The Wind Farm, the Hamptons, the Super Rich, and ‘not in my back yard’

 

“My home is not a detail” so goes the argument against a wind farm landing cable site to be strewn throughout their particular clump of sand on tony Long Island. The battle between the very super rich and the super rich – Not in my back yard!!

So will it be Wainscott? Or twelve mies away away in Hither Hills in Montauk for a substation and run twelve miles of cable? Or no wind farm?

The transmission line would go through an area where homeowners include the billionaire Ronald Lauder and Marci Klein, daughter of Calvin Klein.

 

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. — This affluent enclave on the East End of Long Island is steeped in eco-conscious pride, with strict water quality and land preservation rules and an abundance of electric cars on the roads.

Wainscott is home to many affluent homeowners, some of whom oppose having the transmission cable landing site in their neighborhood.

So at first, many happily embraced a plan for an offshore wind farm that would help lead the way as New York State sets some of the most ambitious green energy goals in the country.

But then came word that the project’s transmission cable was going to land in Wainscott, one of the most exclusive slices of the already exclusive Hamptons, where homeowners include the likes of the cosmetics billionaire Ronald Lauder and Marci Klein, a former longtime producer of “Saturday Night Live” and the daughter of Calvin Klein.

Soon a push to protect the planet was out and the imperative to protect a golden plot of sand was in. Homeowners organized and hired an army of lawyers, lobbyists, public relations experts and engineers to argue their case.

…still, he added, “their zeal for wind power need not be exclusive with picking the best available landing site.

Some view the landing site as a detail in the big picture of addressing climate control. But it is not a detail where the landing site is. My home is not a detail.” Wainscott is home to many affluent homeowners, some of whom oppose having the transmission cable landing site in their neighborhood.

Now the developer of the wind farm may turn to an alternate landing site, bringing the cable ashore in Hither Hills in Montauk, a popular state park, and then burying it for nearly 12 miles before connecting it to a substation.

In Montauk, resentment is building among some residents over the idea that they may be forced to accept the cable landing because of a campaign mounted by the deep-pocketed in Wainscott. (P.S. Montauk is building a war chest to block it as well.)

From  New York Times

“The Hamptons Love Green Energy. But That Wind Farm …”

Other than that all is well with the super super rich and the super rich.

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Cape Cod Wind Farm receives “setback” (chuckle)

In ‘Setback’ for Cape Wind, U.S. Court Vacates FAA Safety Study

Don’t you love it when the “Progressives” make an ass of themselves? The Kennedy’s have done all they can to block the Wind farm since it would impact their “views”. So first the back story, then the Court update. Hypocrisy at its best.

Not in my back yard! Don’t you just love it? Liberals are so sure of what is “right and wrong” for you and me. In an effort spearheaded by the Kennedy clan to derail the project, they have turned to native americans and the Federal Registry to stop the wind farm. Hey Dude, I sorta like a nice view too! Anyone want to lay a bet on this one?

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, whose family compound in Hyannis Port looks out on the proposed wind farm site, was the project’s most powerful opponent until his death last August.

The Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribes say the designation, which would come with new regulations for activity on the sound, is needed to preserve the tribe’s sacred rituals, which include a clear view of the sunrise across waters where the turbines for the Cape Wind project would be built.

The National Park Service on Monday said Nantucket Sound is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance as a traditional cultural property.  More here

Now we hear the Court is getting into the mix. Just as predicited, no wind farm, you betcha.

The Federal Aviation Administration must reconsider a study that concluded the Cape Wind offshore power project off the Nantucket coast poses no threat to planes.

The agency failed to adequately consider the impact of 440- foot-tall turbines on air traffic in the area, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said in a decision today.

The ruling is another roadblock for a project that’s been in development for more than a decade, said Audra Parker, president and chief executive officer of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, one of the plaintiffs in the case.

Cape Wind Associates LLC is developing the 468-megawatt wind farm, with 130 turbines in about 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound, about the size of Manhattan. The project may cost as much as $2.43 billion, according to an estimate by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

The Alliance joined the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, in a suit challenging the FAA’s 130 Determinations of No Hazard, one for each wind turbine, issued in May 2010. The court today vacated and remanded the agency’s determinations.

More at Bloomberg

Utility Offering Oregon Residents $5,000 To Not Complain About Wind Turbine Noise

Oh those little surprises. And it will just add to the view oh so much. Hmmm 5K??? Let me think.. and what happens to the value of my home?

Think fast: if a utility offered you $5,000 not to complain about the noise from their wind turbines, would you accept? What if the noise was so loud that it caused headaches and nausea? It’s a choice Caithness Energy is asking some Oregon residents to make as the utility tries to build one of the largest wind farms in the country.

Large farms like [the one Caithness is trying to build] are regulated by the state. Tom Stoops, the council secretary for the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, said that large projects must prove they will comply with the noise ordinance and that noise waivers, or easements, are among the solutions. Asked if it was common for companies to pay people to sign such easements, Mr. Stoops said, “That’s probably a level of detail that doesn’t come to us.” Not to worry, eminent domain will be coming next.

Read more here at the Consumerist

Final Decision Expected Soon on Building Major Wind Farm Off Cape Cod

Not in my back yard! Don’t you just love it? Liberals are so sure of what is “right and wrong” for you and me. In an effort spearheaded by the Kennedy clan to derail the project, they have turned to native americans and the Federal Registry to stop the wind farm. Hey Dude, I sorta like a nice view too! Anyone want to lay a bet on this one?

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, whose family compound in Hyannis Port looks out on the proposed wind farm site, was the project’s most powerful opponent until his death last August.

“The decision is without precedent in terms of implicating many square miles of what is, legally speaking, the high seas,” said Ian A. Bowles, the Massachusetts secretary of energy and environmental affairs.

The Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribes say the designation, which would come with new regulations for activity on the sound, is needed to preserve the tribe’s sacred rituals, which include a clear view of the sunrise across waters where the turbines for the Cape Wind project would be built.

The National Park Service on Monday said Nantucket Sound is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance as a traditional cultural property.

Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar will decide in coming weeks whether a Boston company may proceed with plans to build a major wind farm off Cape Cod, in Nantucket Sound. http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/63740

Cape Cod Wind Farm to be put on Federal Registry

Not in my back yard! Don’t you just love it? Liberals are so sure of what is “right and wrong” for you and me. In an effort spearheaded by the Kennedy clan to derail the project, they have turned to native americans and the Federal Registry to stop the wind farm. Hey Dude, I sorta like a nice view too!

 Senator Edward M. Kennedy, whose family compound in Hyannis Port looks out on the proposed wind farm site, was the project’s most powerful opponent until his death last August.

“The decision is without precedent in terms of implicating many square miles of what is, legally speaking, the high seas,” said Ian A. Bowles, the Massachusetts secretary of energy and environmental affairs.

The National Park Service on Monday said Nantucket Sound is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance as a traditional cultural property.

The Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribes say the designation, which would come with new regulations for activity on the sound, is needed to preserve the tribe’s sacred rituals, which include a clear view of the sunrise across waters where the turbines for the Cape Wind project would be built.

Mr. Salazar can decide the project’s future himself after seeking suggestions from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent group. But even if Mr. Salazar lets the project move forward, the park service finding could help the tribes and opponents build a legal case against it.

Plans to build 130 wind turbines across a 25-square-mile swath of federal waters about five miles from the Cape Cod coast have generated a long-running public fight.

http://www.kgw.com/news/green/80651722.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/science/earth/05wind.html

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