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Sep 04: August Trip to Hull's Wind Turbine a Success

Currents September 2004 Newsletter

On Saturday August 28th, 75 people embarked on a 3-hour trip to see New England’s largest commercial scale wind turbine in Hull, MA up close and personal!  Town officials, educators, wind enthusiasts, curious consumers, and Mass Energy members were among those who spent the afternoon investigating the wind turbine from first hand experience.  After leaving Rowes Wharf in Boston Harbor at 10am, the boat docked at Pemberton Point in Hull, where everyone enjoyed breathtaking views of the turbine, situated next to Hull High School and just steps from Boston Harbor.  John MacLeod, Operations Manager for the Hull Municipal Light Plant, talked about the financial and technical issues related to constructing a turbine in a community.  He then led everyone inside the turbine to see the computerized control panels that monitor the turbine’s activity. 

Hull’s turbine is powerful enough to accommodate the electric needs of 250 homes, while avoiding emissions that harm our health and the environment.  Standing 150 feet high and weighing 145,900 pounds, it boasts three 90 foot long blades that spin at about 28.5 revolutions per minute no matter how fast the wind blows!  The blades automatically adjust their position depending on the direction of the wind, maximizing the turbine’s capacity to produce energy. 

Aside from its educational and environmental value, the turbine reaps economic benefits for the town as well.  For example, since January of 2002, the town has suspended all billing for the town’s streetlights and traffic lights!  Currently, there are tentative plans to construct a second turbine in the town of Hull.

Come see Hull’s turbine and discover the wonders of wind energy on our spring boat cruise next year!  Details coming this spring at www.massenergy.com.