All hail windmill colossus

All hail windmill colossus

There are 75 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Mar 30, 2008, titled All hail windmill colossus. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Brian and Tyler Fairbank have formed a new company to build "a really big" windmill, according to sources that don't wish to be named as they are not authorized to reveal this information.

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Throwback

Clockville, NY

#1 Mar 31, 2008
A nice spring breeze from Mr. Stevens. But April Fool's Day is tomorrow. Couldn't the column wait a day?
nannystate brat

Malden Bridge, NY

#2 Mar 31, 2008
Folks what we see here is the typical environmentalist wacko. Plenty of condescension that the left delivers oh so well. She didn't forget the moaning and whining, like a pregnant dog, that the LLL have to insert into every topic. Not once did she offer any ideas or solutions to the problem. Just a self serving editorial to reassure, in her mind that she really cares about the environment. As someone said before. Nice breeze.
Lauren is a man

Kinderhook, NY

#3 Mar 31, 2008
Hey Nannystate, relax. Lauren has done more for the local environment that 99% of the Berkshire population. The story is meant to be funny,not an indictment or endorsement of wind power. Lauren's personal solution seems to be his bicycle, that he can be seen riding all over northern Berkshire on his way to work or the grocery store.
nannystate brat

Malden Bridge, NY

#4 Mar 31, 2008
Funny like ha ha funny or funny like a clown funny?

Sorry for the gender mix up ...
Sam

Springfield, MA

#5 Mar 31, 2008
Brian and Tyler Fairbanks. Your Windmill is awesome!
Sam

Springfield, MA

#6 Mar 31, 2008
Throwback wrote:
A nice spring breeze from Mr. Stevens. But April Fool's Day is tomorrow. Couldn't the column wait a day?
Maybe you should read up on Wind Mills before making such ignorant comments.
Windy

Springfield, MA

#7 Mar 31, 2008
Now if we can get Teddy to agree that they are awesome. Anyone watch Hannitys America. last night? Teddy having his crew dump diesel fuel into the ocean and why he is against the wind turbines.Before you say Faux noise, this was also
documented by other stations.
lillie

United States

#8 Mar 31, 2008
hilarious!
LessHypeMoreFact

Toronto, Canada

#9 Mar 31, 2008
Sam wrote:
Brian and Tyler Fairbanks. Your Windmill is awesome!
For those who are interested, here's a picture..
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swerz/1344020491...

It is a 1.5 MW GE design, that they wish to commercialise for 'onsite power' to large companies that have trouble with transmission lines ( like ski resorts.) Such are the opportunities generated by high power costs. Some people view them as opportunities. Some people like to continue building buggy whips so matter how many cars they make..

"Joseph O’Donnell, along with a fellow co-owner of the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, is forming a new energy company, EOS Ventures LLC, which hopes to build on-site wind turbines for companies, universities and towns seeking to reduce their electric bills while helping the environment."

"The Hancock-based EOS, will be run by Tyler Fairbank, son of Jiminy Peak co-owner Brian Fairbank.
Ramdan

Christiansburg, VA

#10 Mar 31, 2008
All kidding aside. Windpower is preferable to burning fossil fuels. Lauren is a guy who marches to a different drummer,but he is not only funny he is highly intelligent and truly cares about the environment. Lets not all cop the nimby attitude regarding windpower. I definitely would rather not have to look at one on my beautiful ridgeline,however if we keep burning fossil fuels I probably won't be able to see the ridgeline anyway! Damned if you do? Maybe. Damned if you don't DEFINITELY

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#11 Mar 31, 2008
FYI "a really big" windmill is a technical term.
Mr Giblets

India

#12 Mar 31, 2008
LessHypeMoreFact wrote:
<quoted text>
For those who are interested, here's a picture..
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swerz/1344020491...
It is a 1.5 MW GE design, that they wish to commercialise for 'onsite power' to large companies that have trouble with transmission lines ( like ski resorts.) Such are the opportunities generated by high power costs. Some people view them as opportunities. Some people like to continue building buggy whips so matter how many cars they make..
"Joseph O’Donnell, along with a fellow co-owner of the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, is forming a new energy company, EOS Ventures LLC, which hopes to build on-site wind turbines for companies, universities and towns seeking to reduce their electric bills while helping the environment."
"The Hancock-based EOS, will be run by Tyler Fairbank, son of Jiminy Peak co-owner Brian Fairbank.
great! what a thing! It will generate squilliwatts of electramacicicity!

except when the wind isn't blowing.
Ramdan

United States

#13 Mar 31, 2008
Dear MR. Giblets you are raising the bar for hillarious content above all my limited expectations. Thanks.
LessHypeMoreFact

Toronto, Canada

#14 Mar 31, 2008
Mr Giblets wrote:
<quoted text>great! what a thing! It will generate squilliwatts of electramacicicity!
except when the wind isn't blowing.
Power storage is not that big a deal. For heating you can efficiently use 'thermal mass'. For electricity you can use hydrogen/fuel cell, flywheel storage, pumped hydro, or compressed air depending on where you are. Not a biggie. While capacity factor will not be 100%,'load levelling' shouldn't take more than 30% of the total.

And mostly these systems are used where there is an 'overabundance' of wind and only need a low level ( maybe 15 km/hr) of wind speed to run at capacity, spilling wind when the wind is too high so as to prevent 'overspeed'.
Ramdan

United States

#15 Mar 31, 2008
Yeah,what LessHype said. We may kill a few birds with wind power, but eventually our flocking feathered friends will learn to avoid the blades. Better a few dead birds than a dead planet! These systems would work really well in the State house and especially well in Washington where there is plenty of wind. Hydro should be more widely used,small diversion channels make dams unnecessary and it is totally clean. The major problem there is the lack of huge profits for the energy conglomerates and therefore less special interest money for the politicians.
Mink Frog

Shutesbury, MA

#16 Apr 1, 2008
Bravo to Lauren. I especially like the reference to the lovely town of Ripton- where the Berkshire elite congregate to control the universe.
Happy April's Fools!
Ripton is a state of mind

Syracuse, NY

#17 Apr 2, 2008
I try to get there at least once every year either for the zucchini festival or George Wislocki's birthday party. If you can't find it ask the Navy for directions.
mr giblets

India

#18 Apr 2, 2008
LessHypeMoreFact wrote:
<quoted text>
Power storage is not that big a deal. For heating you can efficiently use 'thermal mass'. For electricity you can use hydrogen/fuel cell, flywheel storage, pumped hydro, or compressed air depending on where you are. Not a biggie. While capacity factor will not be 100%,'load levelling' shouldn't take more than 30% of the total.
And mostly these systems are used where there is an 'overabundance' of wind and only need a low level ( maybe 15 km/hr) of wind speed to run at capacity, spilling wind when the wind is too high so as to prevent 'overspeed'.
yes, easy as pie. Just don't think you can ever replace a real nuclear station with one of these. Also, don't forget although Hydro and wave and Tidal are the very best, the Greenies will do anything to stop them being built. The truth is, they don't WANT you to have power - except enough for their
laptops .
Simple Jane

Syracuse, NY

#19 Apr 2, 2008
Sometimes this forum is the most fun place to visit. Happy Spring y'all !
Ramdan

West Stockbridge, MA

#20 Apr 2, 2008
Dear MR. Giblets, Do you have a viable plan for the disposal of waste generated by Atomic plants?
If so, please by all means share that plan with me,I promise to keep it secret. Perhaps we do not really need the amount of power we are presently WASTING! Maybe we need to get back to hanging the wash out on the line,filling the sink with nice warm suddsy water to wash our dishes,cutting down on the number of hot tubs allowed by initiating a hot tub lottery,reduce the amount of energy wasted by air conditioning by just dealing with the heat as did our parents,plan our lives a little better,such as when you gho to the market use a list so you do not have go on a daily basis,car pool,stop running junior all over the world for soccer,football,tennis,basebal l,squash,tae quondo,karate,etc.etc.etc.! Nuclear power is definitely very viable,but only with all the bases covered.Oh and by the way we can replace the power of a nuclear plant by conserving and using the technology available,such as solar,hydro ,wind,geothermal,heat pumps,wave power,kinestheticbiomanualsoci opathetisidiocyparanormalmindo veritdoesn'tmatter! SO THERE

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