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Weekly Question: Does Wayland Need a Wind Turbine Bylaw?

Wind turbines are out for Stop & Shop, but what about for future projects in Wayland?

The debate over wind turbines at the Wayland Town Center location of Stop & Shop ended Tuesday when Stop & Shop representatives withdrew their request

Town officials indicated current zoning doesn't permit wind turbines and, seeing the "no" vote writing on the wall, Stop & Shop withdrew the application.

In the midst of this discussion, however, the issue was raised about how to handle wind turbines in the future. Town Planner Sarkis Sarkisian recommended that the town look into amending its zoning bylaws to address wind energy.

What do you think? Does Wayland need a zoning bylaw that will pave the way for future wind energy? Would you rather not see wind turbines in Wayland?

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Susan Chase CUlver June 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I don't think that we need a wind turbine by-law. Wind turbines are a good idea and go a long way in contributing to Wayland's green energy status.
Brooklyn Lowery (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Hi Susan, Thanks for your thoughts. I perhaps should have been more clear. A bylaw would be necessary n order to allow wind energy in Wayland in the future. Right now, the zoning does not permit its installation.
Anna Laura Rosow June 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
European countries, which invested heavily in wind turbines, have found that they are not cost effective and are no longer investing in the technology.
Stacie Allen June 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I agree with Susan
Katrien Vander Straeten June 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Hi Anna, is there a reference you can point to for this? This report from the European Wind Energy Association - http://www.ewea.org/index.php?id=195 - points out that Europe is investing more and more in wind. 5.3% of the EU’s electricity consumption is met by wind power (2010)... Annual installations of wind power have increased steadily over the last 15 years from 814 MW in 1995 to 9,295 MW in 2010, an annual average market growth of 17.6%." This article also gives interesting info on the cost of various components of wind energy and compares the cost relative to other forms of energy. Something we may be studying over the next couple of months in Wayland?
Katrien Vander Straeten June 29, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I believe we should gather all the information and have the debate, rather now that the pressure is off, than when the next developer proposes something similar and we're again scrambling to find answers. Transition Wayland is considering putting together a working group on Wind in Wayland. First let's look closely at the data on wind (e.g., a 30 meter and 80 meter wind map of Wayland would be nice), on the efficiency of the many models of turbines, their cost and carbon footprint, their ROI, the noise they produce, etc. These are hard data, not difficult to come by. They can be a good foundation for us to judge their viability in Wayland. More complex are our cultural beliefs of where our energy should come from and what our Town should look like in the 21st century. Let's engage and share these beliefs, learn from each other and our findings and be ready for the next time alternative energy presents itself. Because there will be a next time.

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