimie Cahillaine, the only pro-wind panel member who showed up.  Chris Magee, Jo Anne Magee, Chan Gibson were attending on the pro-ridge side and Selectman Ken Fowler moderated. Because things were so lopsided, the meeting focused on process and scheduling issues. Ken, the moderator, will be away for the next two weeks so it was agreed that the next meeting will be on the 19th. During the intervening time, the subgroups will try to continue working towards a first … Read entire article »

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Infrasound and Health

More on health impacts due to inaudible, intense levels of infrasound emitted by turbines. … 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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Wind panel shifts

Often, as reasonable people learn about the high-impacts and the low-benefits of ridgeline wind, they come to the conclusion that it is better to put resources into something else.  Maybe the surprise is the speed at which this learning process seems to be proceeding in Lenox. All of the volunteer members of the Wind Research Panel, along with the moderator, Ken Fowler, are doing an amazing job.  The amount of work and thought they’ve put into this is a model-lesson in civics. Here is some reporting from Clarence! And this one. … Read entire article »

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Ben Luce Lecture is this Friday.

Too Close. Please help distribute postcards this Wedneday and Thursday. Flyers are available to print and distribute now. If you need some cards to distribute, please email us at preserve @ preservelenoxmountain.org and we will get some to you. Arrests at Lowell Mountain in Vermont Audio account of arrests by Vermont Public Radio, interview with the JOURNALIST WHO WAS ARRESTED along with the protestors: jwplayer('jwplayer-3').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":"1700","image":"","playerReady":"function(obj) { document.getElementById(obj['id']).parentNode.style.height = document.getElementById(obj['id']).getPluginConfig('controlbar')['height'] + 'px'; }","icons":"","file":"http:\/\/preservelenoxmountain.org\/blog\/wp-content\/uploads\/2011\/12\/2way-1206o.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":""}}]}); Much more on this developing story is at MountainTalk  – http://lowellmountainsnews.wordpress.com/ … Read entire article »

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Recently highlighted on Green Berkshires

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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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