Too bad this didn’t happen before the noisy 2.4 MW (never used near homes before) Japanese turbines were installed on Green Mountain near Keyser, WV, making life unbearable for neighbors of the Pinnacle wind project.
Combine this ruling from a lawsuit which was pending during project development, the deterioration of the financial condition of Pinnacle owners – Edison Mission Group – and the suspect benefits touted by the developer and promoted by their fawning enablers, and you might just begin to question the judgement of the rabid supporters of the installation along the Allegheny Front.
We have yet to see the results of the destructive force of these turbines to the fragile habitat along the ridge line and the potential for bat and migratory bird kills resulting from the invasion of these energy impostors. Sadly, the same pom-pom waving officials didn’t find it necessary to insist that US WindForce seek an incidental take permit, as required under the Endangered Species Act for any project which may kill, displace or harm the endangered species which reside in our area, even though the WV Department of Environmental Protection and the US Fish and Wildlife Service both had strong reservations about the project prior to approval.
My suspicion is that, one day soon, area residents are going question the folks responsible to protect our quality of life for their actions regarding the Pinnacle project. The same holds true of our local press.
One thing I can guarantee, “ignorance is bliss” will not be an adequate defense!
Since the Pinnacle Wind Project was the choice for EME. I wonder if GE or Mitsubishi Heavy Industries MHI will claim a patent infringement to GE since MHI is upgrading the unit with a NOISE MUFFLER
GE ahead in far-reaching patent war
Ros Davidson, Windpower Monthly Magazine, 01 April 2012, 12:00am
UNITED STATES: General Electric (GE) is arguably winning its patent fight with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) – but the battle appears to be far from over.
More of the wind turbine at issue – MHI’s flagship 2.4MW machine – are being installed in the US while the row proceeds, with the rest of the industry closely watching because of the wide applicability of three of the disputed patents.
…..MHI’s 2.4MW turbine has been selected or installed at three US wind projects since the dispute began: at Edison Mission’s 55MW Pinnacle project near the Maryland-West Virginia border; Duke Energy’s Los Vientos II 202MW project in Texas, and for part of the 298MW Canadian Hills project developed in Oklahoma by Apex Wind Energy.