Opinion: Wind company deserves to make profit too, says Heuvelton man
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 9:19 am

To the Editor:

I do not have any connections with any wind power connection, use wind-power generated electricity, nor have ever had any of those things.

What I have though, is a familiarity with being around Wind Power. I once spent an entire vacation near a wind farm, only tens of feet from the "no trespassing" zone of the farm, and never experienced any problems with sounds, TV Reception, or radio. All my 72 years I have enjoyed the lap-lap of the water against the shore and it made me sleep like a baby. Up close to the no trespassing sign, had I been able to sleep there, I imagined the same results of listening to the wind-noise as I did from the St. Lawrence River over my lifetime. At 20 miles in one direction, the towers were not visible. 10 miles in the other direction and they weren't visible either.

For a six-foot tall person, the horizon is a little more than 3 miles (5 km) away. Geometry tells us that the distance of the horizon – i.e. the farthest point the eye can see before earth curves out beneath our view – depends simply on the height of the observer.

Those that are bitching that companies will make money: Of course they companies will make money! Only transparency and honest truths from a company can make this possibly known, but a company must make a profit, or it will not exist beyond tomorrow. By definition, every non non-profit company must make a profit! Even a non-profit must take in money to exist, simply not more than it takes to exist!

Non-profits are missing from the list of companies who want wind towers and/or sun power. I'm really anxious to see those days get here, and they will, eventually. I would love to see the costs of running a non-profit wind power system so the other companies could be more accurately determined as to whether their profits are reasonable or not, and those are always complex formulae for some very good reasons.

My feelings on Wind Power. We live on 5 acres of land and we would be very excited to have wind towers or even sun-powered electrical generation on it.

Tom Rivet

Heuvelton