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  •  One right at the top of my road! (none)
    Cornell University is apparently looking into putting a wind farm within walking distance from my house, on top of a very high hill.  I was actually pleased about this, having seen big wind farms in agricultural areas in Denmark that seemed quiet and much more attractive than any other kind of power plant.  

    However, it seems some guy who own a lot of land up there is circulating petitions against it, saying it will lower property values, kill birds, make nasty noise, etc.  I'm glad to read this diary and comments, I'll have more to say if he shows up at my door!

    "Virginia Woolf's idea of a room of one's own has never been the place for middle- and working-class women. We work with interruptions." - Ananya Chatterjea

    by sarac on Mon Apr 04, 2005 at 12:25:23 PM PDT

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    •  Hi, I am a neighbor of yours (none)
      and I am very on-the-wall about the Mt Pleasant project. I also subscribe to the birds listserve out of Lab of Ornithology, so I see the "opposed view" setting up.

      Interestingly, I have been watching the stop-and-start of a windfarm on an island at the foot of Lake Ontario. There are some big infrastructure problems there, but plenty of land, and plenty of hopeful landowners. And a good supply of wind, all the time (that study has been done for at least the last two years).

      As a former reader of Audubon, I know how the opposition will set up, with Altamont data, etc. I have no opinion on the later-generation wind vanes, because I just haven't gotten to read much about it.

      Some of the data that NEEDS to be collected involves actual dead birds under working vanes. I know that in some sites with large TV towers (and the associated guy-wires) there are data. That may include my island in Canada,  the CKWS tower is huge, and is really cool to see get hit by lightening!

      Personally, I am not sure that Mt Pleasant has enogh wind for this project, I see the difference on our Candian island, where wind is a certainty.

      I haven't seen a working wind farm. Am I right, the one off Mass. was approved?

      •  I'm no expert... (none)
        And I don't know about the Mass. project.  I agree about the need for more current data on the birds.  Of course, if the Mt Pleasant project goes through, there would be ample opportunity for Cornell to do a study!  I'm wondering if there have been any in Denmark or other European countries that have more modern windfarms.

        I'd believe there is enough wind up there!  But they should figure that out in the next year or so.

        "Virginia Woolf's idea of a room of one's own has never been the place for middle- and working-class women. We work with interruptions." - Ananya Chatterjea

        by sarac on Wed Apr 06, 2005 at 09:36:37 AM PDT

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