Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Falmouth, MA, to take down its two wind turbines

But did the lawyers and investment bankers get their fees? 

by Clifford F. Thies 

The city of Falmouth, Massachusetts (pronounced "Foul-mouth, Mass-achoo-suits") has decided to take down its two giant wind turbines. One has been broken since Thanksgiving of last year, and the other unfortunately is still working. 

The city of Foulmouth, in in a stroke of genius, put its two giant wind turbines onto the property of its waste water treatment plant. As a result, the wind turbines distribute foul smelling odor around the adjacent neighborhood. And did I mention the noise? 

Because of the noise of these monsters, they're supposed to be turned off at night. But, the one that didn't break down doesn't turn on and off according to schedule. Perhaps somebody could manually turn a switch to "off," but that would probably run afoul of the union contract. 

Now, reports Fox News, the town has voted to shut the second one off, and then tear both of the towers down at the cost of $5 million. Although that might sound expensive, at least the town will now be able to buy convention energy at one-fifth of the cost of wind power.

2 comments:

M. Simon said...

Rethinking wind power – Harvard study shows it to be overestimated.

Keith’s research has shown that the generating capacity of very large wind power installations (larger than 100 square kilometers) may peak at between 0.5 and 1 watts per square meter. Previous estimates, which ignored the turbines’ slowing effect on the wind, had put that figure at between 2 and 7 watts per square meter.

KN@PPSTER said...

"the wind turbines distribute foul smelling odor around the adjacent neighborhood"

You flunked physics, didn't you?