22% of Vineyard's power from the wind in 10 years

Land Wind Turbines Grow Popular on Martha's Vineyard
40 cities & towns across state  planning wind turbines

A story in today's Vineyard Gazette says three or four island towns and the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah (Gay Head) are considering building wind turbines;

Click to see the turbineThree Island Towns, Plus Tribe In Various Stages of Planning To Build Single Wind Towers;

One More at High School

While debate continues over the Cape Wind project from the Vineyard and Nantucket all the way to the halls of the United States Congress, several onshore wind turbine projects are now quietly under way with considerably less fanfare... The Federal Aviation Administration has approved plans for a meteorological data tower to be built near the Tisbury landfill. The 140-foot data tower, which would collect weather data and wind speeds for one year, is expected to be a precursor to an actual turbine.

The story goes on to quote Henry Stephenson, a member of the town planning board and chairman of the Tisbury is quoted saying, "If you live on an Island in a rising sea, you really should be interested in doing something to stop global warming."

The story also mention an island firm, South Mountain Co. (that's one of their turbines on the island at right), which is presently building a turbine at the regional high school which was made possible by a $90,000 anonymous donation, and will produce 12 to 15 kilowatts of electricity.  The principal Margaret Regan is quoted saying, "One of the best things is that it will be visible and accessible. Anyone can access the windmill and learn from it. And I think in a small way it will help educate people that wind is a viable source of energy. With all the contention about Cape Wind going on, I think this will help demystify wind-based technologies."

The story reminds us that Cape Cod's Upper Cape State Rep made this possible; 

Many point to recent changes in the federal Energy Policy Act and state legislation proposed by state Rep. Matthew Patrick, a Democrat from Falmouth, that make it easier for towns to build and operate wind turbines... 

The story reveals the island's plan to get nearly a quarter of its energy from wind power in the next decade;

The Vineyard Energy Project's 10-year plan calls for three strategies to increase wind power on the Vineyard. One involves building ten 1.5 megawatt-per-hour turbines that theoretically could provide 22 percent of the Island's energy.

Read the Gazette story here.

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