Wind Turbine Recommendations Only Days Away

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  Wind Turbine Recommendations Only Days Away

 On Monday February 25,2013 recommendations will be made about the Portsmouth High School wind turbine. The announcement is expected at the 7 PM Town Council Meeting. 

The wind turbine issue is complicated. The town has been looking at a public-private option with several Requests for Proposals in 2012. 

The turbine is near its four year anniversary of March 2009. Operation and maintenance costs have plagued the town. Portsmouth isn't the only town as many other turbines in New England have had catastrophic gear box failures after only a few years of operation. 

The Portsmouth wind turbine recommendation will influence the direction of wind-energy projects in New England. The priority of any recommendation should be to the taxpayers of the town who have been paying their fair share.

 The turbine original cost was 3 million and has a 2 million dollar bond debt owed by the town. The main question for any small city or town in New England is can they afford to run one or two  commercial wind turbines as municipal owned wind turbines run by municipal employees 24/7 . 

What ever the decision is it has to withstand the test of time.


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East side February 25, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Take the turbine down and deal with the losses. Then the TC can go deal with the septic issues.
Bill Carson February 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Saftey First ! Safety and setbacks failures to the general public will cause years of legal problems based on what has happened in Massachusetts. Noise, low frequency sound, shadow flicker, ice throw and property devaluations! The entire country is looking at the ongoing failure here in Portsmouth. The turbine is a case study in a collective ignorance, arrogance and incompetence fueled by greed plus the assembled misguided green political cult of true believers . This is the future of commercial wind in Portsmouth ! Check out this video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1TljSJbWyY
William F Horan February 26, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Bill Carson February 26, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Wind Turbine -Firefighter life safety considerations The obvious challenge facing firefighters is the height involved if a fire occurs in the turbine motor. Towers can extend 300 to 400 feet above ground. However, due to the risk of falling fire debris over a wide area, approaching a burning turbine is usually not an option unless there is a life risk involved. If the turbine is turning, power is being generated and an electrocution hazard will be present. Typically, a good option for firefighters to consider is to evacuate any endangered areas, set up a collapse zone, and attempt to control any ground fires to prevent the fire from spreading to other units. In the case of a runaway or over-speed event, rotating turbines can throw debris thousands of feet away during a blade failure. Pieces of blades have been documented as traveling over 4,200 feet. Distance and time will fix this problem. Pre-incident planning and SOP development are keys to success for safely handling this unique danger. http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-attack/articles/1306390-3-wind-turbine-failures-firefighters-must-know/
Politics Sheriff of NK February 26, 2013 at 03:37 PM


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