Woodstock defeats wind power moratorium

WOODSTOCK — With 150 people in attendance Monday, voters turned down a request for a six-month moratorium on wind power development in the town.

The request was presented as an article in the meeting warrant by Leona Bellwebber who felt people needed more time to consider the benefits of such development.

Bellwebber was referring to a wind farm on Spruce Mountain planned for construction this coming summer.

Referring to the request, Town Manager Vern Maxfield said, "Mrs. Bellwebber did a good job presenting the issue. She has done her homework well in developing and gathering signatures on her petition and presented good facts about the pros and cons. But a strong majority of voters felt the project this summer should goon as planned."

The vote to on the article was 41 in favor and 100 against. There also was little discussion as people seemed to have made up their minds in advance following a public hearing last week.

Prior to the wind power vote, the annual municipal elections were held with four incumbents returned to office for new three-year terms.

Ronald Deegan, running unopposed, was given another term as selectman, assessor and overseer of the poor. Julie Davis defeated former selectman Steve Bies for a new term on the Board of Directors for SAD 44 winning by a vote of 73 to 43. And Whitman Memorial Library trustees Marta Clements and Jane Mills were re-elected, running unopposed.

In other business, the voters approved a 2010 budget of $2,149,764, which will be reduced by $410,142 by the use of revenues and surplus funds. In the end, the town will probably see a $73,772 increase from the budget approved in 2009 with the majority of the increase being due to state cuts in education funding for SAD 44, Maxfield said.

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JOANNE MOORE's picture


Somebody's been drinking the green Kool Aid again. If you think industrial wind energy is free you have your head up your "you know what". Millions of dollars have been given to the wind industry in the form of subsidies (our tax dollars). You think they would be sniffing around Maine or anywhere else for that matter, using their own money? Believe much in the Easter bunny? AND do you pay an electric bill? You do? Then be prepared to see it double or triple.

Listen up, bub. Rhode Island PUC just turned down the "deal" coming from the wind industry setting up shop on Block Island. WHY? Because the rates for electricity users would have quadrupled!!! Rhode Island businesses would have left the state in droves, ya nimwit.

Free energy? The only thing free is the space between your ears, to be or not to be.

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There's no such thing as a free lunch

Everything comes at a price and neither Woodstock nor Waterford would be getting their electricity for free. What little (unreliable) power that would be generated from these noisy, 40 story tall towers goes out of state. The point is that the wind companies look for towns without ordinances and comprehensive plans FOR GOOD REASON. For one, they do not have to compensate those who live near the turbines for the negative impacts as there is nothing in the town law about mitigation waivers. And when there are problems, there is no recourse. Having trouble with that turbine 600 feet from your house? Can't sleep at night? Too bad. You voted down a moratorium. The only hope now is to create an ordinance and quick. Kudos to those in Woodstock who had the foresight to vote yes. Buyer beware to the others.

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Roll The Dice

Vern and his cohorts have rolled the dice. Gambling on a little known construction company who have convinced them that they will be successfull in competing with the big boys in the electric industry. Remember the snowmobile industry and the multitude of manufacturers in the begining. How many are left ?

Will the wind on Spruce Mountain deliver enough profits ? Can the company carry the debt of the high front end capital costs of this project ?  Will larger companies lower there market prices and force them out of the market ?

Compared to the other entities involved in wind development, this company is tiny.

Compared to the other entities involved in the overall electric market, wind is tiny.

For the sake of the children of Woodstock, let's hope this isn't a losing dice roll.



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