Friday, June 01, 2007

In the company of wind turbines

A correspondent wrote to us recently:

A neighbor of mine visited Fenner [N.Y.] and stopped to talk to a couple of people
as he was driving around.

One was a farmer who was standing at the side of the road talking with
someone. The farmer has a working farm with several [wind turbines on it]. He said
his only complaint was that for the last three years he has been paid only
half of what he was owed by the company. Our neighbor wanted to ask more
questions, but the person the farmer was talking to was becoming agitated.

And yesterday's news contained this related item from Scotland (brought to our attention by National Wind Watch):

Anger over wind farm cash delay

Hundreds of thousands of pounds promised to communities as a recompense for living in the shadow of Sutherland's only operational wind farm have yet to be paid, it emerged this week.

The £25 million Beinn Tharsuinn wind farm, straddling the Sutherland/Easter Ross border, came on stream two years ago, but local people have yet to see a penny of the community benefit pledged. ...

wind power, wind energy