Wind Turbines Offer Clean, Renewable Energy

Nov. 21, 2019 Editor, The News-Gazette:

I am writing in response to your article titled “Turbines grow Taller In Latest Wind Farm Plans” published on Nov. 20. In this article Steve Neas of Virginians for Responsible Energy asserts that the presence of new wind turbines will have adverse effects on the wildlife and the residents in the area. He says the main concern is the loud sound that would come from the turning of the massive blades.

While it is true that this sound can be rather loud, current regulations only allow turbines to be built no closer than 300 meters to a residential area. At that distance the turbine would sound like a window unit air- conditioner. This would be even less sound than is generated by passing vehicles, or in my neighborhood, trains.

While I agree I dislike anything that will obstruct my views of our beautiful mountains and gorgeous valley, wind turbines can provide us with clean renewable energy and help us make a positive impact on the ever-looming threat of climate change. Without measures such as these, soon the whole landscape will be marred by the effects of a near 4-degree increase in global temperature. It’s clear that wind turbines pose no significant threat to residents in either Rockbridge or Botetourt counties.

ALEXIS ANDERSON

Natural Bridge Station

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