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Tehachapi Turbine Trouble. Time-out for Vermonts NEK?

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Tehachapi Turbine Trouble --  Penny Melko will be on the program from Tehachapi (to talk about the impacts of replacing small, older turbines with monsters.  Are they really less impactful?  We also hope to talk about planned future developments in that area.
From Wikipedia --
Wind development in the Tehachapi Pass began in the early 1980s. The area hosts a multitude of wind farms, comprising one of California's largest wind resource areas. The pass is undergoing much repowering activity. The area has multiple generations of wind turbine technology installed, including both single and double blade turbines, as well as the more modern three blade horizontal axis design. The older generation turbines generate kilowatts, and the modern turbines installed generate up to 3 megawatts. A state initiative to upgrade the transmission out of Tehachapi (Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project) began in 2008 and is expected to be completed by 2012. This has opened the door to further regional wind power development and multiple projects are expected to be installed to utilize that capacity.
Tehachapi is also notable for avian issues.  It is the most likely area that California condors will be killed and has the world record setting golden eagle killing wind power plant.
Time out in the North East Kingdom of Vermont.
We are pleased to be joined by Kenn Stransky, the president of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association Board (NVDA).  The NVDA just voted, almost unanimously, for a 3-year moratorium on wind development in the north east kingdom (NEK) area. We will ask Ken about what this means for the NEK now, what prompted the vote and why it received such strong support.