Woodfin nixes power plant

Woodfin nixes power plant

There are 62 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Apr 2, 2007, titled Woodfin nixes power plant. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

A town board early this morning voted down a proposal by Progress Energy to build a $72 million power plant in Woodfin.

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Screwy Hoolie

Smyrna, SC

#21 Apr 3, 2007
Michelle,

I think you're coming into this conversation a little late. Ethically challenged County Commissioner Carol Peterson admitted that, even with new development, we wouldn't need a power plant if folks would conserve a little energy.

The alternative energy braintrust we have in these mountains coupled with the legislative energy of Congressman Shuler (who's promised an Alternative Energy Research Triangle for our mountains) can mean that WNC will lead the nation in energy independence and sustainability.
Benja

Mountain City, TN

#22 Apr 3, 2007
Congrats citizens!
This is a testament to the power of well-intentioned citizens who speak for themselves. At some of the informational meetings, representatives of not only Woodfin, but Asheville, Dillsboro, Sylva, and other parts of NC were present. This seems to be not just another not-in-my-backyard campaign, but a not-to-me-or-my-neighbors unified effort. Thanks to Canary Coalition and Mtn Voices Alliance for helping us learn together. Let's all stay informed and keep looking after one another! Whoohoo!
Vasulius

Greenville, SC

#23 Apr 3, 2007
Thank You to the board, to everyone at the hearing last night, and to all the people who have been working so diligently and passionately to stop this. Someone told me they could never be stopped. It is amazing what the populous is capable of. The people have spoken.
Kiss My Atom

Charlotte, NC

#24 Apr 3, 2007
Friendly neighbor wrote:
However, let's not forget that Progress is still the big, bad guy. They'll be back, and they'll keep spewing ugliness from the Skyland plant.
What an outrageous comment. Progress Energy spent significant millions of dollars installing new technology in that plant (the first in NC to do so) to make it cleaner. They supported the Clean Smokestacks initiative from the outset. And that plant has been around for a very long time.

Some of you are so hell-bent on rushing back to the Stone Age. Where exactly do you think the power is going to come from if you shut down every fossil fuel plant in the country tomorrow? How naive are you?

I hope Progess doesn't build the Woodfin oil faclity. Instead, I hope they replace it with a nuclear energy plant. It would be far better for the environment anyway. Either that, or I hope they just shut down all their plants in WNC tomorrow so you can't power up your computers to spew garbage like this.
Spartacus

Wilmington, NC

#25 Apr 3, 2007
John wrote:
I 've read the article and I realize that some comments can be taken out of context, however, to conclude that property values will go down if this power plant is built is very disingenuous. Do you think the properties at Biltmore Park have decreased or increased? The grand view from the million dollar homes out there is the first FGD scrubber built in NC. The reason property values will stagnate in Woodfin is because they treat sewage there and they have a landfill. The environmental lobby stirred up a tempest in a teapot and won again. The bottom line is Progress Energy isn't the bad guy here and Professor Kask was way off with her remarks. She knows why. To the residents of Woodfin, who are you going to blame now for the decrease in your property values?;
maybe the guy who puts in the trailer park next to you.
Obviously you don't know much about property values or the comments made last night. Progress Energy's own appraiser's report showed a direct correlation between proximity to the power plant in South Asheville and property values. The closer to the plant the lower the value...that was borne out by what Dr. Kask said as well as common sense. As a Woodfin resident I am proud of my Town again for leading the way in WNC for a cleaner, greener tomorrow...Go Woodfin!
Land Mogul

Kernersville, NC

#26 Apr 3, 2007
Localized roaming brownouts and blackouts could be in Woodfin's future.
Chimps

Candler, NC

#27 Apr 3, 2007
Great news! I have not been so happy since Woodfin dropped their attempt to annex us in.
IN THE DARK ABOUT POWER

United States

#28 Apr 3, 2007
Alright no new power plant but we will just need 150,000 customers to sign this petition to find their electricty somewhere else. We can start with you people from Woodfin first. Please form a line.
Mark Rosenstein

Asheville, NC

#29 Apr 3, 2007
One victory of many needed to find a better solution to balancing the need of growth, energy and a sustainable environment & economy.

in all of this, did the County Commissioners ever put the burden on Progress Energy to consider alternatives and conservation?

Hats off the Woodfin for having the courage to stand up.

Since: Feb 07

Middlesboro, KY

#30 Apr 3, 2007
As I say so often, I'm VERY glad I moved away from Buncombe County. The socialists and environmentalis wackos are truly ruining the place. I'm glad I live in Kentucky, where Coal is king, and I'm not going to have to worry about not having power at home because people are too tree-huggerish to allow a power plant to be built. Find alternatives, yes, but in the meantime, you gotta do what you gotta do. We can't freeze and go without lights just because you morons think we might make a breakthrough in twenty years which will "save the earth". Idiots. I hope you all get what you deserve: power bills so expensive you can't pay them, and rolling brownouts.
Funny

Boiling Springs, SC

#31 Apr 3, 2007
Friendly neighbor wrote:
However, let's not forget that Progress is still the big, bad guy. They'll be back, and they'll keep spewing ugliness from the Skyland plant.
Bet you don't talk trash when you flip that light switch, or turn up the A/C.
Screwy Hoolie

Smyrna, SC

#32 Apr 3, 2007
Land Mogul wrote:
Localized roaming brownouts and blackouts could be in Woodfin's future.
And there may be monsters hiding under your bed.

Use less energy, dude, and tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Screwy Hoolie

Smyrna, SC

#33 Apr 3, 2007
Joshua Wilkey wrote:
As I say so often, I'm VERY glad I moved away from Buncombe County. The socialists and environmentalis wackos are truly ruining the place. I'm glad I live in Kentucky, where Coal is king, and I'm not going to have to worry about not having power at home because people are too tree-huggerish to allow a power plant to be built. Find alternatives, yes, but in the meantime, you gotta do what you gotta do. We can't freeze and go without lights just because you morons think we might make a breakthrough in twenty years which will "save the earth". Idiots. I hope you all get what you deserve: power bills so expensive you can't pay them, and rolling brownouts.
Thanks, Josh. But we'll be suing your pants off pretty soon because all of your pollution is messing up our air quality. We have very high childhood asthma rates, and that's not cool. The Supreme Court just made it easier for us to tell you what to do with your coal.

I think that good old American ingenuity will take over and make our choices clear. Burn fossil fuels thereby harming our health and homes or conserve and use alternatives thereby leading the world and making our children's future better.

Here in WNC we don't need another power plant. We just need people to use less energy while our alternatives come online.
On the Fringe

United States

#34 Apr 3, 2007
I don't live far from the proposed site "as the crow flies" so I have followed the developments with interest. I certainly would not want the plant in my back yard. However, I find it ironic that the town is sold out to developers who litterly rape the nice mountains around your fair town. I had rather see a nice smoke stack rather than a once nice mountain cluttered with houses/buildings.
Dixie

United States

#35 Apr 3, 2007
Screwy Hoolie wrote:
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Here in WNC we don't need another power plant. We just need people to use less energy while our alternatives come online.
And we need people to stop moving into the area, eliminating the need for extra energy beyond that which we are already short of.

Stop building new houses and start convincing everyone that they need to lower their energy consumption dramatically. That is the only solution to our energy problems that doesn't involve a new power plant. The people of WNC have already spoken against windmill technology because it wouldn't look good on the mountains. They spoke against solar technology because the panels would block light to the plants beneath it. A gas turbine would lower property value even though it sits on an old landfill and wouldn't be much taller than most of the trees that surround it, making it fairly invisible to most in the area.

At some point in time, people either need to shut up about the power plant and let Progress Energy do what we pay them to do, or shut up and actually do something about reducing their own energy consumption. There seem to be enough concerned citizens out there that we could have seen some reductions in WNC's energy consumption if someone had actually done something other than talk about it.

And by the way, trading in your old light bulbs for fluorescent bulbs isn't going to solve our energy problems.

Since: Feb 07

Plymouth, NC

#36 Apr 3, 2007
A gas turbine would be great. I know where several are located and unless you're looking for it you won't see (or hear) it. Much cleaner than coal, too.

Solar would work, I'm looking at installing a solar hot water heater next year, reducing my gas bill to the minimum. I really want a system that will allow me to go off the grid totally but those are a bit pricey.
Tommy Ginn

Marion, KS

#37 Apr 3, 2007
Build the plant.
Heat_Wave

United States

#38 Apr 3, 2007
I hope Woodfin is the first to get dropped when the energy demand is very high...wake the closed minded up a little bit. I think a few nights of trying to sleep in 95 degree heat (no AC) would be GRRRREEEEEAT for them!
gingerbread

Arden, NC

#39 Apr 3, 2007
Heat_Wave wrote:
I hope Woodfin is the first to get dropped when the energy demand is very high...wake the closed minded up a little bit. I think a few nights of trying to sleep in 95 degree heat (no AC) would be GRRRREEEEEAT for them!
Well keep hoping because Progress has to provide us with power so -suck it...by the way all these posts from raleigh must not have anything to do with Progress Carolina's headquarters being there huh? as for the morons who would rather look at smokestacks than beautiful homes on a mountain side all i can say is keep your mind on your own business...asheville has enough crappy development to keep you people busy without bothering Woodfin...
Randy Fox

AOL

#40 Apr 3, 2007
Looks like Woodfin or woofin as we used to call it has done it again. Reaching for the future(old laughable town motto) by standing in the past. Ok I conceed the board listened to thier people. Maybe the self serving old guard has finally been replaced. However, it's just like Woodfin to stand in the way of progress.Seems to me that only one area is getting the bulk of the attention i.e. Weaverville Highway while rest of the town-riverside drive, Martel Village, and many more areas get left out of the progess. Guess maybe a few people with money moved into the Woodfin area or Reynolds Mountain area or probably North Asheville and are dictating how Woodfin is supposed to do. Is the power plant right for Woodfin? I dont know. Maybe it could generate a few jobs, some tax revenue for other Woodfin areas, maybe a deal for cheaper power for Woodfin residents. As for air quality? Is any place around have good air? Going green? Good idea but limited due to expense. Nuclear power? Not as dirty as oil I grant but seems to me there is going to be growth somewhere and no one is going to have enough energy to supply it. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Woofin

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