Letter About Wellfleet Wind Turbine

Letter About Wellfleet Wind Turbine

Posted in the Wellfleet Forum

Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Aug 12, 2013
Letter about Wind Turbine to Massachusetts Audubon in Wellfleet

To: [email protected]

Subject: Wind turbines Dear Mr. Prescott: My name is George Zebrowski. My wife, Marsha, and I live in the Berkshires and have a vacation home/future retirement home off of Ocean View Drive in South Wellfleet. My wife's parents began building a house there in the early 1950s and moved there around 1956; at the time they were one of only two families to live on the back shore year-round. So obviously we've been following the plans to erect a 400-foot-wind turbine down the street within the Cape Cod National Seashore. What I simply cannot understand is why an organization such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society has not taken a strong stand AGAINST siting an industrial-size wind turbine within a National Park. What possible outcomes of additional studies might convince you that this is a good idea? First of all nothing in the founding legislation of the CCNS in any way suggests that such a project would be acceptable.

I'm absolutely amazed that park superintendent George Price favors such a proposal (even going so far as to claim that executive orders encourage development of alternative energy within national parks, when in fact the executive orders he refers to actually suggest installing low-flush toilets or solar panels or adding insulation to park headquarters, visitor centers or bath houses is encouraged).

Previously built wind turbines in other areas of the country have been shown to have negative impacts on the environment.

As you're obviously aware, the CCNS lies within the biggest migratory bird route on the East Coast. Have you really and truly not read about birds being killed by wind turbines in areas that don't even lie within migratory routes? Several weeks ago my wife and I viewed a segment on the television program Chronicle that described the volunteer work being done at the Audubon.

With my retirement coming in 2012 (or sooner), we concurred that once we're retired on the Cape what a great activity that would be to take part in. But when officials of your organization can't take a stand on something that is so counter to conservation efforts we have to wonder if our future volunteer efforts should be directed elsewhere. Please let me hear back from you on what could possibly come out of additional studies that would make you think this is a project the Massachusetts Audubon Society should support.


George Zebrowski
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#2 Aug 12, 2013
To : Massachusetts Audubon. Gaia-Wind 133 - 11 Killowatt turbine. This is the turbine proposed for the Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary ? Bigger is better ?

Gaia wind turbine advertising "Bigger blades are better "

I've reviewed some of the manufactures advertising for the proposed wind turbine at the Massachusetts Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellfleet. The turbine has been proposed as a :"micro -turbine" which is misleading.This is not a "miro-turbine ! " The term Microgeneration is actually a certification scheme for the UK Feed-in tariff. This two bladed wind turbine is actually three times the size of a three blade sized wind turbine of the same kilowatts.

How has an organization the size of the Massachusetts Audubon Society used the term micro turbine for this project ? Who is in charge of the project and how did the use of micro turbine ever get introduced to a project this size. How did the term Microgeneration get switched to micro turbine. This misleads the general public and public officials into thinking this is small.

Here is the quote about the misunderstanding about being a so called micro-turbine :" The Gaia-Wind 133-11kW turbine has achieved both product and installer accreditation to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) in the UK. This accreditation makes it eligible for the UK Feed-In tariff."

Gaia wind turbine advertising "Bigger blades are better " . The Gaia wind turbine 11 kilowatt has two blades that are almost three times the size of a three blade wind turbine ? I don't see how this turbine proposed in Wellfleet can be classified as a micro turbine ?

Here is the url/link with the real facts on the turbine proposal at Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
Bigger blades are better
The most important factor in assessing the performance of a wind turbine is the swept area. This is the size of the area covered when the rotor blades turn – the bigger the blades, the bigger the swept area, which results in more energy generated.

The Gaia-Wind 133 wind turbine has a swept area of 133m˛, compared with the swept area of similar sized turbines which are less than half this figure.

Bigger blades = bigger production


In recent tests conducted by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Gaia-Wind 133 wind turbine outperformed its nearest competitor by a factor of more than 2 to 1.

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