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October 23 "comprehensive wind turbine report "

Comprehensive wind turbine report

Pension reform,union contracts,health care funding,sewers and the school demolition are big tax expenses for the residents of Portsmouth.

On October 23 at 7:30 PM a 3 hour comprehensive wind turbine report will be introduced to the Town Council and the taxpayers of Portsmouth. We won't know until after the meeting if the report will be another sales pitch on wind turbine repair and a way to spend another one million dollars to repair the wind turbine.

The wind turbine scheme is a financial fiasco ,a political football and a toy with no economic benefit to the town.

The chances of another breakdown after the repairs is just the same as it was three years ago. Repairing the turbine is like "a coin flip".No matter what the three hour long report says the turbine is a high risk venture and a big gamble asking taxpayers to approve another one million dollar bond to repair the turbine!

The town needs to focus on the needs of the taxpayers. The priority should be the pension reforms,union contracts,health care funding, sewage installations and the school demolition.

There are many people who would like to see the turbine spin again but the Town Council has to look at the big picture. Look at the short three year history of the turbine .

The repair of the turbine is not economically feasible and the council shouldn't consider the turbine a priority with what we know today.

Thanks Bill Carson

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J. Lane McMahon November 09, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Bill, Are the Koch Brothers still funding those two websites you promote so much? I heard they we're spending a lot of money on some "other" project...Oh wait, that's right, that one is done.
William F Horan November 18, 2012 at 04:46 AM
The recent negative government report is spot on re Local RI USN deployment of 12 each monster 400 ft + tall WTG along the Defense Highway aka Burma Road on the West side of Aquidneck Island. WTG electrical power cost much more even with government subsidies.. RI General Assembly concluded that this was ill advised and dangerous approach of land based WTG farms here in RI. Rather, the offshore Deep water Wind project was identified as an acceptable alternative for a so called renewable green energy project. Yes, a location off shore away from our very fragile coast line and precious Narragansett Bay. USN must join the ongoing off shore Deep water Wind Project if they are mandated to take on such a costly marginal solution. Clearly 12 each 400 ft tall monster WTG do not belong encroaching on our shore line & along all of our high density Newport, Middletown & Portsmouth West side neighborhoods. WTG technology deployed along our RI fragile shore line is among failed relics of the past. Please see the movie "WindFall" available on netflix on the cable. The USN would be better served in joining the three other Aquidneck Island Communities in addressing the common problem of bloated and out of control electrical utility rates. Yes, rates driven by policy missteps locally and nationally. Today among the solutions is gas turbine generated electrical power in Johnston RI and Tiverton RI along with Summerset MA clean coal is a viable lower cost solution.
Bill Carson November 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Where is the correspondence between the following individuals or companies and the Portsmouth EDC ? The PEDC lists thanks to the following all of whom helped the PEDC with the wind turbine study. The officials in Portsmouth say you can find everything on the PEDC website. WHERE IS THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE AGENCIES OR INDIVIDUALS BELOW???? WHAT DID THEY INSTRUCT THE EDC TO DO? Check out who the PEDC wishes to acknowledge the following organizations and individuals for their support and the expertise and generosity of time they provided for the wind turbine installation : The RI Energy Office, especially Commissioner Andy Dzykewicz , University of Massachusetts Renewable Energy Laboratory especially Sally Wright, Jim Sweeney of Sustainable New Energy,Henry DuPont of Lorax Energy, American Wind Energy Association, TrueWinds and The Rhode Island Wind Alliance. reference Page VI : http://www.portsmouthrienergy.com/windstudy.pdf
OldTownie December 06, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Oh no Bill, they are not listening to you! The horror!!!!! http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2012/dec/03/7/wastewater-plant-will-use-wind-power-ar-1262223/
Bill Carson December 07, 2012 at 05:13 PM
A single Furhlander 1.5 MW wind turbine was built at Otis Air Force Base ,Cape Cod ,Massachusetts on December 15, 2009.The turbine has the same kind of gear box as the AAER 1.5 Megawatt turbine built in Portsmouth. Guess what ? They are finding metal in the oil of the gear box and a bearing is going bad. Just like the Town of Portsmouth the Otis AFB people are saying its not a problem. This sounds just like Portsmouth back in January of 2102! Here is a quote from the Otis Air Base which renamed itself Oct 1 : Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) "Regarding the FL-1577 gearbox, it HAS NOT failed. We noticed some metal flakes in the gearbox oil this past January and had a borescope inspection done. The inspection showed pitting of the gear teeth caused by pressing the metal flakes between the teeth. The problem component in the gearbox appears to be a bearing. Based on Fuhrlaender's recommendation, we are continuing to run the wind turbine while we work on procuring a new gearbox that has a different/better bearing" I think they need to look what happened in Portsmouth,RI and Princeton ,Massachusetts

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