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 ?