Scare tactics: an
depiction of future windmills on the Allegheny Front
That's my note on the photo so it won't be used by others, thinking it's a real photo!
Aw, come on, how about a little bit of honesty here.
Now, some Reality... here's how the original
for that project finally turned out:
...and below, the Backbone Mountain windmill farm near Thomas, WV (a real photo, no gimmicks)
Scare tactics below:
a British opposition group's site, without explanation
Yup, my note on the photo, again, so it can't be reused by others :-)
Reality: windmills 2-3 miles away from a
WV at sunset (again, no gimmicks)
My thoughts about windmill farms in the WV mountains
First of all, I'm about a "green" as you get, in the "Red State"
WV. I'm a tree hugger, an animal lover, a mountain property
trying to do the right thing. I work with land trusts and
groups and support them all, fought the Corridor H highway for 10
give major support to animal shelters, created a 500 acre nature
at The Preserve at New Creek Lake... OK, you get the idea. Yeah,
say, I'm "not from around here". True.
I'm not a promoter or investor of these windmill farms, but I
see being AGAINST them and endlessly bashing them with bogus
claims, either. I do believe
in fighting fair, if ya gotta fight, and not being a NIMBY (not in
yard), just because it's "your view-shed".... hey, your
is somebody else's land and they've let you view if for free, for
They should be thanked. One perceptive person recently called
"borrowed views". That's what they are. Thanks Cathy.
Update 7/7/06: Cathy has now bought a property less than a mile from proposed new windmill towers. No problem.
These incredible photos of hundreds of windmills grouped together like trees in a forest should be obvious hoax photos to intelligent people. Doesn't seem right to be sending them, or their links, around to generate opposition. Above are a few VERY REAL photos of the windmills in the Thomas, Parsons & Mount Storm areas. They are not ugly, not tearing up the mountains and definitely not packed together every 100 feet, as the photos would lead you to believe.
think of windmills as the clean and temporary small step between
the coal fired mountain wasters, the nuclear plants and the dams
havoc with the rivers and fish,..... and whatever the next REALLY
turns out to be in our constant quest for cheap, and maybe even
power, such as fuel cells, solar cells, or whatever. Windmills
to fill some of the gap between the kind of power we have and the
of power we want. They'll help to fill the gap in technology for
a few years. Windmills aren't perfect, but, like democracy,
lot better than any of the known alternatives! Ahh, but they're
with our view-sheds! Small price to pay for not pumping billions
of CO2, acids and other components into the environment,
it? Right now, the perfect power source does not exist. But when
there's gonna be some group opposed to it, for sure. The
windmills proves it to me. Where is your long-term vision, guys?
Note: in the photo to the left, what you see is steam, not smoke.
The harmful components are actually not visible. The steam does no
Windmills aren't likely to be "the thing" forever. When we're
the windmills, they can be dismantled in short order and the rare
elements in them recycled! Try that with a
plant and the tens of thousands of acres it has destroyed forever
in the quest
for fuel and the storage of ash. Try that with a nuclear power
all the used fuel rods and waste we still haven't figured out how
Try that with a hydro dam. Windmills will leave no permanent
once no longer needed. Neat trick!
As long as folks want more and more power in their homes and second homes (and cars), we're gonna have to keep adding more capacity, building more transmission lines, tearing up the land and oceans for oil production, and yes, paying the price in wars, taxes and endless death for stupid politicians to exploit third world nations (WV, too!) for their hydrocarbons. Having had a President who's family made many millions from oil, there hasn't been much opportunity for the "alternatives" to prove themselves. Things began to change in 2009!
For me, I look at West Virginia's windmills and my heart soars with pride. Fact is, they practically disappear in the view after a few miles, under most conditions. We seem to be working hard to make this planet a wasteland in a few centuries. Can't we nature lovers just let one good idea be tested here in WV for our contribution, for our "sacrifice", toward saving this planet? Especially since WV seems to be so intent upon leveling its mountains to extract and burn every ounce of coal in the state. This IS the only good planet we know of, so let's not ruin it in our lifetime, please! We still have a small chance.
Why not let these private companies work with the private land
to see if there's still time to save the planet. I'll take the
over the fossil carbon alternatives, any day. We're ALL gonna have
the next hundred years... not just the birds and bats, but the
the whales, the porpoises, the wolves, the panda bears and the
seals. If we keep searching
for the last molecule of carbon to burn, we're all gonna be on the
Species List before long. The cockroaches will do OK. They always
We can just spend the next billion years re-evolving for our
chance. Maybe this wasn't
the first time around... think of that! And, hey... when we stand
two legs again, there will be a brand new supply of hydrocarbons
underground for us! Maybe we should write a big message on the
do, DON'T burn the freakin' hydrocarbons!", (sort of the
fruit) for whatever replaces us in a billion, or so,
Windmills are one of the great ideas that have arrived on the scene and been put to the test. Federal and state tax incentives do us no harm when used to encourage new green technology that just may help to save this planet. Are we environmentalists with energy-consuming mountain homes really going to put the stake in the heart of the windmill industry? Wake up, folks. Don't let petty selfish attitudes about "your" view-sheds kill a great idea before it can even be tested.
Keeping WV green, may just mean making room for some windmills. There is no perfect solution. Hey, if you're gonna oppose all the windmills, then PLEASE, turn off your lights and air-conditioning while your fighting over them.
Just my opinion. 'Nuf said, but here's some stuff on the
subject by others....
Here's a quote (4-10-06) from a very prominent environmental
spokesperson in DC: "My take is the
Earth will do fine without us. If we can't be visionary enough
extinction is probably the best way for Mother Earth to deal
Hmmm. Cockroaches win. We lose. Me, I'll take the windmills!
Oh, here's a good paper
about wind power... Wind
It's the Right Thing to do
And another, that covers all aspects... FAQ about Wind Energy (http://www.awea.org/pubs/documents/FAQ2002%20-%20web.PDF)
Here's a Weekend
Edition radio commentary (8-31-2003) from NPR's Brian Naylor
the windmill issues in West Virginia. Worth hearing.
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If nothing seems to happen when you click a link, poke around on
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Worried about real estate values? I'm a Realtor, and I OWN some
valuable residential land just 2000 feet away from the
shown above (at The Preserve at New Creek
Lake), so it's important to me, too. NO problem. Read this study
(the Renewable Energy Policy Project: http://repp.org/), a very
distinguished and reputable outfit, according to my friends at the
National Environmental Trust (http://www.net.org/warming/)
and the National Wildlife Federation Global Warming project (http://www.nwf.org/globalwarming/index.cfm):
"The Effect of Wind Development on Local property Values" (http://repp.org/articles/static/1/binaries/wind_online_final.pdf) This study sucks the wind out of all the claims about lower property values. Will I bet on it? Yup, I already have with my own property. If you know me, you know I ALWAYS put my money where my mouth is. :-)
Here's two more article links for a new (Dec 2009) study showing, again, no harm to real estate values.
See the August 2005, National Geographic article, "Where Will The World Get Its Next Energy Fix?" http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0508/feature1/fulltext.html
Want your own windmill generator? See http://www.windenergy.com/
More info about home generation can be found on the American Wind Energy Association's web site at http://www.awea.org/smallwind.html
Interested in seeing a WV "windmill farm" for yourself? Easy! Take a trip to Thomas, WV. Have lunch at the Purple Fiddle, near the Christmas Shop. Visit MountainMade for a huge selection of WV mountain products and crafts while in town (links open in a different window). Then drive 5 miles west on Rt. 219 (toward Parsons), to just where you cross the top of Backbone Mountain, at Sugarlands Road, and there you are. THAT'S what a windmill farm looks like. Find Thomas on Google. Here's the Google Map showing where you can park to be just 200' from a windmill. Change map base and scale as you wish. You can compare this to what a coal-fired power plant looks like by driving one mile toward Davis (from Thomas) on Rt. 32, then traveling about 15 miles east on Rt. 93. What you won't see are the tens of thousands of acres of destroyed land from the coal mining required to feed that power plant. Enjoy your trip and let me know what you think after your visit.
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Comments: send me yours, please!
"It was nice to read something positive
windmills. We went
windmill farm near Thomas last summer (and we love the Purple
when we first heard about the great debate over the windmills
constructed in view of the cabin we had just started to build,
were told. We observed hardly any sound other than
wind. We have
windmill farms in PE Island and other places in Canada and
admit to a fascination with them. We all agreed there is
perfect solution for energy needs in the world we live in here
D. D., Grant County, WV
"...some of my anti-windmill
be shocked that I am writing this, but how long can we
continue to be
dependent on fossil fuels for power, when there are so
that the energy brokers will not even explore?? Generating
is the nicest way I can think of to accomplish power
so much of an impact on our environment. I think they are
step in the right direction."
Cindy H., Dailey, WV
"My husband and I went to
on Labor Day on his motorcycle. Coming up the hill near
I glanced over to the right and saw the windmills for the
were they beautiful. I had never expected to see anything
we left we took another route, and went right past them.
So quiet and peaceful. We loved them. They were like a
work of art.
from Fairmont. Your pictures of them are great, but didn't
Dianne W. (thanks Dianne, but sorry, they're not for sale) :-)
"I made a trip yesterday to
to watch the windmills. As I drove back home, looking back
at Mt. Storm
power plant, I wonder why people are against the windmill
love to have some windmills near, to sit on my porch and
A new Mineral County resident
"Just got back from a trip
farm... I think they're beautiful, sorta
JS, a Putnam County resident
have an impact in what happens with windmills in WV? Send
comments (pro or con) to the Public Service Commission to
let them have
the benefit of your well thought out opinions about wind
Please, no whining
maybe being able to see windmills 3-10 miles away, with
at the real photos above and below. Go see some
windmills. Sit there,
one and read a good book about global warming for a
couple hours. Those
windmills won't hurt you, but global warming will.
windmill will keep thousands of tons of hydrocarbons in
(where a higher power put them, hundreds of millions of
years ago and
there they should stay, dammit!), so that they don't
impact our air,
our health, our children's weather and the future of the
planet. Try to
be a hero and look at the big picture when you write
that letter to the
PSC. But if you can think of a really good, unselfish
windmills are a bad idea and why you prefer the status
quo (hey, we can
always invade IRAN, for their oil, too), then go ahead
and tell the
PSC. They need to hear from everyone, with every
Do it soon... the
Service Commission is considering the issues for future
restrictions on windmills, some of which may be sensible
and some of
which may not be. This is not the time to promote
foolish and selfish
interests. Your children's lives are going to heavily
impacted by what
we do, or don't do, today.
those thoughts to:
Public Service Commission
Location: Tucker and Preston Counties, West Virginia
Capacity: 66 Megawatts
Configuration: 44 Wind Turbines
The Mountaineer Wind Energy Center, owned
operated by FPL Energy, came online in December 2002
as the first wind farm in West Virginia, and the largest east of the Mississippi.
Together the turbines generate 66 megawatts, enough to power 22,000 average homes - over 170 million kilowatt-hours per year
Each turbine is 328 ft high, with a rotor diameter of 231 ft
The facility utilizes
world’s latest wind turbine technology. Blade
design allows for high
efficiency and almost undetectable sound.
The Mountaineer facility is owned and
operated by FPL Energy
and the power generated is sold to Exelon Corporation. Community
Energy markets the power to socially and
responsible electricity consumers in the DC and