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.