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Old 11-17-2009, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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Maine islands get power from wind - NashuaTelegraph.com

I think this is so cool. This is a vignette of the future I'd like to see in electricity generating; local installations providing local autonomous energy production.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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I arrived on 'our' island in Sept just in time to see the blades of the first one being attached. Dad and I were overseeing the project with our binocs all month. It's pretty cool looking, but I wonder how soon the natives will start to complain about the noise.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I arrived on 'our' island in Sept just in time to see the blades of the first one being attached. Dad and I were overseeing the project with our binocs all month. It's pretty cool looking, but I wonder how soon the natives will start to complain about the noise.

I'd be willing to bet, it will be somewhere near Memorial day, or July 4th.
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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I am so proud of the residents of Vinalhaven and North Haven to agree to this!
It makes perfect sense and hopefully will ensure the longevity of year-round , vibrant island communities. From what I read, so many islands are now only inhabited in the summer by summer residents and lack most sense of self sufficiency year round.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:43 PM
 
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Wind turbines are great when the wind blows. There is no viable way to store the power from them so they are are of limited value. They are noisy, kill birds, and are expensive to build and maintain. They are NOT the way of the future and should not be invested in.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:49 PM
 
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From what I understand they are meant to augment the power needed to run the town...should be a significant reduction in overhead, a major drain in Maine facilities. Any electrical power generation system can be outfitted with battery storage units for lay over power. This is a standard method used in solar systems.
For the most part I've heard that the sound and the threat to birds is overrated. At any rate it is a viable technology that is not perfect and needs to be implemented in order to fine tune it for flaws. Such was the same for all infrastructure we now take for granted, overhead power transmission lines, underground power and gas lines.
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Old 11-17-2009, 07:02 PM
 
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From what I understand they are meant to augment the power needed to run the town...should be a significant reduction in overhead, a major drain in Maine facilities. Any electrical power generation system can be outfitted with battery storage units for lay over power. This is a standard method used in solar systems.
For the most part I've heard that the sound and the threat to birds is overrated. At any rate it is a viable technology that is not perfect and needs to be implemented in order to fine tune it for flaws. Such was the same for all infrastructure we now take for granted, overhead power transmission lines, underground power and gas lines.
They are not worth the investment and you will see less and less of them in the future. The threat to birds is very real and will be the downfall of these bohemoths by the enviro nuts (who originally loved the idea). Geese are especially vulnerable. Plus they're ugly and quite noisy so the NIMBY factor is bound to relegate them to places where transmission distances make them very impracticle. Not every new technology is a good idea. Wind turbines are a joke.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:34 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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The BDN today had an article about these turbines. The neighbors are already gripping about the noise.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:36 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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They are not worth the investment and you will see less and less of them in the future. The threat to birds is very real and will be the downfall of these bohemoths by the enviro nuts (who originally loved the idea). Geese are especially vulnerable. Plus they're ugly and quite noisy so the NIMBY factor is bound to relegate them to places where transmission distances make them very impracticle. Not every new technology is a good idea. Wind turbines are a joke.


It's the gov't subsidy that is getting them built right now. They work, intermitantly, but they are not the solution for the states energy needs.

Nuclear power is the long term way to go.
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Old 11-18-2009, 03:39 AM
 
Location: 43.55N 69.58W
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I'd be willing to bet, it will be somewhere near Memorial day, or July 4th.


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They are not worth the investment and you will see less and less of them in the future. The threat to birds is very real and will be the downfall of these bohemoths by the enviro nuts (who originally loved the idea). Geese are especially vulnerable. Plus they're ugly and quite noisy so the NIMBY factor is bound to relegate them to places where transmission distances make them very impracticle. Not every new technology is a good idea. Wind turbines are a joke.
We actually didn't find them ugly, there are only 3 turbines and they looked (from about 7 miles away) quite peaceful. Of course, they aren't on IAH so from afar, they seemed fine.
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