Officials: Wind Turbine Plan Would Thwart OLF

Camden and Currituck counties are working to bring wind turbines to an area of land known as "Hale's Lake," to help generate tax dollars for the counties, while preventing the U.S. Department of Defense from building an outlying landing field there.

Camden County commission chair Phil Faison says the county has been fighting the proposed OLF for three years. He says a Spanish wind turbine company is interested in putting 90 wind turbines on George Woods Farms instead, which would each bring in about $30,000 of taxable income to the county each year.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:44 PM
    Audra, but the cost for the quieter units must be outrageous. The ones I heard and saw in Reno...literially hundreds in that valley, were the older louder ones. I don't think the noise came from the turbines, it came from the blades. I heard the remark the tip shear. I guess this means the tips get to a certain speed and make the sounds I heard. I heard the new ones were better for noise, but I heard the expense couldn't support the payoff. I am more concerned that these will only bring in installation and maintenance work to US since most are made overseas.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM
    Being that I've lived within eyeshot of the newer variety of turbines and driven through corridors lined with them numerous times.... Yeah, Mel is right. We're not talking about old technology here. Something that got shut down before because of noise isn't applicable. I agree that solar is a good way to go, but both are useful and needed... and the sun isn't always out. Everything has pros and cons.
  • by G-Nasty Location: G-Vegas on Nov 18, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    I totally agree with alternative fuel sources although OSOC does have a point. Wind power is great but has a lot of drawbacks compared to solar. Granted the newer generation of wind turbines are quieter, have a greater power output, and last longer than older models. I honestly think if the USA corners the market on cheap, reliable, and efficient green technology we could hold top spot across the globe as trend setters (as far as energy is concerned).
  • by Mel Location: WV on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    I build windmills and they do kill birds but not 1000/yr. They are 200' in the air so the noise is measured from up there and not from the ground. It is hardly noticeable. They shut them down if the wind is blowing over 30mph. They are a great source of revenue and I support building them all over the uninhibited areas of NC. It will bring money to the economy w/ construction, lodging, fuel, food, and they also require a staff to monitor them so some jobs will be created. It is a win, win. Build them so I can come home and work!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    Audra, the windmill farms in Reno were loud when I traveled there. Seems they hit a resonance frequency that was driving people miles away, crazy. They wanted them shut down. The real problem, everyone seems they make money...the don't. The upfront costs are never paid off with the return. The cost of maintenance was high considering other alternative sources. I think people should google windmill noise and problems. One day? Maybe, however, some of us remember the one windmill in the mountains of NC that was shut down for noise. Lastly, V, Voice is next to the pinhead definition in Websters....
  • by V on Nov 18, 2010 at 02:45 AM
    The Voice needs to read Bill O'Reillys book Pinheads and Patriots.
  • by tonauti1 on Nov 18, 2010 at 02:42 AM
    Nauti1, an OLF is 1,000 times more invasive than wind turbines. With wind turbines, the farmland can still be cultivated. The OLF would only bring asphalt, land permanently removed from the tax base and noise but no local job or revenue potential. The OLF is the equivalent of Virginia shipping its trash to NC. We get all the stink while they get all the goodies. I imagine the whole OLF thing is dead given the federal deficit and the current push for major funding cuts. But if Oceana wants to relocate its entire operation I'm sure we'd be glad to talk.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:54 PM
    The bird mortality thing is an ecomyth. Old technology may have been a factor in that idea, but high capacity turbines in use now are not an issue. The blades move slowly enough that birds dodge them readily, and that's if they even get that close... Birds aren't exactly dumb as a box of rocks, you know. Vehicular avian mortalities are in the millions per yr, and window collions range from 100mill to 1billion. Studies show there are 2.19 bird deaths per turbine per year. Noise isn't an issue either unless you plan on getting permission from the property owners to build your house right underneath one. Unless you've actually been around them, you wouldn't know but... don't listen to a bunch of propaganda.
  • by factsjack on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:25 PM
    Wind turbines = 45 decibels. Normal conversation = 50 to 60 decibels. So noise is not an issue especially in a rural county. And the wind turbines have braking mechanisms to prevent them from turning too fast. Wind turbines are a good cash crop for farmers with a 30 to 40 year revenue stream they can count on.
  • by blake Location: gville on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    The voice sounds like Pravda...
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