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Insolation Day #1

Greetings and welcome to the Vermont Renewable Energy Discussion Forum. The purpose of this community is to bring Vermonters and Vermont lovers together to discuss the pros and cons of renewable energy systems, energy policy, new and emerging technologies, and the state of renewable energy in the state of Vermont. This forum is open to all and is intended to spark lively discussions on how we can work towards creating a more healthy and sustainable Vermont for future generations. Topics may include anything related to renewable energy, energy policy, new and emerging technologies, and environmental issues. These topics are not limited to the state of Vermont, but should be related, such as how a bill or law in another state should/could or shouldn't/couldn't be implemented in the state of Vermont. We ask that everyone be respectful of one another and agree to disagree at times when consensus cannot be reached. Although this community is openly biased in favor of large scale renewable energy adoption (something which we will not apologize for) it is open for all forms of civil discourse. Please feel free to join us in discussing the future renewable energy in this little state we call home. NOTE: This discussion forum is not intended to be a place to promote political candidates or political parties. Please reserve topics of this nature for another forum. You may mention local politicians and where they stand on an issue (when relevant to the topic) but please don't use this forum to try and garner votes or argue about political parties.

To start things off, I'd like to pose a question for discussion.

The question is this: Do you, as a Vermont resident or frequent Vermont visitor, support the development of large scale wind farms (where feasible and appropriate) as a means of generating clean energy for in state usage? If yes/no, what is the reasoning to your decision and are there any thoughts or concerns you have that you would like to express?

Note: The moderator of this group is a 2007 graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and a practicing renewable energy system installer/educator. He has been in the renewable energy field since the Summer of 2003 and obtained his Bachelor's degree in environmental and public policy. He currently lives and works in the Southern Vermont area doing installations of photovoltaics, solar thermal, and wind energy systems. He is also entry level certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) http://www.nabcep.org/ and is currently working towards his full certification. In addition to this he assists in the teaching of a photovoltaics installation course at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield Massachusetts and he does biological field research on Anadromous fish in the Connecticut River for the controversial "Salmon Resteration Project."


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Jul. 24th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
What a great idea for a community, and quite helpful! I used to live in the Solar Triangle. Many of my friends were using solar/passive solar and were into sustainability in the 80s. Most still are.

Now that I own a home, I'm interested in retrofitting the house to become as energy efficient/sustainable/self-sufficient as possible. We just bought an Energy Star refrigerator. The day after, I found even more efficient regrigerators online. Ooops!

I, as a Vermont resident, don't know enough yet to support the development of large scale wind farms (where feasible and appropriate) as a means of generating clean energy for in state usage. On the surface, they sound wonderful. My only reservation (so far) is what sort of effect wind farms would have on birds? Other than that, I honestly can't think of any other drawback to large scale wind farms, other than possibly changing the view.

Edited at 2008-07-24 03:48 pm (UTC)
Jul. 25th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks and welcome to the forum.

Obviously the siting of wind farms must meet the strictest environmental standards available using the Environmental protection Act's "Environmental Impact Assessment" requirement. However, this goes further than just the impact on birds. We also need to be mindful of the harm that may be done to bats and also non flying creatures, such as moose and bear, which use the mountain tops for living and breeding grounds. It should however be noted that, buildings kill more birds every year than properly sited wind facilities. We just have to keep them out of migratory bird paths and major wildlife areas.
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