STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — New things are popping up on the horizon, in the form of a fossil fuel-busting wind turbine in Bayonne, which is visible from Richmond Terrace and several hilly areas of the Island.
Standing at a mind blowing 260 feet, the massive wind turbine was unveiled Monday, and is located at the Bayonne Municipal Utility Authority’s pumping station.
Officials at Hatch Mott MacDonald and Hatch Energy, which is responsible for the wind turbine, assured Bayonne officials that the turbine is certified to international engineering standards, in a Power Point presentation.
A single wind turbine can produce 3.3 gigawatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power 600 single-family homes for the same period, officials told the Jersey Journal. The wind turbine will also save the city electricity costs and earn Renewable Energy Credits with PSE&G, according to Steve Gallo, the executive director of Bayonne Utility Municipal Authority.
But, owing largely to the fact that his preferred site, atop a capped garbage mound at the former Fresh Kills landfill has been deemed unsuitable, Borough President James Molinaro’s repeated calls to generate clean energy on Staten Island with high-tech wind turbines have gone unheeded.
“Wind turbines will be great for the Island, especially if they are placed on top of Fresh Kills,” said Patrick J. O’Connor of West Brighton. “They are no louder then a refrigerator, and do little to no harm to wildlife, as studies shown a bird is more likely to be killed by a domestic cat than a turbine.”
The American Bird Conservancy cites a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimate that as many as 440,000 birds a year are killed in collisions with wind turbine blades — a fraction of the number killed by power lines.
Tall glass buildings are far more dangerous to birds, according to the group’s website.