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Monday, May 19, 2008

Learn about wind power May 20

Using turbines to harness the wind’s power to generate electricity is an intriguing idea: what could be more clean and abundant than the wind? On May 20, at 7:00 pm at the Pittsfield Township Administration Building, Saline Sustainability Circle will feature a presentation on wind turbines by John Sarver of the Michigan Energy Office. The public is invited to attend and learn more about a renewable resource that is gaining popularity throughout our state.

Wind is one of the cleanest and greenest of alternative energies, but as we seek alternatives to fossil fuels, it is also important to study the impact of wind turbines. Community leaders and residents will find this presentation helpful in developing appropriate ordinances and location guidelines. Will ultra low frequency noise be a problem? What is “shadow flicker” and can it be abated? Are birds and bats affected? If large propellers aren’t feasible in a more urban or suburban setting, how about barber pole or roof mounted turbines?

The Saline Sustainability Circle is always bringing cool issues to the table. Check out this meeting if you have time!


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