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Santa Cruz County wind turbine presents conundrum for state regulators
Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/31/9 | Kurtis Alexander

Posted on 12/31/2009 10:58:33 PM PST by SmithL

PLEASURE POINT -- The state Coastal Commission encourages California's seaside communities to embrace clean energy -- with a caveat. It has to look good.

The regulatory agency has told a Santa Cruz County couple that a wind turbine planned for their new home in the Pleasure Point neighborhood is too tall. Suggesting it would add to the area's "visual clutter," the commission recommends the residents lower their proposed 35-foot-high, electricity-generating windmill, an idea the home's architect says is simply unworkable.

"You can also put photovoltaic cells in a garage, but it's not going to do much for you," said Cove Britton, designer of the oceanfront house on Pleasure Point Drive. "If we drop the turbines, the other homes would block the wind."

The issue of wind turbines in the coast's residential areas is a first, commission planners say. While increasingly common in rural areas, the technology is new to the urban setting. And while the commission, which is charged with managing shoreline development across the state, says it doesn't want to set a precedent of snubbing wind projects, it's legally bound to protect the coast's scenic charm.

"In general, we do want to support this type of alternative energy, especially with the commission more recently concerned about climate change," said commission planner Katie Morange. "But at the same time, it can't come at the expense of coastal resources. What if every house started putting these up? What Advertisement would that mean for the viewshed?"

The commission's recommendation that the couple, Barry and Susan Porter, lower their turbine below the roof line, if they still want it, is expected to be taken up by the commission's governing board next month. A final decision on the matter would be rendered then.

"If these turbines are turned down...you can't use the wind turbines

(Excerpt) Read more at santacruzsentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: blowhards; limousineliberals; santacruz; windpower
These Santa Cruz Progressives love alternative power, except in their own neighborhood.
1 posted on 12/31/2009 10:58:35 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

I’d say Let Them Use Candles, but that would increase their carbon footprint.


2 posted on 12/31/2009 11:01:45 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Will Algore give me carbon credits for using treehuggers as home heating fuel? ~~ Galt/Reardon 2012)
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To: SmithL
lower their turbine below the roof line

It would probably last a lot longer if they did that - wouldn't have all that wind blowing on it and putting a strain on the moving parts.

3 posted on 12/31/2009 11:07:55 PM PST by PAR35
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To: SmithL

Hypocrisy, thy name is liberal.


4 posted on 12/31/2009 11:10:23 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: SmithL

I’ll bet they all live in the area and it’s a not in my backyard thing - like Ted Kennedy.


5 posted on 12/31/2009 11:10:57 PM PST by bronxville
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To: SmithL

They want the homeowner to put the wind turbine below the roof line.

Duh, um, um.... don’t the Liberals claim to be smarter than everybody else?


6 posted on 12/31/2009 11:18:41 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (I'd rather be an AGW denier than a dumbass Watermelon)
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To: SmithL

NIMBY.

And in the Desert the Libs oppose solar energy.


7 posted on 12/31/2009 11:21:37 PM PST by NoLibZone (Be of good cheer, could have been worse - McCain could have won! If Reagan rises & runs I'll vote.)
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To: NoLibZone

Ultimately, they oppose the existence of humans, especially humans that are motivated to generate money.


8 posted on 01/01/2010 12:19:06 AM PST by Blue Collar Christian (A "teabagger", that's me. ><BCC>)
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To: SmithL

Solar Shutdown: Feinstein to Block Energy Projects

http://blog.heritage.org/2009/12/22/solar-shutdown-feinstein-to-block-energy-projects/


9 posted on 01/01/2010 12:49:21 AM PST by NoLibZone (Be of good cheer, could have been worse - McCain could have won! If Reagan rises & runs I'll vote.)
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To: SmithL

I live in another state and in a County that is by far mostly Republican, and they have the same zoning restriction (wind turbines no higher than other building limits). ...not to mention all of the other anti-family, anti-American, NIMBY, anti-competition, anti-property-rights efforts of both political parties in nearly every locale. Neither political party is worth my vote or support—especially the part about support.

Let’s cut our personal spending and become more self-sufficient, until we can get better business (favored, politically correct constituents), political and academic leadership.


10 posted on 01/01/2010 2:06:44 AM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: SmithL

It reminds me of the family that had their own natural gas on their property. The government figured out a reason to forbid them from using it. Does this mean that government wants to keep private energy production out of the hands of the individual? Is government more concerned about lost tax revenue than the individual’s ability to be independent from the grid?


11 posted on 01/01/2010 2:20:36 AM PST by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Marxism.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Underground wind turbines are next.


12 posted on 01/01/2010 4:50:04 AM PST by bytesmith
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To: SmithL
commission planner Katie Morange: "What Advertisement would that mean for the viewshed?"

Viewshed? Is that some sort of observation tower???

The asinine, illogical words those people use... If she is worried about the view in Santa Clause county, how about all the unwashed, filthy dopers that hang out at UC Santa Cruz???

13 posted on 01/01/2010 4:56:09 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: SmithL

An alternative energy devices hobby coupled with a monstrosity of a house. How exasperating!


14 posted on 01/01/2010 5:49:20 AM PST by paristwelve (Feeling sorry for things is just an excuse for not celebrating your own happiness.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Viewshed? Is that some sort of observation tower???

There has to be a committee somewhere that does nothing but come up with these words.

15 posted on 01/01/2010 6:19:32 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: SmithL

One for the “Leftists vs Leftists” collection.


16 posted on 01/01/2010 6:26:36 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
There has to be a committee somewhere that does nothing but come up with these words.

The CalSoviet Politburo...

17 posted on 01/01/2010 6:43:31 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: SmithL

The architect needs to hire an engineer.

The lowered turbine can be turned by wind directed through an esthetically designed plenum that is visibly pleasing.


18 posted on 01/01/2010 6:54:17 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . What ever I do is what shall be)
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To: Professional Engineer
I’d say Let Them Use Candles

WHat do they need candles for? Mommy Gaia gave them sunshine; that should be good enough.

19 posted on 01/01/2010 11:58:54 AM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: sionnsar

Right. After all, during darkness they should be huddled in caves, hiding from the sabre tooth tigers and all.


20 posted on 01/01/2010 12:21:22 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Will Algore give me carbon credits for using treehuggers as home heating fuel? ~~ Galt/Reardon 2012)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Re: “Viewshed”

I guess it’s supposed to be like a “Watershed” except that it stores view, or something.

I’m just glad we now have a word that rhymes with “Orange”

There once was a gal named Morange
Whose brain was the size of an orange...


21 posted on 01/03/2010 12:29:59 PM PST by Tony in Hawaii (NUTS!)
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