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Dear Chairman Prescott, Vice Chair Odell & Senators Bradley, Fuller Clark & Woodburn,

Thank you for SB 191.  I think it is a timely and important piece of legislation and I am writing to support it while requesting it also contain one additional amendment.

Please also consider including a moratorium on large scale energy projects, specifically industrial wind turbine installations until the planning and analysis that this bill calls for is in place.

States and countries that are “ahead” of us on the large scale installation of industrial wind turbines are now faced with difficult economic and environmental issues, issues that are not easy to resolve.

California Girds for Electricity Woes  WSJ 2/27/13

Is worth Googling if you have a moment. In combination with the LA Times article, it is a real world cautionary tale that should, hopefully, make us all pause before allowing one more 450 turbine to deface our mountains and ridges.

The country {Denmark} that was the “poster child” for industrial wind now clearly rues the economic, environmental and public
impact consequences of their former policy on wind.

France and Germany are also no longer wind proponents.  I hope we can learn from the major mistakes California made and the lessons from Europe.  ISO NE doesn’t use or want a significant portion of the wind turbine energy currently available.  Why would we want to add more?  As PSNH says, wind is “intermittent and unreliable, there are more effective renewables.”

Thank you again for SB 191. Please consider including a moratorium and please also consider having citizen representation in the process SB 191 outlines for the future.


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