Skip to comments.Cape Cod community considers taking down wind turbines after illness, noise
Posted on 02/28/2013 8:11:57 AM PST by massmike
Two wind turbines towering above the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, Mass., were intended to produce green energy and savings -- but they've created angst and division, and may now be removed at a high cost as neighbors complain of noise and illness.
"It gets to be jet-engine loud," said Falmouth resident Neil Andersen. He and his wife Betsy live just a quarter mile from one of the turbines. They say the impact on their health has been devastating. They're suffering headaches, dizziness and sleep deprivation and often seek to escape the property where they've lived for more than 20 years.
"Every time the blade has a downward motion it gives off a tremendous energy, gives off a pulse," said Andersen. "And that pulse, it gets into your tubular organs, chest cavity, mimics a heartbeat, gives you headaches. It's extremely disturbing and it gets to the point where you have to leave."
The first turbine went up in 2010 and by the time both were in place on the industrial site of the town's water treatment facility, the price was $10 million. Town officials say taking them down will cost an estimated $5 million to $15 million, but that is just what Falmouth's five selectmen have decided to move toward doing.
In the meantime, the turbines are being run on a limited schedule as the selectmen respond to the concerns of nearby neighbors. The turbines only run during the day -- from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- which means they're operating at a loss.
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And what do they think will replace the turbines to treat their water? Coal or oil burning power plants! While that area usually is characterized as a bunch of Limousine Libs, they obviously are, in reality, rich, greedy Republicans who hate the environment.
The tree hugger “green” people know how to make you sick at great price!!!
not to mention all the dead seagulls that they have to clean up.
And that's probably after all sorts of subsidies as well as the town's taxpayer money.
Those things are horrible. The jerks over at North Haven in Penobscot Bay put one of those up, right in one of the most beautiful and historic parts of the islands, and you can see it from all over the bay.
I've said from the start that this will be just like all those dams. First they built them everywhere for clean energy, and then they started tearing them down--for the fishes. The windmills will go for the sake of the birds, if not the nearby people.
But, first they have to put them all up, at enormous expense.
Surely the source of Solyndra-like Taxpayer-Green-energy-borrowed/printed money that paid for the POS, will now chip in to remove it.... right?
Wonder how many here know whatr those terms mean??
Wonder how many here know whatr those terms mean??
Sorry for the double post, slow, intermittent inetenet here at work!! Moderator—please remove onf of the double posts!!
“And that pulse, it gets into your tubular organs”
What the heck are “tubular organs”?
I should have built a wind turbine business - including one to take them down, I guess.
It won't be an oil burning power plant. Maybe Natural Gas but nobody except very remote or otherwise infrastructure limited areas are going to put in a normally run (not just a backup) oil burning power plant.
Some new plants are designed to run on petroleum coke, the solid, coal-like substance leftover from crude oil after the valuable fuels like gasoline and diesel have been removed. Much of the power plants listed as petroleum fueled are actually burning petroleum coke. Even then, it is very few.
The crazy ones.
Windmill maker gets Federal kickbacks. Windmills installed at price. Windmills UNinstalled at a price. Local politicians get greased while taxpayers get hosed. I’d say those windmills did EXACTLY what they were intended to do.
A useful graph. It should maybe note that renewables on the chart does also include Hydropower. The growth in that category is from the solar wind etc, but the baseline is hydropower dams, built by the government two or three generation ago.
Science is not their friend.
Math is not their friend.
Economics is not their friend.
Actually, I cannot think of any non-felon committing human who is their friend.
The renewables on the chart does include hydropower. Hydropower supplies the majority of the renewables category.
How much of our electricity is generated from renewable energy?
common sense could have prevented this waste to the taxpayers. as an avid environmentalist concerned with true stewardship of our resources and who works in the green industry it is my honest opinion that this technology, as is solar, is not to the point we can truly use it as a viable long term resources. However, geothermal, hydro are and we should be pushing resources in that direction. We need a conservative candidate who will push hard on green issues - true stewardship thru such as avenues. Where are they? They have to exist? If you know any please post. We are commanded by God to be stewards of the planet He gifted us. This is clearly a conservative cause that his been corrupted by the marxists.
You want a Conservationist. Sorry, they have been shouted down by both sides, but most especially by the dirt worshipers.
Why does this quote make me think of Gen. Jack Ripper?
They didn’t want to fight Kennedy and have the windmills in Hyannis.
Oh well. Kennedy must be laughing from the grave.
I think they're located in the swimsuit area.
Wind turbines going the way of the Chey Volt, snicker snicker.
How can an "estimate" range from $5 to 15 million?
That is not an estimate, that is a "town official" without a clue and the town did not have a contractor come in, investigate and then give an estimate.
Would you hire a contractor that gave you an estimate that had a range up to 300% of error?
Why not spread the rumor that the damn things are made of copper and that Andy and Barney are on vacation next week?
No fair Mike, the only reason I clicked on this story was to see a picture of Molly Line.
The govt needs to teach these folks that they can cut their food bill by taking advantage of the shredded poultry downstream....
Check into Torrefaction of Wood Pellets. This is a relatively new technology that coal fired plants are looking at to replace coal with a carbon neutral wood pellet. The wood pellet is microwaved, taking all the moisture out of it. That makes them able to ship on boats, trains and trucks without gaining moisture during transit. Thermogen Industries is the company we are selling them from out of Maine. They are planning on building a second mill on the ME coast just to ship to Europe for $120 million.
There is another company Enviva in NC building two or three plants. ConocoPhilips is joining with them on their projects.
This enables the coal fired electric plants to reduce their carbon output without investing money in new equipment. These pellets also put out about 20% more BTU than normal wood pellets.
This is the next big thing in energy. You heard it here first.
Cynical, but accurate. I like it!
I really wish that people would actually consider the environment of the area before deciding that everyone has to do Solar/Wind, whatever. I live in the Seattle area. Sunshine, not so much, water -- we got plenty. So, we do have hydro power and it works well for us. It would not work,however, for Arizona; just like solar would not be a good choice for Seattle (even if it were to the point where it was viable).
It is no more or less carbon neutral than coal. Only the time frames are different, not the process. Both are actually solar powered.
You heard it here first.
First time I heard them as a replacement for coal-fired electrical power plant.
Never let it be said I let down my public.....
Wood Pellets are considered carbon neutral. The coal fired plant can add them to its fuel mix and then conform to the federally or state mandated requirements of producing X amount of their electricity from a carbon neutral source without a large additional cost to modernizing its generation plants. They also burn a lot cleaner than coal.
Oh, you mean the same organ that Odumbo likes to play. Gotcha.
Right next to the tubular bells.
I’m going to roll my eyes now. I have worked in American owned major heavy industry all of my career and I have never met an “environmentalist” that has a clear grasp on reality. I won’t even bother with further argument. I know it will be futile. Which verse is that where we are “commanded to be stewards of the planet” again?