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Town In Pickle Over Wind Turbine

Portsmouth High School Wind Turbine Options

  Town In Pickle Over Wind Turbine  

The town has many options for the wind turbine.  

One is to decide to replace the gear box at around $700,000.00 not knowing if additional parts such as the shaft and front bearings are also worn out. In addition to the unknown a blade inspection will be done when the turbine comes down. The crane costs could exceed $100,000.00 for one day alone.

 The second option is a public partnership with a private wind turbine company. In addition a private contractor ownership could have issues with the setbacks to the town water supply. The original contractor for the wind turbine wrote the report that a chance of a catastrophic event was less than 2 percent and a blade falling on the town water tank would not cause much damage. Do you trust that reports today ?

 There is another option. We know that the turbine costs will exceed $700,000.00. The cause of the gear box failure is usually a misaligned shaft and the front bearings behind the wind turbine blades made back then were only one half the size they should have been. The chances are all these parts are bad exceeding one million dollars .

 What should the town do ? 

 My thought goes forward and spend the million on another renewable energy project other than the ongoing fiasco.

  Your thoughts ? 

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John ("Anything But Sue") October 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I have re-posted my post here from another blog authored by BILL Bill Carson is intent in keeping his various blogs At The TOP. I'm here to help. SO: BILL: What happened at last nights Portsmouth Town Meeting...?? Where is the Wind Turbine REPORT you said would be presented in many of your previous posts......??? Just wondering
William F Horan October 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM
John - The Newport Daily News has already answered your question in the announcement of a scheduled 3 hour meeting prior to the election where information will be presented as to the choices available and the companion data that provides the tax payers and rate payers (state wide) the bases to realize an informed decision. I havce appreciated the information from Bill Carson vantage point as one of many that must be very carefully considered and factored into the ultimate conclusion to this unfortunate situation. Yes, today looking more like a classic text book group think. Yes, everyone owns the mistake of yesterday and now the challenge for today is to be capable of learning from that error so that tomorrow we will not repeated an exercise in an over dimensioned set of conditions with an undesirable outcome. .We must recognize the contributions made by well intended individuals and the community as a whole. Specifically the energy market and the viable solutions and disruptive technologies will continue to challenge us for generations. In our quest we must not subscribe to a pseudo political cult of true believers based on counterfeit agendas. The journey must and will continue with all a little wiser from the experience. Today our defective national energy policy and companion RI GA state missteps must be reformed as a first order of business. The robber barons and their costly kluge solutions must be dismissed.
John ("Anything But Sue") October 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM
William F:: Why would you respond to my same post TWICE..in TWO different threads.... Verbatum..?? You are starting to Sound like..If not LOOK Like...BILL. Just an observation on my part
Bill Carson October 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The Portsmouth Town Council is holding a special meeting Oct 23 . They will review the third option of removing the wind turbine. The October 23 meeting will probably get national attention. Portsmouth's Wind Turbine project was featured on the National Geographic Channel's WORLD'S TOUGHEST FIXES that premiered on June 18, 2009. The Portsmouth High School wind turbine the largest in the state is one big giant mistake .
John ("Anything But Sue") October 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
BILL: You and WILLIAM F. are the same person..NO..????

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