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Citing Wisconsin Turbine Noise Study, Cape Councilman Calls for Wind Moratorium

FEBRUARY 5, 2013

CAPE VINCENT — Town officials are urging the Association of Towns of the State of New York to support a resolution calling for a ban on industrial wind development, pointing to a similar movement in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Towns Association last month adopted a resolution advising the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to enact a moratorium on wind farms after several noise consultants recommended to the PSC that more in-depth impact studies be conducted.

One of the four consultants who produced the report on low-frequency noise and infrasound for the Shirley Wind Farm in Brown County, Wis., was Hessler Associates Inc. — a Haymarket, Va., firm also hired by wind developers in Cape Vincent for a noise assessment.

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Home rule in wind

FEBRUARY 3, 2013

To The Editor:

Re: “Nonprofits: localities should have say on turbines” - 1/25/13: “Spanish energy giant Iberdrola recently decided to pull out of Hammond, citing uncertainty in both the energy market and federal regulations regarding wind development.”

It’s good to see the Thousand Islands Land Trust taking the lead in expressing concerns to the Article X Siting Board. It’s also encouraging to hear Save The River publicly reiterate its stand for a comprehensive overview of the impacts of multiple wind projects along the river and to hear the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council support home rule and local jurisdictions taking precedent in siting these projects. I profoundly hope that both of these institutions will follow TILT’s lead and contact the Article X Siting Board ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to express their stated concerns to that body.

Paul Copleman, attorney and spokesperson for Iberdrola Renewables, is on record speaking to Carmelia Mataloni, YNN News, on Jan 16, 2013, that the main reason for their withdrawal from the Hammond project was a lack of wind. Uncertainties over the energy market and production tax credits also played a role in Iberdrola’s decision, according to Copleman.

Here’s the rub. The first meteorological tower in Hammond went up in 2005. It took seven years to decide if there was adequate wind in Hammond?

During those seven years, Iberdrola effectively divided the community between leaseholders, supporters and everybody else. And at the end of 2012, the leaseholders got a certified letter indicating their leases would not be renewed.

What did the community get from Mr. Copleman and Iberdrola? An apology? An explanation as to why it took seven years to decide whether Hammond was a good prospect for their project? Or did it have more to do with production tax credits?

Regardless of the reasons, Mr. Copleman chose to say there wasn’t enough wind in Hammond. Did we just fall off the turnip wagon?

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Town of Cape Vincent ~ Writes to the Association of Towns of the State of New York

Friday, February 1, 2013

The resolution The Town of Cape Vincent sent to the NY Association of Towns has made it through the resolution committee. Now we need it to be circulated throughout NY for support. Please pass it to all town boards. We need as many towns as possible to recommend that the Association of Towns put it up for a full vote January 29, 2013

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Association of Towns of the State of New York
150 State Street,
Albany, NY 12207


Dear Lori,

Here is the proposed language to fit with New York State Association of Towns.  It is based on a resolution passed by the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Towns Association.  They passed it on the 21st of January of this year.  Their decision was based on the results of a study the Wisconsin Public Service Commission asked for; (Report # 122412-1) released December 28, 2012.  I have enclosed a copy of their resolution, and the report it is based on.  The Executive Director of the Wisconsin Towns Association is Richard Stadelman.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact him at (715) 526-3157.

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Falmouth Selectmen Support Removing Wind Turbines

Crohnote: This is what Lisa Linowes had to say about this event today: "Falmouth, MA made history today. I believe this is the first instance of a planned decommissioning of wind turbines due to the pain and anquish suffered by nearby residents and the division it caused to the community. Note the quotes by the selectboard members."

January 29, 2013

Reading from a prepared statement, Selectman David Braga said industrial-sized turbines don’t belong in residential neighborhoods. “We have an issue that has gone on for too long and it has divided our town. I want to be very positive and move forward to rectify this issue,” Braga said. “I think it’s time that we start building trust with the residents of Falmouth over this issue.”

FALMOUTH — The Falmouth Board of Selectmen voted Jan. 30 to support removing the town’s industrial-sized turbines, Wind 1 and Wind 2 at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility, in hopes to unify a divided community.

“Typically government and good leaders think of the greater good of all. As a thoughtful person, I put all things into account. I have a fiduciary responsibility to this community, and not just a knee-jerk responsibility to a community. What we do … we have to do in a thoughtful way so this community can continue to be a viable community,” said Selectmen Chairman Kevin Murphy before the vote.

 

Grid Constraints Mean Less Power Output from Wind Projects

January 29, 2013

The problem is the electricity network gets out of synch if the turbines produce more power than is being used at any one time. So ISO issues an order to ramp back power. It's called curtailment. "We are seeing those interconnect issues with other wind projects. As we've seen the Dixville project in New Hampshire was curtailed about 50 percent," Hallquist said.

A utility official says that some big wind projects in the region are not performing as planned due to constraints on the transmission grid. The news came as Vermont lawmakers focused on both climate change and a moratorium on new wind development. The Vermont Electric Cooperative buys electricity from two Northeast Kingdom wind projects. And co-op CEO David Hallquist said the production from the turbines has been below expectations. He cited the example of the 16 turbine project in Sheffield, which went on line in late 2011.

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CBC Documentary: WIND RUSH- A Look at the Wind Turbine Controversy

Crohnote; If your TV reception includes the Canadian CBC network, please tune into the "WIND RUSH" documentary, Thursday night (February 7th) at 9:00 PM.

Date: Thursday, February 7
Time: 9:00 PM

Driving by a wind farm, looking at the rural houses, it’s easy to be skeptical about the talk of wind turbines making people sick. We’re told that wind turbines are good and green. So how could those people living by them have an issue? But there is a problem—and it’s there because some governments and wind companies didn’t do their homework before installing megawatt after megawatt of huge industrial machines. And as a result there are people living among the turbines who are suffering.

In the new documentary film WIND RUSH, produced for CBC Doc Zone by Toronto’s 90th Parallel Productions, the battleground for the pro and anti wind forces is southern Ontario. The government there pledged to wean the province off coal fired generation plants and replace them with green wind energy. WIND RUSH will be broadcast on Thursday, February 7 at 9 PM (9:30PM NT).
 

This is the type of industry that has come to the North Country looking to profit at our expense.

Crohnote: This is a letter to the editor helps to tie the dots together and explain the real impact of industrial wind on the Hammond community.

Re. “Nonprofits: localities should have say on turbines” - 1/25/13: “Spanish energy giant Iberdrola recently decided to pull out of Hammond, citing uncertainty in both the energy market and federal regulations regarding wind development.”

It’s good to see the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) taking the lead in expressing concerns to the Article X Siting Board. It’s also encouraging to hear Save The River publicly reiterate its stand for a comprehensive overview of the impacts of multiple wind projects along the river and to hear the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council support home rule and local jurisdictions taking precedent in siting these projects. I profoundly hope that both of these institutions will follow TILT’s lead and contact the Article X Siting Board ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to express their stated concerns to that body.

Paul Copleman, attorney and spokesperson for Iberdrola Renewables, is on record speaking to Carmelia Mataloni, YNN News, on Jan 16, 2013, that the main reason for their withdrawal from the Hammond project was a lack of wind. Uncertainties over the energy market and production tax credits also played a role in Iberdrola’s decision, according to Copleman.

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‘Wind Turbine Syndrome’: Fact or Fiction?

January 25, 2013.

Objective: Symptoms, including tinnitus, ear pain and vertigo, have been reported following exposure to wind turbine noise. This review addresses the effects of infrasound and low frequency noise and questions the existence of ‘wind turbine syndrome’.

Design: This review is based on a search for articles published within the last 10 years, conducted using the PubMed database and Google Scholar search engine, which included in their title or abstract the terms ‘wind turbine’, ‘infrasound’ or ‘low frequency noise’.

Results: There is evidence that infrasound has a physiological effect on the ear. Until this effect is fully understood, it is impossible to conclude that wind turbine noise does not cause any of the symptoms described. However, many believe that these symptoms are related largely to the stress caused by unwanted noise exposure.

Conclusion: There is some evidence of symptoms in patients exposed to wind turbine noise. The effects of infrasound require further investigation.

The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, doi:10.1017/S0022215112002964

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