Conservation Groups Call for National Planning Effort by Feds on Wind Energy
Washington, D.C., April 24, 2014) A coalition of more than 70 conservation organizations has requested the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) develop a National Programmatic Wind Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to identify appropriate areas for wind energy development as well as areas where new projects should be avoided to conserve wildlife and sensitive habitats.
The request to DOI came in the form of an April 23, 2014, letter to DOI Sally Secretary Jewell.
“A national, Wind Energy EIS is entirely consistent with your recently-released strategy for improving landscape level planning and mitigation for future development on public lands (Improving Mitigation Policies and Practices of the Department of Interior). Wind energy, and indeed all forms of energy development have the potential to cause significant harm to wildlife if improperly sited and managed,” the letter said.
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As this is mostly about money....Good luck for any honest assessment. I have dealt with enough of these projects and the honesty factor is about ZERO!
If wind developers are allowed to classify MET tower data as "proprietary information" it's doubtful there will ever be transparency or (common sense) in wind siting. It isn't about power production, after all, it's about harvesting tax payer subsidies.
ABC has become more and more active in the wind debate, which is encouraging.
I am wondering if proper attention will be paid to the fundamental factor of whether there is sufficient wind to generate useful power. That critical detail seems to have been ignored in the planning, permitting, and building of Maine's inland industrial wind "farms".
After "investing many millions of dollars building the roads and blasting the foundations and installing the transmission lines and erecting turbines, it is discovered that the wind is only sufficient to generate less than 25% of the much-cited "installed capacity" (FERC figures for 2012). And all of this endangers wildlife, creates jobs that last for just a few months at best, leaving "wind farms" that work poorly and are backed by questionable "decommissioning" funds. Priceless, pristine ridges have been permanently scarred. Now, we are stuck with it. Please, don't allow any more of these things.
Harrison Roper Houlton/Danforth
Hopefully the Court will protect the eagles in Island Falls from reckless marauder First Wind.
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