I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. I just rolled back into town after breaking away for a day to the lake house in Vermont. While stuffing my face for a few days and spending some time on the lake, I couldn’t help but notice a small wind farm built on a ridge near the house. For 20 years I enjoyed the view without the "green" additions, but I can certainly say I am not a fan of the behemoths sticking out of the mountainside. NIMBY
The farm consists of about 15 1.5-3.0 megawatt turbines. During the day they provide a type of sleek modernism to the mountains but at night the towers start to piss me off. Large blinking red lights on the top of each tower ward off aircraft but provide an annoying, unsolicited light show for anyone in the area. I made an appearance at the one bar in town and the consensus among the locals was anti towers. Keep in mind that this is a hippie bar (complete with bare feet, seriousand apparently an absence of a razor within 50 miles).
This got me thinking. If hippie Vermonters don’t want wind energy, then who the hell really thinks wind should be part of a green energy transition in the U.S? Please factor in my decreased property value and personal disgust with the view next time you run afor one of these. When you breakdown the financing for these projects, it's clear that they only exists through some significant government funding. Why don't we just concentrate these things in a few central locations instead of polluting everyone's view?