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Letters | An energy revolution

Wind power offers many economic benefits

 Two wind turbines in western Massachusetts are part of a wave of new clean-energy projects in NewEngland.

MIKE MCPHEETERS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Two wind turbines in western Massachusetts are part of a wave of new clean-energy projects in NewEngland.

AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY from long-term contracts, tax revenue totaling millions of dollars, land lease payments, hundreds of construction jobs, not to mention cleaner air and water — wind energy can bring all these things to Massachusetts communities.

Erin Ailworth’s report on wind power shows the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages (“Winds of change,” Business, Nov. 14).

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Wind can provide us with a cheaper source of power while increasing economic activity. Wind development means more jobs where they are needed and more tax revenue for small towns.

In the past we have had some difficulties in developing wind energy in the Commonwealth. But new projects are now being built with better tower siting resulting from more research and experience. Developers and planners are maintaining wider margins to protect residents from turbine noise and vibration.

We need the clean energy that we can generate for free from the wind and the sun. The mining and burning of fossil fuels is destroying the lives of countless Americans and will soon irreparably degrade life as we know it today.

Roxanne
Eigenbrod Zak

Sierra Club

Massachusetts Chapter

Concord

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