Bayshore Regional Sewage Authority (BRSA) is defying the will of the
town council, and the majority of local citizens in its efforts to
erect a 1.5
GE industrial wind turbine (IWT) at its facility in Union Beach, New
the shores of Raritan Bay. Monmouth County, Union Beach, Keyport,
Matawan and Holmdel have all passed resolutions opposing its
construction. The Hazlet
Area Quality of Life Association and the Bayshore
Regional Watershed Council are also opposed.
The IWT would stand 386 feet
tall with three blades each the size of a cell tower. That's 81 feet taller than
of Liberty and 113 feet taller than the Twin Lights in Highlands.
opinion, it would be an eyesore ruining the aesthetic beauty of our
region and lower local property values significantly.
are serious health and public safety issues for people
to IWTs (see links below). Many localities require
be set back at least 1.25 miles from the nearest home. The
BRSA turbine would be sited 1,080 feet from the start of a
densely populated community, and thousands of homes in Union Beach,
and Keyport are well within the 1.25 mile radius. Plus, it is our position that
any promised savings on the BRSA's sewer bills will never
In August of 2012, Union Beach won a unanimous Appellate
Court decision that remanded the IWT issue back to the UB Planning
Board. Before that could occur, Superstorm Sandy devastated the
Jersey Shore. The BRSA suffered tens of millions of dollars in
damage, and the turbine was totaled while in storage in Port Newark.
According to the BRSA's executive director, the issue has been
"placed on the back burner" for now, but our fight is far from
Times: Bill would keep wind farms far from homes
Looks like the Irish can certainly tell wind industry Blarney from the
truth. Currently, their mandatory setback is 500 meters from the first
property line. That's 540 feet farther from the first property line
than the Wind Banshee planned for Union Beach. When this bill passes,
the Irish setback will be 2 km, or 1.25 miles for industrial wind
turbines. ERIN GO BRAGH!
Here's a special issue of the Bulletin of Science, Technology &
Society (a peer-reviewed scholarly journal) devoted to industrial wind
their impacts on human health. The abstracts are free to read. These
speak truth to power...wind power.
DEFINITION OF A BOONDOGGLE #video-4519155
In this video at 1:50, then BRSA Chairman Coligas himself states that
GE won't let them run the turbine below 36 degrees. http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/wind_resource_maps.asp?stateab=nj
If you look closely at this U.S. Department of Energy National
Laboratory Map you will see that the planned Union Beach IWT is in
a wind zone
with average speeds of only 5.5 to 6 mph at 80 meters, the height
of the hub for the blades. This wind speed is too low to turn the
blades. If we
must endure wind turbines, shouldn't taxpayer and ratepayer funding
only go to
high-wind zones in order to provide for a reasonable return on
Combine the facts that the BRSA turbine won't spin on freezing days or
hottest days of summer when there's hardly any wind, and you must
conclude the BRSA turbine will be a
boondoggle that will cost We the Ratepayers millions.
Report: Wind turbines don’t cause health
"The panel did not do original research, nor did it investigate reports
of health problems among residents living near any particular turbine
installation. Instead it reviewed existing studies." And those were the
same existing studies that
BRSA and the like already have used to claim abutters to wind turbines
experiencing psychosomatic symptoms. No panel member traveled to
Massachusetts towns like Falmouth to do field research, let alone
experience the noise and flicker for themselves. Simply reviewing older
studies is not science, it's a book report. The fix was in on this once
again and a panel of "experts" was paid to reach a predetermined
The CEO of Vestas (major wind turbine maker) complains about Denmark's
proposal on low frequency noise from
"...changes to the wind turbines so that they produce less noise...is
not technically possible."
The lie behind turbine noise models
Why, with...an extensive body of evidence showing turbine noise is
causing deleterious impacts on people living near the towers, was
Herkimer County fooled into thinking it would be spared? The answer is
simple: Herkimer County residents were lied to.
Why pro-wind studies often use a 10 km radius by Alec Salt PhD
"So, within 2 km (the two innermost bands) of the turbine, the area is
3.1 + 9.4 km2 (=12.5 km2) which would represent 1.2 households." It's
worth noting that, unlike this example in the article, Union Beach,
Hazlet and Keyport have thousands of households within 2 km of the
proposed wind turbine site. And yes, the
BRSA's own studies on property values uses this very same statistical
Independent: BRSA awaits permits for turbine transport
The BRSA is putting the pressure on via the press. They know they are
danger of losing the battle in court and are desperate to truck the
to their plant. It is a huge and irresponsible gamble with ratepayer
their part. If they lose, the court may make them truck it back out and
also be subject to a class action suit.
Holmdel Patch: BRSA prepares for delivery of
huge turbine parts
The BRSA had to close their deal with GE by 8/31 to get their Stimulus
money from Uncle
Sam. But as Judge Tassini warned them, delivery of the turbine cannot
be used as
a defense in court. If they try it, they just might have to have it
removed, all at ratepayer expense.
You can monitor the power output of the 2 MW wind turbine at The U. of
Delaware in Lewes at any moment at this website.
It's a good way to compare the nameplate capacity of 2 MW against what
it actually generates.
FYI: 1000 kilowatts = 1 megawatt. At best a wind turbine will
to about 20% of capacity, often much less. During July's heat
peek electric demand the efficiency will be very low as the wind
doesn't blow at
the hottest time of day. You can refresh your browser to get
U.S. Senators Tom Coburn and John McCain included the planned BRSA
turbine on their list of "100
Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues." It came in 63rd. The
that we made this list out of the hundreds of thousands of
projects is amazing. I'm sure Robert Fischer, Frank Wells and the other
commissioners will call our distinguished senators "fearmongers and
outsiders who are not
qualified experts." Actually, Robert Fischer called us "fearmonger-ers."
Energy: Cellulosic ethanol finally arrives
Large refiners like Valero are investing in cellulosic ethanol
biorefineries, which have recently become
viable. Cellulosic ethanol holds the promise of providing 16 times the
energy used to make it,
unlike ethanol from corn, which even Al Gore says was a mistake.
At this website you can listen to a GE 1.5MW wind turbine recorded
inside an entry vestibule at midnight
1,500 feet downwind from the turbine.
Your speakers need to be on. The sound should play automatically when
you click on the
link, and the audio player is at the bottom of the page. Set the volume
loudness of a calm speaking voice. If it doesn't play, please try a
On page 5 of this GE wind turbine document, under Siting
states: "Siting wind turbines and assessing the feasibility of a
proposed location must consider factors such as: (6)
Community acceptance and compatibility with adjacent land uses.
Depending on setback requirements tens of acres might be necessary to
house a single GE 1.5MW
turbine. Hence, megawatt-scale wind turbines cannot be located in
densely populated areas."
Well, there's very little community acceptance, there's a densely
1,080 feet away, and it would damage the plant in the event of fire or
Regulations for Operators and Technicians "Do not stay within a radius of 400m (1300ft) from the turbine
unless it is necessary.
If you have to inspect an operating turbine from the ground, do not
stay under the rotor plane but observe the rotor from the front.” This is from
a manual for a Vestas 3MW wind turbine, which can be as tall as 420
feet. HOWEVER, under NJ law, the minimum setback would be 1.5 times
that height or 630 feet, less than half the distance Vestas considers a
dangerous hard hat zone!