Wind power education continues
Editor of the Reformer:
One hundred people filled Phelps Barn to the rafters at the Nov. 10 community meeting in Grafton. This shows that people want to know more about the implications of a massive industrial wind project proposed for our area.
Sen. Joe Benning drove home the key question: Do we need the power? Or can we do renewables in a better way, smaller scale, and closer to where the power is needed? Roger Allbee urged people to call on their legislators to move energy siting back to Act 250 to protect the landscape that is core to Vermont's economic wellbeing. Anna Vesely presented calculations from a CPA based on Iberdrola's plan, showing that the property tax savings of residents would be modest or in some cases non-existent. Larry Lorusso and Michael Fairneny, who live near Iberdrola's Hoosac Wind, in Massachusetts, wind plant, gave a heartbreaking account of how this "neighbor from hell" is affecting their physical and mental wellbeing and driving people from their homes.
The audience asked questions about audible sound and infrasound, health studies, number of jobs created (hardly any), risk to clean water, and Vermont's renewable energy goals.
Grafton Woodlands Group is continuing its speaker series, with Bruce Post on the past and future of Vermont's landscape on Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Homestead Room of the Grafton Inn.