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Survey Shows Public Support For Wind Energy In Tiverton

The final report from this summer's public wind energy opinion survey has been delivered to the town.

The concept of producing wind energy to boost economic development in Tiverton's industrial park received overwhelming support in a wind energy survey conducted this summer.

Garry Plunkett, liaison between the town and the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC), which sponsored the report, turned the results in recently. See a .pdf copy of the report's results can be viewed at right. The survey received 990 responses. Some of the highlights include:

Do you support the concept of building wind turbines in the industrial park?

  • 83%: Yes
  • 11%: No
  • 5.8% Neutral

What is your view with regard to the effect on the environment of developing more wind energy?

  • 74%: Beneficial
  • 4.9%: Harmful
  • 13.6%: Neutral
  • 7.2%: Not sure

Have you been near enough to a modern wind turbine generator, like the Portsmouth High School unit, to hear it?

  • 38%: No
  • 62%: Yes

If YES, was the turbine noise … ?

  • 20%: Pleasant
  • 15%: Unpleasant
  • 65%: Not sure

Which of these statements most accurately describes your opinion regarding wind turbines in Tiverton?

  • 49%: They should only be built in Tiverton if there is no electricity cost increase
  • 32%: They are worth a minor increase in electricity rates
  • 14%: A rate increase is acceptable to deter climate change

Would you support wind turbines in the Industrial Park if an increase in your electricity rate were offset by lower taxes and/or water bills resulting from power production revenues to the Town and Water Authorities?

  • 82%: Yes
  • 18%: No

The report will be used during the continued studies of how to best use the 177 acres of the industrial park. An engineering team has been to determine the best possible zoning uses for the town.

Jim L September 27, 2011 at 06:01 PM
This is good news for the town and taxpayers, given the lunar like landscape of portions of the park more lots will become usefull as windmill sites, as a voter i will to thank any and all who helped bring this forth
dajspi September 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Please keep turbines away from residential properties, e.g >miles. It doesn't take much research to learn the painful realities of turbines(noise, flicker, low frequency vibration, etc) after they are installed.
Jim L September 28, 2011 at 12:06 PM
they are in the indy park pretty far from houses, no one in portsmouth has died from noise, flicker etc, i have heard of folks getting sick from stuff the fall river electric plant in the air
Dan Force September 28, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Jim L – I live very close to the turbine at PHS. You’re right…the flicker and noise haven’t killed any people (so far). But that doesn’t make it any more pleasant to live near. Do you want one erected 650 feet from your residence? You forgot ice sling. Ice buildup on the blades can throw chunks of ice weighing hundreds of pounds for several hundred feet. That would leave a mark! dajspi is right…any turbine should be a long distance from where people live and work. After the PHS turbine was erected and I could actually see how gargantuan it is…I wished that they could have done something beforehand to give residents a better idea of what it would be like. Something like tethering a large balloon or small blimp at the location and height for a few days would give citizens a better idea. If you live near the location you should start looking at the angle of the sun throughout the year now. If it goes up in the summer you may not think about the flicker until it happens for a six weeks in the fall and then again in spring (every year). Dan
Joe Sousa. October 01, 2011 at 09:57 AM
Didn't t seem to be much support returning the survey. Over 7000 homes were asked to respond.

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