Dr. Sandy Reider, MD, general practitioner and primary care doctor in Lyndonville, VT will discuss the health effects of wind turbine noise on Friday, February 19 in the Homestead Room, Grafton Inn at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Reider’s presentation is based on a variety of in-depth, worldwide studies as well as personal interaction with his patients who have experienced adverse health effects while living near industrial wind turbines. Dr. Reider, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1971, testified on January 31, 2013 before the Vermont Senate and Natural Resources Committee, stating, “I believe the acoustic trauma caused by large wind turbines is real and significant.”
The new issue of the Friends of Windham Newsletter explores the practicalities, policies, and politics of industrial-scale wind: why Grafton and Windham and VT in general are inappropriate for wind; the policies that have brought us our current situation; and the politics of trying to gain control of our futures as towns.
Ben Luce, renewable energy expert and professor of physics and sustainability at Lyndon State College, will join us on January 15. Professor Luce spent several years in New Mexico, where he advocated with environmental nonprofits to pass significant renewable energy legislation; additionally, he was the head of alternative energy for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since returning to Vermont in 2008, he has conducted intense studies of the numerous proposed industrial wind projects sited on ridgelines in the Northeast.
We're pleased to offer the documentary, Vermont’s Energy Options, courtesy of Energize Vermont, whose mission is to educate and advocate for establishing renewable energy solutions that are in harmony with the irreplaceable character of Vermont, and that contribute to the well-being of all her people.
From an article at the Times Argus: "'The Vermont way includes wind power, but in select areas,' Shumlin said. 'Wind power has been good for Vermont and is one of the most efficient renewables that you can build. But additional large-scale projects, including solar and wind, would pose problems for the electrical grid.'"
Details of upcoming programs and events are posted on the Events page. Read current and previous editions of the Friends of Windham Newsletter at links on the Newsletter page.
"One real estate agent, Robert McCafferty of LandVest, gave one example Friday of a high-end property in Londonderry that sold for $750,000 less than its original value because of the threat of a wind facility being sited on the top of Glebe Mountain in Londonderry and Windham. That project was abandoned several years ago by its developer, Catamount Energy, a former subsidiary of Central Vermont Public Service. the farm closest to the Kingdom Community Wind project of Green Mountain Power in Lowell had been listed for sale at $1.5 million, but the Nelson family was forced to drop its price to $1.25 million, and still hasn’t been able to sell it."
According to a Power Point presentation put together by Mike McCann the owner of McCann Appraisal, LLC, there are 951 dwellings within three miles of the potential tower sites - 500 of which are within 2 miles of the potential site - in the towns of Andover, Athens, Chester, Grafton, Jamaica, Londonderry, Townshend and Windham. The town of Windham would be impacted the most with 414 dwellings located near the potential site as well as the towns of Londonderry, Grafton and Townshend, which have 199, 146, and 114 dwellings, respectively, within 3 miles of the site.
"The project has considerable opposition from the town and resident Liisa Kissel hosted last week's meeting with Shumlin to express the disapproval many citizens are feeling. 'We're very pleased that we had a chance to voice our concerns.' Kissel added that local ratepayers will actually see costs increase instead of decrease, as some are claiming. She said the development would take away more in terms of money and environmental destruction than what it would offer. According to a statement from Kissel, resident Carol Lind told Shumlin she fears the turbine platforms and roads would destroy the ridgeline and contribute to flooding down the three brooks that flow toward Grafton. Also at the meeting was Skip Lisle, a local wetlands and wildlife expert who extended upon Lind's point about the three brooks that form a pristine watershed unique in Vermont. He said an industrial development should not be allowed in the largest undeveloped tract in private ownership in Vermont."
"Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, Sen. Robert Hartwell, D-Bennington, and Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia/Orange, said they were concerned about the development of Vermont’s ridgelines by commercial wind developers and the lack of local control in the decision-making process."