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Board puts brakes on wind turbine

After a lengthy discussion regarding the issue, Hartsville Town Supervisor Mike Muhleisen and the Town Board Wednesday night decided to table a decision on a small wind turbine generator.

HARTSVILLE — After a lengthy discussion regarding the issue, Hartsville Town Supervisor Mike Muhleisen and the Town Board Wednesday night decided to table a decision on a small wind turbine generator.

Town resident Matt Lawrence and Matt Vanderbrook, project manager at Sustainable Energy Developments, were brought before the board to discuss a review of Lawrence's request completed after the town consulted an attorney.

One sticking point was the fact that Lawrence requested a variance from the town's wind law in plans to build a 140-foot tower. The law dictates that a tower can be no taller than 80 feet high.

"This is one that we've really had to look at," Muhleisen said. "We previously communicated that that was a significant variance and there was a possibility of having your project good to go or with a lesser hub height."

Mulheisen also questioned some of the arguments made in the application, several of them he felt to have insufficient data to back up.

"When you make statements and don't provide the data to substantiate those statements, we can't make a ruling on that," Muhleisen said.

However, he remained hopeful that the town and Lawrence could come to an agreement for a small wind turbine... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

HARTSVILLE ­— After a lengthy discussion regarding the issue, Hartsville Town Supervisor Mike Muhleisen and the Town Board Wednesday night decided to table a decision on a small wind turbine generator.

Town resident Matt Lawrence and Matt Vanderbrook, project manager at Sustainable Energy Developments, were brought before the board to discuss a review of Lawrence's request completed after the town consulted an attorney.

One sticking point was the fact that Lawrence requested a variance from the town's wind law in plans to build a 140-foot tower. The law dictates that a tower can be no taller than 80 feet high.

"This is one that we've really had to look at," Muhleisen said. "We previously communicated that that was a significant variance and there was a possibility of having your project good to go or with a lesser hub height."

Mulheisen also questioned some of the arguments made in the application, several of them he felt to have insufficient data to back up.

"When you make statements and don't provide the data to substantiate those statements, we can't make a ruling on that," Muhleisen said.

However, he remained hopeful that the town and Lawrence could come to an agreement for a small wind turbine generator that pleases both parties.

"Everyone on this board would really like to see this happen," Muhleisen said. "It might not be within this particular contractor's scope, but I know down in Pennsylvania there's turbines with 20-kilowatt towers at residences so the technology's available. Unfortunately, the project as you presented before is outside that scope."

Mulheisen recommended that the board initially deny the project as presented before the discussion due to the flaws in its argument, such as using data found in Texas regarding sound production and applying it to a situation in New York.

"Sound works the same in Texas as it does in New York so if you're measuring decibels or sound pressure from different distances, really the difference is elevation or air density," Lawrence said.

"It's not," Muhleisen replied. "The differences in sound would be ambient. In order to make a comparison, say you're in a large Texas plain, OK? There are no forces that are going to add to background noises compared to what a tree might ... The data's available."

Lawrence added he wouldn't own the tower on his property, but would instead lease it with help from a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority grant. A condition of that grant requires the wind turbine generator to meet a low power requirement.

"The reason that we have the height specified is that we do have dollars and cents there," Lawrence said. "At that height (140 feet) with this turbine, we can produce as we predict about 14,000 kilowatt hours per year. If we tell NYSERDA we can do that and we can only do that at that height at that location, we can put up that turbine."


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FEB 16 2015
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