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.
Plannning Board Votes Not To Recomend Proposed By Law Changes
The Peru Planning Board voted 3-1 against recomending by law proposals for The Annual Town Meeting, which would allow wind generation for accessory use only and limit wind turbine height to 200
feet instead of the current 660 foot limit. The three desenting members did not want to eliminate the possibility of a commercial wind project in town and the revenue it could generate. Doug Haskins,
Dale Weeks, and Sam Haupt voted against recomending the by law proposals. Bill Tatro was the only member of the Planning Board to support the proposed by law changes.
Attorney General's Letter and Request to Deny Peru By Law
Attorney General Martha Coakley's Denial of Peru Wind By Law, and Lightship Energy's letter to request denial of by law.
Opinion From Lightship Energy
Lightship Energy submitted a letter to the Attorney General to reject our wind by law after withdrawing their application for a wind farm. Lightship Energy currently does not own property in Peru, nor do they have an active project.Opp from Lightship Energy .Request to Di[...]
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Hancock, Brodie Mountain wind power firm at odds over payments.
SELECT BOARD VOTES 3-0 NOT TO APPEAL AG DECISION
The Peru Select Board voted 3-0 not to appeal the Attorney Generals Ruling, which struck down a wind energy by law that prohibited industrial wind development in the town. All 3 members decided
not to challenge Attorney General Coakley's ruling, although a super majority of people voted in favor of the by law. An appeal could have been filed for a nominal fee, if the town had decided to go
forward with a challenge. The board believes that any changes to the current by law can be accomplished at the Annual Town Meeting which will be held on the first Saturday of June this year.
All registered voters are welcome to attend.
PERU WIND BYLAW DENIED BY AG COAKLEY
Attorney General Martha Coakley has struck down a by law amendment passed by the residents of Peru to ban Industrial Wind.
Peru Town Meeting bars development of industrial wind turbines
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
"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.
Developer yanks application for wind project in Peru
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."
Residential Use By Law Proposal
Residential use by law proposal presented to town for vote.Residential Wind0002.pdf
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PERU FREE PRESS ELECTRONIC EDITION
Peru Selectmen warned after violating Open Meeting Law
Our Opinion: Play by the 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[...]
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QUESTIONS SUBMITTED TO PERU ZBA
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.
Clarence Fanto: Plenty of spin on both sides of Peru turbine issue
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
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Judge Orders Falmouth to Run Wind Turbines on 12-Hour Schedule Posted on 11/23/2013
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 prwind eagle death settlement.html
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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.
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[...]
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"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.?
The Science of Industrial Wind in MA and the Eastern US - Ben Luce, Ph.D. February 11. 2012 Shelburne Falls
WIND FARM TAX CREDITS QUESTIONED
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