Peninsula Power: Defining the goals, dispelling the rumors
Part 1 of 3
by PAUL TROWBRIDGE, CHAIRMAN, PENINSULA POWER
Recently there have been a lot of rumors circulating about a group of local citizens called Peninsula Power. We would first like to apologize for all of these misconstrued rumors and what you may have thought you heard or been told about Peninsula Power. We would like to take this opportunity to address these issues and bring the dialogue back to a factual basis.
Peninsula Power is a group of local residents concerned about the future of energy. It is not a funded group nor does it have any political or monetary motive. Instead, it is a group of proactive citizens interested in renewable energies and sustainable living. Peninsula Power’s motive is educational, aiming to increase awareness of renewable energies and open a channel for good dialogue. Unfortunately this is something we seem to be failing at.
Peninsula Power would like to encourage any or all citizens to attend one of its public meetings to join in on the conversation and learn first-hand what we are about. The next public meetings will be held Thursday, November 11, at 7 p.m. at the Sedgwick Elementary School. Finally, we encourage you to read through the rest of this guest column where we explain what our goals are and try to set the facts straight about what we are doing.
Peninsula Power believes it would be smart to look into what we in the Blue Hill Peninsula, can do locally about our own energy use We propose establishing a nonprofit organization, controlled by a community-based entity, to investigate clean, renewable, and affordable local energy supply options.
We have proposed to the community to do a feasibility study, an in depth research project, regarding a 700-acre site off Old County Rd., Sedgwick, that might prove to have sufficient wind and a large enough buffer zone (1/2 mile) surrounding it to establish an appropriately sized wind facility that would not adversely affect nearest neighbors.
We would like to research many issues of concern, including noise, shadow flicker, impact on birds and other species and how it looks from various places. We would like to research which equipment would be quietest and most efficient, how the power would tie into the grid, and how a project could be financed. Research on impact on property values and quality of life would also be part of the study.
We have not proposed any specific development plans, but rather to create a study which will bring facts to the table for the community at large to evaluate and decide if there is anything in the study worth pursuing. This is not a pro-wind power verses anti-wind power proposition. As a group of local citizens ourselves, we do not want to do anything that would be damaging to our community either. This is why we are proposing we conduct an in-depth study to look at the benefits and challenges of a community-owned wind power site. No private money is being spent on this study as we do not want any monetary or private influences. All the funds that we will use to conduct this study will come from donations and public grants.
To be continued.
Paul Trowbridge is the chairman of the Peninsula Power group. He can be reached at 359-5562 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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