Welcome to Friends of Peru

The Friends of Peru is a group of residents who value our rural landscape and question whether or not large scale wind projects are right for our town.

 

Candidates seek ‘change' in Peru

By Phil Demers, Berkshire Eagle Staff,
Posted:   06/09/2014 07:51:29 AM EDT
|

PERU -- A slate of candidates for town office are running on a "change" ticket in the wake of accusations of government secrecy and three Open Meeting Law violations against the Select Board.

All the candidates attended a recent meet the candidates forum at the pavilion behind the fire station. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the community center.

 

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/News/ci_25926129/Candidates-seek-lsquo;change-in-Peru

Peru Town Meeting bars development of industrial wind turbines

By Phil Demers, Berkshire Eagle Staff,
Posted:   06/09/2014 01:20:25 PM ED

 

 

PERU -- Commercial wind energy developers will have to look elsewhere to build their industrial turbines.

 

Zoning Board of Appeals member Peter Shelsy opposed the bylaw change on financial grounds, saying the town needed the extra cash.

"We need to keep the opportunity for commercial wind generation available," Shelsy said.

School budgets and taxes will continue to rise, Shelsy said; meanwhile, the town has few revenue generators.

 

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_25928225/peru-town-meeting-bars-development-industrial-wind-turbines

Peru Select Board again found in violation of Open Meeting Law

Updated:   06/05/2014 11:59:38 AM EDT

 

PERU -- For the third time since April, the Peru Select Board has been cited for violating state Open Meeting Law, according to a ruling released last week by the state attorney general.

 

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_25904439/peru-select-board-again-found-violation-open-meeting

Developer yanks application for wind project in Peru

By Phil Demers, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Posted:   05/21/2014 03:37:42 PM EDT

 

PERU -- A developer has pulled the plug on plans to build an industrial wind farm in town -- at least for now.

Lightship Energy LLC, based in Acton, last week withdrew its application with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

"The submitted application is dead, essentially," ZBA member Samuel Haupt told The Eagle. "The applicant has the legal right to resubmit and has indicated an intention to do so."

 

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_25808250/developer-yanks-application-wind-project-peru

Residential Use By Law Proposal
Residential use by law proposal presented to town for vote.
Residential Wind0002.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [238.8 KB]

PERU FREE PRESS ELECTRONIC EDITION

Current Issue
April 2014 Volume 8.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [96.4 KB]

State AG again finds Open Meeting Law violations in Peru

By Phil Demers, Berkshire Eagle Staff,
Posted:   05/10/2014 02:55:07 PM ED |


PERU -- The state Attorney General has again found the Select Board guilty of violating the Open Meeting Law, the second such ruling in as many months.

 

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/ci_25737224/state-ag-again-finds-open-meeting-law-violations

Peru Selectmen warned after violating Open Meeting Law

PERU -- The Board of Selectmen violated the Open Meeting Law by convening a meeting 35 minutes before the scheduled time, the state Attorney General's Division of Open Government has ruled.

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/News/ci_25607889/Peru-Selectmen-warned-after-violating-Open

Our Opinion: Play by the rules

While the chairman of the Peru Select Board appears to regard the state’s Open Meeting Law as a nuisance (Eagle, April 22), the law is in place to assure that public officials do the business of the people who elected them in the open and by the rules. It had best be taken seriously.

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/editorials/ci_25618774/our-opinion-play-by-rules


Garnet Hill Sound Study
The following is a sound study on the propagation of sound waves from the proposed Garnet Hill Wind Farm. Notice the yellow contour lines proximity to residences around Garnet Lake which would be at a 40 db sound level. Peru's current by law allows 40 db at 1000 ft. Would the developer be able to comply with the current by law as written?
GarnetHill_Feasibility_Study_Section_1.6[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [251.1 KB]

QUESTIONS SUBMITTED TO PERU ZBA

The following questions were officially entered into the public record on November 20, 2013
Questions for Peru Zoning Board of Appea[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [11.5 MB]

WIND DEVELOPER GOES BACK ON HIS WORD

Audio from the June 10th, 2013 Planning Board Hearing, of Bill Golden of Lightship Energy giving his word that his company would not go forward with a wind development or go to court against the town without a clear decision or clear by law. A month later voters rejected the by law amendment endorsed by Mr. Golden. Now Lightship Energy is asking The ZBA to grant them a variance to impose the standard rejected by voters. Come to the ZBA hearing on May 21st. to let our appointed members know what you think about the vote we took and what it would mean if they decided to overide the choice a majority of voters made.

20130911 210206.mp4
MP4 video/audio file [2.2 MB]

Clarence Fanto: Plenty of spin on both sides of Peru turbine issue

LENOX -- Taking Bob Dylan’s word for it that "the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind," I decided to examine the wind-turbine controversy engulfing the town of Peru, aptly named for its location high in the hills east of Pittsfield.

 


http://www.berkshireeagle.com/columnists/ci_25353755/clarence-fanto-plenty-spin-both-sides-peru-turbine

Video from Special Town Meeting on July 8th, 2013

On July 8th, the voters rejected a by-law amendment supported by developer Lightship Energy. Now the developer has asked The Peru Zoning Board of Appeals to grant them a variance which would revoke the vote our town made that night. Watch the developer's opening remarks promoting the proposed by law change.

LIGHTSHIP ENERGY'S REQUEST FOR VARIANCES

Lightship Energy's Request for Zoning Variances
The Wind developer can not meet the Peru Zoning Bylaws and is asking for variances.
Variance Hearing.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.9 MB]

Judge Orders Falmouth to Run Wind Turbines on 12-Hour Schedule Posted on 11/23/2013

Barnstable Superior Court Judge Christopher J. Muse has ordered the town to operate its wind turbines at the Wastewater Treatment Facility for 12 hours per day except on Sundays starting today.

 

 

http://ontario-wind-resistance.org/2013/11/23/judge-orders-falmouth-to-run-wind-turbines-on-12-hour-schedule/

 

In first case of its kind, power company pleads guilty to killing eagles at wind farms
Nov 23, 3:18 AM EST

Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single wind energy company had been prosecuted for a death of an eagle or other pr
wind eagle death settlement.html
HTML document [53.1 KB]

Wind turbines constitute a “taking” of private property value (Mass.)

See the impact wind turbines have on property values in a small Western Massachusetts Community. The proposal to install wind turbines on Mt. Massaemet (Mass.) has already dramatically lowered all property values in the 11 square miles of Shelburne (MA) and Buckland (MA) lying within the most impacted two miles of the turbines. The turbines already cast a shadow on the title and expected benefits to residential property.

 

http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/2012/wind-turbines-constitute-a-taking-of-private-property-value-mass/

FROM THE DESK OF DONALD TRUMP: WIND FARMS

THE WIND TURBINE EFFECT ON PROPERTY VALUES

JUWI Wind Prairie Breeze Wind Farm, LLC Tipton County, Indiana PROPERTY VALUE IMPACT & ZONING COMPLIANCE EVALUATION McCann Appraisal, LLC March 20, 2013

Landsink Appraisals and Consulting
This study endeavours to isolate any loss in property price caused by a wind turbine. The
construction and use of a wind turbine is an event over which a neighbouring property owner
has no control.
CaseStudy_DiminutionInValue_InjuriousAff[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [3.1 MB]

"Decliningproperty values associated with the presence of wind turbines were described by Lempster  (NH) resident and panelist Justin Lindholm. "Almost all of properties within amile of the [Lempster] wind farm are up for sale", he said. The issue of property value was confirmed by real estate broker Phil Atwood, who said, "Customers won?t even look at a property once theyknow there are wind turbines nearby.?
http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=6549&page=1

The Science of Industrial Wind in MA and the Eastern US - Ben Luce, Ph.D. February 11. 2012 Shelburne Falls

The cost of renewable energy.
ben luce slides.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [9.8 MB]

WIND FARM TAX CREDITS QUESTIONED

An analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation found that a one-year extension of the tax credit would cost about $6.1 billion over 10 years. A five-year extension would cost about $18.5 billion.



http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/energyenvironment/326117-wind-tax-credit-comes-under-fire-#ixzz2gcCYauEb

CHECK THESE OUT, LOADS OF INFO...

Videos of Wind Turbines