Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Glenmore Residents Wary of New Wind Project

Over on the other side of the big lake...
    Glenmore (Wisconsin) residents showed a healthy skepticism Monday at a public meeting on a proposed wind-turbine project. The town's community center drew a standing-room only crowd to discuss the eight-turbine proposal by Emerging Energies/Shirley Wind LLC of Hubertus. The company wants a 30-year permit to put eight turbines on land owned by four families.

    Each turbine would stand 492 feet tall and operate at an optimal 2 to 3 megawatts, Emerging Energies spokesman Bill Rakocy told those attending. The turbines would conform to the town's new wind energy ordinance. Licensed electrical engineers would oversee installation.

    Residents expressed concerns about decreasing property values, stray voltage affecting children and animals, noise pollution, liability and what would happen if Emerging Energies should abandon the turbines if the project didn't pan out.

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette

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